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Bluestockings Bookstore and Activist Center is a 16-year-old radical feminist haven on the Lower East Side with on a mission to empower people to challenge oppression by distributing feminist literature and resources. Basically, a bookstore after our own hearts. And right now Bluestockings needs help to make sure it thrives as a feminist sanctuary for the next 5 years.  Launching a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo, the bookstore is hoping to raise $50,000 to revamp their new storefront, and do fundamental maintenance on flooring and electrical wires. Read More
If you've seen Rent, then you probably have a pretty good idea of what squatting entails—except in reality, it's far less glamorous than being an indie documentarian avoiding your cranky mother. During the 1970s and '80s, squatters filled abandoned homes and apartment buildings in droves all over New York City. In the 1990s the movement became less organized, but still persisted. The Lower East Side remained heavily populated with law-thwarting youths into the 2000s, when it became one of NYC's most gentrified areas. Read More
Ahh, New York City: the original, glorious melting pot. Yet unless you make a conscious habit of touring the cobblestoned side streets of the Lower East Side or popping into the Tenement Museum every now and then, it can be easy to forget that the whole of this island was once a grimy, industrial, cluttered port. Well... okay, so it's still all those things. But it sure looked a lot cooler in the 1900s, no?*  Thanks to a collection of high-res images at Shorpy Historical Photos, we can get a detailed glimpse of a past life. Read More
The "Speakeasy Dollhouse," a Prohibition-era interactive play by Cynthia von Buhler, is puzzling. It’s a participatory work of theater, a whodunit and an unsolved mystery. Audience members are encouraged to study evidence before experiencing the play, which is set in a speakeasy (based on a previously constructed dollhouse set). Most importantly, it’s based on a true story: Von Buhler created "Speakeasy Dollhouse" to try and solve the mystery of her grandfather's unexplained murder, almost a century ago. Read More
I was running late for the Dum Dum Girls show at The Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan Friday night. Yes, I've lived in NYC for almost two years. No, I still haven't figured out the subway system—7 to the R to the F* this!?! I've literally sang the lyrics of Le Tigre's “My My Metrocard” to myself in hopes that it could solve my MTA issues. “‘Next Stop! Atlantic Avenue. Next Stop!... Read More