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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Greenpoint Ferry Update; Rosie Perez Remembers Her Bushwick Days

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(Photo: Dima James/Flickr)

Operators say busted anchor posts were responsible for the Greenpoint ferry ramp collapse, and there’s no telling when service will return. [NY Daily News]

Williamsburg’s latest luxury building features canvas wall coverings hand painted by artist Sebastian Vargas. [Curbed]

Inside William Scott Benoit’s home in a historic East Village synagogue. [Wall Street Journal]
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Listen to Two New Nirvana Covers On Kurt Cobain’s Birthday

In honor of what would have been Kurt Cobain’s 47th birthday (and what is Aberdeen, Washington’s first Kurt Cobain Day) Dead Stars, the band that went as Nirvana for Halloween, just released a cover of “Old Age,” a song Nirvana recorded in 1991 that didn’t see the light of day until the box set came out in 2004.
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Build Your Own Bloody Mary! Baby’s All Right Is Doing Brunch

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

(Photo: Patrick Hogan)

There’s never been a better time for the Williamsburg brunch bunch: Egg expands into bigger digs this week, and over at Baby’s All Right, things just got even more all right. The music venue of the moment, which started dinner service last month, is launching brunch this Sunday, and yes, there’ll be a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar featuring 20 different kinds of hot sauce, pickled veggies, cured meats(!), and house mixes made from your choice of tomato or greens.
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Here’s Raekwon Rapping On Bedford Ave. (and Sipping Hennessy From a Mason Jar)

Sweet Chick celebrated a year on Bedford Avenue last night and The Chef showed up. No, not the chef who was sending out “sloppy duck” sliders all night. We’re talking The Chef — Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan. The restaurant that’s taking over the Max Fish space shut down all the haters, as several of the Fish’s regulars rolled through during the course of the evening — and then Raekwon, dropping in at the behest of owner John Seymour, blew up the tiny joint with a performance of Wu Tang’s “C.R.E.A.M.” (which, for a moment, stood for Chicken Moves Everything Around Me) and his own “Ice Cream.”
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L Train Gets Yarn Bombed; Williamsburg’s Of-the-Moment Luxury Building

Above: Watch London Kaye yarn bomb the L train. [Animal]

The Lower East Side is among the neighborhoods with the most cases of binge drinking. Duh. [DNA Info]

Interior shots of sculptor Walter De Maria’s cavernous home in an East Village substation, which just hit the market for $25 million. [Curbed]
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Meet Us in the Bathroom at Lit’s 12th Birthday Party

IMG_7896In the wake of Odessa and 7A closing (and more recently, the shuttering of San Loco’s Avenue A location), why not celebrate an East Village institution that’s still here? Lit is turning 12 and some notable men-about-town (or, men-about-downtown) are DJing its birthday party. Sunday night, Jonathan Toubin (also doing a dance-off at Brooklyn Bowl this weekend with Andrew WK), Prince Terrence (last seen hanging with One Direction), Paul Sevigny, Steve Lewis and several others (see flyer above) will be “entertaining.” The party goes from 10:30 p.m. till whenever Shepard Fairey shows up.

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Literary Bad Boys Might Be Dead, But Bret Easton Ellis Nods to ‘Greenpoint Glamor’

Dagmara Dominczyk at Word -- Greenpoint glamor! (Photo: Suzanne Rozdeba)

Dagmara Dominczyk at Word — Greenpoint glamor! (Photo: Suzanne Rozdeba)

Sure, we’re making a big fuss about William S. Burroughs’s 100th, but in the Times Sunday Book ReviewJames Parker argues that the idea of the literary bad boy is “a legend only, a creature of folk memory,” and the media isn’t as interested in Norman Mailer types these days (even if Matthew Barney is). In an accompanying essay, Rivka Galchen points out that even Burroughs mocked the idea of the literary bad boy.
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Daniel Delaney, Andrew Tarlow, Amanda Cohen and More Are Up For Beard Awards

Amanda Cohen (Courtesy of Dirt Candy)

Foodies’ll be in a tizzy today, as the James Beard Awards have announced their semifinalists. As per usj, downtown Manhattan restaurants are representing — and this year, North Brooklyn is, too! You’ll find many of the usual suspects in the list of nominees below, but you’ll also find fresh faces like Daniel Delaney of BrisketTown, Amanda Coen of Dirt Candy (who’s been a critic of the dude-centric awards in the past), Fredrik Berselius of Aska, Eli Sussman of Mile End, Carlo Mirarchi of Roberta’s, and Jennifer Yee of Lafayette. Here’s the list with NYC chefs and restaurants bolded and those from Bedford + Bowery’s neighborhoods linked — in case you want to maybe eat at a Beard contender before seeing an Oscar-nominated movie. Finalists will be named March 18 and the winners will claim their medals May 5.
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Meet Peter Pan’s Regulars; A Smoothie Made From American Apparel Shirts

Watch the above video and meet the regulars at Peter Pan Donut in Greenpoint. [via Eater]

And then meet the woman who makes all of Veselka‘s 100-gallon batches of borscht. [New Yorker]

A Bushwick pet store remains open even though its its owner was arrested for his alleged involvement in a cockfighting ring. [NY Daily News]
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The 15 Best Snowmen We’ve Seen This Winter

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

(Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Yep, there’s more snow on the ground this morning — but don’t even think of following Moby’s advice and moving to sunny L.A., where it’s oh-so-easy to chill by the pool at your Hollywood Hills castle. You can’t even build snowmen there! Above is one we spotted last week in Sara D. Roosevelt Park (wearing a garbage-can lid as a hat) and below are the best ones we’ve seen around the B+B hoods, via social media, this year.
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