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And Now, Watch Some Cardboard Robots Battle to the Death

The last time we were entertained by robots, they were crushing Led Zeppelin. Last Thursday, we watched them crush each other at the second annual Cardboard Robot Battle. The event took place at Standard ToyKraft, a sweatshop-turned-theater on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg. Watch a cardboard WALL-E get short circuited in the video above.

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Want to Go Dogsledding and Gondola Tripping With Some Indie Bands?

Last week Coachella announced its 2014 lineup; yesterday, Governor’s Ball did the same. It’s January and we’re only a few days out from single-digit temperatures, but the summer festival season already seems upon us. With it comes a live music experience that eschews such luxuries as sound quality, intimacy and sight lines so that bros can fist pump hundreds of yards from where Muse are playing. Sometimes it’s fun. But sometimes a smaller, more intimate experience is even better.
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East Village Florist Dies; 2,000-Capacity Venue Bound For East Williamsburg

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The East Village florist who was struck by a drunk, high and speeding driver in June has died while on life support. [NY Daily News]

Police may have found the minivan used to abduct Williamsburg developer Menachem Stark. [NY Times]

Nearly $1.2 million in “unauthorized” withdrawals were made from Stark’s corporate bank account in the weeks before he died. [Newsday]
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After 17 Years, This Spot For LES and East Village Shirts Is Folding

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

In today’s heartbreaking irony, First Avenue’s urban wear institution Burkina, known for its T-shirts saluting the East Village and LES, is closing its doors on Monday. Previously located at 177 East Houston for fifteen years, the shop relocated to its current outpost due to the expansion of the restaurant Preserve 24. Now Burkina is packing up its T-shirts for good, even the ones boasting slogans like “Certified Money Maker” and “Fuck You Pay Me.”
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Naked Girls Gave This Man an Award and Will Read From His Book Tonight

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It’s hard out there for a first-time novelist, but this one’s naked ambition paid off. Bradley Spinelli recently snagged the Naked Girls Reading Literary Honors for Killing Williamsburg, and tonight naked girls will read from his noir novel about a rash of mysterious deaths in early-aughts Billyburg. It’s not Questlove performing a “suicide set” but we’re sure Spinelli will take it.
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Watch Sacco Play ‘Carnival Ghost’ and Talk About Their Tour With Cults

John Fredericks and Andy Breihan aren’t anarchists, but that didn’t stop them from naming their band after Sacco & Vanzetti (Fredericks encountered the name while enrolled in an art history course). The friends have known each other since 1990, when they were preschoolers in San Diego. They formed their first band in high school and, more recently, contributed to the band Guards before forming their own band, Sacco, with drummer Chris Trombley. They just completed a fall tour with Brooklyn’s Cults.

We met up with two thirds of Sacco at Breihan’s apartment in the McKibbin lofts in Bushwick. Enjoy the stripped down version of “Carnival Ghost” before Nashville’s Sensibility releases their self-titled debut album March 4.

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LPC Approves Domino Conversion; Check L Train Times From Your Phone

Jerry's Newstand, Astor Place

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The Landmarks Preservation Committee approved plans to convert the landmarked portion of the Domino Sugar factory into office space with a four-story glass addition on the roof and a three-story addition on the back side. [Brownstoner]

In case you missed our update yesterday, police have arrested Fermin Flores, a 32-year-old Washington Heights resident, in the rape of an East Village woman early Monday morning.

A new app lets you check L train arrival times on your phone. [Brokelyn]
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