Ten Things to Do for $10 or Less This Weekend, Oct. 24-26, 2014

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Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp read from Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I've Ever Been this weekend.
This weekend, you can visit a haunted hotel or a haunted fortress on the fringes of Queens. You can see dogs in costume or dingoes diving into pumpkins. But if you're overwhelmed by the Halloween spirit, Jenny Slate reads from Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I've Ever Been at BookCourt; a new board-game café opens in Williamsburg; and more.

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Video: Why 'I Don't Want To Be the Hottest Chick at Comic Con'

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Ruby Taki and Cici James both competed in the cosplay contest at the recent New York Comic Con. One is a Japanese salesperson working in Manhattan; the other owns a sci-fi and fantasy bookstore in DUMBO. Although they come from different cultural backgrounds, the two shared a somewhat unpopular goal at Comic Con -- not being the hottest chick in the Javits Center.


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Skaters Bomb Broadway Despite Fear of NYPD Crackdown

About 500 longboard skaters raced down Broadway from West 116th Street to the Charging Bull statue in the Financial District on Saturday, in the annual Broadway Bomb. Founded by two longboarding aficionados in the fall of 2002, the event sparked a media frenzy last year after the city imposed a ban, declaring it unlawful and dangerous. The boarders, however, defied the court order and showed up. The NYPD responded with arrests and summonses.

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Ten Things to Do for $10 or Less This Weekend, Oct. 17-19, 2014

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Dill-y-dally around Orchard Street on Lower East Side Pickle Day.
If you just want to kick back and watch TV, but can't shake off the FOMO, this weekend features tributes to The X-Files, Lost, and Modern Family. Also: Party like it's 1999, hear poetry like it's 1925, and eat pickles like it's Lower East Side Pickle Day, any year.

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The Harlem Quartet Changes the Notion of What a Classical Musician Looks Like

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"You know, let's face it. When you think of classical music, it's not really an African American face that comes to mind," says Melissa White, a violinist and founding member of the Harlem Quartet.


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A New Company Is Framing and Selling 'Ownership' of NYC Street Art

Categories: Art, Culture

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A curious splash of color in the concrete jungle?
Who in New York City doesn't have $150 or so kicking around that they want to blow on something crazy? I mean, we're all trust fund kids and Russian oligarchs at this point, right?

So thank God for Wall-(m)Art, a mysterious online gallery/performance art project/racket that will take any graffiti you see on the street, frame it, and put up a plaque declaring its new owner: you! Shell out from about $100 to $300 and you can make like a dog and metaphorically pee all on your favorite street art in the city.

So far the company has sold four pieces to friends -- two have been framed in Williamsburg (ugh), the other two in Bushwick (ughhhhhhh) -- and one to the Voice. We purchased the cheapest work available -- a $111 job titled Ouch, Charlie, Ouch that features a sketch of half of Charlie Chaplin's face -- to see if Wall-(m)Art would make good on its promises.

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Nigerian Independence Day Parade 2014: Cloudy With a Chance of Ebola?

Categories: Culture, Politics

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Courtesy of the Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians
Dancers from last year's parade.
This past Saturday, more than a thousand Nigerians and other Africans strutted down 10 blocks of Second Avenue from East 54th Street in the annual Nigerian Independence Day Parade. The group that gathered on the damp, cold morning to commemorate the 54th anniversary of Nigeria's independence from Great Britain seemed oblivious to the growing xenophobia on U.S. soil, where the populace appears to be increasingly wary of being around Africans.

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The 10 Most Subversive Comics at New York Comic Con

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New York Comic Con kicked off on Thursday, attracting comics and pop-culture fanatics from around the globe to the Javits Center on the west side of Manhattan for celebrities and cosplay. Oh, and comics. Here's a selection of the 10 most subversive comics we spotted at NYCC.

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Ten Things to Do for $10 or Less This Weekend, Oct. 10-12, 2014

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See iconic photos of rock stars at Sumo Gallery for free this weekend.
This weekend, the co-founder of OkCupid may tell you what your dating habits say about you, but he won't tell you to go bat-watching in Central Park. That's our job.

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.NYC to NJ: Get Your Own Damn Dot!

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Best thing about Jersey: Great views of New York!

Look out the window right now and you'll see a giant barge floating up the Hudson River from Red Hook to Riverside. And not just any barge -- this one's been outfitted with a giant banner, draped over a stack of freight containers, that reads: ".NYC Domains at GoDaddy. SHHH -- Don't Tell Jersey."

It's promoting the new .nyc internet domain suffix, which is accessible only to residents of the five boroughs. The idea is that dot-nyc domains will bring in revenue and entice local small businesses to build an internet presence.

And apparently, the campaign is aimed at encouraging New York City residents to gloat at our neighbors a mere bridge-and-tunnel away.


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