Todd P’s ‘New Music’ Venue, Trans-Pecos, Is Up and Running

(Photo: Kristin Leigh Knoll)

(Photo: Kristin Leigh Knoll)

Todd Patrick’s latest all-ages venture, Trans-Pecos, opened last night in the old Silent Barn space on the Bushwick/Ridgewood border. There wasn’t an overabundance of fanfare at the “preview show,” maybe because of an unforeseen pause in L train service. A decent-sized crowd came out to watch Gnaw, Notekillers and Psalm Zero, a lineup curated by Northern Spy Records. But the unknowing visitor might not have guessed that the occasion was semi-momentous, or, more likely, he or she wouldn’t have even known about it at all.
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Could SantaCon and Unsilent Night Collide to Become UnsilentaCon?

UnsilentaCon. It could happen. (Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev/Taylor Davidson. Illustration: Daniel Maurer)

UnsilentaCon. It could happen. (Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev/Taylor Davidson. Illustration: Daniel Maurer)

By now you know that SantaCon — the annual invasion of Fratty Old St. Nicks — is set to go down Dec. 14. What you likely don’t know is that on that same day, another holiday flash mob, the roving boom-box orchestra known as Unsilent Night, will be moving through the same hemisphere. Is it possible these two forces could converge into something more menacing than any sharknado?
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$2,500 Apartments Bound For Ave D; SantaCon Is Coming to Town

NYC Christmas Trees 2013: Bowery

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Renderings for a 12-story, 124-unit apartment building on Avenue D have been revealed. Rents at Alphabet Plaza are expected to be $2,500 to $3,600. [Curbed]

SantaConparticularly controversial this year — is coming to town on Dec. 14, and is expected to start at Tompkins Square Park. [DNA Info]

E-cig smokers showed up in force at yesterday’s City Council hearing and lit up indoors — but will they be able to in the future? [NY Post] Keep Reading »

Blasted! Rough Trade Is Putting Live Shows On Hold

(Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

We’ve all dealt with a neighbor whose television is too loud, but their Television being too loud?

Just days after the band’s performance at Rough Trade NYC, the Williamsburg record store has announced that it’s putting its shows on hold “following consultation with local residents and local authorities.” While the crew works on “additional sound remediation,” shows are being cancelled or moved to other venues.
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Cooper Union’s Ping-Pong Protesters Might Be In For a Paddling

(Courtesy Free Cooper Union)

(Courtesy Free Cooper Union)

Cooper Union wants it to be known that you can’t just unleash 2,100 ping-pong balls on a four-story staircase and get away with it. In a campus-wide e-mail forwarded to B+B, Alan Wolf, the school’s safety coordinator, says he wants the ping-pong protesters to be held accountable. Here’s the full statement, in case you were about to bulk order some Slinkies.
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Watch Coked-Up Rats Reenact Russian History at This Freaky Film Festival

The cartoon above — just one installment in the “Rats on Cocaine” series — is so completely depraved it makes R. Crumb look like Mr. Rogers. And yet the folks at the New York No Limits Film Series saw fit to include it in this year’s NYNL summit, which hits The Wild Project this weekend.
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Are Jimmy McMillan’s New Jams Kind of Amazing, or Are We Too Damn High?

Sure, de Blasio filled three top slots yesterday, but that’s not half as exciting his runner-up’s three new jams.

Jimmy McMillan snagged less than 2,000 votes and came in fifth on election day, but hey, it’s still better than Bloomberg did as a write-in. And he isn’t letting it get him down. The East Villager behind the Rent Is Too Damn High party just unleashed a trio of songs that are really kind of astonishing.
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James Murphy’s Espresso Is Brewing; Knockout Attacks Due to ‘Resentment’?

NYC Christmas Trees 2013: East Village

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

A newly elected councilwoman attempting to explain recent knockout attacks believes that for some African-Americans “the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success.” [DNA Info]

A Twitter account claiming to represent Castle Braid, the apartment complex that was the subject of the Post‘s recent piece about old hipsters vs. new hipsters, is running its mouth, but who’s really behind it? [NY Observer]

A 19-year-old says he was the victim of a gunpoint robbery on South 9th Street in Williamsburg. [Brooklyn Paper]
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