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Nightclubbing | Helen Wheels, 1979

Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong continue sorting through their archives of punk-era concert footage as it’s digitized for the Downtown Collection at N.Y.U.’s Fales Library.

Poster for Helen Wheels show (Armen Kachaturian)

“I could describe her to you in details, but those are just facts. She was unforgettable, and everybody who knew her, loved her.”

That was Scott Kempner of The Dictators and the Del-Lords describing Helen Wheels, a woman who to the mainstream may seem like a punk rock history footnote, but who to CBGB veterans was a beloved icon. Keep Reading »

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Chinatown Bus Law Aims to Curtail Complaints, But NYPD Is Asleep at the Wheel

Recent image from Michelle Barone (Michelle Barone

Recent image of illegal bus from Michelle Barone’s window (Michelle Barone)

Intercity buses — also known as “Chinatown buses” because of their location, or “hell on wheels,” as I’ve taken to calling them after a recent nine-hour overnight trip on one — are facing increased scrutiny. They may be a cheap (if uncomfortable) way to visit your long-distance boyfriend, but they also cause headaches for downtown residents. Despite increasing agitation, the Fifth Precinct revealed last night that it hasn’t been enforcing a new permitting system aimed at stamping down on problem operators. 

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LED Unicorns on Roller Skates? Yes, Please

Lola Star at the pop-up rink in Prospect Park. (Photo courtesy of Lola Star)

Lola Star at the pop-up rink in Prospect Park. (Photo courtesy of Lola Star)

Lola Star is a legendary Coney Island character whose lavish, glittering roller-skate parties are about to descend on Prospect Park. Every Friday night from July 11 through August 29, there’s a different theme to the extravagant parties: Flashdance, Ziggy Stardust, and Saturday Night Fever, to name a few. “Oh, and I just booked some LED unicorns to do a dance routine,” Star tells B+B.
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