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The 13 People You Meet On St. Marks Place, Per St. Marks Is Dead

9780393240382_300Everyone has a St. Marks story — my first was smoking free hash after getting ripped off on bunk X. “And since the middle of the twentieth century, kids from all over the country, and the world, who wanted to be writers or artists or do drugs have come to St. Marks Place to find one another and themselves.” So says St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Coolest Street, the dizzyingly fascinating mostly-oral history by Ada Calhoun, which launches Monday, Nov. 2, at Cooper Union with free beer from Brooklyn Brewery and a punk cover band—the St. Marks Zeroes—featuring Ad-Rock.

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Still Not Sold On Sanders? Maybe This Bernie O’ Lantern Will Do the Trick

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Despite the cold that had descended on Washington Square Park Monday evening, a half dozen activists were clearly feeling The Bern. Their task: get Democrats registered to vote in New York’s April primary — hopefully for Bernie Sanders, their feisty man of the people.

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Greenpointers, Hold Your Nose Up High and Learn About Your Hood’s Polluted Past

ewer overflow near the the Boat Club. (Photo courtesy Newtown Creek Alliance)

Sewer overflow near the the Boat Club. (Photo courtesy Newtown Creek Alliance)

Just a few days after CUNY social journalism fellow Aaron Smith launched his blog “The Brooklyn Memory Project” with an unsettling video of a  retired Greenpoint NYPD detective recalling all the cancer deaths he’s witnessed (possibly due to the area’s oil spill), Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning is launching a series of forums about North Brooklyn’s environmental issues, starting with a discussion tonight about Greenpoint’s polluted past.

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VideoGamesNewYork Robbed at Gunpoint

It was like something out of Grand Theft Auto.

VideoGamesNewYork, the East Village video-game store with the giant Super Mario in the window, was robbed at gunpoint late Monday night.

Two men thought to be in their early twenties entered the store around 11 p.m., pistol-whipped the clerk, and snagged an undetermined amount of cash from the register, the police say. The clerk was treated at Bellevue Hospital.

Check out surveillance footage of the heist, above.

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With LES Addition, City Now Has 1,000 Miles of Bike Lanes

unnamedAs of today, the city has installed over 1,000 miles of bike lanes. The announcement was made this afternoon on the Lower East Side, where locals pols were joined by reps from the Department of Transportation, Citi Bike and Transportation Alternatives in painting the last portion of the protected lane at Clinton Street.

The two-way, eight-foot-wide lane on Clinton Street connects the Williamsburg Bridge to South Street and, from there, the East River greenway. It’s aimed at calming traffic on Clinton Street, per a press release.

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NYU Students Told Not to Mix With ‘CD Bullies’

bullyIt’s back-to-school time, which means hardened hustlers have a fresh crop of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed young things willing to stop, chat, and be talked into buying a genuine Movado watch for $20. (They don’t call it St. “Marks” Place for nothing.) And that steady hum you hear? That’s the sound of CD burners whirring.

According to an alert from NYU’s public safety department, two students were robbed by a group of “CD bullies” at the corner of Broadway and 10th Street on Sunday, at around 3:10 p.m. Here’s a description of the incident — the latest of several.
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I Took a Class in ‘How to Master the NYPD’

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Pioneer Works isn’t just an art gallery, residency program, and book shop — it’s an educational center, too. Pay a nominal fee and get learn’d on the basics of paper marbling, wet plate photography, and how to whip up a mole sauce from scratch– you know, cute stuff. So a two-day course, “How to Master the New York City Police Department,” taught by NYU urbanization researcher Patrick Lamson-Hall, kinda stopped me in my browsing tracks with its promise of a historical look at the NYPD and discussion about how to improve community-police relations. One of Patrick’s early suggestions: “As stupid as it sounds, maybe they need to start every day with yoga.”

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Get Gigli With It: The 128th Annual Giglio Feast Is Upon Us

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

This time, it ain’t a movie shoot. The 128th annual Giglio Feast is underway for reals in Williamsburg. Yesterday’s opening night brought a ferris wheel, sausage and peppers, raw clams, ribs, cigars, and much more to the area surrounding Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at North 8th Street and Union Avenue. If you missed the mass and candlelit procession, don’t worry — there’s no need to say ten Hail Marys, cuz the party’s just getting started: Blood Brothers will be belting out some Springsteen tonight in the church gym.

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Biking From Greenpoint to Queens Just Got a Lot Less Hairy

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Good news for Greenpointers who plan to cycle into Long Island City for PS1’s Warm-Up and outdoor flicks at Socrates Sculpture Park: the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge just got protected bike lanes.

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Video: The NYC Drag March Was Anything But a Drag

The annual New York City Drag March took place Friday, as drag queens and individuals of various sexual identities marched with pride from Tompkins Square Park to the celebrations at Stonewall Inn. Occurring on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court passed legislation legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, this year’s march was especially joyous. Watch our video and see for yourself.

Video by Stephanie Leontiev.