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Behold the Standard East Village’s New Patio

After months of breathless anticipation, The Standard East Village’s ground-floor patio is finally open. Sorta.

The patio opened this Saturday, although a hotel rep tells us that the decor and foliage are still a work in progress. When we checked in, the space was looking pleasantly lush and understated, as opposed to the yellow Lego aesthetic of its sister location.
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Sexy vs. Sexton: Padma Shows Up to Support Lawsuit Against NYU 2031

As expected, Padma Lakshmi was among those who packed into a courtroom today to hear arguments against NYU’s Greenwich Village expansion plan. This was the first public hearing in a battle for the soul of the neighborhood that has become almost as heated as the hellish temperatures outside Manhattan State Supreme.
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Not What You Want On a 100-Degree Day: Fires in Williamsburg and Chinatown

Thought today was a scorcher? Just be glad you’re not wearing an FDNY uniform. Firefighters were taken to hospitals this morning when blazes broke out on the fringes of Chinatown and in Williamsburg.

The fire at 75-83A Elizabeth St., near Hester Street, started around 8:30 a.m. (the cause has yet to be determined) and lit up the first floor of a building that houses two hair salons and apartments. It was under control by 10:05 a.m., the fire department said.
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Vogue Makes the ‘Long, Bumpy,’ ‘Perilous,’ ‘Costly, Time-Consuming, Often Nauseating’ Trek into Brooklyn

 

This month's issue of Vogue also includes a Brooklyn-themed fashion spread featuring Devon Aoki (right) outside of the Bedford Cheese Shop.

This month’s issue of Vogue also includes a Brooklyn-themed fashion spread featuring Devon Aoki (right) outside of the Bedford Cheese Shop.

It’s apparently been too long since a middle-aged Manhattanite went on safari in Brooklyn, so none other than Vogue has gone and published “A Distant Shore,” in which Jeffrey Steingarten “table-hops around New York’s most talked-about borough.” Oh, boy.

If the name Steingarten sounds familiar it’s not because you’re thinking of Soundgarden — it’s because a few years ago, Vogue’s restaurant critic touched off a small shitstorm among foodie types when he told Grub Street about the “dangers of Brooklyn boosterism,” recalling the time his Brooklyn-proud assistant brought him a croissant from some bakery she liked over there and he found it “only acceptable” compared to the great croissanteries of Manhattan (you know, like, Au Bon Pain).
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No, Hannah Horvath Did Not Snort Coke Off This Toilet

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 2.05.18 PMAn apartment listing on Craigslist wants to know: “Do u watch GIRLS?”

If so, “you’re sure to LOVE this completely unrelated apartment in Greenpoint!” a Twitter user mocks.

Okay, so Hannah and Adam never did it against this particular stove, but $3,099 to live in a 2-bedroom apartment in the far reaches of Greenpoint is totally worth it to count Ray’s place of employment as your neighborhood cafe. Except Grumpy is a 17-minute walk from the corner of West Street and Huron Street where the shiny new digs are located. (Hey, at least the ferry is just a block or two down, as the lister points out.)

The question is, after springing for this place, are you even going to have enough petty cash left lying around to afford HBO? If you like “Girls” and you’re on Hannah’s budget you might want to keep looking.

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‘You Yell, You Scream, and Then… What?’: Trayvon Martin Rally Ends in 12 to 20 Arrests


Yesterday, thousands of New Yorkers poured into Union Square to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

We spoke to some of those who showed up in the afternoon, and you can find out what brought them there by clicking through the slideshow above. For many, the chants of “No justice, no peace!” and “The system is guilty, it freed George Zimmerman!” continued into the night and then into the wee hours during a march from the East Village to the Bronx.
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Watch It Live: 6pm Trayvon Martin Rally in Union Square

Earlier today we brought you video and photos from a 2pm rally protesting the not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. We now return to Union Square to livestream a protest scheduled for 6pm. (Apologies in advance for the quality of the stream — we’re working on it.)

Update 7:30pm: Our livestream is down and we’re tweeting at @bedbow instead. For a good livestream of the march — which spilled onto Broadway, moved over to Third Avenue, and is currently near 23rd and Third Avenue — check out Eye on the Ground’s stream.

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Scenes From Today’s Trayvon Martin Rally in Union Square

Hundreds gathered for a rally in Union Square this afternoon, to protest the not guilty verdict in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. On the scene was organizer Kevin Powell of “Real World” fame, mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio (who has said that his Afro-sporting son looks like Trayvon Martin), and an attorney for Kharey Wise, one of the Central Park Five. Watch the video above to hear from some of the speakers and click through our slideshow below to see more from the protest.
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Chelsea Gallerists Are Partying in Their New LES Space Tonight, Sans the Art

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Chelsea gallery Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc. is celebrating its move to the Lower East Side tonight, two months before it actually goes down.

The gallery’s first show at 33 Orchard Street — featuring the work of Blair Thurman — won’t happen until September 20. In the meantime, the owners are throwing a party in the unrennovated room that they’re calling the “Raw Space,” with bare walls and wires hanging from the ceiling.
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San Fran Transplant Opens Taqueria Diana, Now Serving Monster Burritos

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Matt La Rue, the proprietor of the newly opened Taqueria Diana, had always dreamed of opening a taqueria in New York. The Stockton, California native spent a decade cooking in “more upscale” Bay Area Mexican restaurants, and came to love San Francisco-style burritos and quesadillas when he moved to the Mission District a few years ago.
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