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So Much For That Post-Sandy Dip in Crime

Deputy Inspector John Cappelman. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Crime in all its myriad forms (including debit card scams, bike and cellphone thefts and old-fashioned purse snatchings) has increased over the last 28 days in the East Village — when, that is, such dastardly deeds are compared to minuscule crime rates in the immediate wake of superstorm Sandy.

Addressing a packed monthly Community Council meeting last night at the precinct’s East Fifth Street station house, Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann, the precinct’s commanding officer, said felonies like grand larceny were up 15 percent compared to the same period last year, and burglary rates were higher. One apparent perp, he said, left his tennis shoes in one of the East 14th Street apartments he burgled (“We got his DNA”) and then entered another unit in new boots only to fall from a window and wind up seriously injured at Bellevue.
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If You Like Puppets, You’ll Love This (And No, We’re Not Stringing You Along)

Not all puppets sit around downing booze and pills; some aspire to art and activism! And this month, you’ll have a few opportunities to hang with those high-minded puppets.

First, tonight, Anthology Film Archives plays tribute to Bread & Puppet Theater on the occasion of the troupe’s 50th anniversary. Fittingly enough, the company was based out of Anthology’s building on Second Avenue back in the ’60s, when its 20-foot-tall papier-mâché puppets, masked actors, and brass band music were fixtures at anti-war protests. Tonight at 7:30, the troupe’s founder and director, Peter Schumann, along with past and present members, will present live performances as well as films and recently unearthed footage featuring the B&P.
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A Blessing and a Setback For Steiner at Mary Help of Christians Site

Plywood at the Mary Help of Christians site. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Plywood at the Mary Help of Christians site. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Things have been quiet at the Mary Help of Christians site ever since the 96-year-old church was torn down over the summer — and it looks like they’ll stay that way for now. The Department of Buildings has disapproved plans to build a 7-story building on the lot between East 11th and 12th Streets, off of Avenue A.
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Regress to 1996 at These Retro Video Game Nights

1403111_10202285991691876_1949360368_oMom sold the Nintendo 64 for $25 back in 2005 and that was the end of that. If your classic video game console met a similar fate at a stoop sale or a Goodwill donation, here a couple of chances to re-up on nostalgia.

Entertainment group Sexy Nerds is having its latest Retro Video Game Night next Saturday at Nevada Smiths at 100 3rd Avenue. Fellow East Village nerds from Video Games New York on East 6th Street provide the discontinued video game consoles and games, and you provide the carpal tunnel syndrome.
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Williamsburg Gets More L Trains, Select Bus Service; Yellow Dogs Benefit Tonight

Christopher Walken-Rex, by Rainbow Hoodie Gang

Christopher Walken T-Rex (Photo: Scott Lynch)

To make up for this weekend’s service outage, here’s some good news for L riders: the MTA is adding 8 round-trips ever weekday and 4 every Saturday and Sunday, which will bring shave 12 seconds off the time between trains from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 50 seconds off it from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. [Brooklyn Paper]

And in other transportation news, there’s now Select Bus service between Sheepshead Bay and Williamsburg. [News 12]

Luke Temple, Nada Surf and others will pay tribute to the Yellow Dogs at a benefit show at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. [Brooklyn Vegan]
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The Day Gash and Muff of Guns N’ Hoses Met Slash and Duff of Guns N’ Roses

(Photo: @GunsNHosesRock)

(Photo: @GunsNHosesRock)

Every tribute band’s ultimate wet dream has got to be meeting their match IRL. And just over a week ago Guns N’ Hoses— Brooklyn’s own all-girl Guns N’ Roses cover band — got to do just that. But it wasn’t like girls were desperate groupies waiting backstage.

“It was some pure universe serendipity shit. It was crazy,” Charlene Kaye (a.k.a. Gash) told B+B of the time Gash met Slash.
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In Search of an Unsung East Village Photographer, Tomas Leach ‘Hunted an Old Man Down’

Saul Leiter, secret genius photographer of the East Village, turned 90 this year, yet his work is just now achieving widespread recognition — most recently in the form of In No Great Hurry, a documentary playing this week at the Doc NYC Festival.
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The Yippies’ Deepening Legal Woes Couldn’t Dampen the Pie Man’s Party

Aron Kay (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Aron Kay (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

About 50 close friends of Aron Kay gathered in the imperiled Yippie! Museum in Noho yesterday night to celebrate what could be the Yippie Pie Man’s last birthday there.

A Corcoran “For Rent” sign now hangs outside 9 Bleecker. As previously reported, lawyers for David F. Segal, the building’s court appointed receiver, have filed a contempt motion against the building’s owners — who are already fighting foreclosure — over non-payment of rent, seeking $250 a day in fines, eviction of tenants, possible jail time and the auctioning off of possessions belonging to imprisoned yippie Leader Dana Beale on the second floor.
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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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Help the Philippines: a Hackathon for Techies, a Drinkathon for Alkies

Outside of Jeepney. (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Outside of Jeepney. (Photo: Patrick Hogan)

Post-typhoon reports from the Philippines look increasingly grim, and the country badly needs any help it can get. Does that include apps?

, an organization that holds talks and events promoting Filipino entrepreneurship, is hosting a disaster-relief hackathon on the Lower East Side this weekend.
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