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Indictment in Bushwick Murder; ‘Immersive Erotic Dinner Party’ Pix

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Kwauhuru Govan, a 38-year-old man from Florida, was indicted Thursday for the 2004 kidnapping and murder of Bushwick teenager Sharabia Thomas, thanks to DNA found under the victim’s fingernails. [DNA Info]

On November 10, a woman witnessed a man fondling himself in front of Delancey Street’s P.S. 142 elementary school, which she reported to police. [DNA Info]

You can spin your own records at Chao Chao, a new Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village. [DNAinfo] Keep Reading »

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Man Clocked For Yelling ‘Trump’; Modular Hotel Rises on Bowery

Today a funeral will be held for Carmen Pabón, a local activist who lived in Avenue D’s Lillian Wald Houses for 61 years until her recent death at age 94. [EV Grieve]

A 60-year-old man was punched in the face by an unknown assailant Sunday night after yelling “Trump!” on Essex Street. [DNA Info]

Yesterday a home health aide called 911 after her patient, a 103-year-old East Village woman, frightened her with a tantrum. [NY Post] Keep Reading »

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Artist Doug Young Attempts to Elevate ‘Low’ Art to Uplifting

(Photo: Ronit Schlam)

(Photo: Ronit Schlam)

It was an oddly apropos time to be thinking about “high” art and “low” art, which is what artist Doug Young and I discussed at the Van Doren Waxter Gallery uptown just a few days before the all-consuming presidential election. I’d mentioned a New Yorker article that eschewed the line separating left and right in favor of a line dividing “up versus down”: a working class vs. a desk-ridden, urban class.

We were looking at Young’s pieces “Chains,” which are exactly that: carved wooden chains, created in what Young called a “kind of monotonous, boring, really unsatisfying use of my time. It was only satisfying at certain moments,” like when he stepped back to see the enormity of his progress.

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Transgender Awareness Week: What To Do + Where to Donate

(flyer via Audre Lorde Project / Facebook)

(flyer via Audre Lorde Project / Facebook)

Life seems pretty bleak post-November 9, and even moreso when you consider that 2016 has been declared the “deadliest year on record” for transgender individuals in America, with 24 trans people– predominantly women of color– murdered so far.

This week, GLAAD’s Transgender Awareness Week continues, culminating on Sunday with the Transgender Day of Awareness. Founded in 1998 by a trans advocate in honor of trans woman Rita Hester’s memory, TDOR has been commemorated every year by vigils and other community-based events. Here are several goings-on this week, fun and solemn alike, that are either directly affiliated with Trans Awareness Week or serve to spotlight and lift up trans and queer individuals or groups.

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McSorley’s Bounces Back From Health Dept Closure; Rezoning Nixed on Williamsburg Waterfront

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The School’s Special Commission of Investigation found no one to blame for the October 2015 choking death of a 7-year-old girl at P.S. 250 in Williamsburg, news that upset her family. [DNA Info]

On Wednesday, police arrested a woman, 34, for allegedly punching a 9-year-old girl (who was not her child) at the Essex/Delancey Street subway station. [Gothamist]

Four days after the 162-year-old bar was closed by the Department of Health, McSorley’s Old Ale House was back in business as of yesterday afternoon. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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How a Bunch of Brave New Futurists Zapped the Old Pearl River Mart Back to Life

A booth dedicated to the old Pearl River Mart (Photo: Nicole Disser)

A booth dedicated to the old Pearl River Mart (Photo: Nicole Disser)

“Preservationist” has become something of a slur, used to denigrate the old-timers and neo-hippies who’d rather save ratty old tenant buildings and dusty mom-and-pop stores than make way for clean big-box stores with cheap stuff for everyone, and skyscraping mixed-use luxury complexes with their affordable housing pittance. It’s sorta like: C’mon, New York City is, by its nature, dynamic and changing. But the ever-faster pace of development and the lightyear rate of change have made for an urban landscape where transformation takes place exponentially and squeezes out the very people who have made this city vibrant and interesting in the first place.

Over the weekend, a slew of more than 40 local and visiting artists, as well as organizations like the Chinatown Art Brigade (a grassroots effort tackling the divisive issue of gallery-led gentrification in their neighborhood) demonstrated that preservation doesn’t have to be backward-looking.

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Local Leaders Support East River Skyway; Greenpoint Residents Against Paulie Gee’s

Thus far, 214 Greenpoint residents have signed a petition to prevent the forthcoming Paulie Gee‘s Slice Joint from obtaining a liquor license. [Gothamist]

Fives Leaves, the Greenpoint bistro that was the brain child of the late actor Heath Ledger, has ended its partnership with soon-to-rebrand neighbor Nights and Weekends and will now open outposts in other cities, beginning with Los Angeles. [Eater NY]

This month, three local leaders signed a letter asking Mayor de Blasio to support the East River Skyway, an aerial gondola that would aid residents who will be inconvenienced by the 2019 L train shutdown. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Vintage Voting Machines Get a Sci-Fi Update at The Choice is Yours

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

This election cycle has been louder than most, with red-faced screaming, epic shout-downs, and showers of insults pummeling over political decorum. The Choice Is Yoursa new art show grown out of the clunky mechanical levers of cumbersome voting machines, feels unusually quiet by comparison, almost to the point of being meditative.

“I thought it would be fun to turn them into these choice machines,” the artist, R. Luke DuBois explained. “Maybe it makes you think twice when you get into an actual voting booth on Tuesday.”

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Lyft Rider Steals Car in Williamsburg; Cafe Moto Becomes Cafe Velo

Shaun Martin—who crashed into an East Village storefront in 2013 while on drugs, killing a 62-year-old florist—was sentenced Friday to at least 20 years imprisonment. [NY Daily News]

On E. 12th Street Friday afternoon, a woman was left shaken after she fell from one roof to another while reportedly attempting to retrieve her drone with a handmade rope of tied-together sheets. [EV Grieve]

Around 3 a.m. yesterday in Williamsburg, a Lyft passenger urinated in the SUV and proceeded to punch the driver and steal the car after the driver called the police. The vehicle was later found abandoned on S. 1st Street. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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You Can Slurp Booze Out of All of the Art at ‘Slow, Dimwitted Carnage’

(Photo courtesy of Coustof Waxman)

(Photo courtesy of Coustof Waxman)

Attending an art opening usually means agreeing to a trade-off: in exchange for free booze and the company of other humans, you won’t be seeing much, if any of the art work. But at “Slow, Dimwitted Carnage,” the second exhibition from newcomer gallery Coustof Waxman, guests can have their art and, um, drink it too.

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New Essex Crossing Renderings; Converted Synagogue Going For $30K

Check out new renderings of the Market Line, the eventual site of the Essex Street Market in the Essex Crossing development on the Lower East Side. [Curbed NY]

An eighth grade teacher at Evergreen Middle School for Urban Exploration launched a $4K crowdfunding campaign to buy computers for her students. [Bushwick Daily]

On E. 8th Street, a synagogue converted into a four-story townhouse is currently on the market for $30K/month. [Curbed NY] Keep Reading »

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Performance Picks: Colorful Comedy, Wilderness Therapy, Taboo Poets

THURSDAY

(flyer by Chandler Moses, via Facebook)

(flyer by Chandler Moses, via Facebook)

Comedy Cunt
Thursday, November 3 at Bluestockings Bookstore, 7 pm: FREE. 

Now that this show’s title has your attention, let us give you some details. Unless you don’t want them, and wish to blindly saunter into a show called “Comedy Cunt.” That’s admirable. For the rest of you, this is a recurring show, hosted by Arti Gollapudi, where marginalized individuals harness the medium of comedy to delve into their own life experiences. This time around, they’ve got Joe Castle Baker (who recently delivered perhaps the most memorable and manic riff on infomercials I’ve seen, which is impressive, as I love work about infomercials), Ayanna Dookie, Chandler Moses, Katie Fay Behrmann, Amy Zimmer, and Mamoudou N’Diaye, who used to teach science to youngsters. Plus, a “video performance” by Amanda Justice. Might I say, justice is served? Keep Reading »