The Bowery might be losing the International Center of Photography, but it’s gaining a starchitect. New Museum announced today that it’s tapping Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Japanese architect Shohei Shigematsu for its expansion into an adjacent space. Their firm, OMA, will design the new building at 231 Bowery, scheduled to break ground in 2019.
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Shake Shack opened its latest location in the “Death Star” building at 51 Astor Place today, and we stopped in to try out the kiosk-only ordering system. Word that the beloved burger chain would be going cashless and doing away with human order-takers caused a stir in the fast-food world (granted, not quite a Rick and Morty szechuan sauce stir), but if you were worried about the rise of the machines, don’t be.
As the den mother of the club kids and the Queen of Nightlife, Susanne Bartsch has been profiled countless times, most memorably in 2006 by New York magazine. Back then, none other than Ian Schrager described Bartsch as “a true icon of the night, someone who goes down in the nightlife hall of fame.” Of course, there is no nightlife hall of fame (yet), but Bartsch has now been immortalized in the form of a documentary, Susanne Bartsch: On Top, that will open Newfest, the city’s long-running LGBT film festival.
Just about a month after opening its South Street Seaport shop, Van Leeuwen is rolling into the Lower East Side with another $1 scoop deal. The artisan ice cream chain’s 10th location is at 172 Ludlow Street, which was occupied by Ludlow Guitars for 17 years before it packed up its guitar cases last July.
The powers of Rosario Dawson’s megawatt smile are well known, but last night she literally lit up a room. She was on hand to help artist Luke Jerram illuminate a massive, 23-foot-tall globe displaying NASA surface imagery of the moon. Previously on display across Europe and in Hong Kong, this is the work’s US debut.
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Two new documentaries take a look at downtown New York City in the late ’70s and early ’80s, each through the eyes of a different street artist. Boom For Real, making its US premiere at the New York Festival on Sunday, tells the story of Jean-Michel Basquiat as his career began taking off, and Shadowman, which opens wide at Quad Cinema on Dec. 1, considers Richard Hambleton, a contemporary who once fetched more money than Basquiat did, but who practically vanished into obscurity.
The Woodman cometh.
Woody Allen continues to shoot his WASP2017 (that’s “Woody Allen Summer Project, 2017,” if you’ve been baffled by the filming notifications around town) and he’s coming to the East Village next Thursday. Signs announcing a 6am shoot on Oct. 12 are posted at First Avenue and East 6th Street. Tomorrow, filming will occur in midtown, according to signs posted around Seventh Avenue and West 32nd Street, across from Penn Station.
Williamsburg’s transition from a den of debauchery to a shangri-la of health and healing was perhaps best exemplified by Keep Reading »