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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21 New Things to Do in NYC This Memorial Day Weekend

The William Vale.

Memorial Day weekend is finally upon us, and we’re heading for the hills– or, more likely, the beach. While we’re away till Tuesday, here’s a rundown of all the fun options at your disposal this weekend. Whatever you do, don’t just sit around, get takeout, and watch Twin Peaks. Do you really think it’s going to be better than Twin Peaks burlesque?
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Crashing Films Second Season in Williamsburg Soon

Crashing, the Judd Apatow-produced HBO show in which podcaster extraordinaire Pete Holmes plays an aspiring standup rebounding from a split with his wife, was renewed for season two a couple of months ago, and now it’s back on the streets of New York. A posting on Bedford Avenue indicates it’ll be filming in the heart of Williamsburg on Monday, June 5.

Much of last season’s action occurred in Greenwich Village, where Holmes’s character barked for the Boston Comedy Club and jockeyed for sets along with comics like the one played by Brooklyn fixture Aparna Nancherla. (The Boston Comedy Club was an actual venue; Comedy Village now occupies its subterranean space on MacDougal Street.)

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A Look at Red Hook Lobster Pound’s New Rockaway Clam Bar

(Photo: Rockaway Clam Bar’s Instagram)

Earlier this month, when we shared the lineup of food vendors at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, we noted that one of the newcomers this season would be Rockaway Clam Bar. Now we have some more information to share about the seafood purveyor that’ll take over for Wildfeast as that vendor focuses on its new Long Beach restaurant. Turns out that the folks behind Rockaway Clam Bar, which soft-opened yesterday and will fully open this weekend, are Susan Povich and Ralph Gorham of Red Hook Lobster Pound. The couple, who split their time between Red Hook and Rockaway, are focusing on the sort of New England-style grub you might find at Bigelow’s Fried Clams, the throwback clam shack over in Rockville Center, Long Island. Think clam rolls, clam-strip sliders, clam chowder, and peel-and-eat shrimp.

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Behold, The Churro Taco Waffle!

(Courtesy of Max Brenner)

What, you thought we were going to leave it at the fried-chicken donut sandwich? Oh, hell no. We have still more blechtacular food to hip you to, starting with the Churro Taco Waffle that’s now available at Max Brenner. The Union Square chocolatier just launched a new dessert menu, and the star of the show is this self-described “Mexi-Waffle creation.”

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Gratis Grub Alert: Free Dogs at Feltman’s, 99-Cent Burgers at Duncan’s

A happy Feltman’s customer. (Photo courtesy of Michael Quinn.)

If you were planning to mooch off of your friends this weekend by not bringing any beer to their Memorial Day barbecues, here’s a far more respectable way to freeload.

Feltman’s, the 100-year-old hot dog brand that preceded Nathan’s and this summer returned to Coney Island six decades after it closed there, is celebrating its return with a giveaway. On Monday, starting at 11:30am, the first 150 people to line up for the boardwalk shack’s grand opening and ribbon cutting will score free all-natural beef dogs, served on a toasted potato bun. Remember: This dog won the approval of competitive-eating champ Takeru Kobayashi himself, who knows a thing or two about scoring free dogs. Then again, that’s probably not saying much, since he’s presumably pretty burned out on Nathan’s after eating fistfuls of them at a time.

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Nick Zinner and James Murphy Remember When Being in a Band Was ‘Not a Very Good Idea’

L to R: Nick Zinner, James Murphy, Rob Sheffield, and Lizzy Goodman. (Photo courtesy of Strand Book Store)

Last night at Strand Book Store, Lizzy Goodman said she considered her new oral history, Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011, a “dirty high school reunion.” Which was weird, because I don’t remember going to high school with Aziz Ansari and Seth Meyers, who were in the audience.

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Lobsterpalooza! A Lobster Fest and Two New Roll-Outs

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Lobstah season is upon us, and our pot runneth over. The morsel of news: Luke’s Lobster is opening near Union Square on June 1. Take a look at the storefront at 124 University Place, above, and you’ll notice it’s painted red, unlike the 11 other Luke’s locations around town. That’s because Luke’s has teamed up with (RED) for a promotion aimed at fighting AIDS. Donate $1 to the organization when you buy a lobster roll during the month of June, and not only will Luke’s match it, but so will The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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YURT ALERT: Camp Upstate in Brand New Yurts, or Glamp On a NYC Beach

Yurt at Evangola State Park.

Last time we issued a yurt alert, The Standard, East Village had just launched its winter garden. Let’s face it, at $200 and up, that situation was more yikes than yurts, but today we come to you with a far more reasonable proposition.

Earlier today, Governor Cuomo hyped the opening of camping season, this weekend, by announcing that the state has added some new facilities to its 119 campgrounds. Among them are six new cabins at Moreau Lake State Park, in the foothills of the Adirondacks, and– yes– two new yurts, located right off of Lake Eerie at Evangola State Park. Now, that park is located some seven hours from the city, so it’s not the most viable weekend trip. But, hey, it’s good to know the state is invested in #yurtlife. The wood-floor, fabric-walled yurts come equipped with cots, a refrigerator, and a microwave, so bust out the Hot Pockets. You can book them for about $84 a night.

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For Better or Worse, This Fried-Chicken Donut Sandwich Is Available For Three Days Only

It’s been a while since we saw something worthy of This Is Why You’re Fat, but the blog may just have to relaunch for this one. This weekend, West Village bakery The Doughnut Project is serving up a Maple Bourbon Tabasco Glazed doughnut, which is curious enough on its own. But here’s the blechtacular part: At the same time, Root & Bone will be using the orbs for fried chicken sandwiches.

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Good Room Launches Rooftop Party Series at Dobbin St, With Roberta’s Doing Food

(Courtesy of Dobbin St)

Output has one undeniable advantage over its Greenpoint clubbing counterpart, Good Room. It has a roof, which this year has been redesigned to resemble an “enchanted forest.” But, wait: Not to be outdone, Good Room has announced a series of parties over at Dobbin St, the neighboring events space that has been hosting man markets, movie screenings and the like.

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Join Nick Zinner and James Murphy As They Remember the Good Ol’ Days of NYC Rock

In an excerpt from Lizzy Goodman’s new oral history of New York’s rock scene during the aughts, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem calls Is This It, by the Strokes, his “record of the decade.” That’s high praise coming from “Mr. Soundsystem.” If you want to call him on it, he’ll be at Strand tomorrow, May 23, talking about the book with Goodman and with another star of the scene, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The excerpt from Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001–2011, posted by Vulture last week, deals with the Strokes and their drama with Ryan Adams, Albert Hammond Jr’s heroin habit, and that $600,000 Heineken ad they turned down. As you can guess from the title, the Strokes factor heavily into the book, but the oral history also delves into The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, TV on the Radio, Interpol, The White Stripes, Kings of Leon, The National, The Moldy Peaches, Mooney Suzuki, Vampire Weekend, Fischerspooner, Franz Ferdinand, MGMT, The Hives, The Kills, The Vines, and all those other The bands that were, at various times, said to be “the next Strokes.” According to the selling copy, the book touches not just on the New York scene, but also “the cultural forces that shaped it, from the Internet to a booming real estate market that forced artists out of the Lower East Side to Williamsburg.”

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