When Fyre Festival went down in flames in April of 2017, comedian Ron Funches was among the many who showed no sympathy for those who got scammed by Ja Rule’s failed music festival in the Bahamas: “If you have thousands of dollars to go on a trip to see Blink 182, that’s on you,” he told Conan. “That is Darwinism at its finest.”
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New York City is getting less and less jingoistic where pizza is concerned. First we got St. Louis-style pizza in 2012 with Speedy Romeo, then “Wisconsin-style” that same year with Nicoletta, respectable Chicago-style with Emmett’s in 2014, and, of course, Detroit-style with Emmy Squared in 2016. If you thought the next carpetbagging crust would be Connecticut’s famed apizza (shoutout to Frank Pepe!), you were wrong. Instead we get… Rhode Island-style?
Since Governor Cuomo announced last week that the MTA would scrap its total L-train shutdown in favor of a new plan involving the closure of just one tunnel at a time on nights and weekends, the mood has been a little bit celebratory and little bit WTF. Among other things, New Yorkers who had been ready to see their commutes descend into stygian chaos are now wondering what will happen to all those promised ferries, buses, and bike lines. Some still want ’em, others most definitely don’t.
After a rainy installment last summer, Governors Ball is back with its 2019 lineup. Headlining the three-day food-and-music fest on Randall’s Island this year: Tyler, the Creator gets top billing on Friday, May 31; Florence + the Machine will close things out on Saturday; and the Strokes, who last played the Ball in 2016, will wrap up the whole shebang on Sunday.
Last week, after more than two years of anticipation, Williamsburg dine-in theater Nitehawk Cinema announced it was finally ready to open its revamp of the former Pavilion theater in Park Slope. Now Nitehawk has shared Wednesday’s opening slate of films, tickets for which are currently on sale.
Just four months ahead of the planned L-train shutdown, Governor Andrew Cuomo and a team of experts toured a section of the Canarsie Tunnel in order to determine whether the MTA’s repair plan is up to snuff. Cuomo got up close and personal this morning with what he described as the “toxic cocktail” that was created when salt water from Hurricane Sandy mixed with the 94-year-old tunnel’s electrical equipment.
The holiday season doesn’t have to mean fighting tourists as they try to pry the last soy candle out of your freezing fingers at the Union Square Holiday Market. Below, we’ve singled out some of the chiller (and less chilly) gatherings of local independent vendors and makers. Most of them will be serving up booze, to quell your anxiety about what to get the thankless grumps in your life. Happy holidays!
It was just over a year ago that we took a construction tour of Nitehawk Prospect Park. Since then, cinephiles and Slopers have been on tenterhooks awaiting an opening date for the South Brooklyn offshoot of the popular Williamsburg dine-in theater. Now we finally have it: Its marquee has announced a grand opening on Dec. 19.
Output, a beacon for house and techno that helped turn a once sleepy stretch of Williamsburg into an international nightlife destination, will close at the end of the year, the club’s owners announced today.
Newtown Radio is taking it to the streets. The eclectic internet radio station just moved to a ground-level space that’s expected to give it more visibility in East Williamsburg and more room for art and music shows.
Founded in 2009, Newtown had been broadcasting out of a practice space hidden in the Danbro Studios building, a former brewery off the Montrose stop that now houses rehearsal studios. After a week off the air, the station has now moved down to a street-level storefront there, at 260 Meserole Street.
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It’s December, which means New Yorkers of all ages are all trying to catch a glimpse of… no, not Santa’s sleigh, silly. We’re talking about an even more fabled means of transportation. The New York Transit Museum’s vintage trains and buses have officially hit the roads and rails. We saw bus #9098, a General Motors model from 1958, rolling down East 8th Street this morning, and others will be cruising around town this month.
SantaCon hits Manhattan on Dec. 8. While some bars– like the Continental, closing Dec. 14– are letting costumers know “WE LOVE SANTACON!”, other New Yorkers are preparing for the worst. NJ Transit, Metro North, and the LIRR have issued bans on train booze, and New York City Council speaker Corey Johnson has issued a call, albeit only on Twitter, to “BAN OUTLAW QUARANTINE” the annual invasion of Douchey Ol’ St. Nicks.