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Activists will be picketing the big-deal opening party taking place at the new John Varvatos boutique on the Bowery tonight. Why? 'This is not about one music space, or just about cb's, or whether you thought Hilly was a good businessman or not, or whether you gigged there—but it is about the type of intense gentrification being used to sell the Lower East Side; it is about the co-opting of culture to sell overpriced luxury goods.' [BrooklynVegan via Curbed]