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Willem Dafoe Sells Pad; East 5th Apartment Asks $25M

Construction begins in 2018 on a mixed-use building at 259 Clinton Street will rise 724 feet. [Bowery Boogie]

Actor Willem Dafoe recently sold the Grand Street apartment he and his son co-owned for the past 11 years for $860K. [Observer]

Tour an extremely luxe apartment at 210 East 5th Street, which Canadian filmmaker/photographer Gregory Colbert is selling for an $25 million, an unprecedented price in the neighborhood. [Curbed NY] Keep Reading »

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Mission Cantina Shutters On LES; 16 East Village Bars Do SantaCon

Mayor de Blasio signed 10 gas safety bills on Tuesday in response to the fatal gas explosion at 121 Second Avenue in Spring 2015. [Curbed NY]

Three-year-old Mexican restaurant Mission Cantina has shuttered on Orchard Street. [Eater NY]

Meanwhile, an Orchard Street bodega, Corner Grocers, is selling Plan B contraception on Seamless with a steep markup. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Watch Comedians and Watches, Augmented Reality, and Holiday Cheer 101

Casey Caldwell by Charles Ludeke Claire Fleury by Alesia Exum LACTIC by Thibault Théodore-Babin TILLYandWILLIAM by Tilly D Wolfe (image via Vox Bizarre / Facebook)

Casey Caldwell by Charles Ludeke; Claire Fleury by Alesia Exum; LACTIC by Thibault Théodore-Babin; TILLYandWILLIAM by Tilly D Wolfe (image via Vox Bizarre / Facebook)

WEDNESDAY

Wordspeak
Wednesday, December 7 at Vox Bizarre, 8 pm: FREE

Vox Bizarre is a new Ridgewood-based “store and workshop” pop-up devised by four design labels: Casey Caldwell, TILLYandWILLIAM, Claire Fleury, and LACTIC. Aside from all creating unconventional and intriguing attire and accessories, the common thread that unites these labels is that they are interested in shedding binary gender classifications within fashion and developing pieces that are inclusive to all body types. In addition to selling their wares, they’ve planned a variety of community-based events, such as performances, workshops, photoshoots, and more.

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Week in Film: Los Sures, Surrealist Bloodcore, and Freedom Summer Sings the Blues


Los Sures
Friday December 9, 7 pm to 10 pm at Dobbin Street: $8 to $10 

Dobbin St. is a new “luxury event space” that occasionally throws non-luxury events. For Halloween, they hosted a screening of Suspiria and went all out, washing the space in Dario Argento’s signature evil-pink light and amassing a band to do the live score. They even threw in some popcorn, a bar, and prep school-style beds for good measure.

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Salvation Taco Comes to Williamsburg; N 8th Building Asks $69M

This afternoon, the Coalition to Protect Chinatown & the Lower East Side will host a rally at City Hall to challenge the “racist rezoning” allegedly implemented by the de Blasio administration. [Bowery Boogie]

In response to last year’s controversial closure of the Rivington House nursing home, this week the City Council passed a bill that says mayors must directly sign off on any potential changes to deed restrictions. [Crain’s NY]

Flooring warehouse Grand Tile Corp. will relocate to Williamsburg by the end of the month following 34 years on Essex Street. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Williamsburg Venue From Bowery Presents; Dessert Ramen From Cronut Creator

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Early Sunday morning while the police were en route, a 39-year-old would-be burglar died when he was held down by two adolescent boys and their father inside the Bushwick car service he was attempting to rob. [DNA Info]

One week ago, surveillance footage captured a thief pocketing two tablets from Speedy Romeo, the Clinton Street pizzeria. In August, a total of $4K was stolen over three days from the safe of the restaurant’s Clinton Hill outpost. [DNA Info]

Daddy’s, a 15-year-old Graham Avenue bar, will close to the public following its December 30th service. [Gothamist] Keep Reading »

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An Art Show Where Queer Bodies are Phantasmagoric, Vanishing, and Void

(Flyer via Osman Can Yerebakan)

(Flyer via Osman Can Yerebakan)

Queer-themed art shows are having a moment right now, and we can only expect that trend to continue as we enter a time of uncertainty about the future of LGBTQ rights in this country (and those of all marginalized people, really). An ongoing exhibition called Like Smoke (on view through December 4 at the New York Artists Equity Association on the Lower East Side) feels so right-now in that way. The show mines gay history and examines the ways in which oppression, both past and persistent, still creep into the present. Though it examines the queer body, you won’t see any actual bodies on display. Instead there’s a great gaping black hole, phantoms from the past, and a lingering sense of absence.

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Williamsburg Man Killed By Tractor Trailer; Roberta’s Partners in Court

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Williamsburg resident Moshe Weiner, 21, was killed yesterday when he was hit by a tractor trailer, which proceeded to drag him down Kent Avenue. [DNA Info]

According to a report by Cleanup North Brooklyn, many Bushwick children suffer from asthma owed to a diesel fuel pollutant emitted by the private waste transfer station Brooklyn Transfer LLC. [Gothamist]

This week the three business partners behind Bushwick’s most beloved pizza, Roberta’s, are in court hammering out their “conscious uncoupling.” [NY Post] Meanwhile, yesterday Roberta’s debated a two-month pop-up restaurant in Culver City, CA. [Eater LA] Keep Reading »

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Performance Picks: Dystopian Foster Wallace, Chocolate Dances, Anti-Bannon Seinfeld

(image via The Annoyance)

(image via The Annoyance)

THURSDAY

Infinite Jets
Thursday, December 1 at The Annoyance Theater, 9 pm: $10. 

Surely many of you have taken a crack at reading David Foster Wallace’s behemoth of a novel Infinite Jest; perhaps some have even gotten through the entire thing. Or maybe the idea of parsing through a book so large it could double as a weapon seems daunting, and you’d rather sit in a basement watching a comedy show that vaguely riffs on the novel but is set in a vaguely dystopian future where the NFL is in cahoots with the government. In that case, Brian Pisano and Sam Taffe’s sketch comedy play Infinite Jets may be the thing for you. Our current future prospects aren’t looking too hot, so might as well laugh at a made-up future before ours becomes all too real. The show comes as a double feature with Deep Space Live, a late night talk show set in space hosted by a man whose only friend is a robot.

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Sebastian Bach Skids into Greenpoint; Vegan Subway Perv Pleads Guilty

Tuesday, the former chef and co-owner at East Village vegan eatery Quintessence, Dan Holt, plead guilty to harassment in a January incident where he was photographed masturbating on an N train. [NY Post]

The manager of Serafina on the LES left the restaurant’s star-studded opening party Monday night to successfully reason with a suicidal woman he saw poised to jump from a nearby building. [Page Six]

Per the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Trash & Vaudville‘s former home, 4 St. Marks Place, will gain a floor and five additional apartments. [NY Yimby] Keep Reading »

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Week in Film: Herzog’s Inferno, Mayan Prophecy Collides with Screen-Zombie Apocalypse


Videofilia (And Other Viral Syndromes)
Friday December 2 through Thursday December 8 at Spectacle, $5

As we’re constantly reminded these days, technological progress is hurdling faster and faster toward the speed of light. These days, we don’t even have to get off our asses and schlep it to the dollar store for toilet paper– we can simply press a button and the butt paper shows up like magic, encased in an obscenely large cardboard box.  Then again, there are times when you’re riding the subway and you’re overwhelmed by an apocalyptic dread, having realized that every single human on board is playing Candy Crush. These things serve to remind us that End Times are nigh, and these phone zombies will be the beginning of a very dark, totally uncool end.

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Michael Alig Returns to Nightlife; Beating at B Bar

Last Wednesday, a 29-year-old was punched multiple times by an unknown assailant while dining on the patio at B Bar and Grill, an encounter captured in security footage. [Gothamist]

Slumlord siblings Joel and Amron Israel were sentenced yesterday to five years probation, 500 hours of community service, and $350K owed toward eight rent-stabilized tenants whose North Brooklyn apartments they destroyed in order to get the residents to relocate. [Gothamist]

Paperwork reveals that a seven-story, 121-unit building on E. 10th Street was purchased for $73 million as part of a portfolio this May. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »