After the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar on Saturday, we ended up stopping by Odessa Cafe Bar‘s last night after 48 years on Avenue A. Around 3 a.m. the place was buzzing with a very young crowd, though at least one member of the old guard had planned to pay his respects. Erik Foss, who was a bartender there before opening Lit and Fuse Gallery (the latter is also closing, on September 11), wrote on Instagram: “ODESSA , the bar I started out at in the east village is closing tonight for ever, so sad, and haden’t it been for this magical place LIT probably wouldn’t have existed.” Lauren Dillard (Lauren Flax‘s bandmate in CREEP) chimed in: “That’s where I would get perogies before I would Dj for the night at lit!” Keep Reading »
If you missed Bob Holman’s reading at the St. Mark’s Bookshop (described as the soon-to-relocate shop’s “last party ever”), don’t worry, the whole thing is now on the Internet (you know, that thing that’s killing the bookstore?). Holman introduces his reading, accompanied by griot music, by reiterating the state of the “real live bookshop": “The word is, this is the last reading at this location,” he says. “But we have it from good source that the St. Mark’s Bookshop will reopen at a nearby location but it cannot be disclosed because it’s all fucking real estate and if you say it, it never happens, right?” Keep Reading »
Well, Jay Z didn’t show up in Bushwick, but here’s something that actually did happen: Harry Styles of One Direction was “wilding on the dance floor” at Lit last night, according to DJ Prince Terrence, who posted this Instagram shot of the teen idol presumably celebrating his win at the MTV Music Video Awards the night before. Keep Reading »
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]