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How 6 Practitioners of the Dark Arts View Halloween

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Molly Burkett (Photo: Catland website)

With so many wild parties going on tonight, it’s easy to forget that Halloween originates from the ancient festival of Samhain, celebrated by the Celts 2,000 years ago. Before their new year on November 1, they thought the boundary between the living and dead would deteriorate and ghosts could appear on Earth. So, how do today’s pagans and occultists view the holiday as it’s celebrated today? We asked some of them to find out.
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Mysteries: Mike Tyson Statue at NYU, Turkey’s Nest in Hell’s Kitchen

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Fillmore East’s new plaque wasn’t the only historical marker unveiled in recent days — last week, while we were trying to score tickets for Television and Joshua Light Show (some footage of the show here), we noticed this stately statue of Mike Tyson outside of Skirball Center, across from Washington Square Park. After we did a double take like Little Mac getting clocked in the jaw by Iron Mike, it was obvious this was just a promotion for his new Adult Swim show, Mike Tyson Mysteries, which — as Tyson himself has noted — is a trippy version of Scooby-Doo meets A-Team. When we walked by yesterday, the statue had vanished.
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We Visited Michael Stipe’s Studio, and So Can You

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

(Photos: Claire Voon)

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Michael Stipe’s personal art studio is in a weirdly public place—the gallery for NYU’s studio art school, 80 Washington Square East. But he only works there when it’s closed.
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How Red Hook Winery Turned Flood Water Into Wine

DSC00057Twenty One: Twenty Four. The name stands out in neat, clean type on the wine bottle’s black label. It refers to the military time (9:24 p.m.) when Superstorm Sandy surged, wiping out Red Hook Winery.

The 2010 red wine comes from one of the few barrels that were not destroyed or compromised on Oct. 29, 2012, when Hurricane Sandy’s 17-foot surge crashed over Pier 41, where Red Hook Winery is located.
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Two Years After Sandy, The Future of Sunny’s Bar Is Cloudy

Sunny and sculpture. (Photo: Christina Cipriano)

Sunny and sculpture. (Photo: Christina Cipriano)

As Hurricane Sandy slammed into Red Hook, Tone Balzano Johansen was in the basement of Sunny’s, moving booze and supplies to potentially dryer places. Suddenly, the sea broke through an above-ground window. “It all came in like a Hollywood shot,” she said. “It was really quiet, then it’s just an explosion.”

Johansen, who owns the bar with her husband Sunny Balzano, dropped everything and rushed upstairs, where she threw all of her artwork onto her bed and waited for the flood to stop. When it was over, more than six feet of water stood in the basement.
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Kennedy’s Will Reopen in Breezy Point On the Anniversary of Sandy

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(Courtesy of Kennedy’s)

Just a week before the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, a beloved Breezy Point restaurant that was hit hard by the storm has announced its comeback. Kennedy’s sent out word to patrons today that it will relaunch dinner service next Wednesday, October 29 — exactly two years to the day the superstorm put the restaurant out of commission and ravaged the bungalow community around it.
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The L.I.S.A. Project Turned a Little Italy Parking Lot Into a Tagger’s Delight

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The week didn’t start out great for Wayne Rada and the L.I.S.A. Project, his non-profit outfit that has brought a ton of world-class street art to Little Italy (of all places) and beyond over the past couple of years. Shepard Fairey, Conor Harrington, Queen Andrea, Lister, Crash and Daze, Stikman, Michael de Feo (aka The Flower Guy), Tristan Eaton… the list of L.I.S.A.-backed artists is long.
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Papaya King Is About to Put Midtown Hot Dog Vendors in a World of Squirt

(Courtesy Papaya King)

(Courtesy Papaya King)

After expanding to St. Marks Place and then launching a food truck, Upper East Side institution Papaya King has decided to go for the jugular and is putting down roots in Herald Square, ground zero for dirty-water dog vendors. Starting Oct. 23, the king will station its flashy new food cart (shown here) outside of Macy’s in Herald Square. It’ll be at Broadway and 35th Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. serving hot dogs, veggie dogs, corn dogs, and knishes. This is such a setback to workaday wiener vendors that we don’t know how they’re going to ketchup.
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Doc NYC Is Bringing a Dizzying Number of Documentaries to Town

unnamedIf you’re the type to get excited about hacker documentaries, then clear your calendar between Nov. 13 to 20, because the Doc NYC festival is once again bringing a slew of true-dat films to Chelsea and the Village.

This year’s fest features 19 world premieres, 7 US premieres and 40 New York City premieres. And that’s just among the 92 features — there will also be 37 shorts and 24 panel discussions and classes.
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Grab One Last Celeb Burger at Shake Shack Before It Closes Oct. 13

(Photo courtesy of Shake Shack)

(Photo courtesy of Shake Shack)

Man, NYC just got the Rainbow Room back but now another of its hallowed institutions, Shake Shack, is closing its original Madison Square Park location for some “much-needed renovations.” And it’s happening just before the cold season, which is, like, the only time you can get a burger without waiting in that mind-numbing line. 
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We Got Really High (and Paid $25 For a Drink) at the New Rainbow Room’s Bar

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Really high as in: 65 floors up.

In case you haven’t heard, the 80-year-old Rainbow Room (where we once partied with Jay-Z following his Radio City show — not bragging or anything) reopened this week after a five-year hiatus. That and the Subway Inn’s imminent closure (temporary, thank goodness) seemed like a good excuse for us to venture into midtown last night.

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