news

No Comments

Kennedy’s Will Reopen in Breezy Point On the Anniversary of Sandy

(Courtesy of Kennedy's)

(Courtesy of Kennedy’s)

Just a week before the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, a beloved Breezy Point restaurant that was hit hard by the storm has announced its comeback. Kennedy’s sent out word to patrons today that it will relaunch dinner service next Wednesday, October 29 — exactly two years to the day the superstorm put the restaurant out of commission and ravaged the bungalow community around it.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

At These Two Parties, Buy an Artsy T-Shirt or Make Your Own

Art of the Tee 2014 8.5x11 FLATEveryone loves T-Shirts, so instead of lining up for the latest Supreme drop or overpaying for a musty smelling vintage concert tee, Bushwick Print Lab is giving you two chances to buy hand-screened works of wearable art. Founded in 2009, The BPL is throwing its fifth annual “Art of The T” party at The Cobra Club tonight, complete with art, music, and a full bar to inspire some boozy purchases. The DIY space decided to do it big, booking the back of their favorite local bar and taking the art out of the lab.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

A Chill LES Restaurant Is Popping Up in a Bushwick Bar

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 2.00.55 PMMuch in the same way we’re bringing our favorite North Brooklyn restaurants to the Lower East Side for our B+B Bazaar this Saturday, a Bushwick bar is importing a Lower East Side chef into its kitchen. Kings County Saloon (yes, they of the smallest penis contest and clown antics) just announced a series of pop-up dinners with Sandy Hall of Black Tree.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Exploding in Sound: An Indie Label That’s Blowing Up, You Hear?

1658497_10152336345711746_687692639765391456_oEven with our handy-dandy guide to CMJ, it’s hard to know where to head this week — but one thing’s for sure: we’ll be at Silent Barn on Saturday to celebrate the third anniversary of Exploding in Sound.

Dan Goldin started the label in 2011 with money saved up from a desk job at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. “I didn’t, like, enjoy it,” the Greenpoint resident said of the gig he fell into after college. “But I didn’t hate going in either — it was one of those things where when my day ended, I didn’t have to think about it again.”
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Market Watch: Brooklyn Xchange Drops Promo Vid, Artists & Fleas Expands

Okay fine, the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar isn’t the only market in town. As we noted last week, a new one called the Brooklyn Xchange is aiming to bring Brooklyn vendors to Soho starting Black Friday. Today, the organizers dropped a promo video starring co-founder Leo Reis that’s pure old-school Brooklyn. No twee terrariums here — in fact, the background music sounds like something out of Escape From New York. You almost expect a column of zombies to start walking up the Brooklyn Bridge, where — naturally — the call for vendors was shot.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

The Downtown Den Where Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians Met

Walt Whitman at Pfaff's.

Walt Whitman at Pfaff’s.

156 years ago this week, Henry Clapp, Jr. founded the newspaper that brought the idea of bohemianism into American culture and popularized some of Walt Whitman’s most beloved poems. The New York Saturday Press has more or less faded from memory – but two new books tell how the paper and a legendary counterculture clique emerged from Pfaff’s, a subterranean saloon on Broadway and Bleecker.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Compared Obama to Lincoln, and Not in a Good Way

During a talk with a group of journalism students last night, New York Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. revealed many an interesting thing about The Gray Lady — or the “Good Gray Lady,” as he said she was originally called (and he should know, since his grandmother coined the nickname). Sitting in Bedford + Bowery’s backyard at 20 Cooper Square, he told moderator Meryl Gordon that after just two days, C.J. Chivers’s piece about the coverup of harmful chemical weapons abandoned in Iraq was one of the paper’s top 20 most-read stories of the year.
Keep Reading »

2 Comments

Can Starbucks Win the Hearts and Minds of Williamsburgers With Yarn Art?

A couple of weeks ago operators of the Starbucks that’s set to open at 154 N 7th Street got an earful from Williamsburg residents at a community board meeting as they pled their case for selling beer and wine. According to Gothamist, the owners of a nearby coffee shop, The West, managed to wrangle 500 signatures in three days opposing the liquor license. But nevermind all that: the ‘bucks is determined to win the hearts and minds of Williamsburgers — via (what else?) yarn bombing.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

McGolrick Park’s Gritty Playground Is Getting a Million-Dollar Makeover

(Photo: McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance Facebook)

(Photo: McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance Facebook)

As the Mayor’s office allocates $130 million to improving neglected parks, one Greenpoint mother on a mission is celebrating the $1.3 million that will go toward a playground that has long made her worry about her daughter’s safety.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Tonight: A ‘Scandalous Dance Party’ For a New Book of Sex Club Photos With Text by Nan Goldin

6643c3_1ab760c918264ef1beb4505dededb9f3.jpg_srz_p_404_576_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzYesterday the Times assured us that — somehow — live peep shows still exist, calling them “a glimpse of Times Square’s sordid past.” Well, if you want to glimpse the sordid past without being seen going into Playpen, head to Bizarre tonight for a “scandalous dance party” to celebrate Bizarre Publishing’s new book of photos by Jean-Christian Bourcart, with text by Nan Goldin. The champagne-fueled fete will double as the “opening ceremony” to an exhibit of Bourcart’s photos at the Bushwick bar’s Black Box Gallery.
Keep Reading »