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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There Will Be Mud Wrastlin’ and Crab Crackin’ in Rockaway Tomorrow

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(Photo: Michael Harlan Turkell)

If you missed the crab feast at Cafe Ghia in Bushwick last night, don’t worry — there’s still a chance to get crackin’, and oh what a chance it is: East Village farm-to-table fixture Back Forty is taking its Tuesday night crab boils to Rockaway this Saturday and then again on Aug. 31. Starting at 3 p.m. at Low Tide Bar (at Beach 96th Street and the water), $25 gets you a bucket of spiced blue crabs, corn on the cob and steamed potatoes (or it’s $15 for a half-size bucket).
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It’s the End of Fuse Gallery as We Know It, and Erik Foss Feels Fine

L to R: Shepard Fairey and Erik Foss at Lit. (Courtesy Erik Foss)

L to R: Shepard Fairey and Erik Foss at Lit earlier this week. (Courtesy Erik Foss)

On Wednesday, Fuse Gallery held its last regular opening after 11 years as a hub of downtown cool and creativity. Guests like Lower East Side graphic designer Kenzo Minami and Lobster Joint owner Tommy Chabrowski gathered in the little room behind Lit Lounge to play with Aliya Naumoff’s photos of musicians who, in some cases, have shown at Fuse Gallery themselves (e.g. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha).
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It’s Happening: The Ramen Burger is Returning to Smorgasburg

(Courtesy Ramen Burger)

(Courtesy Ramen Burger)

When Ramen Burger sold out of 150 fried-noodle burgers at Smorgasburg last week, it was uncertain if they’d return, or if it would be the sort of once-in-a-lifetime debacle, like the Stones at Altamont, that we’d be telling our incredulous kids about years from now. But Keizo Shimamoto just made it official: they’ll be back Saturday and they’ll be doling out twice as many burgers — which means the line will be ten times as long.

If you go and you bring a book, remember to support your local bookstore, lest it become a ramen-burger takeout joint.

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Surprise: Big Buck Hunter Is Especially Big in Bushwick

Chris Fream, reigning champ. (Photo: Courtesy of Big Buck Hunter)

Chris Fream, reigning champ. (Photo: Courtesy of Big Buck Hunter)

Next Thursday, the Big Buck Hunter Girls (yes, there is such a thing) and the game’s reigning world champion will appear at Pine Box Rock Shop. Sounds like a proverbial blast! But why is the Bushwick bar being graced by their presence? Well, the NSA the folks at Big Buck Hunter monitored nearly every bar in NYC that has an HD console and guess whose machine got the most plays between June 21 and July 21? Pine Box smoked the competition with 2,138 plays — over 70 per day.

Here’s how others stacked up. We’re not sure whether we’re proud or ashamed that most of these fall within Bedford + Bowery’s domain.
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Time to Play….. East Village or Dresden?

photo(184)And just like that, the Mary Help of Christians rectory is a goner. Workers continue to chip away at the old school building behind the church (over a year ago, The Local got one last look inside the creepy abandoned Catholic school) and the church itself is next.

Show us how you feel about this photo over on our Instagram. Update: We’ve got video for you below.
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Crackup at the Riots: 10 Laughs From the ’88 Tompkins Square Park Riot

clayton(1)A slew of East Villagers — including poet Bob Holman and Times writer Colin Moynihan — shuffled into Anthology Film Archives last night to watch Clayton Patterson’s 3.5 hours of footage of the Tompkins Square Police riot, on its 25th anniversary.
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After 11 Years, Fuse Gallery Is Closing Behind Lit Lounge

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All good things must come to an end: Aliya Naumoff’s portrait of Kim and Thurston will be on display tomorrow.

Well, this bites.

Fuse Gallery, the little space behind Lit Lounge, is closing after more than a decade. Owner and curator Erik Foss just sent out the e-mail: the show that opens tomorrow — featuring Aliya Naumoff’s potraits of Iggy Pop, Marilyn Manson, and Karen O — will be Fuse’s last, and the East Village gallery will pack up after “Perceptions” closes on Sept. 11, of all days.
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The 15 People You’ll Meet at Fringe Festival (Starting With Tom Cruise)

tomkatWith over 200 companies clamoring for attention at New York International Fringe Festival, it can be super tough to decide which of the 1,200+ performances to attend. But one thing’s for sure: gimmicks help a production stand out, and there’s no better gimmick (or “plot device,” if you prefer) than using a celebrity, dead author, or an Austrian shrink or two as your subject matter. Here now are 15 people who are serving as fodder for some of this year’s standout productions — from deities to Wilhelm Reich to a singing Sigmund Freud.
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Surrounded by Cassettes, The Birdman Asks ‘Who’s Going to Buy All That Yogurt?’

If you missed The Birdman when it was part of the LES* Film Festival (it ended up winning the fest’s Neighborhood Award), here’s your chance to watch it in its entirety. Filmmaker Jessie Auritt just put the short doc online, and you can now do what you’ve never gotten up the nerve to do IRL: venture into the Birdman’s quirky First Avenue shop, packed floor-to-ceiling with cassettes, CDs, and VHS tapes (it’s no surprise the proprietor refers to cell phones as “cellu-phones,” and doesn’t know how to use them).
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