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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With Iris Cafe Closed, Wherefore Art the Golden Toast?

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(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Twas just a little over a month ago that we marveled over the “honey toast” at St. Marks newcomer Iris Cafe — a sort of ice-cream-sundae toast castle that rivaled the cronut in its bonkers complexity (but not in its ability to draw pageviews, apparently. Oh well, we tried.)

Sadly, Iris Cafe seems to have closed for a “store remodeling,” according to a sign on the window that apologizes for the inconvenience.
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Looks Like It’s Time to Give Up Allen Ginsberg’s Old Apartment

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About 28 years ago, Allen Ginsberg took a photo that he’d later caption: “Mary Help of Christians R.C. Church façade with pigeons out my 4th floor living room window, 437 East 12th Street Manhattan. I’ve stayed in this apartment 13 years now. Cheap rent.”

I’ve stayed in the same apartment two years now, and the rent ain’t so cheap (Ginsberg paid about $600 for three units. My girlfriend and I pay $1,940 for just one of those units – a one-bedroom the size of a studio). But the view of the church is the same — or at least, it was until this week, when scaffolding started going up in preparation for its demolition.
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Mary Help of Christians Is Getting Scaffed Up

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Yesterday workers started erecting scaffolding at Mary Help of Christians Church on East 12th Street, in preparation for its demonic possession, er, demolition. Here’s what the 96-year-old building looks like right this second. Despite preservationists’ best efforts, she’ll soon get the black veil, just like the neighboring rectory — so take a last look, East Village.

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Richard Kern Says Fellow Nudie Photog Terry Richardson Was ‘Asking For It’

Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 4.05.36 PMPhilip Glass isn’t the only East Village fixture with new work out. Novelist Porochista Khakpour, a onetime East Villager herself, sits down with Richard Kern, who still keeps an apartment in the nabe, to talk about his new book and Thurston Moore-soundtracked DVD, Shot By Kern. The conversation (interspersed with Kern’s NSFW photos) clears up the myth that “Alphabet City girls” come to his door at all hours asking to model naked, and touches on Kern’s current case of photographer’s block (“if it’s just pretty girls, I don’t even know what a shot is anymore”).
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Watch the Trailer For ‘Visitors,’ the New One From Philip Glass and Godfrey Reggio

Koyaanisqatsi is one of those films people either love, hate, or fall asleep on because they got too high. We personally love it (enough to have spelled that title from memory), which is why the above trailer just made. our. day. Behold your first look at “Visitors,” the fourth film — and the first in over a decade — directed by Godfrey Reggio and soundtracked by the East Village’s own Philip Glass (they also collaborated on Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi). For this one, it looks like Reggio has opted for the Inkwell filter, and Glass — well, he’s just doing Glass.
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LES in BK: Max Fish Closes Aug. 1, The Johnsons Opening Soon

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Attention, drink-slingers and the degenerates who love them: it looks like The Johnsons, the Bushwick offspring of Lower East Side staple Welcome to the Johnsons, is approaching go time. A tipster spotted this call for bartenders at 369 Troutman Street, between Irving and Wyckoff Aves. The State Liquor Authority’s website says the license is still pending — we’ll let you know if we hear more.

Meanwhile another LES staple, Max Fish, finally has a closing date. Gallerist reported yesterday that it’s shuttering August 1, and the site seems to be psyched about the Fish’s forthcoming Williamsburg location: “So, Brooklyn! The Lower East Side can suck it!”

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Tigre and Cricket On Family Reunions, Dead Bodies, and Ikea

Yesterday we noticed that a Bushwick resident posted this to Craigslist’s lost and found: “i lost my sense of self on july 18, 2013 – please send me an email if you or anyone you know may have information regarding this — important.” We figured Bushwick Elucidations might be able to help, but the lost soul hasn’t gotten back to us with any specifics. So this week, Tigre and Cricket tackle slightly less cosmic matters. Like how to care for Ikea furniture (hint: throw it away).

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And Another Thing, Mr. Steingarten: Roberta’s Is NOT 8 Blocks From the Train

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Man, we got so worked up yesterday about Vogue’s patronizing praise of Brooklyn dining that we forgot to mention one of the things that irked us the most: Jeffrey Steingarten’s complaint about the “subway ride that often dumped us eight dark and unfamiliar blocks from supper” at Roberta’s.
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Relive the Tompkins Square Park Riots In Their Bloody Entirety, 25 Years Later

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Southerners have their Civil War reenactments but what do East Villagers have when it comes to reliving their defining battle? Just the annual Tompkins Square Park Riot reunion shows. But this year, on the 25th anniversary of that tumultuous night when cops went gonzo on a group protesting the park curfew (resulting in over 100 complaints of brutality), they’re getting much, much more.
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