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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Todd Solondz Thinks Wiener-Dog Could Teach Trump a Thing or Two About Self-Loathing

On Solondz’s left, that’s Burstyn burstin’ into laughter. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It’s kind of appropriate that Todd Solondz’s new “comedy of despair,” Wiener-Dog, made its New York premier at BAMcinemaFest last week and comes to theaters nation-wide this Friday, just days before Americans throw some wieners onto the grill. Not to be confused with Weiner, another deeply cringe-worthy film currently in theaters, Wiener-Dog follows a droopey-eyed dachshund across the country as he goes from emotionally inept owner to owner, gradually changing names from Croissant to Cancer.

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Sidewalk Seating Alert: Lions Beer Store Adds Outdoor Tables

Time to add some more outdoor seating to our mega map of sidewalk cafes. Lions Beer Store, the East Village gastropub and carry-out shop that replaced Spice’s Second Avenue location back in November, has added about 22 sidewalk seats. And, nice touch: Those classy lamps you see in the photo actually turn on at night, to help you locate your favorite summery gose on the menu. Prediction: At least one of those lampshades will end up on the head of some sloshed Murray Hiller carving a path of destruction down Second Avenue.

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Mosaic Poles Return to Astor Place, But Cube Won’t Be Back Til August

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(Photo: @AstorPlaceNYC)

Last month, the city’s Department of Design and Construction told us the Astor Place cube was set to return in June. Today was supposed to be the big day, according to a construction update noticed by EV Grieve. But alas, the newly redesigned Alamo Plaza is still as cube-less as a sad cup of iced coffee left out in the sun too long. The city now says it won’t happen till August.

A DDC rep told us today that the cube was “awaiting final inspection by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Once completed, it will be delivered and re-installed.” A spokesperson for the Parks Department, which has traditionally been involved in the upkeep of Tony Rosenthal’s beloved sculpture, added, “The City is looking forward to an installation of the Cube in August. The Cube must first be inspected by a conservator.”

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Paddy Wagon Awaits Rabid Franco Fans as The Deuce Is Set to Film

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As noted yesterday, David Simon’s new series The Deuce, starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, is shooting in the East Village and Lower East Side today. If you parked your car on East 7th Street, between Second and First Avenues, it’s long gone and has been replaced by these throwback rides, including the vintage paddy wagon above. Yes, the show is about the porn industry in 1971, but don’t even think about asking J-Franks to give you the John Holmes treatment or you’ll be eating billy club in the back of this glorified ice cream truck.

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Barbone Evicted After 10 Years, and the East Village Loses a Hidden Garden

(Photo: Gavin Thomas for NY Mag)

(Photo: Gavin Thomas for NY Mag)

The East Village has lost one of its enchanting al fresco dining spots, as Barbone has been evicted after a decade on Avenue B. The Italian restaurant was opened in 2006 by Alberto Ibrahimi, who prided himself on his fresh ingredients and handmade pasta, and served as a congenial host. My old Grub Street colleague Josh Ozersky, “King of Avenue C,” wrote that the “underpriced, ambitious East Village trattoria has some of the best pasta and wine values in town.” He paid the enoteca a memorable visit in a video for Vice’s Munchies.

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Franco Alert: David Simon’s The Deuce Is Loose in East Village, LES

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(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

After hitting midtown, the East Village, and Greenpoint in October and then bouncing around town, HBO series The Deuce is back in the East Village and Lower East Side tomorrow for what looks to be an epic shoot. Tomorrow, David Simon’s forthcoming show about twin brothers (both played by James Franco) involved in the mob and porn worlds of ’70s New York is taking over East 7th Street from First Avenue to Shevchenko Place; the lower portion Avenue A; and parts of Rivington, Essex, and Norfolk Streets.

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Photos + Video: Thousands Attend #WeAreOrlando Vigil at Stonewall Inn

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The mayor, governor, and thousands of members of New York’s LGBT community and their supporters gathered around Stonewall Inn yesterday evening for a vigil to mourn the 49 killed and dozens more injured during Sunday’s attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

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Here’s Who Shimmied Over to the Jazz Age Lawn Party

(Photo: Nick McManus)

(Photo: Nick McManus)

The Jazz Age Lawn Party, now in its 11th year, returned to Governors Island this weekend for a gay old time. Photographer Nick McManus took this group portrait at the conclusion of Saturday’s throwback fête, around 5 p.m. Click to enlarge the photo and, in the sea of Prohibition-era pageantry, you’ll spot organizer Michael Arenella (on stage with baton) and his Dreamland Orchestra. To see the Gatsby-esque outfits up close, check out The Cut’s slideshow. And to get in on the next lawn parties, Aug. 13 and 14, head over here for tickets.

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Brian De Palma Shed Light on a Crazy Rumor About Martin Scorsese and Taxi Driver

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Last night, as part of this month’s Brian De Palma retrospective at Metrograph, the director himself sat down for a Q&A after a screening of his 1970 comedy Hi, Mom!, in which a fresh-faced Robert de Niro plays an “urban guerrilla” who voyeuristically photographs the residents of NYU’s Silver Towers. (Check out the film’s genius opening sequence for a tour of a squalid, $66-a-month Lower East Side apartment.) De Palma said revisiting the film so many years later was “like seeing a lot of old photographs, really— I mean, you see these people you took pictures of when they were in their 20s and now we’re old, old men.”

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It’s Brian De Palma Month: a Retrospective, a Doc, and Q&As Galore

De Palma and Pacino on set of Scarface as seen in De Palma.  (Courtesy of A24.)

De Palma and Pacino on set of Scarface as seen in De Palma. (Courtesy of A24.)

I don’t know about you, but everything I know about menstruation I learned from watching Carrie as a young child: apparently you start gushing blood in the gym shower, have a full-fledged freakout, and then when you try to rub the blood all over your classmates they hurl tampons at you as you cower in the nude? This is what getting your period looks like in Brian de Palma’s world. Which indeed is a rather twisted world, as evidenced by a retrospective happening now at Metrograph and a new documentary co-directed by Noah Baumbach, opening Friday at Angelika Film Center.

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