I’m proud to be an American, because the Parks Department just opened another stretch of Rockaway boardwalk, from Beach 97th Street to Beach 106th Street (i.e. from Low Tide Bar’s concession stand to the Caracas concession stand). Okay, fine, so the construction company is Swedish, but whatever. As you can see from the slideshow above, shit is looking good.
What can you expect from mixologist Albert Trummer’s new bar on Avenue C, slated to open this fall? According to the Austrian cocktail wizard, the bar’s mood board includes an intriguing mix of Damien Hirst and Sigmund Freud, with a touch of perfumery for good measure. And despite a recent petition by locals, he swears it will be accessible to local residents — and he won’t set any drinks, or his bar, on fire with again. At least, not without the proper permits.
Federico García Lorca once again achieved Poet in New York status when a mural depicting the Spanish literary lion went up in Bushwick a couple of years ago. Now he’s returned to Manhattan, where he studied at Columbia in 1929 and penned “Sleepless City: Brooklyn Bridge Nocturne.” The poem is quoted in this new mural by Spanish artist Raúl Ruiz and Brooklyn’s own Cern.
“Take a stand against sweatshop restaurants! DON’T PATRONIZE GRAND SICHUAN!” read the flier handed out on St. Marks Place by several ex-employees of the Chinese-food favorite yesterday. They claim they were fired as a result of involvement in a previous lawsuit filed against the restaurant’s owner, Xiao Tu Zhang.
A week after filming at William Sheridan Playground in Williamsburg, Girls was right across the street today, shooting at Aurora. We didn’t spot Adam or Jessa, but hey, those are their chairs. Whee. Also! A few days ago, Lena Dunham posted a shot from the set indicating that her sister will be making her Girls debut this season.
Update, 4:20 p.m.: They’re back and filming a scene where Adam and Jessa stroll down Grand Street. Video up top.
Author D.W. Gibson’s shocking account of the shady practices of a Brooklyn landlord gained a lot of attention when the excerpt, taken from his new book The Edge Becomes the Center, was published by NYMag.com earlier this year. Tonight at 7 p.m., Gibson will appear at PowerHouse arena to discuss other stories from his oral history of gentrification in the 21st century. We sat down with him to talk about the eight sure-tell signs that gentrification is creeping up on your neighborhood (chances are, it’s already in full swing).
Last week, when creators and cast members of Kids got together at BAM for a 20th anniversary reunion, producer Carry Woods recalled showing the film to a reporter friend before its premiere at Sundance in 1995. “She loved it,” he said, “and it ended up being on the cover of New York magazine.” The hype surrounding Lynn Hirschberg’s story in the June 5, 1995 issue helped make the film a sensation. Here then, for your reading pleasure, is that story, which documents the buzzed-about premiere, the controversy that was already building around the film, and (our favorite part) Harmony Korine bopping around Soho in a wig, throwing firecrackers at everyone.
Representatives for 122 Community Center, the big 19th century building on the corner of 9th Street and First Avenue, opened its doors for a hardhat tour of its progressing renovations Tuesday afternoon, shedding light on plans for 15 artist studios, a rooftop deck, a pulsing, “breathing” light installation and, of course, three improved performance spaces.
We’re big fans of Kathleen Hanna. We’re big fans of King Buzzo. So imagine our delight last night at Santos Party House when Buzzo and the Melvins brought out Teri Gender Bender, the firebrand frontwoman of opening act Le Butcherettes, for an amped up version of “Rebel Girl.” (Grunge trivia: Kathleen Hanna is the one who wrote “Kurt smells like teen spirit” on the walls of Kurt Cobain’s apartment, spurring the song title; Buzzo, who has covered “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with Leif Garrett, recently said the Cobain documentary Montage of Heck was 90% “total bullshit.” Discuss.) Watch it above and when you’re done, check out their cover of “Moving to Florida” by the Butthole Surfers, with former band member Jeff Pinkus on bass.
A bill signed into law today creates small business advocates to serve local entrepreneurs within the Department of Business Services. Sounds like something that might help stem the disappearance of beloved mom-and-pops, right? But members of the group Take Back NYC say that the bill is “phony” and a ploy to distract from the larger issues, like sky-high rent hikes and unfair lease agreements, that are putting local stores out of business.
A bill put forward to the City Council Committee on Transportation today would cap the number of cars that services like Uber can add. Under the bill, backed by the Taxi & Limousine Commission, “for hire vehicle” (FHV) services with a base of more than 500 drivers would only be able to increase their fleet by 1% each year.
As the bill was read, two distinct camps gathered outside City Hall. On the one side: a handful of brightly colored, turbaned yellow cab drivers, bearing signs reading “Do Not Disturb Peace of City” and “Please Save Yellow Cab.” Opposite them: a black-shirted Uber-logoed mass handing out sandwiches and free t-shirts.