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Williamsburg Gets Cheesy Eatery; Sudekis Hits Bowery Poetry Club

In Williamsburg, a middle-aged employee at a kosher food factory lost his hand Friday after it reportedly got sucked into a grinder. [NY Daily News]

Bryan Lepe, 22, was arrested last week for helping a pit bull owner get rid of his dog by stuffing it in a suitcase and throwing it out in a Lower East Side dumpster. The owner was arrested on October 27, and the rescued dog was brought to an ASPCA animal hospital. [DNA Info]

On Thursday, Miss Paradis, a Mediterranean eatery, will open 47 Prince Street, featuring a nine-foot-tall chrome rooftop apple sculpture by designer Philippe Starck. [Eater NY] Keep Reading »

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These Holiday Nostalgia Trains Will Totally Sleigh You

(Photo: MTA New York City Transit / Marc Hermann)

(Photo: MTA New York City Transit / Marc Hermann)

Between the looming Metrocard fare hike and the L-pocalypse, your feelings about the MTA are probably pretty grinchy right now. But let this serve as a cheery reminder that the Transit Museum’s Nostalgia Trains are back on the rails for the holiday season. They made their debut on Saturday, as you can see from the ‘gram below, and will creak back to life December 4, 11, and 18. The train cars, which were in service from the ’30s through the ’70s, will leave from Second Avenue F stop at 10am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm on those Sundays, and make all stops to Queens Plaza.

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Live in the Domino Sugar Factory For Cheap; ‘Nasty Women’ Art Show

Police released a photo of the teenage boy who threatened to shoot or stab three people on the Lower East Side between November 14 and 17, making off with a combined $21 cash. [DNA Info]

A 79-year-old saxophonist claims his landlord planted bedbugs in his $380/month East Village apartment. [NY Post]

According to a study by the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, only about 40 percent of New Yorkers have three months worth of household expenses saved in case of an emergency. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Snag This Rick Ross Christmas Card at Hester Street Fair’s Holiday Market

il_570xN.900198098_hzsdThe Hester Street Fair folded up its tents last month, but this weekend it’ll pop back up near the South Street Seaport– with bells on! The folks behind the seasonal bazaar are opening their holiday market on Black Friday. Trust us, it’ll be way better than macing someone for a Nintendo Classic.

Here’s a rundown of what’ll be on offer, directly from the organizers.
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KKK Graffiti at W’burg Housing Projects; NYU Students Shack Up With Seniors

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Around 2am Sunday at the Lower East Side Coffee Shop on E. 14th Street, a loud Mike Pence supporter launched into racist and sexist invectives against two Chinese-American women who asked him to quiet down (and eventually threw glasses of water in his face), before he pepper sprayed a Latino man who came to their defense. [Mic News] The Pence supporter, a 56-year-old white man, was arrested for assault and harassment. [Gothamist]

Police are investigating anti-Semitic graffiti (interspersed with the words “Trump” and “KKK”) found in the public housing developments at both 85 Taylor Street and 99 Wilson Street in Williamsburg. [DNA Info]

Next year, thanks to a partnership with the Lower East Side non-profit University Settlement, NYU students will have the chance to live with local senior citizens who have space for rent, potentially slashing their room and board costs by half. [NBC NY] Keep Reading »

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Greenpoint Warehouse Going For $60M; Jupiter Disco Opens in Bushwick

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

This Friday afternoon on Palmetto Street, a vigil will be held for Sharabia Thomas, the 17-year-old Bushwick student who died in 2004. Her alleged kidnapper and killer was indicted Thursday. [DNA Info]

In the next year, $1.7 million in new amenities (including sports courts and a skate park) will be added to Bushwick’s Rudd Park and Playground. [DNA Info]

Greenpoint’s 1 Huron Street, a 1.5 acre property featuring an 80K-square-foot warehouse, is seeking a $60 million buyer. [Crain’s NY] Keep Reading »

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Talks + Readings: Doulas, Post-Capitalism, and an After-Turkey GMO Lesson

(flyer via The Doulas / Facebook)

(flyer via The Doulas / Facebook)

The Doulas NYC Launch Party
Monday, November 21 at Bluestockings, 7 pm: FREE.

Bookstore, cafe, and activist space Bluestockings is fittingly the space for the NYC release event of The Doulas: Radical Care For Pregnant People. The book was written by Mary Mahoney and Lauren Mitchell, founders of The Doula Project, a NYC-based organization founded in 2007 that works to provide care and support to pregnant people “across the spectrum of choice,” meaning they will be there for pregnant individuals “whether they face birth, miscarriage, stillbirth, fetal anomaly, or abortion.” Their new book acts as a history of the organization’s work thus far through individual anecdotes chronicling the decision-making that typically goes on behind closed doors, as well as a “guidebook for the future.” The event will feature readings from the book by the authors, and is co-sponsored by a variety of women’s and reproductive health organizations based in New York and elsewhere. Such an evening is unfortunately timely as the future of reproductive choice and health becomes more and more unclear, so there is no time like the present to familiarize yourself with workers and organizations such as this, while you still can.

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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 »