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‘We’re Doing Great’: Crime in 9th Precinct Down 21% From Last Year

Deputy Inspector John G. Cappelmann (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Deputy Inspector John G. Cappelmann (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Crime in the NYPD’s 9th precinct dropped by a “significant” 21% over the past 28 days compared to the same time frame from last year, says Deputy Inspector John G. Cappelmann. Cappelmann, the commanding officer of the precinct, which encompasses the East Village and parts of LES, delivered the good news at last night’s monthly Community Council meeting. He did not, however, cite New York’s brutal winter weather as a reason.

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What Happens When the Movies Tow Your Car Away?

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I never noticed the fine print that appears on many of the “No Parking” signs (all?) posted by film studios, but the brightly colored laminated posters themselves had been decorating my neighborhood with an increasing frequency as shows like Girls and Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick found homes on the north side of Greenpoint.
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Erik Foss of Lit Clears the Air After Backlash Over Instagrammed Text Message

Photo courtesy of Lit Lounge

Photo courtesy of Lit Lounge

For better or for worse, we live in a world in which things you text to one person have the potential to get screen captured and blasted to their 2,475 followers. That’s precisely what happened to Lit Lounge co-owner Erik Foss following this week’s “Lit Mondays.”
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Artist Julia Rothman Informs Us That We Have a Local Troll Museum

Drawings by Julia Rothman/Courtesy of Chronicle Books

Drawings by Julia Rothman/Photos courtesy of Chronicle Books

Around the time of my second birthday, my mom and dad brought me to a kiddie shrink. My favorite activity was lining things up–Cheerios, Easter eggs, trolls dolls–so my parents assumed I had a harrowing case of Baby OCD. Obviously, they were first-time parents. The shrink said there was nothing wrong with me and I was sent home (for now).
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Prove How Cultured You Are by Coming to DenimSkin’s Open Bar Party

This Friday's Denim Skin Party

This Friday’s Denim Skin Party

You know what they say: nothing goes with literature readings quite like an open bar.

This Friday, forthcoming literary and art review DenimSkin is hosting a shindig at The Suffolk featuring readings from the publication’s first issue, live music from Jillian Bordeaux, Milk & Honey and Esta Coda, tasty snacks and an open bar. Guests are invited to bring their own art/words/music to share in between enjoying beverages from an open bar. Did we mention there’s an open bar?!
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How Locals in “Little Ukraine” Are Responding to the Situation in Ukraine

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Maria Shust, Director of The Ukranian Museum (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

When Crimean citizens voted on Sunday to secede from Ukraine and unite with Russia, there was widespread apprehension in ethnic circles within the East Village – sometimes called “Little Ukraine.” Locals worried about an uncertain future for their friends and relatives living in a divided country with historic ties to Russia. Meanwhile, debates continue surrounding whether the vote was even legal.
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We’ve Helped Nitehawk Pick the Top 17 Simpsons Episodes of All-Time

Woo Hoo! Every Monday this March, Nitehawk Cinema will be screening four episodes in its countdown of the 17 best Simpsons episodes of all time (according to Nitehawk, anyway). You can bet the recent episode featuring this Downton Abbey parody didn’t make the cut. Nitehawk’s pick for its #1 Episode screens March 31st, followed by the Simpsons Movie.  Until then, we’ve enlisted the biggest Simpsons fan we know to compile a list of his own. We’ll compare lists at month’s end. 
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Cure Sunday’s Hangover By Drinking Blessed Water at a Full Moon Ceremony

(Photo: Carriage House Birth)

(Photo: Carriage House Birth)

There’s going to be a full moon this Sunday, so naturally women in Brooklyn will be blessing H2O in a sacred bowl, drinking it, and then pouring the remainder into the East River. This Full Moon Water Ceremony will be taking place at Carriage House Birth, Williamsburg’s hippest birth collective (a collective of doulas) owned by Samantha Huggins, Lindsey Bliss and Domino Kirke – daughter of Bad Company’s Simon Kirke, and sister to Girls’ Jemima Kirke.
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