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Ginsberg’s and Mingus’s Old Places Are Up For Grabs

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In this week’s issue of New York magazine, yours truly blabbers on about living in Allen Ginsberg’s old place on East 12th Street. What isn’t mentioned is that the apartment is now up for rent. This Craiglist ad touting a one-bedroom at 437 East 12th Street doesn’t say anything about the pad’s history, but we’ll let you in on the secret: this used to be Ginsberg’s living room and bedroom, and it can now be yours. Why are we leaving the place even as the bard’s favorite noodle shop returns to the neighborhood? Well, all of that is explained here.
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At the Brooklyn Book Festival We Learned That Publishers Need to Be More Like DJs

Art Spiegelman signs books. (Photos: Saranya Kapur)

Art Spiegelman signs books. (Photos: Saranya Kapur)

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Lois Lowry signs a copy of "The Giver" for a fan after a panel. The acclaimed children's book author received the Brooklyn Book Festival's "BoBi" award for her work. (Photo: Meghan White)

Carletha Woodley-Alves reads

Carletha Woodley-Alves reads "Curious George" with her daughter Soretta. (Photo: Meghan White)

Vendors from Community Bookstore & Terrace Books. (Photo: Meghan White)

Vendors from Community Bookstore & Terrace Books. (Photo: Meghan White)

Six-year-old Kaliah Wynn has a free balloon tied to her wrist. (Photo: Meghan White)

Six-year-old Kaliah Wynn has a free balloon tied to her wrist. (Photo: Meghan White)

A costumed vendor. (Photo: Meghan White)

A costumed vendor. (Photo: Meghan White)

Borough President Marty Markowitz (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Borough President Marty Markowitz (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Kids Book Corner (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Kids Book Corner (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Festival attendees (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Festival attendees (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Children's cartoonists Jarrett Krosoczka, Gene Yang and Raina Telgemeier in the Comic Quick Draw for kids (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Children's cartoonists Jarrett Krosoczka, Gene Yang and Raina Telgemeier in the Comic Quick Draw for kids (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Audience at the main stage at Borough Hall (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Audience at the main stage at Borough Hall (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Panel at Brooklyn Historical Society (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Panel at Brooklyn Historical Society (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Who knows where he got his facts from when Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz claimed that “most Pulitzer winners, great writers and magazine editors live in Brooklyn,” but it certainly seemed that way yesterday as the literati converged at Borough Hall for the eighth annual Brooklyn Book Festival.
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Watch Rostarr's New Mural Go Up at the B+B Newsroom

Last time you saw Romon Kimin Yang, better known as Rostarr, he was 20 feet off the ground, swaddling Music Hall of Williamsburg in his signature “Graphysics” for Absolut’s Open Canvas Initiative. Or maybe you’ve seen his smaller ink and acrylic paintings hanging alongside Basquiat, Haring, Scharf, and Pollock in the “Calligrafitti: 1984-2001” exhibit at the Leila Heller Gallery (on display through October 5). Either way, if you’re familiar with the Brooklyn artist you know exactly why we wanted him to paint our Newsroom in Williamsburg. In the video above, he talks about the concept of intersection, which lies at the heart of his work and at the heart of ours.

Come by and see the wall for yourself. We’ll be working out of the Newsroom — at 155 Grand Street, off of Bedford Avenue — weekdays through October. Our first event, on Tuesday at 7 p.m., is a screening of Captured hosted by the film’s subject, Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson.

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Joe Strummer Returns to EV; Bushwick Fashion Weekend Begins

LES Opening Night 2013: The Little Shoe Store

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Submit your questions for a debate between Daniel Squadron and Letitia James on Tuesday, and do your part to help settle the Public Advocate runoff election. [Gothamist]

A tenement building on Eldridge Street sold for $8.5 million; the building purportedly has commercial space and apartments that range from $4,700 to $14,500 per month. [The Lo-Down]
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There’ll Be a Whole Lotta Soul at Williamsburg Park Tonight

Between the fifth anniversary of Captured Tracks and the upcoming Mexican Summer blowout, North Brooklyn’s record labels have been pumping out a dizzying array of live music lately. Most of it, naturally, has been in the indie rock arena, but Afro-soul fans will have their moment tonight when Bushwick-based label Daptone Records, which makes its home in an actual home on Troutman Street, puts on a free show at Williamsburg Park.
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Don’t Miss These Blockbuster Block Parties Tomorrow

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The East 9th Street block party. (Photo: Jacob Sugarman)

Who said there’s no outdoor fun to be had after Labor Day weekend? Now that the city’s beaches are closed it’s time to keep the fun in the sun hyperlocal by passing through these awesome block parties.
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This New Shop Will Give Your Apartment That ‘California Meets Brooklyn Vibe’

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Sure, your jeans are vintage, your shirt is locally made with a custom print, but what is your living room wearing?

At their new home design shop, Brick + Mortar, Ali Arain and Greg Coccaro want to sharpen your apartment’s style. “Accessories are the jewelry for your home,” says Coccaro. So go ahead and splurge on a pillow made by a Brooklyn designer.
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There Are Many Sides to Olga Bell of Dirty Projectors, Playing Solo at BAM Tonight

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Olga Bell both disrobed and dressed up for her latest music video, released Thursday from one of her experimental side projects, “nothankyou.” The Williamsburg (via Russia and Alaska) singer-songwriter appears first in the video as a bare-chested brunette, then as a demure version of herself in glasses, and finally in a blond wig. At the end, all three characters stand side by side, and it’s clear they’re all Bell.
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G Train’s Weekend Woes; Bushwickers Protest Rezoning

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(Photo: Phillip Kalantzis Cope)

Park officials may have been able to banish the LES Jewels memorial from Tompkins Square Park, but they probably can’t do anything about an in memoriam mural that appeared of the neighborhood fixture in Venice Beach, California. [EV Grieve]

An internal lawsuit threatens to bring a premature end to the LES’s year-old Pig & Khao. [The Lo-Down] Keep Reading »

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Here’s Your Chance to Buy Designer Clothing Without Bankrupting Yourself

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 6.16.50 PMIf, every morning, the burning thought on your mind is, “If only I were filthy rich so I could support my obsession with designer clothing!” then we have got some topical news for you. Next Saturday, September 28, you can sate your extravagant sartorial tastes and leave your cash (or most of it) behind, because our friends at Hester Street Fair will host its fourth annual Stylist Tent Event and offer top-of-the-line garbs at “flea market” prices.
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America May Run on Dunkin’, But Williamsburg Clearly Does Not

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Signage recently went up informing the ‘Burg that a Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to the corner of North 7th Street and Bedford Avenue, replacing the old Northside Pharmacy. The reaction was instantaneous: “ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?” someone scrawled on the banner yesterday. The Twitterverse had its say, too, and most Tweeters were, uh, noticeably frustrated. Here now are the top ten reactions to the Dunkin’. Keep Reading »