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Mental Note: See This Exhibit at ABC No Rio Before Its Building Is a Distant Memory

tumblr_mw6ah9bxx81qd3ydao1_500There was something I was supposed to post this afternoon, but it seems to have slipped my mind.

Oh, right. “Collect, Store, Retrieve” — a new gallery exhibit at ABC No Rio on the Lower East Side — opens this evening featuring artistic takes on the science of memory.
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Here’s Adam Sandler Getting Taken For a Ride at Katz’s

1459061_10152016313904837_778091153_nAs you know from reading Lil Nugs, the LES blogs have been all atwitter about Adam Sandler filming his new one, “The Cobbler,” in the neighborhood. Last week a storefront on Forsyth Street was transformed into Simkin Shoe Repair for the comedy about a cobbler who can metaphysically step into the lives of his clients. Today, the Lo-Down has some photos from yesterday’s shoot and news that the crew will be back in the hood, at 400 Grand Street, the week of Dec. 8.

But this photo,  just posted by Katz’s, really takes the babka. Sandler popped into the deli yesterday and posed with a couple of fans, by the looks of another photo posted on Reddit. The comments, of course, immediately devolved into two eternal debates: is Sandler funny and are the sandwiches at Katz’s overpriced?

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Finally, a Proper Home For Chocolate-Covered Bacon Bits

Last month, after six years of being tucked away in the Essex Street Market, Roni-Sue’s Chocolates opened a proper cafe at 148 Forsyth Street, between Rivington and Delancey. And now you can enjoy those beer caramel pretzel nuggets with a hot chocolate or espresso, and a view of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Watch our video for a look inside the new location, and hear more about owner Rhonda Kave’s journey from booth to brick-and-mortar.

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So Much For That Post-Sandy Dip in Crime

Deputy Inspector John Cappelman. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Crime in all its myriad forms (including debit card scams, bike and cellphone thefts and old-fashioned purse snatchings) has increased over the last 28 days in the East Village — when, that is, such dastardly deeds are compared to minuscule crime rates in the immediate wake of superstorm Sandy.

Addressing a packed monthly Community Council meeting last night at the precinct’s East Fifth Street station house, Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann, the precinct’s commanding officer, said felonies like grand larceny were up 15 percent compared to the same period last year, and burglary rates were higher. One apparent perp, he said, left his tennis shoes in one of the East 14th Street apartments he burgled (“We got his DNA”) and then entered another unit in new boots only to fall from a window and wind up seriously injured at Bellevue.
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Bushwick Shooting Victim Had Other Run-Ins; 5Pointz Developer Defends Whitewashing

So long, JR on Mulberry

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Police say the emotionally disturbed Bushwick resident who was shot and killed by a rookie cop yesterday threw a baseball bat at an ambulance in 2011 and threw a hammer inside a high school in 2006. [NYDN]

The internet blew up today with news that 5Pointz was whitewashed by the developer who plans to turn the graffiti mecca into apartments. Daily Intel spoke to developer Jerry Wolkoff, who said, “I had tears in my eyes while I was doing it. I know it seems like a bitter pill to take, but it’s medicine.” [DI]

Meanwhile, a stalled hotel project on Great Jones Street is about to get new life and a giant mural from Jose Parla. [Curbed]
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If You Like Puppets, You’ll Love This (And No, We’re Not Stringing You Along)

Not all puppets sit around downing booze and pills; some aspire to art and activism! And this month, you’ll have a few opportunities to hang with those high-minded puppets.

First, tonight, Anthology Film Archives plays tribute to Bread & Puppet Theater on the occasion of the troupe’s 50th anniversary. Fittingly enough, the company was based out of Anthology’s building on Second Avenue back in the ’60s, when its 20-foot-tall papier-mâché puppets, masked actors, and brass band music were fixtures at anti-war protests. Tonight at 7:30, the troupe’s founder and director, Peter Schumann, along with past and present members, will present live performances as well as films and recently unearthed footage featuring the B&P.
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Did You Know About This Hidden Shack Selling Ceremonial Daggers Made By a Witch?

Last month, Frank Traynor was forced to disassemble the wooden shack he’d been using as an art shop for over a year and a half. The garden on India Street where it had survived rent-free was set to be paved over for a development project — so, with the help of some friends, he put the shack on a truck and drove it 2.5 miles to Bushwick.
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The Yellow Dogs Got Props From David Byrne at Last Night’s Memorial Show

Memorial message board

Memorial message board

At the vigil

At the vigil

Writing a tribute

Writing a tribute

The basement of Cameo

The basement of Cameo

Johnny Azari

Johnny Azari

Traditional Iranian band

Traditional Iranian band

The crowd

The crowd

Helado Negro

Helado Negro

Dirty Fences bassist Max Comaskey

Dirty Fences bassist Max Comaskey

Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat

Dirty Fences frontman Jack Daves

Dirty Fences frontman Jack Daves

Disco ball

Disco ball

It was a full house at Brooklyn Bowl last night as members of both the Iranian expatriate community and New York’s young artists gathered in remembrance of Arash and Soroush Farazmand, two brothers and bandmates best known for their work in the Yellow Dogs, and Ali Eskandarian, a fellow musician and friend.
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He’s Not Just a Man With a Van; He’s a Man With a Managon

(Photo: Jesse Sposato)

(Photo: Jesse Sposato)

Some people get stopped on the street because of the exotic dogs they walk, or the outrageous fashions they sport, but Greenpoint resident Austin Huq frequently gets stopped for his ice-cream-cone-like tan and brown ’82 Volkswagen Vanagon. With the license plate “Managon,” no less. (Get it?)
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Police Shot and Killed a Knife-Wielding Man in Bushwick

The crime scene in Bushwick. (Photo: Brando Skyhorse)

The crime scene in Bushwick. (Photo: Brando Skyhorse)

A police officer shot and killed a 22-year-old man in Bushwick this afternoon after the man lunged at them with a kitchen knife, police sources say. [NYP, WSJ] According to News 12, police were responding to a landlord-tenant dispute.

Further to our shot of Pat Kiernan on the ice, The Cut has a fashion-focused slideshow of some of the first skaters at McCarren Rink. [The Cut]

And we’ll join The Cut in wishing a happy birthday to Chloe Sevigny. [The Cut]
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