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Sunny’s and Steve’s Are Back, But Red Hook Is Still Smarting From Sandy

The new location of Steve's Key Lime Pies.

The new location of Steve’s Key Lime Pies.

Steve Tarpin remembers the night that Hurricane Sandy destroyed his beloved Red Hook bakery, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies. “By 6 p.m. the water was lapping up at my feet,” he recalls. “And we were still three hours away from high tide… I came back around 2:30 a.m., and had to drive through a fair bit of water. Took a quick look and realized there was absolutely nothing I could do. Came back in the morning, we were about three feet underwater.”
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Schumer On Sandy Aid: ‘The First Year Was Too Slow’

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

A day before Hurricane Sandy’s first anniversary, Mayor Bloomberg showed up at New York University flanked by aides, a congressional delegation and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, all of them there to announce a fresh infusion of $1.34 billion in federal funds to help rebuild homes, businesses and infrastructure damaged in New York City by its worst natural disaster. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had already provided the city with more than $1.7 billion earlier this year, a mere pittance compared to the enormity of Sandy’s devastation across five states on the Eastern seaboard.
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Tuesday: Andrew W.K. Will Teach You How to Party Party Party

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As you gear up for Halloween, who better to give you that pre-party pep talk than Andrew WK, the man whose e-mail sig reads “PARTY HARD FOREVER.” Tuesday at the Newsroom, the rocker behind such anthems as “Party Hard,” “Party Party Party” and “I Love New York City” will actually sit down (and not at a piano; he’s saving that for 45 Bleecker next month) long enough to speak to us about his recently announced book, The Party Bible, which promises to be “an unforgettable voyage in search of truth, wisdom, and party bliss.”

Rest assured, we’ll also ask about his other recent doings: channeling Joey Ramone with Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg and touring with Black Sabbath. And this is your chance to ask him anything before his Reddit AMA next month. Pro tip: ask him how a motivational speaker, Grammy-nominated record producer, and owner of Santos Party House became the face of Playtex “Fresh + Sexy” Wipes.

We’ll see you Tuesday at 7 p.m., at 155 Grand Street, off of Bedford Ave, in Williamsburg. As always, the event is free — just let us know you’re coming.

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We’re Getting Another $1.34 Billion For Sandy Recovery

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Flanked by a congressional delegation and HUD secretary Shaun Donovan, Mayor Bloomberg walked briskly into NYU’s Pless Hall today at 1 p.m. to announce that an additional $1.34 billion in federal funds has been earmarked for New York City via HUD community development block grants for homes and businesses affected by superstorm Sandy. He let his fellow pols do a lot of the talking. “The first year was recovery, the second year is rebuilding,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, who acknowledged the process was slow but claimed the Obama administration wanted to avoid “the mistakes” from Katrina.
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I Got Lou Reed’s Autograph at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

(Photo: Susan Keyloun)

(Photo: Susan Keyloun)

Earlier today we gathered New Yorkers’ memories of their random encounters with the late, great Lou Reed. This one, from our contributor Susan Keyloun, might just be the most unexpected encounter of them all. 

As a native New Yorker, I tend to leave touristy things to the tourists.  I have never taken a carriage ride through Central Park and I avoid Times Square. But when I was invited to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last year, I accepted – – not a tourist destination per se, but not necessarily a place where you’ll find mobs of New Yorkers either.  I could spend my time people-watching which was good enough for me.
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‘He Treads Kind of Softly’: Two Musicians Remember Working With Lou Reed

Genya Ravan with Lou Reed at Bottom Line. (Photo: Chuck Pulin)

Genya Ravan with Lou Reed at Bottom Line. (Photo: Chuck Pulin)

The leather jacket and moody persona were only a part of the puzzle that was Lou Reed. Musicians like Steve Katz of Blood Sweat & Tears and Genya Ravan of Ten Wheel Drive remember him as a friend with a wicked sense of humor and a gracious heart. Katz was the producer of Reed’s live album Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal and the rocker’s highest-charting LP, Sally Can’t Dance. Reed rarely performed on other artists’ albums, but he agreed to join Genya Ravan on “Aye Co’lorado”; Reed would later invite Ravan to sing on his “Street Hassle.

Bedford + Bowery today asked Katz and Ravan to share their memories of Lou Reed.
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Get a Guitar Lesson From Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth Tonight

LeeRanaldoGuitarClinicWhoa, far be it from us to steer you clear of our own event with Vice tonight, but our friends at Other Music have something pretty extraordinary going on: Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth is doing a guitar clinic at the record store, as you can see from this hilarious Dan Smith-style flyer. Keep in mind, this is the guy who Glenn Branca told us was “one of the most important musicians who’s ever played in my band,” which is saying a lot. So if you’ve always wondered what tuning that one b-side from that one 7″ was in, you might want to go get some knowledge dropped on ya. The event starts at 8 p.m. If you missed Ranaldo’s show at Terminal 5 over the weekend, he’ll be back supporting his new album, Last Night on Earth, at in January.

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New Yorkers Remember Their Random Encounters With Lou

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The stories of Lou Reed’s encounters with the Bowies and Bangses of the world are the stuff of legend, but more than anything, his passing yesterday made clear just how many everyday New Yorkers treasured their random, often wordless encounters with him at East Village restaurants, movie theaters, and on the street (yep, despite his 1980s Honda scooter commercial, he often did settle for walking).
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The Day Lou Reed Went Back to the East Village

Velvet Underground lyrics posted on the window of the Bedford Cheese Shop yesterday: "No kinds of love are better than others."

Velvet Underground lyrics posted on the window of the Bedford Cheese Shop yesterday: “No kinds of love are better than others.”

When he was in his twenties, Colin Summers was a computer consultant whose clients Penn & Teller introduced him to other notable New Yorkers, like Lou Reed. Summers, now an architect living in Santa Monica, shares a story about strolling through the East Village with the late musician. 

In the early nineties I returned to New York City to live with my girlfriend, which turned out to be a mistake. One of the highlights of those years of torture was the time I spent with Lou Reed. He was going through a divorce and had a LOT of time to spend with his computer hacker (me). We had many dinners and lunches and it was only at the first one that my hands shook because I was having a burger with an artist who had helped me get through the hell of architecture school. He was such a hero to me.
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Here’s a Preppy Lou Reed Rocking Out With His College Band

yearbookIn the wake of Lou Reed’s death yesterday, Laurie Gwen Shapiro, a Syracuse alum, dug up this amazing photo from the university’s 1964 yearbook. “Lou Reed was a student of Delmore Schwartz,” she told us. “Also friends with cheerleader Betsey Johnson (look at her here!) who went on to become the fashion designer and was briefly married to John Cale.”
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Watch ‘Here’s the Kicker!’ with Dave Hill, Greg Barris and More

Tonight at the Newsroom, Natalie Shure is hosting Here’s the Kicker!, a night of comedy with Dave Hill, Greg Barris, Matteo Lane, Sara Armour, and Neal Stastny. The yucks start at 7:30 p.m.; you can read more about the comics here and watch them live above. Update: The event has passed but you can watch an archived recording above.