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Behind Bars: How a Police Station House Became a Speakeasy

All week, we’re bringing you a series of deep dives into the surprising histories of storied addresses. Back to our usual after the New Year.

(Photo: Shanna Ravindra for NY Mag)

(Photo: Shanna Ravindra for NY Mag)

Given the history of the building at 105-107 Eldridge Street, it’s no surprise that the bartender at Fontana’s, the otherwise-laid back establishment at 105, checks everyone’s ID meticulously. Among the Chinese-owned vegetable shops and beside a discount sushi restaurant, the place is a bit of an anomaly on the border of Chinatown, near the Grand Ave. B, D stop. But the 146-year-old building has deep neighborhood ties that entwine law, liquor, and vice.
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Meet the Kitties of Meow Parlour, NYC’s First Permanent Cat Cafe

Just minutes from now, at precisely noon today, New York City’s first permanent cat café will open its doors, and your Instagram feed will look something like the slideshow above. We got a sneak peek at Meow Parlour this morning and can confirm that this isn’t a sick social media experiment: this cat café is 100% real.
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Photos, Video: Ferguson Protesters Again Flooded the Streets (and Highways, and Bridges)

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A day after protesters blocked the Manhattan and Triborough Bridges, demonstrators once again took to the streets — this time in far greater numbers — to protest a grand jury’s decision not to charge Darren Wilson.
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‘If We Weren’t Taking Pictures, We’d Just Be Complete Maniacs and Degenerates’

From left, Mike Krim, PJ Monte, Osvaldo Chance Jimenez (aka Slutlust), Mikhail Sokovikov, Harry McNally, and Jason Aaron Wall. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

From left, Mike Krim, PJ Monte, Osvaldo Chance Jimenez (aka Slutlust), Mikhail Sokovikov, Harry McNally, and Jason Aaron Wall. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Party photos are more than ubiquitous– images of gleeful off-duty models chugging champagne and wild-eyed kids of questionable age tearing it up at some after-hours are about as surprising as seeing someone on the subway brown baggin’ it to work. And yet, those once responsible for documenting it all are quickly becoming an endangered species as Instagram and selfies threaten to reveal the party photographer as nothing more than a middle man.
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Chinatown Buses Face Regulation and Riled-Up Residents

Passengers wait for their ride (photo courtesy of "Save Our Streets")

Passengers wait for their ride (photo courtesy of Save LES Streets)

After a two-year grace period, the city is finally moving to enforce legislation that aims to regulate the thriving (and some would say infuriating) Chinatown bus industry, in the hopes of mitigating the “wild west” atmosphere that the throng of ludicrously cheap long-haul carriers have introduced to the affected downtown zones.
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Walks, Talks, and Chalk: 80 Things to Do During Lower East Side History Month

Logo color_12-15The organizers of the first annual Lower East Side History Month have announced next month’s lineup, featuring over 80 events organized by over 60 cultural and community groups based in the LES, East Village, Chinatown and Little Italy. The month-long celebration of downtown lore kicks off May 3, when various sites will have been chalked up with neighborhood trivia and poetry (passersby will be encouraged to add their own) and continues May 4 with a picnic at Pier 42, featuring salsa dancing and gypsy swing. An LES Heroes award — which is exactly what it sounds like — will also be announced. Here, courtesy of Fourth Arts Block, is the lineup, starting with the Real Estate Show events we told you about earlier.
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Here’s Your Handsome New Spot For Sesame Whiskey and Chicken Cracklins

(Photo: Ron Castellano)

The dining room, opening next month. (Photo: Ron Castellano)

A stone’s throw from where Les Enfants Terribles turned into Skal in August, another Lower Lower East Side spot will unveil a new look and concept tonight. The space that was Broadway East and then LTO is now Rosette.
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Here’s Our Mondo Map of How, Why (and Whether!) 300 Of Your Neighbors Are Voting

It’s been clear since the political ads started airing in August: New York City is in a ‘fromance with Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. And with a 54-point lead in the latest poll, the Public Advocate is slated to be our next mayor. If the winner seems to be in the bag, will people still turn up to cast their vote?
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