As SantaCon gets ready to pop off in the East Village this weekend and its organizers helpfully remind their ruddy-cheeked followers not to pee on things or, uh, rape people, the LES Dwellers have posted the above signs around the Lower East Side. We’re not the only ones who’ve noticed them. Redditors are opining about the humbuggy postings, and — as you can guess — there’s a whole toy bag of opinions about SantaCon. Where do you fall on this spectrum of lovers and haters? More →
Councilman Stephen Levin, last seen condemning a knockout punch on a Hasidic man, is now speaking out against an “appalling attack” in Williamsburg earlier this month. This time, it’s a case of Hasidic-on-black violence. More →
Dave Malloy and Eliza Bent in Blue Wizard / Black Wizard. (Courtesy of).
Wizards fighting to save humanity from the Great Mediocrity! Witches ridding the room of chode intentions! You’ll find both in the East Village this month. (Who said Bushwick had to have all the witches?) More →
It’s animation through the ages this Sunday at Videology as Black Mariah Films presents ANIMATED! Taking us back to the early silent era right up to the present, Black Mariah will be showcasing animated films that not only define the era they were made in but also reveal the technological innovation and experimental nature of the artists themselves. More →
Speaking of auctions involving Richard Hell, the St. Mark’s Bookshop, as you know, held a live auction Thursday to raise funds for its move to a smaller location in the East Village. Though 11 books, including Music of Chance by Paul Auster and Drown by Junot Diaz, were up for grabs, a Baggage Battles-style bidding war didn’t exactly ensue: the event drew just a dozen people, and brought in a modest $100 via Anne Waldman’s First Baby Poems and The Milk of Universal Kindness. More →
That star-studded auction aimed at snuffing out NYU’s forthcoming Greenwich Village towers went online today, and there are some big ticket items in addition to the previously mentioned shopping trip with Padma Lakshmi, acting lessons from Philip Seymour Hoffman, and lunch with Lewis Lapham. Maybe the most exciting addition: dinner with Richard Hell at John’s of 12th Street, down the block from Hell’s apartment. More →
Don’t worry, we didn’t know who Swagg Man was either until we saw a blinged-out mofo with a Louis Vuitton head tattoo dining with an entourage at Han Joo on St. Marks Place. After sneaking the photo you see here, we googled “Louis Vuitton head tattoo” and found out he’s a Paris-based Brazilian-Tunisian rapper who claims to be a millionaire, rides a Lambo and a Bentley, wears Versace but spells it Versacey, and has “Every Day Is My Birthday” etched across his forehead. More →