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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Members of TV on the Radio, etc. Will Cover Lou Reed at This Tribute Show

(Photo: Bonnie Datt)

(Photo: Bonnie Datt)

Halloween has passed, taking its tribute bands with it, but on Nov. 24 at Bowery Electric, a slew of artists will try to do justice to the late, great Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground at a tribute show that’s being dubbed “Last Great American Whale.” The lineup is still in flux but the list of early confirmations, below, is impressive — and includes everyone from a couple of members of TV on the Radio to some musicians who actually played with Reed. Proceeds from the $20 go toward the Ali Forney Center for at-risk LGBT youth.
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The Area Exhibit Opened and We Partied Like It Was 1983

The dancefloor (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

The dancefloor (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Genevieve Bahrenburg, Chuck Close, Adriana Santiago

Genevieve Bahrenburg, Chuck Close, Adriana Santiago

Andre Balazs (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Andre Balazs (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Benjamins rug (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Benjamins rug (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

The money booth. (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

The money booth. (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

The faux supermarket (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

The faux supermarket (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Faux supermarket. (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Faux supermarket. (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Portraits of Warhol, Haring, etc. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Portraits of Warhol, Haring, etc. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Serge Becker, Lisa Cooper, John McDonald (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Serge Becker, Lisa Cooper, John McDonald (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Boone (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Boone (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Area at the Hole (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Area at the Hole (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Area artifacts (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Area artifacts (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

John Link, May Andersen, Julian Schnabel, Jorge Ulrich

John Link, May Andersen, Julian Schnabel, Jorge Ulrich

Area at the Hole (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Area at the Hole (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Rick Genest doing human taxidermy (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Rick Genest doing human taxidermy (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Dominatrix in the floor (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Dominatrix in the floor (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Speakers (Photo: Owen Hoffmann/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Speakers (Photo: Owen Hoffmann/PatrickMcMullan.com)

By Survival Research Labs (Paul Bruinooge/PatrickMcMullan.com)

By Survival Research Labs (Paul Bruinooge/PatrickMcMullan.com)

The recreated restrooms (Photo: Paul Bruinooge/PatrickMcMullan.com)

The recreated restrooms (Photo: Paul Bruinooge/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Glenn O'Brien (Photo: Paul Bruinooge/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Glenn O'Brien (Photo: Paul Bruinooge/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Area at the Hole (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Area at the Hole (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Area at the Hole (Photo: Paul Bruinooge/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Area at the Hole (Photo: Paul Bruinooge/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Gratuitous nudity (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Gratuitous nudity (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Serge Becker, Darius Azari, Eric Goode (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Serge Becker, Darius Azari, Eric Goode (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

If you felt the earth shaking yesterday around 6 p.m., that was The Hole opening its exhibit inspired by Eric Goode’s new book, Area: 1983–1987. Last night, the legendary nightclub’s other creators — Darius Azari, Shawn Hausman, Serge Becker (now of La Esquina, etc.) — mingled with a slew of guests that included Mike D of the Beastie Boys, hoteliers Andres Balazs and Vikram Chatwal, Calvin Klein, and so on. One of the exhibit’s curators, Glenn O’Brien — who penned a great Times piece about the “nightclub that was like art” — floated around. And, of course, our own Cat Marnell showed up on the late side.
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The Forcella Folks Are Now Doling Out Neapolitan Slices On Bowery

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The last time someone tried to sling Neapolitan slices in the East Village, it was 2 Bros.’s short-lived Totale Pizzeria. But Forcella is hoping to succeed where los dos hermanos failed and has converted part of its dining room into Slice of Naples, a takeout spot serving (you guessed it) Neapolitan slices. It’ll be open from noon to 4 a.m., so, yeah, between this and Cafe Standard, the Bowery just got some pretty solid late-night/early-morning dining options.
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Here’s a Look at the Standard East Village’s New Cafe

(Photo: Courtesy Cafe Standard)

(Photo: Courtesy Cafe Standard)

(Photo: Courtesy Cafe Standard)

(Photo: Courtesy Cafe Standard)

(Photo: Courtesy Cafe Standard)

(Photo: Courtesy Cafe Standard)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

As we tweeted over the weekend, The Standard East Village’s cafe — called Café Standard, natch — has opened for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night bites till 2 a.m.
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Area Returns Tonight While The Dom Becomes an e-Cig Store

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Two of Andy Warhol’s old hangs are suddenly back on everyone’s minds: The Dom was mentioned in some of those tributes to Lou Reed, since the Velvet Underground was part of Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable show there. What those tributes failed to note is that 19 St. Marks (which later became the Electric Circus) will soon be home to Beyond Vape, a West Coast chain that sells e-cigs and — holy shit — a Nintendo controller mod (talk about “cloud level”). Definitely seems like a more appropriate use of the space than the Supercuts that preceded it.
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Watch Cat Marnell and Richard Kern Talk <em>Girls</em>, Drugs, and Girls on Drugs

Last night two East Village iconoclasts rolled into the Newsroom, and it was major. We paired writer Cat Marnell with photographer Richard Kern for a conversation moderated by novelist Porochista Khakpour, whose third novel, it turns out, includes a character based on Marnell. Watch the hour-long blow-by-blow above, or check out the highlights below.
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Otto’s Tacos Starts Slinging Carnitas Today

(Photo courtesy Otto's Tacos)

(Photo courtesy Otto’s Tacos)

The East Village got Empire Biscuit last week (at closing time Sunday there was a biscuit bouncer at the door shooing folks off) and today it’ll get yet another stylized specialty spot. As we told you back in August, Otto’s Tacos gets its name from owner Otto Cedeno, a Southern Californian who was frustrated with the city’s Mexican grub. At his takeout joint, he’s preaching simple tacos containing boldly seasoned meats that aren’t massed under a ton of ingredients, with tortillas that are made from a house masa blend and pressed to a crisp. The tortillas are also cut into thick strips and fried to create what Cedeno hopes will be a signature item: doughy-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside masa fries that you can dip into chipotle sauce.
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Sunday: Join Us For an Evening With Cat Marnell and Richard Kern

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Before the B+B Newsroom launched, we promised you cats — and on our pop-up’s final night tomorrow, Sunday, we’re giving you Cat. That’s right: Cat Marnell. And because one East Village firebrand deserves another, we’re pairing her with photographer Richard Kern for what’s sure to be a lively discussion about pushing boundaries and pushing buttons.
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Can You Find the Velvet Underground Banana at The Randolph’s New Place?

(Photo courtesy Randolph Brooklyn)

(Photo courtesy Randolph Brooklyn)

Oh hey, the folks behind Nolita spot The Randolph at Broome opened their new Williamsburg outpost earlier this week. Randolph Brooklyn’s design was “loosely inspired by ’70s punk,” according to the release, and indeed there’s a wall of televisions that reminds us of the Video Lounge that Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong installed at Danceteria. Scour the collage-style wallpaper that recalls a Sex Pistols or Clash album cover and you’ll even find the banana from the cover of The Velvet Underground & Nico. And (fun fact) the mural in the front of the place quotes Adam and the Ants guitarist Marco Pirroni talking about punk rock (“it was anti-drug pro-amphetemine anti-sex shag-fest”).
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Watch Todd P, Peter Shapiro and Other North Brooklyn Club Owners Talk Nightlife and DIY

While you party down this weekend, the club owners of North Brooklyn will be working hard to make that partying possible — and offering up a dizzyingly diverse array of cutting-edge music, to boot. (For starters, did anyone else catch John Carpenter’s soundtrack composer, Alan Howarth, doing the Halloween theme song at 285 Kent last night? Just beyond awesome.) Last week at the Newsroom, we spoke to some of our favorite nightlife impresarios: from left to right in the video above, you’ve got Peter Shapiro of Brooklyn Bowl, Jify Shah of Cameo, Jake Rosenthal of Glasslands, John Barclay of Bossa Nova Civic Club, and Todd Patrick of 285 Kent and Market Hotel.
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Vice Wants to Hire the ‘Vice Is Hip’ Tweeter, Is Doing a ‘Bad Moms Club’ Reality Show

Earlier this week at the B+B Newsroom, we welcomed Rocco Castoro, editor-in-chief of Vice Media, and Jason Mojica, editor-in-chief of Vice News, to talk about the Williamsburg-based brand’s evolution from the fringes of the mainstream media to the front lines. You had a lot to ask, they had a lot to say, and you can watch it all above. Below, read some choice snippets about the company’s plans to produce more reality TV, film, livestreaming, and investigative journalism. Oh, and expect to see more female correspondents on the HBO show. Budding journalists will also find valuable advice about coming up with stories, including Mojica’s method of “making shit up and then hoping that it really does exist and then searching for it.”
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