Regal’s Union Square cinema upgraded to 4DX in 2016, meaning you can now feel The Rock’s spittle land on your brow, or join Robert Duvall in taking a whiff of napalm in the morning. So how does the theater plan to one-up itself? With ScreenX.
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Andrew Cuomo’s office has announced a series of “marijuana listening sessions”– and no, they won’t involve Dark Side of the Moon in quadrophonic sound. The governor wants to hear what you have to say.
Earlier this month it was announced that Cuomo had convened a workgroup– or as we prefer to call it, a joint committee– of academics, law enforcement officials, and commissioners at various state agencies who will draft recreational-marijuana legislation for Albany lawmakers to consider. Now the group wants to hear from potheads concerned citizens like yourself. To that end, Cuomo’s office has announced 15 listening sessions across the state, with the Manhattan one falling on Sept. 20 and the Brooklyn one on Sept. 25. Venues have yet to be announced (RSVP here to stay posted), but this much is certain: Sessions will begin promptly at 4:20pm. Just kidding, they’ll go from 6pm to 8pm.
Spiked Seltzer is just one of the brands that have been using the L train shutdown as a marketing hook (you may have also noticed Stuy Town’s attempt to lure Williamsburgers over the bridge via its model-apartment truck). But the Connecticut-based alcopop brand gets extra points for just straight-up giving stuff away. And not just keychains or t-shirts– we’re talking [Price is Right voice] A NEW BICYCLE!
Equinox’s colonization of the Bedford + Bowery zone continues. The gym chain opened locations in the Williamsburg and the East Village in 2016, with the East Village opening being accompanied by signage declaring “There goes the neighborhood.” Today the chain opened its “much anticipated” (or so says the press release) Lower East Side location inside the new luxury building that killed beloved late-night spot Bereket and other East Houston Street mom-and-pops.
Hank’s Saloon, the live-music dive in Boerum Hill that announced in 2017 that it would close this year, is getting a second life as part of a food hall run by Hill Country, the Texas-inspired barbecue joint.
Excuse me, do you like live comedy? Well, good news!
The EastVille Comedy Club– a low-key spot frequented by Janeane Garofalo and other downtown comics– picked up and moved to Brooklyn in July, leaving its home of 10 years empty but for the lingering odor of a thousand Long Island Iced Teas. Lucky for the East Village, the subterranean space at 85 East 4th Street was quickly taken over by the New York Comedy Club, which gave it a quick touch-up and has now soft-opened an outpost of its Gramercy club there.
The literal translation of omakase is “I’ll leave it up to you”– meaning the chef– but at Williamsburg’s new Japanese restaurant, Ume, chef Danny Zhang is turning the expression back on the diner. The specialty at this homegrown spot is a “deconstructed omakase” that leaves it up to you.
If you’ve seen the touching documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the words “The Roast of Mister Rogers” might seem like an oxymoron. Roasted? The national treasure who stands for everything good and pure in this crazy, mixed-up world? But that’s exactly what Character Assassination– a comedy troupe born in Louisville, Kentucky that has previously roasted Luke Skywalker, Freddy Kreuger, Walt Disney, and many others– plan to do at The Creek and the Cave on Aug. 30.
Not only that, but the roasters who’ll hold court at the Long Island City bar will be some other beloved figures from our childhood (or stand-up comedians playing them, anyway): Kermit the Frog, Pee-wee Herman, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. (It’s unclear whether Tom Hanks, who is playing Fred Rogers in an upcoming biopic, will make a cameo.)
Sonic Youth isn’t touring and won’t be anytime soon, but now you can at least go on a Sonic Youth tour of downtown Manhattan.
The Tribeca TV festival, from the folks behind the film festival, is returning for its second installment Sept. 20-23. De Niro et al just dropped this year’s lineup and among the highlights are a chat with the East Village’s own Rosario Dawson; a conversation between Meryl Streep and sketch comedy queen Tracey Ullman, who will premiere the new season of her rebooted show; and the premiere of the final season of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, followed by a conversation with some of the show’s makers, including comedian/director W. Kamau Bell. (Oh, and an appearance by Law & Order producer and human meme Dick Wolf.)
At this point every other business in New York City is a coffee shop, but what happens when you’re stuck on that rare block that doesn’t have a cafe? Enter The Greenpoint Peddler, a trike that will wheel the cold brew right to you.
It’s been a while since Harmony Korine was the enfant terrible of indie cinema, weirding out David Letterman, nightclubbing with Leo DiCaprio and the rest of the “pussy posse,” making a Sonic Youth video starring young Macaulay Culkin sucking face, and trolling random New Yorkers into beating him up. For art! Gone are the days when the director of bizarre id trips like Trash Humpers and Mister Lonely subscribed to Lars Von Trier’s Dogma 95 Manifesto of punk-rock minimalism. In fact, Korine wants to screen his next star-studded film in theaters hot-boxed with weed smoke. Clearly this is an artist enjoying his golden era, and there are multiple ways to bask in it in the coming weeks.
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