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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Rockaway Rundown: Bluth-Style Frozen Bananas Coming to 97th Street (+ More)

Bolivian Llama Party getting ready to Rock. (Photo: BLP's Instagram)

Bolivian Llama Party getting ready to Rock. (Photo: BLP’s Instagram)

Earlier this week we noted that Caracas had reopened in Rockaway with a new sidekick at its Beach 106th Street concession stand.

Now a Parks Department spokesperson confirms that Rockaway Taco won’t be doing flautas at the 97th Street stand this year. But these places will be back by tomorrow (in fact, they’re opening today, according to this tweet from Motorboat and the Big Banana).
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And Now, Watch Mr. Peanut and Kool-Aid Man in a Laser-Beam Brawl

Via our pals over at Grub Street, we learn from USA Today that Bill Hader will be the new voice of Mr. Peanut. Which is great news be-cause we’ve been looking for an excuse to put up this amazeballs video of Mr. Peanut battling Kool-Aid Man. We recently stumbled upon it while trying to remember what it was that Kool-Aid Man says after smashing through walls and ceilings. (Oh yeah, it’s “OH YEAH!”)

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In Case You Were Wondering How Those Steve Jobs Sweatshirts Turned Out…

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Remember those Steve Jobs sweatshirts we watched Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta make in their Williamsburg studio? Well, you can now see the finished $200 pieces of “wearable fan art” in a dreamy promo video for Eckhaus Latta’s forthcoming autumn/winter line. Click on the photo above to watch the short film, by Alexa Karolinski, over at Purple. And see below for a sort of poem the designer duo sent over with it. Fun fact about Cupertino: “The Apple headquarters is a space station engulfed by foliage.”
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Rockaway Concessions Gain Roberta’s Pizza, Ice Pops, Fro Yo… But Lose Booze

A benefit at the 96th Street stand (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A benefit at the 96th Street stand (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Roberta's pizza oven at 69th.

The Roberta's pizza oven at 69th.

Seating at 106th Street (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Seating at 106th Street (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The window at Conchos (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The window at Conchos (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Caracas is back. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Caracas is back. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Conchos (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Conchos (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Grub at Caracas (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Grub at Caracas (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Rippers (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Rippers (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

So, yes, Rockaway has three new outdoor drinking spots – but what about the boardwalk concessions we already know and love?

The good news is this: Roberta’s has set up a mobile pizza oven on a short stretch of boardwalk on Beach 69th Street and will be slinging pies on the weekends, weather-permitting.
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Rockaway Gets Three New Outdoor Spots for Sun, Suds, Music and Movies

Heading to Rockaway Beach this 4th of July? Or whenever? Check out the latest outdoor drinking spots, starting with a B + B exclusive.

Rockaway Beach Surf Club
Last year the Rockaway Beach Surf Club was a scrappy hybrid: a surfboard storage joint, a workspace for local artisans, an occasional party (and mud wrestling) spot, and in the wake of Sandy, a relief hub. But in the next days, Long Beach native Brandon D’Leo and his partner and neighbor, firefighter Brady Walsh, expect to score a liquor license that will allow them to turn their concrete patio into a proper beer garden.
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FDNY Cracks Down On Bossa Nova’s Ability to ‘Rave With You Full Throttle’

If you were one of the people who thought, “Ugh, that’s the end of that place” when the Bossa Nova Civic Club got that write-up in The Times last month, well then you’re probably also the type that will say, “See, I told you so,” when you hear that, according to the Bushwick boite’s Facebook page, it got a visit from the FDNY and now must limit capacity at its sweat-drenched dance parties.

Cue the message that went out earlier this evening.
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Todd P : Boyd Rice Show Will Go On Even Though He ‘Sucks As a Human Being’

Screen Shot 2013-06-28 at 6.36.59 PMTodd P just sent out an epic missive explaining why 285 Kent won’t be among the venues canceling Cold Cave shows due to the addition of controversial opening act Boyd Rice. Patrick says that since Cold Cave added the provocative noise musician to the bill of tomorrow night’s show, 285 Kent has been subject to a “small uproar” involving “multiple oblique threats, several curse-laden late night crank calls, anonymous threatening text messages.”

But even though Rice, per Patrick, is a “washed up 80’s era troll” who “has spent the last 30 or so years saying truly disgusting things – everything from palling around with the KKK to wearing Nazi uniforms to advocating the subjugation of women and the efficacy of rape,” the show must go on in the interest of free speech. There will, however, be “literature at tables set up in the lobby, explaining who Boyd Rice is and what his shameful history entails.” Read the entire letter for yourself — it’s a doozy.
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The View From Atop Jupiter 21, the NoHo [Sic] Building That Killed Mars Bar

The Sundeck (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Sundeck (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Sundeck

The Sundeck

Second-floor outdoor lounge.

Second-floor outdoor lounge.

Communal garden.

Communal garden.

The hallway.

The hallway.

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The Jupiter 21 filter on Instagram.

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Oh hey, here’s the roofdeck of Jupiter 21, the luxury building, opening July 15, where a TD Bank will replace the former Mars Bar on the ground floor. There’s no pool up here, but a sales rep told us the deck will eventually feature “misting stations” and outdoors showers — because why would anyone want to sunbathe by the wet bar and be all gross when they get back to their $3,475 studio?
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The Great Brisket Race: Can You Beat the Mighty Quinn’s Line By Crossing the River?

The weekend is almost upon us, which means it’ll soon be time to hit Smorgasburg for some Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque. Except for one thing: the line, always the line! It’s safe to say Mighty Quinn’s is the Shake Shack of Williamsburg. In fact, we’ve often found ourselves queuing for ‘que at East River Park and wondering if it’d be quicker to just hop on the L and get a brisket sandwich from the East Village location.

One day, we actually decided to find out, by donning some power-walking gear and challenging a hapless soul at the end of the line to a race. A race for brisket. Watch our video to see who got fed first.

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Motor City Bar Threw Itself a Going-Away Party

Image(3)Last night Motor City Bar celebrated “17 years of sex, drugs and rock n roll,” as the invite to its going-away bash put it. We stopped by the Lower East Side dive and got a few photos of the packed, humid room, presided over by the gyrating Anna CopaCabanna and — in the DJ nook — Dion Lunadon of A Place to Bury Strangers.

If you missed the official sendoff, don’t worry: the whiskey will be flowing for another week.

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Be the 8th Person to Watch This Still Life Still Video and Get Tix to Their Show

The folks who rep Canadian band Still Life Still — which has toured with our own The Hold Steady — use the B+B tipline to point us to a new video for “Revolving Doors,” off the band’s forthcoming album “Mourning Trance,” out August 20. It’s so brand spankin’ new, in fact, that at the time of this posting only 7 people had watched it (most of them us).
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