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It’s ‘Game Over’ For This Video Game Store’s St. Marks Location

yogurt28 Bit and Up has left 35 St. Marks Place after three years on the building’s second floor, but it isn’t Game Over for the vintage video-game shop.

The store — which specializes in discontinued gaming systems like Odyssey, Coleco, Atari and NES — is starting a new life at 86 East Third Street, near First Avenue.

“We were forced to leave the building,” explained Fred Tangredi, a store manager. He cited building code violations but declined to go into specifics.
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Jeff Koons and Lady Gaga Teamed Up For an ArtRave at the Navy Yard

While you were sleeping last night, Lady Gaga and Jeff Koons were throwing an “artRave” involving an eight-foot-tall sculpture of naked Gaga modeled after the cover of her new album ARTPOP. Boats were involved, people were excited.

We left midtown and headed down the East River to an undisclosed location later revealed to be the Brooklyn Navy Yards. By the time we docked (and filed out at an excruciating pace) we were steeped in complimentary cider and gender-indifferent eyeliner.
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Cornel West Praises Catholic Anarchist, Thinks Obama Is ‘Not Worth Breakdancing Over’

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Cornel West dropped into the East Village’s Maryhouse on Friday to deliver a holy-rolling birthday tribute to Dorothy Day, the Catholic-anarchist writer who would’ve turned 116.

Decked out in his signature tux, West described Day as a “God wrestler” who was “broke as the Ten Commandments financially” but “spiritually as rich as anyone could imagine.”
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[UPDATED] Man Fatally Shot Three People and Killed Himself in East Williamsburg

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Shant W Alexander/@ShantAlexander

A man shot and killed three people — possibly bandmates — early this morning in East Williamsburg before turning the gun on himself.

Police responding to reports of gunfire at 318 Maujer Street, between Waterbury St. and Morgan Ave., found three people shot to death and a shooter dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A fifth person was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition, with a gunshot wound to the arm.
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Forget Thor and Pick Over Some Highbrow Comics This Weekend

While theater-goers watch a comic book-based movie about a Norse god who smashes things with a hammer this weekend, a different kind of comic book will be celebrated in Williamsburg. Comic Arts Brooklyn is having its first festival Saturday at Mt. Carmel Church and The Knitting Factory, replacing the now defunct Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival.
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There’s a Debbie Harry Bobblehead (and No, It Doesn’t Have a Heart of Glass)

(Courtesy Aggronautix)

(Courtesy Aggronautix)

Nothing is real but the girl, but what about this?

That’s right: there’s now a Debbie Harry bobblehead. Till now, we’ve had to settle for the Debbie Harry Barbie, which, as you can imagine, looks pretty much like any other Barbie (which has confused a lot of folks who’ve seen it displayed in our office alongside our Ramones collection).

This new doll — limited to 1,000 2,000 units — is made by Drastic Plastic, creators of the Iggy Pop bobblehead, and it’s being shipped Monday by Aggronautix, makers of “throbbleheads” in the likeness of East Village punk legends GG Allin and Handsome Dick Manitoba. The Debbie doll will set you back $24.95 and can be ordered here.

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Airbnb Hosts: ‘I’m Not Hurting Anybody, I’m Not Hooking, I’m Not Selling Drugs’

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It’s no secret that the Airbnb economy is thriving in New York City — after all, the Times was on it this week. Visitors to the city can tap in to the crash-pad social network to rent out anything from enormous luxury loft apartments in Williamsburg (for mere hundreds of dollars a night) to cozy, but apparently windowless futon-hallways in the East Village for as little as 60 bones. Airbnb isn’t couch-surfing cheap, but it still offers travelers a more affordable option than hotels and lets outsiders in on the less tourist-riddled pockets of the city.
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The Forcella Folks Are Now Doling Out Neapolitan Slices On Bowery

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The last time someone tried to sling Neapolitan slices in the East Village, it was 2 Bros.’s short-lived Totale Pizzeria. But Forcella is hoping to succeed where los dos hermanos failed and has converted part of its dining room into Slice of Naples, a takeout spot serving (you guessed it) Neapolitan slices. It’ll be open from noon to 4 a.m., so, yeah, between this and Cafe Standard, the Bowery just got some pretty solid late-night/early-morning dining options.
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The Katz’s Pop-Up Got Its First Celebrity Patron

After just a couple of weeks on Houston Street, the Katz’s Deli pop-up has its first celebrity buyer. According to its Facebook page, longtime Katz’s cat Jerry Stiller bought the Young and Sick piece that was going for $5,000.

We recently popped into the pop-up to speak to fifth-generation owner Jake Dell about this wild experiment in deli-inspired artwork. Watch the video above to see what he had to say.