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The Zaccaro Sign Has Left the Building

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

While researching our recent story on ghost signs, we were saddened to discover that a Lower East Side classic has disappeared. The façade of 19 Kenmare Street used to boast a 1940s-era sign for two companies still in business: P. Zaccaro Co. Real Estate and J. Eis and Son, an appliance store. Workers have removed the iconic hand-painted ad.
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Two More Holiday Markets, From Roberta’s and Refinery29

1401146_10152850170854520_5152181318319771883_oBecause 10 holiday markets just aren’t enough when you’re looking for every last excuse to hole up indoors, here are a couple more orgies of crass consumerism to add to your calendar.

Roberta’s Holiday Market
Dec. 12 from 5-10pm and Dec. 13 from noon-6pm, 261 Moore St., Brooklyn
On the latest episode of Roberta’s Radio, the restaurant’s co-owner Brandon Hoy explained why he wasn’t participating in SantaCon, which will occur (hopefully not in Bushwick) on the same day as the annual holiday market: “The last thing I want is a bunch of drunk Santas vomitting on somebody’s handcrafted jewelry or soap.” In addition to the vom-free soap, there’ll be vintage items, greeting cards, ceramics and home goods from local vendors. Plus, food!
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Market Watch: Brooklyn Xchange Drops Promo Vid, Artists & Fleas Expands

Okay fine, the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar isn’t the only market in town. As we noted last week, a new one called the Brooklyn Xchange is aiming to bring Brooklyn vendors to Soho starting Black Friday. Today, the organizers dropped a promo video starring co-founder Leo Reis that’s pure old-school Brooklyn. No twee terrariums here — in fact, the background music sounds like something out of Escape From New York. You almost expect a column of zombies to start walking up the Brooklyn Bridge, where — naturally — the call for vendors was shot.
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The Bowery Riots Have One Eye On the Past, One Eye On Tonight’s Show at Cameo

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Justin Dean Thomas and TJ Rosenthal of The Bowery Riots

As one might infer from their name, which comes from marrying the 19th Century gang the Bowery Boys with the Astor Place Riot of 1849, The Bowery Riots are not your run-of-the-mill downtown New York indie band. Their garage-punk-meets-blues aesthetic (both sonically and visually) comes from a heartfelt respect for the New York bands of yore and the history of the neighborhood they still call home (that neighborhood is now called “Nolita”). And it certainly doesn’t hurt their street cred that Andy Rourke of The Smith produced their first EP.
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Nolita’s Taco Bus Is Coming to Bushwick

(Photo: Boru O'Brien O'Connell)

(Photo: Boru O’Brien O’Connell)

Dario Wolos, who opened a taqueria inside a VW bus in a Nolita loft in 2010 after trying it out in Southern Mexico first, now wants to bring the operation to Bushwick. But the taqueria is facing stiff opposition from members of Brooklyn’s Community Board 1, who sharply questioned Wolos Thursday night about whether his taco bus would force out industrial business that might otherwise move into the empty space.
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Petra Collins and Jeanette Hayes on Girls: ‘I Would Follow Ray’s Soul Patch On Twitter’

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.

Jessica Miglio/Courtesy of HBO

Jessica Miglio/Courtesy of HBO

Petra Collins takes a selfie

Petra Collins takes a selfie

The text in blue belongs to Lower East Side photographer Petra Collins. Recently, Petra received major press when Instagram took down one of her racy self portraits. Her magazine work has appeared in Rookie, Purple, Vice and Vogue Italia. She has designed clothing for American Apparel, and she’s working on her first book.

Jeanette Hayes takes a selfie

Jeanette Hayes takes a selfie

The text in white belongs to painter and multi-media artist Jeanette Hayes. Based in Soho, she has shown with Half Gallery, the Hole, Bleecker Street Arts Club, M&B Gallery, and Motelsalieri. Also, Hayes Hayes has made animated GIFs and videos for Proenza Schouler, CHANEL and Opening Ceremony.

 

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An E-Cig Ban Looms, But Vape Shop Owners are Breathing Easy

A sign lists carcinogens at Henley Vaporium. (Courtesy of Henley)

A sign lists carcinogens at Henley Vaporium. (Courtesy of Henley)

With a public hearing scheduled tomorrow and vote expected later this month, the City Council’s Health Committee is proposing a ban on e-cigs in most indoor public spaces. E-cigarettes and vaporizers are the latest indulgence to be threatened by Bloomberg. But while the ban might stop New Yorkers from e-puffing in bars, clubs, and subway platforms, owners of several vaping lounges aren’t as threatened by it as you’d assume.
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