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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 »

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There’s a Place Where Strippers, Bikers and Hipsters Meet

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What happens when you turn a classic biker clubhouse into a venue where hipsters mingle with Bushwick natives? Locust. Recently, this hush-hush locale off the JMZ has seen some of the area’s best performers, DJs, promoters and parties pass through each Thursday. The stripper stage is always leather-clad and stacked. Artists, rappers and club kids dance under the whir of bubble machines. Dice scatter across the bar while skate videos play on the monitors. Last week, an ex-convict turned magician taught me a quarter trick and a woman named Fish offered intoxicated but valuable life counsel. All nights beside Thursdays, however, Locust transforms back into a clubhouse (strictly) for Puerto Rican bikers and co.
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Tuesday, Watch This Doc About the Gritty Old LES + Meet the Man Who Captured It

Untitled-3We’re pleased to announce the first of several screenings at the Bedford + Bowery Newsroom. And it’s the first for a reason: Captured, a documentary chronicling Clayton Patterson’s long, strange trip, is one of the most riveting, in-your-face portraits of the East Village and Lower East Side of the ’80s and ’90s you’re likely to encounter. Patterson is known as a street photographer, but he ain’t no Bill Cunningham: this is, after all, the guy who landed in jail and on Oprah after filming the Tompkins Square Park riots 25 years ago. He remains an icon to the neighborhood longtimers he has photographed over the years and to a new crop of downtown dreamers (check out the mystical portal that Nicolina just put up on the door of his Essex Street gallery). We’re pleased he’ll be on hand to discuss a film that will throw you back hard. Refreshments will be served and the screening is free; seating is limited so please let us know you’re coming.

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You're Probably Going to Blow Your Life Savings On Vinyl in the Next Months

Untitled-4Cassettes are great and all but let’s face it, nothing beats plonking some vinyl onto a turntable and hearing some Hawaiian luau music crackle to life. On the off-chance you didn’t already blow all your walking-around money on the NYPL’s , you’ll probably want to know that two of the city’s bigger record fairs are coming up.
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Astor Place Redesign Begins; Brooklyn Rocks at ‘Staten Island Prices’

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The proposed Warhol Museum (Photo: Curbed)

Astor Place – cool in that neglected kind of way – is getting a major revamp from the City. Over two years, Astor Place Subway Island,  “Alamo Island” (home to that big black cube) and Cooper Triangle will get an 8,000 square foot plaza, 64 trees, thousands of square feet of “new plantings” and 113 new CitiBikes – and maybe turn those barren islands into an urban oasis. [EV Grieve]

A car that failed to yield to emergency vehicles in Greenpoint this afternoon struck an ambulance at the intersection of McGuinness Boulevard and Huron Street. Three were injured in the collision, one seriously. [DNAinfo] Keep Reading »

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And Now It’s the Beep’s Turn to Weigh In On Greenpoint’s Waterfront Towers

With Community Board 1 having weighed in on what could be 5,000 new housing units headed for the Greenpoint waterfront, it was the Borough President’s turn last night to hop on board the project’s lengthy civic vetting process.

Residents, city officials and representatives of 77 Commercial Street filled the Borough President’s courtroom and gave testimony before members of Marty Markowitz’s office.
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