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L-pocalypse: There Will Be No L Trains This Weekend

1455054_10100405541558425_333144430_nSorry, good people of the L train, starting at 11:30 p.m. Friday there will be no service between the Myrtle-Wyckoff Ave station in Brooklyn and 8th Ave in Manhattan. Trains won’t be rolling again till early Monday morning, so get ready to rent a Citi Bike or hop aboard the M14 in Manhattan or a shuttle bus in Brooklyn. For service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, you’ll have to use the A, J, or M trains.

The MTA tells us it’s replacing track ties along 14th Street and at the Bedford, Lorimer, Grand and Graham stops. You can admire those gleaming new planks starting 5 a.m. Monday. In the meantime, get to bitchin’.

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Shots Heard Round the World: Iranian Musicians Rocked By Brooklyn Tragedy

Clockwise from left: Arash Farazmand, Siavash Karampour, Soroush Farazmand, Ali Eskandarian and Koory Mirz.

Clockwise: Arash Farazmand, Siavash Karampour, Soroush Farazmand, Ali Eskandarian and Koory Mirz. (Photo: Yellow Dogs Facebook page)

The tragic killings of two members of Iranian expat band The Yellow Dogs rocked the local and national media outlets yesterday. Across the world, Iranian musicians were just as hard-hit by the news. “We were all shocked,” Sam Solino, keyboardist of the Tehran-based prog-rock band Liberty Square, told us in a Facebook message last night.
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At the Brooklyn Fishing Derby, Shit Got Reel

The Brooklyn Fishing Derby culminated Sunday after three days and nights of aggressive angling. The event, sponsored by the Brooklyn Urban Anglers Association, brought together fishermen and women from all over who enjoy casting a line while admiring the New York City skyline.

And yes, these folks were playing for keeps: most participants said they’d be okay taking a bite of striped bass — like, say, the 12-pound, 36-incher that Jon Ruffino, winner of the inaugural 2009 derby, hauled in this year.  That’s a migratory fish that passes through the area this time of year and — in theory – hasn’t spent too much time in the less than crystalline waters of the East River.

Watch the video to hear from the bassmasters at India Street Pier in Greenpoint, and fish on!

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Cornel West Praises Catholic Anarchist, Thinks Obama Is ‘Not Worth Breakdancing Over’

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Cornel West dropped into the East Village’s Maryhouse on Friday to deliver a holy-rolling birthday tribute to Dorothy Day, the Catholic-anarchist writer who would’ve turned 116.

Decked out in his signature tux, West described Day as a “God wrestler” who was “broke as the Ten Commandments financially” but “spiritually as rich as anyone could imagine.”
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[UPDATED] Man Fatally Shot Three People and Killed Himself in East Williamsburg

Shant W Alexander/@ShantAlexander

Shant W Alexander/@ShantAlexander

A man shot and killed three people — possibly bandmates — early this morning in East Williamsburg before turning the gun on himself.

Police responding to reports of gunfire at 318 Maujer Street, between Waterbury St. and Morgan Ave., found three people shot to death and a shooter dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A fifth person was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition, with a gunshot wound to the arm.
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You Know These New Yorkers, But Can You Guess Who They’re Voting For?

After finding out who 300 of your neighbors are voting for, we once again teamed up with NYU’s Studio 20 to find out who and what some not-so-random New Yorkers are getting behind. Click the sliders to find out what a reality show star, a filmmaker, a few small (and not-so-small) business owners, and a pastor/politician would do if they were mayor.

Reporting by Lilah Raptopoulos, Catherine Kustanczy, Kristin Oakley, and the rest of the students of Studio 20.

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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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Knickerbocker Village Just Scored $1.46M in Sandy Relief

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Only a few short weeks after both tenants and public officials expressed mounting frustration over delays in disaster relief funds to help Knickerbocker Village recover from Sandy’s onslaught a year ago, the city announced today that it would provide $1.46 million in federal money from the NYC Build It Back program to finance the first phase of repairs. More →

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When Bellevue Had to Evacuate Its Criminally Insane

Water gushing out of a pump during Bellevue

Water gushing out of a pump during Bellevue’s evacuation on Nov. 1. (Photo: Sheri Fink)

Four days after Hurricane Sandy, Bellevue Hospital was without power and running water and people were starting to panic. “It’s Bellevue, we’re used to crisis,” says Dr. Elizabeth Ford, “but this was different. I don’t think I’ve ever panicked in my life but I was starting to worry that we wouldn’t get out.”

As director of forensic psychiatry at the Kips Bay hospital, Dr. Ford oversees criminals who suffer from major psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and usually psychosis. The majority come from Rikers Island when they’re suffering from a medical complication.
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After Sandy, Jazz Musicians Really Banded Together

BruceMackIn the days after Hurricane Sandy darkened the Lower East Side, an old man played horn inside his dark, cold apartment, hungry for his favorite food: chicken. Then, unexpectedly, knuckles rapped at his door. It was four volunteers from the Jazz Foundation of America, and they had warm food and clothing.

Tears welled up in the man’s eyes. “Who are you? And, I love you,” he said.
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