Schiller’s Liquor Bar closed out its last night Sunday with cheers, confetti and cocktails galore. The bistro, which in May announced that it would shutter due to a rent hike, remained crowded well past its normal midnight closing hour and food was also served late. Longtime patron Michael Reynolds, who also co-owns neighboring Black Crescent, held court at the center of the bar where he stood on the stretchers of his stool, cheered, and liberally passed drinks to friends.
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This year’s Battle For Mau Mau Island, the annual art-raft extravaganza that raged last month in the Rockaways, was as crazy as we showed you last year and the “combatants” had wonderful weather to enjoy it. Nary a cloud could be found in the sky all day as rafts were built and launched into the calm waters of Jamaica Bay. By mid-afternoon enough of them were lashed together to make the Island of Mau Mau, where jousting, swimming races and flag stealing had each team on their pruney toes.
History was in the air Saturday night as Skrillex shook Webster Hall on its final club night. Two and half decades after the Toronto-based Bollinger brothers bought the East Village venue, they’re selling it AEG Presents, who will renovate the Hall over the next two years. The torch passing has meant some incredible shows, like Nine Inch Nails on July 31 and the just-announced surprise finale, Action Bronson on Thursday.
Secret Loft opened its doors to Manhattan on Friday night as it celebrated its new home across the river from where it started in Brooklyn. The new space, which until recently housed Babycastles before that venue moved two buildings down, was filled with a sold-out audience for the long-running Secret Loft Comedy Show.
Greenwich Village’s creative flame burned bright this Independence Day as Cornelia Street Cafe celebrated its 40th Anniversary. The cafe, which has been serving food along with performances of all kinds since the neighborhood’s bohemian heyday, took over its sleepy one-block stretch for an afternoon of music, memories and lots of rosé.
Brendt Barbour kicked off the 17th annual Bicycle Film Fest the same way he has kicked off all the others– by leading the crowd at the San Damiano Mission in Greenpoint in a call-and-response chant of “bikes rock.” After the chant finished echoing off the saints painted on the church’s domed ceiling, it was time for Blonde Redhead members Simone and Amedeo Pace to perform a live score for the acclaimed bicycle race documentary A Sunday In Hell. For 90 minutes, the two musicians and their band brought orchestral accompaniment to a film in which a symphony of 25 cameras covered the 1976 running of the Paris Roubaix bicycle race.
Jazz music emanated on a quiet stretch of Morgan Avenue last Thursday as Periodical, a pop-up lounge by local party organizer Lindsay Arden, held its premiere night. With a full band and classy cocktails, Periodical brought to life the space recently vacated by East Williamsburg restaurant Fitzcarraldo. Lindsay, who has most recently been organizing the mega-parties for JunXion at venues like House of Yes in Bushwick and the Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City, has started her own quant hideaway with all the little elements that have made her bigger endeavors a success.
Michael Arenella’s 12th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party finished off its summer’s first weekend on Governors Island with a healthy heat that was free of humidity. The comfortable temperature encouraged everyone to linger at picnics under the trees gracing the island’s historic parade ground. Eventually they were summoned to the wooden dance floor for the final soirees. As the sun dwindled, Arenella’s swinging Dreamland Orchestra kept their feet jumping as one encore led to another. After every time Michael said it was the last song, his orchestra would spring forth with another. In the fictional Depression-era setting, all could say they got their money’s worth. When the finale creshendowed, Michael grabbed his microphone and thanked the crowd before adding, “Now I’ll ask everyone to please come up to the stage, we’re going to take a big group portrait like they used to do years ago!”
Click through the slideshow to see what you missed. And don’t fret: The lawn party returns August 26 and 27.
Tonight, Supechief Gallery will celebrate its fifth anniversary at its new space in Ridgewood. What started out as a live-in loft space has now expanded to two warehouse-sized buildings in New York and Los Angeles that can feature large-scale installations and even larger murals. The anniversary is part of bi-coastal exhibition that opened in LA on June 3, featuring over 50 favorite artists whose work will be rotated over the course of the summer, through September 1.