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Chinatown and LES Residents Rally Against ‘Building From Hell’

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

Around 250 local residents, business owners and members of the Coalition to Protect Chinatown & The Lower East Side met at the future site of a controversial luxury tower and marched to City Hall to protest the construction of Extell’s “Building From Hell.” The rally was a show of support for a rezoning plan being pushed by the Chinatown Working Group as well as a stand against a tax abatement program for developers that opponents say is costing the city millions in revenue.

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Welcome to The Happening, a ‘Place For Stuff That’s Not Safe For Galleries’

Zoe Williams brings her sculpture-performance to the street

Zoe Williams brings her sculpture-performance to the street (Photo: Walter Wlodarczk)

Greenpoint artist Allison Sommers is once again gathering the most unconventional art from 30 local artists for a popup art show called The Happening, held this year at Cloud City. Tomorrow the Williamsburg art space, founded in 2013 from the ashes of Dead Herring, will be overrun with artists hanging their work and preparing music and dance performances. It promises to be unlike anything you would find at a traditional gallery.

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We All Scream For Liquid-Nitrogen Ice Cream?

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

Williamsburg recently got a trio of new ice cream parlors, starting with Davey’s and the flagship of Van Leeuwen. But things work a little differently at -321° Ice Cream Shop, which quietly opened on Grand Street a couple of weeks ago. When you walk in, there’s no ice cream to be seen — just three colorful mixers standing in a row. Fortunately, owner Allen Ruan is prepared to whip up a personal-sized batch in no time, and he does it with flair. Using liquid nitrogen, it turns out, is both entertaining to watch and (bonus!) a great way to make perfectly smooth ice cream.

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Wanna Be a ‘Glorious Mess’? Peep This ‘Brooklyn Street Style’ Book

Cipriana Quann (Left) and TK Wonder near the L Train's Jefferson Street stop in Bushwick. (Photo: Sioux Nesi)

Cipriana Quann (Left) and TK Wonder near the L Train’s Jefferson Street stop in Bushwick. (Photo: Sioux Nesi)

It’s not the main focus of the book, but in the last chapter of Brooklyn Street Style: The No-Rules Guide to Fashionauthors Anya Sacharow and Shawn Dahl take a moment to reflect on why, in New York City’s rapidly changing cultural landscape, Brooklyn is now widely acknowledged as the city’s most exciting area when it comes to fashion. “The fashions of the city reflect the experience,” they write. “From the Brooklyn side of the river, the experience feels more authentic: grittier, diverse, small scale, and creative. It’s reminiscent of the perfectly imperfect New York.”

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Talks + Readings: Parisian Mingling, Micro-Apartment Living, and More

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It’s so ‘Tres Brooklyn!’ Francophiles, listen up: Be Electric Studios is hosting a Parisian-themed evening of readings, conversation and “mingling.” The evening stars Brooklyn-based authors Anglie Niles (Bright Lights Paris), Courtney Maum (I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You), and Julie Orringer (The Invisible Bridge), who all draw inspiration from The City of Lights. The event is presented by H.I.P. Lit and will be hosted by H.I.P. Lit curators and publishing professionals Erin Harris, Brittney Iman Cany and Kim Perel. It’s a Brooklyn Book Festival official bookend event; the festival will be hosting talks and readings all week long (click here for the full schedule). There will be book signings, raffle prizes, refreshments, music… all you could ask for, oui?
Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Be Electric Studios, 1298 Willoughby Avenue (Bushwick). 
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East Village and LES Brace For NYCHA’s Affordable Housing Plan

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Brian Honan, director of governmental relations for NCYCA, address CB 3’s Public Housing Committee (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Mayor de Blasio still hasn’t identified the public housing projects that will be targeted for private development under a controversial new plan, but after a meeting last night, it’s clear that the Lower East Side is a strong candidate for the mix of affordable and market-rate housing.

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This NYC Native Is Determined to Make the LES Colorful Again

Joseph Meloy (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Joseph Meloy (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Street artist and Lower East Side native Joseph Meloy is on a mission. He’s been pounding the pavement of the LES and Alphabet City this summer, suitcase of spray paint in hand, hoping to drum up business and add some color to the streets where he grew up. Meloy is one of many artists who’ve painted a security shutter for the 100 Gates Project, culminating September 12 with a gallery show and party at Avant Garde Vape Lounge and Gallery. But he has also set off on his own door-to-door endeavor, adding little bursts of shapes and color to the neighborhood’s dull storefronts.

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The City Just Made It Harder For Your Landlord to Harass You

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(Photo: Tarika Roongsri)

Today Mayor Bill de Blasio signed three new measures into law to prevent the tenant harassment and shady practices that have become so commonplace among New York City landlords, particularly those who own rent stabilized units in rapidly gentrifying areas like North Brooklyn, the East Village, Bowery and the Lower East Side.

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Talks and Readings: Boy Cyclops, ‘Coolest Female Poet,’ and Rise of the Robots

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Rachel B. Glaser’s debut novel Paulina & Fran is celebrating its launch with readings from the author and special guests Leopoldine Core (Veronica Bench) and Mark Leidner (The Angel in The Dream of Our Hangover: Aphorisms). The novel is described as “a story of friendship, art, sex and curly hair.” It’s Glaser’s first full length work of fiction, but she’s already an accomplished writer with a published short story collection and book of poetry; her work has appeared in the anthologies 30 Under 30 and New American Stories, and Nylon has cited her as one of the “Coolest Female Poets to Know Right Now.” The conversation will be led by author Elisa Albert (After Birth).
Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street (Nolita).

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