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Spotted: Michael Alig Recalling the Trashy East Village, Going to IHOP

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Back in May, Michael Alig, fresh off of 17 years in prison, told us, “I honestly had no idea that there’d be people waiting at the gate when I got out, and that TMZ would be following me through the West Village.” Today we spotted camera crews following him through the East Village as he and club-kid-turned-tv-personality James St. James strolled down Avenue A.
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Rosie’s Mexican (No Relation to Rosa Mexicano) Coming in December

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Man are the husband-and-wife team behind Chelsea’s Cookshop keeping busy. Last week Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer debuted Vic’s in the space that previously held their Noho brunch spot Five Points. And now, with this sign, they’ve announced to the denizens of Second Avenue that they’re getting ready to open Rosie’s in the former home of Boukies.
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Here’s What the East Village Is Getting Instead of the ‘Best Chef in New York’

IMG_0872What’s coming to the former home of San Loco now that Community Board 3 has shooed off the Best Chef in New York (per this year’s James Beard Awards)? A rotisserie chicken joint. How… exciting.

Over the weekend, we noticed that signage for TakeMeHome Rotisserie Chicken has gone up at 151 Avenue A, across from Tompkins Square Park. San Loco left the nook in February and Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, etc. made a bid for a cafe, sandwich shop and wine bar there. “Are there really people that don’t want April Bloomfield coming into their neighborhood?” asked Ken Friedman at the time. “If so, fuck em!”
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Looks Like the ‘Looking For a Girlfriend’ Backlash Has Begun

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

When we announced that Dan “Looking For a Girlfriend” Perino would be speed dating at our Bedford + Bowery Bazaar, a “Concerned EVer” commented, “This person has made such an ass of himself in the EV that I cannot imagine ANYONE actually being interested in him.” Either that commenter has access to a Sharpie or others feel the same way, because here, above, is what someone has done with at least two flyers announcing Perino’s new Indiegogo campaign. 
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An Eclair Shop Is Coming to the Land of Doughnut Plant

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Takeout joints within the Lower East Side’s Cologne Zone have traditionally pandered to the drunk and hungry, but amidst the taco shacks and 99-cent slice joints, a decidedly haute concept has arrived. Les Jardins de la Duchesse, as the Orchard Street newcomer is haughtily called, will specialize in eclairs. That’s right, eclairs.

Actually, there will be something here for the sauced: the petite patisserie will offer a bacon-wrapped goat-cheese eclair, plus three other savory varieties along with six sweet ones. According to its website, they’ll be made by Chef Antoine Pelhate, who apprenticed in France at age 15 and went on to work in Swiss restaurants and hotels. Among his sweet pastries are a coffee eclair stuffed with Arabica coffee cream and topped with coffee icing. Hello.
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Photos + Video: Wild Wheels and Trippy Trikes at Black Label’s Cycle-delic Bike Kill

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There were some concerns last week that Bike Kill, the Black Label Bike Club’s annual block party/festival of debauchery, might not happen this year. Officials had rejected their permit request for the usual spot in Bed-Stuy, on the dead end behind the Home Depot parking lot. At the last minute, though, the club secured a block on Gardner Street just off Flatbush in Bushwick, and man was it ON.
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Watch: The Costumed Canines of The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

Saturday at Tompkins Square Park, the dog days of summer officially ended as canines of all sizes paraded around in the Halloween spirit. With hundreds of pups and twice as many people crowding into the park, no costume went unrepresented.

This year, the contest’s top contenders included a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt in Night at the Museum, and the obligatory “Barking Bad” duo. Watch our video to see a couple of honorable mentions — the Shake Shack and “The Greatest City in the World” — and many more doggies in disguise.

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Deadly Shooting in Bushwick; Newtown Creek Scores Cleanup Cash

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Police say a 27-year-old man who was shot inside the salon Finest Nails Inc. on Myrtle Avenue in Bushwick Thursday afternoon died within the hour at Woodhull Hospital. No arrest has been made. [NY Daily News]

As part of Getty Petroleum’s bankruptcy settlement, the chemical-dumping company will fund $16 million of Newtown Creek‘s much-needed cleaning. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Williamsburg bowling alley The Gutter reopened Saturday after being scoured by a biohazard company, a precaution taken after a recent patron—Dr. Craig Spencer—was diagnosed with Ebola last week. [Daily Intelligencer]

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Madewell Better Well Have Free Drinks At Its Williamsburg Opening

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(Photo: Madewell)

Just a few blocks away from the new J. Crew store in Williamsburg (and steps from the Urban Outfitters’ Space Ninety 8), the brand’s sister store Madewell will open its doors next week. And because this is Brooklyn and the women’s clothing label probz has lots of cash they’re willing to throw around to welcome themselves to the neighborhood, Madewell is throwing a party.
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