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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A Bushwick-East Village Cyber Dating Movie Premieres IRL

Back in March, we caught The Heart Machine at South by Southwest. Since then, the psychological thriller about a cyber relationship between a Bushwick boy (played by John Gallagher, Jr., aka Jim from The Newsroom) and a woman who may or may not actually live in Berlin (think of this as Gone Girl for the Tecate set) made Complex’s list of fall’s most anticipated movies.
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Pat Kiernan Just Invited the Mayor to The Gutter

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We’re a little bowled over by this.

Everyone’s favorite adorkable news anchor, NY1′s Pat Kiernan, just invited the governor and mayor to his next bowling night at The Gutter, the bowling alley where Ebola victim Craig Spencer hung out before coming down with symptoms of the deadly disease.
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Confirmed: Ebola Victim Took L Train, Bowled at The Gutter

2-thegutterNew York City’s first Ebola patient bowled at The Gutter the day before he came down with symptoms, city officials confirmed tonight.

Health commissioner Mary Travis Bassett said the 33-year-old doctor, who has been widely identified as Dr. Craig Spencer, rode the A train to the L train to arrive at the dive on the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border and bowled there with friends. “He was feeling well at that time except for his feeling of fatigue,” Bassett said at a press conference, stressing that he didn’t yet have the symptoms — fever, diarrhea, etc. — that accompany contagiousness. Still, the bar has closed “out of an abundance of caution,” according to Bassett. She added that the health department would be on site tomorrow to “look at the bowling alley.”
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Salt + Charcoal Has Fired Up the Robata in Williamsburg

(Photos courtesy Salt + Charcoal)

(Photos courtesy Salt + Charcoal)

Salt + Charcoal, the Williamsburg robata restaurant we’ve been looking forward to since August, soft-opened this week on the corner of Bedford and Grand. Their liquor license hasn’t come in yet, but the food itself – by chef-owner Jiro Iida, previously of Yakitori Totto’s sister restaurant Aburiya-Kinnosuke – looks like it can stand on its own: partner Kei Sugimoto tells us the place is one of the few if not the only Japanese spots to get the fire department’s permission to grill using the imported oak-wood charcoal known as binchotan rather than gas. Another distinguishing characteristic: there’s a piece by Kei’s father, famed photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, hanging on the wall.
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Kennedy’s Will Reopen in Breezy Point On the Anniversary of Sandy

(Courtesy of Kennedy's)

(Courtesy of Kennedy’s)

Just a week before the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, a beloved Breezy Point restaurant that was hit hard by the storm has announced its comeback. Kennedy’s sent out word to patrons today that it will relaunch dinner service next Wednesday, October 29 — exactly two years to the day the superstorm put the restaurant out of commission and ravaged the bungalow community around it.
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A Chill LES Restaurant Is Popping Up in a Bushwick Bar

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 2.00.55 PMMuch in the same way we’re bringing our favorite North Brooklyn restaurants to the Lower East Side for our B+B Bazaar this Saturday, a Bushwick bar is importing a Lower East Side chef into its kitchen. Kings County Saloon (yes, they of the smallest penis contest and clown antics) just announced a series of pop-up dinners with Sandy Hall of Black Tree.
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Billy Leroy Wants YOU to Come to the Return of His Famed Oddities Tent

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

That menacing man in the British safari hat is Sir William Leroy. If you don’t know the “Wizard of Odd” as one of the stars of Travel Channel’s Baggage Battles, then you certainly know him as the dapper gent who, for years, sold antiques, props and oddities from an iconic tent at Bowery and Houston. That billowing cabinet of curiosities was sadly forced to fold in 2012, but we’re bringing Billy’s beloved tent back Saturday — for one day only — at the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar.

Don’t believe us? Here’s the sign, which was chilling in his backyard when we visited his home in Greenpoint last night.
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Watch Museum of Love’s Crazy (Clazy?) New Video, Then Sip Free Beer With Them Saturday

Above you’ll find the first video off of Museum of Love’s self-titled album, just out on James Murphy’s DFA Records. It’s kind of amazing: the song, “The Who’s Who of Who Cares,” and the video remind us of Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer,” with shades of David Bowie, East Village underground disco pioneer Arthur Russell, and of course Pat Mahoney’s old band LCD Soundsystem. That’s actually Mahoney sculpting a startling likeness of his bandmate Dennis McNany (aka Jee Day) and then melting it down into a bubbling morass. Yep, in addition to being a drummer-turned-singer and DJ, Mahoney is a sculptor who has even created toys for his DFA labelmates The Juan Maclean.

Anyway! Speaking of Museum of Love, we’re beyond stoked that they’ll be DJing our Bedford + Bowery Bazaar on Saturday. And speaking of The Juan Maclean (which also recently dropped an album via DFA), that band’s Nancy Whang (another LCD Soundsystem alum) will also be DJing. So come out and catch them as you sip free beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery, yet more beer from Torst, and food from Arrogant Swine, Bunker Vietnamese, and many, many more of our favorites. Plus, shop for vinyl, clothing, home stuff, jewelry, occult items, and much more. You can find all the details here.

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Papaya King Is About to Put Midtown Hot Dog Vendors in a World of Squirt

(Courtesy Papaya King)

(Courtesy Papaya King)

After expanding to St. Marks Place and then launching a food truck, Upper East Side institution Papaya King has decided to go for the jugular and is putting down roots in Herald Square, ground zero for dirty-water dog vendors. Starting Oct. 23, the king will station its flashy new food cart (shown here) outside of Macy’s in Herald Square. It’ll be at Broadway and 35th Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. serving hot dogs, veggie dogs, corn dogs, and knishes. This is such a setback to workaday wiener vendors that we don’t know how they’re going to ketchup.
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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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