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January 30th, 2009

STOP THE DOB FROM DISPLACING CHINATOWN RESIDENTS. SEND OUT 100 LETTERS IN 100 HOURS.

by Joelle Panisch


Thanks to Rob Hollander for the heads up.

Ever since the economy has tanked, downtown activists have been especially fierce regarding housing issues. The ramifications of displacement are unquestionably dire and activists are doing everything they can to keep families in their homes. Recently, despite adverse efforts, the residents of 81 Bowery were evicted for unsafe conditions— a shallow reason, protestors believe, because it should fall on the landlord to institute repairs.

The CAAAV (Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence) has been seeking jurisprudence to allow displaced tenants back into their homes, and to enact legislation that will make it policy to have landlords remedy safety violations rather then to evict tenants in the first place. According to the CAAAV, the group has asked the Department of Buildings and Commissioner Robert LiMandr to meet with them, but they have repeatedly been refused. Continue Reading »

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January 27th, 2009

COUNCIL MEMBER LIU: “JUST SHUT THE ENGINE OFF.”

by John Coakley

Council Member John C. Liu introduced three pieces of anti-idling legislation yesterday. Two of the pieces strengthened existing laws, while Intro. 631-A, for which Liu is the prime sponsor, will reduce the legal idle time in front of a school from three minutes to one minute. Since one minute is an unrealistic amount of time to finish whatever one intends to do while leaving the car unattended, people would be more inclined to simply turn the car off, thus keeping the air cleaner and the sidewalks safer for our children. Last week’s tragic accident, in which an idling van killed two children because the driver mistakenly put it in reverse rather than park, is clearly the inspiration for this much needed change in our ways. We aren’t the most patient of drivers in this town, but it is clear that taking a little extra time to consider the consequences of our automotive actions is a good idea.

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January 27th, 2009

TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION TO PROTEST SUBWAY SERVICE CUTS AT PUBLIC HEARING IN BROOKLYN 1/28/9.

by Joelle Panisch


Spreading the word.

Members of the Transport Workers Union manned Metro stops in Brooklyn today, handing out flyers protesting service cuts in the MTA’s 2009 budget, warning that the lack of service will have dire effects on both riders and the economy.

This comes after months of debate and dread over how to manage the 2009 MTA budget with a reported deficit of close to $1.2 billion—hundreds of millions higher than projected in July.

In November the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Chief Executive, Elliot G. Sander, called the authority’s proposed budget “draconian,” and few would accuse him of being hyperbolic. In December, the MTA passed its “doomsday budget” by a vote of 13 to 1, which included both drastic fair hikes and service cuts. Continue Reading »

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January 27th, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DORIS!

by D. Clark MacPherson


Photo courtesy of Ann Warner Arlen.

Doris Diether, Downtown activist, zoning expert and political luminary, had a special birthday celebration at the Judson Memorial Church on January 10th. Rumors abound that it wasn’t just Jack Benny who reached the ripe old age of 39 in excellent health.

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January 23rd, 2009

ACHILLES: HEEL! THEN COME HOME!

by John Coakley

Achilles resides at 555 Hampton Road in Southampton Village. On 1 /19/2009 at 12:30 pm Achilles escaped underneath the fence with a larger female pit mix, “Egypt.” Egypt returned 2 hours later without Achilles. This was unusual because the two of them have escaped in the past and returned together. So keep your eyes peeled, people. There is a $500 reward for the safe return of this beautiful dog, but frankly, just getting him home to his obviously worried people would feel pretty darn good. Seriously, you wouldn’t have to do any more good deeds for at least a month.

Name: Achilles
Sex: Male
ID Chip: None
Collar: 2 Canvass Royal Blue & Brown Leather with tags
Vaccinations : All up to date
Disposition: Friendly
Weight: 40 pounds
Breed: Doberman Pitt mix
Age: 1.5 years
Color: Rust
Reward: $500.00


Contact Information: 631-484-7059 or 631-259-2188

Filed Under: Community | Take Action | the Hamptons

January 23rd, 2009

OPEN HOUSE @ OPEN CENTER: 1/23/9, 6-10PM.

by John Coakley


Bollywood dancing: you know you want to.

It’s Friday. You could go to the bar and get trashed with your co-workers and then wake up feeling like lukewarm mud has replaced your brain, or you could visit the Open Center and see what they have to offer. They have been offering classes in nearly every aspect of self help and new age, eastern and western spiritualities for years now. Visit their site to take a look at all that they have to offer. And your brain will thank you if you skip the booze and stop by the Open Center tonight to learn more about these areas right here:

6-6:45: Reiki intro. + Bollywood dancing intro.

7-7:45: Your soul’s work intro. + Detox rejuvenation intro.

8-8:45: Feng shui intro. + Alexandra tech. intro.

9-9:45: The natural singer intro. + Reflexology intro.

New York Open Center
83 Spring Street
212-219-2527

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January 20th, 2009

SEE WHAT THE CITY HAS IN STORE FOR CHATHAM SQUARE: 1/21/9 @ 6:30PM.

by John Coakley

Thanks to Rob Hollander for the heads up.

There is a lot of history in Chatham Square. Seven streets converge in the spot originally named for the Prime Minister of Great Britain right before the American Revolution. It was originally an open air market where horses were sold, then became an area of ill repute as part of the notorious Five Points neighborhood during the mid-19th century. In the mid-20th century it was renamed Kimlau Square, with a Memorial Arch erected to honor the many Chinese American soldiers who died in the line of duty. The new name hasn’t entirely stuck, but the Square remains a vital part of Chinatown and New York as a whole.

So now that the City has plans to renovate the square, it’s up to us to make sure that they do it with a fair regard for the neighborhood’s needs. Community Board 3’s own traffic engineer, Brian Ketchum, will be present at the meetings listed below to answer questions and to review the City’s plans. Considering all of the ire that was raised when the Washington Square renovation plans were announced, we’d all be wise to see what’s in store here.

Wednesday, 1/21/9 @ 6:30pm
Confucius Plaza Community Room
33 Bowery

Wednesday, 2/18/9 @ 6:30pm
Confucius Plaza Community Room
33 Bowery

Monday, 2/23/9 @ 6:30pm
Public School 124
40 Division Street

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January 12th, 2009

TELL BUSH TO PARDON SOMEONE WHO ISN’T A FORMER BUSINESS ASSOCIATE, FRATERNITY BROTHER, OR POLITICAL CRONY. COME ON, JUST ONE.

by John Coakley


Jonathan Pollard has already served twenty years too many.

Twenty-four years ago Jonathan Pollard was indicted on one count of passing classified information to an ally (Israel), without intent to harm the United States. The usual sentence for such a crime is 2-4 years. Neither the American or Israeli governments wanted to get involved in a long trial, so a plea bargain was offered and accepted. The problem is that Pollard is still in jail; he was sentenced to life with no hope of parole. Everyone from Rabbis to former heads of the NAACP to Senators who were made aware of the content of the classified information have come out to support Pollard’s being freed, to no avail.

Now it’s up to you. The last weeks of a presidency are traditionally pardoning season, and as these last few days pass we’ll no doubt see a long list of greedy white collar criminals go free. To be fair, Clinton did the exact same thing, so we can’t blame Bush too harshly for that. Still, you would think that our soon-to-be-ex-president would appreciate the opportunity to strengthen his legacy before he goes. This would certainly be a good start. You can help by calling, writing or faxing the White House; you can also sign this petition. Telling all of your friends about this matter certainly wouldn’t hurt either. Opportunities to help correct travesties of justice are rare. We should all take advantage of them when they arise.

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January 9th, 2009

THE 11TH ANNUAL POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE BENEFIT @ METRO PICTURES: 1/10/9, 11AM-7PM.

by John Coakley

Metro Pictures is hosting Postcards From the Edge, a one day event in which 1,500 postcard-sized original works of art are sold for $75 each. All proceeds support Visual AIDS, which utilizes contemporary art for AIDS advocacy and historicizes the work of HIV-positive artists while offering career support. All well and good, you say, but whose work would I be buying? Well, you can click here for a complete list of the hundreds of artists who donated their work, but it may not be of much help. Each piece is signed on the back and you have to buy it to find out who made it; maybe that was a Cindy Sherman piece and maybe it was by someone completely unknown. So make sure that you actually enjoy the work aesthetically before diving in. And if you end up with something from an unknown, well, just remember that Jean-Michel Basquiat was unknown when he sold his homemade postcards on the street. You should go.

The 11th Annual Postcards From the Edge Benefit
Metro Pictures
519 West 24th Street
Saturday, 1/10/9
11:00—7:00
$5, suggested admission

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January 8th, 2009

DEUTSCHE BANK HEARING @ CITY HALL: 1/9/9 @ 10AM.

by John Coakley

Thanks to 9/11 Environmental Action for the heads up.

There will be a hearing tomorrow on the decontamination and deconstruction of the Deutsche Bank building. Anyone with an interest in the machinations of civic politics is encouraged to attend, particularly if you’re curious about whether or not we’ve learned anything from cleaning up the World Trade Center site. Call in sick and go.

Lower Manhattan Redevelopment, Alan J. Gerson, Chair
Friday, January 9, 10:00 AM
Council Chambers – City Hall

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January 2nd, 2009

STRAY VOLTAGE UPDATE.

by John Coakley


Jodie Lane: electrocuted by stray voltage in 2004.

It’s always a pleasure when readers make use of our search function and look over past articles. For example, Blair Sorrel, the founder of streetzaps.com, recently wrote in to praise us for a 2007 piece on stray voltage and its effects on both people and dogs. She wanted to point out that dog booties can actually be more of a hazard than a form of protection if they become waterlogged; Blair has met with ConEdison’s Stray Voltage unit and was the first non-electrical representative to be invited to the Jodie Lane National Conference, so we think she knows what she’s talking about. New York City has over 94,000 miles of electrical cable pulsing beneath the surface, so take a look at her site and get informed.

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December 31st, 2008

KEEP CHANGE HANDY TONIGHT.

by John Coakley

Have fun out there, kids. Just remember that aside from Halloween, New Year’s Eve is the night when homeless folks are most likely to be physically abused and assaulted by drunken idiots. If someone asks for change, did deep so that person can get off the street tonight. Just sayin’.

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December 31st, 2008

POLAR BEAR CLUB @ CONEY ISLAND: 1/1/9 @ NOON.

by John Coakley

The forecast for tomorrow calls for clear skies and a brisk 25 degrees. Perfect conditions to kill that hangover by jumping into the Atlantic with the Polar Bear Club. Okay, maybe it won’t cure your hangover, but at least you’ll be focused on something else. The Polar Bears are working with Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening diseases and their families—if you make a donation to the camp then you’ll get free admission to the New York Aquarium. You’ll probably have a much better appreciation for aquatic lifeforms after spending a few minutes in the water yourself.

The big plunge happens at 1pm, but get there at noon to see Polar Bear Club member Strongman Steve Ekstance, who recently pulled a dumptruck by his teeth and dead lifted 1000 lbs. in support of Camp Sunshine; he’ll be appearing on the boardwalk, performing similar feats of strength. Should be a hoot. You should go.

New Years Day on the beach
The Boardwalk @ Stillwell Avenue
1/1/9 @ noon

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December 25th, 2008

WHAT WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS.

by John Coakley

A stable economy wouldn’t hurt either.

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December 12th, 2008

SOHO GADABOUT: MAKING HIS LIST…

by Anthony Venditto

One of my modern day literary heroes is Esquire’s writer at large, Tom Chiarella. I delight in his carefully crafted word usage, revel in his ability to concisely comment on the world as an introspective growth tool and simply groove on his humor in general. I read a piece of his entitled “75 Things Every Man Should Do Before He Dies”. To paraphrase his own introduction, it wasn’t a checklist but a collection of experiences gained through ones’ own personal choices over the course of his life. Here are a few examples from his essay: “Fly a Cessna”; “Toboggan Aggressively”; “Milk a cow. Drink that.” See, good shit. Reading his work has always moved me, but this time I was inspired to create my own compilation. So I did just that and here it is. Call it a tribute, call it an homage, call it a complete rip off: for better or worse here’s my list of…

A Bunch of Shit Any Guy Could Do!

HAVE PRIDE IN YOUR HOME STATE. Especially if it’s New Jersey, not so much if it’s Texas.

BETRAY A CONFIDANTE.
Sometimes being the bad guy is fun. (Just ask Darth)

KNOW HOW TO HOLD YOUR LIQUOR.

ASK YOUR BOSS TO PULL YOUR FINGER.

SCREEN THE MAJOR FILMS OF BILLY ZABKA. (Karate Kid 84′, Just One of the Guys 85′, Back to School 86′) He elevated the role of the movie bully from a one trick pony into a fully developed person. A jerk-off, but a person all the same.

QUESTION AUTHORITY. ALWAYS!

READ.

PUNCH SOMEBODY IN THE MOUTH. Be prepared for retaliation. Whatever happens, don’t cry. Continue Reading »

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December 9th, 2008

TELL THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION WE DON’T WANT NATURAL GAS DRILLING UNDER OUR WATERSHED—NO FRACKIN’ WAY.

by John Coakley


Thanks to Earthworks for the heads up.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking (insert Battlestar Galactica joke here), is a technique used by Big Oil to stimulate the production of oil and natural gas wells. It sends toxic, extremely high-pressure fluids into underground formations. Those fluids are never fully recovered. Why does this matter? Well, the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation rests beneath much of the Appalachian mountains in the mid-Atlantic states—including much of New York and the NYC drinking watershed. It used to be too expensive to drill there but now the oil companies want to give it a shot—drinking water quality be damned. Sure, they’ll tell you that it’s safe and pollution is unlikely, but that’s what they said when they wanted to frack in Colorado and New Mexico, and that mess has yet to be cleaned up.

So what can you do? Click here before the deadline of December 15th to send a letter to the powers that be in our state, telling them that you’d rather they didn’t pollute our drinking water, if you please. I mean, for frack’s sake!

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December 4th, 2008

ST. LUKE’S SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR: SATURDAY, 12/6/8, 10AM-5PM.

by John Coakley

The St. Luke’s School is holding its annual Christmas Fair this Saturday, and it should be a real hoot. Where else can you shop for gently used or hand-crafted presents, bid on more luxe items in an auction, see a puppet show, be made up to look like an elf, sing some karaoke, meet Santa, and eat some mighty fine chili all under the same roof? Nowhere else, my friend. All proceeds will benefit the St. Luke’s scholarship fund; given the city’s economic prospects, scholarship funds for good schools are worthy causes indeed. You should go.

‘Dreaming of a Green Christmas!’
St. Luke’s School’s Annual Christmas Fair
Saturday, 12/6/8 from 10am-5pm
487 Hudson Street, 1 block south of Christopher
General Admission: $5
Seniors: $3

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November 30th, 2008

WORLD AIDS DAY, 12/1/8: GET TESTED!

by John Coakley

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated a 40% increase of new HIV infections in 2006, with 53% of new cases among men who have sex with men and 45% among African Americans. To make matters worse, New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a report which suggested the rates of HIV infections among New Yorkers are three times higher than national rates.

What does this mean? It means that no matter your sexual preference or racial identity, you had better know your status. The good folks at Gay Men’s Health Crisis are offering free testing in Manhattan and Brooklyn on Monday, which happens to be World AIDS Day. There are a number of other events on the day itself and the days following, so click here to see what else is going on. And click here if you want to consider volunteering in a variety of capacities. We’re in this together, folks. AIDS is still a huge problem in New York, and knowing if you’re HIV positive or negative (and acting accordingly) is a big first step in becoming part of the solution.

Free HIV testing
Monday, 12/1/8
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Public Library, Cadman Plaza & Eastern Parkway. 10am—4pm
Manhattan: Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street. 11am—3pm

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November 27th, 2008

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

by John Coakley

Enjoy your jellybeans, popcorn, and toast.

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November 17th, 2008

FORTRESS GLOBAL INVSTIGATIONS’ DONATE P.I.’S TO INVESTIGATE WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS.

by Joelle Panisch

Fortress Global Investigations, a nationally distinguished private investigation firm, announced on October 27th the launch of the Fortress Innocence Group (FIG), an initiative to investigate and gather evidence for cases of wrongful conviction in collaboration with aiding law firms. Fortress Global Investigations President and CEO and former Manhattan persecutor, Robert Seiden, made the announcement standing side by side with his new partners— Martin Tankleff who was recently exonerated after 17 years in prison, and Jay Salpeter, the private investigator vital in securing his freedom.

The Group plans to conduct a strict appraisal of potential cases before accepting new cases, including one or multiple polygraphs, in depth questionnaires, and the evaluation of evidence and procedures. The Fortress Innocence Group hopes to be funded by private donations and public grants, and will work with experts within Fortress Global Investigations as well as private investigators across the United States, forensic experts, and former prosecutors and law enforcement.

“This is an unprecedented event in the history of the American criminal justice system,” said Seiden. “[It] will undoubtedly have an impact on the lives of innocent people wrongly convicted and may well shed much needed light on some of the inherent flaws [in the system].”

Perhaps the most compelling words were Mr. Tankliff ‘s, who celebrated a joyous anniversary of exactly 10 months since he was released from prison. “In many ways it’s just an epiphany,” said Tankliff. “Today is a day when I can make a difference for innocent men in the future.”

Also supporting FIG was New York State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Senator Eric Schneiderman, and ‘exonerees’ Alan Newton, Dave Sheppard and Dr. Ruben “Hurricane” Carter.

For more information on the Fortress Innocence Group call (516) 466-0176 or toll free at (866) 791-206 or go to www.fortressinnocence.com.

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November 16th, 2008

MALONEY + LAPPIN TO PROTEST BUSH’S WEAKENING OF THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT.

by John Coakley


Bush: will not be missed.

Unsurprisingly, the Bush administration is doing what it can to make our society as regressive as possible before we kick its collective ass to the curb. Case in point: new regulations that severely weaken the Family and Medical Leave Act. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Vice Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, says it better than I could so let’s give the floor to her:

“It’s disappointing that the Bush Administration in its waning days would undermine a policy that’s so vital to working families. Among other things, these new regulations will make it harder for employees to take FMLA leave and easier for employers to deny it. The United States lags far behind most countries in protecting the jobs of workers who have caregiving responsibilities or who happen to fall seriously ill. There could not be a worse time than during a serious economic downturn to ask workers to choose between their job and a family member or their own health. Rather than watering down these important family supports, we should be working to expand them. Congress and President-elect Obama will have to add these regulations to the ever-growing list of compassionless Bush Administration policies that must be reversed.”

Quite so. Rep. Maloney will be joined by NYC Councilmember Jessica Lappin, NOW-NYC Chair Noreen Connell, Francine Moccio of the Institute for Families and Work, and other women’s leaders tomorrow at a news conference to protest this shining example of why Bush won’t be missed. Join them, won’t you?

Monday, 11/17/8 @ 10:30 AM
City Hall Steps
Centre St. between Worth and Pearl

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November 14th, 2008

MURDER OF LOCAL IMMIGRANT LEADS TO ALLEGATIONS OF HATE-MONGERING AMONGST SUFFOLK COUNTY POLITICIANS.

by Joelle Panisch


Marcello Lucero.

Thanks to Michael O’Neill for the heads up.

The November 8th murder and alleged hate crime of 37 year-old Ecuadorian Marcello Lucero in Patchogue, LI, has garnered local and national review of Suffolk County policies and practices, especially regarding immigration. Allegations of the intentional denial of hate crimes and of legislation that some believe is knowingly designed with loopholes to allow for immigrant harassment and to veil racially motivated crimes has stemmed suppositions of impropriety among Suffolk County legislature and County Executive, Steve Levy.

Overt blame is hard to prove but Levy, in his second term, has long been scrutinized for stewing a climate of hate and potential attacks. Continue Reading »

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November 13th, 2008

HELP SAVE WHAT’S LEFT OF THE BOWERY FROM GLASS TOWER DISEASE.

by John Coakley


Trump SoHo: do you want this kind of thing going up on the Bowery?

Thanks to Rob Hollander for the heads up.

The Bowery, as we all know, has a rich history of inhabitants that ranges from turn of the century immigrants to skid row transients to punk rockers. Like so many other parts of Manhattan, the Bowery has been infested of late with tall residential towers that seem to be aimed squarely at the young, urban professionals who can afford them, thus making the character of the neighborhood less distinctive by the day. Fortunately, the west side of the Bowery has been protected via the rezoning of the Little Italy Special District and the NoHo Historic District. Unfortunately, the east side receives no such protection; the recent East Village/ Lower East Side Rezoning protects the area just east of the Bowery but not the street itself. The City Council will vote on whether or not to extend these boundaries to include the whole of the Bowery on Monday, which gives all of you until tomorrow morning to send them a quick email telling them that you’d like to see this historic street saved from the yuppification that continues to influence the look and feel of our city. The email addresses and a sample letter are included below: Continue Reading »

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October 22nd, 2008

TIME’S UP: CITY COUNCIL VOTES ON TERM LIMITS EXTENSION, 10/23/8 @ NOON.

by John Coakley

Loyal readers will know that we’ve been covering this issue for some time now. And most of you agree with us that it’s a bit insulting; yesterday’s Quinnipiac University poll shows an overwhelming majority (89%!) of New Yorkers want to see term limits decided by referendum. Well, tomorrow is it—your last chance to speak up. At high noon, the City Council will meet to vote on whether or not to extend term limits for both itself and the Mayor. If you haven’t signed this petition, do it now. If you have, send it to someone who hasn’t. And if you’re able, come down to the meeting and make your presence known. The best time to raise your voice is when the powers that be don’t want to listen to it. Hey, I just made that up. Damn, I’m good.

What: The City Council votes on extending term limits without voters’ approval
Where: Council Chambers, City Hall.
When: Thursday, October 23, 2008 at Noon
How to get there: Take the 4 / 5 /6 trains to City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge;
the 2 / 3 trains to Park Place, the W / R trains to City Hall, or the A / C trains to Chambers Street.

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October 22nd, 2008

NYC SPELLING BEE @ HOUSING WORKS: 10/25/8 @ 8PM.

by John Coakley


Your illustrious hosts.

The New York City Spelling Bee is the Manhattan offshoot of the Williamsburg Spelling Bee, which has been entertaining, humiliating, and inspiring Brooklyn since 2004. Co-hosts bobbyblue (he takes artistic license with his name, smart guy) and Jennifer Dziura are your charming hosts.

The Village Voice called The Williamsburg bee “…the bar game of choice for self-proclaimed geeks and well-groomed lovers of logorrhea.” The Times said, “…go for the cold drinks and the inevitable laughs derived from watching a person who is tipsy try to spell trichotillomania.” Can’t argue with that. Try doing shots every time an audience member yells, “sound it out!” to a befuddled contestant. Then go up and take your best shot. Good luck.

Sponsored by Housing Works, which supports homeless New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS.

This Halloween installment features a NERDY COSTUME CONTEST—best nerdy or intellectual costume wins a prize. No advance entry needed, just show up.

The New York City Spelling Bee
Saturday, 10/25/8 @ 8pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
$10 cover, free popcorn, cash bar

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