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Spanish Shoe Brand Is the Latest Camper on the Bowery

Even these days when art galleries and boutique hotels line the Bowery, homeless encampments aren’t hard to find there. But this is a decidedly different type of Camper. As of today, the Spanish shoe brand is selling $285 kicks at the first New York City outpost of CamperLab. The narrow store at 221 Bowery, right next to Bowery Mission, promises cutting-edge designs that aren’t available at Camper’s Soho, World Trade Center and Midtown shops. And we do mean cutting-edge– the soles of the $285 kicks in question were designed to resemble T Rex teeth. You can also get women’s heels that look like they were made from upcycled soft pretzels. Or maybe they were made by a balloon-art clown at a kids’ birthday party.

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Sasha Velour on 4/20, The Postmen Move to Bushwick, and More Performance Picks

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(image via Sasha Velour / Facebook)

Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns
Thursday, April 20 at National Sawdust, 8:30 pm doors, 10 pm show: $18 advance, $22 doors

If you live in Brooklyn and are watching this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, there’s probably a pretty good chance you’re only a degree or two of separation from some of the queens competing. One of these hometown heroes is Sasha Velour, who has continued to host the unique drag variety show Nightgowns on a regular basis. The show is typically at Bizarre Bushwick, but is making the move to dear old Williamsburg and its funky, classy music hall National Sawdust.

Given that they’re moving to a bigger, swankier space, the lineup is pretty big too. You can see shows after fabulous show from Francesca, Hystée Lauder, Kandy Muse, Olive d’Nightlife, Pearl Harbor, Severely Mame, Scarlet Envy, Untitled Queen, and Vigor Mortis. And hey, it’s 4/20, so there’ll probably be some sort of relevant performance themes going on. Keep Reading »

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Artists & Fleas Brings Williamsburg to Soho With a New Market

After a decade and a half as a staple of the Williamsburg flea market scene, Artists & Fleas is opening its fourth location, smack dab in the middle of Soho, on the corner of Prince and Broadway. Look out, Prada.

Founded by Brooklyn-based Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer in 2003, A&F allows independent artists and designers to sell their wares (or wears. . .get it?), resulting in a hodge podge of hip stuff: vintage clothing, jewelry, leather products, art items, handbags, food, and, of course, beard oil. 

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East Village Deli Employee Assaults Customer; Serial L Train Thief

At an Alphabet City deli Tuesday evening, a clerk allegedly hit an 18-year-old man with a baseball bat and called him a “tranny.” The clerk was arrested for assault, arraigned and released from police custody. [NY Daily News]

Police released footage of a man they believe has been cutting holes in sleeping L train passengers’ pockets and stealing their wallets over the past two months. [DNA Info]

Local artist Jim “Mosaic Man” Power erected an Astor Place tribute to musician David Peel, who died two weeks ago. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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Watch Some LA Underground Heavies Premiere a New Music Video Shot By Richard Kern

(Flyer via Collapsing Scenery)

The electro post-rock band Collapsing Scenery has been hailed as “the voice of LA’s new underground,” so it only makes sense that their tripped-out, abstract videos are essential to their music. Cool, but doesn’t every synth-dominated band these days sorta need visuals to make what is by and large a cold-blooded genre cluster feel even remotely emotive? And what’s so special about swiping a bunch of “found footage” from YouTube, throwing on a glitchy distortion filter, and calling it a “short film”? If you answered “yes” and “nothing,” in that order, then you’re exactly right– only, not about Collapsing Scenery.

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East Villagers Meet With Cops to Talk Biking and Robberies

Burglary suspect. (Photo: NYPD)

The NYPD’s East Village station house was packed last night with locals concerned about an uptick in burglaries and a fatal bicycle collision.

Cyclists showed up to the monthly Community Council meeting hoping to learn about the collision between the driver of a box truck and Kelly Hurley, a 31-year-old Lower East Side resident. She was biking to work at the SoulCycle gym on the morning of April 5 when she was struck at the intersection of First Avenue and East 9th Street, said Capt. Vincent Greany, commanding officer of the 9th Precinct.

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Shea Stadium Won’t Reopen at Its Current Location

After raising over $98,000 from over 1,600 people via a widely publicized Kickstarter campaign, East Williamsburg DIY venue Shea Stadium is calling it quits at its current location. A letter to Kickstarter backers, sent just a couple of days before the campaign expired, explains that the landlords, who had been supportive of the venture during its eight years on a scrappy industrial block of Meadow Street, have now decided to open a nightclub of their own. It looks like last week’s visit to the Macaulay Culkin Show might’ve been our last look inside the endearingly homegrown venue.

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Birds & Bubbles Lawsuit; Gotham’s Most Instagrammed Food Destinations

According to the NYPD, the 31-year-old Lower East Side resident and SoulCycle instructor who was hit by a truck earlier this month on First Avenue—and later died of her injuries—fell off her bicycle prior to being struck. [The Village Voice]

In November, a woman in the East Village called the police to report missing items. The next day, a civilian posing as an officer requested her phone access code, turned off her service, and made unauthorized purchases with her credit cards.
[Gothamist]

Per a pilot program that started this week, police officers in the East Village will receive training in conversing with individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Week in Film: Viagra for Nursery Rhymes, Poitras Does Assange, and More

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Unkissed Bride 
Saturday April 22, 10 pm at Spectacle: $5 

OK, before you LMFAO at the premise of this Jack Harris film, put yourself in the shoes of either Ted or Margi, the young couple who find out on their honeymoon (of course) that there’s a roadblock standing in the way of (early) marital bliss. Like, that blows. Especially for such a young couple, because for the most part isn’t it true that marriage–am I pronouncing that right? may-raj…? mar-ridge..?–these days either ends in de jure divorce (courthouses, lawyers, and custody battles, etc.) or de facto divorce (separate beds, six-month yoga retreats, and the like).

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