Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel opened on Chrystie Street last month with a Patti Smith performance in its basement club, Public Arts. Since then, the venue, which modestly bills itself as “the first new idea since [Schrager’s] Studio 54 forty years ago,” has hosted performers like Slick Rick as well as the “late-night hot, sweaty dancing” it promised on its webpage. But we haven’t heard all that much about the hotel’s rooftop bar.
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It’s officially ice cream sandwich season, meaning everything from the donut ice cream sandwich at Peter Pan to the babka ice cream sandwich at Russ & Daughters. And now there’s a new one in the mix: Turin-born Italian gelato brand Gelarto has opened a shop on the corner of Avenue A and East 9th, and they’re serving up ice cream sandwiches made with brioche buns.
A while back we noted that bygone East Village record shop Other Music makes an appearance in Landline, Gillian Robespierre and Jenny Slate’s follow-up to Obvious Child. And then we noted that Greenpoint vinyl repository The Thing makes an appearance in Brooklyn filmmaker Dustin Guy Defa’s forthcoming film, Person to Person.
Yesterday, Vulture noted that Twin Peaks: The Return constituted “a renewal of the entire Lynchian spirit.” Local movie theaters are definitely embracing it. In April and May, IFC held a Lynch retrospective that included the premiere of a new documentary about the director, David Lynch: The Art of Life. And there’ve been tributes in the form of burlesque and art shows. The far-out fun continues with some more special screenings, below.
If you missed Al Franken shaking his damn head at Trump’s “stupid” budget a few weeks ago at Barnes & Noble Union Square, don’t worry: The Strand is having the gentleman from Minnesota back for an appearance at Cooper Union’s Great Hall. It’s just been announced that the moderator for the August 1 discussion will be Seth Meyers, who is no stranger to the East Village bookstore– we saw him at the recent Meet Me in the Bathroom event (no, we did not meet him in the bathroom.)
Today Volkswagen agreed to pay California another $154 million in its dieselgate scandal, but the German carmaker wasn’t always the face of pure evil. Fifty years ago it was the Summer of Love, and the VW bug and bus were symbols of everything groovy. Whether you’re an old hippie pining for the good ol’ days or you’re a social-media influencer living the #Vanlife, you’ll want to get out to the VW Traffic Jam on Governor’s Island next month.
Restaurant Week usually means hum-drum prix fixes that may or may not even be a bargain. But this year a couple of local favorites have decided to make an occasion of it by teaming up with some other local favorites. Like Bruce Springsteen once said, two restaurants beat better than one.
As East Villagers fight another Starbucks, a more homegrown chain has announced that it’s expanding in the neighborhood. The Bean, which started in the East Village and now has a place in Williamsburg, is opening its fifth location, at 31 Third Avenue, in the former home of St. Mark’s Bookshop. According to Instagram and Facebook messages, it’s “coming this Fall.”