news

No Comments

Between the Falling Ice and Collapsing Roofs, This Weather Is Truly Frightful

Bummer. (Photo: Jenna Marotta)

Bummer. (Photo: Jenna Marotta)

That awning collapse in Union Square isn’t the only bit of mayhem the winter storm hath wrought. In Bushwick today, the metal roof of a vacant factory at 45 Morgan Avenue partially collapsed early this morning, due to the weight of snow. The fire department responded at 9:45 a.m., according to a spokesperson, and were still there into the late morning. There were no injuries.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Clean-Up On Aisle…?

(Photo: @bohan)

(Photo: @bohan)

If you’re debating whether to head to the office or work from home today, this might make up your mind: the awning of the Duane Reade at 24 East 14th Street, off of Union Square, collapsed this morning in what a store manager said was a “snow-related” incident. The wreckage is currently being cleared. Nobody was injured, the manager said.

12 Comments

Greenpoint’s Manhattan Avenue: ‘Right Now It’s Just on the Edge’

(Photo: Liz Flock)

(Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

It’s lunchtime at Polski Meat Market on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, and business is dead. Again. An older woman makes pierogis in the back, while her son Adam Parys mans the meat case, which contains nine kinds of kielbasa, and another employee straightens the shelves. In half an hour, only one customer steps inside.
Keep Reading »

1 Comment

In The Bowels of Union Square, There's a Place Where Models Go…

IMG_8624-5

Models listening to casting director John Pfeiffer. Photo: Courtesy modelloungexmicrosoft.

Do the mere mortals dining on club sandwiches at The Coffee Shop in Union Square have any idea that below their feet, dozens of models – the real kind, who will walk the runways of top designers for New York Fashion Week later this week – are sipping on coconut water, having Xbox dance-offs and getting professional massages? It doesn’t matter, really, because even if they did they wouldn’t be allowed to partake in the fun. The is a subterranean private space for models to relax, gossip in their native tongues and enjoy speakers and events aimed at helping to boost their careers.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Here They Come Now: More Tributes to Lou Reed

LouReed 3It’s been a few months since we lost Lou Reed, and not even Morrissey’s cover of “Satellite of Love” has filled the void. But this should help:  and his Loser’s Lounge — who, in their 20 years, have paid homage to everyone from Burt Bacharach to The Muppets — are doing a tribute to Lou and the Velvets. Naturally, they’ll be going by the name “LOU-sers Lounge” as they perform favorites from the rock-n-roll animal’s repertoire at Joe’s Pub this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Because a Burlesque Tribute to Marina Abramovic Needed to Happen…

photo-7The real Marina Abramović is often busy chatting with the New Yorker about “being present,” making a film about James Franco and perfecting the Abramović Method, which mere mortals will soon be able to learn at the Marina Abramović Institute. Thankfully, the trend to imitate, pay tribute to or otherwise parody the famed performance artist means that we can always get our fix, even when the artist herself is not present.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Calm Before the Storm: Williamsburg’s Sports Bars Brace For Super Bowl Sunday

Williamsburg definitely isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think Super Bowl, but as evidenced by Grub Street’s rundown of non-douchey places to watch, there are sports bars in the neighborhood — and they will be going hard. We popped into three of them — Whiskey Brooklyn, Mulholland’s, and Roebling Sporting Club — to ask their bartenders and owners what they’re planning, and whether Williamsburgers care about pigskin when it’s not inside of artisanal tacos. Watch the video above.

And if buckets of beer and wings-n-things isn’t really your scene, Grub Street also has a guide to ordering up the ultimate hipster feast.

1 Comment

12 Things You Might Not Have Known About William S. Burroughs, Per His Biographer

A week before a 100th birthday concert for William S. Burroughs, Barry Miles, author of the new biography Call Me Burroughs, dropped by The Strand to talk about his time with the Beat legend, starting in 1964 when Miles asked him to contribute to an anthology. The Strand has kindly posted the entire discussion online — without even cutting it up and rearranging it! Below are some interesting little morsels about the Invisible Man.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

This Woman Says the Chelsea Hotel's New Owner Offered Her Nearly Half a Million to Move

Tina Rossner in her studio apartment.

Tina Rossner in her studio apartment. (Photo: Scott Lynch)

The plastered on a lobby door of the historic Hotel Chelsea could be lifted any day now, allowing for a new round of renovations in rooms once occupied by the likes of William Burroughs, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Sid Vicious and any number of wannabes drawn for decades to the old brick building with wrought iron balconies on West 23rd Street.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Beastie Boys Square Gets Final Slapdown; Bushwick Church Headed For Conversion

Zed1

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

The blood of slain Brooklyn landlord Menachem Stark was found in a van that police recovered in Brownsville earlier this month. [NY Post]

Community Board 3 rejected a bid to bring Beastie Boys Square to the LES, even though the guy who was collecting signatures thought he had more time. [DNA Info]

Gawker mapped the “Williamsburgs” of other American cities [Gawker]
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Help Make This Documentary About Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Spiritual Wife’ a Reality

While we honor the 100th birthday of William S. Burroughs and mourn the loss of Amiri Baraka, one of their old colleagues, Anne Waldman, will be celebrated in an forthcoming documentary. But the filmmaker needs some help to make it happen.
Keep Reading »

No Comments

Bring Your Board, KCDC and Zoo York Will Bring the Beer, Black Dave Will Bring the Beats

Dave Willis.

Dave Willis.

Skateboarding in NYC isn’t exactly as glamorous as it is in skate videos once the streets are covered in a mix of rock salt, snow and sand, but Williamsburg’s KCDC Skate Shop and Zoo York have teamed up to offer a weekly alternative to dodging debris and puddles of urine under the BQE. Hosted by The Space at 99 Attorney Street and backed by several sponsors, Skate Night debuted last Thursday and provided the NY skate scene with a perfect mini ramp and unlimited PBR, both free of charge. With the shop going strong for over 10 years and Zoo just turning 20, the duo have played a huge part in the local scene.
Keep Reading »