Last time I saw a shoot in Tompkins Square Park, Alia Shawkat and Rosie Perez were doing a scene for Search Party. How can you beat Alia and Rosie? Well, with Ernie and Bert, that’s how. As I type this, Chrysler is filming an ad for its Pacifica minivan and the stars of Sesame Street are on the scene. They just shot a scene where Ernie and Bert are in the cab, talking to Elmo in the back. Elmo is getting stage instructions like: “You can do it, Elmo!”
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With Penn Station commuters in for a “summer of hell” and L train riders bracing for the L-pocalypse, it sure would be nice to travel back to a more civilized time, when our transit system was a gleaming marvel of modern technology. Oh, wait, subway trains didn’t have AC in the 1910s? Ok, never mind.
During the election, Cupcake Market made headlines with its cookie portraits of Clinton and Trump. But what’s a whimsical cupcakery to do now that politics is just way too depressing for all that? Jay and Beyonce cookies? Kim and Kanye? Drake and Rihanna? Actually, forget the cookies– how about… Flower Cones!
The bakery’s owner, Sarah Silverman—no relation to the Bernie-lovin’ comedian— tells us these buttermilk bouquets are currently an off-the-menu item. For about $10, those in the know can call her up to have one specially made in about an hour’s time. The cones are filled with banana pudding, so don’t expect to eat them and still have room for churro taco waffles.
In October of 1929, a New York Times headline announced: “Odd-Type Buildings to Overlook Church.” Those odd-type buildings would’ve been New York’s first glass skyscrapers, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to surround St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bouwerie. Starting Monday, a meticulously restored model of his East Village towers will be exhibited for the first time in over 50 years, as part of a new retrospective at MoMA.
This month, it’ll be a year since Other Music closed after two decades in business, and yet its storefront still sits sadly empty near the corner of East 4th and Lafayette. Which is why it was kind of surreal to see the indie record shop back in action in Landline, a new dramedy making its New York premiere at BAMcinemafest next Saturday. Like Gillian Robespierre’s previous film, Obvious Child, this one stars Jenny Slate. But this time, she plays a denizen of mid-’90s NYC, a land of Rollerblades, frozen hot chocolates at Serendipity (the cronuts of their day), and references to Helen Hunt’s “full-frontal wedgie” on Mad About You.
When Mac DeMarco took the stage at Governors Ball yesterday afternoon, he told everyone he was psyched to be back in New York. In case you didn’t hear, the troubadour made the obligatory move to Los Angeles last year, ditching his Rockaway digs for a grown-up place in Silver Lake. But not to worry, he’ll be back soon. His label, Greenpoint’s own Captured Tracks, just announced that he’s playing Radio City Music Hall in September.
Governors Ball came in like a something ball this weekend, bringing with it local acts like Parquet Courts, Wu Tang Clan, and Mac DeMarco, who was all smiles and laughs, as well as touring artists like Mississippi’s Rae Sremmurd and English grime act Skepta, who could be heard working the crowd (aka his energy crew) all the way across the island. There was the requisite crowd-riding, courtesy of Cage the Elephant, and SAINt JHN’s hypemen used golden water guns to shoot champagne into the audience. Compared to all this, Childish Gambino’s set was relatively chill, though that didn’t prevent some in the younger-leaning crowd from passing out. We snapped photos of performers like Lorde, Franz Ferdinand, and Phantogram; bumped into A$AP Ferg backstage; and cruised around to see what everyone was wearing. Click through the slideshow to have a look.
Reporting by Shannon Barbour; photos and reporting by Daniel Leinweber – Razberry Photography.
It’s prime street-art season, what with Bushwick Collective’s Block Party coming up. Tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 7pm, dozens of street artists will once again descend on the area around Troutman Street and St. Nicholas Avenue and spray away. The lineup of live music is truly insane this year, even after Busta Rhymes canceled. Still in the mix are Foxy Brown, Cam’ron, and Juelz Santana, among others.
Last month, when we told you that Al Franken would be in town to promote his new memoir, Giant of the Senate, our headline was: “Here’s Your Chance to Ask Al Franken If Everything’s Going to Be Okay.”
Jonathan Alter, the journalist who led yesterday’s conversion at Barnes & Noble Union Square, must’ve read that. The first thing he told Franken was, “The basic question I hear all over the place is simply: Are we going to be okay?”
Surely, Williamsburg’s Oslo Coffee Roasters isn’t the only cafe making fun of Trump today, now that he’s gone from his usual facepalm-worthy misspellings to outright inventing words Dr. Seuss-style. If you’ve seen other local establishments celebrating our president’s Joycean way with words, do let us know in the comments. We still haven’t fully woken up today, and we could use a little covfefe break.