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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I Rented a Tiny Pop-Up Cabin On a City Beach and Thoreauly Enjoyed It

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When I first caught wind that Getaway, a startup that rents out tiny homes in upstate parks, was bringing its pop-up cabins to the Gateway National Recreation Area, I assumed they would be in the park’s crown jewel, Fort Tilden. In the name of adventure, the house rental service keeps the exact location of its mobile “handcrafted cabins” mysterious until about a week before you check in. Still, they did offer the clue that the cabin would be on a beach, near a boardwalk, and off of city transportation. Fort Tilden, right??? Wrong. That city transportation turned out to be the Staten Island Ferry.

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Crispin Glover Previewed His New Movie, Shot in His Czech Chateau With His Bond-Villain Dad

Crispin Glover during the Q&A. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The two films Crispin Glover made in the mid-aughts have long been the holy grail of midnight movies. The notoriously eccentric actor-director has kept a tight grip on their distribution, so the only way to see them is during the occasional screenings he hosts. During two of those screenings this week at IFC Center, the audience got an even more special treat. Dressed in a vest and tie a la PT Barnum, Glover broke out his laptop and showed a preview of his next film, which he wrote for his father Bruce Glover, an actor best known for playing a Bond villain in Diamonds Are Forever.

As with much of Crispin Hellion Glover’s work, the impressionistic trailer was hard to describe from memory; there was a veiled woman, top-hatted men, a baby doll floating down a river, and some tommy gun fights. The as-yet untitled work had the sort of noir tinge that you’d expect from something that was filmed in a 17th century Czewch castle.
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Concert Footage From the Golden Years Of NYC Punk Hits the Big Screen

A few years ago we had the privilege of sharing some of the concert footage that video artists Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong compiled between 1977 and 1980, when New York’s punk and No Wave scenes were at their peak. Back then, NYU Fales Library had just acquired and was digitizing their vast Nightclubbing archive, comprised of 82 bands and 115 shows, and the filmmakers hooked us up with a trove of rare video and photos from one of the golden eras of NYC rock.

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San Loco Is Leaving the East Village After 30 Years

After closing its 15-year-old location on Avenue A back in 2014, San Loco is shuttering its remaining East Village taco joint. The original location on Second Avenue had been serving up guaco locos for over 30 years, but it’s closing Tuesday “due to a rent increase that’s unsustainable,” according to an Instagram message. Here’s the “heartbroken” (and, let’s face it, heartbreaking) announcement, posted just minutes ago.

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Your Chance to Ask Ana Lily Amirpour What She Was On When She Made The Bad Batch

A while back we gave you the heads up that The Bad Batch, Ana Lily Amirpour’s followup to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, would be part of the Rooftop Films Summer Series. That free screening is on Wednesday at House of Vans in Greenpoint, but you’re probably going to have to wait in line to snag a spot. If you’d rather lock down a seat right now, Amirpour will also be taking questions after a screening at Alamo Drafthouse on Friday. And trust, you’ll want her there, because she’s going to have a lot to explain.

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Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg Are Coming to West Soho

Hot on the heels of a new Chelsea restaurant, Smorgasburg and its sister Brooklyn Flea are continuing their quest for citywide domination with two new markets in West Soho. The first, opening Saturday, will be a “permanent” location of Brooklyn Flea, inside of an 89-year-old Art Deco building at 100 Avenue of the Americas. According to an announcement sent out today, Brooklyn Flea Soho “will occupy the 13,000 square-foot ground-floor indoor space with 60 vendors for at least the next two years, year-round, on weekends only to start.” This should give veteran vendors and newbs alike more to do in the wake of Williamsburg Flea’s closure.

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Zomething Different Has Come to Brooklyn

You’ll have to book a flight to Tokyo if you want to hit one of the last remaining outlets of Tower Records, but you’ll no longer have to do the same to experience another throwback to the ’90s: the sickly sweet taste of Zima. The sparkling lemon-lime cooler, which was discontinued here in 2008 but remains popular over in Nippon, has returned to the states just for the summer. MillerCoors is bringing it back, complete with a website that screams GeoCities running on Netscape.

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Max Fish’s New T-Shirt Depicts a Real New Yorker

(Photo: Max Fish’s Instagram)

We’ve always loved artist Andrew Kuo’s cheeky Max Fish shirts, with their slumming-down of brands like Ralph Lauren Polo and Harvard. But this one really takes the urinal cake. Kuo has turned New Yorker mascot Eustace Tilley into a beer-funneling reprobate worthy of the Lower East Side dive. The iconic cover image’s butterfly has been replaced with a fly straight out of the Fish’s bathrooms. The shirts are selling for $30 at the bar. They’re long-sleeved, which isn’t ideal for summer– but they will protect you against skateboarding scrapes.

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Sesame Street Films in Tompkins Square Park While Oscar Slums on St. Marks

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Last time I saw a shoot in Tompkins Square Park, Alia Shawkat and Rosie Perez were doing a scene for Search Party. How can you beat Alia and Rosie? Well, with Ernie and Bert, that’s how. As I type this, Chrysler is filming an ad for its Pacifica minivan and the stars of Sesame Street are on the scene. They just shot a scene where Ernie and Bert are in the cab, talking to Elmo in the back. Elmo is getting stage instructions like: “You can do it, Elmo!”

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Paul Major of Endless Boogie Saw Some ‘Crazy Stuff’ as a Record Store Clerk in ’70s NYC

L to R: Stephen Malkmus and Paul Major. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Record collecting isn’t what it used to be, now that the only way to experience Other Music is on the big screen. But Paul Major, the frontman of Brooklyn band Endless Boogie, was lucky enough to experience its glory days. He built such a reputation acquiring obscure vinyl that he’s now released a book about his life as a collector and rocker. On June 2, he and Stephen Malkmus, frontman of Pavement, got together at Bowery Ballroom to chat about Feel the Music: The Psychedelic Worlds of Paul Major.

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Can Cupcake Market’s Flower Cones Heal a Nation?

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During the election, Cupcake Market made headlines with its cookie portraits of Clinton and Trump. But what’s a whimsical cupcakery to do now that politics is just way too depressing for all that? Jay and Beyonce cookies? Kim and Kanye? Drake and Rihanna? Actually, forget the cookies– how about… Flower Cones!

The bakery’s owner, Sarah Silverman—no relation to the Bernie-lovin’ comedian— tells us these buttermilk bouquets are currently an off-the-menu item. For about $10, those in the know can call her up to have one specially made in about an hour’s time. The cones are filled with banana pudding, so don’t expect to eat them and still have room for churro taco waffles.