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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The Cornut (Sorry, Cronut™) Is Coming to the LES Tomorrow

(Courtesy Dominique Ansel Bakery)

You could accuse us of being traffic whores for putting “porno” in one headline and “cronut” in the next, and you might be right. After all, we’re not even sure the cronut (sorry, Cronut™) is all that buzzworthy now that there’s an albeit Obamacare-esque . But even if the cronut (sorry, Cronut™) has jumped the sharknado, we have to confess we still haven’t tried one. So we’re kind of psyched that they’re coming to our backyard.
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Watch 4 Off-Beat, Stroke-of-Genius Films From the Age of Porno Chic

(Courtesy Anthology Film Archives)

(Courtesy Anthology Film Archives)

We love you, Anthology Film Archives, but that doesn’t mean we want to see your old porn. Ok, maybe.

On Friday, the East Village theater launches a steamy new series dedicated to the “porno chic” age of adult cinema, when legit actors starred in top-notch skin flicks whose plots went beyond just someone ordering a pizza.

As with all good porn-related titles, the name of the series, “In the Flesh,” is a double entendre: each screening will be accompanied by an in-the-flesh appearance by a director, actor, or crew member who made the magic happen. Grab your trenchcoat: the first installment, this weekend, features a quartet of NYC-based films.
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Less Chain Stores in EV, More in BK; a Williamsburg Shipping-Container House

Check out the above video for time-lapse footage of the Rough Trade store‘s opening. [NY Times]

And on the other side of the retail spectrum, the city saw the smallest year-to-year increase in chain stores: just half a percent! The bad news for Brooklyn is: chains were up 2.8 percent, which is a larger increase than the previous year. Also: there are now over 500 Dunkin’ Donuts locations citywide. [Capital NY]

The 10002 zip code added 10 national retailers and the 10003 zip code came in third with 170 stores (9 less than last year). [The Lo-Down] Keep Reading »

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Dinner Boat Floats in Greenpoint; Lou Reed Mural in Williamsburg

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Photo: Scott Lynch)

Bushwick neighborhood groups are circulating a petition calling on the developer of the Rheingold Brewery complex to include affordable housing units that are in keeping with the neighborhood’s median income. [Brownstoner]

“Brooklyn’s first dinner boat,” a World War II-era minesweeper called The Water Table, officially launches for Friday and Saturday dinner service this week. [NY Daily News]
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And The St. Mark’s Bookshop Is Having a Star-Studded Auction As Well

Courtesy St. Mark's Bookshop

Courtesy St. Mark’s Bookshop

If you don’t score those signed editions of Art Spiegelman and Junot Diaz at the anti-NYU-expansion auction, don’t worry — their John Hancocks will also be on offer during an auction that will help fund the St. Mark’s Bookshop’s impending move. Among the 50 signed first editions and ephemera on offer are works by Yoko Ono, John Ashbery, Patti Smith, Paul Auster, Bill Berkson, Richard Hell, Wayne Koestenbaum, E. Annie Proulx, Sam Shepard, Peter Straub, and Lynne Tillman. The big ticket item, at a reserve of $2,500, is a first-edition boxed set of Maus, signed and heavily annotated and illustrated by Spiegelman. And poetry buffs will also be excited to see a working manuscript for Iovis Trilogy by Anne Waldman.

This may be the only time when buying a book online will actually help the bookshop (the virtual auction goes from Dec. 3 to 15) but if you’d like to browse the merch while sipping wine, some of it will be on the block during a live event Dec. 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admittance is $5.

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These Celebrities Will Hang Out With You If You Just Help Stop NYU

Photo: @jennababin, WNYC)

Picture yourself spice shopping with Padma Lakshmi and joking about how NYU’s Greenwich Village expansion plan is like a dose of cayenne to the eyes. Picture yourself getting private acting lessons from Philip Seymour Hoffman and saying, “Hey, do the ‘pigfuck’ line and I’ll pretend I’m John Sexton!” Picture yourself lunching with Bill Moyers, Fran Lebowitz or Lewis Lapham and keeping your hour and a half of conversation tightly focused on just how disastrous it would be if NYU added about 2 million square feet of new construction to two Greenwich Village superblocks, because, let’s face it, you’re too terrified to talk about anything else with them.

All of this could be yours thanks to a new silent auction that NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan is putting on. (The reserve for each: just $2,500!)
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Victim Says Knockout Punchers Laughed During What’s Being Called a ‘Hateful Attack’

The NYPD isn’t saying whether an assault on Bedford Avenue last night is part of a disturbing pattern, but Council Member Stephen Levin and power-broker rabbi David Niederman are making it clear they consider it just that. In a statement released moments ago, they’re demanding justice for the 26-year-old Hasidic man who was knocked to the ground in what they say is the latest “knockout game” attack.
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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime For These Cooper Union Students?

The Cooper Union students who’ve been fighting the advent of tuition — at one point camping out in president Jamshed Bharucha’s office and getting pizza deliveries by balloon — have been going hard lately. They’re just coming off of “Two Weeks of Leaks,” during which they attempted to discredit the school’s administration by posting internal documents such as, um, these instructions on how to toss to president’s salad. And now they’ve got another trick up their smocks: just like that other victim of Cooper Union’s financial woes, the St. Mark’s Bookshop, the students of the School of Architecture have launched an online crowdfunding campaign.
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Television Played Rough Trade; A Man Grew an Amazing Cat Mustache

Mornin’, all. Here’s what happened Over the Weekend.

Judith Supine

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On the heels of the trailer, here’s the Girls Season 3 poster. Looks like “Happily whatever after” is the new “Almost kind of getting it together.” [Complex]

Speaking of Girls, Lena Dunham isn’t the only cast member who lives in all-grown-up Brooklyn Heights. Have a look inside Jemima Kirke‘s pad. [Refinery 29]

Brooklyn Flea will be wintering at a former factory on North 5th Street at Wythe Ave. [Brooklyn Paper] Keep Reading »

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Joey Pepperoni Has a Mexican Alterego, and His Name Is Joey Guacamole

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Not content with being the second least atrocious $1 slice spot in the East Village, Joey Pepperoni has gotten into the taco game and is now operating a taco stand within a pizza joint named Joey Guacamole.

JOEY GUACAMOLE.

Don’t get it twisted: the tacos are not $1. They’re $4.99 a pair, BUT you can get them topped with mozzarella. Which is crazy exotic for a taco. (The logo on the flyer describes Joey as “Authentic Mexican” while the logo in the restaurant describes it as “Authentic N.Y. Style.” Who knows.)
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