Brooklyn-based publishing house Akashic Books has done their not-for-children viral children’s book Go the F*ck to Sleep one better: a specifically-for-children book that parents might want to read a hundred times over: What is Punk?. Written by Trampoline House founder Eric Morse in classically Suessical iambic, the book is lusciously illustrated with photographs of Play-Doh recreations of all mommy’s and daddy’s favorite punk heroes: the Ramones, Iggy and the Stooges—and Debbie Harry, David Byrne, David Johansen, Tom Verlaine, and Lou Reed all standing in front of CBGBs.
The Michelin inspectors just made their opinions known (congrats especially to Williamsburg’s Semilla, East Village’s Somtum Der, and Bowery spots Rebelle and Uncle Boons, all of which snagged their first stars). But put off following in their footsteps and hit these pop-up dinners and foodie collabs while you can.
SweetWater Honey Hole
Oct. 1 and 2, starting at 4:20pm, at 1 Knickerbocker Ave., Bushwick; RSVP for free entry.
Tonight and tomorrow the moribund King’s County Saloon goes out with a bang, with animal-roast maven Eclectik Domestic taking over the kitchen and local bands hitting the stage. Cotillon plays tonight, and tomorrow is your chance to see Fort Lean for free if you don’t feel like shelling out $5 for their album release party at Baby’s All Right tonight. Stop by and score brews by SweetWater Brewing Co. for $4.20, or get a glass for free if you order a $4.20 food item. Tonight there’ll be a sloppy joe with IPA-braised cabbage, and tomorrow is all about chili and cornbread.
The New York Film Academy has left Tammany Hall and another tenant, the Union Square Theater, will soon follow suit as the landmarked building that was once home to a corrupt Democratic party machine expands for retail development.
The New York Comedy Festival wasn’t exactly hurting for more star power, what with heavy hitters like Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman and Nathan Fielder already in the mix. (Above, peep the loopy trailer for the forthcoming season of Nathan For You.) But it has gone and upped the ante by adding a bunch o’ top-notch acts, starting with a Comedy Central-branded night headlined by Williamsburg’s own Hannibal Buress, at the Kings Theatre.
A group by the name of Stand for Tenant Safety, consisting of tenant groups and eleven City Council Members (including Rosie Mendez from the Lower East Side, Stephen Levin from Williamsburg, and Antonio Reynoso of Bushwick) rallied on the steps of City Hall this morning. Never mind the rain. The coalition is named for a new report, released today by the Urban Justice Center, that coincides with the introduction of a legislation package that would protect tenants from landlords and developers who carry out neglectful and malicious construction projects. “My tenants have rain coming down in their apartments, so this is nothing,” said CM Rosie Mendez of the Lower East Side.
Back in 2012, at about 5:30 a.m. on September 22, Jose Velez was having a rough morning. The allegedly intoxicated man hit several parked cars while driving near the intersection of Avenue C and 11th Street, causing his airbag to deploy and drawing the attention of nearby police officer Michael O’Brien.
It was like something out of Grand Theft Auto.
VideoGamesNewYork, the East Village video-game store with the giant Super Mario in the window, was robbed at gunpoint late Monday night.
Two men thought to be in their early twenties entered the store around 11 p.m., pistol-whipped the clerk, and snagged an undetermined amount of cash from the register, the police say. The clerk was treated at Bellevue Hospital.
Check out surveillance footage of the heist, above.
Last Friday was a typical one at the Silent Barn— Bushwick’s beloved multi-faceted DIY music venue, art gallery, studio space, and artist residency is teeming with activity almost every day and night of the week– Freak Out Fest raged downstairs while a band practiced upstairs. And one resident was in their room when a fire broke out, one that the artist collective believes was caused by an “electrical malfunction.” Thankfully, spokesperson and longtime Silent Barn member Stephanie Griffin told us that no one was hurt. Of the 60 or so people at the show, “everyone got out within two minutes,” she said. But the damage is significant and threatens to upend Silent Barn’s delicate financial situation.
People say we’re living in a golden era of television and that’s apparently true: not only is Television playing a rare (free!) gig at the House of Vans in October (if you failed to RSVP, they’re also doing a Boston date), but the band’s ex-guitarist, Richard Lloyd, is playing Bowery Electric later in the month.
If there’s one thing we learned last week, it’s that pizza has a dark side. Sometimes a slice just wants to be dragged down a flight of stairs by a rat and left lying on the putrid subway floor. And so it was that Rizzo’s Fine Pizza hosted “Darkside of New York Pizza,” a one-night-only exhibition of Sarah Sweeney’s perverse pizza drawings.
Who is Janice Gunter? With handmade postings anywhere from Williamsburg to NYU advertising her strange services and conveniently-rhyming name, it would appear that this bespectacled woman is the latest to join the ranks of NYC’s colorful flyer characters. Visit Janice’s Facebook page and you’ll find nearly six month’s worth of ghost-related status updates, bad jokes, and musings about her Ma’s tendency to videotape everything they do.
Janice also has an Instagram and even a LinkedIn profile, where she explains “[g]host hunting is officially classified as a pseudoscience, but my customer service and attention to detail are more like an art form.” She also worked as a cashier at CVS for an impressive eight years before deciding to follow this ghostly path.
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This past weekend in Rockaway, Rippers closed down with a set from Wild Yaks, the Riis Park Beach Bazaar got a send-off from the So So Glos, and the entire boardwalk went silent but for a few lone wolfs howling at the supermoon eclipse. But fear not, Rockaway die-hards: #beachvibes aren’t dead yet, because a new bar/restaurant will be holding down fort at Riis Park during the off-season.