I’m proud to be an American, because the Parks Department just opened another stretch of Rockaway boardwalk, from Beach 97th Street to Beach 106th Street (i.e. from Low Tide Bar’s concession stand to the Caracas concession stand). Okay, fine, so the construction company is Swedish, but whatever. As you can see from the slideshow above, shit is looking good.
You may have been shocked to see David Letterman’s entire set hauled into a dumpster the day after his final episode aired, but it came as no surprise to Eva Radke. During her 15 years in the film and television industry, she saw plenty of perfectly good stage materials thrown into the trash heap.
What can you expect from mixologist Albert Trummer’s new bar on Avenue C, slated to open this fall? According to the Austrian cocktail wizard, the bar’s mood board includes an intriguing mix of Damien Hirst and Sigmund Freud, with a touch of perfumery for good measure. And despite a recent petition by locals, he swears it will be accessible to local residents — and he won’t set any drinks, or his bar, on fire with again. At least, not without the proper permits.
Federico García Lorca once again achieved Poet in New York status when a mural depicting the Spanish literary lion went up in Bushwick a couple of years ago. Now he’s returned to Manhattan, where he studied at Columbia in 1929 and penned “Sleepless City: Brooklyn Bridge Nocturne.” The poem is quoted in this new mural by Spanish artist Raúl Ruiz and Brooklyn’s own Cern.
Last night in Bushwick, a 46-year-old woman using a walker was killed by a garbage truck in a hit-and-run. [NY Daily News]
Newly published paperwork reveals that Sheldon Silver, the former state assembly speaker, omitted key answers in a financial disclosure statement he recently filled out as part of his ongoing legal turmoil for allegedly accepting bribes. [NY Daily News]
Pommes Frites, one of the East Village businesses still reeling from this spring’s gas line explosion, launched a $64K Indiegogo fundraiser to help foot the bill for their new digs on MacDougal Street. [Eater NY] Keep Reading »
“Take a stand against sweatshop restaurants! DON’T PATRONIZE GRAND SICHUAN!” read the flier handed out on St. Marks Place by several ex-employees of the Chinese-food favorite yesterday. They claim they were fired as a result of involvement in a previous lawsuit filed against the restaurant’s owner, Xiao Tu Zhang.
A week after filming at William Sheridan Playground in Williamsburg, Girls was right across the street today, shooting at Aurora. We didn’t spot Adam or Jessa, but hey, those are their chairs. Whee. Also! A few days ago, Lena Dunham posted a shot from the set indicating that her sister will be making her Girls debut this season.
Update, 4:20 p.m.: They’re back and filming a scene where Adam and Jessa stroll down Grand Street. Video up top.
Hi, are you feeling patriotic yet? Usually I’m not either, but that whole Obama singing “Amazing Grace” thing still hasn’t quite worn off. I’d call you a liar if you said you didn’t cry at least a little bit. Like, that was some realness. Or maybe just a speech writer’s brilliant means of getting us to forget about… what are those thingamabobs called again? Those silent death dealing demons of the sky? Oh right, drones. Well, at least I had a brief moment of nationalist, er, I mean patriotic pride this Birthday Season.
If you’ve been awake for the past 48 hours or so, you’re probably well aware that it is, in fact, the month of July which means some of you, dearest readers, may be wondering, “Where the hell is that floating barge bar you promised me?” Rest assured, the Brooklyn Barge Bar is not lost at sea — rather she’s docked and nearly ready for seafaring (we jest, the barge itself will remain at the landing, historic boats and scuba excursions will do the launching). “It looks like it’s far from being finished, but it’s actually really close,” owner Will Drawbridge explained. “There’s some final bits of paperwork to do and then we’ll be done.”
After construction of Essex Crossing bumped it from its home last year, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot will relaunch just three blocks away, in a parking lot behind the Clemente Soto Velez Center. From July 9 to 26, The Drilling Company, led by Hamilton Clancy of Orange Is the New Black, will imagine “As You Like It” in a “Steampunk paradise,” and from July 30 to August 15, they’ll be doing free performances of “Macbeth.”
Lieutenant Mat Ambelas of the FDNY, who died last summer while fighting a Williamsburg blaze, was honored with a plaque at the Hooper Street station. [Yeshiva World]
Parishioners at Church of the Nativity on Second Avenue hope that its link to the late Dorothy Day, a former worshipper now up for Catholic sainthood, will save it from a planned closure on August 1. [Wall Street Journal]
Thespian couple Jonny Lee Miller and Michelle Hicks paid $2.1 million for a Tompkins Square Park condo. [Variety]