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Papaya King Is About to Put Midtown Hot Dog Vendors in a World of Squirt

(Courtesy Papaya King)

(Courtesy Papaya King)

After expanding to St. Marks Place and then launching a food truck, Upper East Side institution Papaya King has decided to go for the jugular and is putting down roots in Herald Square, ground zero for dirty-water dog vendors. Starting Oct. 23, the king will station its flashy new food cart (shown here) outside of Macy’s in Herald Square. It’ll be at Broadway and 35th Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. serving hot dogs, veggie dogs, corn dogs, and knishes. This is such a setback to workaday wiener vendors that we don’t know how they’re going to ketchup.
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Rosario Dawson’s Cousin Arrested For Attempted Rape; Stupak Opens Al Pastor

City Kitty: Office Job

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Juan Scott, 26 and apparently a cousin of actress Rosario Dawson, was arrested Friday for allegedly attempting to rape a 20-year-old woman last week in her Stuyvesant Town apartment. [The Villager]

Dennis Nemirovskiy, a 27-year-old Brooklynite, was arrested Friday morning at Bellevue Hospital (where he stopped to his clothes, stained by packs of exploding red dye) for allegedly committing five local bank robberies in early October, netting nearly $8500. [NY Post]

In Greenpoint, paperwork was submitted to convert 214 Franklin Street into a 30-room hotel with a coffee shop and gym. [NY Shitty]

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Market Watch: Brooklyn Xchange Drops Promo Vid, Artists & Fleas Expands

Okay fine, the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar isn’t the only market in town. As we noted last week, a new one called the Brooklyn Xchange is aiming to bring Brooklyn vendors to Soho starting Black Friday. Today, the organizers dropped a promo video starring co-founder Leo Reis that’s pure old-school Brooklyn. No twee terrariums here — in fact, the background music sounds like something out of Escape From New York. You almost expect a column of zombies to start walking up the Brooklyn Bridge, where — naturally — the call for vendors was shot.
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Saturday: Free Beer, Amazing Eats, Rad Shopping + DJs From LCD Soundsystem

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Brooklyn Brewery giveaway at 2pm, Nancy Whang at 2:30, and Museum of Love at 4.

Strap on the party hat: it’s time again for the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar, our outdoor extravaganza of food, shopping and muzak. This Saturday, Oct. 25, we’re once again bringing our fave-most North Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan restaurants, makers, and vendors to the Hester Street Fair in the LES. To make it a party, there’ll be free beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery. Plus beats by Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean) as well as Museum of Love, the deliriously danceable DFA Records outfit featuring Pat Mahoney (also of LCD Soundsystem) and Dennis McNany (Jee Day). (The Juan Maclean’s new album dropped last month and MoL’s new video, off of their just-released self-titled album, is up today.)

In addition to the free Brooklyn Brewery while it lasts, Tørst will be pouring bitching beers by Evil Twin Brewing and serving duck sandwiches, plus there’ll be Carolina whole-hog BBQ from Arrogant Swine, good pho-king Vietnamese food from Bún-Ker, southern grub from Empire BiscuitKorean-American fried bird from Seoul Chicken, classic NYC dogs from Papaya King, Malay and Indonesian fare from Pasar Malam, Icelandic lamb stew from Skál, Japanese rice burgers (yep, rice burgers) from Yonekichi, and still more grub from Vendy Award winners Zha and Khao Man Gai NY. And more!

Good eats are just the start of it: Papercut Press is bringing indie books, Creeps Annual is hawking zines, iMakr is showing off 3D-printed toys, and there’ll be used vinyl from The Punk Guy as well as new vinyl from Greenpoint indie label Captured Tracks. To help you nail that Halloween outfit, Catland will add a pinch of occult weirdness, and there’ll be tons of vintage and artisan jewelry, clothing, crafts, home wares and art from vendors like Etsy NYFair Folks & a Goat and many, many more.

We’ve got more surprises in store (Update: like the return of Billy Leroy’s famed antiques and oddities tent and speed-dating with the “Looking for a Girlfriend” guy), so save the date and stay tuned to @bedbow for some exciting updates.

Join us Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hester Street Fair at Hester and Essex; take the J, M, Z to Delancey or F to East Broadway.

The Downtown Den Where Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians Met

Walt Whitman at Pfaff's.

Walt Whitman at Pfaff’s.

156 years ago this week, Henry Clapp, Jr. founded the newspaper that brought the idea of bohemianism into American culture and popularized some of Walt Whitman’s most beloved poems. The New York Saturday Press has more or less faded from memory – but two new books tell how the paper and a legendary counterculture clique emerged from Pfaff’s, a subterranean saloon on Broadway and Bleecker.
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Bushwick Resident Arrested in Infant Death; Susan Sarandon Fetes High Times

Art in Odd Places 2014: Big Head Brigade

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After he attempted suicide, 20-year-old Kelsey Smith was arrested for allegedly beating his three-year-old stepdaughter to death Saturday afternoon in their Bushwick apartment. [NBC NY]

A 63-year-old East Village woman, Leslie Bright, appeared in court Friday to challenge an amnesiac California man’s claim that he is her missing husband of two decades. [DNA Info]

Delancey & Co., a Lower East Side-themed deli, will soon open in London. [Grub Street]

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Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Compared Obama to Lincoln, and Not in a Good Way

During a talk with a group of journalism students last night, New York Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. revealed many an interesting thing about The Gray Lady — or the “Good Gray Lady,” as he said she was originally called (and he should know, since his grandmother coined the nickname). Sitting in Bedford + Bowery’s backyard at 20 Cooper Square, he told moderator Meryl Gordon that after just two days, C.J. Chivers’s piece about the coverup of harmful chemical weapons abandoned in Iraq was one of the paper’s top 20 most-read stories of the year.
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Can Starbucks Win the Hearts and Minds of Williamsburgers With Yarn Art?

A couple of weeks ago operators of the Starbucks that’s set to open at 154 N 7th Street got an earful from Williamsburg residents at a community board meeting as they pled their case for selling beer and wine. According to Gothamist, the owners of a nearby coffee shop, The West, managed to wrangle 500 signatures in three days opposing the liquor license. But nevermind all that: the ‘bucks is determined to win the hearts and minds of Williamsburgers — via (what else?) yarn bombing.
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Tonight, An Evening of Scumball Art at Scumbags & Superstars

Everyday is Halloween at this shop (Photo: Scumbags & Superstars)

Everyday is Halloween at this shop (Photo: Scumbags & Superstars)

Scumbags & Superstars is a newish Bushwick storefront that opened up this summer and stocks the brand’s own horror, skate inspired street-wear and other merch. But lately the shop has transformed into something of a gallery space as well. Tonight the shop will host an opening for “Panic Attack,” a solo exhibition curated by local artist Worm Carnevale featuring the work of Keith Caves.
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WNYC’s Anna Sale Talks Death, Sex, Money and Tacos at Santos Anne

(Photos: Phil Provencio)

(Photos: Phil Provencio)

If a French-Mexican fusion restaurant sounds weird, that’s only because it is. The thing is, the eclectic, dark but innocuous Santos Anne is weirdly charming. What really makes this place stand out to people who live in Williamsburg is its solid backyard. The value of an asset like that cannot be stressed enough. And regular Anna Sale gets that all too well. The 34-year-old journalist used to live in the neighborhood, and when she did, she’d find solace from the city in a small corner in the backyard lit by a living room lamp. Charming, eclectic, see?
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McGolrick Park’s Gritty Playground Is Getting a Million-Dollar Makeover

(Photo: McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance Facebook)

(Photo: McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance Facebook)

As the Mayor’s office allocates $130 million to improving neglected parks, one Greenpoint mother on a mission is celebrating the $1.3 million that will go toward a playground that has long made her worry about her daughter’s safety.
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