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Turn to the Left: Fashion Events!

(Courtesy of LES BID)

(Courtesy of LES BID)

While so many New Yorkers succumb to the insidious “normcore” and “athleisure” trends, others are determined to stay fresh — and not just the drag queens. With Fashion Week coming up, it’s once again time to focus on the fabulous. Luckily, you don’t have to trek up to midtown (or wherever the shows are this year) to do so, since there are plenty of fashionable festivities in our hoods.
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Celebs Heart Bushwick; Grey Lady’s Greenpoint To-Do List

Icy and Sot

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Just before 7 a.m. yesterday, a Volvo driver struck three female pedestrians on the Lower East Side‘s South Street. According to the NYPD, one woman suffered life-threatening injuries while the other two (ages 60 and 67) suffered serious injuries. All three were taken to Bellevue Hospital. [Gothamist]

Developers of the 28-story Public Hotel at 215 Chrystie Street were served a stop-work order from the city Tuesday. [Bowery Boogie]

A show scheduled for Sunday at Greenpoint bar Coco66 is causing controversy because the front man for one of the bands booked, Tears of Frustration, has allegedly endorsed neo-Nazi groups. [One People's Project]
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Anarchy In Utah, Free Beer At Shark Night, Cyborg Cops in 2029

Pony up to the films we’re excited to see this week.

Winners of Slamdance Film Festival 2014
Early next week IFC is screening the winners of the OG rebel film festival, Slamdance, created by a couple of filmmakers who were rejected from Sundance 20 years ago. Both I Play With The Phrase Each Other and Copenhagen will be screened back to back on Tuesday night.
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It’s Curtains Up For a Coffee Shop in the East Village’s Cultural District

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Photos by Kate Beaudoin

A stone’s throw from where Au Breve remains closed, the owner of the East Village’s latest coffee shop is optimistic she can hold her own. “I’m on the side street and I’m near all the theaters,” says Ginny Taylor, “so customers see me first.” Indeed Fourth Street Central is smack in the midst of the East 4th Street Cultural District, adjacent La MaMa, KGB, New York Theatre Workshop, Paradise Factory, the DUO Multicultural Arts Center, and the Kraine Theater, among others. (Not to mention the new guitar shop and underground cruising den.)
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Sandwiches Air-Dropped into Greenpoint; Central Perk (From Friends) Coming to EV

Lister at Wallplay

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Madewell, the J.Crew-owned jean purveyor, will join its parents company in Williamsburg this fall, setting up shop at 126 N.6th Street on October 28. [New York mag]

In a move that may inspire Cat Cafe levels of glee, Warner Bros. and Eight O’Clock Coffee are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Friends by bringing a real live Central Perk to the East Village for a month-long pop-up starting September 17. The inside of 199 Lafayette Street will be decked out with furniture from the series, trivia and giveaways will be ongoing, and there will be a guest appearance by the actor who played Gunther. But will David Schwimmer show up? He did recently say he wanted to be “accepted totally” by the neighborhood… [Time Out NY]

Eastside Sound recording studio will shutter after four decades on Forsyth Street. The space is currently available for lease or purchase ($2.2 million). [Bowery Boogie]
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Get Some Fine Art With Your Morning Egg-and-Cheese

A Number of Names art gallery on Avenue C and East 7th (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

A Number of Names art gallery on Avenue C and East 7th (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

If a defunct bodega seems an unusual space for a curated art show, how about the wall outside a still-functioning deli? ANON (A Number of Names), the newest unorthodox art venue to materialize on Avenue C, shuns interiors entirely in favor of a door-sized vertical in the heart of Alphabet City.
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An East Village Photographer Rewinds To 1984, When Madonna Walked St. Marks

162 Avenue B Bakery in 1984 (Photo: Daniel Root)

162 Avenue B Bakery in 1984 (Photo: Daniel Root)

As a 30-year resident of the East Village, Daniel Root has seen his fair share of neighborhood transformation. “But you know, when you’re living in a place, it doesn’t really jump out at you that it’s changed that much, because obviously it’s a gradual change. Even though right now, at the moment, it feels like it’s ramping up in speed,” he said.
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Greenpoint Factory Will Be Demolished; New York More Affordable Than Austin?

Opening day at the rice burger place, Yonekichi

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

In Williamsburg crime news: 74 laptops—valued at $111K total—were stolen from a Hooper Street school between August 15 and 19, and an engagement ring and two Macbooks were taken from a Havemeyer Street apartment. [The Brooklyn Paper]

G&S Sporting Goods will shutter after more than seven decades in business on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]

Demolition permits were filed for six buildings in Greenpoint’s former Harte and Co. plastics factory, which sits on a Superfund site. [Brownstoner]

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Own a Piece of Rat Castle; Photos of 1940s LES

Gaia gate, Empellon Cocina

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For $1.65 million, you can own a condo inside 179 Ludlow Street—nicknamed “rat castle” by locals during its years-long construction. Units are set to hit the market in mid-September. [The Real Deal]

Death & Co. veterans soft opened a new Rivington Street bar, One Fifty One, where snacks include frozen Girl Scout cookies. [Eater NY]

Alex Stupak’s casual new restaurant opening next month in the Sushi Lounge‘s old digs will be called Empellón al Pastor, specializing in al pastor tacos. [Grub Street]
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A New Exhibit Has Turned This Avenue C Bodega into a Beau-dega

BEAU's mural on the bodega exterior (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

BEAU’s mural on the bodega exterior (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

Oh hey, street art lovers and bodega loiterers: here’s an opportunity to double down on your favorite pastimes. Specials on C—that corner deli turned art gallery/event space—is currently hosting a joint exhibition of works on paper and canvas by street artists BEAU and JMR.
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