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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Hear Jonathan Lethem Talk, Lee Ranaldo Play at Premiere of Sonic Youther Doc

Doc NYC kicks off today, and there are still tickets left to one of the documentary festival’s highlights: the New York City premiere of a new doc about Sonic Youth singer-strummer Lee Ranaldo. The film, HELLO HELLO HELLO : LEE RANALDO : ELECTRIC TRIM, offers an eye into the recording of Ranaldo’s recently released solo album, Electric Trim, showing how Ranaldo collaborated with author Jonathan Lethem on some of the lyrics.

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Churls Gone Wild: Trumpkins Party Down in Teaser For Onur Tukel’s The Misogynists

Back in May, when Brooklyn filmmaker Onur Tukel showed his Bob Byington-directed Infinity Baby at the Montclair Film Festival, he said his next one would be about “two Trump supporters in a hotel room partying and celebrating on election night.” Which was definitely intriguing, given Tukel’s penchant for mordant dialogue. Now we have a teaser for The Misogynists. The director neglected to mention that his film is about Trump supporters in a hotel room with hookers and cocaine.

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Yoko Ono Plants Her Flag On East 4th Street

East 4th Street just got a neat little Easter egg: You wouldn’t know it, but a flag designed by Yoko Ono is now flying above the cultural district known as Fourth Arts Block, between Bowery and Second Avenue. Look above Creative Time’s headquarters and there it is: a white flag imploring passersby to “IMAGINE PEACE.” It’s the latest installment of Yoko’s same-titled campaign of billboards, pins, posters, and online messages.

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Help Lit Owner Erik Foss With His Art Book and He’ll Tattoo Your Name Wherever

It’s too late to etch your name on the bathroom walls of Lit Lounge (it closed in 2003), but Erik Foss, an owner of the legendary East Village rock dive, is willing to etch it onto his flesh. Yep: He’s promising to get a tattoo of your name, anywhere you want it, if you contribute $10,000 to his forthcoming art book’s Kickstarter.

Foss and Colab Projects are planning to release the monograph, If These Were Songs They Would Be Sad Songs, and they’re appealing to all of you slouches who never paid for drinks at Lit. As of now, they’ve raised about $10,250 of the $25,000 they’re attempting to scrounge up for a book tour, with 58 hours to go.

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Elsewhere, the New Venue From Team Glasslands, May or May Not Have an Orgasmic Stage

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Last year, the team behind Glasslands, the show space that shuttered alongside 285 Kent when Vice Media took over their space on the Williamsburg waterfront, announced that they’d be moving a little bit east and investing $3 million in a new, 24,000-square-foot venue in a former warehouse. Elsewhere opened Tuesday with a Battles show that doubled as a Halloween blowout, and is already serving up a full slate of programming. We stopped by last night as ADULT. finished up their show and learned something interesting about the stage.

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Controversial Landlords Agree to Six-Figure Settlement in Bushwick Buyout Case

A protestor outside of the Joneses’ East Third Street building in 2012. (Photo: Laura Edwins for The Local East Village)

Two controversial landlords who paid tenants to leave their rent-regulated apartments in Bushwick have reached a $132,000 settlement, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced today.

Between June 2016 and July of this year, Graham Jones and his brother Greg Jones gave buyouts to 33 residents– more than a third of the tenants– of three Bushwick buildings they had recently purchased, at 946 Bushwick Avenue, 920 Bushwick Avenue, and 1075 Greene Avenue. While the buyouts themselves were not illegal, the Joneses failed to provide written notices to the tenants informing them of their rights, including their right to refuse the offer and/or consult a lawyer. The landlords said they were unaware of the law, passed in 2015, that prohibits building owners from offering buyouts without giving tenants written notice– an act that falls under the legal definition of harassment. Among other things, the notice informs tenants that landlords are prohibited from contacting them for 180 days, should the tenant refuse a buyout.

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