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Tour the LES Circa 1946, Where ‘Panties and Pickles Live Side By Side’

The Lower East Side has long been a place “where panties and pickles live side by side.” Or so says the narrator of ”Around the World in New York,” a circa 1946 documentary exploring the lives of immigrants and ethnic communities in NYC.
In the above clip, recently uploaded to YouTube, the LES is described as “a new-world version of the old-world bazaar,” where “bargaining between merchant and customer still remains an art.” It just so happens that on September 28, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum will debut a walking tour, “Storefront Stories,” dedicated to just the kind of commerce you see here.

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Fashion Weekend Photos: ‘Who Said Williamsburg Isn’t Cool Anymore?’

Ramono Martelli of ShocKVintage prepping a model. (All photos by Ebru Yildiz)

Ramono Martelli of ShocKVintage prepping a model. (All photos by Ebru Yildiz)

A ShocKVintage model making mental preparations.

A ShocKVintage model making mental preparations.

Two ShocKVintage models adjusting.

Two ShocKVintage models adjusting.

A FoXXy Face Couture model, shortly after his oil-rubbing comment.

A FoXXy Face Couture model, shortly after his oil-rubbing comment.

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend founder Arthur Arbit.

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend founder Arthur Arbit.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Shute Organic models, including Gerald Cotiangco.

Shute Organic models, including Gerald Cotiangco.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Shute Organic by Amanda Isaac.

Atmosphere.

Atmosphere.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

ShocKVintage by Ramono Martelli.

IQ Test by Melissa Lockwood.

IQ Test by Melissa Lockwood.

IQ Test by Melissa Lockwood.

IQ Test by Melissa Lockwood.

Designer Melissa Lockwood and her models.

Designer Melissa Lockwood and her models.

SDN by Marcus Hicks.

SDN by Marcus Hicks.

SDN by Marcus Hicks.

SDN by Marcus Hicks.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

FoXXy Face Couture by Geary Marcello.

Geary Marcello and his models.

Geary Marcello and his models.

On the second night of Williamsburg Fashion Weekend, Geary Marcello prepped his models while wearing a purple plaid schoolgirl skirt over his pants and a three-inch spike through his septum.

“It’s about New York in the ’70s, in the disco era, when everything was whimsical and a novelty, but still had edginess,” said the bubbly designer of his FoXXy Face Couture line. “My shows have been called controversial, but I’m not trying to be controversial about sexuality or politics or anything else. It’s about creating a feeling.”
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Another Greenpoint Label Is Celebrating Five Years With a Blowout

Last month Captured Tracks turned five with a weekend of shows and now everyone’s doing it! Another one of our fave Greenpoint indie labels, Mexican Summer, is celebrating the big fiver with a two-day festival in Red Hook — and a hardcover book with a 10″ EP.
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Coney Island Film Fest and The Legacy and Lessons of Bleecker Bob’s

This Friday through Sunday, the Coney Island Film Festival celebrates its 13th year with 88 films, some food, some wine, and, of course, some burlesque. Programs include “Coney Island Films,” which are films based in or about Coney Island; “The Jules Verne Project,” a story about a shipwreck and survival; and of course “The Warriors,” which needs no explanation.
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EV Board Shop Expands to Williamsburg; Parm May Follow

LES Opening Night 2013: Orchard Street Block Party, Looks of LES Fashion Show

(Photo: Scott Lynch’s Flickr)

East Village board shop  is expanding east to Williamsburg and giving new life to defunct pinball hangout Satellite Lounge. Its new identity is Jackbar, and you’ll be able to play cool games with tiny silver balls there, too. []

Parm, a favorite Italian eatery in Nolita, also seems set to traverse the East River and erect a Williamsburg outpost, likely slotted for North Fourth Street. [Grub Street] Keep Reading »

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Village Voice Has Left the Village

Moving day at 36 Cooper Square (Photo: Amanda Kludt)

Moving day at 36 Cooper Square (Photo: Amanda Kludt)

Believe it or not, The Standard’s new lobby isn’t the biggest news out of Cooper Square. Across the street, the venerable Village Voice has quietly slipped out of 36 Cooper, where it’s been headquartered since 1991, and has set up shop in, yes, the Financial District.
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Party in the Face of Domino’s Impending Doom Tomorrow

(image via Save Domino's press release)

(image via Save Domino’s press release)

The Domino Sugar Factory’s demolition is scheduled to start this month, but opposition organization Save Domino isn’t quite ready to throw in the towel. What to do when protests, community organizing, and dissident light displays have all failed to get results? Throw a rager, of course.
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At Black Square, You Can Get a Tat, Buy a Zine, or Just Chill

Anton (Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

Anton (Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

Russia-born artist Anton Zolotov is drawing outside the lines with Black Square, a tattoo shop/book and zine store opening this Monday in Williamsburg. He considers the shop to be an art project rather than a business and is focused on creating a place where people can just chill. “I wanted to do something that I haven’t seen done yet, a different take on tattooing,” he told B+B. “People can hang out here and it will be more about that, not just getting tattooed.”
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Man Shot During Possible Robbery-Gone-Bad on Clinton

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

Outside 103 Clinton this afternoon. (Photo: Kavitha Surana)

A 31-year-old man was shot on the Lower East Side early this morning.

Police believe the shooting, which happened around 4 a.m. at 103 Clinton St., was part of an attempted robbery. The gunshot grazed the victim’s face, and he was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he is expected to survive, police said. The perpetrator, described as a man wearing a brown hoodie, evaded capture and was not arrested.

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Russ & Daughters Is Totally Slammed With Salmonheads Right Now

photo-76Russ & Daughters is no longer taking pre-orders for Yom Kippur appetizing, so if you’re aiming to break the fast with babka, you’re going to have to hoof it down to Houston. Just one thing: the line for lox is long. Very long. A tipster tells us the person in front of her told her the wait was four hours long, and 114 people took tickets before she took off. When we called to confirm, the following exchanged occurred.
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