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New Bar Brings Sliders Back to the Corner Where Williamsburg’s White Castle Once Stood

Easy Lover co-owner Aaron Koen (second from right) with staff and guests outside during the soft opening. (Photos: Nick McManus)

When the White Castle on Metropolitan Avenue closed in order to make way for a luxury apartment complex, it attracted graffiti that read “RIP LATE NIGHT SLIDERS.” Four years later, it might be time to stop mourning. On Monday, sliders returned to the corner of Metropolitan and Humboldt, as Easy Lover soft opened in the former home of Legion Bar.

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Jaguar Dreams Unleashes an ’80s-Tinged Ode to the Real Women of NYC

Jaguar Dreams burst onto the indie scene this summer with their modern, lucid cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Dreams” and their well-received original singles “Just Life” and “Behind Those Clothes,” both of which were featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist and Pandora’s New Music Now and Fresh Electronic playlists. Despite the buzz, the trio remains self-reliant, producing all of their own content and colorful music videos. Today they’re back with “A Real Woman,” from their EP coming out Nov. 16. According to the band, the single, premiering here on Bedford + Bowery, was inspired by “New York City’s undisguised confidence.”

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Smorgasburg Is Launching a Williamsburg Night Market With Vice

You couldn’t help but guffaw when it was announced that uber-hip media empire Vice was planning to launch a food court in New Jersey, but this one’s for the New Yorkers. And, ok, all the European tourists who flood Williamsburg. Smorgasburg just announced that it’s teaming with Vice to open a winter night market inside of Villain, the media company’s event space at 307 Kent Avenue. It’ll be one of two new indoor markets Smorg launches this season.

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Sidewalk Bookseller Jen Fisher Knows All Your Secrets

Introducing Book Hawks, in which we meet the sidewalk booksellers who brave the elements to bring you good reads.

Jen Fisher. (Photo: Naryan Sawyers)

Jen Fisher sells books, which she unpacks from the trunk of her car each day, on the corner of Avenue A and St. Marks Place. Our conversation was punctuated by her exchanges with friends and neighbors as they passed.

How’d you start selling books?

I started selling books five years ago, because I really love people and books and I want to share it with people. Books are very complicated, and they bring a lot of complication and beauty out of people.

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These Anti-Creep Posters Are Coming to Halloween Parties, and Could Become Law

(Flyer courtesy of Anya Saphozhnikova)

If you ask Anya Sapozhnikova, co-founder of glitzy Bushwick club and venue House of Yes, Halloween is the biggest party season in New York. It’s also “kind of the most consent violation-y weekend of the whole year,” she tells me, something that’s far scarier than any ghouls or fake blood. That’s why starting this week, both her venue and Council Member Rafael L. Espinal Jr. will be spearheading a consent education initiative in the form of a website and posters that will be displayed in prominent nightlife venues throughout the city, with future plans that could make this type of consent-centric signage required.
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Trash Can PSA Tells Trumpers Where They Can Go

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Talk about trashing your opponent.

Someone plastered this fake sanitation department PSA on a garbage bin at East 9th Street and Avenue A. (DSNY has confirmed their logo was used without permission.) Where there’d otherwise be a “LET’S MAKE NYC CLEAN AND RAT FREE” poster, there’s now this image of a Trump supporter who clearly doesn’t mind Chick-fil-A’s “creepy infiltration of New York City.” We reached out to Hanksy, of “Dump Trump” fame, but he said this one wasn’t his. If anyone knows who’s responsible, get in touch.

Update, 5:30pm: Looks like this is the work of Winston Tseng, the graphic designer and art director who previously gained attention with his Trump alphabet cards as well as fake ads for Hannity and a Yeezy x MAGA 2020 collab. Earlier this year he received a cease and desist after putting up a “Your Train Is Delayed” poster in the Bleecker Street subway station. Around the time this post was published, he Instagrammed three photos of “Keep NYC Trash Free” posters at other locations.

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Landlords, Activists Clash as City Council Mulls Small Business Jobs Survival Act

David Eisenbach at a rally before the City Council hearing. (Photo: DJ Cashmere)

Corey Johnson began yesterday’s hearing with an elegy:

Tortilla Flats. 30+ years. Closing this weekend.
Clayworks Pottery. Kicked out after 44 years.
Lenox Lounge in Harlem. Billie Holiday played there. Being demolished to make way for a Sephora.
North Shore Hardware. 70 years. Given one month to vacate.
Cup and Saucer. Chinatown. Another diner lost.
The Associated Supermarket. Closed after having its rent tripled. Its storefront remains vacant.

It was a little after 1pm at City Hall. Johnson, the City Council Speaker, was offering opening remarks before a standing-room-only crowd at the hearing of the Committee on Small Business regarding the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBSJA).

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Mission Accomplished! Mission Chinese Expands to East Williamsburg

(Photo via @missionchinesefood on Instagram)

It’s been a little over a year since Danny Bowien announced in a TimesTalk with Anthony Bourdain that he was opening a new location of his wildly popular Lower East Side and San Francisco restaurant, Mission Chinese Food. Obviously, a lot has changed since then– among other things, chef Angela Dimayuga has moved on— but Mission Chinese has finally opened its doors in East Williamsburg.
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A Descent Into the L-pocalypse-Themed Haunted House and Nightclub

(Photo: Ivan Halpern)

The MTA’s haunted house at Union Square prompted countless jokes about how the subway system already is a horror show. But anyone who’s been dreading the impending L-pocalypse knows it’s going to get even worse. That’s the premise of The L Train Shutdown Nightmare, a pop-up nightclub and haunted house that’s bringing rat-roasting vagrants and man-eating rats to East Williamsburg.
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