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Relive the Tompkins Square Park Riots In Their Bloody Entirety, 25 Years Later

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Southerners have their Civil War reenactments but what do East Villagers have when it comes to reliving their defining battle? Just the annual Tompkins Square Park Riot reunion shows. But this year, on the 25th anniversary of that tumultuous night when cops went gonzo on a group protesting the park curfew (resulting in over 100 complaints of brutality), they’re getting much, much more.
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Vogue Makes the ‘Long, Bumpy,’ ‘Perilous,’ ‘Costly, Time-Consuming, Often Nauseating’ Trek into Brooklyn

 

This month's issue of Vogue also includes a Brooklyn-themed fashion spread featuring Devon Aoki (right) outside of the Bedford Cheese Shop.

This month’s issue of Vogue also includes a Brooklyn-themed fashion spread featuring Devon Aoki (right) outside of the Bedford Cheese Shop.

It’s apparently been too long since a middle-aged Manhattanite went on safari in Brooklyn, so none other than Vogue has gone and published “A Distant Shore,” in which Jeffrey Steingarten “table-hops around New York’s most talked-about borough.” Oh, boy.

If the name Steingarten sounds familiar it’s not because you’re thinking of Soundgarden — it’s because a few years ago, Vogue’s restaurant critic touched off a small shitstorm among foodie types when he told Grub Street about the “dangers of Brooklyn boosterism,” recalling the time his Brooklyn-proud assistant brought him a croissant from some bakery she liked over there and he found it “only acceptable” compared to the great croissanteries of Manhattan (you know, like, Au Bon Pain).
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No, Hannah Horvath Did Not Snort Coke Off This Toilet

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 2.05.18 PMAn apartment listing on Craigslist wants to know: “Do u watch GIRLS?”

If so, “you’re sure to LOVE this completely unrelated apartment in Greenpoint!” a Twitter user mocks.

Okay, so Hannah and Adam never did it against this particular stove, but $3,099 to live in a 2-bedroom apartment in the far reaches of Greenpoint is totally worth it to count Ray’s place of employment as your neighborhood cafe. Except Grumpy is a 17-minute walk from the corner of West Street and Huron Street where the shiny new digs are located. (Hey, at least the ferry is just a block or two down, as the lister points out.)

The question is, after springing for this place, are you even going to have enough petty cash left lying around to afford HBO? If you like “Girls” and you’re on Hannah’s budget you might want to keep looking.

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LODRO Brings ‘Neo-Noir Punk’ to SummerScreen Tonight

Tonight, SummerScreen takes over McCarren Park for an evening of free music and a screening of “Peewee’s Big Adventure.” Starting at 7pm, you’ll hear from power-pop dudes Oberhofer, saxo-pop outfit Bueno, and self-described neo-noir punk trio LODRO.

We thought this an opportune moment to chat with LODRO frontwoman Lesley Hann, formerly of the Fat Possum band Friends. Where Friends brought a funk-tinged take on the ‘60s girl-group pop sound with tracks like “Friend Crush,” Bushwick-based up-and-comers LODRO sound decidedly more Wednesday Addams-goes-to-Glasslands Gallery.
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Get Down: An East Village Radio Show Is DJing a Williamsburg Subway Station

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 12.20.50 PMThe nouveau newsstand at the Metropolitan stop just got even funkier — and we’re not talking about your typical subway-station funk. The guys from Chances With Wolves — the awesome and dizzyingly eclectic show on East Village Radio — will DJ there tomorrow at 7pm, so do take out your earbuds when you’re transferring from the L to the G. This is hands-down the best thing to happen to the subway system since countdown clocks.
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A Quirky Antiques Shop Opens an Even Quirkier New Cultural Venue

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

A Repeat Performance (Photo: Anna Silman)

A Repeat Performance (Photo: Anna Silman)

A Repeat Performance (Photo: Anna Silman)

A Repeat Performance (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new storefront (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new storefront (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new storefront (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new storefront (Photo: Anna Silman)

A Repeat Performance could certainly use a little extra space. The beloved East Village antique shop is practically bursting at the seams, overflowing with decades-worth of ephemera collected by co-owners Sharon Jane Smith and Beverley Bronson. Costume jewelry spills over on to the racks of vintage clothing, brightly colored felt hand-puppets overlook a vintage surfboard, while rows of leather satchels vie for space amidst one of the world’s most eclectic lamp collections.
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Sexual Costumes in Bushwick, Williamsburg’s Two New Parks

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Hate Citi Bikes? Think they’re shiti? Tonight’s your chance to stand up and be heard. The transportation and public safety subcommittee of Community Board 3 will hear concerns about the bike sharing program at tonight’s meeting. [The Lo-Down]

City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn called Police Commissioner Ray Kelly directly to get an ambulance to respond to an emergency at a Williamsburg press conference, after Quinn’s 911 call failed to bring help for half an hour. [New York Post] Keep Reading »

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Academy Annex Will Leave Williamsburg and Turn Greenpoint into a Vinyl Mecca

(Illustration: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Illustration: Lauren Carol Smith)

Academy Annex is moving on up – from Williamsburg to Greenpoint.

Owner Mike Davis says the record store has to leave its current building on N. 6th St. because it’s “getting torn down to make way for much needed luxury condos” (dude, good one).
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Bushwick Elucidations Teaches You How to Dougie


Time for the latest episode of “Bushwick Elucidations,” the BK-based advice column we’ve shamelessly appropriated as our own. This week, Tigre and Cricket teach us how to pronounce Thames and also how to Dougie.

When you’re done with that little lesson, check out the latest webisode of “Ajay,” which also dropped today. In it, the East Village’s own Ajay Naidu tells us how his naked girlfriend and Patrick Stewart helped him get over the trauma of balding.

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Listen to a New Desert Stars Song Before Tonight’s Album Release Party

afa986c18651217ecd33e4ddd0c3879c-1Not every Brooklyn band is an overnight success story: it’s easy to forget that some have been chipping away at their craft for years.

Take Desert Stars. They’ve been on the scene with different lineups for almost five years now (full disclosure: my old band played their first show), but the album out today, “Habit Shackles,” is their first full-length release. And it’s a doozy: listen to the single we’ve secured for you below and you may find yourself canceling plans to get to the album release party at Cameo tonight.
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Apparently, Padma Lakshmi Wants NYU to Pack Its Knives and Go

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(Photo: Randi Eichenbaum)

Whelp, this land-use matter just got a whole lot sexier! Opponents of NYU’s plan to expand in Greenwich Village have gotten a few more bold-face names behind their lawsuit against the school.

A rep for Faculty Against the Sexton Plan (one of the groups suing the school) tells us Padma Lakshmi of “Top Chef” (and of the East Village) will join Village-based authors Peter Carey and Joseph McElroy in the audience at State Supreme Court on Thursday.
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