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Meet the Kitties of Meow Parlour, NYC’s First Permanent Cat Cafe

16-month-old Marty, pigeon hunting in the window. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

16-month-old Marty, pigeon hunting in the window. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Liza and Spot, pigeon hunting. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Liza and Spot, pigeon hunting. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Bottom bunk: 13-month-old Lucky Lemon.

Bottom bunk: 13-month-old Lucky Lemon. "Dislikes: thundersnow, hyperbole." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Spot, Squinkles's sister.

Spot, Squinkles's sister. "Dislikes: chillwave." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Owners Christine Ha and Emilie Legrand. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Owners Christine Ha and Emilie Legrand. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Seven-month-old Squinkles.

Seven-month-old Squinkles. "Dislikes: wet umbrellas." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Eight-month-old Liza. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Eight-month-old Liza. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Just minutes from now, at precisely noon today, New York City’s first permanent cat café will open its doors, and your Instagram feed will look something like the slideshow above. We got a sneak peek at Meow Parlour this morning and can confirm that this isn’t a sick social media experiment: this cat café is 100% real.
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Photos, Video: Ferguson Protesters Again Flooded the Streets (and Highways, and Bridges)

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A day after protesters blocked the Manhattan and Triborough Bridges, demonstrators once again took to the streets — this time in far greater numbers — to protest a grand jury’s decision not to charge Darren Wilson.
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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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Chinatown Buses Face Regulation and Riled-Up Residents

Passengers wait for their ride (photo courtesy of "Save Our Streets")

Passengers wait for their ride (photo courtesy of Save LES Streets)

After a two-year grace period, the city is finally moving to enforce legislation that aims to regulate the thriving (and some would say infuriating) Chinatown bus industry, in the hopes of mitigating the “wild west” atmosphere that the throng of ludicrously cheap long-haul carriers have introduced to the affected downtown zones.
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Walks, Talks, and Chalk: 80 Things to Do During Lower East Side History Month

Logo color_12-15The organizers of the first annual Lower East Side History Month have announced next month’s lineup, featuring over 80 events organized by over 60 cultural and community groups based in the LES, East Village, Chinatown and Little Italy. The month-long celebration of downtown lore kicks off May 3, when various sites will have been chalked up with neighborhood trivia and poetry (passersby will be encouraged to add their own) and continues May 4 with a picnic at Pier 42, featuring salsa dancing and gypsy swing. An LES Heroes award — which is exactly what it sounds like — will also be announced. Here, courtesy of Fourth Arts Block, is the lineup, starting with the Real Estate Show events we told you about earlier.
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Here’s Your Handsome New Spot For Sesame Whiskey and Chicken Cracklins

(Photo: Ron Castellano)

The dining room, opening next month. (Photo: Ron Castellano)

A stone’s throw from where Les Enfants Terribles turned into Skal in August, another Lower Lower East Side spot will unveil a new look and concept tonight. The space that was Broadway East and then LTO is now Rosette.
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Here’s Our Mondo Map of How, Why (and Whether!) 300 Of Your Neighbors Are Voting

It’s been clear since the political ads started airing in August: New York City is in a ‘fromance with Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. And with a 54-point lead in the latest poll, the Public Advocate is slated to be our next mayor. If the winner seems to be in the bag, will people still turn up to cast their vote?
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It’s Fun to Eat at the YMCA! Seinfeld’s Ex-Chef Served 250 Years of LES Cuisine

(Brendan Lowe)

(Brendan Lowe)

The e-mail arrived at 11 a.m. three weeks ago: Jerry Seinfeld’s former private chef would be cooking a seven-course meal based on the history of the Lower East Side. Location? TBD.

That’s all Dinner Lab members knew when word spread about their next offering. They had five hours to decide whether to buy tickets; they went on sale at 4 p.m. and were gone in minutes.
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Yep, De Blasio Celebrated With Food Trucks and LCD Soundsystem

De Blasio and fam.

De Blasio and fam.

If you were following Daily Intel last night, then you know the deal: Joe Lhota beat John Catsimatidis as the Republican mayoral candidate despite Cats’s Tim & Eric-esque campaign; Lena Dunham’s favorite candidate, Scott Stringer, squeaked past Eliott Spitzer in the race for comptroller; Charles Hynes is out as Brooklyn DA, in part because of feelings that he was too soft on child sex abusers in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community; the public advocate race between Daniel Squadron and Letitia James is headed for a runoff. And, of course, Bill de Blasio, the clear favorite among voters we spoke to yesterday, emerged victorious over Bill Thompson (though there will be a recount to make sure a runoff isn’t necessary) and solidified his place as the hipster candidate du jour by celebrating at the Bell House with “a Smorgasbord-esque assortment of gourmet food trucks” and a playlist that included LCD Soundsystem. Chris Smith wrote about his “full-spectrum victory” and why it further cemented Brooklyn as “the city’s new center of gravity.”
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8 Injured By Possible Explosion and Partial Building Collapse in Chinatown

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Eight people are in the hospital after an apparent explosion and building collapse in Chinatown this afternoon.

Shi Zu Lie, a tenant of 17 Pike Street, was in his first-floor apartment when he heard an explosion and a wall fell on him. He managed to crawl out from under the rubble and was eating lunch on the sidewalk when we spoke to him through a translator. “I’m very scared and upset,” he said, his eyes red and scratches and cuts visible on an arm and a leg.
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