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I Got Lou Reed’s Autograph at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

(Photo: Susan Keyloun)

(Photo: Susan Keyloun)

Earlier today we gathered New Yorkers’ memories of their random encounters with the late, great Lou Reed. This one, from our contributor Susan Keyloun, might just be the most unexpected encounter of them all. 

As a native New Yorker, I tend to leave touristy things to the tourists.  I have never taken a carriage ride through Central Park and I avoid Times Square. But when I was invited to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last year, I accepted – – not a tourist destination per se, but not necessarily a place where you’ll find mobs of New Yorkers either.  I could spend my time people-watching which was good enough for me.
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‘He Treads Kind of Softly’: Two Musicians Remember Working With Lou Reed

Genya Ravan with Lou Reed at Bottom Line. (Photo: Chuck Pulin)

Genya Ravan with Lou Reed at Bottom Line. (Photo: Chuck Pulin)

The leather jacket and moody persona were only a part of the puzzle that was Lou Reed. Musicians like Steve Katz of Blood Sweat & Tears and Genya Ravan of Ten Wheel Drive remember him as a friend with a wicked sense of humor and a gracious heart. Katz was the producer of Reed’s live album Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal and the rocker’s highest-charting LP, Sally Can’t Dance. Reed rarely performed on other artists’ albums, but he agreed to join Genya Ravan on “Aye Co’lorado”; Reed would later invite Ravan to sing on his “Street Hassle.

Bedford + Bowery today asked Katz and Ravan to share their memories of Lou Reed.
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New Yorkers Remember Their Random Encounters With Lou

(Photo from June of 2011: Scott Lynch)

The stories of Lou Reed’s encounters with the Bowies and Bangses of the world are the stuff of legend, but more than anything, his passing yesterday made clear just how many everyday New Yorkers treasured their random, often wordless encounters with him at East Village restaurants, movie theaters, and on the street (yep, despite his 1980s Honda scooter commercial, he often did settle for walking).
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Here’s a Preppy Lou Reed Rocking Out With His College Band

yearbookIn the wake of Lou Reed’s death yesterday, Laurie Gwen Shapiro, a Syracuse alum, dug up this amazing photo from the university’s 1964 yearbook. “Lou Reed was a student of Delmore Schwartz,” she told us. “Also friends with cheerleader Betsey Johnson (look at her here!) who went on to become the fashion designer and was briefly married to John Cale.”
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There’s a New Flea Market, and This One Has a Live Piano Player

Knockdown Center Flea Market (Photos courtesy of KDC)

Knockdown Center Flea Market (Photos courtesy of KDC)

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Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

After hosting some epic events over the summer (Tiki Disco, Kim Gordon) the onetime factory that goes by the name Knockdown Center is remodeling so it can reopen as a proper arts center in the spring. In the meantime, it’s using its sprawling grounds in the best way possible: last weekend it launched a year-round flea market.
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Peaches Does Herself Is an Anti-Jukebox Musical That Takes ‘Cock Rock’ Very Seriously

The film opens on a podium, where a stuffy professor lectures in un-subtitled German sprinkled with English words: “Teaches of Peaches,” “rock mainstream,” “Fatherfucker,” “clitoris.” Then he disappears, replaced by Berlin-based girl group Jolly Good, both wearing Plasmatics T-shirts and screeching “Rock Show.” It’s the first of 22 songs by the Canadian electro-clash rocker Peaches, best known for Lost in Translation’s “Fuck the Pain Away.”
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Banksy Piece Gets Defaced, Restored, and Then… Framed?

(Christopher Discipio)

(Christopher Discipio)

Banksy took to the Williamsburg-Bed Stuy border today for the 17th installment of . Hours after his piece went up on Cook Street, off of Graham Avenue, it was vandalized. But a few art-friendly Good Samaritans did some on-the-spot restoration and — although a smudge is still visible — the mural is pretty much clear.

While B+B was on the scene, a man covered the right figure with a square piece of blue Plexiglas. Hysteria ensued as everyone remembered the guy who, a few days ago, tried to charge people $20 to take a picture of a Banksy piece.
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Hang On to Yourself, We’ve Got 30 Images From BowieBall

Marissa Braddock

Marissa Braddock

"I love David Bowie. He's my soulmate forever and ever. My roommate is a makeup artist, so she helped make this insane lightning bolt on my face."

Demanda Dahling

Demanda Dahling

Q. What inspired your look tonight? A. Marijuana

Chris Alberts

Chris Alberts

"This is my first time wearing a wig. As for the mullet, it's my first multi-colored one."

Olivia Barr

Olivia Barr

"Hopefully David Bowie would be amused if he saw this."

Princess Mickey Jager

Princess Mickey Jager

"What I'm wearing is just things I've had around. I'm a drag queen working in the Brooklyn circuit. So these are just normal items in my wardrobe."

Aaron Bolt

Aaron Bolt

"The rhinestones are staying on because of a combination of eyelash glue, rubber cement and spray glue. I don't think it's healthy to put rubber cement on your body -- my right side is burning. My look is a lot of David Bowie, a little disco, and a little Maison Margiela."

Andrew Clancey

Andrew Clancey

"I wanted to look glamorous, but still representing David Bowie."

Noreen Souza-Bailey

Noreen Souza-Bailey

"I am dressed as David Bowie in the labyrinth. I just happened to have this wig, I'm a prop master for TV and film. This is from a movie on a punk rock heroin addict -- some really crap B-movie."

Devlyn Disguise

Devlyn Disguise

"My thought was to be inspired by David Bowie, but not take it too literally. So many people did the lightning bolt -- I didn't want to be so expected. I did the stars, I did Mesh -- I feel like I am glam rock. This is 1984 fabulous."

Noah Wallace of Hammered Satin

Noah Wallace of Hammered Satin

"I was working on a music video all day, I just came dressed with stuff from the video. I did a song called Foxy Dude with my band, ya know. I'm in a glam rock band. I'm from LA. So of course I am at the Bowie Ball."

Noah Wallace of Hammered Satin

Noah Wallace of Hammered Satin

Mike Greco

Mike Greco

Q. What were your thoughts when you were getting dressed for tonight? A. I dress like this everyday.

Mike Greco's shoes

Mike Greco's shoes

Lisa McQuade

Lisa McQuade

"My hair is basically an extreme rock n' roll mullet with a unicorn twist."

Holly Coddington

Holly Coddington

"I felt like there was so much pressure to, like, be David Bowie. Then I realized we're all David Bowie -- and we've all got our fucked up fabulous shit in our closets."

Jon Neuman

Jon Neuman

"My favorite Bowie song is 'Rebel, Rebel.' I don't know many of his songs, it's just an excuse to wear makeup."

Haley Nicholson

Haley Nicholson

"I honestly found this outfit at Buffalo Exchange, and I was like this is 80s Bowie."

Giozanka

Giozanka

"This look is an intrepretation of myself, the 80s, and David Bowie."

Deryck Todd announcing performers.

Deryck Todd announcing performers.

MaryAnne Piccolo

MaryAnne Piccolo

MaryAnne Piccolo performing.

MaryAnne Piccolo performing.

Chain-smoking performance artist Sheila takes the stage.

Chain-smoking performance artist Sheila takes the stage.

30 seconds into Sheila's performance, the stripping begins.

30 seconds into Sheila's performance, the stripping begins.

Faces in the crowd.

Faces in the crowd.

Kitten LaRue

Kitten LaRue

Liz Connolly.

Liz Connolly.

Stella Rose

Stella Rose

Kaul Grice

Kaul Grice

Lenka Varekova

Lenka Varekova

Fake eyelashes left on the bathroom sink.

Fake eyelashes left on the bathroom sink.

Last week Glenn Branca recalled meeting David Bowie: “He was a trip. He really felt like he needed to be the person you imagined him to be.” Saturday at Le Poisson Rouge, everyone felt they needed to be the Thin White Duke, or Ziggy Stardust, or any of Bowie’s countless other personas, because it was the annual BowieBall. Click through to see Amy Lombard’s shots of the action and get a glimpse of life on Mars.

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Rodriguez of Searching for Sugar Man Heard ‘South Africa’ a Lot Last Night

(Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

(Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

Last night, Barclays Center was filled with a mixture of middle-aged South Africans and twentysomething Williamsburg artist types, all there to catch a glimpse of Sixto Rodriguez, star of Searching for Sugar Man. For those who haven’t seen the Oscar-winning documentary, the back story of Rodriguez is pretty unreal; it’s like something straight out of, well, an Oscar-winning documentary. Basically, the Mexican-American guitarist had a short-lived musical career in the ’70s, but bootlegs of his albums made their way to South Africa where, unbeknownst to him, he became a legend. All the while, he was working manual labor jobs in Detroit. Now, thanks to the success of Searching for Sugar Man, at 71, Rodriguez is suddenly playing stadiums such as Barclays Center, and a sold-out Radio City Music Hall.
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Tiki Disco Had One Last Epic Beach Bash

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

Tiki Disco's last day at the beach. (Photos: Justin Jay)

So, yeah, the loss of Odessa Bar put a damper on the weekend; luckily, Tiki Disco was there to blunt the pain with a rager at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club the next day. Downtown photographer Justin Jay, who has a bungalow nearby, dropped in and shot the photos above. Click through them to experience the torpid, dark-and-stormy-fueled madness of Tiki’s last installment of “Bushwick by the sea” and be glad you didn’t have to wait in line for the bathroom. The guys will be back in Brooklyn this Sunday, at Output’s rooftop Canopy Bar.

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The Weekend Escape Plan For Die-Hard Williamsburgers: Montreal’s Mile End

Cafe Olimpico (Photo: Natasha Young)

Le Dépanneur Café (Photo: Natasha Young)

If you want to escape Williamsburg this Labor Day weekend but worry that your acute case of FOMO will result in Blue Bottle Coffee withdrawal, we’ve got just the end-of-summer getaway for you: the Mile End! No, not the NoHo sandwich shop. We’re talking about the neighborhood in Montreal, where — just like in Williamsburg — you’ll hear people speak French while enjoying the comforts of rustic-chic cafés and artisanal everything. You won’t even miss out on the gratifying hat varieties of your Hasidic neighbors.
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