In case you were living under a rock or underneath the bridge, Nirvana’s seminal album Nevermind turned 25 on Saturday, an event that was marked by everything from a cover night at Sunnyvale to a recreation of the album cover featuring its now 25-year-old baby. There’s not much left to say about the album that led pretty much every suburban kid to buy a guitar and smash his entire Columbia House cassette collection with it, but there’s plenty left to be said about Smart Studios, the Madison, Wisconsin facilities where an early version of the record was recorded. Luckily, a new documentary is coming along to fix that. The Smart Studios Story, directed by Wendy Schneider, will screen at St. Vitus on Nov. 13.
A sign posted on Surf Avenue, near the entrance of Luna Park, indicates that Woody Allen is returning to Coney Island on Tuesday and Thursday to film his next movie. Justin Timberlake stars as a lifeguard in the 1950s flick, and last week some photos emerged of him wearing vintage swimwear as he walked on the beach with co-star Kate Winslet.
A week and a half ago, after we gave you a heads up that the Woodman’s so-called “summer project” was shooting in the East Village, we walked past one of the trailers on set and spotted the man in the bucket hat himself. Head out to Coney on Thursday and, who knows, you may catch him riding the Cyclone.
As a reminder, his Amazon series, Crisis in Six Scenes, premieres Sept. 30.
When Bruce Springsteen said, “Meet me tonight in Atlantic City,” he failed to mention it would cost $1,000.
Jersey’s native son is about to ride into that tunnel of love– or the Holland Tunnel, anyway– and make some New York appearances. But, sorry, if you want to attend his meet-and-greet at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square, it’s going to be a Park Avenue freeze-out. Tickets are all sold out. Oh, but what’s this? A kind soul is offering up two extras. The asking price? All that heaven will allow, pretty much.
The Donald Trump tombstone that artist Brian Andrew Whiteley planted in Central Park in March is now on display in Bushwick. Friday night, we stopped by Christopher Stout Gallery’s pop-up to pay our respects to the man who “Made America Hate Again.” While we were at the opening, we asked attendees to come up with their own epitaph for the Trump campaign. Click through the slideshow to see their responses.
What happens when you take a bunch of hedonists who throw parties inside of musty East Williamsburg warehouses and give them free reign over a lakeside Poconos resort? Danceheads will have a chance to find out at the Ray-Ban x Boiler Room Weekender on the weekend of November 4. The festival is set to take place at the Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania and looks to be a veritable fantasyland for ravers.
Sure, it’s gonna be nearly 90 degrees out today, but Halloween is fast approaching and it’s time to start thinking about your costume. After all, the Anthony Weiner getup you were considering after seeing Weiner isn’t going to fly now that even the Post has declared “IT’S NOT A JOKE ANYMORE.” And don’t even think about being Trump– or one of his zombie followers, who consider brains a foodstuff rather than a presidential qualification. Safe to say Ricky’s is going to run out of orange facepaint pretty quickly this year.
Dozens of tenants and activists gathered blocks from the Tenement Museum on Thursday morning to protest what they claim are unsafe living conditions in two Lower East Side apartment buildings. A group of predominantly Chinese residents of 247 Broome Street and 135 Eldridge Street, many of whom live in rent-controlled units, complained of eviction threats, chronically ignored maintenance requests, shambolic common areas, and illegal construction in the buildings. The residents claim that R.A. Cohen & Associates, which manages both buildings, is deliberately mistreating low-income renters in an effort to push them out of their homes.
Development on the Lower East Side is such that every time your parents visit and you look for a place to put them up, there’s some new hotel you’ve never heard of. One of the latest entrants, on Allen Street, is the Sago, which describes the LES as the city’s “most alluring metropolitan gem” and describes itself as “an orchestra of mechanical and rustic energies.” Okay, then!
Walking down Soho’s Elizabeth Street can feel like a neverending vortex of high-class retail, where the designer clothing racks outnumber the people. That is, until you arrive at the lush, green Elizabeth Street Garden, between Prince and Spring Streets. The green “oasis” (as many have dubbed it) and community hub is once again being actively considered for a site for affordable senior housing, a decision that has long been opposed by Community Board 2 but supported by the area’s City Council member Margaret Chin.
The 20,000-square-foot garden is city-owned, but privately leased by gallerist Allan Reiver, who initially planned to use it to store his sculptures but opened it up as a unique respite from the city’s concrete surroundings, full of colorful flowers, green grass, seating areas, and many eye-catching sculptures. Volunteer-run, the garden has been used for community events, education, performances, film screenings, and an annual Harvest Festival. Some of these events draw hundreds of people, located in a neighborhood the NYC Parks Department has previously identified as “underserved by open space.”
Last week, news surfaced that the NYC Housing and Preservation Development (HPD) had officially issued a Request for Proposals to develop the land the garden stands on. Wednesday afternoon, dozens gathered in the garden for a press conference, bearing signs and passionately asserting their garden’s right to remain where it is.
In what’s pretty much a music nerd’s dream come true, AirBnB is offering the chance to stay overnight at Rough Trade. If you’re envisioning Night at the Museum with vinyl records instead of Teddy Roosevelt and Sacagawea, don’t worry, it’s not that sketchy (unless you want it to be, to each their own), and it’s safe to say Ben Stiller won’t be there.
Sorry, but after David Bowie played Andy Warhol in Basquiat, does anyone else need to take a crack at Andy? Jared Leto thinks so. He’s producing and starring in a film that Terence Winter (of HBO’s Vinyl) will adapt from Victor Bockris’s 1989 book Warhol: The Biography. This is probably the most horrific news since Jason Segel announced he was playing David Foster Wallace. But whereas all it took to pull off DFW was a bandana and some mumbling about 15 minutes of fame, Andy is going to be trickier. Sure, there’ll be mumbling about fame, but as Vulture notes it’s also going to take 40 wigs and a mummified human foot. Needless to say, you’re going to want to soak in some real Warhol before Jared Leto ruins him for all of us. Luckily, you’ll soon have two golden opportunities.