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Danny Bowien Is Literally a Lower East Side Poster Boy

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Everyone’s in a twitter about Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln ad, but dude — check out Danny Bowien looking sharper than an al pastor knife in a new ad campaign for menswear etailer Frank & Oak. We spotted this on Orchard Street, just a stone’s throw from the increasingly awesome Mission Cantina (three words: “bone marrow fajitas”). The ad’s tagline is “for the journey ahead.” And speaking of the journey ahead: here, courtesy of Bowien’s twitter, is a glimpse inside the soon-to-reopen Mission Chinese.

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Brooklyn Flea’s Malaysian Mainstay Is Opening in the East Village

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Earlier this year Pasar Malam came to Williamsburg (maybe you saw their flower-festooned tent at our Bazaar this past weekend) and now the East Village is getting a Malaysian spot – one of the few varieties of ethnic food it doesn’t already have.
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Veselka Parties With Free Food; $20M Duplexes On Bond Street

graffiti mural and tag in New York City's Greenpoint

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Yesterday morning, the FDNY surveyed loose scaffolding at the landmarked Jarmulowsky Bank Building on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]

Right of Way and Families for Safe Streets dedicated eight sidewalk memorials to local pedestrians and cyclists who’ve been killed, including Leighton Parnham, 19, and Mathieu Lefevre, 30, who respectively died in Williamsburg in 2012 and 2011. [Greenpointers]

Preview the vegetal cuisine at Semilla, the new restaurant occupying Lake Trout’s former Havemeyer Street space. [Grub Street]

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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 recently opened 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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