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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Market Watch: Brooklyn Xchange Drops Promo Vid, Artists & Fleas Expands

Okay fine, the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar isn’t the only market in town. As we noted last week, a new one called the Brooklyn Xchange is aiming to bring Brooklyn vendors to Soho starting Black Friday. Today, the organizers dropped a promo video starring co-founder Leo Reis that’s pure old-school Brooklyn. No twee terrariums here — in fact, the background music sounds like something out of Escape From New York. You almost expect a column of zombies to start walking up the Brooklyn Bridge, where — naturally — the call for vendors was shot.
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The Downtown Den Where Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians Met

Walt Whitman at Pfaff's.

Walt Whitman at Pfaff’s.

156 years ago this week, Henry Clapp, Jr. founded the newspaper that brought the idea of bohemianism into American culture and popularized some of Walt Whitman’s most beloved poems. The New York Saturday Press has more or less faded from memory – but two new books tell how the paper and a legendary counterculture clique emerged from Pfaff’s, a subterranean saloon on Broadway and Bleecker.
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Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Compared Obama to Lincoln, and Not in a Good Way

During a talk with a group of journalism students last night, New York Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. revealed many an interesting thing about The Gray Lady — or the “Good Gray Lady,” as he said she was originally called (and he should know, since his grandmother coined the nickname). Sitting in Bedford + Bowery’s backyard at 20 Cooper Square, he told moderator Meryl Gordon that after just two days, C.J. Chivers’s piece about the coverup of harmful chemical weapons abandoned in Iraq was one of the paper’s top 20 most-read stories of the year.
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Can Starbucks Win the Hearts and Minds of Williamsburgers With Yarn Art?

A couple of weeks ago operators of the Starbucks that’s set to open at 154 N 7th Street got an earful from Williamsburg residents at a community board meeting as they pled their case for selling beer and wine. According to Gothamist, the owners of a nearby coffee shop, The West, managed to wrangle 500 signatures in three days opposing the liquor license. But nevermind all that: the ‘bucks is determined to win the hearts and minds of Williamsburgers — via (what else?) yarn bombing.
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Tonight: A ‘Scandalous Dance Party’ For a New Book of Sex Club Photos With Text by Nan Goldin

6643c3_1ab760c918264ef1beb4505dededb9f3.jpg_srz_p_404_576_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzYesterday the Times assured us that — somehow — live peep shows still exist, calling them “a glimpse of Times Square’s sordid past.” Well, if you want to glimpse the sordid past without being seen going into Playpen, head to Bizarre tonight for a “scandalous dance party” to celebrate Bizarre Publishing’s new book of photos by Jean-Christian Bourcart, with text by Nan Goldin. The champagne-fueled fete will double as the “opening ceremony” to an exhibit of Bourcart’s photos at the Bushwick bar’s Black Box Gallery.
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Greenpoint’s First Apothecary and Juice Bar Serves ‘Brain Cocktails’

(Photos courtesy of Botica & Co.)

(Photos courtesy of Botica & Co.)

The East Village still has plenty of hippie-dippy destinations for herbal healing (Flower Power celebrated 20 years in April) but what about the fine people of Greenpoint, who up until now haven’t had a go-to place for Brain Cocktails and diuretic cucumber juice? Meet Botica & Co., which may just be the neighborhood’s first “apothecary and juice bar” and is definitely the first one to offer herbal enemas.
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Brooklyn Subway Stations Won’t Get WiFi For Another Year

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

(Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Governor Cuomo — fresh off of plugging his new book — announced today that 40 more NYC subway stations have been equipped with wifi, bringing the grand total to 76. Unfortunately for the iPhone-happy denizens of Brooklyn, none of those stations are in their borough, and it’ll be at least another year till G train riders can live the dream of streaming Jonathan Toubin’s groovy new Halloween mix in lieu of listening to the pitter-patter of track rats. (Hey, in the meantime you can always grin and bear that album U2 put onto your iTunes.)
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Have a Look Around Westside Market, Now Open and Dishing Out Free Food

Westside Market (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Westside Market (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Bevies

Bevies

Turkey meatballs, chicken meatballs, chicken breast with teriyaki sauce

Turkey meatballs, chicken meatballs, chicken breast with teriyaki sauce

Baked sesame salmon, steamed stuffed tilapia, grilled salmon, etc.

Baked sesame salmon, steamed stuffed tilapia, grilled salmon, etc.

Soups and roasts

Soups and roasts

Shepherd’s pie, pepper steak, dijon salmon, etc.

Shepherd’s pie, pepper steak, dijon salmon, etc.

Pizza station

Pizza station

Hummus for days

Hummus for days

Homemade salsa, popcorn chicken, battered veggies, etc.

Homemade salsa, popcorn chicken, battered veggies, etc.

Teas, please

Teas, please

Cheese, please

Cheese, please

Produce

Produce

Salad dressing and produce

Salad dressing and produce

Cold-pressed juices

Cold-pressed juices

Olives all day

Olives all day

Beer, brah

Beer, brah

Seafood station

Seafood station

Jeez, more cheese

Jeez, more cheese

Coconut chips, anyone?

Coconut chips, anyone?

Westside Market

Westside Market

Westside Market (Photos: Daniel Maurer)BeviesTurkey meatballs, chicken meatballs, chicken breast with teriyaki sauceBaked sesame salmon, steamed stuffed tilapia, grilled salmon, etc.Soups and roastsShepherd’s pie, pepper steak, dijon salmon, etc.Pizza stationHummus for daysHomemade salsa, popcorn chicken, battered veggies, etc.Teas, pleaseCheese, pleaseProduceSalad dressing and produceCold-pressed juicesOlives all dayBeer, brahSeafood stationJeez, more cheeseCoconut chips, anyone?Westside Market

After giving you a sneak peek inside the eastside debut of Westside Market last month, we can now report that the uptown import* finally opened on Third Avenue today, and it’s giving away a horn-o-plenty of free samples.
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The Latest ‘Looking For a Girlfriend’ Parody Is Truly Goatesque

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This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the infamous “Looking For a Girlfriend” flyer warped into an ad, but who cares: this wacky version by the peeps at Fair Folks & a Goat totally succeeded in getting our attention and alerting us to the launch of their East Village coffee bar.
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Terrifying Photos: Russell Brand ‘Basically Took Over’ the Strand Last Night

(Photos courtesy of Strand Book Store)

(Photos courtesy of Strand Book Store)

We have to admit, we steered clear of Russell Brand’s reading at Strand Book Store last night. Had we gone to see the hyperactive, hyperbolic comic-turned-crusader, we probably would’ve been the guy mentioned in this tweet: “Huge line outside the Strand; I ask a man what for, and his voice is noticeably ashamed as he says, ‘it’s for a Russell Brand reading.’”
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Doc NYC Is Bringing a Dizzying Number of Documentaries to Town

unnamedIf you’re the type to get excited about hacker documentaries, then clear your calendar between Nov. 13 to 20, because the Doc NYC festival is once again bringing a slew of true-dat films to Chelsea and the Village.

This year’s fest features 19 world premieres, 7 US premieres and 40 New York City premieres. And that’s just among the 92 features — there will also be 37 shorts and 24 panel discussions and classes.
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