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East Village Religious Revival: Exorcisms Etc.

A Curbed correspondent embedded inside the architecture industry emails some scoop on the Avenue B MiniMegaDorm protesters' attacks on the project's new architect, megafirm Beyer Blinder Belle:

In case you hadn't yet heard, I thought I'd send you notice of a protest planned for tonight against the firm Beyer Blinder Belle, the latest wrinkle in the CHARAS/El Bohio saga. Apparently, after his show at St. Mark's Church, the Rev. Billy will be leading a group over to the firm's offices at 11th and University for an exorcism.

This, of course, follows on the heels of the (would-be) anonymous wheatpasting of flyers on the firm's front doors just prior to Thanksgiving, in which Beyer Blinder Belle was equated with the architect of Auschwitz. It's the first that I've ever heard of an architecture or planning firm becoming the specific target of protest, as opposed to the developer.

Crazy stuff. And now comes word via The Villager that East Village Reverend Joan Brightharp is building her campaign for a City Council seat around expunging bars from the neighborhood. Paging Martin Luther?it's our own little revival, right here in NYC!
· Preaching evils of bars, reverend is in running [The Villager]
· Son of MegaDorm Slated for Avenue B [Curbed]