Here Are the Most Bizarre Nudes of New York Craigslist

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These days, it seems like you can't open an app without getting slapped in the eyeballs by someone's boner (artfully framed by a messy bedroom and a housecat or two). Prurient New Yorkers know that not all n00ds are created equal — and the selection of sexy goods they're selling reflects the taste and refinement for which this great city is known. You can pretty much guarantee that at any given moment, some New Yorker is preparing to sell something involving the naked human form. Here are some of the best currently available.

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Here Are Some of the Most Bizarre Religious Items New Yorkers Are Selling Online

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We're in Existential Crisis season — that bleak miserable stretch between the holidays and the return of liveable weather — which drives many to drink heavily, diet aggressively, or, in some cases, find religion. As it turns out, you don't have to go to church to be Saved — plenty of New Yorkers (and other internet vendors) will sell you a little religion for your filthy cash. Finally, your own personal Jesus.

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New Yorkers Are Selling an Inordinate Amount of Creepy Baby Art Online

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2015 has arrived, and while some people may see "Baby New Year" as the hopeful emblem of a fresh start, it's kind of unsettling that we choose to symbolize the next 365 days with a helpless and hairless semi-formed human. Regardless of which camp you're in, here are several disturbing baby-themed mementos that New Yorkers are hawking on the internet. Buy these now, because the only bundle of joy in your life shouldn't be your latest Seamless order.

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The Aftermarket for Celebrity Statues in New York Is Robust and a Little Strange

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People (particularly the ones who don't live here) like to carp about New York being the loneliest place in the world, despite its being packed by millions. While there may be a tiny shred of truth to this, any New Yorker worth his or her salt knows that everybody is terrible. People, it turns out, generally tend to be the worst.

Some New Yorkers have decided to take matters into their own hands and create life-sized replicas of people -- famous ones, at that! -- without all of the annoying things that typically make them suck. Specifically, they're statues of dead celebrities that are unable to walk, talk, or be awful. But just like the real thing, eventually we tire of the human replicas in our lives. Thankfully, we don't have to figure out how to awkwardly avoid them or push them away. Once we're sick of them, we can just try to sell them. And right now, several New Yorkers are in the process of doing just that. Here are a few of them.

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Hot NYC Souvenirs on Craigslist: Dead Rats, Bacteria, and a Giant Middle Finger

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Welcome to New York.
Summer tourist season, thankfully, ended months ago. But the holiday season is now in full swing, bringing with it swarms of slow-walkers and gawkers who are descending upon the city daily. They're here to take cheerful selfies at ground zero, see Wicked, and spend their hard-earned cash on foam Lady Liberty crowns and shockingly affordable Vuitton luggage. The authentic New York experience.

They're also here to buy souvenirs. And buy they will. But if they want a piece of real New York to take home with them, they should have a look at what real New Yorkers have to sell. And it turns out that real New Yorkers are willing to part with just about anything. Here are five souvenirs that are more authentically New York than any key chain, mug, or "New York Shitty" T-shirt you can buy in Times Square:

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Hillary Clinton's Head and 9 Other Cyber Monday Gift Ideas You Must Buy Immediately

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The price on Hillary Clinton's head is a cool 10 bucks.
So you powered through another Thanksgiving with nothing to show for it but a low-level hangover, snug AF pants, and some "educational" brochures from your creationist cousin. Now you probably have 30 tabs open looking for a better deal on a personal drone that your dad will use once and then throw in the junk room (a/k/a your childhood bedroom). But you needn't waste your time perusing Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart's online sales to find the best bang for your holiday buck. It turns out New Yorkers have a ton of shit they want to get rid of. And it's a helluva lot more interesting than anything considered among the hottest holiday gift trends for 2014. So here's the first official Village Voice Cyber Monday Shopping Guide for People Looking for Other People's Unwanted Treasures:

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Dunkin Donuts, Subway, and Other Chains Continue Their Insidious Creep Across the City, But Slower Than Before

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Sigh.
From our old spot at Cooper Square, we could see it, looming green and white and weirdly shiny, like an enormous toilet with corndogs swirling inside it: the 7-Eleven, which touched down on St. Marks Place in April 2012 to general dismay and a little window-smashin'. Now that 7-Eleven has disappeared, as East Village blog EV Grieve was first to report.

It's not much, the disappearance of one 7-Eleven. But it's a symbol of something larger, according to the newest "State of the Chains" report from the Center for an Urban Future, a think tank that studies economic issues. This is their sixth year surveying the number of chain stores across the five boroughs, and report author Christian Gonzalez-Rivera found something surprising. Although the overall number of chain stores grew this year, as it has for the previous five, "the expansion of chain stores across the city slowed considerably," Gonzalez-Rivera writes. There was only a 0.5 percent increase in the number of chain stores that opened locations in New York in 2013, the smallest increase the center has seen since they began the study. So, progress?

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Report Commissioned by Barneys Says Barneys Did Nothing Wrong In Alleged "Shop and Frisk" Incidents

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Trayon Christian
At the end of last month, luxury department store Barneys found itself facing the wrong kind of publicity, when a black teenager named Trayon Christian said he'd been racially profiled there, detained after buying a belt that someone decided looked too expensive for him. Christian sued the store and the New York Police Department; then 21-year-old Kayla Phillips came forward, shared her own experience of being profiled after buying an expensive handbag, and announced her own plans to sue.

In response, Barneys met with the Reverend Al Sharpton and the Brooklyn chapter of his anti-racist National Action Network and promised to bring in a civil-rights expert, Michael Yaki, who Barneys CEO Mark Lee said would be provided with "with unrestricted access to all aspects of our store operations."

Now Yaki has completed his preliminary report about the Christian and Phillips incidents. And -- surprise! -- it concludes that Barneys "did not request, require, nor initiate" the detainment of either Christian or Phillips. Instead it places the blame on the NYPD.

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Three Women Say They Were Fired From Loehmann's for Being Too Old for Its "New, Youthful Corporate Image"

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Loehmann's new target demographic: figure skaters at the prom.
When I think of Loehmann's, the famed department store, I think of my older female relatives, who have used it as a hunting ground for thousands of years, like a low-impact Jewish safari. But after 92 years in business, the chain has recently been beset with issues; they've filed for bankruptcy twice, in 1999 and 2010, and closed some 20 stores. After they emerged from Chapter 11 for the second time, they found a new CEO, Steven Newman, who's doing his best to make the store attractive to a younger audience with trendy young designers and "fashionable apparel like patterned shorts," per a recent Crain's article about Loehmann's attempted resurrection.

And according to a just-filed lawsuit by three former employees at its Upper West Side location, the company is completing its turnaround by firing older staff members. Bernice Lowe, 57, Angela Fletcher, 54, and Rosemary Mangum, 76, filed suit on November 13 in Manhattan Supreme Court, alleging they were unjustly fired by the Loehmann's last year. Although all of them were given other reasons for their terminations, they suspect the real issue was that they no longer fit into the store's "new, youthful corporate image."

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As Racism Charges Mount, Barneys Agrees to Meet With Civil Rights Group & Jay Z Defends His Work With the Store

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A $12,500 limited edition double knuckle ring, a collaboration between Hoorsenbuhs and Jay Z.
Barneys is having a horrendous week. You can tell by their press releases, which started out rather snippy and have escalated rapidly into something that looks a lot like panic. Last Thursday, 19-year-old Trayon Christian filed a lawsuit alleging he was racially profiled at the famed Madison Avenue department store, detained by undercover cops after buying a designer belt that store employees apparently didn't believe he could afford. As the story picked up steam, Barneys issued a statement, flatly denying Christian's charges, and adding that the store stood by "our long history in support of all human rights."

Then Kayla Phillips came forward. She's a 21-year-old woman, who, like Christian, is black, and who says she found herself swarmed by police after buying a $2,500 handbag at Barneys.

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