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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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Watch Cat Marnell and Richard Kern Talk Girls, Drugs, and Girls on Drugs

Last night two East Village iconoclasts rolled into the Newsroom, and it was major. We paired writer Cat Marnell with photographer Richard Kern for a conversation moderated by novelist Porochista Khakpour, whose third novel, it turns out, includes a character based on Marnell. Watch the hour-long blow-by-blow above, or check out the highlights below.
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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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Sunday: Join Us For an Evening With Cat Marnell and Richard Kern

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Before the B+B Newsroom launched, we promised you cats — and on our pop-up’s final night tomorrow, Sunday, we’re giving you Cat. That’s right: Cat Marnell. And because one East Village firebrand deserves another, we’re pairing her with photographer Richard Kern for what’s sure to be a lively discussion about pushing boundaries and pushing buttons.
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These Gents Will Serve Muffuletta Biscuits 24 Hours a Day

Tsuna and Price as they prepare for their reopening.

Tsuna and Price as they prepare for their reopening.

Earlier this week, Empire Biscuit opened at 198 Avenue A, near East 12th Street, and began peddling biscuits in every imaginable form (as a sandwich, slathered in gravy, or topped with an impossibly eclectic selection of spreads and jams); the demand was so great that owners Jonathan Price and Yonadav Tsuna ran out of major menu items and had to close early. They’re taking the weekend to regroup, but come this Tuesday, with an expanded staff and a bolstered inventory, they’ll officially be open 24 hours a day.
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That Vintage Store That’s Been On Bedford Avenue Forever Has Left Williamsburg

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

securedownload-1If you’re doing some last-minute costume shopping, a) don’t even think about going as zombie Lou Reed, and b) don’t bother going to Vice Versa, the thrift shop that’s been on Bedford Avenue for some ten years. The wall of plaid and flannel has come down and the place was being completely cleared out earlier this evening.

Luis Perez, a manager, said the store was moving to 71 White Street, near McKibbin,and will reopen in larger digs —  “the same store but more quality” — sometime between November 15 and 20. “The rent is almost the same but the space is huge — maybe 8,000 square feet,” he said. Plus, the new shop will be conveniently located near Bogart & Moore Vintage. “It’s good when you have competition, because they go to the first and then the second,” said Perez.

Vice Versa’s parent company also owns No Relation Vintage and Village Style in the East Village, Urban Jungle in Bushwick, and Atlantis Attic in Williamsburg — so yeah, pretty much everywhere you’ve ever bought an ironic Member’s Only jacket.

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7-Eleven Has Opened On Avenue A, and No 7-Eleven Has Something to Say About It

Pretty spooky. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Pretty spooky. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It happened on Halloween: 7-Eleven opened at the corner of Avenue A and East 11th Street, to the, em, horror of many an East Villager. Or at least, to the horror of the folks who’ve been protesting the store’s construction site every Sunday: No 7-Eleven is calling for a 9 p.m. boycott rally tonight.
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The East Village Just Got an Anti-Banker Bar Named After the Hero of Fight Club

(Photo: Erica Martin)

(Photo: Erica Martin)

A Fight Club-themed bar called Durden opened last night in Nightingale Lounge’s former space on 13th and Second Ave (right near the forthcoming Westside Market), but don’t stop by expecting any soap outside of the bathroom or jeans stolen from a laundromat on display. The bar is movie paraphernalia-free, and the Master of Mayhem himself only appears once, as part of a mural that owner Eddie Sherman commissioned Masterpiece NYC to paint along the room’s right-hand wall.
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The East Village Is Getting a Westside Market

(Photo: Danielle Walsh)

(Photo: Danielle Walsh)

First Brooklyn’s Union Market comes to Houston Street and now this: Westside Market — the family-owned supermarket chain known, among other things, for its funny cheese labels, is opening its first eastside store. According to a release, the bi-level store at 84 Third Avenue, on the corner of East 12th Street, will occupy 18,871 square feet in a new 9-story luxury rental building. That would be the Karl Fischer-designed building that caused Nevada Smiths to have to close its original location. Construction should be completed by early summer 2014.
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Was Banksy Inspired By This East Village Nudist Who Ran For President?

AbolafiaposterLouis Abolafia’s campaign poster featured the East Villager almost completely nude, asking, “What have I got to hide?”

Abolafia died 18 years ago today. But in May 1967, he was kicking off his run for the presidency at the Cosmic Love Convention at the Village Theater, where he said, “We should be a country of giving and giving and giving. The way we’re going now, we’re all wrong. We could be giants; we should be 10 times above what the Renaissance was.”
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