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A Scandinavian Cottage Is Opening Its Doors on the Lower East Side Tonight

After weeks of construction and a few nights of previews, Skal finally opens to the public tonight.

Olibjorn Stephenson, a partner in Ten Bells, bought the former Les Enfants Terribles space with the intention of creating somewhere that would have a strong neighborhood appeal. The light, airy room — done in Robin’s Egg blue — is designed to evoke an Icelandic coastal cottage, the cheap-and-cheerful seasonal homes seen all over Scandinavia. It’s cozy and eclectic, with flowery saucers decorating one wall and white shelves lined with homey tzotchkes.
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And We’re Liveblogging the Schwimmer Mansion Move-In

They're back! (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

They’re back! (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

On Monday, Bedford + Bowery broke news that the so-called Schwimmer mansion is finally getting a tenant. This afternoon the gargantuan moving truck returned to East Sixth Street, and we’re determined to find out whether that tenant is David Schwimmer, as has been widely reported. Stay with us. This is history in the making.
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Let’s Just Say North Brooklyn Had Some Infrastructure Issues Today

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Leaking parapet at 349 Bedford (Photo: Anna Silman)

A quick update on those four manholes that caught fire near 176 Maujer Street, where three residences were evacuated due to CO readings. ConEd says the cause of the fires has yet to be determined, but there are no customers without power. And the FDNY says the fire, which broke out shortly before 1:08 p.m., was under control by 2:20 p.m., with no injuries to report.

While trouble came from below in Bushwick, it came from above in Williamsburg.
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Let's Just Say North Brooklyn Had Some Infrastructure Issues Today

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Leaking parapet at 349 Bedford (Photo: Anna Silman)

A quick update on those four manholes that caught fire near 176 Maujer Street, where three residences were evacuated due to CO readings. ConEd says the cause of the fires has yet to be determined, but there are no customers without power. And the FDNY says the fire, which broke out shortly before 1:08 p.m., was under control by 2:20 p.m., with no injuries to report.

While trouble came from below in Bushwick, it came from above in Williamsburg.
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Greenpoint Pistol-Whipping Update; More on the Suicide of Colin Devlin

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(Photo: Phillip Kalantzis Cope)

An officer at the 94th Precinct gave Greenpointers a play-by-play of the Greenpoint pistol-whipping we reported Sunday. Apparently it started when the suspect asked for change for a dollar: “As the man went into his pocket for change the robber beat him with a gun and went through his pockets.” [Greenpointers] In this week’s issue of New York magazine, we hear more about the suicide of DuMont owner Colin Devlin. Rebecca Flint Marx writes, “Whatever the ultimate reason he took his own life, the loss of Devlin seems like evidence of a harsher Williamsburg than the one where he opened DuMont’s doors a decade earlier.” [Grub Street] More →

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Have You Seen This Baby Dragon? A Mystical Portal Has Been Pilfered

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A little while ago we told you about “13 Portals,” the mystical, interactive public-art game taking place this summer throughout the East Village. Now, some dastardly art thief (albeit one with a highly attuned sense of irony) has made off with Portal 3 — the Portal of Movement. That’s right: it’s been stripped from its hanging-place on East 10th, between B and C.
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The LES Is Getting a New Stand-Up Weekly, Courtesy of a Bushwick Comic

Tonight The Leadbelly, on the Lower East Side, kicks off a new weekly comedy show hosted by Bushwick-based comic Taylor Clark.
Clark also hosts Big Ups at Little Skips on Thursdays in Bushwick. While he’s hesitant to classify himself as a “Bushwick comedian,” he’s eager to introduce the neighborhood’s alternative comedy scene to downtowners who might be expecting something more traditional. “When we bring those Bushwick comics people are surprised to see something fresh and original,” he says.
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Tacos Morelos Will Put Down Roots in the East Village Tomorrow

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

Beloved Jackson Heights restaurant Tacos Morelos — which has a pushcart near Avenue A and taco trucks in Wall Street and Williamsburg — is finally getting a permanent location in the East Village. The restaurant opens to the public tomorrow, on East 9th Street, near Avenue A.
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Clucking Chickheads Are Lining Up For Free Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

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After a series of delays and under-the-radar soft openings (um hello, where was B+B’s invite?), Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is finally hatching today, which is a relief because we are running out of chicken puns.

Earlier today, an employee told us the restaurant would be hosting a free tasting around noon, and then closing and re-opening for another free tasting around 6 p.m. Word has gotten out: as we post this, there are 25 people in a line that stretches out the door. Some of them are getting disgruntled (one of them said the line hadn’t moved in 15 minutes) but if you’re in need of a free lunch, you might want to stop yolking around and get over there.
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