Cat Cafe Now Hiring; 911 Landlord Going to Jail

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Police are conducting a missing person search for Brandyn Simmons, this 28-year-old Williamsburg resident last seen Sunday night on 12th Street and 3rd Avenue in the East Village. [EV Grieve]

A 57-year-old man walking past 6 Avenue B Tuesday night suffered a broken foot from falling debris. [The Lo-Down]

Williamsburg landlord Louis Segna, who called 911 hundreds of times on his tenant, Konditori coffee shop, was sentenced to six months in jail. [NY Daily News]
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These Photos From Vivienne Gucwa’s New Book Will Make You Look Forward to Winter

New York Winter, Tompkins Square Park.

New York Winter, Tompkins Square Park.

Back in 2008, Vivienne Gucwa quit the three jobs she’d been working after having been disowned by her parents at the age of 17 and decided to finish getting her degree. To cope with the stress, the native New Yorker took long walks around her home neighborhood, the Lower East Side, and eventually decided to start photographing what she saw. “I bought a really cheap camera off of Amazon because I couldn’t afford a smartphone,” she laughs. Six years later, she not only has a proper phone, but her lush, evocative cityscapes have garnered over 54,000 followers on Instagram, over 1.7 million followers on Google+ (she was an early “suggested user”), and a coveted sponsorship from Sony (her days of point-and-shoot are long gone).
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A Chat With the New Doyenne of the Old Don Hill’s

A recent private party at The Hills.

A recent private party at The Hills.

After getting wind of the Hedwig-themed tribute coming to the former Don Hill’s later this week, we got a chance to talk to Alma Ayala, the creative director of the club that’s set to take over the space. The 40-year-old Carroll Gardens resident tells us The Hills will open sometime next year. Ayala, previously an art director in the music and fashion industries, is still being tight-lipped about the identity of her partners, but she did reveal a thing or two about the future incarnation of the Soho venue where bands like the Strokes played early gigs and where she once caught a secret Green Day show. Read on to hear what she has in store.
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Michael C. Hall and the Hedwig Gang Pay Tribute to Soon-to-Be-Rebooted Don Hill’s

Don Hill. (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Don Hill. (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

There are more signs of life at the onetime home of Don Hill’s. No, it isn’t being zombified CBGBs-style. Rather, the club’s soon-to-open replacement, The Hills, will host a tribute to Don himself, featuring Michael C. Hall and other cast members of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which got its start at the rowdy rock-and-rave dive of yore.
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McCarren Park Unveils Ice Skating RInk; ‘West Bedford’ Tries to Be a Thing

Christmas trees, East Village

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A young man was arrested near N. 7th Street in Williamsburg last Wednesday for this alleged hat trick: hitting a pizzeria employee in the head with a chair, threatening to rob a neighboring restaurant, and injuring a cop‘s neck and back at the Meserole Avenue police station. And a middle-aged man was taken into custody the next day for allegedly beating his mother with a pan on Huron Street. [The Brooklyn Paper]

More family strife: on Friday at around 3 a.m., a 43-year-old man was charged with assault after allegedly attacking his brother with a tennis racket on Seigel Street. Later that day, a 24-year-old woman walking on Graham Avenue was robbed of an envelope she held carrying $600. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Next week Mayor de Blasio will introduce a bill that he hopes will bring the end of horse-drawn carriages on city streets by mid-2016. [NY Times]

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James Franco Is Sliding Down the Strand’s Chimney

(Photo: James Franco's Facebook)

(Photo: James Franco’s Facebook)

Want to sit in James Franco’s lap?

We’re not sure he’ll let you do that (not after that slip-up with the 17-year-old) but he has donned a Santa suit in anticipation of his appearance at The Strand next Monday, December 8. “I’ll sign for ALL comers!” he promises on Facebook.
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