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A.G. Files Harassment Charges Against Manager of LES and Chinatown Apartments

(Image: Wikipedia)

(Image: Wikipedia)

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit today against the property manager and landlords of several apartment buildings in Chinatown and the Lower East Side for allegedly harassing rent-controlled tenants with “repeated illegal and deceptive practices.”  The complaint, filed in New York Supreme Court, accuses the buildings’ owners and Marolda Properties Inc., which manages the buildings, of attempting to bully tenants into vacating rent-regulated units using a variety of improper tactics.

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Betty Tompkins’s ‘Green Dicks’ Is No Limp Attempt at Smushing the Patriarchy

(Photo courtesy of Fortnight Institute)

(Photo courtesy of Fortnight Institute)

A new art show at the Fortnight Institute is flipping the script on a persistent imbalance in the art world. While men still dominate the major museums, massive retrospectives, and money-makers of the art market, most of the weens found at DICKS (on view now through December 4) are actually nailed to the wall.

All but one of the eight participating artists are women, and each artwork included in the show (paintings, photography, and sculpture) is strikingly phallocentric and jarringly figurative. DICKS is so literal in its approach to the ding-dong (arguably the most hilarious feature associated with the male anatomy) that the show was announced without explanation. The title, and a glimpse of Betty Tompkins’s contribution, Dick Painting #3, said it all.

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Man Found Dead on Williamsburg Bridge; Photo Released of LES Shooting Suspect

A 31-year-old man was found dead about three hours ago on the Williamsburg Bridge, blocking Brooklyn-bound traffic. [Bowery Boogie]

Police released a photo of Miguel Maldonado, 42, the man they believe shot four people Sunday morning on Ridge Street. [DNA Info]

Thanks to a $52.8 million development loan, 79 Avenue D is in for an overhaul. Twelve stories of affordable and market-rate housing are bound for the premises. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »

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Shooting in LES; Subway-Themed Apartment Building

Early yesterday morning, three men were shot near the intersection of Ridge and Stanton Streets by an assailant who drove away. The victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. [NY Post]

According to the data analysis site Value Penguin, 57 percent of New York City’s Airbnb rentals are illegal, and Airbnb hosts in Williamsburg are more vulnerable to fines than hosts from any other neighborhood. [NY Post]

After the Landmarks Preservation Commission failed to offer a reprieve, a series of row houses on E. 7th Street is set for demolition, including the residence where beloved children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was illustrated. [Patch] Keep Reading »

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Chinatown Group Rallies Against Development; Preview Domino Factory’s Office Space

Protestors from the Chinatown Working Group assembled Wednesday at City Hall to call for Mayor de Blasio’s resignation over his failure to save enclaves of low-income housing in Chinatown and on the Lower East Side. [DNA Info]

Wyckoff Avenue coffee shop Fair Weather Bushwick recently shuttered after a three year run. [Bushwick Daily]

Preview The Refinery, a forthcoming office space coming to the former Domino Sugar Factory site in 2018. [Curbed NY] Keep Reading »

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Secret Service Grills Williamsburg Bargoer; East Village Building Gets $28M

Saturday afternoon, a 28-year-old U.S. history teacher was removed from Roebling Sporting Club by police after making a Donald Trump joke. [Gothamist]

A business management consultant group paid $28 million for seven stories of an East Village residence located on E. 2nd Street. [The Real Deal]

Williamsburg’s Q59 bus route will undergo changes beginning next month. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Going, Going, Gone! Last Chance to Hit These Outdoor Markets

Hester Street Fair.

Hester Street Fair.

Halloween weekend is upon us, boo. The good news: There are a slew of parties on the horizon. The bad news: After this weekend the city freezes over and Santacon (ugh, Santacon in Williamsburg?) is what passes for outdoor activity. But don’t fret: The city’s biggest outdoor markets are busting out the folding tables and beer kegs one last time this weekend. Hit ’em up before they hibernate.

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Phase One of the Second Avenue Subway is Officially Teacher’s Pet

It’s all happening guys. Okay, maybe not “all.” But when it comes to the Second Avenue subway line, a pipe dream like no other, even “a little bit” of progress is better than nothing. So, rejoice: Phase I is finally set to be completed this December. The MTA is already test driving trains on the new line, as you can see in the positively riveting video above. And this morning, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, who’s brought buttloads of money to the project in recent years, gave the MTA an A+ on its Phase I report card, part of the representative’s initiative to oversee progress.

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Vice Media Expands in Dumbo; Anthony Bourdain Signs at B&N

Vice Media is on the move again; its creative advertising agency, Carrot Creative, is taking new office space in Dumbo. [Curbed NY]

A real estate firm paid $15.5 million for Ludlow Street’s Comfort Inn. [The Real Deal]

Residents of 43 Essex Street now have cooking gas after more than a year without it. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Free Theater Space in NYC? Meet the Folks Making It Possible

Porterspace in Bushwick (photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

Porterspace in Bushwick (photo: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

New York is expensive for business owners (ok, and everybody else), and this can ring especially true for those who run performance spaces. Indeed, commercial successes like Hamilton could lure the ignorant into the sense that it’s very feasible to make live theater work with a long and lucrative life. But that runs contrary to the climate that the smaller spaces and companies exist in, even when they’re the ones creating and initially developing the work that goes on to find success. Keep Reading »

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Overthrow Boxing Gym Takes Over Trash Bar; Missing Model Located

Two cousins of Kendel Felix—the man who was recently found guilty of the 2014 murder of Williamsburg landlord Menachem Stark—were taken into custody Thursday for charges related to the case. [NY Daily News]

Shaun Martin, the driver who was convicted of killing a florist under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he crashed his car into East Village Farm in July 2013, will be sentenced on November 4. [NY Daily News]

A missing Mexican model, 20, was located at Bellevue Hospital uninjured after she was last seen leaving a Bushwick loft on October 16. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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City’s Best Niche Museums; Coffee Shop Charges By the Minute

East Village resident Adrian Gilboe, who opened Wandering Dragon Trading Co. in the 90s—the predecessor to Obscura Antiques & Oddities—died last month at the age of 59. [EV Grieve]

Greenpoint Hill, a gallery that also sells ceramics and jewelry, officially opened yesterday on Freeman Street. [Greenpointers]

A rumor is circulating that Shake Shack might replace Pearl Paint, a former Canal Street institution. [Tribeca Citizen] Keep Reading »