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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H.R. of Bad Brains Is Finally an Action Figure

How low can a punk get?

Nearly 34 years to the day Bad Brains asked that question on their April 15, 1983 release, Rock For Light, we finally have an answer: about 9″ off the ground. That’s the height of a new figurine paying tribute to Paul “H.R.” Hudson, the legendary lead singer of the New York punk band. The figurine is being released by Tokyo-based PressPop this summer, and is now available via pre-order via Aggronautix, distributors of the Debbie Harry bobblehead.

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How Cute! Park Slope Just Got a ‘Hipster Deli’

(Photo: Aimee Bianca)

Let’s face it, Bedford Avenue has become seriously congested with strollers, and Oleanders, the restaurant that billed itself as a modern-day fern bar, is now a hotspot for Babies Who Brunch. So, it’s time to ask: Is it possible that Park Slope has gotten cooler than Williamsburg? I mean, there are still plenty of reasons to mock the Food Coop— on the other hand, Park Slope just scored its own Blue Bottle and is even getting an outpost of Nitehawk. And then there’s this.

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Spaghetti Donuts Have Caused a Hole Lotta Saucy Comments

(Photo: Pop Pasta’s Instagram)

Nope, it’s not an April Fool’s joke– spaghetti donuts really are coming to Smorgasburg this weekend, via new vendor Pop Pasta, and the uproar is so intense that we can officially consider this a spaghetti incident. A tweet from Food & Wine unleashed a flurry of “Nooooos,” and “Ewwwws” in both text and gif form. F&W’s Facebook post got a similar reception; it’s clear people really want Pop Pasta to put a fork in this.

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Smorgasburg Moves Outdoors With Spaghetti Donuts, Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches and… Prison Food?

Ube Kitchen’s halo-halo. (Photos courtesy of Smorgasburg.)

Earlier this month we mentioned that Smorgasburg was set to return outdoors this very weekend, April 1 and 2, with Brooklyn Flea’s Saturday market leaving its longtime home in Fort Greene and taking up residence next to Saturday Smorg in Williamsburg’s East River Park. Team Smorg now tells us there’s another change afoot this season: Their vendors won’t be returning to the South Street Seaport this year, since they’ve been unceremoniously replaced by a permanent resident. Bummer for those who like to pick up a lobster roll on the way to the Rockaway ferry.

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Broad City Wants to Hang at Your Apartment

Remember when Abbi finally decided to ditch Bevers and tasked Pam, the broker-from-hell played by Amy Sedaris, with finding her a new apartment? Lines like “Where isn’t the bathroom?” didn’t do Pam any good– this time around, Broad City is looking for an apartment and they’re doing it the same way Dan Perino looks for a girlfriend, by posting flyers around the East Village. A notice that went up today on Avenue A (not far from where the St. Marks episode was shot) indicates that production company Jax Media is looking for an apartment that will pass for a dorm room. The ideal pad will be on the first or second floor (or accessible via elevator) and have an open floor plan and at least two bedrooms. Filming will occur between April 3 and 14, the notice says.

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If You Go to This, Ask Chelsea Clinton If She’s Running For Office or What

Hillary Clinton has finally come “out of the woods”– or so she said while wearing what looked like Mac’s duster from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Now her daughter Chelsea is also stepping back into the spotlight, with the paperback release of her book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going. She’ll be appearing at Housing Works on Tuesday, April 4. If you go, can you ask her if she’s running for office, or what?

In February, the Daily News aired speculation that Chelsea might go after Kirsten Gillibrand’s seat should the senator run for president in 2020. Earlier this month, The Hill opined that Clinton was only fueling that speculation with politically charged tweets, but today Chelsea makes it clear in an interview with Variety: “I am not running for public office,” she says. Like any good politician, she leaves herself some wiggle room: “If someone steps down or something changes, I’ll then ask and answer those questions at that time. But right now, no, I’m not running for public office.” Note that she says “if something changes”– by 2020, women will be required to shovel 500 pounds of coal into the mouth of a sea otter before they can get an abortion, so it’s a safe bet something will have changed.

Speaking of Trump: This week, he’s been trying to deflect attention from investigations into his administration’s Russia ties by raising questions about those of the Clinton Foundation, which Chelsea vice-chairs. And then there are those rumors about Hillary weighing a mayoral run! And is Huma getting back together with Anthony?! Needless to say, there’ll be plenty to goss about when Chelsea shows up at Housing Works for this conversation and book signing. Just don’t expect the line to be as long as her mom’s.

And if you miss this one, Chelsea has another book, She Persisted, coming out in May.

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Pencil This In: John Waters Is Making Multiple Maniacal Appearances For His New Book

Unless your mind is addled by poppers, you’ll recall that John Waters gave a commencement address to Rhode Island School of Design’s Class of 2015. Now the text of the speech– which includes pearls of wisdom like “go out in the world and fuck it up beautifully”– is being published in the form of an illustrated book, Make Trouble, and the Prince of Puke is making some local appearances to promote it.

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Brooklyn Steel Will Open With 5 LCD Soundsystem Shows

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. (Photo: Daniel Leinweber | Razberry Photography)

Now that LCD Soundsystem is back on the touring circuit, they’re kind of the Dave Chappelle of dance rock— they disappeared at the height of their game, reemerged with a surprise show and these days are pretty easy to catch live (we caught them at Panorama last year), but there’s still some residual mystique that makes doing so feel kinda special. (Just witness all the hoopla over Chappelle’s recent appearance with Chris Rock.) And so it’s with some fanfare that Brooklyn Steel announced, today, that it will open with five LCD shows, April 6 to 11.

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How the Velvet Underground’s Roommate Played Second Fiddle to Fellow Inventors of Minimalism

When Lou Reed died in 2013, we looked back on his early days on the Lower East Side. Reed began collaborating with John Cale at 56 Ludlow Street, in the $25-a-month apartment of Tony Conrad; the name of the band Reed and Cale formed, the Velvet Underground, came from an S&M novel Conrad found on the street. Unlike Nico, Warhol, and others associated with the Velvets, Conrad isn’t a household name, and wasn’t mentioned when The Velvet Underground & Nico turned 50 this month. But Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present, opening at Anthology Film Archives this Friday, seeks to remedy that.

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This Film Festival About Getting Wasted Puts the ‘Cans’ in Cannes

We all know that so-called cinephiles jet off to places like SXSW just to booze it up on the company dime, but just try getting them to admit that they can’t read the notes they took after that third jalapeno margarita at Alamo Drafthouse. A film fest coming to Greenpoint in May, however, is pretty upfront about all that. An announcement for In Vino Veritas: Secrets of the Intoxicated Life says the program of shorts will explore “how getting wasted can elevate the spirit, enhance our creativity, make us wiser, deliver us onto freedom or otherwise improve the human condition.” Unless, of course, you’re Mel Gibson.

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Bushwick Teen Falls to Death; 2nd Ave Explosion Site May Be Sold

Residents who are suing their landlord over the 2nd Avenue explosion of two years ago fear that an impending sale will prevent them from receiving settlement money. [NY Post]

A teenager who fell to his death from the roof of a Bushwick building may have believed that he was being chased by police. [NY Daily News]

The former Pfizer site in South Williamsburg will be converted to “upscale religious housing” for Orthodox Jews. [The Real Deal].

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