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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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Here’s Who Some of Your Neighbors Voted For Today, and Why

The scene in Bushwick. (Tamerra Griffin)

The scene in Bushwick. (Tamerra Griffin)

Lo and behold, even on iPhone Tuesday, some folks remembered to vote in the primaries — though from what we saw, not all that many. Around 9 a.m. today, we spotted City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez on the corner of East 12th Street and First Avenue, entering the home stretch of her race against her Harley-riding challenger Rick Del Rio. We know this much: she got the vote of State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, who tweeted about some “confusion in Stuy Town” that “sent voters to a nonexistent poll site.”
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District 2: This Harley Riding Pastor Wants to Be Your New City Councilman

Del Rio co-ordinating Sandy relief efforts (Photo: Jonathen Adkins)

Del Rio co-ordinating Sandy relief efforts (Photo: Jonathen Adkins)

Aspiring City Councilman Rick Del Rio raps his gold-ringed knuckles on the table as he speaks, his colorful bicep tattoos (“Jesus Christ Is Lord” and “The Lion of Judah Has Conquered”) peeking out from beneath the sleeves of a black button-up.

“I’m a political outsider, and being a political outsider means I have a lot to learn,” he says in a gravelly, booming voice that one can easily imagine bellowing across a pulpit. “But I’ll learn it. Because whatever I have to do, I will do. I’ve got no issues with ego; I just want to serve. And I’ve got no fear.”
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Up Against Vito, Antonio Reynoso Has Been Knocking On a Lot of Wood Lately

Reynoso and Melinda Katz in Ridgewood. (Photo: Nicole Paluska)

Reynoso and Melinda Katz in Ridgewood. (Photo: Nicole Paluska)

“I’ve got the easiest pitch in the city,’” District 34 City Council hopeful Antonio Reynoso said at a fundraiser earlier this year: “Hi, I don’t sexually harass my staff, will you vote for me?”

Media coverage of 30-year-old Reynoso’s campaign to win tomorrow’s Democratic primary has overwhelmingly focused on the bad behavior of his opponent, former State Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Lopez, who is 72, resigned from the State Assembly last May when several female staffers accused him of sexual harassment. Soon after, Lopez began raising money for a City Council run in District 34, which encompasses Williamsburg, Bushwick and part of Ridgewood, Queens.
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Levi’s Wants to Tune Your Bike, Treat You to Drinks, and Service Your Crotch

The folks at Levi’s will not rest until every fixie rider in Williamsburg is in a pair of their Commuter jeans. They just sent over the above video of Knox Robinson, publisher of First Run, tooling around town in them — passing plenty of street art, domino games and open fire hydrants, natch — and then leading folks at his Black Roses NYC running collective.
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There Was a Shooting Off Bedford Avenue Last Night

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Two young men were shot in Williamsburg last night, right off the Bedford Avenue strip.

Police say two teenagers were walking on South 9th Street, between Bedford and Berry, when, around 10:55 p.m., the shots were fired. A 17-year-old was shot in the leg one time and an 18-year-old took a shot to the ankle. Both were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

The police didn’t have a description of a suspect.

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Owners of Pearl’s and Los Perros Locos Got Stiffed By Bike Thieves

As far as we can tell, the thefts are in no way related to the classic work of Italian neo-realist cinema.

There’s an old saying: don’t bite the hand that feeds you, and don’t steal their wheels either!

And yet a couple of weeks ago Alex Mitow, the owner of Los Perros Locos, posted a Facebook update about his bike disappearing from a fence on the Lower East Side. And this morning Betsy Maher, the owner of Pearl’s Social and Billy Club, and Benny Thomson, a bartender at Anchored Inn, had their two Suzuki motorbikes stolen from outside Thomson’s place at 62 Greenpoint Avenue. (Yep, more crime in Greenpoint…)
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This Hypnotherapist Has Girls in Greenpoint Crying Uncontrollably

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Dan Ryan at the Maha Rose Center for Healing (Photo: Kristy Ann Muniz)

When I first met Dan Ryan and he told me he was a hypnotherapist, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it — mainly because I had no idea what that meant. Nonetheless, I was intrigued, so I decided to sit in on one of Dan’s Past Life Regression Workshops at the Maha Rose Center for Healing in Greenpoint.
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More Gunplay in Greenpoint: There Was An Armed Robbery Near McGolrick Park

Mini Mart robbed at 560 Morgan Avenue. (Photo: Kaitlin Durand)

Mini Mart robbed at 560 Morgan Avenue. (Photo: Kaitlin Durand)

More bad news out of Greenpoint: a bodega at 560 Morgan Avenue was robbed last night at 11:10 p.m., according to the police. Two men wearing hooded sweatshirts entered the Mini-Mart at the corner of Morgan and Driggs, displayed a firearm and took off with about $700, the police said. No one was hurt, but the suspects are still at large.

Last night’s incident was the latest in what has become a significant number of crimes, some violent, in the normally tranquil neighborhood. Next Tuesday, the Greenpoint Neighborhood Watch will meet to discuss the spike with local police officers.

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John Sexton Numbers His Days as NYU Prez and His Critics Say, 'Meh'

(Photo: NYU)

(Photo: NYU)

John Sexton will step down from his position as president of NYU in 2016, according to a campus-wide e-mail by NYU Local. The e-mail, from The Special Committee of the NYU Board of Trustees, indicates that J-Sex has “made clear” that he will not serve as president beyond 2016, and that faculty and students will be able to participate in the search for his replacement.

Sexton’s opponents know how to party (just ask Thurston Moore and the guy from the Violent Femmes) but they aren’t exactly dancing in the street about this.
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