Tenants to Landlord of 210 Rivington: Get the Lead Out

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

Council Member Rosie Mendez is blocking the landlord’s representative from filming the tenants. (Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

Tenants of a Lower East Side apartment building are not happy. Construction has subjected them to constant headaches, including hazardous levels of lead, representatives of the 210 Rivington Street Tenants Association said at a rally outside of the building today.
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Buy Some High-Brow Brilliant Objects at NeueHouse’s Holiday Bazaar

Novelty Sharpies by Nick  DeMarco (Courtesy of Handjob Gallery)

Novelty Sharpies by Nick DeMarco (Courtesy of Handjob Gallery)

We continue to be snowed under with invites to holiday markets. The latest one comes courtesy of NeueHouse, where last month photographer Jesse Frohman talked about shooting Kurt Cobain. The swank, members-only coworking space is opening its doors to the public on Saturday, from 11am to 5pm, for a Holiday Art & Design Bazaar.
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Dev Hynes On Blood Orange’s New Cassette: ‘Here’s Me Handing You Some Music’

(Dev Hynes/Twitter)

(Dev Hynes/Twitter)

If you happen to have Dev Hynes’s number, you may want to hit him up: the musical force behind Blood Orange has a new album out, but you won’t be able to find it on Spotify. “I’ve just been recording music in my apartment and I’ve been recording them to tapes and I’ve been dubbing the tapes and giving them to whoever wants them,” he said.
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Apple Store Coming to Bedford Ave; Fatal Fire On East First

Bushwick Classic

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A 20-year-old woman died around 3 a.m. this morning when a fire broke out in her basement apartment on 1st Street near Second Avenue. [NY Daily News]

Two men sustained non-life threatening gunshot wounds Friday night just before midnight at Tri Color Restaurant and Pizza on Graham Avenue in Williamsburg. [DNA Info]

Apple will speed up Bedford Avenue gentrification, opening a Williamsburg location next year where Kings Pharmacy once stood. [NY Post]
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3 More Chances to Kill the Pain of Holiday Shopping With Free Music and Booze

unnamedHoliday markets are like a game of Whack-a-Mole: they’re popping up everywhere and you want to hit them all. Good luck with that, because we can barely keep track of them. Here are the latest three to come our way.

Winter Warmer Gift Market
Dec. 11 to 29 at Swords-Smith, 98 S. 4th St., Williamsburg; opening party Thursday from 6-9pm
Hit the Swords-Smith store for independent designers of jewelry, home goods, textiles, candles, ceramics, art, design objects, and more. Participants include Williamsburg’s whimsical, Wes-Anderson-esque textile designer Coral & Tusk, slick and inventive home accessories designer Insek, and cheeky accessories designer Welcome Companions (check out their glove coinpurse and hat handbag), just to name the first three listed on the flyer. The launch party, Thursday from 6 to 9pm, promises drinks by Brooklyn Brewery and music by Mike Crash.
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Tommy Ramone, Joan Rivers and 80+ Others Come Back For One Last Party

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 4.28.11 PMFrom Tommy Ramone to Philip Seymour Hoffman, we lost a lot of legends this year, and one T-shirt aims to honor them all. For his annual “Faces of Death” project, Brooklyn portraitist Michael Hambouz — whose 3D record crate paintings are kind of awesome – has gotten dozens of artists to draw the likenesses of “fallen icons” like Pete Seeger, Shirley Temple, Robin Williams, HR Giger, Don Pardo, Lauren Bacall, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez so they can coexist on a t-shirt that’s now available for pre-order.
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Artist Goes to Basel to Feed the Homeless Instead of the Hype

Last week, there was no shortage of artists out to make a statement about the orgy of excess that is Art Basel and Miami Art Week – Josef Pinlac’s “This is Not a Cliché” (a cheeky commentary on the abundance of neon found at the fairs) comes to mind. Some of those critiques were more dubious than others. But unlike the guy who got arrested for whipping out a dildo, a “project” by Bushwick street artist Plasma Slug at least had a practical purpose.
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Holiday Shoppers, Prepare For Marfamania

unnamedIbiza, Scandinavia — with all these geographically themed pop-ups, why even leave New York to go shopping? Oh, wait, yeah: this shitty weather.

No way is it going to be 70 degrees and sunny like it will be in Texas this weekend, but you can at least soak up some of that Marfa vibe at a three-day pop-up that’ll pair some of the artsy oasis’s makers and designers (and we don’t mean Prada) with some of NYC’s coolest indie brands. Not to mention, gin cocktails at the opening party, Thursday from 6pm to 9pm.
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The First Snowman of the Season Isn’t Sweating the Rain

(Courtesy of frosch&portmann)

(Courtesy of frosch&portmann)

Snowmen have become a bit of a thing on the Lower East Side, but it usually takes a snowstorm for them to appear. Not in this case. Portland-based artist Bruce Conkle has been creating frosty fellows inside of refrigerators since 2002, and last week he brought a so-called “Captive Snowman” to frosch&portmann on Stanton Street. (And you thought the Art Basel crowd was having all the fun.)
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Mamma Mia, Check Out This Scandi-lous Pop-Up

black_and_white_dress_largeIt’s safe to say “Spain’s sexy little island” has jumped the shark with this Times write-up, so go ahead and forget about the Ibiza pop-up we told you about and focus, instead, on this chance to look like you jet to Sweden and Denmark on the regular. Kelly Peterson Cielensky tells us she’s bringing an IRL version of her online Scandinavian boutique, Carl & Ebba, to the Lower East Side this weekend. And there’ll be drinks and Scandi snacks.
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14-Screen Movie Theater Coming to LES; Croman Loses Lawsuit

Christmas trees, East Village

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LES development Essex Crossing will include a new 14-screen Regal Cinemas upon completion, making it the largest Lower Manhattan multiplex below Union Square. [DNA Info]

Near the Montrose Avenue L stop, a commercial property at 7 Bushwick Place was purchased for $12.5 million by a Williamsburg-based real estate group. [Wall Street Journal]

Landlord Steve Croman was on the losing end of a lawsuit and must pay a six-figure broker’s fee on the purchase of a five-story East Village apartment building he picked up in 2012. [The Real Deal]

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