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The Zaccaro Sign Has Left the Building

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

While researching our recent story on ghost signs, we were saddened to discover that a Lower East Side classic has disappeared. The façade of 19 Kenmare Street used to boast a 1940s-era sign for two companies still in business: P. Zaccaro Co. Real Estate and J. Eis and Son, an appliance store. Workers have removed the iconic hand-painted ad.
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Manitoba’s Launches Life-or-Death Fundraiser After Settling Discrimination Suit

Dick Manitoba and Zoe Hansen

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Earlier this month it was Cake Shop putting out a cry for help and this week Alphabet City fixture Manitoba’s is looking to raise funds. The headline of the “Save Manitoba’s!” campaign, which hit Indiegogo yesterday, is dire: “Please help save Manitoba’s bar from being FORCED out of business through no fault of our own.”
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You Might Be a Giant If Black Francis of The Pixies Picks Your TMBG Video

After laying low for a while, quintessential Brooklyn band They Might Be Giants is back in a, well, gigantic way. Earlier this month they rebooted Dial-A-Song, reminding us that they were pushing the music-release envelope when Beyonce was (literally) in diapers. And now they’ve announced a video contest judged by none other than Black Francis of The Pixies.
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Behind the Sneaker-Tossing, Tandem-Riding Scenes of SNL’s ‘Bushwick, 2015′

(Photo: Paul Rome)

(Photo: Paul Rome)

Walking up St. Nicholas Avenue around 2pm on Friday afternoon on my way home from the Wyckoff Starr, the coffee shop I manage, I passed an unusual sight: a tall, long-haired man attempting to throw a pair of laced-together sneakers over a telephone wire in broad daylight.
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Condo Dwellers Flock to ‘Rat Castle’; Moscot Turns 100

Not their first rodeo

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At 179 Ludlow Street—the building known as “Rat Castle” during years of stalled construction—all the condos have been claimed two months after leasing began. [The Real Deal]

Those new tenants might want to stop by Community Board 3′s Rat Prevention Training course on the afternoon of February 6 at BRC Senior Center. [Bowery Boogie]

Thursday at 7 p.m., actor/filmmaker Simon Helberg will discuss his romantic comedy We’ll Never Have Paris, co-starring Zachary Quinto and Melanie Lynskey, at the Apple Store in Soho (Free, RSVP here).

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Broadway Triangle Developer Says Allegations of Housing Discrimination Are Anti-Semitic

Diana Reyna addresses the crowd at a City Hall rally protesting the development of the Broadway Triangle in Williamsburg. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Diana Reyna addresses the crowd at a City Hall rally protesting the development of the Broadway Triangle in Williamsburg. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Protesters rallied against the development of Broadway Triangle in Williamsburg, saying the proposed housing heavily favors the Hasidic Jewish population over blacks and Latinos. But the property’s developer says it’s all the opposite: opponents of the affordable units are being anti-Semitic.
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The Cause B Show Figured It Should Probably Change Its Name

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Back when we told you about The Cause B Show, a comedy night dedicated to airing issues of import to North Brooklyn, the borough’s own Hannibal Buress hadn’t yet set off the media firestorm that made Bill Cosby synonymous with “putting the pills in the people.”
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Come And Play With Hotsy-Totsy Burlesque As They Honor Stephen King

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From “The Shining” by Lee Roy Myers (Woodrocket via Death and Taxes)

True story: Stephen King taught me the P-word. So it makes sense that Hotsy Totsy Burlesque – the troupe that tarted up The Big Lebowski – is paying homage to the Master of Modern Horror.

The set-up for the tribute, happening Feb. 12 at The Slipper Room, goes something like this:

Handsome Brad is thrilled to have won “The Stephen King Scariest Story Ever Written Contest.” The prize is a writer’s residency at the isolated (and haunted) Overlook Hotel during the off-season, where Brad will be finishing his book and chewing on aspirin. Knowing that all work and no play makes Brad a dull boy, he has decided to throw a burlesque blow out party and he has invited Cherry Pitz and the gals from the Home For Wayward Girls and Fallen Women to pop up during the off season for a show.

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Affordable Housing Threatens Community Gardens; SNL’s Bushwick Sketch

Adam Dare

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A man in Bushwick was arrested when police found a single-use grenade launcher during a drug raid in his Knickerbocker Avenue apartment. [Gothamist]

Bushwick’s Evergreen Lots and Williamsburg’s La Casista Verde are among the community gardens that could be replaced by affordable housing. [Curbed NY]

Bowery Coffee on Houston shuttered last week. [EV Grieve]

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All Eyes On Pies ‘n’ Thighs, Opening Its Manhattan Location Monday

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Pies ‘n’ Thighs, 43 Canal Street. (Photo: Jaime Cone)

After nearly a year of anticipation, Pies ‘n’ Thighs opens Monday on the border of Chinatown and the Lower East Side; the Manhattan outpost will serve the signature fried chicken that made it a hit in Williamsburg as well as a few special LES treats, including sourdough donuts.
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