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Pete Seeger, the East Village, and the ‘Frat House For Musical Revolutionaries’

The Almanac Singers, circa 1940. L-R: Woody Gurthrie, Millard Lampell, Bess Lomax Hawes, Pete Seeger, Arthur Stern, Sis Cunningham.  (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The Almanac Singers, circa 1940. L-R: Woody Gurthrie, Millard Lampell, Bess Lomax Hawes, Pete Seeger, Arthur Stern, Sis Cunningham. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Before Pete Seeger, “father of American folk music,” died Monday at the age of 94, he had lived in Beacon, N.Y. since 1949. But before that, he was a denizen of the East Village. In what was then known as the Lower East Side, he encountered musical mentors like Lead Belly, ran with a relative unknown named Woody Guthrie, became an activist, and started his career as one of the country’s most iconic and beloved musicians.
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NYPD Seeks NYU Student’s Shroom Dealer; Carmellini Takes Former Peels Space

Forget it, pal

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

The NYPD are looking for the drug dealer who, they say, provided shrooms to Titan Lee-Hai before he plunged from an NYU dorm. [DNA Info]

A faux ConEd bill collector is getting Williamsburg shopkeepers to turn over bundles of cash. [Brooklyn Paper]

In Greenpoint, a 25-year-old is accused of jumping off his moped to bash strangers with a metal pipe. [Brooklyn Paper]
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These Purple Projections Are the Trippiest Thing You’ll See This Week

If you missed the installation that artist/illustrator Noémi Schipfer and architect/musician Takami Nakamoto (aka Nonotak) brought to Fowler Project Space in Greenpoint earlier this month, well at least don’t miss the video the Paris-based duo just unleashed, above. “Daydream V.03,” as the audiovisual piece is called, is a trip and a half. And is all the more impressive because it’s created using projectors and fabric, rather than LED lights. When you’re done watching, check out the below video featuring the 10 plexiglass pieces they sold — from a series titled “Masks.”
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In the Projects, Citi Bike Hasn’t Exactly Kicked Into High Gear

A trail of self-praise has followed Citi Bike over the last week. Over 6,000 Citi Bikers pedaled through the city against the Polar Vortex and just yesterday the program announced that it had signed up its 97,000th member.  So why is the docking station outside of the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D and East 5th Street so often chock full of bright blue bikes?

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Just What the Puck Is Going On at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club?

shuffleboarders

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

After dropping into the soft-opening of Gowanus’s new shuffleboard bar this past weekend, we’ve stopped oo-ing and ah-ing long enough to talk to Jonathan Schnapp, who tells us the free shuffleboard will continue tonight and tomorrow. Huzzah! After that, he and co-owner Ashley Albert will take a breather for a few days and hopefully open fully next week. At this early stage in the game, the Royal Palms Website is short on details and the public is clamoring for information, so we asked Schnapp to tell us how all of this is going to work. There’s a lot going on here (DJs! bands! food trucks! 10 shuffleboard courts!), so we went ahead and — as best we could with our trembling hands — broke it into a FAQ. All of this, of course, is subject to change.
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Meet Wes Anderson, John Waters, Chuck Palahniuk and More at the Library

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 1.40.44 PMLast time we headed uptown for something at the library, it was for that . Looks like a return visit is in order: the lineup for the upcoming season of Live at the NYPL has just been unleashed and highlights include Wes Anderson talking Grand Budapest Hotel, Malcolm Gladwell revealing all, Douglas Coupland and Chuck Palahniuk in what’s sure to be a far-out convo, Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy talking craft brews, John Waters (who’s always good for a laugh), and more. Check out the full schedule below. If you’re a Friend of the Library, click on the links to pre-order tickets (they’re $15) or wait till they go on sale to general public ($25) Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.
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‘We’d Found This Cave Out of Time’: A Look Back at Glam Rock’s Club 82

(Photos: Aileen Polk)

(Photos: Eileen Polk)

When Judy Garland, Kirk Douglas, Liz Taylor and the glitterati of the ‘50s wanted to walk on the wild side, they headed to the East Village’s Club 82, “New York’s After-Dark Rendezvous.” The notoriety of the basement club, at 82 East Fourth Street, came from its elaborate stage shows performed by 35 female impersonators. Strippers, dancers, comedians and singers, all men in drag, staged three shows nightly, seven days a week well into the ‘60s, when the novelty wore off and the club’s popularity faded.
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NYU Student ‘Not in His Senses’ Before Fall; Rally For Pedestrian Safety in BK

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Photo: Scott Lynch

A police source tells the Post that NYU freshman Titan Lee-Hai was high on mushrooms when he plunged from the roof of Third North. A fellow student says that Lee-Hai, who was clearly “not in his senses,” punched him in the face shortly before the fatal fall. [NYP, NY Daily News]

Rapping under the name Trizzykid, the Trinidadian had built a substantial following of fans, and was remembered fondly. [NY Observer]

200 people gathered in Bushwick to mourn traffic fatalities and rally for safer streets. [The Weekly Nabe]

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