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L Train Gets Yarn Bombed; Williamsburg’s Of-the-Moment Luxury Building

Above: Watch London Kaye yarn bomb the L train. [Animal]

The Lower East Side is among the neighborhoods with the most cases of binge drinking. Duh. [DNA Info]

Interior shots of sculptor Walter De Maria’s cavernous home in an East Village substation, which just hit the market for $25 million. [Curbed]
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Look For the Topless Wallflower at Emma Hack’s Opening Tonight

(Photo courtesy

(Photos courtesy of Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery)

Talk about an impressive body of work.

Emma Hack, who painted singers Goyte and Kimbra for their “Somebody That I Used to Know” video, spent eight hours at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery today painting a naked woman in her signature blend-into-the-backdrop style. (See the not-entirely-safe-for-work transformation below.)
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Watch A Performance Artist Take ‘Fuck Me Gently With a Chainsaw’ Quite Literally

(Courtesy of Strange Loop)

(Courtesy of Tyler Ashley)

Soft porn, bedazzled power tools, and a clothing swap — Strange Loop Gallery will have it all this Saturday evening!

Performance artist Tyler Ashley is doing what he assures us will be a “very rigorous, boot camp”-style nude performance using sculptures he created with power tools. And if that doesn’t grab your attention, soft porn videos featuring Ashley with the tools will also play during the event.
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Daniel Delaney, Andrew Tarlow, Amanda Cohen and More Are Up For Beard Awards

Amanda Cohen (Courtesy of Dirt Candy)

Foodies’ll be in a tizzy today, as the James Beard Awards have announced their semifinalists. As per usj, downtown Manhattan restaurants are representing — and this year, North Brooklyn is, too! You’ll find many of the usual suspects in the list of nominees below, but you’ll also find fresh faces like Daniel Delaney of BrisketTown, Amanda Coen of Dirt Candy (who’s been a critic of the dude-centric awards in the past), Fredrik Berselius of Aska, Eli Sussman of Mile End, Carlo Mirarchi of Roberta’s, and Jennifer Yee of Lafayette. Here’s the list with NYC chefs and restaurants bolded and those from Bedford + Bowery’s neighborhoods linked — in case you want to maybe eat at a Beard contender before seeing an Oscar-nominated movie. Finalists will be named March 18 and the winners will claim their medals May 5.
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Meet Peter Pan’s Regulars; A Smoothie Made From American Apparel Shirts

Watch the above video and meet the regulars at Peter Pan Donut in Greenpoint. [via Eater]

And then meet the woman who makes all of Veselka‘s 100-gallon batches of borscht. [New Yorker]

A Bushwick pet store remains open even though its its owner was arrested for his alleged involvement in a cockfighting ring. [NY Daily News]
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Nina Persson of The Cardigans Made a Solo Album (and a Wild 3-Year-Old) With Her Husband

(Photo: Tony Sjöman)

Persson at home in Harlem. (Photo: Tony Sjöman)

After 10 million albums sold and 20 years on stage with the Cardigans, Swedish-born Nina Persson is celebrating the release of her first ever solo album, Animal Heart, with a gig at Mercury Lounge this Wednesday. We visited Persson in her Harlem brownstone and spoke to her about collaborating with husband Nathan Larson, being compared to Stevie Nicks, and the art of going solo.
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The 15 Best Snowmen We’ve Seen This Winter

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Yep, there’s more snow on the ground this morning — but don’t even think of following Moby’s advice and moving to sunny L.A., where it’s oh-so-easy to chill by the pool at your Hollywood Hills castle. You can’t even build snowmen there! Above is one we spotted last week in Sara D. Roosevelt Park (wearing a garbage-can lid as a hat) and below are the best ones we’ve seen around the B+B hoods, via social media, this year.
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Katie Heaney and Chiara Atik On Girls: ‘I Hate It When Marnie Reminds Me of Me’

Welcome to Girls Talk, in which two of our favorite New Yorkers share the text messages they sent during this week’s episode of Girls.

Mark Schafer/Courtesy of HBO

Mark Schafer/Courtesy of HBO

Katie Heaney (L) and Chiara Atik

Katie Heaney (L) and Chiara Atik

The text in gray belongs Katie Heaney, the author of Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without A Date and an editor at BuzzFeed.

The text in blue belongs to her roommate, Chiara Atik, author of the play “Women,” a mash-up of Little Women and Girls, which just completed a run at the Kraine Theatre in the East Village. They live on the Lower East Side, and watched the latest episode of Girls together while communicating only through texts.
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Ben Shaoul Sued By Parents; East Village May Lose Another Record Store

Pawel Althamer: Draftsmen's Congress, at the New Museum

Here’s what museum goers have put on the walls at Pawel Althamer’s exhibit at the New Museum. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

Notorious East Village real estate developer Ben Shaoul is getting sued by his own parents, who allege almost $50 million in damages. [The Real Deal]

Williamsburg had the most AirBnb rentals last year. [NY Daily News]

The space that has long held Sounds record shop on St. Marks recently hit the market. [Wall Street Journal]
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Feed Your Inner Garbage Pail Kid With Free Pizza, 25-Cent Arcade Games, and Cheap Pints

1656234_10151858988077035_1420919424_nA group of concerned Lower East Siders is trying to put the kibosh on $1-slice joints, but they can’t keep you from scarfing down FREE pizza. Which is what Two Bit’s Retro Arcade is offering. This Tuesday from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. it’s Pizza Tuesdays, featuring free slices from Rizzo’s at 10 p.m. And free popcorn, too! As if that’s not enough, Shocked Minds drummer Kirk Podell will spin rock, punk, post-punk and garage, and there’ll be 25-cent arcade games and cult films on the big screen. AND Lady Bree will be pouring $4.50 pints all night. Granted, Two Bit’s isn’t the first bar to offer free pizza, but it’s the first to advertise it via an awesome Garbage Pail Kids flyer (by Bowery Boys bassist Sam Hariss). Respect!