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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Rebel in the Rye Salingered Up Soho Today

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Soho went back to the days before it was Soho as JD Salinger biopic Rebel in the Rye filmed in the neighborhood today. On Jersey Street, between Lafayette and Crosby, crews had taken down modern-day street signs and replaced them with the sort of signage that would’ve graced Hell’s Hundred Acres, as it was then called, back when Salinger was a downtown denizen.

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Todd Solondz, Werner Herzog, JT LeRoy? BAMcinemaFest Is a Malcontent’s Dream!

Greta Gerwig in Wiener-Dog.

Greta Gerwig in Wiener-Dog.

BAMcinemaFest, the summer series that last year celebrated the 20th anniversary of Kids, is back with some equally exciting offerings this year, and tickets go on sale tomorrow. If you thought the Anthony Weiner documentary would be hands-down the best Weiner movie of the year, note that it’ll have some competition when Todd Solondz’s long-awaited Welcome to the Dollhouse follow-up, Wiener-Dog, screens at BAM on June 17.

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Rooftop Cinema Club Comes to Bushwick, Starting With Prince and Bowie Screenings

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 2.41.22 PMWith the Rooftop Films Summer Series off to an albeit soggy start and Galaxy Quest playing at the McCarren Park Pool tomorrow, May 26, as part of the city’s Movies Under the Stars series, al fresco flicks season is official in full swing. The latest series to announce its slate is Rooftop Cinema Club, the British export that sets up atop the Yotel in midtown.

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Staten Island Teen Arrested in LES Rape Attempt

A Staten Island teen has been charged with attempting to rape a woman as she entered her Lower East Side apartment building.

Police believe that on the afternoon of April 23, 18-year-old Gabriel Bulina followed his victim into an elevator in her building near Stanton and Pitt Streets; as the door opened on her floor, Bulina began to grope the 24-year-old woman, pushed her against a wall, and fondled her. Bulina followed the woman to her apartment but fled when a man came to answer the door, police said.

Bulina was arrested at his home in St. George on Friday and faces charges of attempted rape, sexually motivated burglary, sex abuse, and forcible touching.

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The Astor Place Cube Returns Next Month

The Design Pavilion being set up. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Design Pavilion being set up. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It was a year and a half ago that the Astor cube got boxed up and carted away, and the city hasn’t been the same since. I’m neither a psychologist nor a geologist, but I’m willing to bet that the removal of the Alamo took the very earth off of its axis, causing the mass imbalance of brain chemistry that led to the imminent nomination of Donald J. Trump.

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Bedford Avenue is Getting a Cafe That Doubles As a ‘Modern-Day Apothecary’

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Bedford Avenue has more than its share of coffee spots, starting with the El Beit reboot that opened in March. But this next one promises to be a little different. Equilibria, opening just down the block from Oslo and Black Brick, isn’t just a cafe offering free wifi– it doubles and triples as a pharmacy and wellness store.

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LES Man Robbed By Duo Posing as Cops

A Lower East Sider was attacked and robbed by two men posing as police officers, the NYPD says.

The incident happened around 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, when a resident of the Baruch Houses was stopped in the lobby of his building by two men who claimed to be police officers. One of them maced the victim while the other punched him, and the 29-year-old was forced to turn over his cellphone, a credit card, and $100 in cash, the police say. His injuries weren’t serious enough to require hospitalization.

The suspects are shown in the video above.

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J. D. Salinger Returned to Greenwich Village Today, as Rebel in the Rye Filmed

(Photo: Laurie Gwen Shapiro)

(Photo: Laurie Gwen Shapiro)

Holden Caulfield once said that “people never notice anything,” but we couldn’t help but notice that a new biopic about J. D. Salinger was filming at Caffe Reggio today.

Laurie Gwen Shapiro, a regular at the 89-year-old coffeehouse on Macdougal Street, told us she was one of many who couldn’t get her usual caffeine fix there today.

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Polish Restaurant Replaced By Polished Restaurant in Greenpoint

(Photo: Nick Calcott)

(Photo: Nick Calcott)

Recently, Greenpoint has gained a handful of restaurants opened by alums from notable Manhattan spots like Babbo (Naked Dog) and the Lambs Club (Le Fond). The latest one, opening tonight, is Cherry Point, where the chef is Julian Calcott, a veteran of critical darlings Corton and Spotted Pig. It replaces Polish restaurnat CinaMoon on gradually upscaling Manhattan Avenue.

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‘Say It Ain’t So’: New Yorkers React to Other Music’s Closing

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

By now you’re probably past the denial stage of grief and it has started to sink in that Other Music is closing at the end of June. New Yorkers began posting teary-eyed tributes to the beloved East Village record shop as soon as it announced yesterday that it was shuttering after two decades in business. 

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Vans House Parties and Full Moon Festival Announce Lineups

Summer is really coming together, folks. Especially since two of the season’s highlights, for music lurvers, just announced their lineups.

7b2d41d4-6731-40cf-ad8b-f19cedae03a0Vans House Parties Summer Series
May 19 to July 6 at 25 Franklin St. in Greenpoint; free with www.houseofvans.com
This series has brought bands like the Melvins and Dinosaur, Jr. to a massive industrial space equipped with a skate ramp and state-of-the-art stage. This time around, acts will include ’90s NYC post-hardcore band Quicksand; local rockers Dive; Atlanta hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd; Helmet/Don Caballero offspring Battles; jazzy hip-hop reimaginers BadBadNotGood; and festival favorites Neon Indian. There will also be a ton of art from local artists, including a massive collage of punk flyers collected by Scott Ewalt, the DJ and artist who is Kenny Scharf’s collaborator in the Cosmic Cavern.

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