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Conviction in Williamsburg Stabbing; Lox Factory Up For Sale

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While protests against police brutality turned violent in Berkeley, Calif. over the weekend, New York demonstrations continued on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with marchers taking over locations such as the Apple store in midtown, Macy’s, and Grand Central. [NBC NY]

Rafael Vargas, 46, was convicted of stabbing and killing 39-year-old Anthony Dash in Williamsburg last year following an $8 drug deal. [DNA Info]

Jonah Hill covered a Drake song at Vice‘s 20th anniversary party this weekend. ScarJo was there, too. [Vulture]
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Film This Week: Ice-Cold Club Kids, Xmas Horror, and Rare Glimpses of Vaudeville

Sup guys? Darkness reigns right now, so instead of pining away for the sun when it sets just two hours after freaking lunch, forget about it. Embrace the season of death by spending it far, far away from things that are a reminder you’re stuck on planet Earth till (real) death do y’all part. The best way to do that, in our opinion, is to get to a cinema theater.
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Watch an Exclusive Clip From Delusions of Guinevere, From Folks Behind Fort Tilden

If you dug Fort Tilden as much as we did, you’ll be psyched to hear that a couple of its creators are involved in a new film opening locally at Cinema Village today. Co-produced, co-written, and starring Tilden‘s executive producer Ariana Bernstein and edited by its writer-director Sarah-Violet Bliss, Delusions of Guinevere lacks some of the earlier film’s satirical edge, but it has a similarly dark take on the New York dating scene and the staring-at-their-reflection-in-the-iPhone-screen narcissism of kids these days.
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Getting High at the New Home of The Muse, Bushwick’s Future ‘Circus Heaven’

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(Photo: Nicole Disser)

In the farthest reaches of Bushwick, right on the border of Knollwood Cemetery, Moffat Street drops off into oblivion. The sidewalks are cracked and few working street lights are there to illuminate the barren warehouses. Last night, long after the sun had set, I was walking down this end of Moffat in search of The Muse‘s new space.
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Death By Audio’s Edan Wilber On What Happened With Vice, and What’s Next

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A place to Bury Strangers play the final show at DBA. (Photo: Alex Hess & Jon Brown)

Life for Edan Wilber has changed dramatically in the two weeks since his Williamsburg DIY venue Death By Audio hosted its last show. “My sleep schedule has, like, 180′d one hundred percent,” he laughed. “I go to bed at like 9 p.m. now.”

When we spoke with Edan this morning he was kicked back on a porch where he’s living in St. Petersburg, Florida. “It’s almost been two weeks since we closed, and I pretty much moved the very next day,” he said. “I had 40 shows in a row, and now I’ve had two weeks of not seeing anything. It’s pretty weird.”
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Farewell to Ray Abeyta, Williamsburg Royalty

An outtake from the Regulars photo shoot in August of 2013.

An outtake from the Regulars photo shoot in August of 2013.

I only had one real conversation with Ray Abeyta. Luckily, I captured it for everybody to see. We met at his favorite hangout, the bar-restaurant Five Leaves, so I could interview him for The Regulars. I told him I’d seen him around town for 10 years and we had friends in common. He said I looked familiar. We ordered our drinks and the conversation flowed. His badass personality blazed before me.
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Over 200 Arrested As Thousands Return to the Streets to Protest Police Killings

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Thousands of demonstrators returned to the streets of New York last night to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in July. For hours the marches fanned out across the city, snarling traffic in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, and leading to more than two hundred arrests. The charges included disorderly conduct and obstructing vehicular traffic, according to the New York Police Department.
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Cat Cafe Now Taking Reservations; Top 10 East Village Eateries

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On Clinton Street, the six-story tenement building that houses recently revamped bar Barramundi is on the market for $7 million. [Bowery Boogie]

Chef Marco Canora and wine connoisseur Paul Greico—whose 11 year business partnership includes overseeing Hearth restaurant in the East Village—have decided to go separate ways. [Eater NY]

Through December 19, Lu Magnus Gallery on Hester Street will be the site of a video “portal” where visitors can communicate in real-time with citizens of Iran (appointments required). [DNA Info]
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Marky Ramone On Life as a Ramone in the E. Village: ‘Everybody Was Psychedelized’

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(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

No band is more identified with the East Village than the Ramones. The band’s performances at Hilly Kristal’s CBGB and other neighborhood venues defined punk rock forever. In 2003, the corner of the Bowery and Second Street near CBGB was officially named Joey Ramone Place. Over time, members of the group lived, drank and hung out in the East Village.
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Get Your Photo Taken With Santa (Drunk or Sober) at These Ho-Ho-Holiday Markets

HOLIDAYFUNFORALL_Sq_FinalwSTNICKSlogoIf you were too busy, oh, say protesting police brutality on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don’t worry — you’ve still got a couple more awesome opportunities to grab some gifts for the ones you love. In addition to the initial 10 holiday markets, and the ones we’ve added to the list here and there, two latecomers just came down the pike.
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