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Tour the LES Circa 1946, Where ‘Panties and Pickles Live Side By Side’

The Lower East Side has long been a place “where panties and pickles live side by side.” Or so says the narrator of ”Around the World in New York,” a circa 1946 documentary exploring the lives of immigrants and ethnic communities in NYC.
In the above clip, recently uploaded to YouTube, the LES is described as “a new-world version of the old-world bazaar,” where “bargaining between merchant and customer still remains an art.” It just so happens that on September 28, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum will debut a walking tour, “Storefront Stories,” dedicated to just the kind of commerce you see here.

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Man Shot During Possible Robbery-Gone-Bad on Clinton

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

Outside 103 Clinton this afternoon. (Photo: Kavitha Surana)

A 31-year-old man was shot on the Lower East Side early this morning.

Police believe the shooting, which happened around 4 a.m. at 103 Clinton St., was part of an attempted robbery. The gunshot grazed the victim’s face, and he was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he is expected to survive, police said. The perpetrator, described as a man wearing a brown hoodie, evaded capture and was not arrested.

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Hasidic Williamsburg Is Full of Thompson Twins, But Not Quite Completely

Check out the New York Times map depicting the outcome of Tuesday’s mayoral Democratic primaries and you can pretty much guess what Williamsburg looks like. A clear line separates the north and south sides, revealing a politically (and otherwise) divided neighborhood. Whereas Bill de Blasio won the gentrified section north of Broadway, Bill Thompson swept the Hasidic-dominated section south of Broadway and east of Williamsburg Street.
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Yep, De Blasio Celebrated With Food Trucks and LCD Soundsystem

De Blasio and fam.

De Blasio and fam.

If you were following Daily Intel last night, then you know the deal: Joe Lhota beat John Catsimatidis as the Republican mayoral candidate despite Cats’s Tim & Eric-esque campaign; Lena Dunham’s favorite candidate, Scott Stringer, squeaked past Eliott Spitzer in the race for comptroller; Charles Hynes is out as Brooklyn DA, in part because of feelings that he was too soft on child sex abusers in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community; the public advocate race between Daniel Squadron and Letitia James is headed for a runoff. And, of course, Bill de Blasio, the clear favorite among voters we spoke to yesterday, emerged victorious over Bill Thompson (though there will be a recount to make sure a runoff isn’t necessary) and solidified his place as the hipster candidate du jour by celebrating at the Bell House with “a Smorgasbord-esque assortment of gourmet food trucks” and a playlist that included LCD Soundsystem. Chris Smith wrote about his “full-spectrum victory” and why it further cemented Brooklyn as “the city’s new center of gravity.”
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Here’s Who Some of Your Neighbors Voted For Today, and Why

The scene in Bushwick. (Tamerra Griffin)

The scene in Bushwick. (Tamerra Griffin)

Lo and behold, even on iPhone Tuesday, some folks remembered to vote in the primaries — though from what we saw, not all that many. Around 9 a.m. today, we spotted City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez on the corner of East 12th Street and First Avenue, entering the home stretch of her race against her Harley-riding challenger Rick Del Rio. We know this much: she got the vote of State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, who tweeted about some “confusion in Stuy Town” that “sent voters to a nonexistent poll site.”
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District 2: This Harley Riding Pastor Wants to Be Your New City Councilman

Del Rio co-ordinating Sandy relief efforts (Photo: Jonathen Adkins)

Del Rio co-ordinating Sandy relief efforts (Photo: Jonathen Adkins)

Aspiring City Councilman Rick Del Rio raps his gold-ringed knuckles on the table as he speaks, his colorful bicep tattoos (“Jesus Christ Is Lord” and “The Lion of Judah Has Conquered”) peeking out from beneath the sleeves of a black button-up.

“I’m a political outsider, and being a political outsider means I have a lot to learn,” he says in a gravelly, booming voice that one can easily imagine bellowing across a pulpit. “But I’ll learn it. Because whatever I have to do, I will do. I’ve got no issues with ego; I just want to serve. And I’ve got no fear.”
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Up Against Vito, Antonio Reynoso Has Been Knocking On a Lot of Wood Lately

Reynoso and Melinda Katz in Ridgewood. (Photo: Nicole Paluska)

Reynoso and Melinda Katz in Ridgewood. (Photo: Nicole Paluska)

“I’ve got the easiest pitch in the city,’” District 34 City Council hopeful Antonio Reynoso said at a fundraiser earlier this year: “Hi, I don’t sexually harass my staff, will you vote for me?”

Media coverage of 30-year-old Reynoso’s campaign to win tomorrow’s Democratic primary has overwhelmingly focused on the bad behavior of his opponent, former State Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Lopez, who is 72, resigned from the State Assembly last May when several female staffers accused him of sexual harassment. Soon after, Lopez began raising money for a City Council run in District 34, which encompasses Williamsburg, Bushwick and part of Ridgewood, Queens.
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Owners of Pearl’s and Los Perros Locos Got Stiffed By Bike Thieves

As far as we can tell, the thefts are in no way related to the classic work of Italian neo-realist cinema.

There’s an old saying: don’t bite the hand that feeds you, and don’t steal their wheels either!

And yet a couple of weeks ago Alex Mitow, the owner of Los Perros Locos, posted a Facebook update about his bike disappearing from a fence on the Lower East Side. And this morning Betsy Maher, the owner of Pearl’s Social and Billy Club, and Benny Thomson, a bartender at Anchored Inn, had their two Suzuki motorbikes stolen from outside Thomson’s place at 62 Greenpoint Avenue. (Yep, more crime in Greenpoint…)
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Here's Your Chance to Help Out Colin Devlin's Family

DumontBenefitUnion Pool has announced that it’s hosting a “celebration of the neighborhood’s most enduring and endearing restaurant” this Friday, and proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for the two young children of Colin Devlin, the Williamsburg restaurateur who ended his life last month.
Ten dollars at the door, which opens at 6 p.m., gets you into the 9 p.m. show featuring Dead Stars, Eastern Hollows, and American Darlings. And you’ll have the chance to win prizes from over two dozen shops and restaurants, including Campbell Cheese and Grocery, The Levee, and Beacon’s Closet.
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