If the winter blahs and apocalyptic headlines have you down of late, why not join the Kinesis Project Dance Theater in an impromptu “march of light.” At 4pm tonight (yes, that’s when the sun begins to set these days), Melissa Riker, the organization’s artistic director, will lead supporters from First Avenue and Second Street toward Bowery, placing plastic tea lights in a row every five feet. Some neighborhood organizations, like Fourth Arts Block, will light candles in their windows in solidarity.
“You really have to be quick crossing the street, or they’ll totally run you down,” a friend of mine laughed. “I’m actually really scared that someday they’ll catch me not paying attention.” He was right– even after dark last night, garbage trucks were still rumbling down Thames Street periodically, past his apartment and toward the Brooklyn Waste Transfer Facility, which neighbors are saying is a particularly devious garbage deposit. I was on my way to a community meeting that brought together activists, workers, residents, and local business owners– all of them concerned about waste inequity– inside La Luz, a storefront and pop-up venue space.
To get to the meeting, I had to cross directly in front of the garbage processing warehouse where, per usual, the massive doors were wide open (which activists and residents say is the case several times an hour), revealing voluminous mounds of stinky refuse. I picked up the pace, realizing suddenly that I was in the crosshairs of an enormous white trash truck and a frantic bulldozer– I felt the distinct possibility that I could be mistaken for a passing ant. Had it been summer, my friend assured me, this experience would have been a more nauseating one.
In Brookline, Massachusetts, former governor Mark Dukakis recently invited folks to bring their unwanted turkey carcasses to his house, so Dukakis (or rather, DuCarcass?) could save them and make soup out of them.
That may be charming and resourceful, but in New York, there’s something bigger and better brewing. It’s called Transfernation, a non-profit founded in 2013 by current NYU seniors Samir Goel and Hannah Dehradunwala. Keep Reading »
At least nine people sustained injuries in a fire yesterday morning at 314 S. 3rd Street in Williamsburg. [Patch]
Lower East Side assemblyman Sheldon Silver was found guilty yesterday of seven federal corruption charges and now faces up to 130 years in prison. [Daily Intelligencer]
An architect applied to add a 900-square-foot enclosure to the roof of landmarked 315 Grand Street, the former Ridley & Sons department store. [Bowery Boogie]
The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church has released the lineup for its annual New Year’s Day cavalcade, which in the past has featured performances by the likes of Eric Bogosian (recently in the spotlight again), William S. Burroughs, Spalding Gray, John Cage, Yoko Ono, Amiri Baraka, Jim Carroll, Kathy Acker, Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, and Suzanne Vega.
When Therese Belivet, a salesgirl played by Rooney Mara, and Carol Aird, an elegant suburban housewife played by Cate Blanchett, lock eyes in a department store, their connection is electric, but the obstacles between them loom large. It’s the 1950s in New York City and homosexuality is not only taboo. It’s dangerous.
PC Worship‘s EP release show is coming up this week at Palisades, as we trust you know from last week’s interview with Justin Frye. But there’s plenty else to get your hips poppin’ till then. Scroll your roll and see what’s in store.
An Evening with M Lamar
Monday, Nov. 30, 7 pm at Cooper Union: FREE
M Lamar is the “negro gothic devil-worshipping free black man in the blues tradition” you’ve undoubtedly been dying to see perform since we wrote about him back in September. The multi-talented, epically outspoken musician, composer, opera singer, and visual artist’s shows are enthralling not simply because M Lamar is a magnetic force all his own (just try being in a room alone with him, you’ve never feel so gazed-at in all your life, I promise), but because his operatic compositions wrestle with the deeply troubling history and harsh, continuing reality of racial injustice in this country. Lamar’s central aims are agitation and awakening, so prepare to be moved.
Who’s the grinch who stole Festivus? We may never know, but this much is certain: the East Village resident who celebrated the Seinfeldian holiday on behalf of the rest of us has left the building. The storefro
If you cheered the preservation of the wooden escalators at Macy’s, then you’ll probably dig this: once again, the New York Transit Museum is bringing its 1930s subway cars back into action for free holiday rides. Each Sunday in December, the so-called “Shoppers Special” will make five departures from the Second Avenue F station, where the museum will also be operating a pop-up souvenir shop, and make local stops to Queens Plaza.
On Thanksgiving Eve, a 26-year-old female jogger was raped and robbed in East River Park near the Williamsburg Bridge. [CBS NY]
That same night, the Department of Buildings ordered all residents to vacate the 20-unit Williamsburg building at 120 S. 4th Street, which was originally owned by late landlord Menachem Stark. [The Real Deal]
Noho’s Pinche Taqueria shuttered after three years on Lafayette Street. [Eater NY]
A popular East Village slice joint plans to reopen despite what it says is an unreasonable demand for dough.
Karen Platt has been channeling her frustrations through the satisfying scrape of chalk across concrete. After years of living with dust, noise, and health hazards caused by construction, repeated and seemingly relentless service cut-offs, and what she says are intentional moves by her landlord to clear her (and other rent-regulated tenants like her) out of her longtime home at 522 East 5th Street in the East Village, Platt’s sidewalk messages reveal she has reached a breaking point: “Lack of services is harassment” and “Enough is Enough.”
As Platt explained to B+B, since Icon Realty Management bought her building, things took a turn for the miserable. “I’ve lived in New York my whole life and I’ve never, ever been treated like this,” she said.