So, How’s That 24/7 Thing Going For Empire Biscuit?

A month and a half after Empire Biscuit opened to out-the-door lines and magazine write-ups galore, the biscuit buzz is still going strong: New York dropped two Underground Gourmet stars on the shop today. But that doesn’t mean the place is packed around the clock. It ain’t easy being 24/7 (right across Avenue A, BAD Burger had to give up the dream last year), so we decided to drop in at 6 a.m. and ask the shop’s owners how their “breakfast, lunch, dinner, drunk” business model is holding up.
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No SantaCon Arrests, Despite Brawl; Marina Abramović as the Grim Reaper

(Photo: Francisco Valera)

(Photo: Francisco Valera)

Good morning, all. Here’s what happened over the weekend.

As you can see from Francisco Valera’s photo above, we’ve survived another SantaCon — see Saturday’s slideshow for more shots, from Scott Lynch. The Red Menace officially dodged the Lower East Side this year, but that didn’t stop the angry Tweets from the East Village and beyond. According to the Wall Street Journal, there were no arrests, eight summonses for open alcohol containers and two summonses for disorderly conduct related to the event — a drop from last year’s numbers. But, yeah, check out this brawl outside of Joe Jr. in Gramercy.

Pretty much everyone who wasn’t in a Santa suit this weekend was seeing The Pizza Underground at Baby’s All Right. Gothamist has video footage of Macaulay Culkin’s kazoo solo. [Gothamist, Free Williamsburg, Stereogum]
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Red Alert: SantaCon Has Stormed Manhattan

Do we even have to tell you that hundreds of slurring Santas (on CitiBikes! in SantaTanks!) have hit the snowy streets of the East Village and Lower East Side? Love it or hate it, SantaCon has come to town, and this morning our photographer Scott Lynch braved the broball fights to document the Red Menace. Actually, not everyone wore boring ol’ red and white: we spotted Crazy Legs Conti in St. Patty’s get-up, for starters. Click through our slideshow to see that and all the rest.

See and Be Seen, and See Some Zines, at the 8-Ball Fair This Weekend

The first zine fair. (Photo courtesy of 8-Ball)

The first zine fair. (Photo courtesy of 8-Ball)

Lele Saveri is a busy, mustacheoed man: he helped open MuddGuts in November, just extended The Newsstand’s run into January and this Sunday he’ll put on the fourth installment of the 8-Ball Zine Fair.
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This Group Wants to Unite Bushwick’s Longtimers With… Can We Say ‘Hipsters’?

via Bridging Bushwick's Facebook page.

via Bridging Bushwick’s Facebook page.

No discussion of the state of things in Bushwick would be complete without a philosophical brainstorming session on what a “hipster” is, and whether the label applies to anybody or everybody around.  On Monday night, 22 people sat in folding chairs at The Living Gallery for a round-table discussion called Bridging Bushwick, an event meant to “erase stereotypes and negative energy that surround our community,” according to its Facebook page. Two friendly cats, one black and one gray, wandered around distracting everybody.
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Ferry Good News! Five More Years of East River Ferry Service

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 1.37.29 PMBefore he sails off into the sunset, Mayor Bloomberg is extending East River Ferry service, originally schedule to end next year.

According to the longest press release ever, the ferry has wildly exceeded expectations, carrying nearly 3 million passengers since its launch in summer of 2011. The five-year extension, with two additional one-year extension options, begins next summer. Fares will remain $4 for a one-way weekday ticket, $6 for a weekend ride, and $140 for a weekday unlimited monthly pass. The schedule won’t change, either.
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Gwynett St. Denies Drug Bust Report; Williamsburg Stabbing Suspect Wears a Cowboy Hat

RIP Young Chow Rest.

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

The suspect in last weekend’s Williamsburg stabbing wears a cowboy hat and a mustache. [DNA Info]

The Daily News reported that Gwynnett St. owner Carl McCoy “agreed with a drug dealer” to have several packages of methylone sent to the Williamsburg restaurant; Gwynett St. tweeted that the report was “some Onion shit” and “none of these accusations are true.” [Grub Street]

A Williamsburg rental building that seems to have a rooftop hopscotch court is now accepting rentals, and all six of the $1,825/month studios are gone. [Curbed]
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Earwax’s Owner Says Rough Trade Is Welcome to Ride His Coattails

When Rough Trade opened in Williamsburg last month, we wondered how the neighborhood’s smaller record shops felt about the British invasion. Earwax Records, for one, describes itself as “the oldest standing record shop in Williamsburg — Since 1991! and still the most selective and quality oriented.” You can believe owner Fabio Roberti had some thoughts about the British behemoth opening up just a few blocks over from him on North 9th. Watch our video to hear what he had to say.

Video by Tamerra Griffin, Sara Afzal and Mel Bailey

Help the Philippines By Seeing Philip Glass or Karaoking With Beauty Queens

David Byrne isn’t the only downtown demigod trying to stem the effects of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda (that’s him above, at a benefit performance of “Here Lies Love,” last month). Le Poisson Rouge just announced that Philip Glass will play a benefit show there next Thursday. And it isn’t your only chance to help the Philippines.
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