Dokonoko was launched by Tokyo-born graphic designer Reina Sugiyama and her fellow New Yorker Lacey Voss, who has designed for American Outfitters and Victoria’s Secret. The brand describes itself as “a play on many things: Japanese and American cultures, femininity and feminism, identity and stereotypes, and the seriousness of the retail world.” The quintessential “Dokonoko woman,” according to the brand’s manifesto, had an international upbringing (Sugiyama was a globe-trotting diplomat’s daughter) and “found her freedom to be truly herself” in New York City.
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After leaving its lot on the corner of Willoughby and Wyckoff, the Bushwick Flea has revealed its new location: It’ll be at 16 Harrison Place– “in the heart of trendy Bushwick,” it says– when it reopens for the season March 18 and 19 at 10am. The location is technically in East Williamsburg, off the Morgan stop.
Yep, it’s been just about three years since we brought word that Dirck the Norseman had launched its in-house brewery, inspired by the traditions of English, German, and Belgian beer-makers. A lot has changed since Ed Raven, a former Brooklyn Brewery employee and owner of Greenpoint’s Brouwerij Lane beer shop, launched Brooklyn’s first brewery-restaurant. Since then, local endeavors like Kings County Brewers Collective, Interboro Spirits & Ales, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, Rockaway Brewing Company and Third Rail Beer have gotten off their feet. Oh, and let’s not forget Threes Brewing, which just opened a Greenpoint pop-up. (On the other hand, Greenpoint Beer Works powered down last year.)
A former NYU student won $29 million in court after a fall from a fire escape caused her to become a paraplegic. [NY Post]
A city study tells us what we already know: small music venues are at risk. [Brooklyn Vegan]
Extell’s development on 14th Street, which will be home to a Target, has topped out. [EV Grieve]
The northwest corner of McCarren Park has become twice as see-and-be-sceney ever since the Maison Premiere folks opened Sauvage right across from the ever-popping Five Leaves (not to mention their new neighbor Pretty Southern, the fried chicken joint from Top Chef hunk Sam Talbot). Now the tiny triangle bounded by Bedford, Nassau, and Manhattan is getting a new hipster magnet: Alexandra Siwiec is transforming her old flatiron-shaped spot, Nights and Weekends, into a round-the-clock cafe and restaurant.
After seven years in Greenpoint (today’s the anniversary), beloved pizzeria Paulie Gee’s is putting on its big-boy pants. The restaurant, which had offered just beer and wine, is launching a full bar tonight– but don’t expect anything too froufrou. Owner Paul Giannone tells us the offerings will be “pretty old-school,” and “very basic stuff, nothing fancy.”
Paulie says he’s offering simple martinis and highballs because he wants to keep things focused on his Neapolitan pies, with their cheeky names like Feel Like Bacon Love. There will, however, be a couple of house specialties, starting with a “very simple” Everclear-fueled limoncello made with one of Paulie’s old recipes. Eventually, there’ll be a “pickleback” martini that uses pickle juice from The Pickle Guys and a drink that features Mike’s Hot Honey, a brand that blossomed out of the Paulie Gee’s kitchen when founder Michael Kurtz was working there.
As women-owned small businesses take the day off in honor of A Day Without a Woman and/or celebrate International Women’s Day, one local shop sits empty on East 9th Street, the East Village’s boutique row. Dusty Buttons announced last month that it would close at the end of February, and the storefront is now for rent.
Just in time for International Women’s Day, the East Village has been blanketed in posters featuring Donald Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” quote. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]
Next year, John Zorn’s East Village venue The Stone will move to the New School’s Glass Box Theater on West 13th St. [Village Voice]
East Village longtimer San Loco has expanded to Bushwick. [Brownstoner]
Yesterday the Observer revealed that East Village fixture Jimmy McMillan, who rose to fame in 2010 as a gubernatorial candidate with the slogan “The Rent Is Too Damn High,” is back in the game, this time as a City Council candidate. Somehow the item failed to mention that McMillan is also a (self-)recording artist. We’ve delighted in his smooth jams before, but his latest track, “SLAVES: The Rent Is Too Damn High,” takes a more serious turn.
It’d be impossible for Bradley Spinelli to top the suicide-themed set that Questlove did for his debut novel, Killing Williamsburg, but the B+B contributor’s latest book launch should come close. Thursday’s party for The Painted Gun, a noir mystery published by Brooklyn’s own Akashic Books, will feature a raft of burlesque stars as well as tacos from ever-expanding Dos Toros.
It makes sense that the West Coast-inspired burrito joint is on food duty: The Painted Gun is set in the Williamsburg-based author’s former hometown of San Francisco, in the late ’90s– you know, when Yahoo! stock was booming. Its hard-bitten, hard-drinking hero is David “Itchy” Crane, a journalist-turned-PI on the hunt for the mysterious Ashley, a missing artist who has a creepy talent for painting scenes straight out of Crane’s sad-sack life. (If you want to make like Itchy during the party, suck down a half dozen Jamesons.) Don’t take it from me, since I’m his editor– Publishers Weekly says Spinelli is “definitely a talent to watch,” and his latest “deftly segues from one genre to another—from hard-boiled noir to paranoid thriller, puzzle mystery (with each and every riddle logically explained), spy caper, and ultimately to something evocative of Bogart and Bacall.”
Our friends at the Hester Street Fair kept busy over the winter with a Katz’s-themed pop-up in Miami and a new Project Space on Henry Street, but with the weather finally warming, it’s (almost, almost) time for the main event. Hester just posted the calendar for its eighth season, which starts April 15, and it looks like there’s some fun in store.