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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Celebrate Leonard Cohen With a Tribute Concert and Film Series

The next month or so will bring many an opportunity to honor the late, great Leonard Cohen. You’re already aware that Film Forum is screening the tour documentary Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire. And you may have heard about “Sincerely, L. Cohen,” the tribute concert scheduled for January 24 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets went on sale today). That show will feature Joan as Policewoman, Richard Thompson, Lenny Kaye of Patti Smith Group, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Ian O’Neil of Deer Tick, and Hannah Cohen (no relation), among others. To top it all off, Anthology Film Archives has announced a film program that will pay tribute to the Canadian crooner, who died in November.

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Gowanus BBQ Joint Pig Beach Opens a Grown-Up Spot, Pig Bleecker

(Photo: Katie B. Foster)

(Photo: Katie B. Foster)

Just a couple of months after Gowanus barbecue joint Pig Beach converted itself into a seasonal burger joint, the restaurant remains on Eater’s “heat map” of the hottest restaurants in Brooklyn. Now, good news for Manhattanites: You’ll no longer have to persevere the F train to get a taste of it. Pig Beach just opened a Greenwich Village outpost.

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Last Look at Fong Inn Too, Gone After Eight Decades in Chinatown

(Photo: Nick McManus)

(Photo: Nick McManus)

One of Chinatown’s oldest businesses, Fong Inn Too, shuttered over the weekend after 82 years in business. It was thought to be the oldest family-run tofu shop in the country. Opened in 1933 by a Guangzhou immigrant, Geu Yee Eng, the Mott Street shop grew into a factory churning out about 10,000 squares of tofu per day. Still, in 2011, third-generation owner David Eng told WNYC that business was “terribly slow,” and lamented that the family’s fourth generation had no interest in taking it over.

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Browse Recipes and Laze Away the Day at Brooklyn Kitchen’s New Library

A recent cooking demo.(Photo courtesy Brooklyn Kitchen).

A recent cooking demo.(Photo courtesy Brooklyn Kitchen).

Where there once was a butcher, there now are books. Williamsburg cooking store Brooklyn Kitchen has decided to scrap (get it, scrap?) its butcher counter and has replaced it with an inviting area where customers can peruse cookbooks and food magazines, including a collection of Gourmet that dates back to 1943.

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What the Tuk? Williamsburg’s Newest Hotel Has Its Own Auto Rickshaw

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Having just returned from two weeks in India, I definitely don’t miss the honking: it’s enough to make Rudy Giuliani rip out the rest of his hair and run crying into the bosom of Daddy Trump. But I do miss the cute little tuk tuks, bobbing and weaving through traffic Mario-Go-Kart-style. So, you can imagine my delight when I passed by the newly soft-opened Williamsburg Hotel and saw this gleaming new ride outside.

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This Dude Robbed an East Village Bank, Police Say

155-17 MCS Bank, Robbery 9 Pct photoThe beardo shown here robbed an East Village bank, according to police.

The incident occurred Thursday, Jan. 12, around 4:30 p.m., when a hoodie-and-skully-wearing man walked into the TD Bank at 21 East 1st Street and passed a note demanding money. The 24-year-old teller handed over an undetermined amount of cash, the police say.

The suspect is thought to be 25 to 30 years of age, 5’7″ tall, 170 pounds, and was last seen wearing multi-colored kicks.

You may recognize this as the TD Bank that replaced Mars Bar. Who said the corner of 1st Street and 2nd Avenue has lost its grit?

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New N’eat Chefs Keep Things New Nordic With Duck Heart Tartare

(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

We haven’t heard much about n’eat since it opened in November. Despite its beefcake chef, the ambitious East Village newcomer hasn’t managed to garner the buzz of other New Nordic eateries, like the rebooted Aska in Williamsburg. That may well change with two new chefs, both of whom have some serious New Nordic bonafides. Chef Yelena Del Mundo, who replaces Gabriel Hedlund, comes to the restaurant after two years as sous chef at Atera, a seriously spendy Tribeca spot that advertises a “continuously sensory tasting menu experience.”

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Buzz in the Air: Melvins Documentary Screens at St. Vitus Tonight

Just a few months after The Smart Studios Story screened at St. Vitus, the Greenpoint metal bar is taking another look at the Seattle grunge scene by showing The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale. Last week’s screenings at St. Vitus and Nitehawk were sold out, but tickets to tonight’s encore are still available. The debut effort from filmmakers Bob Hannam and Ryan Southerly is a sort of behind-the-music take on the band that influenced Nirvana, among countless others who were warped by the Melvins’ neo-Sabbath brand of sludge metal.

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Aliens and Zombies and Androids, Oh My! It’s the NY Sci-Fi Film Fest

Now that you’re done binging on Black Mirror and Westworld, it’s good to know there’s a sci-fi film fest in the not-so-distant future. The New York Science Fiction Film Festival launches next Friday, January 20, and brings an intriguing slate of films to downtown venues like the Roxy Hotel Cinema and Anthology Film Archives. The schedule promises UFO cults, zombie attacks, breath mint ads for vampires, apocalyptic viruses, murderous humanoid robots, android clones of Philip K. Dick, and Winston Churchill battling Nazis with a group of time-traveling super scientists. There’s even a 360 VR experience simulating a Bohemian Grove-esque virgin sacrifice, set to music by These Machines Are Winning. Okay, then!

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One Less Place to Shop For Kooky Keychains on the LES

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Lower East Side art scene is facing its first loss of the new year, as Object_ify 139 is packing up its bodega bags and going online-only. Bogota-born artist Maria L. Candanoza opened the “art object” shop on Essex Street in October of 2014, and during its first year it stocked quirky items from a roster of 20 artists. During its two-year run, it hosted guest curators like Benjamin Barron (books) and Mister Saturday Night (vinyl), threw book release parties, and popped up in Miami and Tokyo.

In a message inviting friends to a goodbye party at the store Friday evening, Candanoza says the enterprise will live on: “We have had an online store for a while but our commitment is to make it even better and to keep bringing new objects, prints, books and exciting artist collaborations to you every month.” In the meantime, buy a faux fur koozie and pour one out for the store’s IRL incarnation.

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Smell the Magic: Inside Blaine’s Brain and a Chance to Snap a Levitating Selfie

Roll up for the magical mystery tour and steal some magicians’ secrets next week.

TimesTalks: David Blaine
Jan. 18, 7pm, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, tickets $40.
Okay, so you may have gotten douchechills when New York immortalized David Blaine as a member of Leo DiCaprio’s “pussy posse” back in 1998. But trust, his ABC special Beyond Magic, now on Netflix, is worth watching if only to see Woody Allen nearly upchuck as the musclebound magic bro swallows a live goldfish and spits it back up it into a bowl. Even better is Ricky Gervais’s reaction, above, when Blaine (seemingly?) runs a needle through his arm.

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Adds Six New Tenants to Food Manufacturing Hub

(Rendering courtesy of Brooklyn Navy Yard)

(Rendering courtesy of Brooklyn Navy Yard)

Back in April, the Brooklyn Navy Yard announced that Mast Brothers would join Brooklyn Brewery and Russ & Daughters as tenants of its forthcoming Food Manufacturing Hub. Now we’re told that six smaller Brooklyn-based operators will also be in the mix. Among them are Bed-Stuy eateries Rustik Tavern and Grandchamps, Crown Heights Caribbean joint The Food Sermon, Smorgasburg vets We Rub You, and Tiny Drumsticks, a commissary that will be offer cooking space for the Rockaway Beach concessionaires and others. In addition to those retail/manufacturing operations, it’s said that two previously named tenants, Mast Brothers and Brooklyn Roasting Company, will have kiosks at the food hub, opening next year in Building 77. Here’s a rundown of the newcomers, courtesy of the Navy Yard.

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