Ten Things to Do for $10 or Less This Weekend, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014

Categories: Culture

Emily Tan
Here's Johnny at the 2013 Village Halloween Parade.
This weekend, take your pick from a handful of parties, be they Twin Peaks-themed, synthesizer-backed, or on the streets of Greenwich Village. Get a taste of Cider Week or drink some botanical cocktails inspired by the oldest living things in the world -- we're talking 80,000 year-old living things. If you're not dancing or drinking, there's a marathon to watch and a Día De Muertos to respect.

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How Do You Steal 30 Cars in 75 Days? Make Most of Them Honda Accords

Categories: Crime

Tom Huck
This week's feature story dove into the life of Reynaldo Nazario, an old school car thief who used old school methods to steal older model cars. In October 2012, Bronx prosecutors charged him with stealing 30 cars over a 75-day stretch. To boost the cars, Nazario used shaved keys. He had 10 keys, from various models of cars, filed down with sandpaper. With he right touch, these keys can turn on a car's ignition.

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Cycling on the Sidewalk: The New Stop-and-Frisk?

Categories: Crime, NYPD
Some call it "stop-and-frisk by another name." Others say it's an excuse for cops to up the number of outstanding arrest warrants.More »

Five Movies Out This Weekend You Don't Know About But Should

Categories: Film and TV

Each week new movies open in New York (and online) by the dozen. The Voice reviews all of 'em. Here's some you might not have heard about that got our critics excited, for better or worse -- click on the movie title to read the full review.

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Staten Island Congressional Candidates Have Read Zero Books Between the Two of Them

Categories: Politics

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Neither one could name the last book he'd read.
Congressman Michael Grimm and his somehow-still-neck-and-neck challenger, Domenic Recchia, faced off in a debate on NY1 on Tuesday, and it turns out neither one is much of a man of letters.

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So You Think You're Too Good for SNL Cast Member Michael Che's Catcalls, Ladies?

Categories: Bad Ideas

Laura June Kirsch
Michael Che, photographed for the Voice in June.
Update: Thursday, October 30: Michael Che deleted the Instagram photos without any explanation. Before that though, he tweeted:

Original post: Ladies, do we really have to go over this again? Catcalls are flattering! The latest defense of street harassment comes not from the New York Post (where we would expect it) but from comedian Michael Che, late of The Daily Show, now the co-host of SNL's "Weekend Update," and recent Village Voice cover model.

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Take a Virtual Tour of the One World Trade Center Observatory

Categories: Manhattan

One World Observatory on YouTube
Disappointing news for Condé Nast employees: One World Trade Center's observatory won't be open when they start moving in this Saturday, November 1. In fact, the $3.9 billion building's observatory will not officially open until 2015 -- but you (yes, you!) can take a virtual tour of it today.

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Film Podcast: John Wick Restores Our Faith in Violent Movies

Categories: Film and TV

Keanu Reeves in John Wick
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we welcome Village Voice contributor and filmmaker Zachary Wigon, who tells us about his paranoid thriller The Heart Machine (iTunes).

We also scoop out some time for John Wick, which helps restore our faith in violent movies, Horns, Nightcrawler (be sure to read our interview with Jake Gyllenhaal about the film), Citizenfour, Housebound, and Force Majeure.

As usual, your hosts are Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly, along with Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice.

New York City Is Accused of Massive Medicaid Fraud Scheme

Categories: Courts

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New York City has allegedly squeezed millions out of Medicaid.
Federal authorities say they've uncovered a long-running Medicaid scam that extracted millions in fraudulent gains, and was run by...New York City.

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Betsy Head Playground in Brownsville Is Getting a Much-Needed Renovation

Albert Samaha
Betsy Head Park, across the street from Betsy Head Playground in Brownsville, BK
For years now, some Brownsville locals kept their kids away from Betsy Head Playground. One father, James, walked by the playground with his nine-year-old son one day over the summer. It was a nice, warm, bright day, and as father and son walked down Dumont Avenue, two boys inside the playground started calling the son's name.

"Can I go play with them?" the son asked James.

"Nah, not today," said James. "We gotta get home."

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Hidden-Camera Actress Who Was the Subject of Catcalls Is a Sexual-Assault Survivor

Categories: Women

Don't. Read. The comments.

As if you needed a reminder.

Filmmaker Rob Bliss and actress Shoshana Roberts teamed up with a well-known anti-street-harassment advocacy group called Hollaback to make a video of the daily sexual harassment so many women know about in New York City.

"We got an email from [Bliss] and he said his girlfriend got street-harassed all the time," said Hollaback executive director Emily May. "He thought, 'If they understood what it felt like, they wouldn't do it anymore.' "

And so the two-minute video, which has been spreading through the internet like a wildfire, tracks Roberts as she walks through Manhattan, putting together all the so-called "best" (worst) footage of guys trying to get her attention.

"It was a documentary," May said. "We didn't set anyone up. We didn't have to, unfortunately."

And as if trolls really, really wanted to prove that this video was necessary, some of the YouTube comments Roberts got were cruel.

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Ebolaphobia Persists: Two Senegalese-American Schoolboys Were Bullied and Called 'Ebola'

Categories: Race, The Bronx

Screenshot via NY1
Senegalese-American schoolboys assaulted because of Ebola fears.
A group of middle-school students attacked two Senegalese-American boys and called them "Ebola" at their Bronx school on Friday.

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Haters Gonna Hate on T-Swift's NYC PR Campaign

Categories: Travel


It's a fact: Taylor Swift's new single, "Welcome to New York," is bullshit, but now that we know it was a PR campaign coordinated by NYC & Company, the city's tourism bureau, some of her latest Instagram photos at least make more sense.

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Duke Ellington Still Being Stiffed on Royalties, 40 Years After His Death

Categories: Courts, Music

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Duke Ellington, legendary jazz musician, just lost a battle with his publisher.
Duke Ellington has been dead for 40 years, but his record company, EMI Music Publishing, is still playing hardball with the jazz great's cut of the loot.

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Reynaldo Nazario Knew How to Do One Thing Really Well: Steal Cars

Categories: Longform

Illustrations by Tom Huck
Reynaldo Nazario had a twin sister, but she died when they were eight months old. His family soon realized that he was slower than most children. He didn't walk until he was five. He didn't know how to use his hands or feet. He couldn't speak, because he didn't know how to use his tongue. He took special-ed classes. The family lived in the Bronx, and didn't have much money, but spent what they could on doctors and speech therapists. One doctor told them that half of Reynaldo's brain worked fine but the other half worked at 40 percent of normal. He would never learn to read or write. "They say the other baby took away all the strength that he needed to have," his older sister, Mercedes, says.

As an adult, Reynaldo could spell only his name, which he wrote in big capital letters. He had the mind of an eight-year-old, one doctor explained to the family. He was trusting and gullible. "If you tell him the sky is going to be green tomorrow, he's gonna believe it'll be green," says his wife, Sylvia. He was eager to call someone a friend after two or three encounters. He was easily excited, even quicker to panic. He knew little about the world beyond what he saw and heard around him. And it seemed to him that life came easier to everybody else and there was nothing he could do about it.

But he could steal cars.

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Google Loves George Carlin. Apple, Bing, Mapquest -- Not So Much

Categories: Technology

Via Google Maps
About this time last week, New York City was preparing to dedicate part of a Morningside Heights street in honor of comedian George Carlin. The dedication came and went. Tributes poured in. We wrote about it. So did everybody else. By Wednesday afternoon, a block of West 121st Street -- between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive -- was officially renamed George Carlin Way. New York, essentially, had a new street. You just couldn't find it anywhere besides Google Maps.

See Also: George Carlin Gets His 'Way,' Has Final Say With His Former Church

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Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks, and 7-11 Apparently Don't Know How to Install HVAC Systems

Categories: Food Fights

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Who knew something so delicious could be such a pain in the...ears?

A Dunkin' Donuts on East 14th Street and a Starbucks on Bleecker are joining a grand tradition in New York: food operations with air conditioning and heating units that annoy residents to no end.

Residents near a Dunkin' Donuts on East 14th Street between avenues A and B have begun complaining about the noise coming from HVAC equipment recently installed on top of the doughnut shop, which is flanked on both sides by apartment buildings.

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Photographer Who Captured Hatchet Attack Gets Savaged After Posting Photos on Facebook

Categories: NYPD

"Motion View Pictures" via Facebook.
A photographer posted graphic images of a hatchet attack on NYPD officers, and got an earful.
A local photographer who happened to capture a hatchet attack on two NYPD officers last week set off something of a firestorm on his Facebook page when he posted dramatic -- and graphic -- images of the immediate aftermath.

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Taylor Swift's 'Welcome to New York' Is Literally a Tourism Campaign Disguised as a Single

Categories: Travel

New York's new Global Welcome Ambassador
Last week when Taylor Swift released the song "Welcome to New York" we were confused. We were confused because it was bad. Very bad. So much worse than the single she released a few days earlier (which we sincerely love). Most of all, we were confused because there was nothing particularly familiar in this lab-engineered New York anthem.

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Congressman Peter King Says Ebola Is Airborne, and Other Incorrect Things

Categories: Politics

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Congressman Peter King is saying crazy stuff again.
It's important to calibrate one's expectations in life.

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