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It’s Fun to Eat at the YMCA! Seinfeld’s Ex-Chef Served 250 Years of LES Cuisine

(Brendan Lowe)

(Brendan Lowe)

The e-mail arrived at 11 a.m. three weeks ago: Jerry Seinfeld’s former private chef would be cooking a seven-course meal based on the history of the Lower East Side. Location? TBD.

That’s all Dinner Lab members knew when word spread about their next offering. They had five hours to decide whether to buy tickets; they went on sale at 4 p.m. and were gone in minutes.
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The East Village Just Got an Anti-Banker Bar Named After the Hero of Fight Club

(Photo: Erica Martin)

(Photo: Erica Martin)

A Fight Club-themed bar called Durden opened last night in Nightingale Lounge’s former space on 13th and Second Ave (right near the forthcoming Westside Market), but don’t stop by expecting any soap outside of the bathroom or jeans stolen from a laundromat on display. The bar is movie paraphernalia-free, and the Master of Mayhem himself only appears once, as part of a mural that owner Eddie Sherman commissioned Masterpiece NYC to paint along the room’s right-hand wall.
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This San Francisco Transplant Is Picking Up Where 3rd Ward Left Off

(Photo: Molly Socha)

(Photo: Molly Socha)

With 3rd Ward closing and General Assembly discontinuing its co-working space, it doesn’t seem like the greatest time to open a new workspace in the city. But that isn’t stopping Rena Tom from bringing her San Francisco-based Makeshift Society to Williamsburg. With 15 minutes to go, its Kickstarter campaign has surpassed its $30,000 fundraising goal.
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Missed Nirvana Last Night? See Two More Bands Cover ‘Em Tonight

290199-250If you missed 285 Kent’s Halloween show last night, then you missed Butter the Children doing the Pixies and Dead Stars covering Nirvana — but don’t hate yourself and want to die, tonight some other bands are taking a stab. Cake Shop has just announced its Halloween Partyshow lineup, and it’ll feature Butter the Children as the Pixies (again!) and Low Getting High as Nirvana. Plus, Palehound as Pavement, Flagland as Weezer, and Vulture Shit as Dookie Shit (a Green Day cover band, we’re assuming?). The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and goes till midnight, and there’s a $8 cover.

Update: Silent Barn is also doing a covers show tonight, and yet another band, Whoarfrost, will attempt to channel Kurt, Chris and Dave. In addition, Celestial Shore and Steve Marion of Delicate Steve will do Led Zeppelin and You will do Interpol.

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The East Village Is Getting a Westside Market

(Photo: Danielle Walsh)

(Photo: Danielle Walsh)

First Brooklyn’s Union Market comes to Houston Street and now this: Westside Market — the family-owned supermarket chain known, among other things, for its funny cheese labels, is opening its first eastside store. According to a release, the bi-level store at 84 Third Avenue, on the corner of East 12th Street, will occupy 18,871 square feet in a new 9-story luxury rental building. That would be the Karl Fischer-designed building that caused Nevada Smiths to have to close its original location. Construction should be completed by early summer 2014.
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Was Banksy Inspired By This East Village Nudist Who Ran For President?

AbolafiaposterLouis Abolafia’s campaign poster featured the East Villager almost completely nude, asking, “What have I got to hide?”

Abolafia died 18 years ago today. But in May 1967, he was kicking off his run for the presidency at the Cosmic Love Convention at the Village Theater, where he said, “We should be a country of giving and giving and giving. The way we’re going now, we’re all wrong. We could be giants; we should be 10 times above what the Renaissance was.”
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Video: How to Grow a Label in Brooklyn

Tonight at the Newsroom, we’re talking to the creative forces behind some of our favorite North Brooklyn labels, including Mike Sniper, founder of Captured Tracks (just named Best Local Record Label by Timeout); Jeff Bratton, who owns and operates the boutique pop label Cascine; Adam Farrell, the creative director for Loma Vista and previously the marketing and creative director for Beggars Group; and Nick Catchdubs, the co-founder of the indie hip-hop label Fool’s Gold. Update: This event has passed, but you can watch the archived recording above.

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Dis-Astor Averted! John Jacob’s Row House Is Set to Be Landmarked

(Photo: Courtesy of Friends of the Lower East Side)

(Photo: Courtesy of Friends of the Lower East Side)

An unassuming Grand Street row house built in 1833 was designated a landmark Tuesday, following a five-month push from neighborhood preservation activists.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to landmark the three-and-a-half story building at 339 Grand Street. According to the Commission, the row house is one of a row of five constructed by John Jacob Astor, a German immigrant who was the richest man in the United States at the time of his death in 1848. Astor Place was named in his honor.
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Knickerbocker Village Just Scored $1.46M in Sandy Relief

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Only a few short weeks after both tenants and public officials expressed mounting frustration over delays in disaster relief funds to help Knickerbocker Village recover from Sandy’s onslaught a year ago, the city announced today that it would provide $1.46 million in federal money from the NYC Build It Back program to finance the first phase of repairs. Keep Reading »

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Robert James Is Strapping On His Cowboy Boots and Walking Away From Bedford

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

By Robert James has been outfitting dapper dudes on Bedford Ave since December of 2012, but time’s up for the pop-up shop. “We’ll be moving just around the corner on Grand, between Bedford and Driggs. So we’re still staying in the neighborhood,” said a clerk who added that a lease was being negotiated (according to a sign in the window, the new store will open Nov. 15).
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Three Kings Tattoo Was This Detroit Native’s Gateway to Brooklyn

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Six years ago, Mike McNelis became a regular at Three Kings tattoo parlor by playing softball just as much as by getting inked. Originally from Detroit, McNelis works at Benjamin Moore Paints, helping contractors, architects, and designers find the best paint for their needs. The 37-year-old got into the paint game 15 years ago while putting himself through school at the University of Michigan and working for a painting contractor. After getting the itch to move, he bounced from Detroit to New Haven and then over to New York.
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