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The Smelliest Block in NYC Is Now a Perfume: Try It On at B+B Bazaar Saturday

Julia amidst the mystery puddles of Broome Street.

Julia amidst the mystery puddles of Broome Street.

Things were not looking scrumptious, streetside.

Things were not looking scrumptious, streetside.

Julia takes it in and puts it down.

Julia takes it in and puts it down.

Things were not in peak smelling form at the Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Nature Walk.

Things were not in peak smelling form at the Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Nature Walk.

Julia spots a single bloom!

Julia spots a single bloom!

A boat filled with

A boat filled with "equipment" passes by the Nature Walk as Julia takes in the scent of Newton Creek.

An on honest-to-goodness rose.

An on honest-to-goodness rose.

Turning Greenpoint into a sweet, sweet scent.

Turning Greenpoint into a sweet, sweet scent.

Oceanic notes - salty, watery; Berries - though the berries were scentless, Julia took them as inspiration and added in some subtle berry notes; Soapy white rose - a synthetic rose note called Dorinia SA. Smells like the rose in questions, to a tee; Green notes - bitter galbanum, clean/light kephalis; Skyline - sharp wood amber notes which can read as metallic.

Broome Street, the scent.

Broome Street, the scent.

BBQ duck - birch tar, smokey and a little sweet. It's perfectly disgusting when paired with the following: Fecal notes - synthetic animallic note called civet; Windex - a wet, chemical-y fresh note called precyclemone B; Baby powder - a powdery floral booster called phenylethyl alcohol; Burnt rubber and tar - pyralone.

Broome Street, deconstructed.

Broome Street, deconstructed.

Recreating Greenpoint.

Recreating Greenpoint.

Summer’s on the way out, and the city’s most recognizable odors are fading along with it. The “Smelliest Block in New York” — a wee stretch of Broome Street between Eldridge and Allen — is bound to smell just a little bit less like “flushed-out catacomb.” And over in Brooklyn, the pungent Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant won’t be tainting any more backyard barbecues.
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Yippie and Peace Activist Mayer Vishner Is Dead, Apparently a Suicide

Mayer near his community garden parcel in the Village.

Mayer near his community garden parcel in the Village.

Mayer Vishner, a longtime anti-war activist, editor, and close associate of Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies, died in his Greenwich Village apartment at the age of 64 last week — an apparent suicide, according to friends and colleagues.

Paul Krassner, 81, a founder of the Yippies and editor of The Realist, said yesterday that he spoke to Vishner around 2 a.m. Thursday, after he had returned from Texas to leave his cat with a friend.
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Joey Pfeifer Either Has a Drinking Problem or a Pizza Problem at Anna Maria’s

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Like so many twenty-somethings before him, 23 year-old Joey Pfeifer hits up the infamous Anna Maria Pizzeria for late-night, post-boozing pizza. Situated mere steps from the busy Bedford L stop in Williamsburg, the pizza shop’s buzzing fluorescent lights are like a siren call for drinkers after last call at the bar.
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Harry Styles of One Direction Was ‘Wilding’ at Lit Last Night

(Photo: Prince Terrence's )

(Photo: Prince Terrence’s )

Well, Jay Z didn’t show up in Bushwick, but here’s something that actually did happen: Harry Styles of One Direction was “wilding on the dance floor” at Lit last night, according to DJ Prince Terrence, who posted this Instagram shot of the teen idol presumably celebrating his win at the MTV Music Video Awards the night before.
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A Word With American Authors, the Bushwick Band Playing Leno Next Week

American Authors isn’t a category at Molasses Books — it’s the latest Brooklyn band to hit it big. Their first single, “Believer,” spent 22 weeks on Alt Nation’s Alt-18 Countdown, while their second single, “Best Day of My Life,” just appeared in a trailer for The Delivery Man (in which Vince Vaughn wears a Warsaw t-shirt). You can hear both on their self-titled EP, out today.
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Turn Your Favorite T-Shirt Into a Free Hat at the B+B Bazaar Saturday

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This used to be a t-shirt. (Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

As if you needed another reason to hit the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar on Saturday, here’s a real good one: Brian Downey of The Amazing Falcon Bowse T-Shirt Transformation Program will be there to turn your favorite old t-shirt into a nifty five-panel hat — for free. The custom lids go for $30 at his Greenpoint pop-up but from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, they’re gratis (first come, first served — based on availability, of course). So bring him that Wo Hop shirt that got felled by soy sauce and revive it in the form of a Falcon Bowse original.

FB joins the Bazaar’s already robust lineup: Torst is pouring beer all afternoon, Brooklyn Brewery is doing a free happy hour at 6:30 p.m. and serving into the night, Bossa Nova Civic Club is programing the DJs, and folks like Bunker Vietnamese, Harvest Cyclery and a slew of others (see the Facebook invite) are crossing the bridge for our outdoor extravaganza at the Hester Street Fair grounds, at Hester and Essex.

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Levi’s Wants to Tune Your Bike, Treat You to Drinks, and Service Your Crotch

The folks at Levi’s will not rest until every fixie rider in Williamsburg is in a pair of their Commuter jeans. They just sent over the above video of Knox Robinson, publisher of First Run, tooling around town in them — passing plenty of street art, domino games and open fire hydrants, natch — and then leading folks at his Black Roses NYC running collective.
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The Weekend Escape Plan For Die-Hard Williamsburgers: Montreal’s Mile End

Cafe Olimpico (Photo: Natasha Young)

Le Dépanneur Café (Photo: Natasha Young)

If you want to escape Williamsburg this Labor Day weekend but worry that your acute case of FOMO will result in Blue Bottle Coffee withdrawal, we’ve got just the end-of-summer getaway for you: the Mile End! No, not the NoHo sandwich shop. We’re talking about the neighborhood in Montreal, where — just like in Williamsburg — you’ll hear people speak French while enjoying the comforts of rustic-chic cafés and artisanal everything. You won’t even miss out on the gratifying hat varieties of your Hasidic neighbors.
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Odessa Cafe Is Closing; Nine-Story Development Headed For Bowery

Nice ride

(Photo: Scott Lynch’s Flickr)

In case you missed our tweet about it over the weekend, Odessa Cafe Bar is closing after 33 years on Avenue A. The next-door diner will stay open. See @bedbow for the goodbye message.

The Times interviews dozens of friends, relatives and former employees of Colin Devlin, the DuMont restaurateur who took his own life last month. “Since childhood, he felt tremendously burdened to support people around him, financially and emotionally. He was insecure despite his success and his charm.” [NY Times]

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Bob Holman Is Fighting the ‘Blazing, Blanding Branding’ of the Scene

Howl! Festival, Bob Holman

Holman is also an organizer of Howl! Festival. (Photo: Chris O. Cook)

Given his involvement with the No 7-Eleven campaign and the relaunch of the Bowery Poetry Club in a new location, the poet Bob Holman occupies the crossroads of several vectors of change on the Bowery. Not that that’s anything new for him: since the ’70s, in his various roles as coordinator of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, director of the Nuyorican Poets Café, founder of the Bowery Poetry Club, author, editor, emcee and archivist (among other things), Holman has perhaps done more than anybody else to foster and grow the Bowery’s long and storied oral poetry tradition.
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