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The Story of Greenpoint’s ‘Onion’ Dome May Well Bring a Tear to Your Eye

All week, we’re bringing you a series of deep dives into the surprising histories of storied addresses. Back to our usual after the New Year.

(Photo: Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration)

(Photo: Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration)

On a Saturday, as the sun begins to set over McCarren Park, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration’s exotic onion domes start spilling their distinctive shadows across the patch of greenery at the corner of North 12th and Driggs Avenue. At this time, the Cathedral’s weekly Vespers service begins with the spontaneity of a music box that has just had its crank released. Within seconds, the interior of the Cathedral goes from dimly lit tranquility to enrapturing sensuality. Light starts to refract out of the cathedral’s chandelier, its crystal shell bathing the walls with a warm golden glow. The religious art includes numerous icons of Christ, all illumined, and the myriad of intricately painted pairs of eyes now seem to gaze down upon the congregation with an enigmatic stare. The air hangs heavy with a combination of angelic choral sounds and the smoky, aromatic fragrance of burning incense.
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Can ‘Local’ and ‘Sustainable’ Do For Fashion What It Did For Food?

Jars of angora, cotton and flax above the BF + DA's "petting zoo" of materials.

Jars of angora, cotton and flax at the BF + DA’s “petting zoo” of materials. (Photo: Heidi Harrington-Johnson)

Gone are the mom-and-pop sewing shops that once lined the area between Fifth and Ninth Avenues, from 34th to 42nd Streets in Manhattan. Fashion mongers no longer haul their wares on racks down the street. In fact, there are very few signs that the Garment District — once responsible for producing 95 percent of all the clothing sold in the United States — still exists here at all.
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Williamsburg and Village Cinemas Screen The Interview; Back Forty Closes

Christmas trees, East Village

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Three thieves stole an Xbox, a pair of Playstations and 11 sets of Beats by Dre headphones just before 4 a.m. Saturday morning from a Williamsburg game/electronics shop. [Brooklyn Paper]

Back Forty closed after seven years on Avenue B while its sister restaurant, Back Forty West, soldiers on in Soho. [Grub Street]

Both Cinema Village on E.12th Street and Williamsburg Cinemas on Grand Street will screen North Korea’s most notorious film, The Interview, starting tomorrow. [Huffington Post]

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Un-Believable: Tickets For The Interview Are Now On Sale

the-interview-web-poster__mediumFollowing a backlash against its decision to shelve The Interview in light of an aggressive hacking campaign, Sony is now releasing the film in a select number of willing theaters. One of them, the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers, just put tickets on sale for showings from Christmas through New Year’s Day.

All of the screenings except for the New Year’s Eve one are at midnight: the December 31 showing is at 10:35am.
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‘The Decadence and the Drama’ of Nutcracker Rouge’s Wild Costumes

(Photos: Angelica Frey)

(Photos: Angelica Frey)

At the beginning of Nutcracker Rouge, amid wafts of frankincense, the virginal Marie Claire (Laura Careless) finds herself in a haunted forest where she’s surrounded by a storm of snowflakes. Dancers appear on stage clad in lace corsets, tutus, Swarovski-encrusted masks and matching jewelry. Their skeletal, horn-shaped headpieces are frightening. To the tune of Vivaldi’s Winter, they twirl and encircle the wide-eyed Marie Claire, who wears an iridescent turquoise rococo gown paired with a red, ruffled cape.
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Here’s Why Greenpoint Isn’t Exactly the Next Williamsburg

(Photo: Victoria Belanger’s Flickr)

Greenpoint’s northernmost waterfront is beginning to see the first visible signs of its impending transformation into a real-life Sim City rendering, replete with skyline-altering luxury condo buildings and next-generation parks plucked straight from Seurat’s futurist dreams.
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Williamsburg Hotel Gets $81M; Russ & Daughters Teams With Mission Chinese

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Two teaching assistants in their fifties were arrested and charged with assault last week for “pushing and kneeing” a 14-year-old female student at E. 4th Street’s Manhattan School for Career Development, said police. [DNA Info]

In Noho, 298 and 304 Mulberry Street were picked up for $178.5 million. [The Real Deal]

Developers secured a $81 million+ loan to finance the forthcoming Level Hotel at 55 Wythe Avenue. []

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More Episodes of High Maintenance Coming Out of the Pipe Line

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Man, the next couple of months are going to be a real treat for narcissistic New Yorkers who get off on seeing their every-day lives wrought large on the small screen: Girls is back January 11 (the Season 4 trailer is here), Season 2 of Broad City premieres January 14 (we got a look at the first episode the other day), and now this: Vimeo tells us the next three episodes of High Maintenance will drop February 5.
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