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Here’s How The Creeper Got Its Name

They’re the Urban Campers. We’re knocking on their doors and having a look inside.

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Walking down Wythe Avenue in Greenpoint, it’s hard to miss Beth O’Brien’s baby-blue Ford Econoline, haphazardly decorated by orange foot and paw prints. “When I first bought it I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna repaint this because it’s kind of embarrassing,’” O’Brien said. “But, to be honest, I’m a little bit charmed by it.”
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‘Self-Aware Gentrifiers’ Had a Tactical Meeting in Bushwick Last Night

Image via The Base's Facebook page.

Image via The Base’s Facebook page.

“I’m a transplant, and I wonder if I’m part of the problem,” said a young Bushwick resident last night at The Base, the neighborhood’s new leftist community center. “Is there anything we can do? Become self-aware gentrifiers?”

The question came up at a meeting led by Frank Morales, called Fighting Displacement and Building Grassroots Power. Presenting his zine, “Strategy and Tactics of Neighborhood Self-Defense,” the housing activist described the earliest and most unpleasant stage of gentrification: landlords let buildings decay without maintenance and the city stops funding firefighters, hospitals, and the precinct, so that long-term residents leave the now unlivable area and landlords can fix up their buildings and raise the rent.
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Colin Quinn Thinks Todd Barry’s Building Ruins the Entire East Village

Todd Barry's fly trap. (Photo: ToddBarry.com)

Todd Barry’s fly trap. (Photo: ToddBarry.com)

Part of the reason we’re digging the relatively new Todd Barry Podcast is that it’s recorded in the comedian’s apartment — located “right in the heart” of the East Village, “where all the action is,” as he told Dave Hill while apologizing for all the siren and dump-truck noises.

On yesterday’s episode Colin Quinn laid into Barry’s high-rise building near Union Square. (Barry used to live in a Second Avenue walk-up beneath Sarah Silverman’s place, but moved a few years ago.) Read the exchange that only two New Yorkers could have.

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The Sunburnt Cow Turns 10, But Things Aren’t Looking So Hot Post-Sandy

Photo: Shanna Ravindra, New York Magazine

While Hurricane Sandy feels like the distant past for most of the East Village, there are some businesses that are still feeling a little, shall we say, under the weather. And none has felt the hit more keenly than the Sunburnt Cow, whose tribulations lately must make that ol’ sunburn feel like a breeze.
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Shira Entis of Fleabags Goes Thrifting at Atlantis Attic

We give fashionable locals a place to go and they get All Dressed Up.

Shira outside Atlantis Attic.

Shira outside Atlantis Attic.

Shira went straight to the intimidating, thickly-packed rack of t-shirts, and scrounged up an “A#1 Grandpa!” tee and a shirt with a faded iron-on print of a cooing infant to try on. “Look at this person’s baby!” she said. Neither one made the final cut.

Shira went straight to the intimidating, thickly-packed rack of t-shirts, and scrounged up an “A#1 Grandpa!” tee and a shirt with a faded iron-on print of a cooing infant to try on. “Look at this person’s baby!” she said. Neither one made the final cut.

Shira also lingered over the jean cutoffs, lamenting that the store cut them too short. She tried on at least six pairs. “The saddest part is these jean shorts, none of them fit.”

Shira also lingered over the jean cutoffs, lamenting that the store cut them too short. She tried on at least six pairs. “The saddest part is these jean shorts, none of them fit.”

This pair says “Pussy” in glow-in-the-dark ink, and Shira did not try them on.

This pair says “Pussy” in glow-in-the-dark ink, and Shira did not try them on.

“I have come here before and spent hours accidentally,

“I have come here before and spent hours accidentally," she told us.

 “The one problem with this space is that it’s not a sure bet,” said Shira. “You strike it hot or you don’t.”

“The one problem with this space is that it’s not a sure bet,” said Shira. “You strike it hot or you don’t.”

Shira landed on a pair of Converses, having no luck with the heels and booties. “I wear Converses all the time,

Shira landed on a pair of Converses, having no luck with the heels and booties. “I wear Converses all the time," she said. "I wear them until they have holes in them."

She chose a much dressier shirt than the tees she had first been eyeing. “My mom used to have so many of these embroidered shirts,” she said. “So I think I instinctively look for them.”

She chose a much dressier shirt than the tees she had first been eyeing. “My mom used to have so many of these embroidered shirts,” she said. “So I think I instinctively look for them.”

Shira took one look at the scarf rack, and grabbed one made of speckled pink-and-brown chiffon. “I like the color pink, and it feminizes the outfit,” she said. “Otherwise, I’d look like a 12 year-old boy.”

Shira took one look at the scarf rack, and grabbed one made of speckled pink-and-brown chiffon. “I like the color pink, and it feminizes the outfit,” she said. “Otherwise, I’d look like a 12 year-old boy.”

She paired it with a forest green two-button sweater, which she also chose without much deliberation. “It’s a nice color and fit,” she said. “It feels weird shopping for sweaters now, but I wanted one.”

The purse she chose, which has a Fendi logo and cost more than twice as much as all the other bags, sparked a great debate and examination of stitching quality. “It’s got to be fake. But they are charging $30 because they think it’s real,” she said. “But what’s wrong with a fake Fendi?”

The purse she chose, which has a Fendi logo and cost more than twice as much as all the other bags, sparked a great debate and examination of stitching quality. “It’s got to be fake. But they are charging $30 because they think it’s real,” she said. “But what’s wrong with a fake Fendi?”

Is it fake? What do you think?

Is it fake? What do you think?

“I don’t know what kind of stain that is,” She said of her chosen jorts, a looser version of the pair she came in with. “But if you’re going buy something used, it’s okay. It’s part of the history of the outfit.”

“I don’t know what kind of stain that is,” She said of her chosen jorts, a looser version of the pair she came in with. “But if you’re going buy something used, it’s okay. It’s part of the history of the outfit.”

Shira’s final outfit: “This is like, what I would wear to paint a house,” she said. “I actually like this outfit.”

Shira’s final outfit: “This is like, what I would wear to paint a house,” she said. “I actually like this outfit.”

Outfit price: $10 converse + $5 shirt + $1 scarf + $5 sweater + $30 (fake) Fendi + $5 jorts = $56 total ($26 without the Fendi)

Shira Entis, co-founder of Williamsburg-based tote shop Fleabags and thrift shopper extraordinaire, met Bedford + Bowery by the Graham L wearing a Goofy t-shirt with many holes and her own sewn-on patches. She combined it with a heavy silver necklace inlaid with turquoise, frayed jorts, and a straw sunhat tied with a black ribbon.
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Domino Gets Approvals For Demo: Tear-Down Should Start Next Month

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The landmarked refinery won’t be demolished. (Photo: Dima James’s Flickr)

The Domino Sugar factory has been lying idly all summer on the Williamsburg waterfront, but its condominium future as high-rise apartments is now officially upon us, as part of the complex has been approved for demolition by the Department of Buildings. A rear building at 2 Grand Street was approved on July 29 and multiple attached buildings at 314 Kent Ave were approved a few days ago, on August 20.
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There Was a Shooting Off Bedford Avenue Last Night

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Two young men were shot in Williamsburg last night, right off the Bedford Avenue strip.

Police say two teenagers were walking on South 9th Street, between Bedford and Berry, when, around 10:55 p.m., the shots were fired. A 17-year-old was shot in the leg one time and an 18-year-old took a shot to the ankle. Both were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

The police didn’t have a description of a suspect.

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Another Mural Disappears, But Only Temporarily; and Brooklyn’s Hasidim Get More Politically Active

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Vanity Projects, a nail salon/art gallery that began as a pop-up installation, opened a permanent home base at 99 Chrystie Street. [Bowery Boogie]

The Department of Transportation temporarily removed Mosaic Man’s installation on a traffic-light pole at Astor Place, which was installed as a tribute to firefighters who died on 9/11. The DOT plans to reinstall it after utility work is complete. [DNAinfo]
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Owners of Pearl’s and Los Perros Locos Got Stiffed By Bike Thieves

As far as we can tell, the thefts are in no way related to the classic work of Italian neo-realist cinema.

There’s an old saying: don’t bite the hand that feeds you, and don’t steal their wheels either!

And yet a couple of weeks ago Alex Mitow, the owner of Los Perros Locos, posted a Facebook update about his bike disappearing from a fence on the Lower East Side. And this morning Betsy Maher, the owner of Pearl’s Social and Billy Club, and Benny Thomson, a bartender at Anchored Inn, had their two Suzuki motorbikes stolen from outside Thomson’s place at 62 Greenpoint Avenue. (Yep, more crime in Greenpoint…)
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Heptagames Will Be ‘Like Gathering of the Juggalos But Way More Interesting’

The barn at the Catskills farm

The barn at the Catskills farm

We’re approaching a cultural moment in the history of New York City where there’s really no excuse not to go upstate for a weekend of arts and games. First, we told you about Offsite; then Summer Camp; and then last week, we wrote about The Last Weekend, a three-day food, arts and crafts festival taking place in September in the Catskills. Now comes Heptagames, a “festival of games, installations, and performances” taking place in the Catskills this weekend.
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The B+B Bazaar Is Bringing Tørst From Manhattan Ave to Manhattan Isle

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Who says nothing happens in August? It’s the month Woodstock went down, and now we’re bringing you something even bigger. Okay, maybe not, but we’re still really excited to announce our first Bedford + Bowery Bazaar. Next Saturday, Aug. 31, we’re bringing some of our favorite North Brooklyn restaurants, shops, artists and artisans to the Lower East Side, where they’ll team up with some of Hester Street Fair’s most popular vendors. From noon to 6:30 p.m., Tørst will descend from “the top of the city’s craft-beer scene” to serve some beers never before tasted in Manhattan (we hear they’re also bringing a grill) — and then good ol’ Brooklyn Brewery will work the night shift, starting with a happy hour of free beer at 6:30 p.m.
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