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The City Has Revealed Its Plans For 6 Acres on the LES, and a Warhol Museum Is Involved

The proposed Warhol Museum (Photo: Curbed)

The proposed Warhol Museum (Photo: Curbed)

The fate of six acres of vacant land at the corner of Delancey and Essex was finally revealed today. City officials and developers have dubbed the massive new multi-purpose development Essex Crossing, which, let’s be honest, kind of sounds like a mall in Ohio. Though it has a slightly more pleasant ring to it than SPURA (the Seward Park Urban Renewal Project), or the larger development project. Essex Crossing is the result of a in the battle between neighborhood residents and politicians over what to do with this gray patch of grit in the LES cityscape.
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This New Street Vendor Stuffs Empanadas for Vegheads and Meat Lovers Alike

Photo: Luloo Flynn.

Photo: Evan Mann.

While traveling through Central and South America, Luloo Flynn came across an array of exciting cuisines. But as a vegetarian, she resisted indulging in a great deal of the local food. “Empanadas in most Latin American countries are made with animal lard, so even the veggie-filled ones were a no-go for me,” she explains. “Food is obviously so important and is a true reflection of a region.”
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Sure, Your Office Has a Water Cooler, But Does It Have a 3D Printer?

The new high-tech creative work space at 319 Scholes.

The new high-tech creative work space at 319 Scholes (Photo: 319 Scholes)

These days, a lot of creative work emerges at the intersection of artistic impulse and new technology: think 3D printing and paper sculptures cut from lasers. Problem is, the tools to make it cost a lot of money, and artists aren’t known for having a ton of that.

Now 319 Scholes, an exhibition space in Bushwick, is doing its part to fix that problem. Keep Reading »

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Sorry Williamsburg, You Can Not Has Cat Cafe; But We've Got a Newsroom For You!

A man paws-es to look into the Newsroom.

A man paws-es to look in.

Folks, it’s time to let the cat out of the bag. That Tokyo-style cat cafe that might be coming to Williamsburg? Please don’t curl up into a ball when you hear this, but Purrfect Strangers was all just a crazy little experiment. Allow us to explain.

Bedford + Bowery, a collaboration with New York magazine, is opening an interactive newsroom at 155 Grand Street in Williamsburg, where we’ll have readings, discussions, performances, and who knows, maybe cats (Lil Bub does have a book out).

So why did we put up a poster saying we were opening a cafe with 100% hypoallergenic cats, gourmet coffee, and “nibbles from Brooklyn artisans”? Well, we wanted to find out just how quickly something completely ridiculoso could go viral while also testing the diligence of our local news gatherers. (Actually, our Newsroom will still have gourmet coffee.) Here’s how it went down.
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Stand-Up in a Walk-Up: These Guys Are Doing Comedy Shows in Their Apartment

For the last several months, a walk-up apartment on East Seventh Street has quietly, even secretly, served as an alternative venue for comics and comedy fans alike. Since March, Daniel Hurwitz and Drew Miller have invited friends, family and neighbors to enjoy sets by working comedians sans the standard two-drink minimum — in their living room. Why a comedy show? “I just liked going to them,” Hurwitz says. “I didn’t understand why people didn’t go to comedy shows all they time; they’re free and fun. I couldn’t afford cable or to go to plays.”
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Five Leaves Turns Five in Greenpoint; Katz's Turns 125 in LES

Serban Ionescu and David Nordine, Ludlow Street

Serban Ionescu and David Nordine, Ludlow Street (Photo: Scott Lynch’s Flickr)

The sixth annual Bushwick Film Festival will take place at Light Space Studios from October 3 to Oct. 6. Five full-length features and ten short films will be shown from local and international filmmakers; you can also take in live music, Q&As and some panel discussions. [Bushwick Daily]

All right, Single Brookynite Females, we know you think you’ve got a bad lot in the dating world but, apparently, you might be the problem. A survey determined you are the least likely subset of single females any-where to respond to messages from dudes who message you online. Or Brooklyn men are just terrible writers. [Brokelyn] Keep Reading »

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This Guy’s Front Porch Is a 42-Year-Old Mustard-Yellow RV

(Photo: Jesse Sposato)

(Photo: Jesse Sposato)

When I asked Ron, who’d like to remain last nameless as he looks for a new job, where his interest in collecting vintage RVs came from, he shrugged his shoulders as if the answer were obvious. “It’s a hobby. Everybody needs a hobby.” Ron, a 55-year-old handyman and musician who has called the East Village home on and off since the mid-eighties, joked, “I have a boat, a dog, two RVs, a band [Bluesco Band], all the things you can have if you don’t have a girlfriend!”
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A Look Back at the Electric Circus, the Greatest Show on St. Marks Place

ElectricCircus6Few nightclubs exemplified the excesses of the drug-fueled ‘60s like the Electric Circus. Trapeze artists, mimes and jugglers illuminated by pulsating strobe and black lights created a psychedelic atmosphere; predictably, the Circus became the club of choice to smoke pot and drop acid. But the Electric Circus also presented a powerhouse array of rock bands, many of who would become superstars: Sly and the Family Stone, Dr. John, Deep Purple and the Allman Brothers Band all played the Circus early in their careers.
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McCarren Park Expands; Williamsburg’s Boozy Urban Outfitters

DayLife Block Party, September 2013

(Photo: Scott Lynch’s Flickr)

McCarren Park’s future continues to look brighter: last spring, its pedestrian path received a desperately-needed repaving; now, it’s set to expand by appropriating a street (which separates the track and dog run) as additional park grounds. [DNAinfo]

The State is pledging to make the South Williamsburg waterfront a little bit cleaner. [Brownstoner] Keep Reading »

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Tour the LES Circa 1946, Where ‘Panties and Pickles Live Side By Side’

The Lower East Side has long been a place “where panties and pickles live side by side.” Or so says the narrator of ”Around the World in New York,” a circa 1946 documentary exploring the lives of immigrants and ethnic communities in NYC.
In the above clip, recently uploaded to YouTube, the LES is described as “a new-world version of the old-world bazaar,” where “bargaining between merchant and customer still remains an art.” It just so happens that on September 28, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum will debut a walking tour, “Storefront Stories,” dedicated to just the kind of commerce you see here.

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Fashion Weekend Photos: ‘Who Said Williamsburg Isn’t Cool Anymore?’

Ramono Martelli of ShocKVintage prepping a model. (All photos by Ebru Yildiz)

Ramono Martelli of ShocKVintage prepping a model. (All photos by Ebru Yildiz)

A ShocKVintage model making mental preparations.

A ShocKVintage model making mental preparations.

Two ShocKVintage models adjusting.

Two ShocKVintage models adjusting.

A FoXXy Face Couture model, shortly after his oil-rubbing comment.

A FoXXy Face Couture model, shortly after his oil-rubbing comment.

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend founder Arthur Arbit.

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend founder Arthur Arbit.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Shute Organic models, including Gerald Cotiangco.

Shute Organic models, including Gerald Cotiangco.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Atmosphere.

Atmosphere.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

IQ Test by Melissa Lockwood.

IQ Test by Melissa Lockwood.

IQ Test by Melissa Lockwood.

IQ Test by Melissa Lockwood.

Designer Melissa Lockwood and her models.

Designer Melissa Lockwood and her models.

SDN by Marcus Hicks.

SDN by Marcus Hicks.

SDN by Marcus Hicks.

SDN by Marcus Hicks.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

Geary Marcello and his models.

Geary Marcello and his models.

On the second night of Williamsburg Fashion Weekend, Geary Marcello prepped his models while wearing a purple plaid schoolgirl skirt over his pants and a three-inch spike through his septum.

“It’s about New York in the ’70s, in the disco era, when everything was whimsical and a novelty, but still had edginess,” said the bubbly designer of his FoXXy Face Couture line. “My shows have been called controversial, but I’m not trying to be controversial about sexuality or politics or anything else. It’s about creating a feeling.”
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