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Latin Vegan Spot Soft-Opens On St. Marks Place Friday

From left: Danny and Alex Carabano. (Photo: Sam Gillette).

From left: Danny and Alex Carabano. (Photo: Sam Gillette).

The past couple of weeks, Danny and Alex Carabano have stood outside of the restaurant they plan to open at 12 St. Marks Place, selling empanadas and giving out free samples of organic quinoa and cold-pressed juices. This Friday they’ll finally soft-open their vegan-kosher eatery with limited seating. The grand opening will follow a week later.

The brothers opened the first V-Spot nine years ago in Park Slope because Danny couldn’t find restaurants that offered appetizing options for his vegan diet. As he experimented at home, he realized that it’s “not as difficult as it seems to veganize something.”

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This Therapist Advocates ‘Going Down into the Basement’ With Psychedelics

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

We recently squeezed our way into Morbid Anatomy‘s sold-out lecture “Psychedelics & Death” presented by Dr. Neal Goldsmith, a New York City-based psychotherapist who practices what he calls “psychedelic-inspired therapy.” He’s also the author of Psychedelic Healing. Until recently this topic might have seemed fit only for people with Alex Grey posters on their dorm room wall and aging hippies. And of course radical artists, like Melanie Bonajo, who are concerned with the ways in which ayahuasca could maybe be reasonably adapted into Western society.

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Pioneer Works Opens a Tiny But Well Curated Bookstore

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Pioneer Works’ new bookstore in Red Hook, which had its grand opening on Tuesday night, is a remarkably small shop. Maybe the size of a very bitty studio apartment. “Wait, is this is? Or do you have back-stock somewhere?” we asked Zach White, the shop clerk. He laughed. “Nope, this is pretty much it.” But that’s kind of the point. “It’s almost like an installation, in a sense, because it’s so small and ever changing,” Zach explained. “I don’t feel like it will ever be a place for ‘I’m looking for this book, maybe Pioneer Books has it’ — instead you’ll come here and know that a book is gonna find you.”

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Hoping to Rent Kurt Cobain’s Place? ‘Stay Away’

Cobain's childhood bedroom. (Aberdeen Realty)

Cobain’s childhood bedroom. (Aberdeen Realty)

A couple of months after Vulture noticed Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s old Los Angeles apartment on Airbnb, the listing has been taken down. Sorry, Nirvana fans: if you want to sleep like Cobain slept, you’ll have to crawl underneath a bridge and collect drippings from the ceiling.

Actually, that’s not quite true.

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Inside Federal Bar, the Knitting Factory’s Sister Spot Opening For Dinner Friday

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

Next time you feel the need to nosh during a Harmonica Lewinskies concert or while watching Hannibal Buress crush it, Knitting Factory’s new next-door sister restaurant will be on call with a menu full of drinking-friendly options. Or, if you prefer, you can enjoy the more sophisticated dishes offered up at The Federal Bar’s 50-seat dining room. All of which is well and good, but we have to say we’re more captivated with Chef Brendon Doyle’s creative ideas for future food/entertainment amalgamations, particularly one Daniel Day Lewis dinner series that may or may feature a giant communal milkshake, timed for consumption during a certain crucial scene.

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East Village’s $4.4M Rooftop Cottage; ’90s Fest in Williamsburg

Williamsburg Walks, Bedford Avenue Block Party 2015: Yog

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Surveillance video has been released of the man who police believe assaulted a 36-year-old woman on Bushwick’s Starr Street around 12:30 a.m. Friday. [NY1]

Dallas BBQ in the East Village closed for emergency repairs after multiple gas leaks were found on the premises. [NY1]

See a rendering of how 600 Bushwick Avenue will look when the former garage is converted to a 64-unit rental property. [NY YIMBY]

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Can This App Keep Your Landlord From Freezing You Out of Your Apartment?

Noelle Francois (far right) at a talk at Northside Festival. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Noelle Francois (far right) at a talk at Northside Festival. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Mayor de Blasio announced today that his Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force has made its first arrest, of a landlord who, among other things, stands accused of illegally depriving rent-regulated tenants of heat even as temperatures were below freezing. The indictment of Daniel Melamed for allegedly endangering the welfare of his tenants during winter renovations of his Crown Heights building “sends a clear signal to any unscrupulous landlords that they will be next,” De Blasio said. “And we’ll spare no effort in going out – going after those who are forcing New Yorkers out of their homes illegally.”

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East Villagers Told to Look Out For Man Attacking Asian Women

nypdThe commanding officer of the Ninth Precinct called on East Village residents to be on the lookout for a “pattern assault perpetrator” who has attacked four Asian women over the past week in a series of apparent bias crimes, striking them with a bag “containing a hard object.”

“This is obviously a perpetrator that we want to get off the street,” Deputy Inspector Peter Venice told a gathering of locals at the East Fifth Street stationhouse last night during the last meeting of its community council before the summer break. He asked them to contact the police tip line if they see a person of interest. The c.o. gave no description of the suspect, who is said to be a slender man thought to be in his 20s. But he noted there were posters up in the neighborhood and recommended watching television reports for additional information.

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Trixie Little Won Big-Time at Burlesque Hall of Fame; Now She’s Thinking Revolution

(Photo: Neil Kendall)

(Photo: Neil Kendall)

On a Southwest flight to Las Vegas, I sat next to a spunky, petite woman from Baltimore who now lives in Brooklyn. Her small stature belies her strength—I’ve watched her do handstands and seen her lift a man heavier than her while wearing kitten heels. Trixie Little was on her way to compete—for the fifth time, much like Diana Nyad—for the title of Miss Exotic World, the queen of burlesque crowned annually at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender.

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