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Yippie!! The Yippie Museum Scored More Time to Fight Foreclosure

David Peel at 9 Bleecker. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

The Yippie! Museum avoided a quick and bitter end yesterday and won more time in its dramatic fight against foreclosure.

The yippies’ legal battle to maintain their three-story building at 9 Bleecker Street, with its unpaid $1.4 million mortgage, has dragged on since 2009 when Centech LLC, their lender, filed a complaint to obtain a judgement for foreclosure and sale on the premises. Yesterday at New York State Supreme Court, Noah Potter, a lawyer for imprisoned yippie leader Dana Beal, won an extension to gather more information. “I have a month and a half to get documents to plead Dana’s case,” Potter told B+B.
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Got Student Loans? Sal A. Mander (Actual Name) Has a Plan Involving a Van

A man and his van. (Photo courtesy of Sal Mander)

A man and his van. [Photo: John (Tex) O’Connor]

Sal Mander prefers sleeping in his van in the winter to anywhere he’s ever slept. “It’s cozy! . . . I sleep soundly in there,” he said convincingly. But, still. “The first time it dropped below freezing and I went into my van to sleep, I remember sitting on my memory-foam mattress, and it felt like I was sitting on a stack of, like, refrigerated cardboard boxes. I went, ‘Oh shit, I got into the wrong van.’ . . . And then I realized, ‘No, it’s just frozen!’” But Mander swears “once you pull two or three thick blankets over your head and breathe a few breaths, in five minutes, you’re warm.”
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The Burlesque Festival Is Back But Oh Man, Wait Till You See Boylesque

(Photo: Lance Richardson)

(Photo: Lance Richardson)

“I’m actually fairly shy,” said Eric Gorsuch last Friday night, just hours before he strutted onto a small stage on the Bowery, flicked off some six-inch heels, and stripped down to a thong that resembled a sparkling sea anemone. “I’m not the best conversation starter,” he said. “I’m very self-conscious.” This is a man who, at six-foot-four in height, regularly does the splits upside down over a tiny stool, with abs painted on before each show.

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Don’t Call It Lebanese Pizza! Manousheh Pops Up On Kenmare Today

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Inside 10 Kenmare (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Inside 10 Kenmare (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Blue Bottle's caffeine and pastries (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Ziyad at the counter (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Ziyad at the counter (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Beneath the stretch of Kenmare Street that runs into Delancey and intersects with the Bowery, there’s an abandoned subway station – the old Bowery J stop. Its southern entrance currently serves as an event space and, this morning, a pop-up collaboration between Blue Bottle and a first-time Lebanese eatery called Manousheh debuts there.
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Justin Long Sold His LES Pad; Giuseppi Logan Got Jumped in the Park

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Long-time Community Board 3 member and E.V. bar owner David McWater will resign from his volunteer post following controversy that his spot on the State Liquor Authority subcommittee conflicted with his duties as an owner of three local bars. [Village Voice]

Prosecutors allege that William E. Rapfogel stole more than $5 million he headed the Metropolitan New York Council on Jewish Poverty; “investigators found $400,000 squirreled away in his Lower East Side apartment” (and more in his home in Monticello, of course). [NY Times] Keep Reading »

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Billy’s Antiques Is Popping Up Tonight, and ‘Baggage Battles’ Returns Next Month

Billy Leroy's Goodbye Bash 3.9.12

Billy Leroy (front, left) and Jim Jarmusch at the Billy’s goodbye bash. (Photo: Suzanne Rozdeba)

If you’re still crushed over the demise of Billy’s Antiques & Props at the intersection of Houston and Bowery and you can’t get enough of the man who now auctions neglected luggage on the Travel Channel’s Baggage Battles, then you’re in luck: Billy Leroy, the one-time East Village fixture, returns to his old stomping grounds tonight via a party on Cleveland Place.
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Let’s Gauge the Outrage: Dunkin’ On Bedford Ave vs. 7-Eleven On Avenue A

First sign of Dunkin' on Bedford. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

First sign of Dunkin’ on Bedford. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

Sure, some Williamsburgers are outraged about the Dunkin’ Donuts opening on Bedford Avenue, and sure, some East Villagers are outraged about the 7-Eleven bound for Avenue A. But which of the chains is causing the most outrage? Yesterday afternoon, we asked 30 passersby at each construction site to tell us just how outraged they were, on a scale of 1 to 10. Here’s how it panned out.
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Want to Hear a Sacagawea Joke? This Comic Wants to Tell You One

Mindy Tucker

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I first met Natalie Shure on an organized trip to Auschwitz. Sites of historical atrocity are unusual stomping grounds for a standup comedian, but Shure is no typical jokester. A tall brunette rocking horn-rimmed glasses and a flowery frock, the 27-year-old dresses like a sixties fashion icon and banters like a Russian History professor. When she’s not frequenting the city’s standup clubs or co-hosting her monthly Barely Regal standup show at the Palace Café in Greenpoint, you’re most likely to find her at the library with her head buried in a Soviet history textbook.

At NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute (where we’re both students), she takes a break from working on her thesis about drug resistant tuberculosis in the former Soviet Union and tells me, “I like dark jokes. I tell a lot of jokes about history and genocide. Those are my favorite kind of jokes.” You can hear some of them at Palace Café on Wednesday, or just go on and read the B+B Q+A.
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This Fashion Editor Has a Need for Tweed, So We Took Him to Cadet

We give fashionable locals a place to go and they get All Dressed Up.

Benjamin surveys his options at Cadet. (All photos: Lauren Smith)

Benjamin surveys his options at Cadet. (All photos: Lauren Smith)

 “I'm very big on patterns,

“I'm very big on patterns," says Benjamin, in his paisley blazer.

“I have a love-hate relationship with denim. Meaning I actually hate it. But I want to love it,” he says, examining a pair of jeans inspired by '50s aviator pants (according to Brad), with a back buckle and metal detailing.

“I have a love-hate relationship with denim. Meaning I actually hate it. But I want to love it,” he says, examining a pair of jeans inspired by '50s aviator pants (according to Brad), with a back buckle and metal detailing.

He explores further and finds another pair in a similar style, but made from navy blue herringbone.

He explores further and finds another pair in a similar style, but made from navy blue herringbone.

"Oh, I like these," he says. "These satisfy my need for tweed."

 “They’re toasty,

“They’re toasty," he says, after trying on the pants. "Good for an airplane. I travel a lot, so I need something like this. I actually prefer being cold, but I can appreciate a toasty pant.”

“There’s some cool detailing, but it’s still simple. I love the asymmetrical codpiece!” he says, admiring how the front zipper of the pants veers off to the right.

“There’s some cool detailing, but it’s still simple. I love the asymmetrical codpiece!” he says, admiring how the front zipper of the pants veers off to the right.

 “I’d probably wear them with boots,

“I’d probably wear them with boots," he says. "Though these sneakers don’t look bad. These are my first pair of sneakers, you know!”

His brother worked for Nike, he says, and bought him the kicks to force him toward "expanding his options" beyond dress shoes.

Despite his love for patterns, Benjamin picks up a simple navy crew-neck sweatshirt to complete the outfit.

Despite his love for patterns, Benjamin picks up a simple navy crew-neck sweatshirt to complete the outfit.

"I try not to be too traditional," he says. "In Paris [last Fashion Week] I was running around in a sweatshirt and a lot of jewelry."

After worriedly asking whether or not a tee with a single pocket and tiny navy stripes was from last season “because it’s short-sleeve,” Benjamin chose to wear it underneath his sweatshirt, peeking out from the collar just a teeny bit.

After worriedly asking whether or not a tee with a single pocket and tiny navy stripes was from last season “because it’s short-sleeve,” Benjamin chose to wear it underneath his sweatshirt, peeking out from the collar just a teeny bit.

We learned from Benjamin, after six pronunciation attempts and a spelling lesson, that the fashion-conscious name for horizontal stripes on a shirt is mariniere. It is derived from the French word for “sailor” because 1850s French seamen wore them to stick out more visibly against the waves.  (Here are Benjamin's shirt and some sailors in mariniere, via Cadet and Wikipedia.)

We learned from Benjamin, after six pronunciation attempts and a spelling lesson, that the fashion-conscious name for horizontal stripes on a shirt is mariniere. It is derived from the French word for “sailor” because 1850s French seamen wore them to stick out more visibly against the waves. (Here are Benjamin's shirt and some sailors in mariniere, via Cadet and Wikipedia.)

Fun fact: The world’s first mariniere shirt design had exactly 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon’s victories.

Benjamin's final outfit.

Benjamin's final outfit. "It's easy," he says. "Very grab-and-go. I'd probably pair it with a necklace."

When we met up with Benjamin-Emile Le Hay at the Williamsburg branch of Cadet, he was wearing a royal-blue blazer with a pattern of black paisley, a muted striped button-down, and a pair of very significant sneakers. We were lucky enough to catch Benjamin, who works at the New York Observer as a fashion editor and is a contributing columnist at Shindigger (meaning he gets paid to go to parties full of fancy, crazy people), the day before New York Fashion Week began. He’s attending Milan Fashion Week at the moment, tweeting about Ferragamo’s use of python.
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Jimmy McMillan’s Got a New Jam; Kevin Bacon Drops into Nom Wah

Jimmy “The Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan has released another music video filmed near his apartment on St. Marks Place. Dan Amira thinks the new song is “actually kinda catchy.” [Daily Intel]

Parents in the East Village are speaking out against a construction project to modernize the exterior of P.S. 63 because it would use the school’s playground as a staging ground and require the removal of asbestos throughout the school year. [EV GrieveDNAinfo] Keep Reading »

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Apostrophe Got Raided, Exclamation Point

Downstairs at Apostrophe. (Photo: Razberry)

If you read our and thought, “That can’t possibly last,” well, here’s the moment where you say, “Called it.” The brothers who run the Bushwick gallery cum barbershop cum party pad just posted a message on Facebook announcing that the late-late-late-night spot at 440 Irving Avenue got raided on Friday, during its anniversary weekend, and they spent the night in jail. Seems they’ve decided to comply with a , but worry not, they’re “in the process of finding a new space to open a store” and will “continue to throw parties and art shows at clandestine locations all around the city” — with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, natch. We’ll bring you more information as soon as we can get it. In the meantime, here’s the Facebook post.
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