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The Day Lou Reed Went Back to the East Village

Velvet Underground lyrics posted on the window of the Bedford Cheese Shop yesterday: "No kinds of love are better than others."

Velvet Underground lyrics posted on the window of the Bedford Cheese Shop yesterday: “No kinds of love are better than others.”

When he was in his twenties, Colin Summers was a computer consultant whose clients Penn & Teller introduced him to other notable New Yorkers, like Lou Reed. Summers, now an architect living in Santa Monica, shares a story about strolling through the East Village with the late musician. 

In the early nineties I returned to New York City to live with my girlfriend, which turned out to be a mistake. One of the highlights of those years of torture was the time I spent with Lou Reed. He was going through a divorce and had a LOT of time to spend with his computer hacker (me). We had many dinners and lunches and it was only at the first one that my hands shook because I was having a burger with an artist who had helped me get through the hell of architecture school. He was such a hero to me.
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Here’s a Preppy Lou Reed Rocking Out With His College Band

yearbookIn the wake of Lou Reed’s death yesterday, Laurie Gwen Shapiro, a Syracuse alum, dug up this amazing photo from the university’s 1964 yearbook. “Lou Reed was a student of Delmore Schwartz,” she told us. “Also friends with cheerleader Betsey Johnson (look at her here!) who went on to become the fashion designer and was briefly married to John Cale.”
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Sunday: Here’s the Kicker! A Night of Free Comedy With Dave Hill, Greg Barris + More

comiti8Join us at the Newsroom tomorrow, Sunday, as Natalie Shure – the creme da la Greenpoint comedy creme – hosts a night of stand-up. It’s a family affair! Shure, a grad student at NYU Journalism, will welcome Dave Hill, a New York magazine contributor who you also know and love from This American Life and just about a zillion other things. Plus East Village comedian Greg Barris, last seen debriefing a psychedelics expert, will be back fo mo, fo sho. We’re hoping he recycles his Holy Mountain Halloween costume for the occasion (see below). It’s all FREE — just let us know you’re coming.

DAVE HILL is a contributor on This American Life and has appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, TLC and other networks. He is the writer of the book Tasteful Nudes, and his writing has appeared in NY Times, GQ, Salon, Vice, McSweeney’s, and others.

Screenshot_2013-10-26-02-32-55GREG BARRIS is a staple in New York’s downtown stand-up scene and is the creator of Heart Of Darkness: a psychedelic showcase of comedy, live music and fringe scientists that has been a frequent Time Out New York critic’s pick, much loved by BrooklynVegan and hailed as ‘excellent’ by The New Yorker. Paper describes him as “the perfect combination of very good looking, hilarious and super-weird.” The next Heart of Darkness is Dec. 5 at the Bell House.

MATTEO LANE has performed on Keith and the Girl, Sirius XM, and the TBS Just for Laughs Fest in Chicago. He’ll be in the NY Comedy Festival and is headlining at Caroline’s Nov. 19

SARA ARMOUR is a recent NYC transplant from DC, who has performed in clubs and festivals nationwide.

NEAL STASTNY is a writer for MTV. He has performed at Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Brooklyn Comedy Festival and will be at the Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans.

NATALIE SHURE is a comedian, journalist and grad student at NYU. She has performed at Cape Fear Comedy Festival and has written for several publications.

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Divine Inspiration: Jeffrey Schwartz’s New Doc on the ‘Drag Queen Who Ate Dog Shit’

Here’s the typical path from underground hero to mainstream celebrity: Gain cult following of people who are edgier and wilder than most (see: gay crowds, college kids, artists); sweat in small theaters and films for years; get the attention of a powerful tastemaker; take the edge way off your persona and appear publicly as a watered down version of your earlier self, bringing slight thrills without actually pushing any boundaries.

And while you could say this is what happened to 1970s and ’80s drag star Divine — who went from eating dog poo in the John Waters film Pink Flamingoes to playing a Baltimore housewife who’s only compulsion is ironing — the real story, told in the new documentary I Am Divine, is anything but typical.
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Maya Angelou, Joyce Carol Oates and Dick Cavett Traded Norman Mailer Stories

Dick Cavett (Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

What, you thought Tom Wolfe was the only literary lion we roll with?

Last night, The Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony held its fifth annual gala at the New York Public Library; B+B was there along with the Mailer family, a long list of well-respected writers, and some pleasant surprises like John Waters, Tony Bennett, and Coco Rocha. (For better or worse Courtney Love, who was supposed to be Steven Klein’s date, was a no-show.)
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Adios, El Sombrero; a Tale of Two Williamsburgs

(Animated GIF: Patrick Hogan)

As you’ll recall, Brooklyn artist Rostarr popped into our Newsroom this past weekend to paint a mural. We made a gif of the installation and now you can watch it, above, forever and ever and ever.

In other news: Judy Rapfogel, chief of staff to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, said she was completely in the dark about the fact that her husband allegedly stole more than $1 million from a poverty charity and stashed thousands in the couple’s Lower East Side apartment. [NY Daily News] Keep Reading »

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Don’t Call It Lebanese Pizza! Manousheh Pops Up On Kenmare Today

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Inside 10 Kenmare (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Inside 10 Kenmare (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Blue Bottle's caffeine and pastries (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Ziyad at the counter (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Ziyad at the counter (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Beneath the stretch of Kenmare Street that runs into Delancey and intersects with the Bowery, there’s an abandoned subway station – the old Bowery J stop. Its southern entrance currently serves as an event space and, this morning, a pop-up collaboration between Blue Bottle and a first-time Lebanese eatery called Manousheh debuts there.
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Jimmy McMillan’s Got a New Jam; Kevin Bacon Drops into Nom Wah

Jimmy “The Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan has released another music video filmed near his apartment on St. Marks Place. Dan Amira thinks the new song is “actually kinda catchy.” [Daily Intel]

Parents in the East Village are speaking out against a construction project to modernize the exterior of P.S. 63 because it would use the school’s playground as a staging ground and require the removal of asbestos throughout the school year. [EV GrieveDNAinfo] Keep Reading »

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At the Brooklyn Book Festival We Learned That Publishers Need to Be More Like DJs

Art Spiegelman signs books. (Photos: Saranya Kapur)

Art Spiegelman signs books. (Photos: Saranya Kapur)

Lois Lowry signs a copy of

Lois Lowry signs a copy of "The Giver" for a fan after a panel. The acclaimed children's book author received the Brooklyn Book Festival's "BoBi" award for her work. (Photo: Meghan White)

Carletha Woodley-Alves reads

Carletha Woodley-Alves reads "Curious George" with her daughter Soretta. (Photo: Meghan White)

Vendors from Community Bookstore & Terrace Books. (Photo: Meghan White)

Vendors from Community Bookstore & Terrace Books. (Photo: Meghan White)

Six-year-old Kaliah Wynn has a free balloon tied to her wrist. (Photo: Meghan White)

Six-year-old Kaliah Wynn has a free balloon tied to her wrist. (Photo: Meghan White)

A costumed vendor. (Photo: Meghan White)

A costumed vendor. (Photo: Meghan White)

Borough President Marty Markowitz (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Borough President Marty Markowitz (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Kids Book Corner (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Kids Book Corner (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Festival attendees (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Festival attendees (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Children's cartoonists Jarrett Krosoczka, Gene Yang and Raina Telgemeier in the Comic Quick Draw for kids (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Children's cartoonists Jarrett Krosoczka, Gene Yang and Raina Telgemeier in the Comic Quick Draw for kids (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Audience at the main stage at Borough Hall (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Audience at the main stage at Borough Hall (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Panel at Brooklyn Historical Society (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Panel at Brooklyn Historical Society (Photo: Saranya Kapur)

Who knows where he got his facts from when Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz claimed that “most Pulitzer winners, great writers and magazine editors live in Brooklyn,” but it certainly seemed that way yesterday as the literati converged at Borough Hall for the eighth annual Brooklyn Book Festival.
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Yep, De Blasio Celebrated With Food Trucks and LCD Soundsystem

De Blasio and fam.

De Blasio and fam.

If you were following Daily Intel last night, then you know the deal: Joe Lhota beat John Catsimatidis as the Republican mayoral candidate despite Cats’s Tim & Eric-esque campaign; Lena Dunham’s favorite candidate, Scott Stringer, squeaked past Eliott Spitzer in the race for comptroller; Charles Hynes is out as Brooklyn DA, in part because of feelings that he was too soft on child sex abusers in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community; the public advocate race between Daniel Squadron and Letitia James is headed for a runoff. And, of course, Bill de Blasio, the clear favorite among voters we spoke to yesterday, emerged victorious over Bill Thompson (though there will be a recount to make sure a runoff isn’t necessary) and solidified his place as the hipster candidate du jour by celebrating at the Bell House with “a Smorgasbord-esque assortment of gourmet food trucks” and a playlist that included LCD Soundsystem. Chris Smith wrote about his “full-spectrum victory” and why it further cemented Brooklyn as “the city’s new center of gravity.”
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