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East Village Gets a Homegrown Haitian-West African Restaurant

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The East Village, that bastion of ethnic eats, didn’t have a West African or Haitian option until Le Marecage brought both of them at once. Unlike so many of the marketing-minded spots opening around the neighborhood, this one is a homegrown labor of love, ever-so-quietly opened by Ivory Coast native Mamadou Bamba (formerly a caterer and an instructor at the French Culinary Institute) and his Haitian-born wife Ivrose Bamba, who has been living in Stuy Town for about 35 years.
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Our Handy Guide to Halloween Parties That Don’t Suck

(Lindsay Attaway/Flickr)

(Lindsay Attaway/Flickr)

You already know where to catch Nirvana, Buddy Holly and the Beach Boys on Halloween. But if you’re just too creeped out by the thought of zombie Kurt, there are plenty of other places to do the monster mash. Hit one of the parties, tours, plays below and you won’t spend the night on your couch eating Reese’s (though that’s a perfectly acceptable pre-partying option).
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Mediocrity Is the New Black: Penny Arcade On Making It in ‘The Big Cupcake’

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The performance artist Penny Arcade called us back after getting out of a show that ran late. So, even in the midst of her own show Longing Lasts Longer (Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10 at Joe’s Pub), she’s making time to support the work of other artists. The legendary downtown icon is, wonderfully, still underground and still outraged. The new show and her preoccupations are deeply intertwined, as her work is primarily autobiographical, and our conversation ranged from why New York is now “the Big Cupcake,” to what makes Lena Dunham so special, to the young “creative soul” in the Times paying $3,700 rent.
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Drunk Driving Arrests Up in Bushwick; Beep Pushes Affordable Housing

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An uptick in traffic checkpoints more than doubled the NYPD’s number of drunk driving arrests in Bushwick last month. [DNA Info]

Starting Saturday, Cloak & Dagger clothing boutique will consolidate its 441 E.9th Street and Boerum Hill stores into one larger space at 334 E. 9th Street in the East Village. [Racked NY]

If Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams gets his way, 51 units of affordable housing will rise at 695 Grand Street. He’s also supporting the redevelopment of the Greenpoint Hospital site and the Broadway Triangle. [Crain's NY] Keep Reading »

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Andrew WK Has a Surprisingly Posi Take On the Chaining of the East Village

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Last night Stoli vodka brought Andrew WK to a shindig at the Pyramid Club – part of a marketing campaign celebrating/commodifying Avenue A that also includes a Tumblr highlighting institutions like Lucy’s and A-1 Record Shop.
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NYU Buys Noho Building; 150-Year-Old Synagogue Landmarked

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Tadelech Yohanis, a 30-year-old nun visiting from Ethiopia, was last seen six days ago leaving Jackson Street’s Sacred Heart Convent on the Lower East Side. [DNA Info]

Matthew Smith of Bushwick was charged yesterday with attempted murder as a hate crime following a Sept. 27 incident where he yelled homophobic slurs at three men dressed in drag and shot one of them in the buttocks. [DNA Info]

Saturday afternoon, a 29-year-old woman seated on a playground bench in Williamsburg was attacked with a milk crate by a five individuals. [The Brooklyn Paper]

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Brooklyn Flea’s Malaysian Mainstay Is Opening in the East Village

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Earlier this year Pasar Malam came to Williamsburg (maybe you saw their flower-festooned tent at our Bazaar this past weekend) and now the East Village is getting a Malaysian spot – one of the few varieties of ethnic food it doesn’t already have.
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Veselka Parties With Free Food; $20M Duplexes On Bond Street

graffiti mural and tag in New York City's Greenpoint

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Yesterday morning, the FDNY surveyed loose scaffolding at the landmarked Jarmulowsky Bank Building on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]

Right of Way and Families for Safe Streets dedicated eight sidewalk memorials to local pedestrians and cyclists who’ve been killed, including Leighton Parnham, 19, and Mathieu Lefevre, 30, who respectively died in Williamsburg in 2012 and 2011. [Greenpointers]

Preview the vegetal cuisine at Semilla, the new restaurant occupying Lake Trout’s former Havemeyer Street space. [Grub Street]

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Spotted: Michael Alig Recalling the Trashy East Village, Going to IHOP

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Back in May, Michael Alig, fresh off of 17 years in prison, told us, “I honestly had no idea that there’d be people waiting at the gate when I got out, and that TMZ would be following me through the West Village.” Today we spotted camera crews following him through the East Village as he and club-kid-turned-tv-personality James St. James strolled down Avenue A.
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Rosie’s Mexican (No Relation to Rosa Mexicano) Coming in December

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Man are the husband-and-wife team behind Chelsea’s Cookshop keeping busy. Last week Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer debuted Vic’s in the space that previously held their Noho brunch spot Five Points. And now, with this sign, they’ve announced to the denizens of Second Avenue that they’re getting ready to open Rosie’s in the former home of Boukies.
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