Death By Audio’s Edan Wilber On What Happened With Vice, and What’s Next

(Photo: Alex Hess & Jon Brown)

A place to Bury Strangers play the final show at DBA. (Photo: Alex Hess & Jon Brown)

Life for Edan Wilber has changed dramatically in the two weeks since his Williamsburg DIY venue Death By Audio hosted its last show. “My sleep schedule has, like, 180′d one hundred percent,” he laughed. “I go to bed at like 9 p.m. now.”

When we spoke with Edan this morning he was kicked back on a porch where he’s living in St. Petersburg, Florida. “It’s almost been two weeks since we closed, and I pretty much moved the very next day,” he said. “I had 40 shows in a row, and now I’ve had two weeks of not seeing anything. It’s pretty weird.”
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Farewell to Ray Abeyta, Williamsburg Royalty

An outtake from the Regulars photo shoot in August of 2013.

An outtake from the Regulars photo shoot in August of 2013.

I only had one real conversation with Ray Abeyta. Luckily, I captured it for everybody to see. We met at his favorite hangout, the bar-restaurant Five Leaves, so I could interview him for The Regulars. I told him I’d seen him around town for 10 years and we had friends in common. He said I looked familiar. We ordered our drinks and the conversation flowed. His badass personality blazed before me.
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Over 200 Arrested As Thousands Return to the Streets to Protest Police Killings

(Photo: Christopher Troost)

(Photo: Christopher Looft)

Thousands of demonstrators returned to the streets of New York last night to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in July. For hours the marches fanned out across the city, snarling traffic in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, and leading to more than two hundred arrests. The charges included disorderly conduct and obstructing vehicular traffic, according to the New York Police Department.
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Cat Cafe Now Taking Reservations; Top 10 East Village Eateries

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

On Clinton Street, the six-story tenement building that houses recently revamped bar Barramundi is on the market for $7 million. [Bowery Boogie]

Chef Marco Canora and wine connoisseur Paul Greico—whose 11 year business partnership includes overseeing Hearth restaurant in the East Village—have decided to go separate ways. [Eater NY]

Through December 19, Lu Magnus Gallery on Hester Street will be the site of a video “portal” where visitors can communicate in real-time with citizens of Iran (appointments required). [DNA Info]
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Marky Ramone On Life as a Ramone in the E. Village: ‘Everybody Was Psychedelized’

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

No band is more identified with the East Village than the Ramones. The band’s performances at Hilly Kristal’s CBGB and other neighborhood venues defined punk rock forever. In 2003, the corner of the Bowery and Second Street near CBGB was officially named Joey Ramone Place. Over time, members of the group lived, drank and hung out in the East Village.
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Get Your Photo Taken With Santa (Drunk or Sober) at These Ho-Ho-Holiday Markets

HOLIDAYFUNFORALL_Sq_FinalwSTNICKSlogoIf you were too busy, oh, say protesting police brutality on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don’t worry — you’ve still got a couple more awesome opportunities to grab some gifts for the ones you love. In addition to the initial 10 holiday markets, and the ones we’ve added to the list here and there, two latecomers just came down the pike.
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Cat Cafe Now Hiring; 911 Landlord Going to Jail

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Police are conducting a missing person search for Brandyn Simmons, this 28-year-old Williamsburg resident last seen Sunday night on 12th Street and 3rd Avenue in the East Village. [EV Grieve]

A 57-year-old man walking past 6 Avenue B Tuesday night suffered a broken foot from falling debris. [The Lo-Down]

Williamsburg landlord Louis Segna, who called 911 hundreds of times on his tenant, Konditori coffee shop, was sentenced to six months in jail. [NY Daily News]
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These Photos From Vivienne Gucwa’s New Book Will Make You Look Forward to Winter

New York Winter, Tompkins Square Park.

New York Winter, Tompkins Square Park.

Back in 2008, Vivienne Gucwa quit the three jobs she’d been working after having been disowned by her parents at the age of 17 and decided to finish getting her degree. To cope with the stress, the native New Yorker took long walks around her home neighborhood, the Lower East Side, and eventually decided to start photographing what she saw. “I bought a really cheap camera off of Amazon because I couldn’t afford a smartphone,” she laughs. Six years later, she not only has a proper phone, but her lush, evocative cityscapes have garnered over 54,000 followers on Instagram, over 1.7 million followers on Google+ (she was an early “suggested user”), and a coveted sponsorship from Sony (her days of point-and-shoot are long gone).
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