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Schumer On Sandy Aid: ‘The First Year Was Too Slow’

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

A day before Hurricane Sandy’s first anniversary, Mayor Bloomberg showed up at New York University flanked by aides, a congressional delegation and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, all of them there to announce a fresh infusion of $1.34 billion in federal funds to help rebuild homes, businesses and infrastructure damaged in New York City by its worst natural disaster. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had already provided the city with more than $1.7 billion earlier this year, a mere pittance compared to the enormity of Sandy’s devastation across five states on the Eastern seaboard.
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We’re Getting Another $1.34 Billion For Sandy Recovery

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Flanked by a congressional delegation and HUD secretary Shaun Donovan, Mayor Bloomberg walked briskly into NYU’s Pless Hall today at 1 p.m. to announce that an additional $1.34 billion in federal funds has been earmarked for New York City via HUD community development block grants for homes and businesses affected by superstorm Sandy. He let his fellow pols do a lot of the talking. “The first year was recovery, the second year is rebuilding,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, who acknowledged the process was slow but claimed the Obama administration wanted to avoid “the mistakes” from Katrina.
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Get a Guitar Lesson From Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth Tonight

LeeRanaldoGuitarClinicWhoa, far be it from us to steer you clear of our own event with Vice tonight, but our friends at Other Music have something pretty extraordinary going on: Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth is doing a guitar clinic at the record store, as you can see from this hilarious Dan Smith-style flyer. Keep in mind, this is the guy who Glenn Branca told us was “one of the most important musicians who’s ever played in my band,” which is saying a lot. So if you’ve always wondered what tuning that one b-side from that one 7″ was in, you might want to go get some knowledge dropped on ya. The event starts at 8 p.m. If you missed Ranaldo’s show at Terminal 5 over the weekend, he’ll be back supporting his new album, Last Night on Earth, at in January.

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Happy 50th Anniversary, Rosario’s

1963 was a big year for pizza on the Lower East Side. That’s when a 16-year-old Salvatore Bartolomeo first flipped a disc of dough at Rosario’s Pizza, which quietly celebrated its 50th anniversary yesterday.

The neighborhood has changed since then, as has the pizza joint’s Houston Street location (it’s now at 173 Orchard). So is Bartolomeo nervous about the recent and impending closures of Max Fish (being replaced by Sweet Chick),  El Sombrero (being replaced by Artichoke Pizza), Motor City, and all the rest? Or does he plan to go as long as Katz’s, which is celebrating its 125th?
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The Space at Tompkins Is Finally Getting an Actual Space From Which to Help the Homeless

Andrea Stella, center. (Photo: Space at Tompkins)

The Space at Tompkins, despite its name, is a “completely street-based” organization, according to co-founder Andréa Stella. But next month the non-profit — which connects the city’s transient homeless with anything from peanut butter sandwiches to clean needles — will get an actual space of its own. If only for a week.
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Meowzers! There’s Going to Be a Cat Painting Takedown

1378803_629586530412143_503297906_nMatt Timms, organizer of legendary amateur-chef competitions, is hosting his third Painting Takedown. This time, instead of velvet paintings, talented artists — well, anyone with at least some confidence in their ability to wield a paint brush — are being challenged to smear canvases with their best interpretation of cats. It’s the next best thing to a cat cafe!

Don’t worry, if you “can’t paint cats” — the exact words of one tattoo artist whose unfortunate work will never see the light of day again, thanks to one SUPERB cover-up — you can still mow some spicy chili, alternate with swigs of ice-cold beer, and bid on paintings to support local animal shelters.
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Buy Anything at Essex Street Market and Luca & Bosco Will Put Pumpkin Ice Cream On It

Oddfellows and Davey’s Ice Cream aren’t the only ones that started scooping over the summer. At the Essex Street Market, Catherine Oddenino and Ruthie Vishlitzky of Luca & Bosco have been quietly serving up goat cheese ice cream as well as cocktail-inspired varieties like Gin & Juice. For the fall, they’re doing seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Spice. Watch our audio slideshow to find out more about the cart’s “a la mode” program and then try asking them to top the mac & cheese pancakes you bought at Shopsins with a scoop of their Drunk & Salty Caramel.