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This Itinerate Bookstore Is Settling Down and Adding a Cafe Bar

(Photo: BGS-QD

(Photo: BGS-QD’s Facebook)

After raising a little over $20,000 this summer, the Bureau of General Services – Queer Division has secured a home for at least the next year.

Back in September, the queer bookstore and events space, where performance artists like Shane Shane and LES legend Penny Arcade have been known to let their freak flags fly, left Strange Loop Gallery, its home of nine and a half months, and took up residence at Cage gallery, around the corner at 83A Hester Street. (Strange Loop, by the way, will celebrate its two-year anniversary with a burlesque show on Thursday.) Now the bookstore announces that it’ll stay at Cage through 2014.
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Here’s Your Handsome New Spot For Sesame Whiskey and Chicken Cracklins

(Photo: Ron Castellano)

The dining room, opening next month. (Photo: Ron Castellano)

A stone’s throw from where Les Enfants Terribles turned into Skal in August, another Lower Lower East Side spot will unveil a new look and concept tonight. The space that was Broadway East and then LTO is now Rosette.
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Gretsch Building Loft Going For $6.5 Mil; Mocassin Making Classes Just $575

Cost, ENX

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

With the City Council’s last session of the year coming up on Thursday, Council Member Stephen Levin has to decide whether to allow the 15-story towers bound for Greenpoint to double in size. Word is that “developers and city officials are negotiating a last-minute deal to get more funding for the park and to target the affordable housing to more low-income residents.” [WSJ]

Looking for that perfect Christmas gift? Get your beau a $575 moccasin making classes at Brooklyn Shoe Space, where you can go from klutz to cobbler in no time. [Brooklyn Based]

Or if you really want to splurge: “A massive loft at the Gretsch Building along Broadway has just come on the market for $6.5 million — the kind of coin that still picks up a decent-sized pad in Tribeca or Soho.” [NYDN]
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Read Jill Freedman’s Epic Rant About Photography and the ‘Mechanized Mindlessness’ of Today’s NYC

We only crop square and we ONLY use the Earlybird filter. (Left to right: Dunn, Freedman and Patterson)

We only crop square and we ONLY use the Earlybird filter. (Left to right: Dunn, Freedman and Patterson)

It’s tough to out-talk Clayton Patterson, the Bloomberg-bashing photographer with the Santa beard who’s basically the Mayor of the LES. But Jill Freedman managed to do just that following a screening of Everybody Street last night at the Apple Store. The acclaimed photographer, whose black-and-white shots of cops, firemen, and street denizens (many of them from the ’70s and ’80s) appear in Cheryl Dunn‘s excellent new documentary about NYC street shooters, joined Patterson and Dunn in a panel discussion, and immediately stole the show by bitching about the bright stage lighting: “Does Apple sell sunglasses?” she winced.
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What’s a Gallery Opening Without Some Slam Dancing?

(Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

(Photo: Anthony Pappalardo)

“Everyone’s pissed in there because people are dancing to punk rock,” said a frustrated slam dancer standing outside of Envoy Enterprises gallery on Rivington Street last night. Brooklyn band Raspberry Bulbs was grinding through a mangled but ratchet-tight set a floor below, at Macie Gransion — part of the opening of “Dull The Will,” a solo exhibition by Brooklyn painter Kelsey Henderson.
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Red Alert: SantaCon Has Stormed Manhattan

Do we even have to tell you that hundreds of slurring Santas (on CitiBikes! in SantaTanks!) have hit the snowy streets of the East Village and Lower East Side? Love it or hate it, SantaCon has come to town, and this morning our photographer Scott Lynch braved the broball fights to document the Red Menace. Actually, not everyone wore boring ol’ red and white: we spotted Crazy Legs Conti in St. Patty’s get-up, for starters. Click through our slideshow to see that and all the rest.

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Gwynett St. Denies Drug Bust Report; Williamsburg Stabbing Suspect Wears a Cowboy Hat

RIP Young Chow Rest.

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

The suspect in last weekend’s Williamsburg stabbing wears a cowboy hat and a mustache. [DNA Info]

The Daily News reported that Gwynnett St. owner Carl McCoy “agreed with a drug dealer” to have several packages of methylone sent to the Williamsburg restaurant; Gwynett St. tweeted that the report was “some Onion shit” and “none of these accusations are true.” [Grub Street]

A Williamsburg rental building that seems to have a rooftop hopscotch court is now accepting rentals, and all six of the $1,825/month studios are gone. [Curbed]
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Rheingold, Domino Developments Get Approvals; Hells Angels Suing Over Clubhouse

Meres One at Rag & Bone, with Swoon

Meres One at Rag & Bone. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

After an earlier committee vote, the entirety of Community Board 1 has now approved the Domino Sugar development with some conditions. [The Real Deal]

The rezoning of the former Rheingold Brewery site to make room for 70- and 80-foot towers has been approved by the City Council. [DNA Info]

The beating of a gay black student earlier this month in the Hasidic part of Williamsburg may have come at the hands of a neighborhood watch force, police say. [NYDN]

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Watch the New Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Video and Maybe See Them Live For Free

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MGMT surfs with the alien. (Photo: EVR’s Facebook)

Earlier today, East Village Radio gave away tickets to MGMT and Dinosaur Jr.’s Friday-night show at the Barclays Center. Fans got to ring the band’s 75-pound cowbell and were molested by the alien you see with the band above, then Andrew VanWyngarden endorsed The Pizza Underground and confessed that his friend stole a pylon from Rockaway for him.
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