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A Quirky Antiques Shop Opens an Even Quirkier New Cultural Venue

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new space (Photo: Anna Silman)

A Repeat Performance (Photo: Anna Silman)

A Repeat Performance (Photo: Anna Silman)

A Repeat Performance (Photo: Anna Silman)

A Repeat Performance (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new storefront (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new storefront (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new storefront (Photo: Anna Silman)

The new storefront (Photo: Anna Silman)

A Repeat Performance could certainly use a little extra space. The beloved East Village antique shop is practically bursting at the seams, overflowing with decades-worth of ephemera collected by co-owners Sharon Jane Smith and Beverley Bronson. Costume jewelry spills over on to the racks of vintage clothing, brightly colored felt hand-puppets overlook a vintage surfboard, while rows of leather satchels vie for space amidst one of the world’s most eclectic lamp collections.
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Academy Annex Will Leave Williamsburg and Turn Greenpoint into a Vinyl Mecca

(Illustration: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Illustration: Lauren Carol Smith)

Academy Annex is moving on up – from Williamsburg to Greenpoint.

Owner Mike Davis says the record store has to leave its current building on N. 6th St. because it’s “getting torn down to make way for much needed luxury condos” (dude, good one).
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Bushwick Elucidations Teaches You How to Dougie


Time for the latest episode of “Bushwick Elucidations,” the BK-based advice column we’ve shamelessly appropriated as our own. This week, Tigre and Cricket teach us how to pronounce Thames and also how to Dougie.

When you’re done with that little lesson, check out the latest webisode of “Ajay,” which also dropped today. In it, the East Village’s own Ajay Naidu tells us how his naked girlfriend and Patrick Stewart helped him get over the trauma of balding.

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Apparently, Padma Lakshmi Wants NYU to Pack Its Knives and Go

(Photo: Randi Eichenbaum)

(Photo: Randi Eichenbaum)

Whelp, this land-use matter just got a whole lot sexier! Opponents of NYU’s plan to expand in Greenwich Village have gotten a few more bold-face names behind their lawsuit against the school.

A rep for Faculty Against the Sexton Plan (one of the groups suing the school) tells us Padma Lakshmi of “Top Chef” (and of the East Village) will join Village-based authors Peter Carey and Joseph McElroy in the audience at State Supreme Court on Thursday.
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Update on Pike St. Fire, Bushwick Bohemia in the Hamptons

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(Photo: Bahram Foroughi)

Last week’s fire on Pike Street rendered 34 adults and 7 children homeless. [The Lo Down]

Hamptons Bohemia, this summer’s annual ArtHamptons fair, will feature a “Bushwick Bohemia” show “contrasting two different artist worlds,” according to curator Andrew Gori. No kidding! [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Wafels & Dinges Café Is OPEN and Serving Milkshakes, Coffee, and…Lox Waffles?

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The insanely popular Wafels & Dinges truck opened its first brick-and-mortar location this morning at 2nd Street and Avenue B, and owner Thomas DeGeest hopes it’ll function primarily as a neighborhood coffee shop.
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Scenes From Today’s Trayvon Martin Rally in Union Square

Hundreds gathered for a rally in Union Square this afternoon, to protest the not guilty verdict in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. On the scene was organizer Kevin Powell of “Real World” fame, mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio (who has said that his Afro-sporting son looks like Trayvon Martin), and an attorney for Kharey Wise, one of the Central Park Five. Watch the video above to hear from some of the speakers and click through our slideshow below to see more from the protest.
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San Fran Transplant Opens Taqueria Diana, Now Serving Monster Burritos

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Matt La Rue, the proprietor of the newly opened Taqueria Diana, had always dreamed of opening a taqueria in New York. The Stockton, California native spent a decade cooking in “more upscale” Bay Area Mexican restaurants, and came to love San Francisco-style burritos and quesadillas when he moved to the Mission District a few years ago.
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'People Loved It Loud': Rockers Recall Academy of Music and Palladium

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(Photo: the private collections of Jason Knox and Harold C. Black)

Built as a movie palace in 1927, the Academy of Music on East 14th Street, at Third Avenue, was a place where Lower East Siders would watch first-run features in grand style. Promoter Sid Bernstein, who brought the Beatles to America, understood the 3,000-seat hall’s potential: in the mid-1960s, he regularly booked British Invasion bands like the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and Herman’s Hermits there. Manfred Mann, on the charts with “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” would share a bill with the Exciters, the American group that first recorded the tune to little notice.
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A Rider Got Mugged But Other Than That, Citi Bike Hasn’t Been Hell On Wheels

Two NYPD officers, lights flashing, siren whooping, pull over Citi Biker for salmoning on Second Avenue

NYPD officers pulled over a Citi Biker for salmoning on Second Avenue. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

Thought Citi Bike would result in “total carnage”? WRONG. Unless you count some punny vandalism, the apocalypse on two wheels has yet to materialize. In the East Village, at least.

“Everyone thought Citi Bike was going to be way worse, with accidents all over the place, things getting stolen left and right,” a police source told Bedford + Bowery. Not quite: Citi Bike-related crime has been surprisingly low.
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Drunk Folks, Don’t Get Into This Car Unless You Want Be Robbed at Gunpoint

61 East Third Street (Photo: Erica Martin)

61 East Third Street (Photo: Erica Martin)

Pro tip: if you’re walking home from the bar and a white, four-door sedan offers you a ride, do not get in. The driver may be brandishing a gun.

A group of three young women and one man may be targeting young women walking alone late at night, a police spokesperson source said.

On June 30, around 4am near 61 East Third Street, an approximately 20-year-old woman tapped a 26-year-old woman on the shoulder and demanded her wallet, according to a police report. The alleged robber, who wore a green baseball cap and tank top, told the victim there was a man with a gun in a car across the street and the victim promptly handed over her credit cards and cell phone (the robber was nice enough to let her keep her ID)
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Titus Andronicus Sells Singing Telegrams, ‘Biggest Block Party in East Williamsburg’

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(Photo: Timothy Krause)

For $50, Patrick Stickles, front-man of the Brooklyn-based rock outfit Titus Andronicus, will deliver a singing telegram right to your door. [The L]

The real-estate upheaval continues on the LES, as two buildings on East Broadway were sold this morning in two separate transactions. [Lo Down] Keep Reading »