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6 Burlesque Performers Share Their Lofty Ideas About Taking It Off in NYC

Dirty Martini (photo: Steven Menendez)

Dirty Martini (photo: Steven Menendez)

Burlesque has a storied history in New York City. It first appeared in the 1800s, mixed in with other vaudevillian entertainment, and it rose in popularity (and decreased in clothing) until Mayor La Guardia and moral outcry got to it in the 1940s. That’s when many Times Square burlesque theaters closed and attendees of Depression-era shows were reduced to “sex crazed perverts.” Later, many of these very buildings became home to peep shows and sex clubs in the seedier days of Times Square, which in turn suffered a similar fate during the Giuliani-led Disneyfication of the neighborhood in the ’90s. As this was happening, groups of artists in underground venues were bringing creative and often strange stripping back to the city, giving birth to what is now hailed as the neo-burlesque movement.

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Lyft Rider Steals Car in Williamsburg; Cafe Moto Becomes Cafe Velo

Shaun Martin—who crashed into an East Village storefront in 2013 while on drugs, killing a 62-year-old florist—was sentenced Friday to at least 20 years imprisonment. [NY Daily News]

On E. 12th Street Friday afternoon, a woman was left shaken after she fell from one roof to another while reportedly attempting to retrieve her drone with a handmade rope of tied-together sheets. [EV Grieve]

Around 3 a.m. yesterday in Williamsburg, a Lyft passenger urinated in the SUV and proceeded to punch the driver and steal the car after the driver called the police. The vehicle was later found abandoned on S. 1st Street. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Week in Film: a Handmaiden’s S&M Tale and Prison Twelve Ways


The Prison in Twelve Landscapes
Friday November 4, 7 pm and 9:15 pm and through Wednesday November 9 at Anthology Film Archives: $11

This documentary explores the far-reaching consequences of incarceration across the United States, without ever setting foot inside the prison proper. It’s a fascinating take on the impact of the prison system from a different perspective than the one we’re used to, in which the cameras are literally being behind bars. Instead, the subject is approached through absence and invisibility, from the parallel infrastructures that bring food and supplies into penitentiaries to women prisoners fighting forest fires in California.

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William Vale Hotel Adds Leuca Restaurant and Outdoor Shows

(Photo: Liz Clayman for Grub Street)

(Photo: Liz Clayman)

By now you may have heard that, hot on the heels of opening Westlight on the roof of Williamsburg’s shiny new William Vale hotel, Andrew Carmellini has opened his bottom-floor restaurant, Leuca. Grub Street noted that the Italian spot is serving “New York’s most elegant sundae,” which will surprise no one who’s had the decadent, over-the-top La Fantasia di Doppio Cioccolato at one of the chef’s other spots, Locanda Verde.

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Get On Board With the Skater-Artist Who Made This Cubs Tribute Deck

@lou_sarowsky on Instagram.

@lou_sarowsky on Instagram.

In 2002, “Lurker” Lou Sarowsky moved to New York City with his longtime friend and fellow Cape Cod native Zered Bassett, into a now infamous, windowless apartment in Lower Manhattan. Sarowsky dubbed it the “Vicious Cycle” house, and his crew kept up a rigorous schedule of skateboarding all day and filming for Bassett’s indie-skate video of the same name, followed by nights of smoking, drinking, and playing pool.

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You Can Slurp Booze Out of All of the Art at ‘Slow, Dimwitted Carnage’

(Photo courtesy of Coustof Waxman)

(Photo courtesy of Coustof Waxman)

Attending an art opening usually means agreeing to a trade-off: in exchange for free booze and the company of other humans, you won’t be seeing much, if any of the art work. But at “Slow, Dimwitted Carnage,” the second exhibition from newcomer gallery Coustof Waxman, guests can have their art and, um, drink it too.

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New Nordic Arrives in the East Village– n’eat!

Rehydrated beets, pickled beets, and blackberries (Photo: Michael Garofalo)

Rehydrated beets, pickled beets, and blackberries (Photo: Michael Garofalo)

Looking for a taste of Copenhagen in the East Village? Last night marked the grand opening of n’eat, the latest entry in New York’s growing list of New Nordic eateries, which offers a relaxed take on one of the food world’s trendiest genres. The restaurant is the first stateside venture from chef Gabriel Hedlund and restaurateur Mathias Kær.

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New Essex Crossing Renderings; Converted Synagogue Going For $30K

Check out new renderings of the Market Line, the eventual site of the Essex Street Market in the Essex Crossing development on the Lower East Side. [Curbed NY]

An eighth grade teacher at Evergreen Middle School for Urban Exploration launched a $4K crowdfunding campaign to buy computers for her students. [Bushwick Daily]

On E. 8th Street, a synagogue converted into a four-story townhouse is currently on the market for $30K/month. [Curbed NY] Keep Reading »

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I Took Donald Trump to China to Show Him What a REAL Wall Looks Like

(Courtesy of Jason Wishnow)

(Courtesy of Jason Wishnow)

It’s a myth that the Great Wall of China can be seen from space. Still, with an awesome span of 5,500 miles, it stretches more than twice as long as the U.S./Mexico border. This past summer, when I was offered a directing gig in Beijing, I jumped at my chance to finally see, firsthand, the progenitor of culturally divisive barrier protection.

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Performance Picks: Colorful Comedy, Wilderness Therapy, Taboo Poets

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(flyer by Chandler Moses, via Facebook)

(flyer by Chandler Moses, via Facebook)

Comedy Cunt
Thursday, November 3 at Bluestockings Bookstore, 7 pm: FREE. 

Now that this show’s title has your attention, let us give you some details. Unless you don’t want them, and wish to blindly saunter into a show called “Comedy Cunt.” That’s admirable. For the rest of you, this is a recurring show, hosted by Arti Gollapudi, where marginalized individuals harness the medium of comedy to delve into their own life experiences. This time around, they’ve got Joe Castle Baker (who recently delivered perhaps the most memorable and manic riff on infomercials I’ve seen, which is impressive, as I love work about infomercials), Ayanna Dookie, Chandler Moses, Katie Fay Behrmann, Amy Zimmer, and Mamoudou N’Diaye, who used to teach science to youngsters. Plus, a “video performance” by Amanda Justice. Might I say, justice is served? Keep Reading »

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Can a Radical Firebrand and His Strange Bedfellows Strengthen WBAI’s Signal?

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

As an aspiring stand-up comic, Randy Credico played on Las Vegas stages trod by Don Rickles and Frank Sinatra, but at age 27 he blew the opportunity of a lifetime. During what could’ve been a career-making appearance on The Tonight Show, he took aim at the Reagan administration and compared UN Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick to Adolph Hitler’s beloved Eva Braun.

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