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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Design on a Dime Is the Fair For Furniture Fetishists on a Budget

The annual Design on a Dime fair kicked off last night with a party hosted by actor turned East Village bar owner Alan Cumming. If you missed it, you can still cumm on over to Metropolitan Pavilion to peep an array of vignettes created by local designers. Unlike BKLYN Designs, which returns to Greenpoint next month, admission to this one is free, and proceeds from whatever you buy go to Housing Works and the non-profit’s efforts to house formerly homeless individuals with HIV/AIDS.

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The Rainbow Food Trend Has Finally Caught On to Cocktails

Ever since the rainbow bagel went viral, there’s been an onslaught of confections that look like something out of Rainbow Brite’s pantry. Hey, I like rainbows as much as the next guy, but I was kind of hoping this trend would be kiboshed after Stephen Colbert called the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino a “sugary affront to God.”

Alas, no. A publicist informs us that ever-inventive Park Slope restaurant Gristmill has created a Unicorn Fizz, a happy-shiny take on a Ramos Fizz that’s colored by pamplemousse liqueur, blue curacao and grenadine.

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Signs of Summer: Tacoway Beach, Brooklyn Barge Reopen

(Photo: Melissa Hom for NY Mag)

Just in time for this 80-degree weather, two of the city’s most unique outdoor drinking and dining spots have announced their reopenings.

We’ve been waiting on The Brooklyn Barge’s reopening date ever since the rest of the city’s floating bars announced theirs. And now we have it: Greenpoint’s favorite waterside watering hole will be serving food and drinks starting Thursday, May 4.

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Sebastian Junger’s Syria Doc, Hell on Earth, Tackles ‘The Greatest Tragedy of Our Generation’

After the premiere of Hell on Earth at the Tribeca Film Festival, an audience member asked filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested why they had chosen The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, as the subtitle has it, as the topic of their documentary.

“It’s the greatest tragedy of our generation and we had to address it,” Quested told a crowd Wednesday at Cinépolis Chelsea.

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New Kosciuszko Bridge Opens Tonight, and FDR’s Packard Has Already Crossed It

(Photo: governorandrewcuomo on Flickr)

Governor Cuomo inaugurated the new Kosciuszko Bridge in style today, driving across it in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s old Packard while Polish folk dancers looked on. The ribbon cutting marked the opening of the bridge’s Queens-bound side, a $555 million effort that will be followed by the addition of a Brooklyn-bound span.

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Come to The Boy Downstairs For Zosia Mamet and Stay For Fabrizio the Italian Doorman

(Photo: Melissa Hom for NY Mag)

Back when I was doing the Ask a Waiter column for B+B’s sister blog, Grub Street, I had a highly memorable encounter with ultra-suave doorman Fabrizio Brienza, who at the time was the gatekeeper of a lounge at the Plaza Hotel. While most doormen try to justify their social Darwinism with the obligatory spiel about cultivating diversity (they just want a “nice mix,” a la Studio 54), Fabrizio was more upfront: “My policy of doing the door is really simple,” he said in his Italian accent. “If you look good and you’re cool and you’re stylish and you’re surrounded by beautiful, chic, chic girls, I’ll take care of you.”

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Wylie Dufresne Opens Du’s Donuts and Coffee in Williamsburg

(Photo: Liz Clayman for NY Mag)

In 2013, former wd~50 pastry chef Sam Mason opened up a cutting-edge ice cream shop in Williamsburg, and now wd~50’s big cahuna, famed modernist chef Wylie Dufresne, is opening up a donut shop nearby. Du’s Donuts and Coffee opens today adjacent the William Vale hotel, right next to where former child star Dylan Sprouse is set to launch a meadery.

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Tim Heidecker Plays a Dorky Dad in Flower, Which Is Not ‘Just a Blow Job Movie’

Zoey Deutch in Flower. (Photo: Carolina Costa)

If you’re a fan of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, you probably think of Tim Heidecker as an eternal infant, reveling in funny faces and fart noises. But that’s starting to change now that the New Yorker has called him a “bard of suburban fatherhood.” (Not that he’s gone entirely straight– that same article mentioned his band’s “themed album all about imbibing urine.”) So it’s not a complete shock to see the king of infantile absurdism playing a painfully dorky dad in Flower, a film by Max Winkler that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last week.

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We Poked Our Head into the Newest Poke Bowl Spot, Raw Mkt

The latest fast-casual joint to hit NYU’s West 8th Street corridor is also the latest poke bowl spot to hit the city. No, this one doesn’t sell Dole Whip. But it’s got a few things going for it, starting with a mini market selling Japanese goods.

Okay, so the market is more like a few shelves on the wall, and isn’t likely to assuage those still mourning the recent loss of M2M nearby. But still, you can pick up Japanese goodies like Pocky, Hi-Chew, Hello Panda, and wasabi peas, along with condiments like sesame oil and Sriracha.

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Shadowman Sheds Light On Richard Hambleton, Banksy of the ’80s East Village

(Photo: Ben Buchanan, courtesy of Storyville Films and Motto Pictures)

During a recent trip to Denver, I noticed that the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art was hosting two exhibits celebrating downtown New York: a solo show dedicated to Lit fixture Ryan McGinley and a retrospective of the art Basquiat made at his East 12th Street studio in 1979 and 1980.

To find a Basquiat exhibit in those snow climes wasn’t surprising, given he’s one of the most ubiquitous artists of all-time. But Richard Hambleton, a contemporary of his who in the ‘80s was on track to achieve a similar level of fame, remains comparatively unknown, even though he’s still creating striking paintings in the East Village. A documentary that premiered Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival, Oren Jacoby’s Shadowman, seeks to revive interest in the artist, and it looks like that may actually happen. His works are currently on display at Woodward Gallery, on the Lower East Side, and on Sunday at Shop Studios there was a one-night pop-up exhibit of works that Hambleton created during the past year. Could he finally get his due as a precursor to Banksy, who has admitted to being influenced by Hambleton? Keep Reading »