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Going Balls Deep at the 20th Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant [PHOTOS]

Posted March 26, 2019 at 5:01 am

Saturday night was of the utmost importance in the fashion world. But maybe you didn’t know it. Bedlam bar on Avenue C served as runway for the always entertaining, and oft-cringeworthy, twentieth annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant (returned from exile), where contestants squared off in various categories like the one-minute talent competition, a swimsuit […]

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Mr. Lower East Side Pageant Celebrates 20 Years of Sweaty Debauchery

Posted March 11, 2019 at 5:03 am

Reverend Jen, the Troll Museum curator and self-proclaimed “Bob Barker of the Lower East Side,” is back home this month for the twentieth installation of the Mr. Lower East Side Pageant. It had spent the last couple years in exile. Nevertheless, the always raunchy event promises to be a sweaty, beer-soaked, shitshow. “It’s that time […]

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Off Cycle ‘Mr. Lower East Side Pageant’ Returns Tomorrow Night … in Ridgewood

Posted October 21, 2016 at 9:50 am

Surprise! The Mr. Lower East Side Pageant returns tomorrow night, some four months earlier than usual. Unlike earlier this year, the iconic underground beauty contest won’t be anywhere near its namesake neighborhood. This time, for the 17.5th annual event, the shenanigans will go down at the Footlight Bar in Ridgewood, Queens. You’re probably wondering about the off-cycle nature […]

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Evil Misrahi Realty Evicts a Half-Naked Rev Jen (and Troll Museum) from 122 Orchard Street

Last modified June 29, 2016 at 2:23 pm

Legendary Lower East Side performance artist Reverend Jen has been evicted from her Orchard Street home. This apartment also doubles as the location of the popular Troll Museum. No longer. Building owner, and all around reviled landlord, Misrahi Realty, wielded some muscle by pushing Rev Jen curbside this week. It was reported that she hadn’t paid rent […]

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Rev Jen Revives LES ‘Anti-Slam’ Open Mic Event this Sunday

Posted June 3, 2016 at 5:19 am

More than twenty years running, the zany “Anti-Slam” open mic event returns to the Lower East Side this weekend. It had been on an extended hiatus. Its organizer, the quirky Rev Jen, announced the news in an email to followers this week. The event will take place Sunday evening at Lucky Jack’s on Orchard Street […]

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Seeking Bigger Space, the ‘Mr. Lower East Side Pageant’ Relocates to Brooklyn

Posted February 17, 2015 at 5:05 am

In an unfortunate but not altogether surprising twist, the Mr. Lower East Side Pageant will no longer be held in its namesake neighborhood. At least for this 16th iteration of the show. To Brooklyn it goes like everything else of eclectic nature these days. The show’s organizer, elf-ear-wearing Reverend Jen Miller, intimates that the name […]

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Mr. Lower East Side Co-stars in ‘Glamarus’ Screening at Videology

Posted August 14, 2014 at 6:10 am

Glamarus, an art film directed by Dylan Greenberg, is screening next week at Videology in Williamsburg. (Full disclosure: Greenberg is indeed related to this reporter. So sue me.) Shot largely on the Lower East Side, and co-starring Mr. Lower East Side himself, Matthew Silver, the film is a surreal series of vignettes about “a tall, […]

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RevJen’s Troll Museum is in Trouble; Here’s How You Can Help

Posted July 24, 2014 at 10:22 am

Lower East Side fixture RevJen – minister of the local avante garde – is struggling to preserve her unique attraction. The beloved Troll Museum inside 122 Orchard Street is threatened vis-a-vis her living situation. Since being fired from the Tenement Museum bookstore last year, RevJen has reportedly struggled to make ends meet. “Encroaching gentrification and […]

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Swinging Balls: A Recap of the 15th Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant [PHOTOS]

Posted January 6, 2014 at 10:00 am

The infamous Mr. Lower East Side Pageant returned for its fifteenth year on Friday evening at Cake Shop. Six inches of snow and shivering single-digit temps didn’t keep patrons from the X-rated circus, nor tame their appetite for Schweddy balls. After all, the neighborhood needs its king. MC’d by neighborhood fixture Rev Jen, it was […]

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Sweet Grapes Wine Bar Becomes ‘Old Man Hustle’ on Essex Street

Posted August 7, 2013 at 6:00 am

At first we thought the so-called “old man hustle” was just a clever name for a happy hour special at the Sweet Grapes Wine Bar. Not so. In fact, that’s precisely the new identity of this Seward Park bar, a change which occurred within the last couple weeks. Still the same owners, though – the […]

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