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City Extends Deadline for ‘Expressions of Interest’ on Trolley Site Under Delancey

A picture of the proposed site of the LowLine -- the abandoned trolley station adjacent to the Delancey/Essex Street subway stop. Picture: Anneke Rautenbach

A picture of the proposed site of the LowLine — the abandoned trolley station adjacent to the Delancey/Essex Street subway stop.

We heard quite a few gripes over the city’s steps to “activate” the abandoned trolley terminal under Delancey Street at Wednesday’s Community Board 3 meeting, and it seems the city heard them loud and clear…ish.

Board members worried that the subterranean site was on its way to being given to the Lowline project with a Christmas bow on it, and asked that a new Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the space be put on hold and restarted with community board input on guidelines and criteria.

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NYU’s Downtown Collection Adds Kembra Pfahler to Its Massive Punk Archive

(Photo: Facebook, Kembra Pfahler)

(Photo: Facebook, Kembra Pfahler)

If you’re feeling a little sapped of Kembra Pfahler these days tell your beating heart shut up and be still. While we’ve been sitting around waiting to see Kembra’s follow-up to last year’s Future Feminism exhibition, NYU’s Fales Library has been getting busy canonizing the badass feminist, performance artist, and lead singer of shock rock group The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. The library recently acquired Kembra Pfahler’s archive, adding to the Downtown Collection– a galaxy of archives and what Director Marvin Taylor says is “one of the largest collections about punk rock anywhere.”

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Talking Mafia Ghosts And Specters of the Lower East Side With Owners Of The Keep

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Diego and Stephanie Castillo, owners of The Keep. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Walking into The Keep, a newish bar that straddles the Bushwick / Ridgewood border, can be something of a dizzying experience at first. There’s so, so much to look at– a thick layer of stuff permeates every corner, every surface, and the place is packed with antiques, taxidermy, tchotchkes, and trinkets from throughout all of eternity and all over the world. At times, it seems like these objects might swallow you whole, but after a few minutes the eyes adjust to the stimulation overload and you realize you’re not in an antique shop chock full of a random assortment of things only there because they could potentially sell, but in a bar filled with objects that are beloved and have been carefully, thoughtfully placed in their home. For Stephanie and Diego Castillo, the bar’s owners, many of these objects are steeped in history and hold a certain power.

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Everybody Loves a Parade to Protest Gentrification

Parade Poster.psdIf watching the reenactment of the Tompkins Square Park Riot got you in the mood for real-life East Village activism — or if you missed the May Day festivities and are feeling left out — well then you’re in luck: housing advocacy group Good Old Lower East Side has organized a “parade to resist gentrification in NYC communities.”

Between those three processions through the neighborhood’s community gardens and this, there’ll be a lot of parades in the East Village this Saturday. This one starts at Tompkins Square Park and will pass by Paradise Alley, the Beat generation hangout that David Amram and others eulogized for us last year. Here’s the call to arms, sent to us by a reader.
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