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3 Art Fests: Spy into Studios Or Openly Admire an Edward Snowden Statue

Jim Dessicino's Edward Snowden statute. (Courtesy of AIOP)

Jim Dessicino’s Edward Snowden statute. (Courtesy of AIOP)

Greenpoint Open Studios
Oct. 3-5, various locations in Greenpoint
Greenpoint’s yearly studio crawl hasn’t quite reached the frenzy of its Bushwick counterpart, but it’s growing. This year, after the Oct. 3 opening party at Dirck the Norseman, 265 artists will open their studio doors to show off their painting, jewelry, ceramics, video art, photography, sculpture, and more. Keep Reading »

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Attempted Rape in Greenpoint; Anti-Dorm Rally in the East Village

First Street Green

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Three individuals sustained minor cuts after a FDNY truck’s tire blew out on the corner of Clinton and Delancey Streets. The burst also shattered the store windows of Snea Jean Inc. a Lower East Side clothing shop. [DNA Info]

The man on the run in this six-second surveillance video allegedly attempted to rape a 25-year-old woman near the Greenpoint intersection of Morgan Avenue and Driggs Street around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, according to the NYPD. [DNA Info]

Police also say this man followed a delivery worker into Kickstarter’s Greenpoint HQ Wednesday night and made off with three laptops and an iPhone 5s. [Gothamist]
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Cross-Dresser Shot in Bushwick; Bank Becomes Beer Hall

Al Ortiz Jr.: You Sure It's Still Worth It?, at First Street Green

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

An 82-year-old woman who lived in the East Village was struck by a party rental van and killed Thursday afternoon while crossing Elizabeth Street around 1:30 p.m. An investigation is ongoing and charges have not been filed against the driver. [Gothamist]

Police say a 22-year-old man dressed in women’s clothing was shot in the buttocks around 7 a.m. Saturday after being chased by three men yelling homophobic slurs near the Bushwick corner of Broadway and Putnam Avenue. Matthew Smith, 21, was charged with first-degree assault; Cody Sigue, 22, and Tavon Johnson, 17, were charged with menacing and third-degree hate crime. [NY Daily News]

A Williamsburg bank that shuttered a century ago at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Grand Street will be reincarnated as Witlof, a Flemish beer hall/restaurant from the owner of nearby Radegast Hall. [Gothamist]
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SLA Confirms ‘NYC’s First Bar For Pregnant Women’ Doesn’t Hold Water

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It was clear from the get-go that Gestations, “NYC’s First Bar for Pregnant Women,” was merely a marketing stunt. But for good measure, we asked the State Liquor Authority if anyone had applied for a liquor license at 504 East Fifth Street, as claimed on the “Public Notice” posted on the window.
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This Not-So-Jolly Green Giant and His BBQ Bike Can Be Yours For $6,666.66

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

The latest show to go up at Art on A, the gallery run by East Village punk/metal promoters Wendigo Productions, features artwork created by members of NYC hardcore band Yuppicide, who’ve been on the LES scene for some 20+ years. Step inside and you’ll find original flyer sketches for shows at ABC No Rio, tour posters, album covers, and drawings and paintings with names like “Barfing Cat” and “Robot’s Lament” — all created by band members Steve Karp, Joe Keefe and Jesse KFW Jones.
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‘Looking For a Girlfriend’ Guy Is Officially a Meme, Is Now on Facebook

IMG_0482Not only did he inspire the “Also Looking For a Girlfriend Guy,” but check out this flier advertising School for the Dogs, spotted across from Ruff Club on Avenue A. Dude’s bigger than Dan Smith!

As for the real Dan Perino, who has started adding a personal website to his fliers, he joined Facebook earlier this month and is now posting his media appearances along with updates on his lurve life. Last week on PIX 11, he said he’d posted 15,000 fliers and gone on 65 dates.

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Fatal Shooting in Bushwick; Cheap Tats at Black Square

Germania Bank Building, RIP

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Police say a 22-year-old man was shot and killed in the stairwell of the Bushwick Houses project on Moore Street yesterday around 12:50 p.m. [NY Daily News]

Yesterday morning a male pedestrian was hit by a truck and seriously injured while crossing the street near 14th Street and Avenue B. He is recovering at Bellevue Hospital. [DNA Info]

On E. 2nd Street, the one-story Houston Street Beer Distributors building is on the market for $8.5 million. [Corcoran]

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Preggers Keggers? ‘NYC’s First Bar For Pregnant Women’ Announced On Ave A

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

After a good three years of sitting vacant, the storefront on the corner of Avenue A and East 5th Street is finally being put to use — somehow. Though the former pharmacy space had been seeking a dry tenant — with a “no restaurants” sign displayed in the window — we’re supposed to believe the landlord got desperate enough to welcome NYC’s “first bar that lets you drink for two,” per a Facebook page advertising, um, this place.
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Should H.P. Lovecraft’s Racism Keep You Away From A Festival In His Honor?

HP Lovecraft in 1915.

HP Lovecraft in 1915.

Next month, the East Village will host the 6th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Festival. The event, at the Kraine Theatre, will involve no less than 10 performances of some of the most famous tales by the acclaimed master of the weird, including the seminal “Dagon,” “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” (which I also saw brought to life in a remarkable performance earlier this year by the Wildclaw Theatre in Chicago), and perhaps the granddaddy of them all, “The Call of Cthulhu.” The fest also seems poised to perform ancillary works known to have influenced Lovecraft, such as Abraham Merritt’s The Moon Pool.
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Kurt Russell Rocks An Eyepatch, Tommy Wiseau IRL, Get Freaky With Danish Vampyrs

It’s that time of the week again, y’all. Here’s a list of a moving pictures we’re excited to see.


Escape From New York
This is early ’80s sci-fi action at its finest. It’s the year 1997 and New York City is a police state (sounds familiar), but rather than shipping criminals to Rikers Island, the island of Manhattan has been converted into a maximum security prison where violence reigns. The probably named Snake Plissken (played by a mostly shirtless Kurt Russell) is not only working to bring back eyepatches, but he’s also on a reconnaissance mission to save the President after Air Force One crashes in the middle of Manhattan. Friday September 26th and Saturday September 27th at 12:20 am, IFC Center; tickets, $14
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