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Trick-or-Treaters, We’ve Found the Mother Lode

(Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

(Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

All day long, trick-or-treaters have been hitting us up for candy (our one pouch of Big League Chew went fast), but one thing’s for sure: we’re not getting hit as hard as our neighbors across the street.

F.K. Sweetland, a candy distributor at 152 Grand Street, has been around for 25 years (its faded sign still advertises “sports shakes” and “freeze pops”). Rocky Ksed, the place’s 29-year-old manager, inherited it from his father. On this late, rainy Halloween afternoon, trucks were still being loaded.
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Here’s Why This Guy Was Giving Free Haircuts On Bedford Avenue the Other Day

On a recent Thursday, Steven Chu and Parker McComb were posted on Bedford Avenue with a white folding chair, scissors, buzzers, and a sign offering “free haircuts for art.” Chu — who learned how to cut hair in 2008, by watching YouTube videos — was offering up his services to promote a new art project, called Hourships. “The premise is hour-long apprenticeships for youth, ages 5-18, interested in the arts,” the 28-year-old explained.
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Banksy Piece Gets Defaced, Restored, and Then… Framed?

(Christopher Discipio)

(Christopher Discipio)

Banksy took to the Williamsburg-Bed Stuy border today for the 17th installment of . Hours after his piece went up on Cook Street, off of Graham Avenue, it was vandalized. But a few art-friendly Good Samaritans did some on-the-spot restoration and — although a smudge is still visible — the mural is pretty much clear.

While B+B was on the scene, a man covered the right figure with a square piece of blue Plexiglas. Hysteria ensued as everyone remembered the guy who, a few days ago, tried to charge people $20 to take a picture of a Banksy piece.
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And Now, a B+B Q+A With CDZA

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Yesterday the viral music-video maestros from cdza (pronounced Cadenza) stopped into the Bedford + Bowery Newsroom to shoot footage for the backdrop of a their TED@NYC performance at Joe’s Pub today. The collective — founded by Joe Sabia, Michael Thurber and Matt McCorkle — is always up to something: next month, they’ll perform at the first ever YouTube Music Awards at Pier 36. We spoke to Sabia and McCorkle after they wrapped up at the Newsroom. Among other things, Sabia, who created 9 Minute Breaking Bad, revealed plans to expand his  project into something resembling a fantasy tv league.
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A Custom Bike Cafe Revs Up in Brooklyn

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Williamsburg motorcycle aficionados need no longer stand around cracking their bullwhips in the street. Jane, a cafe selling custom riding gear, is due to open at 161 Grand Street on October 20.

Adam Kallen, a 40-year-old LA native, says he and his partner, 37-year-old Alexander DiMattio (“everyone calls me Alex, but my mom would want me to use my full name”), based their concept on the Saturdays Surf shop in SoHo. “I like to drink a lot of coffee and I like to surf, so that’s a good spot for a person like me,” said Kallen. “But we realized that the motorcycle equivalent of Saturdays Surf did not exist in NYC, so we stepped in to fill that void.”
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B+B Would Like to Welcome BB to the Neighborhood

(Photo: Christopher Discipio)

(Photo: Christopher Discipio)

Many a Manhattan business has opened a Williamsburg outpost, but this time it’s a Chelsea barbershop, and not another downtown bar, that’s crossing the river.

Barber Bart will open at 267 Metropolitan Avenue in mid-December.

“I lived in Williamsburg for four years on Leonard Street,” explains Bart Trybala, 37, who opened the original location nine years ago. “I really like the neighborhood, and the residents have money. I’m more then happy to serve them. We do everything from haircuts and massages to manicures and pedicures.”

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America May Run on Dunkin’, But Williamsburg Clearly Does Not

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Signage recently went up informing the ‘Burg that a Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to the corner of North 7th Street and Bedford Avenue, replacing the old Northside Pharmacy. The reaction was instantaneous: “ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?” someone scrawled on the banner yesterday. The Twitterverse had its say, too, and most Tweeters were, uh, noticeably frustrated. Here now are the top ten reactions to the Dunkin’. More →

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Tour the LES Circa 1946, Where ‘Panties and Pickles Live Side By Side’

The Lower East Side has long been a place “where panties and pickles live side by side.” Or so says the narrator of ”Around the World in New York,” a circa 1946 documentary exploring the lives of immigrants and ethnic communities in NYC.
In the above clip, recently uploaded to YouTube, the LES is described as “a new-world version of the old-world bazaar,” where “bargaining between merchant and customer still remains an art.” It just so happens that on September 28, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum will debut a walking tour, “Storefront Stories,” dedicated to just the kind of commerce you see here.

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