Coney Island’s Lola Star Is Popping Up On Bedford Avenue

10003899_829471410450449_3266900928848418975_nAfter skating into Park Slope with a pop-up version of her Coney Island roller rink, one of Coney’s most beloved vendors is popping up in the heart of Williamburg.

Lola Star’s Wonderland Holiday Gift Boutique is expected to soft-open Saturday, in the long vacant former home of Tasti D-Lite.
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Facebook Throws a Housewarming; ‘Fairy School’ in Greenpoint

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Last night Facebook feted its new three-floor, 185K-square-foot office space at 770 Broadway near E.9th Street. [Wall Street Journal]

In Noho, a 38K-square-foot property at 623 Broadway is reportedly under contract for a $56 million sale. [NY Post]

An incarcerated Williamsburg woman, who had punched a hole through the bedroom door of her Morgan Street apartment before her recent arrest, was robbed of $850, plane tickets and family memorabilia by a thief who took liberties with the hole she created. [DNA Info]

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10 Holiday Markets That Might Just Make You Look Forward to Winter

(Photo: Shira Levine)

(Photo: Shira Levine)

The holidays seem to come earlier and earlier every year (yesterday, a reader sent us this photo of decorations going up on the Lower East Side) but that’s just fine with us. Tis the season to get some sweet shopping done at these local holiday markets.
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Canines of New York: Tagging Along With The Dogist, a Pup-arazzo Who Hounds Dogs

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J Lo (Photo: The Dogist)

On a Greenwich Village street corner, photographer Elias Weiss Friedman was having trouble getting J Lo’s attention. Her eyes darted restlessly and she wouldn’t stand still. “She’s a real bitch,” said the young man who accompanied her. “She hates cameras.” J Lo was a slender, seven-year-old white Bull Terrier. Finally, after a couple of “C’mon mama, sit down mama”s, she relented and posed.
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Sweet News: Petee’s Pie Company Opening On the LES

Sweet potato pie. (Courtesy of )

Sweet potato pie. (Courtesy of )

We’re happy to report that one of the vendors at our Bedford + Bowery Bazaar is opening a brick-and-mortar shop: Petee’s Pie Company, a Hester Street Fair fixture, is bringing its scrumptious pies to the former Rocket Joe’s space on Delancey Street just in time for Thanksgiving.

Owner Petra “Petee” Paredez learned her craft at Mom’s Apple Pie Company — a name which, in her case, isn’t just a cutesy affectation. Her parents actually own the bakery in Leesburg, Virginia.
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Punks, Dunks and Free Beer at the Opening of This Photo Show

Henry Rollins from Black Flag.

Henry Rollins from Black Flag.

Before Pete Kuhns became the Village Voice’s sports photographer, he covered Seattle’s punk scene during the ’80s for the biweekly Seattle music newspaper The Rocket. The difference between documenting Black Flag and yellow flags isn’t as big as you’d think: Kuhns’s high-endorphin action shots of The Clash, X, Dead Kennedys, and Public Image Ltd are all printed in black-and-white for maximum drama, and there are plenty of fit, bare-chested men, if you’re into that.
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Five Leaves Expands; East Village Gets a $30M Apartment Complex

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

A building management company wants to replace the East Village’s recently shuttered Mobil Station with a $30+ million, 10-story, 46-unit apartment complex. [Commercial Observer]

Greenpoint brunch spot Five Leaves will be twice as large when it soon takes over the former Sharkey’s Driving School site. [Greenpointers]

This compendium of 44 specialty food shops highlights Honest Chops in the East Village, BabyCakes NYC bakery on the Lower East Side, O Live Brooklyn in Williamsburg, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. and many more. [Grub Street]
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Watch: Speed Dating With the ‘Looking For a Girlfriend’ Guy

When we last spoke to Dan Perino about his East Village fliering blitz, he told us he still hadn’t found “the one.” So we decided to help him out* by inviting him down to our Bedford + Bowery Bazaar for a few rounds of speed dating. We gave attendees a chance to get to know the one and only “Looking for a Girlfriend” guy — and lo and behold, some of them jumped on it. In fact, one potential paramour even made plans for a second date (alas, she later canceled). Watch our video to see how it went — and look for the guy from Holland Helado butting into one of Perino’s tête-à-têtes to worship at his altar.

*Orrrr, to put it another way: we tried to ride the coattails of a viral sensation by hiring him to appear at our promotional event. Hey, at least we didn’t have him put up fliers.

This Tinder Alternative Will Score You a Date With a ‘Gentleman,’ No Questions Asked

dapper5Sure, Tinder makes hooking up as easy as swiping right, but you still have to, like, message people and – ew – get to know them on some level before you go on that first date. What if, like, you could arrange to meet that totally buff guy you got matched to without even having to put down your P-Spice Latte to type some annoying getting-to-know-you stuff into your phone?

That’s the idea behind Dapper, a new matchmaking app that arranges dates at Manhattan nightspots in three easy steps, and then treats you to a “free” drink at them.
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