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Thank You, Come Again? Hari Kondabolu Explores ‘The Problem With Apu’

(Photo: truTV)

In the upcoming documentary The Problem with Apu, Brooklyn-based comic Hari Kondabolu explores what happens when a beloved cartoon character is also an offensive caricature for millions of people. The effect of the The Simpsons’ Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – voiced by Hank Azaria – was an ever-present reminder for many South Asians growing up in the United States of the lack of representation and power they held in the entertainment industry and popular media, Kondabolu says in the documentary he hosts and produced for truTV. Without other Indian characters with depth and substance in the media to challenge the stereotype, Apu’s distinct accent and best known line – “Thank you, come again” – became the basis of South Asian characters in American media for years afterwards.

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Russ & Daughters Shows Off Its Future Brooklyn Outpost, Opening Early Next Year

The Russ & Daughters space. (Photo: Razi Syed)

Back in February, Russ & Daughters announced that it was opening a multipurpose space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, in a World War II-era building that’s undergoing a $185 million renovation. Today, we got to tour the construction site with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Niki Russ Federman, a fourth generation co-owner of the beloved Lower East Side appetizing shop.

“Russ & Daughters has been an anchor on the Lower East Side of New York for 100 years,” said Russ Federman, “where my great-grandfather stood on the streets of the Lower East Side with a barrel of herring so he could eventually open up a store. So we’ve been fully meshed in the Lower East Side and the Navy Yard feels like another amazing community that we’re going to be a part of. There’s this incredible synergy of food-makers, designers, furniture craftsman, roboticists.”

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Opioid Crisis Must Be Fought With More Than Words, Says LES Harm Reduction Center

LESHRC Peer Will C. pictured in the needle and syringe exchange area. (Credit: David Nager)

In New York City, the opioid crisis is seen every day in the lines outside methadone clinics and needles exchanges across the city. At the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center, the record numbers of drug-overdose deaths has brought into focus the need for additional resources for combating opioid abuse.

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City Council Race Heats Up As Two Bridges Towers Loom

Christopher Marte. (Photo: Razi Syed)

The race for the City Council’s District 1 seat heated up yesterday as frontrunners held dueling actions. On the steps of City Hall, women’s groups and officials gathered to back Margaret Chin’s bid for reelection. Meanwhile, on the Lower East Side, over 100 people marched to support Independent Party candidate Christopher Marte’s bid to unseat the incumbent.

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Nightlife King Paul Sevigny Shows His Paintings For One Night Only

(Photo courtesy of Half Gallery)

You might not be able to get into his clubs, but you’re welcome to attend his art show. Nightlife impresario Paul Sevigny will be showing his paintings publicly for the first time tonight at Cafe Henrie on the Lower East Side.

Sevigny is best known as a DJ, the proprietor of the legendary Beatrice Inn and exclusive boîtes like Paul’s Cocktail Lounge and the relaunched Sway, a member of noise band A.R.E. Weapons, and the brother of Chloe Sevigny. But he actually went to art school and has been painting over around two decades, said Bill Powers, owner of Half Gallery and curator of tonight’s show.

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Campus Crime Report: Sexual Assaults, Burglary On the Rise at NYU

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Reported rapes more than doubled at NYU’s Washington Square campus from 2014 to 2016, rising from 6 to 16 reported incidents, according to the university’s 2017 security and fire safety report.

The rise in reported rapes at the Washington Square campus has outpaced the rise in the NYPD’s 6th precinct, which also covers the Washington Square Park area. From 2014 to 2016, there was a 36 percent increase in the 6th precinct, or 11 incidents in 2014 and 15 incidents in 2016. During that same period, NYU saw a 166 percent increase in reported rapes.

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Chuck Schumer Hits Lower East Side to Blast Trump’s Proposed EPA Cuts

Chuck Schumer. (Photo: Razi Syed)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stopped by La Plaza Cultural Community Garden in the East Village Thursday afternoon to rail against the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the EPA budget and the rolling back of Obama-era policies that set vehicle mileage standards and limited power plant emissions.  

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Turn On, Tune In, Drop Into This Weekend Conference on Psychedelics

 

Michael Bogenschutz (Photo: Steve Duncan)

Five decades after psychedelics first made their mark on American culture, the promise of psychedelic drugs is being championed by artists, activists, scientists and scholars.

On Oct. 6 to 8, Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics will hold its 11th annual conference which brings together researchers and activists to advocate for expanding the use of the mind-altering in medicine and explore the use of psychedelics in art and culture, says Kevin Balktick, who founded the symposium in 2007.

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