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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!

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Valentine’s Day Is Never a Bust at This 45-Year-Old Corset Shop

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

On the weekend before Valentine’s Day, the Orchard Corset Center was crowded with customers looking to get fitted for bras, bridal bustiers and corsets. The Lower East Side relic hasn’t attracted nearly as much recent media attention as American Apparel’s lingerie mannequins have around the corner, but it has this much going for it: authenticity beyond displays of fake pubic hair. Oh, and Peggy Bergstein, who owns the tiny storefront with her husband Ralph, claims she can tell a customer’s bra size just by looking at her bust.
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Remembering Hudson of Feature Inc.; Developers Blew $248 Million in Williamsburg

Army of One: !!!! Sold Paintings; Kuma

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Jerry Saltz remembers Hudson. The owner of Feature Inc. was among the first to exhibit the art of Takashi Murakami, Raymond Pettibon, Tom Friedman, Richard Kern, and many others. [Vulture]

Developers bought nearly $2 billion worth of Brooklyn land last year. Williamsburg saw the most property trades with 40 development transactions comprised of 74 properties totaling $284 million. [Real Estate Weekly]

An 80-year-old woman was struck and killed while crossing Manhattan Avenue. [Brooklyn Paper]
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New Renderings for Whole Foods Williamsburg; Surprise! Surprise! Closing

Centre-Fuge Public Art Project, Cycle 14: Foxx Face

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

A woman was hospitalized after being struck by a Department of Education truck on Williamsburg’s Grand Street. [DNA Info]

A “new high-end residential building on an emerging corridor in Williamsburg” is coming to Grand Street. [BuzzBuzz Home]

New renderings for the Williamsburg location of Whole Foods. [Brownstoner]
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Cockfighting Ring Busted in Bushwick; NYU Student’s $4.5 Million Pad

Centre-Fuge Public Art Project, Cycle 14: Michael DeNicola, RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

As you can see above, the latest cycle of CentreFuge on East First Street features a tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Authorities broke up a cockfighting ring that was allegedly based out of a Bushwick pet store. [NY Post]

Neighbors want to landmark the building set to contain Soho House‘s controversial Ludlow Street location. [Curbed]

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The Living Room May Join Its Old Ludlow Street Neighbor, Max Fish, in Williamsburg

(Photo: Shanna Ravindra)

The old Ludlow Street location. (Photo: Shanna Ravindra)

When it was priced out of the Lower East Side after 16 years there, The Living Room said it didn’t want to move to Brooklyn — but after closing in October, the beloved singer-songwriter venue where Norah Jones cut her teeth is angling for a new home on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg.
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