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East Village Wine & Liquors Relocates On the, Um, Lower East Side

(Photo: Sarika Gangar)

(Photo: Sarika Gangar)

Oh, hey, speaking of tequila: the stretch of Clinton between Rivington and Delancey in the Lower East Side is getting a wine shop as East Village Wine & Liquors relocates from two blocks away. The store will be taking over the former home of V.I.P Cafe & Bakery, at 80-82 Clinton Street.
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A Bushwick Artist Barreled Over the Competition to Take Home $10,000

Booze has been the downfall of many an artist (absinthe, ear, etc.) but it paid off nicely for Bushwick photographer and sculptor Phoenix Lindsey-Hall last night, as she took home a $10,000 check from Herradura. Drinks on her!
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Now Showing: Iranian Vampires, ‘Shape-Shifting Fetus Eaters,’ Bill Murray Returns


Hey there! Are you going to the movies this weekend? If not, you should definitely reconsider because there are some fantastic movies out right now. Seriously, go see them before we are bombarded with Big Hollywood holiday season bull butt.
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While You Wait For the Cat Cafe, Meet Some Kitties and Help Some Doggies

(Photo: Madeline Walsh)

(Photo: Madeline Walsh)

A week ago, the folks at Macaron Parlour emailed to let us know that they’re opening the city’s first permanent cat cafe at 46 Hester Street. Unlike last time, this time it’s for real. Customers will be able to nibble on homemade pastries and sip coffee from Blue Bottle or tea from Harney & Sons while they get anywhere from 30 minutes ($4) to five hours ($30) of QT with cats that can then be adopted from KittyKind. The cats, we’re told, will have “bespoke playpens,” and there’ll be free wifi in case you want to, you know, watch cat videos.
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Four Women Robbed in Bars; Teen Raped By Police Impersonator

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On Wednesday night, 47-year-old Walter Barnes was arrested for impersonating a cop and sexually assaulting an 18-year-old girl early last month near the corner of Aberdeen Street and Bushwick Avenue. [NY Daily News]

Police are looking for a 30-something man with black hair who allegedly robbed four women in bars across Bushwick and Williamsburg last month. [DNA Info]

New 127-apartment building Colony 1209, located on DeKalb Avenue in Bushwick, is on the market for $81.5 million. [Commercial Observer]

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Two More Holiday Markets, From Roberta’s and Refinery29

1401146_10152850170854520_5152181318319771883_oBecause 10 holiday markets just aren’t enough when you’re looking for every last excuse to hole up indoors, here are a couple more orgies of crass consumerism to add to your calendar.

Roberta’s Holiday Market
Dec. 12 from 5-10pm and Dec. 13 from noon-6pm, 261 Moore St., Brooklyn
On the latest episode of Roberta’s Radio, the restaurant’s co-owner Brandon Hoy explained why he wasn’t participating in SantaCon, which will occur (hopefully not in Bushwick) on the same day as the annual holiday market: “The last thing I want is a bunch of drunk Santas vomitting on somebody’s handcrafted jewelry or soap.” In addition to the vom-free soap, there’ll be vintage items, greeting cards, ceramics and home goods from local vendors. Plus, food!
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Will There Be a ‘Million Santa March’ in Bushwick Tonight? (Probably Not)

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If this flyer is to be believed, SantaCon supporters scorned by Bushwick bar owners will gather at Pearl’s Billy & Social Club tonight “to protect the constitutional rights of a charitable, good-natured right to assembly.” But is it to be believed?
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‘There’s No More Artists’: This Boutique Is Leaving Williamsburg to the J.Crew Shoppers

(Photo courtesy Lavai Maria)

(Photo courtesy Lavai Maria)

Speaking of J.Crew (or rather TV on the Radio was speaking of them), Lavai Maria is leaving Williamsburg after five years, and its owner says a new breed of local shopper is to blame.

“I’m moving because of the changes in the neighborhood,” Vania Scharbach told us just hours before she’ll close Lavai Maria on North 5th Street, where everything is 50 percent off today.
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