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NYC Voters Have the Best Stamina: Lines at 6am, Two-Hour Waits On Election Day

(Photo: Pamela Inbasekaran)

(Photo: Pamela Inbasekaran)

All it took was Madonna playing a surprise pro-Hillary concert in Washington Square Park last night, and New York voters are out in droves this morning. And you should be, too! All it takes is 15 minutes to vote! LOL JK. That may have been true for some lucky folks today. But at Theater for the New City in the East Village, where there were waits of about an hour and a half in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the lines were no better this morning: We counted some 150 people out the door around 10am, and one person reported a two-hour wait there (Update: As of shortly after noon, the line of voters in the 23/74 district, where that two-hour wait was reported, had dwindled to 35.)

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William Vale Hotel Adds Leuca Restaurant and Outdoor Shows

(Photo: Liz Clayman for Grub Street)

(Photo: Liz Clayman)

By now you may have heard that, hot on the heels of opening Westlight on the roof of Williamsburg’s shiny new William Vale hotel, Andrew Carmellini has opened his bottom-floor restaurant, Leuca. Grub Street noted that the Italian spot is serving “New York’s most elegant sundae,” which will surprise no one who’s had the decadent, over-the-top La Fantasia di Doppio Cioccolato at one of the chef’s other spots, Locanda Verde.

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Get On Board With the Skater-Artist Who Made This Cubs Tribute Deck

@lou_sarowsky on Instagram.

@lou_sarowsky on Instagram.

In 2002, “Lurker” Lou Sarowsky moved to New York City with his longtime friend and fellow Cape Cod native Zered Bassett, into a now infamous, windowless apartment in Lower Manhattan. Sarowsky dubbed it the “Vicious Cycle” house, and his crew kept up a rigorous schedule of skateboarding all day and filming for Bassett’s indie-skate video of the same name, followed by nights of smoking, drinking, and playing pool.

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Delicate Balancing Act: A Circus Couple Flies Without a Net

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Tonight, the theme of The Party by Ostbahnhof is Berlin underground. The house music is so loud that it punctuates bodies and walls. A heaving crowd populates the dance floor as video screens radiate kaleidoscopic images. Then, suddenly, the music stops. A woman in flapper pearls and a black lace teddy is covered from head to toe in powdery corpse paint. She raises a helicopter pilot’s microphone to her mouth and shouts a string of German words, brave and harsh-sounding.

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PS1’s Halloween Party Was the Best, We Club-Kid You Not

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Okay, so I can’t say with total confidence that MoMA PS1 threw the best Halloween party on Saturday, but as a lover of geodesic domes I can’t imagine who could’ve topped the gigantic one in the Long Island City art museum’s courtyard (seriously, check out its installation).

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Photos: Black Label’s Bike Kill Was a Wheelie Good Time

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

The best party of the year has now already happened– sorry, everybody who didn’t make it to Bike Kill on Saturday. Organized once again by the Black Label Bicycle Club, the October tradition continued for the 13th year with all of the usual crazy stunts, freaky mutant bikes, loud music, dumb-ass costumes, vast amounts of booze, and tons of glorious mayhem.

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Honey, I Shrunk the Pizza: Pop-Up Serves Tiny Tacos and Miniature Meatballs

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Astor Place transformed into Adorbs Place today, and you can expect the squeals of soooo cute to continue through the weekend– Zagat is serving up teeny, tiny plates to promote its new edition (if you’re a Yelper: Zagat is that restaurant guide from American Psycho). No, we’re not talking about “small plates” here, i.e. the avocado toast that left you bankrupt last Friday. We’re talking mind-bogglingly miniature versions of dishes from Pizza Loves Emily, Magnolia Bakery, and other local restaurants.

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Oh, Hail Yes: Checker Cabs Ride On in NYC, and You Can Totally Rent Them

“Greenpoint is basically the Checker capital of New York City,” says Mark Briggs, a resident of the neighborhood who rents out the iconic yellow cabs.

He makes a point. If you’ve spent any time in Greenpoint, you’ve probably seen the vintage yellow cabs (made internationally famous by shows and movies like Taxi and Taxi Driver) outside of the Henry Norman and Box House hotels. They sometimes spring into action at the request of guests who prefer the throwback rides to the hotels’ sleeker BMW shuttles. A couple of years ago, Box Street played host to the Checker Car Club of America’s annual convention, attended by about 120 Checker enthusiasts. At the time, experts estimated that just 600 to 1,000 of the vehicles were still running.

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Black Lives Matter Marches and Arrests Continued Over the Weekend

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

(Photo: John Ambrosio)

Since Thursday evening, Black Lives Matter protesters have been on-and-off occupying the streets of New York City. Demonstrations were held almost continuously this weekend in New York and cities across the country in response to the police killings of three black men earlier last week. The victims, Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Philando Castile of Minnesota and Delrawn Smalls of Brooklyn, were killed within three days of one another in what protesters say were incidents indicative of larger patterns of anti-black policing tactics and a general disregard for black lives amongst law enforcement.
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