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F**ing Crazy: Slash Dedicated ‘Paradise City’ to NYC Last Night

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Normally if we wanted to see a live rendish of “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” we’d have to settle for Guns N’ Hoses, but not last night: Slash, not Gash, was in full force at Santos Party House, at a private show for some lucky Sirius XM listeners.
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Jeffstaple Teams With Shake Shack and Doughnut Plant For an LES-Spun Concrete

(Photo courtesy of Shake Shack)

(Photo courtesy of Shake Shack)

Lower East Side designer Jeff Ng (aka jeffstaple) — the visionary behind the Staple Pigeon fashion line and the Reed Space boutique — has teamed up with Shake Shack for a limited edition t-shirt and concrete flavor. If that sounds like some weirdness, get this: Doughnut Plant is also involved.
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‘It Was a Joint’: Jazz Musicians Remember Slugs’ in the Far East

Albert Ayler outside of Slugs.

Albert Ayler outside of Slugs.

Slugs’ Saloon opened its doors in 1964, a neighborhood bar owned by Robert Schoenholt, who died in 2012, and Jerry Schultz. By early 1965, many musicians who lived in the neighborhood convinced the owners to feature live jazz. The club rivaled the Five Spot Café as one of the top jazz spots in the East Village.

Despite its implication, Slugs’ took its name from the book All and Everything by mystic George Gurdjieff, who referred to three-brained humans as “slugs.” New York law in the ‘60s prohibited the name “saloon,” so the club re-branded itself – keeping the apostrophe – as “Slugs’ in the Far East.”
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Remembering Shakespeare & Co.: ‘I Was Proud to Work There; It’s Hard to Explain’

With Shakespeare & Co. set to close its downtown store after 27 years — possibly to be replaced by a Foot Locker — we asked Marc Spitz, a former clerk, to share his thoughts about the beloved bookshop.

(Photos: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photos: Kirsten O’Regan)

If Chris Peterson, the general manager of Shakespeare and Company Booksellers, circa 1996, didn’t sit me down one afternoon and give me the choice to quit or be fired (a classy move so I could travel on to another job without having to explain a termination), they would have had to close their doors nearly twenty years ago instead of this month.
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Turn to the Left: Fashion Events!

(Courtesy of LES BID)

(Courtesy of LES BID)

While so many New Yorkers succumb to the insidious “normcore” and “athleisure” trends, others are determined to stay fresh — and not just the drag queens. With Fashion Week coming up, it’s once again time to focus on the fabulous. Luckily, you don’t have to trek up to midtown (or wherever the shows are this year) to do so, since there are plenty of fashionable festivities in our hoods.
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‘If We Weren’t Taking Pictures, We’d Just Be Complete Maniacs and Degenerates’

From left, Mike Krim, PJ Monte, Osvaldo Chance Jimenez (aka Slutlust), Mikhail Sokovikov, Harry McNally, and Jason Aaron Wall. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

From left, Mike Krim, PJ Monte, Osvaldo Chance Jimenez (aka Slutlust), Mikhail Sokovikov, Harry McNally, and Jason Aaron Wall. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Party photos are more than ubiquitous– images of gleeful off-duty models chugging champagne and wild-eyed kids of questionable age tearing it up at some after-hours are about as surprising as seeing someone on the subway brown baggin’ it to work. And yet, those once responsible for documenting it all are quickly becoming an endangered species as Instagram and selfies threaten to reveal the party photographer as nothing more than a middle man.
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An East Village Photographer Rewinds To 1984, When Madonna Walked St. Marks

162 Avenue B Bakery in 1984 (Photo: Daniel Root)

162 Avenue B Bakery in 1984 (Photo: Daniel Root)

As a 30-year resident of the East Village, Daniel Root has seen his fair share of neighborhood transformation. “But you know, when you’re living in a place, it doesn’t really jump out at you that it’s changed that much, because obviously it’s a gradual change. Even though right now, at the moment, it feels like it’s ramping up in speed,” he said.
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Waka Waka, an Indie Gaming Hang, Has Powered Up On Clinton Street

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

Less than a year after we brushed elbows with Rihanna at “the most buzzed about tattoo shop in the history of man” at 26 Clinton Street, Bang Bang (aka Keith McCurdy) packed up his crew and moved on. Last night, the space was playing host to a different New York niche culture – call it revenge of the nerds.

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