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Schumer On Sandy Aid: ‘The First Year Was Too Slow’

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

A day before Hurricane Sandy’s first anniversary, Mayor Bloomberg showed up at New York University flanked by aides, a congressional delegation and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, all of them there to announce a fresh infusion of $1.34 billion in federal funds to help rebuild homes, businesses and infrastructure damaged in New York City by its worst natural disaster. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had already provided the city with more than $1.7 billion earlier this year, a mere pittance compared to the enormity of Sandy’s devastation across five states on the Eastern seaboard.
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Get a Load of Anthony Weinerdog, Barksy, and 25 Other Costumed Canines

Teresa Costanzo and Charlie Blevins made their Lobster Bake for dogs Yum Yum and Lollipop in honor of their friends new cookbook,

Teresa Costanzo and Charlie Blevins made their Lobster Bake for dogs Yum Yum and Lollipop in honor of their friends new cookbook, "Millie LaRue & Mummy: Cooking with Friends." They also took home Best in Show.

It took Bennett Leak (l) and Brett England (r) a month and a half to make this King Kong costume for Maddie. “We wanted to play with levels,” Leak said.

It took Bennett Leak (l) and Brett England (r) a month and a half to make this King Kong costume for Maddie. “We wanted to play with levels,” Leak said.

Gerry Junior as Barksy.

Gerry Junior as Barksy.

Josh Orth and Radar as Heisendog and Barking Bad, with Sasha Orth.

Josh Orth and Radar as Heisendog and Barking Bad, with Sasha Orth.

Bonnie Rosen and Tracy Phillips dressed Maggie Roselips in honor of their family restaurant on the Jersey Shore, which just closed its doors after 140 years.

Bonnie Rosen and Tracy Phillips dressed Maggie Roselips in honor of their family restaurant on the Jersey Shore, which just closed its doors after 140 years.

Devon Meenagh, Alexandra Vittorini and Indiana Bones as “Paw-nochio.”

Devon Meenagh, Alexandra Vittorini and Indiana Bones as “Paw-nochio.”

Jade Payne and Broccolini are Crystal Warriors. Payne said being a Crystal Warrior is

Jade Payne and Broccolini are Crystal Warriors. Payne said being a Crystal Warrior is "a feeling, an identity I enjoy.”

Why did Brian Segall dress his dog, Maury Ballstein, as a mop? “It was his idea.”

Why did Brian Segall dress his dog, Maury Ballstein, as a mop? “It was his idea.”

Bethe Austin and Leetl Luloo  as a ghoul and a ghost. “Ghost buttons were the only Halloween buttons I could find,” Austin said of Leetl Luloo’s homemade costume.

Bethe Austin and Leetl Luloo as a ghoul and a ghost. “Ghost buttons were the only Halloween buttons I could find,” Austin said of Leetl Luloo’s homemade costume.

Connor Drake, Rebecca Straney, Lauren Watt and Gizelle as Team Sandlot.

Connor Drake, Rebecca Straney, Lauren Watt and Gizelle as Team Sandlot.

Cori Susser, Jeremy Chassen, Mika (larger) and Joey (smaller) as Cinderella and Co. “I’m gonna propose,” Chassen told B+B.

Cori Susser, Jeremy Chassen, Mika (larger) and Joey (smaller) as Cinderella and Co. “I’m gonna propose,” Chassen told B+B.

James Brooks, Nathan Coleman, Taco and Tessie in a shower scene.

James Brooks, Nathan Coleman, Taco and Tessie in a shower scene.

Dixie with Brad Previti and Alyssa Gatke. “Punk rock started in the East Village!”

Dixie with Brad Previti and Alyssa Gatke. “Punk rock started in the East Village!”

Coco as Anthony Weiner Dog with Jessica Minch.

Coco as Anthony Weiner Dog with Jessica Minch.

Bobbie Martowicz and Lalka. “She’s the pumpkin princess and I’m the pumpkin queen,” explained Martowicz.

Bobbie Martowicz and Lalka. “She’s the pumpkin princess and I’m the pumpkin queen,” explained Martowicz.

Jim Kloiber with Brinks and Gizmo. “They wanted to explore their feminine side,” said Kloiber.

Jim Kloiber with Brinks and Gizmo. “They wanted to explore their feminine side,” said Kloiber.

Jared and Julia Menurges with Omar.

Jared and Julia Menurges with Omar.

Sasha and Pippolina. “Everybody thinks she’s a golden something so today she’s a golden pompom,” says Sasha.

Sasha and Pippolina. “Everybody thinks she’s a golden something so today she’s a golden pompom,” says Sasha.

David Koffe and Cookie. “These are the hands and feet of my ex-girlfriend,” Koffe said.

David Koffe and Cookie. “These are the hands and feet of my ex-girlfriend,” Koffe said.

Gabriella Mangino and Nari as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. “I found the backpack at a children’s store and decided to build the whole costume around it,” Mangino said.

Gabriella Mangino and Nari as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. “I found the backpack at a children’s store and decided to build the whole costume around it,” Mangino said.

Lindsay Kaplan and Richard Blakeley are a longtime ketchup and mustard duo. Since adopting Bagel, “We just knew we needed a little hotdog,” Kaplan says.

Lindsay Kaplan and Richard Blakeley are a longtime ketchup and mustard duo. Since adopting Bagel, “We just knew we needed a little hotdog,” Kaplan says.

Margi Conklin and Mabel as a Sharknado. “She can do a tornado twirl,” Conklin says.

Margi Conklin and Mabel as a Sharknado. “She can do a tornado twirl,” Conklin says.

Noah Schwartz said his and Goose’s costumes were supposed to be of each other, “but he does also look like Spike Lee.”

Noah Schwartz said his and Goose’s costumes were supposed to be of each other, “but he does also look like Spike Lee.”

Deena Shanker and Barley as each other. “We both dressed up as our favorite person,” the exceptionally witty and charming Shanker says.

Deena Shanker and Barley as each other. “We both dressed up as our favorite person,” the exceptionally witty and charming Shanker says.

Never one to disappoint, this year’s Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade was better than ever, with plenty of pop culture references, team costumes, and even a fairy tale marriage proposal. Click through the images to see the nods to Breaking Bad, Anthony Weiner, Banksy and more.

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The Space at Tompkins Is Finally Getting an Actual Space From Which to Help the Homeless

Andrea Stella, center. (Photo: Space at Tompkins)

The Space at Tompkins, despite its name, is a “completely street-based” organization, according to co-founder Andréa Stella. But next month the non-profit — which connects the city’s transient homeless with anything from peanut butter sandwiches to clean needles — will get an actual space of its own. If only for a week.
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It Happened: A Pop-Up Popped Up in a Pop-Up

Shortly after we opened our pop-up Newsroom last month, we discovered that Made in the Lower East Side — no stranger to setting up pop-ups in underused spaces — had a new project: a Storefront Transformer that instantly turns any vacant corner into a shop, classroom, or office. A lightbulb popped up over our head: could we create a pop-up within a pop-up?
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Sorry, You Already Missed Everybody’s Favorite Former President in the East Village

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

The world’s most powerful peanut farmer and everyone’s — well, okay, this reporter’s — favorite ex-Prez made an appearance in the East Village today. Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn held a press conference this afternoon to look back at their 30 years of community service for Habitat Humanity. Awkward looking Secret Service agents milled about in the middle of East 6th Street while press, local residents, and habitat volunteers gathered across the street from Mascot Flats, the first Carter Work Project site.
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A Year After the Fire, East Yoga Is Back On Its Feet (er, Hands?)

286You can’t keep a good yoga studio downward.

Almost a year to the day that a fire tore through it, East Yoga has announced that it’ll reopen Sunday, October 13. “A lot of hard work, perseverance, and relying on the support of our community has all paid off!” the popular East Village studio writes in its newsletter, referring to the benefits it held after it lost its space at 212 Avenue B.
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A Man, His Dog, and Their Citi Bike

(Photo: Kristin Koslowski)

(Photo: Kristin Koslowski)

We’re all for taking Citi Bikes to new places, but this? B + B reader Kristin Koslowski sent us this photo and asked:

First person to accessorize their Citi Bike? Seen in Alphabet City, he has a doggy seat that cantilevers off the seat. Anywhere the Citi Bike can go in 45 mins, so can the doggy. Wonder what other Citi Bike attachments we’ll see soon.

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Got Student Loans? Sal A. Mander (Actual Name) Has a Plan Involving a Van

A man and his van. (Photo courtesy of Sal Mander)

A man and his van. [Photo: John (Tex) O’Connor]

Sal Mander prefers sleeping in his van in the winter to anywhere he’s ever slept. “It’s cozy! . . . I sleep soundly in there,” he said convincingly. But, still. “The first time it dropped below freezing and I went into my van to sleep, I remember sitting on my memory-foam mattress, and it felt like I was sitting on a stack of, like, refrigerated cardboard boxes. I went, ‘Oh shit, I got into the wrong van.’ . . . And then I realized, ‘No, it’s just frozen!’” But Mander swears “once you pull two or three thick blankets over your head and breathe a few breaths, in five minutes, you’re warm.”
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Tour the LES Circa 1946, Where ‘Panties and Pickles Live Side By Side’

The Lower East Side has long been a place “where panties and pickles live side by side.” Or so says the narrator of ”Around the World in New York,” a circa 1946 documentary exploring the lives of immigrants and ethnic communities in NYC.
In the above clip, recently uploaded to YouTube, the LES is described as “a new-world version of the old-world bazaar,” where “bargaining between merchant and customer still remains an art.” It just so happens that on September 28, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum will debut a walking tour, “Storefront Stories,” dedicated to just the kind of commerce you see here.

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Man Shot During Possible Robbery-Gone-Bad on Clinton

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

Outside 103 Clinton this afternoon. (Photo: Kavitha Surana)

A 31-year-old man was shot on the Lower East Side early this morning.

Police believe the shooting, which happened around 4 a.m. at 103 Clinton St., was part of an attempted robbery. The gunshot grazed the victim’s face, and he was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he is expected to survive, police said. The perpetrator, described as a man wearing a brown hoodie, evaded capture and was not arrested.

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Hasidic Williamsburg Is Full of Thompson Twins, But Not Quite Completely

Check out the New York Times map depicting the outcome of Tuesday’s mayoral Democratic primaries and you can pretty much guess what Williamsburg looks like. A clear line separates the north and south sides, revealing a politically (and otherwise) divided neighborhood. Whereas Bill de Blasio won the gentrified section north of Broadway, Bill Thompson swept the Hasidic-dominated section south of Broadway and east of Williamsburg Street.
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