About Daniel Maurer

Daniel Maurer is the editor of Bedford + Bowery and a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. You can reach him at editor(at)bedfordandbowery.com.

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Leo Fitzpatrick Has a Timely Message For the World’s Pinheads

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Leo Fitzpatrick, the Lower East Side actor who played a street kid in Kids and, hilariously, a street adult in the Broad City finale, just created a pin that’ll strike a chord with anyone who saw the terrifying documentary Among the Believers at Tribeca Film Festival this week (or, for that matter, anyone who’s read the news lately). The “NO GODS, NO WARS” pin, a collaboration with Sin Amor, is one in a series of five that are now going for $20 each at The Gift Shop. The art-object store was launched last month by Alldayeveryday (who did The Newsstand at the Lorimer stop) in conjunction with Red Bull Studios, where it’s located.

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Watch Monty Python Reunite For Tribeca Film Fest (Plus: Their Best Zingers)

The last remaining members of Monty Python (left to right, above: Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese and Michael Palin) funny walked into a rollicking press conference this afternoon to kick off this weekend’s Monty Python Celebration at Tribeca Film Festival, which will feature screenings of Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, and – most exciting – the premiere of a new documentary, Monty Python: The Meaning of Live, about their stage shows.

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This Guy Committed a LES Gallery Heist (But Didn’t Take Any Art), Police Say

The security footage above shows a man trying to get into an art gallery at 153 Stanton Street this past Sunday night. He eventually succeeded in breaking in and took some electronics and a bike, the police say.

The gallery’s owner, who asked that we not use his name or that of the gallery, didn’t paint a pretty picture of the scene: he told us that after the hooded hoodlum “crashed through the door” he helped himself to two computers and a bike, making off with some $2,000 in goods. But the heist was a “sloppy attempt” given that he could’ve also pinched some projectors, cameras, and art.

If you recognize this artful dodger, give the folks at the 7th Precinct a call.

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Girls at Tribeca: Zosia Mamet in Bleeding Heart vs. Adam Driver in Hungry Hearts

Zosia Mamet in Bleeding Heart.

Zosia Mamet in Bleeding Heart.

If you’re going through Girls withdrawal (it’s been almost a month since the season ended), the Tribeca Film Festival has just the methadone you’re looking for. Not only do a couple of the show’s producers appear in Very Semi-Serious and Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead (Bruce Eric Kaplan is also a New Yorker cartoonist and Judd Apatow is a National Lampoon fan) but Adam Driver and Zosia Mamet are the leads in Hungry Hearts and Bleeding Heart, respectively. Both are dark psychological thrillers in which the characters get caught up with a deeply disturbed romantic partner and run to their parents for help. Spoiler alert: neither of these films end well. But are either of them heart-worthy?

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Rooms at the Williamsburg Hotel Will Start at $250 (Plus: Renderings!)

(Renderings courtesy of Williamsburg Hotel)

(Renderings courtesy of Williamsburg Hotel)

The Williamsburg Hotel — yep, the one with a cocktail bar in a rooftop water tower — announced today that when it opens late this year, rooms will start at $250 a night (we’re assuming the rooms with private balconies will go for more). A press release sent to B+B bills the 150-room hotel, located at Wythe Avenue and North 10th Street, as an “urban resort.”

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Funny Pages: Tribeca Docs Plumb the Humor of the New Yorker and National Lampoon

Nation Lampoon magazine cover, Jan '73 (Credit: National Lampoon)

Nation Lampoon magazine cover, Jan ’73 (Credit: National Lampoon)

I know I’m not the only one whose pre-adolescent mind was warped by National Lampoon and the cartoons of the New Yorker, so it’s a real treat to have seen documentaries about both at the Tribeca Film Festival.

On Sunday, Calvin Trillin kicked off a post-screening panel discussion about Leah Wolchok’s doc, Very Semi-Serious, by confessing that he had a “100 percent turndown record for cartoon ideas at the New Yorker.” Back in the day, aspiring doodlers would submit for 25 years before they were finally accepted, but the documentary makes clear that entry is no longer quite as forbidding.

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B+B’s ‘The Regulars’ Is Becoming a Book

1500x500If you’re a regular reader of Bedford + Bowery, then you know The Regulars. Thanks to Joshua D. Fischer’s column, you know where Andrew W.K. likes to bring his own Jaeger, where Jad Abumrad of “Radiolab” gets his Black Sabbath fix, and where Pat Kiernan goes to hang with “real people” in Williamsburg. And if you’re a regular at one of our local bookstores, we’ve got good news: the series — which has also featured Anna Sale, Kevin Corrigan, Jessica Pimentel and, well, some regular folk as well — is now becoming a book.

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The Polyamorist’s Guide to Tribeca Film Festival

TK in The Overnight.

Taylor Schilling in The Overnight.

These days, polyamory isn’t just for kooky Bushwick types. Legit Hollywood stars are spicing up their on-screen marriages with ménages. The plot to each of these movies playing at the Tribeca Film Festival is basically one big build up to a group sex scene. (Spoiler alert: now that we’ve said that, even seeing their titles will give away their, uh, climax, so read on at your own risk.) Whether it’s a vanilla foursome or an incestuous threesome you’re looking for, Tribeca has it all.

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Yo Carvel, Where Do You Think You’re Going?

Come and get it, Lower East Siders!

Come and get it, Lower East Siders!

We just got word via a press release that Carvel is celebrating the opening of its “newest Lower East Side shoppe” with free ice cream. Exciting, right, Lower East Siders? I mean, the chef-driven flavors at Morganstern’s are alright and all, but nothing tastes quite like big chain ice cream (mmm, tetrasodium pyrophosphate!). There’s just one problem: the shop is at 9 Broadway, which, despite the announcement’s assurances that “Lower East Side guests will also notice digital menu boards,” is not on the Lower East Side. It’s in the Financial District, off of Battery Park, and yet franchisee Eric Chang is quoted as saying, “We hope to serve the Lower East Side for years to come.” Then you might want to move to the Lower East Side, bud. Because your shoppe is in the Financial District.

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Summer of Blood Director Returns With Winter of Marinara Sauce

Onur Tukel, Trieste Kelly Dunn, and Max Casella in Applesauce. (Photo: Jason Banker)

Onur Tukel, Trieste Kelly Dunn, and Max Casella in Applesauce. (Photo: Jason Banker)

Onur Tukel’s uber neurotic writer-director-actor shtick has earned him comparisons to Woody Allen, and he’s turning out to be just as prolific: a year after the Brooklyn director’s Bushwick vampire flick, Summer of Blood, appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival (it’s now on Netflix), he’s returned with Applesauce, another genre-bender about a man whose life goes to shit after he confesses the worst thing he’s ever done.

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The Wolfpack Documents a Band of Brothers Cloistered On the LES

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The Angulo brothers.

Last time Crystal Moselle ventured into a Lower East Side apartment and emerged with a documentary that showed at the Tribeca Film Festival, she was documenting a Warhol as the cinematographer and co-producer of Excavating Taylor Mead. The subjects of her latest Festival pick, The Wolfpack, are equally if not more eccentric, but you’ve almost certainly never heard of them. Even if you live in their building, you’ve probably never laid eyes on them. That’s because, until recently, the seven children of the Angulo family were almost never allowed to leave their apartment. Their friendless, cloistered lives were akin to Kimmy Schmidt’s time in the bunker, except their bunker happens to be inside of a housing project overlooking Delancey Street.

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