Leave SantaCon to the Amateurs and Bounce to Beasticon

"Tokyo Jesus" by Gaki Devil

“Tokyo Jesus” by Gaki Devil

This year, skip SantaCon and travel into the belly of Beasticon, opening next week at Mark Miller Gallery. “Instead of hollow conviviality and amped-up displays of holiday spirit,” goes the invite, “The artists were asked to fearlessly reflect inward on the nature of the Beast or the shadow self.”
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Eclair Bakery Opens; Simone Martini Bar Shutters

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Orchard Street eclair bakery Les Jardins de la Duchesse debuted in Contra’s former digs. [Bowery Boogie]

Devotion Botica del Cafe, a Colombian coffee company/roasting plant, opened its first US location on Grand Street in Williamsburg. [Eater NY]

At 649 E. 9th Street — the soon-to-be site of Boilermaker‘s sister bar, Mace — owners Greg Boehm and Zach Sharaga kicked off a festive month-long pop-up cocktail lounge called Miracle on 9th Street. [Time Out]

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Regulars Remember De Robertis, Closing This Week After 110 Years

(Photos: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photos: Frank Mastropolo)

Last week John De Robertis broke the sad news that his family’s 110-year-old East Village pasticceria would close on Dec. 5. It might be even sooner — when we called De Robertis Caffé today, an employee told us “anywhere between Dec. 3 and 5.” With a goodbye message now up on the window and the beloved bakery about to serve its last cannoli, we rounded up some of the sweet memories commenters shared with us last week. They’re paired with a few more photos from Frank Mastropolo’s shoot.
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Jack Ridley III of Drowners Premieres ‘Never Sleep,’ Off His New LP With Threats

(Courtesy of Threats)

(Courtesy of Threats)

When I meet Threats frontman Jack Ridley III at his practice space on Rivington, he is drinking a Corona and smoking a hand-rolled cig. It’s a derelict building, decorated with haphazard graffiti, located adjacent to Welcome to the Johnsons, where Jack tends bar a few nights a week.
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Where to Find the LES and Brooklyn at Art Basel and Miami Art Week

Katie Cercone,will be with Milk and Night at Select Fair.

Katie Cercone,will be with Milk and Night at Select Fair.

It’s time once again to blast Modest Mouse’s “Florida,” pack your whites and jet south for Miami Art Week. This year, the ever-growing phalanx of fairs will include newbs like Zones and Auto Body, where some of downtown’s finest provocateurs will do their thing. The avalanche of art can be overwhelming, but with plenty of NYC galleries in the mix (Bushwick’s Signal and the LES’s Home Alone 2 are just a couple that are doing boozy hotel pop-ups), there’s no need to leave your comfort zone. We’ve rounded up all the LES, East Village, and North Brooklyn galleries who’ll be at the fairs, and (at the bottom of the page) at various pop-ups, performances and parties.
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Turnstyle Jumper Clubbed By Police; Goodbye Blue Monday Closes

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Friday morning around 5 a.m., a 32-year-old Williamsburg man involved in an argument was shot in the face inside his Hewes Street apartment building lobby. He was initially listed in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital. [NY Post]

In a YouTube video filmed Thursday evening, a teenage boy who allegedly tried to evade paying the fare at the Myrtle-Broadway JMZ station is seen being beaten with a nightstick by a police officer. [Gothamist]

Police are looking for these two men—who allegedly stole a 21-year-old woman’s bag containing $2,000 cash after spraying her in the face with an unidentified substance—outside 208 E. 10th Street on a recent Tuesday morning. [CBS NY]
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The Bowery Mission Is Serving 7,000 Thanksgiving Meals

(Photos and video: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photos and video: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

There’s a line down the block and around the corner right now at The Bowery Mission, where a white tent out front protects only some of those waiting to get in from the elements. Since 4:30 a.m., volunteers have been serving Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings.

With all their locations combined, The Bowery Mission will serve around 7,000 meals today to people who are going through hardships such as being homeless. After a pre-meal sermon, a band played soothing music as the needy ate around red-clothed tables. Volunteers brought in water, tea, and plates full of turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce.
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Out of Body: a Devotee Says Goodbye to Body Actualized Center

With Bushwick’s great DIY venue and wellness center, Body Actualized, closing this month and having a moving out sale today, a member of the community tells us what THE VIBE meant to her.

Moving sale at Body Actualized (via Facebook)

Moving sale at Body Actualized (via Facebook)

The moment I arrived in LA, fresh out of college in the spring of 2011, all of my carefully laid plans unraveled: my friend suddenly had a live-in girlfriend who nixed my staying there, the job I’d lined up fell through and it wasn’t nearly as fun and valorizing getting around by bike as I’d hoped. After many long months in the relentless sunshine I broke down and called friends for help. What should I do? Where should I go? Their answer was Brooklyn and that night, after almost getting run over by a mint Datsun in Echo Park, I bought a one-way ticket to JFK.
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