The folks at Levi’s will not rest until every fixie rider in Williamsburg is in a pair of their Commuter jeans. They just sent over the above video of Knox Robinson, publisher of First Run, tooling around town in them — passing plenty of street art, domino games and open fire hydrants, natch — and then leading folks at his Black Roses NYC running collective. Keep Reading »
The #HovaHoax of 2013 might just be the biggest punking since Radiohead was a no-show at Zuccotti Park. Because there apparently weren’t enough freeshows going on this weekend, someone started a rumor that Jay-Z (er, Jay Z) was doing a surprise gig — not at his own Barclays Center, where the MTV Music Video Awards went down Sunday, but on Troutman Street in Bushwick. Keep Reading »
This weekend, it’s “all that jazz” in a very literal sense. You already know that the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is bringing legendary Miles Davis sideman and cool-jazz pioneer Leo Konitz to Tompkins Square Park for a free show. But that’s just the start of it. If you need to get out of the sun at any point between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., you might want to duck into A Gathering of the Tribes, where Bird meets the word in the form of the Charlie Parker Poetry Reading. Downtown poets Bob Holman, Steve Dalachinsky, Patricia Spears Jones and a host of others will do their thing at Steve Cannon’s East Third Street apartment gallery. Keep Reading »
Part of the reason we’re digging the relatively new Todd Barry Podcast is that it’s recorded in the comedian’s apartment — located “right in the heart” of the East Village, “where all the action is,” as he told Dave Hill while apologizing for all the siren and dump-truck noises.
On yesterday’s episode Colin Quinn laid into Barry’s high-rise building near Union Square. (Barry used to live in a Second Avenue walk-up beneath Sarah Silverman’s place, but moved a few years ago.) Read the exchange that only two New Yorkers could have.
Two young men were shot in Williamsburg last night, right off the Bedford Avenue strip.
Police say two teenagers were walking on South 9th Street, between Bedford and Berry, when, around 10:55 p.m., the shots were fired. A 17-year-old was shot in the leg one time and an 18-year-old took a shot to the ankle. Both were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.
The police didn’t have a description of a suspect.
(Photo: Jorge Day/Courtesy of Bossa Nova Civic Club)
Bossa Nova Civic Club — which is not so much a civic club as it is the city’s best dance club — just launched a radio station, for y’all house-head homebodies who want the beats without having to hit the streets. Play the sound files below for recent sets from Umfang, Beta Librae, Buscabulla, and Further Reductions, which released an album on the cassette-only label we told you about back in June. Keep Reading »
If you missed the MoRUS Film Fest’s community-garden screenings, well then shame on you! But okay, okay, here’s another chance to take in some culture amidst the horticulture of the East Village. Keep Reading »
If you do go to Out in the Streets in Ridgewood, take note: that’s where everyone is moving now that the average rent for a studio in Bushwick ($1,675) is up 27 percent in the last year. [NYT]
Meanwhile, studios at The Williamsburg, in (you guessed it) Williamsburg start at $2,290. That gets you two landscaped courtyards, a fitness center, laundry room and private storage. Check out the photos. [The Real Deal]
Even with a longtime CBGBs bartender and one of the founders of Brownies behind it, Dream Baby caught some scorn from old-school East Villagers when it took over the space that belonged to beloved Lakeside Lounge for over 15 years. (Knee-jerk scorn from old-school East Villagers? It’s been known to happen.) A year later, it looks like the hatchet has been buried, because the bar is all thanks-for-the-love as it celebrates its anniversary. “We are humbled and proud to have so many great friends, neighbors, and customers,” it wrote on Facebook.
To show some love back, they’re doing an open bar from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight, so can you keep the free booze rolling after beers at that . Keep Reading »
Union Pool has announced that it’s hosting a “celebration of the neighborhood’s most enduring and endearing restaurant” this Friday, and proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for the two young children of Colin Devlin, the Williamsburg restaurateur who ended his life last month.
In the East Village today, it’s out with the old, in with the new, and whatcha gonna do? Last night movers loaded a giant urn and a whole bunch of other stuff into the Schwimmer mansion; today, demolition of a 96-year-old church facade commenced. Keep Reading »