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Looks Like It’s Time to Give Up Allen Ginsberg’s Old Apartment

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(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

About 28 years ago, Allen Ginsberg took a photo that he’d later caption: “Mary Help of Christians R.C. Church façade with pigeons out my 4th floor living room window, 437 East 12th Street Manhattan. I’ve stayed in this apartment 13 years now. Cheap rent.”

I’ve stayed in the same apartment two years now, and the rent ain’t so cheap (Ginsberg paid about $600 for three units. My girlfriend and I pay $1,940 for just one of those units – a one-bedroom the size of a studio). But the view of the church is the same — or at least, it was until this week, when scaffolding started going up in preparation for its demolition.
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House Fire On Graham Avenue; ‘theArtisan’ Coming to Williamsburg

(Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

A fire broke out at 293 Graham Avenue in Williamsburg this afternoon. The three-story residential building appeared to sustain little damage, although 60 firefighters responded, prompting one bystander to ask, “Is this a show of force? Show those fires what they’re up against?” An FDNY spokesperson told Bedford + Bowery the fire was placed under control at 4:45 p.m., about a half-hour after it began. Its cause is currently under investigation.

City public advocate Bill de Blasio rocketed into second place in the latest mayoral poll. Sure, it could be a sign that New Yorkers are tired of Anthony “Danger Zone” Weiner’s cock-shot proclivities, but might Blasio’s open courting of “the Williamsburg vote” have something to do with his rise? [Daily Intelligencer] Keep Reading »

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Here’s What Went Down On Max Fish’s Last Night

So, yeah. Max Fish closed last night with an epic sendoff. Yesterday photographer Daniel Savage shared his photos of the bar’s regulars and last night, our own Taji Ameen stopped in (or tried to, anyway) to hang with them. He brought back the video above and the report below.
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Annette Ramos, Stylist at Vice, Goes Black and Gold at Dusty Buttons

Introducing a new column in which we give a stylish local somewhere to go, so they can get all Dressed Up.

Annette arrives at Dusty Buttons.

Annette arrives at Dusty Buttons.

Dusty Buttons owner Amanda Loureiro measures Annette's waistline before she goes into the dressing room.

Dusty Buttons owner Amanda Loureiro measures Annette's waistline before she goes into the dressing room.

“I’m one of those people that has to look at everything before I make a decision,” says Annette.

“I’m one of those people that has to look at everything before I make a decision,” says Annette.

Other customers pop in and out while Annette shops. A woman with her long hair up in two chopstick buns, who had to text a photo to her “sugar daddy” before buying a dress she liked, complained to us about the size of her hips: “They’re good for sex, bad for standard dress sizes.”

Other customers pop in and out while Annette shops. A woman with her long hair up in two chopstick buns, who had to text a photo to her “sugar daddy” before buying a dress she liked, complained to us about the size of her hips: “They’re good for sex, bad for standard dress sizes.”

Annette leaves the dressing room and assesses her chosen dress, a 1940s-era fit-and-flare ankle dress with tailored buttons that Amanda procured from “the personal collection of a New York vintage maven.”

Annette leaves the dressing room and assesses her chosen dress, a 1940s-era fit-and-flare ankle dress with tailored buttons that Amanda procured from “the personal collection of a New York vintage maven.”

“I wear a lot of black – black and gold are my two favorite colors, and I love polka dots, so it’s perfect,” she says.

“I wear a lot of black – black and gold are my two favorite colors, and I love polka dots, so it’s perfect,” she says. "The skirt especially reminded me of a dress my grandmother used to wear.”

Annette passes over the '50s-era bustier top and matching circle skirt in the front window display, which looks like a Valentine-themed flamenco costume, but relentlessly helpful Amanda encourages her to try it on anyway.  “I feel like Lolita,” she says.

Annette passes over the '50s-era bustier top and matching circle skirt in the front window display, which looks like a Valentine-themed flamenco costume, but relentlessly helpful Amanda encourages her to try it on anyway. “I feel like Lolita,” she says.

“It’s a good thing it’s not 100 degrees out today, or you’d have to cut me out of this,” Annette yells from the dressing room. “Oh, I’ve had to cut a girl out of a dress before,” says Amanda.

“It’s a good thing it’s not 100 degrees out today, or you’d have to cut me out of this,” Annette yells from the dressing room. “Oh, I’ve had to cut a girl out of a dress before,” says Amanda. "It's just seams and threads, nothing to worry about."

Annette tries on the same strappy peeptoes in red and navy, but decides on this pair because “I just love gold so much.” They’re not vintage, but were designed by Eric Michael and shipped from Spain.

Annette tries on the same strappy peeptoes in red and navy, but decides on this pair because “I just love gold so much.” They’re not vintage, but were designed by Eric Michael and shipped from Spain.

Annette completes her outfit with a 1950s clutch that Amanda found at an estate auction. It’s reversible, with gold brocade on one side and black velvet on the other, with a gold clasp. Annette keeps the brocade side out. “The velvet is a nice little secret,” she says.

Annette completes her outfit with a 1950s clutch that Amanda found at an estate auction. It’s reversible, with gold brocade on one side and black velvet on the other, with a gold clasp. Annette keeps the brocade side out. “The velvet is a nice little secret,” she says.

Annette's two-tone final look includes the first dress she pulled off the rack, the luxurious clutch, and gold heels.

Annette's two-tone final look includes the first dress she pulled off the rack, the luxurious clutch, and gold heels.

Annette Ramos’s career as a stylist at Vice spans eight years, and started shortly after she graduated from high school on the Upper West Side (“they raised me,” she said, of the magazine). She lives in the East Village now, two blocks from Dusty Buttons — the boutique we chose for this first installment of All Dressed Up. She met us outside of the East Ninth Street shop wearing chunky high-heeled combat boots and an acid-washed denim jacket sprayed with silver paint — a look she described rather inaccurately as tomboy.
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‘Girls’ Was Filming in a LES Gallery This Morning and Guess Who We Ran Into

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Posing! (Photo: Anna Silman)

So, Girls was filming at the recently shuttered Bridge Gallery this morning and look! we were lucky enough to run into Lena Dunham, clad like a thrift-store pirate, just as she was leaving the set. When she kindly stopped for a picture, we were humbled to see that after two years in the paparazzi spotlight she still poses like she’s on a middle school field trip.
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Mary Help of Christians Is Getting Scaffed Up

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Yesterday workers started erecting scaffolding at Mary Help of Christians Church on East 12th Street, in preparation for its demonic possession, er, demolition. Here’s what the 96-year-old building looks like right this second. Despite preservationists’ best efforts, she’ll soon get the black veil, just like the neighboring rectory — so take a last look, East Village.

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Bushwick Home Goes For Over a Mil, Williamsburg Pads Sell For $2.5M a Pop

Roberta's Bushwick Block Party 2013: Watermelons

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Alt-Brooklynites from near and far got together this weekend at the Bushwick Block Party and, well… did all the things they normally do except packed tightly together and with more boas and double-dutch than normal. You can see photos such as the one above in Bedford + Bowery’s Flickr pool. Gothamist also has coverage.

Remember earlier this month when an East Village couple made the to pay $1 million for a rough-around-the-edges apartment in Bed-Stuy? Well, now the seven-figure-buyers club has spread to Bushwick – where a free-standing home was sold for over $1.2 million. The purchase on Bushwick Avenue is thought to be a new neighborhood record. [Brownstoner]

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Sky’s the Limit For the Brothers Behind Apostrophe (Unless They Buy That Plane)

Ki and Sei Smith. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

Ki and Sei Smith. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)

Apostrophe lies in a patch of Bushwick otherwise punctuated mostly by apartment buildings and bodegas. The precise definition of the space, which draws its name from the Frank Zappa album, varies with time of day. Tonight at 9 p.m. it’ll be a performance venue, as the bands Snow Wite, Nu Depth, and Fluct take the basement stage. On Thursday it’ll be an art gallery, as a recent exhibit of photos, “Villain People,” comes to a close. Usually it’s a living space and occasionally it’s a barber shop.
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Kickstarter Film Fest, Lindsay Lohan and the 25th Annual Tompkins Square Riot Reunion

This Saturday at the new Havemeyer Park in Williamsburg, the third annual Kickstarter Film Fest promises good food, cheap beer, and a night of Kickstarter-funded films. So lay down a blanket for Bill Plympton’s animated feature “Cheatin’” and “Mr. Grillo: The Thereminist,” about a musical genius whose instrument of choice is the theremin.
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