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Rheingold, Domino Developments Get Approvals; Hells Angels Suing Over Clubhouse

Meres One at Rag & Bone, with Swoon

Meres One at Rag & Bone. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

After an earlier committee vote, the entirety of Community Board 1 has now approved the Domino Sugar development with some conditions. [The Real Deal]

The rezoning of the former Rheingold Brewery site to make room for 70- and 80-foot towers has been approved by the City Council. [DNA Info]

The beating of a gay black student earlier this month in the Hasidic part of Williamsburg may have come at the hands of a neighborhood watch force, police say. [NYDN]

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There Are 10 Ways to Feel About SantaCon

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

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?
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Union Square Won’t Get an H&M; Kim Gordon Will Play PS1

Bodega

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

A deal that would’ve put an H&M in Union Square has fallen through, sources tell The Real Deal. [TRD]

Six new buildings are coming to Van Buren Street in Bushwick. [BuzzBuzz Home]

A new apartment building at 150 Broadway in Williamsburg is now offering units ranging from $2,800 studios to $5,950 three bedrooms. [Curbed] More →

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The Bookshop’s Live Auction Was a Bust, But a Rare Edition of Maus Is Cleaning Up

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.
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Hell of a Deal! Dinner’s On Richard Hell If You Bid in This Anti-NYU Expansion Auction

Mark Ruffalo is donating some Hulk memorabilia.

Mark Ruffalo is donating some Hulk memorabilia.

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.
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Is This French Rapper With a Louis Vuitton Head Tattoo the World’s Most Ridiculous Man?

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Can we talk about Swagg Man for a momo?

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.
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Could Williamsburg Get a Starbucks, Apple Store, Umami Burger, and Concert Hall?

Desire

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A job listing would seem to indicate that Williamsburg’s first Starbucks is plunking down at 405-409 Union Ave. [Eater]

Sources tell The Real Deal that Apple is “looking closely” at the building on the corner of Bedford Avenue and N 4th Street (across the street from the future Whole Foods) as the location of Brooklyn’s first Apple store. The building is already getting a Parm and an Umami Burger. [TRD]

The owner of a pet-bowl company wants to transform a steel factory at 319 Frost Street, in Williamsburg, into a 2,000-seat concert venue. [DNA Info]
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Could SantaCon and Unsilent Night Collide to Become UnsilentaCon?

UnsilentaCon. It could happen. (Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev/Taylor Davidson. Illustration: Daniel Maurer)

UnsilentaCon. It could happen. (Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev/Taylor Davidson. Illustration: Daniel Maurer)

By now you know that SantaCon — the annual invasion of Fratty Old St. Nicks — is set to go down Dec. 14. What you likely don’t know is that on that same day, another holiday flash mob, the roving boom-box orchestra known as Unsilent Night, will be moving through the same hemisphere. Is it possible these two forces could converge into something more menacing than any sharknado?
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$2,500 Apartments Bound For Ave D; SantaCon Is Coming to Town

NYC Christmas Trees 2013: Bowery

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Renderings for a 12-story, 124-unit apartment building on Avenue D have been revealed. Rents at Alphabet Plaza are expected to be $2,500 to $3,600. [Curbed]

SantaConparticularly controversial this year — is coming to town on Dec. 14, and is expected to start at Tompkins Square Park. [DNA Info]

E-cig smokers showed up in force at yesterday’s City Council hearing and lit up indoors — but will they be able to in the future? [NY Post] More →