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How 6 Practitioners of the Dark Arts View Halloween

(Photo: Catland website)

Molly Burkett (Photo: Catland website)

With so many wild parties going on tonight, it’s easy to forget that Halloween originates from the ancient festival of Samhain, celebrated by the Celts 2,000 years ago. Before their new year on November 1, they thought the boundary between the living and dead would deteriorate and ghosts could appear on Earth. So, how do today’s pagans and occultists view the holiday as it’s celebrated today? We asked some of them to find out.
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‘We Have Lost Our Mind’: Clayton Patterson’s Response to Taylor Swift

Just in case Chico’s cheeky memorial doesn’t get the message across to Taylor Swift and the New York trolling tourism board, another LES legend, Clayton Patterson, has come up with a video response to her appointment as the city’s Global Welcome Ambassador. Above, check out Taylor celebrating Patterson’s footage from the ’88 Tompkins Square Park riot, GG Allin’s last show, and drag and hardcore shows at places like The Pyramid (which recently experienced a corporate co-opting of this own). Patterson emailed it to us along with the thoughts below.
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Taylor Gets a Swift Kick in the Ass From La Petite Mort

(Photo: La Petite Mort's Facebook)

(Photo: La Petite Mort’s Facebook)

Taylor Swift’s new role as the Big Cupcake’s “Global Welcome Ambassador” made every New Yorker want to step in and say “Imma let you finish…” But rather than merely festering in outrage, Lower East Side boutique La Petite Mort went ahead and conscripted the legendary Chico to do a memorial mural for the bubbly bopper.
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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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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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Galli Had the Gall to Open in the Former Inoteca Space

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Inoteca broke some hearts when it closed this past February, but as of last night you can once again put away pasta on the corner of Ludlow and Rivington. The Lower East Side offshoot of Soho restaurant Galli doesn’t serve truffled egg toast (sigh), but its menu of competently rendered Italian standards isn’t likely to disappoint anyone looking for carbs and carbonara. Just about the only Italian comfort food missing from the menu is fettuccine alfredo.
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NYU Buys Noho Building; 150-Year-Old Synagogue Landmarked

Jerkface: Free Cost

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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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‘Out to See’ Brings Makers, Artists, Bands and Ice Skating to the Seaport

"It's not that heavy" by Rachel Higgins.

“It’s not that heavy” by Rachel Higgins.

Thought the outdoor market season was over just because Williamsburg Flea and Hester Street Fair have folded their tents? Not a chance. Slip into that Cosby sweater (sorry, Hannibal) because the folks behind Made in the Lower East Side are putting their pop-up powers to work in one of their most ambitious projects to date: a festival that will bring a slew of makers, artisans, artists, bands, and even an ice skating rink to the South Street Seaport over the course of four weekends in November.
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A Traveling Artist Wants You to Meet Her Pet Rocks

(Courtesy of Denny Gallery)

(Courtesy of Denny Gallery)

Despite the name of the exhibit now up at Denny Gallery, Rock Shop III is less shop and more laboratory: large images of rocks surround receptacles in which salt chemically reacts to pigment, resin, or steel with the aid of sunlight pouring through the gallery windows. In one tank, the salt resembles gold dunes.

“I have a scientific, archival interest in my work,” says German artist Nadja Frank, whose brother is a geologist. She acquired all the rocks in this collection from traveling across the United States by car and accruing fifty to sixty boxes of stones that best captured the essence of the places she visited. The rock prints have titles like “Rock #9 (Orderville, Utah)” or “Rock #2 (Granite Quarry, New York).”
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Danny Bowien Is Literally a Lower East Side Poster Boy

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Everyone’s in a twitter about Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln ad, but dude — check out Danny Bowien looking sharper than an al pastor knife in a new ad campaign for menswear etailer Frank & Oak. We spotted this on Orchard Street, just a stone’s throw from the increasingly awesome Mission Cantina (three words: “bone marrow fajitas”). The ad’s tagline is “for the journey ahead.” And speaking of the journey ahead: here, courtesy of Bowien’s twitter, is a glimpse inside the soon-to-reopen Mission Chinese.

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Veselka Parties With Free Food; $20M Duplexes On Bond Street

graffiti mural and tag in New York City's Greenpoint

(Photo: Michael Tapp)

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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