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And Now, Watch Nick Zedd and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Do Burroughs

Penny Arcade (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Penny Arcade (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The William S. Burroughs centenary continued last night with what might’ve been its marquee event — a marathon reading at St. Mark’s Poetry Project. And the reading’s finest moment? When Genesis Breyer P-Orridge — an old friend of Burroughs — read the talking asshole routine that Steve Buscemi did earlier this week.
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Pot Semi-Decriminalized in BK; Toddler Survives Three-Story Fall

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According to a memo written by DA Ken Thompson, Brooklynites found in possession of a small amount of pot will only be prosecuted if they already had a criminal record. [NY Post]

An autistic 2-year-old survived a fall from a third-story window on Chrystie Street early yesterday morning thanks to a screen covering the apartment building’s trash cans. [NY Daily News]

Police are looking for a thief who has been stealing wallets, backpacks and laptops from NYU hangouts like Think Coffee, Starbucks and Chipotle. [WABC-TV]
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De Blasio Wants Air Pollution Code to Regulate Fireplaces and Food Trucks

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Wearing a green tie and flanked by New York City’s green mascot, Birdie, Mayor Bill De Blasio kicked off New York City’s 44th annual Earth Day in Union Square today by announcing plans to update and strengthen the city’s air pollution control code. “We’re going to work with our friends, the city council, to make the law stronger,” he said. “It is the best tool we have to insure that every possible form of pollution in the air is addressed and addressed stringently.”
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Cat Cafe Coming to LES; Taiwanese Night Market Headed For Williamsburg

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Our cat cafe dreams have been realized: the Bowery will be home to Purina ONE Cat Cafe, a pop-up coffee shop with free food and drinks, plus plenty of felines available for adoption. [Sprudge]

A 2.3-acre site in Bushwick, with five industrial properties, is on the market for close to $30 million. [Brownstoner]

The East River Ferry might not be operating by the time Greenpoint’s five week G train shutdown begins in July. [Capital NY]
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Adam Rapp’s New Film Features Fellow Villagers Sam Rockwell, Natasha Lyonne and Some Atomic Passion

Adam Rapp’s new film – featuring the playwright, novelist and screenwriter’s East Village neighbors Sam Rockwell and Natasha Lyonne – had its Tribeca Film Festival premiere in (where else?) the East Village last night.
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More Landlord Strife for Steve Cannon; Bartender Sues Over Headbutt

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When emptying his East Village apartment–and the longtime home of his gallery, A Gathering of TribesSteve Cannon removed a wall painted by artist David Hammonds, replacing it with a generic one. Cannon’s former landlord, Lorraine Zhang, says the one-of-a-kind piece belongs to her. [NY Times]

At Acme restaurant in Noho, a bartender who allegedly had his nose broken by a patron who headbutted him is suing for $2 million. [NY Post]

Some young members of the Lower East Side Girls Club used makeup to look bloodied and bruised during an anti-violence march this weekend in Tompkins Square Park. [GammaBlog]

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Thurston Moore and Anne Waldman Talked William Burroughs, Then Jammed

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So how did Thurston Moore and Anne Waldman observe the centenary of William S. Burroughs last night at The Stone?

If you guessed that Waldman, a preeminent poet prone to fiery performances, read/chanted from Burroughs’s work while Moore (with his brother Gene also on guitar) did his best impression of a guitarist high on “black meat,” you’re correct.
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Bushwick Bodega Worker Killed; Bay Ridge the New Williamsburg?

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Yesterday morning a 52-year-old father of 13 was shot and killed while working behind the bodega counter at 427 Central Avenue in Bushwick. No one has been arrested. [NY Post]

With DNA Info wondering, “Is Bay Ridge the new Williamsburg?”, Free Williamsburg compiles a list of every city or neighborhood that has achieved new Williamsburg or new Brooklyn status. [Free Williamsburg]

Drinksmith Thomas Waugh talked about the cocktails he has planned for the Ludlow Hotel’s new restaurant, Dirty French, on the Lower East Side. [Grub Street] Keep Reading »