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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Cold Much? The New Prettiots Video May Make You Move to LA

When we last checked in with Kay Kasparhauser, frontwoman of The Prettiots, she told us, “I’m a city girl so I need to wear a shoe on my head and play ukulele.” But she also seemed pretty over the NYC scene. “How many nights have I spent in the basement of some Lower East Side venue or bar trying to look cute? I’m jaded, and I sound like an old lady, but I’d much rather go home and watch Law and Order by myself.” So it’s no surprise that a) a song off the new Prettiots album, Funs Cool, is an ode to Law and Order detective Elliot Stabler, and b) the band’s latest song is about what every jaded New Yorker seems to be doing these days: moving to LA.

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This Is the Meatballs-and-Panties Event of the Year

IMG_1326First sneakers and lingerie, now meatballs and panties. The twain shall finally meet at a pre-Valentine’s “boys night out” at Williamsburg lingerie store Brooklyn Fox. On Thursday, Feb. 11, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., discerning dudes can shop for lace while stuffing their face (you dribble red sauce on it, you bought it). Free Meatball Shop sounds swell, but they couldn’t come up with a more appetizing invite for this meat hang? “MEATBALLS & PANTIES” sounds like something Bevers would do when Abby isn’t around (or when she is around).  The self-proclaimed #ballers at the Meatball Shop are usually good for a puerile pun (they named an entire cocktail bar Underballs, after all), but instead we have this…

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Williamsburg Gets Another Place to Live the #VapeLife

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

“The Future of This Great Nation Will Be Determined By Vapers,” declares Gawker, going on to quote conservative puppet-master Grover Norquist: “I think that the next election, at the presidential level, and a lot of other levels, is going to be determined by the vaping community.” Bold claim! If that’s true, you might find some of the Leaders of Tomorrow puffing away at Vapeology 101, the latest of many vape shops to hit Williamsburg.

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Edi & The Wolf Gets an Austrian Sister Spot in Greenwich Village

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(Melissa Hom for Grub Street)

The folks behind Edi & the Wolf and The Third Man are venturing well west of their stomping grounds on Avenue C. Tonight they’ll open Freud in Greenwich Village. As ya might’ve guessed from the name, this is another contemporary Austrian joint, meant to evoke a turn-of-the-century tavern in chef Eduard Frauneder’s native Vienna. And as you also might’ve guessed, the 65-seat dining room is a real beaut, complete with requisite floral arrangements. That’s not entirely due to Florian Altenburg, who designed the sumptuous sister spots as well. The tile and wainscoting are left over from Pasticerria Bruno Bakery, which spent 41 years here on La Guardia Place.

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We Can Eat Gyros, Just For One Day: New Greek Spot Heroically Keeps It Under $6

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

To Spiti, the name of Alma Selmanay’s new Greek takeout joint, means “my home” in her native language. Her home was Athens before she moved to the United States a handful of years ago and got a front-of-house job at Anthis on the Upper West Side. “I worked there five years, I said, ‘I open my store,'” she told us. Now her home is on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, where she’s making what she insists is “the best” lamb-beef gyro as well as other “traditional, traditional” dishes such as moussaka, tzatziki, babaganoush, and taramasalata.

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Marvel’s Luke Cage Turns Williamsburg Into Harlem

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

After Luke Cage blew up Horseshoe Bar back in July (the bar appears in this scene of Jessica Jones, and in the trailer), everyone’s favorite thick-skinned Avenger is back on the scene. This time, it looks like Jessica Jones’s hubby is doing it up in Williamsburg. The Marvel character (played by Mike Colter) is the hero of a forthcoming Netflix show, and “Tiara” (its production title) will be filming at Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow. This afternoon, the venue was transformed into Harlem’s Paradise, a nod to the neighborhood where Luke was born before he was falsely imprisoned and then went on to develop superpowers, yada yada yada. Fun fact: Luke at one point was in the Defenders, and worked for Nighthawk. (The superhero, not the movie theater.)

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Mark Duplass On Playing Papa Bear to HBO’s New NYC Comedy, Animals

Louis CK’s forthcoming feature, The Secret Life of Pets, isn’t the only animated comedy in which stand-ups plumb the thoughts of New York City’s canines, felines, snakes, and, of course, rats. Animals, a debut series produced by the Duplass Brothers and featuring comedians like Nick Kroll and Chelsea Peretti, hits HBO tomorrow, Feb. 5, at 11:30 p.m., and is available on HBO Go and Now as of today. It’s already been dubbed “the worst HBO comedy in some time,” which prompted Phil Matarese, creator of the show along with his buddy Mike Luciano, to (semi?)-jokingly call out “fucking Variety, you piece of shit” at a preview screening last night. “I’m’a Uwe Boll any critic that talks shit about our show. Google it, he boxed all his negative critics.”

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Debbie Harry and Julianne Moore Hook Up With Difficult People, Filming Now

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Oh, joy! San Marzano has once again transformed into D’s Cafe, workplace/hangout of Billy Eichner in Difficult People. Our fave Hulu original is shooting on the corner of East 7th Street and First Avenue, and returns to the small screen later this year. According to Eichner’s Facebook feed, Debbie Harry, Amy Sedaris, and Julianne Moore (an alum of Billy on the Street, which got picked up for a fifth season last month) are all lined up for season deux.

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Goodbye Dirty Blvd.? City Steps Up Trash Collection and Graffiti Clean-Up

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Like Oscar the Grouch, New Yorkers are surly and we live in filth. But things might get a lot less trashy, thanks to a series of initiatives announced by Mayor de Blasio today. The city is set to expand graffiti removal, sidewalk power washing, litter-basket pickup, and highway ramp cleanup, de Blasio said.

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Police Want to See What This Guy Knows About a Village Armed-Robbery Spree

Robbery pattern #7Police are seeking the man shown here in connection with a string of robberies in the East and West Villages. The first of the five incidents happened at 3:45 a.m. on Dec. 13, when the suspect allegedly approached a 29-year-old and 30-year-old in the lobby of an apartment building near Waverly Place and Christopher Street, flashed a silver gun, and lifted $400 from one of the men. He’s also wanted for questioning in connection with the following incidents, as described by the NYPD. Most of them occurred as the victims entered their apartment buildings.

Incident #2 – At approximately 0315 hours on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in front of 181 Thompson Street in the confines of the 6th Precinct. Two male Blacks approached the 31-year-old male victim, brandished a firearm, and fled with the victim’s cell phone, watch, and $300.

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Russ & Daughters Opening Massive Retail-Production Facility in Brooklyn

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Russ & Daughters is opening a giant multipurpose space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, its first retail location outside of its longtime home on Houston Street. The appetizing institution is taking 14,000 square feet in Building 77, a massive storage facility undergoing an $185 million renovation that’s expected to be completed in early 2017.

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Bern Down For What: Hundreds of Sanders Supporters Marched For Bernie

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Chants of “Feel the Bern,” “Not for sale,” and “We are the 99 percent!” echoed down Broadway on Saturday as New Yorkers participated in a national March For Bernie. The candidate himself was present only in the form of cardboard cutouts, hand-drawn portraits, and (in one case) a Bernie puppet, but that didn’t stop hundreds of supporters of all ages and stripes (humans, canines, pigs, a #butterfly4Bernie, and the purple people eater below) from marching from Union Square to Zuccotti Park.

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