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Constance Zimmer’s East Village


Though she plays a high-powered studio exec on that most L.A. of television programs, “Entourage,” Constance Zimmer’s heart really belongs to the East Village. Ms. Zimmer — along with her husband, the director Russ Lamoureux, and their three-year-old daughter — divide their time between the West Coast, where work typically calls, and the East Village, a neighborhood that she feels “still has what makes New York New York.”

Here, she loves finding and frequenting “those little shops that have been there for years, and thrive because they’re local.” Though her sharp-tongued character Dana Gordon takes a bow along with the final season of  “Entourage,” look for Ms. Zimmer on the season finale of “Royal Pains,” and in the bawdy comedy “The Babymakers,” due next year. Until then, you just might find her at one of these favorite spots. Read more…

Designer Chic at Target Prices

John Derian for Target Insect Appetizer Plates Chic or bargain? A new line makes it tough to tell.

Home goods designer John Derian has been a well-established presence in the East Village for more than a decade. His two, side-by-side eponymous stores on East Second Street carry luxury home goods, artisanal furniture, and antiques – all with a hefty price tag. But now the king of downtown decoupage is bringing his lust-worthy dishware and signature prints to the masses with a wallet-friendly line at Target.

Back in 2008, Mr. Derian designed a well-received capsule collection for the mega-store and this month Target rolled out a second affordable installment of his wares. John Derian store manager Amy Lipkin said that the mass-market collaborations are “a great way to be introduced to an entirely new customer base.”
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