While you may be under the illusion that Halloween starts tonight, the city’s hardest partiers have been filling clubs, bars, and warehouses since the weekend. On Saturday, I hopped from the Upper East Side to Brooklyn, visiting underground and above-ground venues like House of Yes, Secret Mansion, and Strangelove Bar, as well as dance parties like BAE’s Mystic’s Playground and the annual Bang On! rave, Warehouse of Horrors. I even stopped by Videology to photograph the bar/screening room before it ghosted.
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When the White Castle on Metropolitan Avenue closed in order to make way for a luxury apartment complex, it attracted graffiti that read “RIP LATE NIGHT SLIDERS.” Four years later, it might be time to stop mourning. On Monday, sliders returned to the corner of Metropolitan and Humboldt, as Easy Lover soft opened in the former home of Legion Bar.
A Union Square institution, Coffee Shop, served its final brunch Sunday with one last samba performance by Maucha Adnet, her trio, and a pair of roving carnival dancers. Charles Milite and Eric Petterson– who own the restaurant with Karolyn Effer, wife of music producer Jellybean Benitez— were on hand for the farewell, and fondly remembered a New York magazine story about the Brazilian diner’s opening 28 years ago. It noted “the late-nighters who’ve been thronging Coffee Shop and its secret room in the back–artists, actors and young models wearing black tights and gold medallions.” At the time, Patterson said he wanted the 23-hour diner to recreate the feeling of Brazil: “the sensuality, the music, the friendliness of the people.”
New York City continued its summer of rain-soaked festivals with Pitchfork’s OctFest this past weekend on Governor’s Island. Over 90 brewers curated by Bon Appetit joined a 20-band roster for two days of beer sampling along to a live soundtrack. Headliners The Flaming Lips, Vince Staples, Yo La Tengo and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy kept their fans happy amidst weather conditions that had YLT’s Ira Kaplan assuring his audience that “if your band was playing this festival, we’d come to see you.”
The Jazz Age Lawn party said farewell to its 13th season on Governor’s Island last Sunday with gorgeous weather to aid in the transport of their attendees back in time. Party founder Michael Arenella joined his Dreamland Orchestra alongside fellow classic jazz bands Queen Ester and her Hot Five, Gelber and Manning Band and Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society. Dancers from resident Dreamland Follies and Roddy Caravella’s Canarsie Warblers warmed up a crowd that filled the classic parquet floor when they weren’t picnicking, enjoying throwback cocktails or even taking in a magic show from The Great Dubini.
This year’s Panorama NYC festival was watched by more than few outside its bubble this past weekend. Between the early evacuation on Friday and Janet Jackson’s quickly praised performance, folks on the “mainland” might have thought things had gotten crazy on Randall’s Island. But mostly the kids were all right. Those who were there wanted to be there and stayed chill through it all, including Lil Wayne being cancelled 20 minutes into his set time on Saturday.
We Color Live celebrates their fifth annual Color Me Bushwick this weekend with 24 bands starting this Friday through Sunday. Held in Pickthorn Salon’s back room, the three-day concert will celebrate its fifth year as well as co-founder Chelsey Pickthorn’s recent recovery from breast cancer.
Fresh off their adventures at last week’s Elements Lakewood Fest, Bushwick’s JunXion crew celebrated their fourth anniversary on Saturday night with a party in four different locations, plus plenty of creatively designed buses. With help from fellow collectives Orijins, The Battle for Mau Mau Island, Ambrosia Elixirs, Ecstatic Dance, DOMLO, and BAE, JunXion’s founder Myk Tummolo led his organizers as the sun rose, partying until the morning. Keep Reading »
Elements Lakewood Brought Fire-Walking, Rainy Dancing, and Bushwick Friends to the Pennsylvania Woods
The toast of Brooklyn’s nightlife descended on the Poconos for BangOn!’s Elements Lakewood Festival, now in its second year. The best of our local DJs, performers, and party organizers united with an international roster including Claude VonStroke, REZZ, and Jamie Jones to create an extrasensory experience for the roughly 5,000 attendees, with music and more going well past dawn every day. Keep Reading »
Pussy Riot launched their US tour at Bushwick’s Elsewhere last Thursday night with a bold display of their actionist performance art. Summoning the energy of a protest rally, Pussy Riot’s co-founder Nadya Tolokonnikova led her fellow balaclava-clad DJ and dancers through a foray of their videos and songs that were strewn with their activist goals. Opener Dorian Electra also fed that spirit; with prominent figures of equality in attendance such as artist Marina Abramovic and Bust magazine co-founder Laurie Henzel, the show became much more than a concert.
Williamsburg’s Legion Bar closed its doors early Sunday morning for a legion of regulars. The closing was bittersweet for Merle Chornuk, who opened Legion in 2005 with the hopes of it being a busier bar than it turned out to be. “It’s the end of an era,” he told me. “I’m moving on to other things.”
After announcing its closure in March, Silent Barn said goodbye on Sunday night with a concert aptly named Last Rites. The all-night event included a line-up of house favorites and a back-room dance party where the partitioned workspaces had been demolished ahead of the collectively-run Bushwick venue’s departure. Though it survived the loss of its previous space, a fire in the new one and constant financial issues, Silent Barn had soldiered on inside its bright, muraled collection of buildings on a tiny trianglular city block. Local youth community group Educated Little Monsters, which was housed there, had hoped to take over the lease with the help of a recent fundraiser but as ELM founder Yazmine “Jazo Brooklyn” Colon told us, “the landlord would not negotiate even though were under the impression he would.”