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We Played Paparazzo And All We Got Was This Lousy Simon Pegg Photo

Simon Pegg, maybe (Photo: Anna Silman)

After yesterday’s Girls shoot, we were like, stalking celebrities is fun! But how could we keep it up with Girls all the way up in Gramercy today?

The answer came to us when we spotted a bunch of paparazzi milling around outside the Bowery Hotel this morning. We see these guys all the time, but we’ve never thought about getting in on the action. This time, however, we asked them who they were waiting for. Was it Yeezus? Hova? Or could it be Solange, fresh off her laundromat tour of Brooklyn?
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A Guide to North Brooklyn For Aspiring Twentysomething Female Memoirists

Now that you’ve read the with Ashley Cardiff, you’re probably thinking, “Hey, I’m in my 20s and all about North Brooklyn, too! How can I write a memoir. Ashley’s here to show you how.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

So you’ve just graduated from a small liberal arts college — English major, art history minor — and the only way you can realize your ambitions of being a successful writer is paying some outlandish Brooklyn rents. Granted, you’re all of 22, have lived in no discernibly interesting way and haven’t even gained enough distance from your adult relationships to analyze them with any clarity. Most offensive of all, you’re a lady (people don’t really get outraged at dudes for writing about themselves).

…Lucky for you, though, you’re young, look great in selfies, and you’re more than willing to churn out 3,000 words about your first threesome. For those ladies who relish confessional writing as much as they love spending $12 on a jar of pickles — here’s a helpful guide from one twentysomething female writer to another.
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Ashley Cardiff On Writing About Sex, Dating, Puberty and Other Alarming Things

Ashley at her native drinking hole, Shayz Lounge (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Ashley at her native drinking hole, Shayz Lounge (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Ashley Cardiff — incisive, often hilarious voice from The Gloss — released a book this month called Night Terrors: Sex, Dating, Puberty and Other Alarming Things. As you might guess from the title, the 27-year-old Williamsburger’s essay collection recounts her experiences with sexual development and peripheral subjects like pick-up artists, pubic hair and masturbation. The stories span her time from a precocious yungun’ in California to a disillusioned editorial assistant in New York City.
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With Iris Cafe Closed, Wherefore Art the Golden Toast?

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Twas just a little over a month ago that we marveled over the “honey toast” at St. Marks newcomer Iris Cafe — a sort of ice-cream-sundae toast castle that rivaled the cronut in its bonkers complexity (but not in its ability to draw pageviews, apparently. Oh well, we tried.)

Sadly, Iris Cafe seems to have closed for a “store remodeling,” according to a sign on the window that apologizes for the inconvenience.
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Your Favorite Subway Musicians Are Going to Be Living the High Life

Dan Pierson was in awe of Robert Leslie when he heard him playing in the Second Avenue F station for quarters. But instead of dropping a bill in the British-born performer’s guitar case and moving along, he took his card and invited him to perform at the apartment-warming party he was throwing on his Brooklyn Heights roof.
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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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