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Unsilent Night Is the Soothing Lullaby You’ll Need After SantaCon

(Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev/Taylor Davidson. Illustration: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev/Taylor Davidson. Illustration: Daniel Maurer)

While the city waits in terror to find out which neighborhood SantaCon will infect on Dec. 10 (Gothamist claimed Williamsburg, but a source told Patch otherwise), here’s news about a holiday celebration that is not a gushing douche slurry. (Seriously, even Kathy Bates hates the annual gathering of the SantaBros.) The folks at Unsilent Night tell us that the city’s most palatable Christmas event (no offense, Rockettes) will return to the Village on Dec. 17.

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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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Madam Geneva Ghosts, Is Replaced By Mexican Cocktail Spot, Ghost Donkey

Madam Geneva (Shanna Ravindra for NY Mag)

Madam Geneva (Shanna Ravindra for NY Mag)

It’s out with the gin, in with the mescal.

Madam Geneva was one of those places that routinely made lists of the best bars in the city and heck, even the country. But if you’re a mixologist, sometimes you just gotta shake things up, har har. That’s exactly what Eben Freeman, a true master of the cocktail craft, has done. Madam Geneva, the gin-loving cocktail den attached to sister spot Saxon + Parole, has ghosted and has been replaced with a new spot, Ghost Donkey.

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‘Not My President!’ Thousands March To Trump Tower in Post-Election Anger

(photos: Cassidy Dawn Graves)

Last night starting at 6 pm, thousands gathered in Union Square Park and marched over 40 blocks through the traffic-filled streets to Trump Tower and then to Columbus Circle to express their displeasure with Donald Trump being pronounced America’s next president.

One of the main organizers of the event was Socialist Alternative, a national activist organization wishing to rally against bipartisanism and global capitalism to “build an independent, alternative party of workers and young people.”

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New Report Shows Housing Inventory’s Up, Brooklyn Rents Drop (Barely)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

NYC real estate firm Douglas Elliman published a report this morning, showing that the development boom in New York City has had a significant impact on the real estate market. According to the report, the available housing stock has increased dramatically over the last year: the listing inventory for rentals in Brooklyn went up by 29.6 and just slightly more in Manhattan that saw a 30.3 percent increase in the last year.

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Protesters Occupy Streets in Response to Police Killings of Black Men

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

Hundreds of people marched through the streets of New York City last night, halting traffic and chanting throughout midtown Manhattan to protest the police shootings that killed three black men in Minnesota, Louisiana and Brooklyn. Over a dozen arrests were made, according to police.

Starting at 5 p.m. Thursday evening, about 500 people gathered in Union Square for a rally organized by Stop Mass Incarceration. The crowd then marched down 14th Street and up 5th Avenue at around 5:45 p.m.

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Are You All ‘LOL WTF’ About Tuesday’s Democratic Congressional Primaries?

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Look, we don’t blame you for spending all your time worrying that Donald Trump will win the election and then rip off that Boehner-hued mask to reveal he’s actually an electric-orange lizard person. But if you really care about the future of the country, you should be aware that tomorrow, Tuesday, June 28, is the New York State Democratic Congressional primary.

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MTA Continues ‘Dialogue’ About Slowdown vs. Shutdown of L Train

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

The MTA held its second public meeting to discuss the impending L train closure, and last night’s hearing at the 14th Street Salvation Army Theater couldn’t have been more different from the one hosted in Brooklyn last week. For one, the attendance was dominated by the same crowd you’d see at a City Council Committee meetings– aging hippies, your Dave Stuben types, the occasional transport dork, press, press, and more press; and the few regular people left in the immediate area around Union Square and Chelsea who also happen to have extra time on their hands.

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Winter Waterland: Spa Castle Premier 57 Just Added Heated Rooftop Pools

Spa Castle's Premier 57, not your grandmother's hot tub gardens (Photo via Spa Castle / Facebook)

Spa Castle’s Premier 57, not your grandmother’s hot tub gardens (Photo via Spa Castle / Facebook)

Not since the jacuzzi at Plato’s Retreat has Manhattan seen an aquatic playground like Spa Castle Premier 57. When we checked out the beloved Queens spa’s seven-month-old Midtown offshoot a little while back, there was no shortage of cavortage in the hydrotherapy pool. So what if the backsplash from everyone’s water-jet massages was landing in our champers flute — we’re all friends here. But one thing did put a damper on this waterworld: there was no rooftop pool a la College Park location.

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North Brooklyn Pols Back Plan to Improve Transit By Adding Tolls

Photo: Move NY Fair Plan

Photo: Move NY Fair Plan

Could a tax on East River bridges ease some of North Brooklyn’s transportation woes? The area’s council members, Antonio Reynoso and Stephen Levin, think so. Today they threw their support behind the Move NY Fair Plan, which aims to combat congestion and generate some of the $15.2 billion funding gap in the MTA’s 2015-2019 Capital Plan.

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Castles, Vassals and Tassles: Game of Thrones Gets a Burlesque Twist

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Photo: Courtesy of Hotsy Totsy Burlesque and Joe “The Shark” Naftali

The fifth season of Game of Thrones doesn’t premiere until April 12, but if you’re missing its byzantine intrigue, bloodshed and sexiness you can quell your thirst for Westeros (and Essos) with a new show from Hotsy Totsy Burlesque. “Game of Tassels” comes to the Slipper Room this Thursday.

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