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Cooper Union’s Ping-Pong Protesters Might Be In For a Paddling

(Courtesy Free Cooper Union)

(Courtesy Free Cooper Union)

Cooper Union wants it to be known that you can’t just unleash 2,100 ping-pong balls on a four-story staircase and get away with it. In a campus-wide e-mail forwarded to B+B, Alan Wolf, the school’s safety coordinator, says he wants the ping-pong protesters to be held accountable. Here’s the full statement, in case you were about to bulk order some Slinkies.
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Watch Coked-Up Rats Reenact Russian History at This Freaky Film Festival

The cartoon above — just one installment in the “Rats on Cocaine” series — is so completely depraved it makes R. Crumb look like Mr. Rogers. And yet the folks at the New York No Limits Film Series saw fit to include it in this year’s NYNL summit, which hits The Wild Project this weekend.
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Are Jimmy McMillan’s New Jams Kind of Amazing, or Are We Too Damn High?

Sure, de Blasio filled three top slots yesterday, but that’s not half as exciting his runner-up’s three new jams.

Jimmy McMillan snagged less than 2,000 votes and came in fifth on election day, but hey, it’s still better than Bloomberg did as a write-in. And he isn’t letting it get him down. The East Villager behind the Rent Is Too Damn High party just unleashed a trio of songs that are really kind of astonishing.
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James Murphy’s Espresso Is Brewing; Knockout Attacks Due to ‘Resentment’?

NYC Christmas Trees 2013: East Village

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

A newly elected councilwoman attempting to explain recent knockout attacks believes that for some African-Americans “the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success.” [DNA Info]

A Twitter account claiming to represent Castle Braid, the apartment complex that was the subject of the Post‘s recent piece about old hipsters vs. new hipsters, is running its mouth, but who’s really behind it? [NY Observer]

A 19-year-old says he was the victim of a gunpoint robbery on South 9th Street in Williamsburg. [Brooklyn Paper]
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Watch 4 Off-Beat, Stroke-of-Genius Films From the Age of Porno Chic

(Courtesy Anthology Film Archives)

(Courtesy Anthology Film Archives)

We love you, Anthology Film Archives, but that doesn’t mean we want to see your old porn. Ok, maybe.

On Friday, the East Village theater launches a steamy new series dedicated to the “porno chic” age of adult cinema, when legit actors starred in top-notch skin flicks whose plots went beyond just someone ordering a pizza.

As with all good porn-related titles, the name of the series, “In the Flesh,” is a double entendre: each screening will be accompanied by an in-the-flesh appearance by a director, actor, or crew member who made the magic happen. Grab your trenchcoat: the first installment, this weekend, features a quartet of NYC-based films.
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Less Chain Stores in EV, More in BK; a Williamsburg Shipping-Container House

Check out the above video for time-lapse footage of the Rough Trade store‘s opening. [NY Times]

And on the other side of the retail spectrum, the city saw the smallest year-to-year increase in chain stores: just half a percent! The bad news for Brooklyn is: chains were up 2.8 percent, which is a larger increase than the previous year. Also: there are now over 500 Dunkin’ Donuts locations citywide. [Capital NY]

The 10002 zip code added 10 national retailers and the 10003 zip code came in third with 170 stores (9 less than last year). [The Lo-Down] More →

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An E-Cig Ban Looms, But Vape Shop Owners are Breathing Easy

A sign lists carcinogens at Henley Vaporium. (Courtesy of Henley)

A sign lists carcinogens at Henley Vaporium. (Courtesy of Henley)

With a public hearing scheduled tomorrow and vote expected later this month, the City Council’s Health Committee is proposing a ban on e-cigs in most indoor public spaces. E-cigarettes and vaporizers are the latest indulgence to be threatened by Bloomberg. But while the ban might stop New Yorkers from e-puffing in bars, clubs, and subway platforms, owners of several vaping lounges aren’t as threatened by it as you’d assume.
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Wolf Down Some Popcorn — and Meet an Actual Wolf — at These Fun Screenings

This weekend at indieScreen, the second annual Philip K. Dick Film Festival pays homage to the sci-fi master whose work led to Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, The Adjustment Bureau and Minority Report, among others. Here, you can catch the adaptation of his short story “The Crystal Crypt” as well as blocks of films (in the genres of supernatural, horror, metaphysical, and sci-fi) inspired by the likes of Kafka, Borges and Calvino — writers that explored life through a unique lens that teetered on the strange and surreal. A three day pass is only $55 (day passes and individual tickets are available as well).

Here’s what else we’re Reel Psyched about this week.
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