The East Village just got a new sandwich shop, so it’s only fair that Williamsburg get one also. Bunk, the Portland, Oregon transplant we told you about back in August, has finally opened in the old Max space on Driggs, just in time to serve up its Thanksgiving sando.
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If you’re a downtowner who’s been lazy about trekking uptown to get a city ID card, heads up: an IDNYC enrollment site is popping up at Middle Collegiate Church during the last three weeks of December.
You’ll want to move on this, too: December 31 is the last day you’ll be able to sign up for free year-long memberships at 33 museums and cultural institutions. After you’ve snagged the card, you’ll have to apply separately with each place for membership, but it’s worth it. Perks include discounted tickets at the Public Theater, 20% off food and drink at Joe’s Pub and The Library, half off movie tickets and same-day tickets to performances at BAM, and free admission to The Met, MoMA PS1, and Brooklyn Museum.
The outrage was more or less instantaneous when Gerber Group announced that the restaurant inside of the new Hotel Indigo would be named after Lower East Side eco activist David Wilkie, aka Adam Purple. Local blog Bowery Boogie called the tribute “a tad sacrilegious” and then outright “clueless,” and EV Grieve commenters called the operators of Mr. Purple “parasitic carpetbaggers” and worse.
Bushwick already has a heck of a tiki bar in El Cortez, but soon it’ll get some company in the form of Dromedary.
Michael Lombardozzi, the drinks guy (he’s not big into the word “mixologist”) who put countless customers of One if By Land, Two if By Sea into face-sucking mode, is striking out on his own and opening an “urban tiki” bar on the corner of Irving and Menahan, near the Bushwick-Ridgewood border.
John “Cha Cha” Ciarcia, the “Unofficial Mayor of Little Italy,” has died of cancer. The sad news comes from his friend, WOR radio host Joey Reynolds. Cha Cha was a fixture at his eponymous Mulberry Street restaurant, Cha Cha’s In Bocca Al Lupo, a magical place with a back garden and a teddy-bear stuffing machine where the drinks are named after Cha Cha’s friends, like Danny Devito and Tony Danza (whose boxing career he managed), and for the stars of Goodfellas, The Sopranos, and other films in which Cha Cha appeared.
With the U.S. “reasonably certain” that a drone strike killed the much reviled Jihadi John and a wave of recent attacks boosting our worst fears about ISIS, the timing isn’t exactly great for a documentary that questions the wisdom of targeted killings. But two former drone operators who appear in Tonje Hessen Schei’s Drone are sticking to their guns.
Last night, during the latest installment of Nitehawk’s series The Deuce, James Toback revealed that there’s a reason the head-smashing scene in his debut feature looks so real. It’s because, according to the controversial director, it was real.
Hot on the heels of Levi’s, Scotch & Soda, and G-Star Raw, yet another national chain is opening up off of the Bedford stop. The Shade Store, a maker of shades, blinds, and drapery, will add a Williamsburg location to its 34 nationwide showrooms next month. Signage has gone up on the corner of North 4th and Wythe, just a block from the J.Crew and Ralph Lauren stores. The Shade Store already has showrooms in Soho, Midtown, and on the Upper East and West Sides, but now residents of the swank new luxury building at 50 North 5th— where a one-bedroom goes for $3,695 a month– can go right downstairs to buy some blinds. Which means it’s going to be way harder to watch football games through everyone’s windows.
Last night, the legendary Mudd Club made a slight return, as Steve Mass, the owner of the ’70s and ’80s hotspot, hosted a rummage sale to benefit the Bowery Mission. Items included a beehive wig belonging to Kate Pierson of the B-52s, who performed “Roam”; a cheetah-print jumpsuit donated by Deborah Harry, who was also floating around (it was scooped up by a Jersey City vintage shop); photos by Godlis and William Coupon, also in attendance; and this piece by Kim Gordon, going for $10,000.
The video for David Bowie’s new single, “★” (pronounced “Blackstar”), is now up on YouTube, but those who made it to Nitehawk this afternoon to watch it on the big screen got a special treat. And not just the free ★-branded boxes of popcorn. After the screening of the 10-minute mindfuck featuring human scarecrows, sorcery, and a blindfolded Bowie, its director, Johan Renck, fielded questions from Noisey editor-in-chief Eric Sundermann.
After three decades in Manhattan, the Chelsea Garden Center is now a Brooklyn-based operation. The flower and landscaping shop opened in Williamsburg last Monday, at 87 Havemeyer Street. Jessica Windhausen, an employee, told us it lost its lease on the corner of 44th Street and 11th Street because a new building is in the works.