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There Are 10 Ways to Feel About SantaCon

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

As SantaCon gets ready to pop off in the East Village this weekend and its organizers helpfully remind their ruddy-cheeked followers not to pee on things or, uh, rape people, the LES Dwellers have posted the above signs around the Lower East Side. We’re not the only ones who’ve noticed them. Redditors are opining about the humbuggy postings, and — as you can guess — there’s a whole toy bag of opinions about SantaCon. Where do you fall on this spectrum of lovers and haters?
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The Bookshop’s Live Auction Was a Bust, But a Rare Edition of Maus Is Cleaning Up

Speaking of auctions involving Richard Hell, the St. Mark’s Bookshop, as you know, held a live auction Thursday to raise funds for its move to a smaller location in the East Village. Though 11 books, including Music of Chance by Paul Auster and Drown by Junot Diaz, were up for grabs, a Baggage Battles-style bidding war didn’t exactly ensue: the event drew just a dozen people, and brought in a modest $100 via Anne Waldman’s First Baby Poems and The Milk of Universal Kindness.
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Hell of a Deal! Dinner’s On Richard Hell If You Bid in This Anti-NYU Expansion Auction

Mark Ruffalo is donating some Hulk memorabilia.

Mark Ruffalo is donating some Hulk memorabilia.

That star-studded auction aimed at snuffing out NYU’s forthcoming Greenwich Village towers went online today, and there are some big ticket items in addition to the previously mentioned shopping trip with Padma Lakshmi, acting lessons from Philip Seymour Hoffman, and lunch with Lewis Lapham. Maybe the most exciting addition: dinner with Richard Hell at John’s of 12th Street, down the block from Hell’s apartment.
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Is This French Rapper With a Louis Vuitton Head Tattoo the World’s Most Ridiculous Man?

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Can we talk about Swagg Man for a momo?

Don’t worry, we didn’t know who Swagg Man was either until we saw a blinged-out mofo with a Louis Vuitton head tattoo dining with an entourage at Han Joo on St. Marks Place. After sneaking the photo you see here, we googled “Louis Vuitton head tattoo” and found out he’s a Paris-based Brazilian-Tunisian rapper who claims to be a millionaire, rides a Lambo and a Bentley, wears Versace but spells it Versacey, and has “Every Day Is My Birthday” etched across his forehead.
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Dance For the D at This Motor City-Themed Throwdown Tonight

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The Carr Center (courtesy of Carr Center).

It’s no wonder Detroit came up time and time again as an alternative to rapidly gentrifying NYC during our conversations at the Newsroom. Those abandoned buildings are often the site of epic dance parties and roving clubs, hosted by the city’s best DJs – or so says Amy Braunschweiger, who grew up an hour outside of the Motor City.
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Play Cutting-Edge Video Games in Old-School Arcade Cabinets at This Rock Show Tomorrow

Forget the Playstation 4 and X-Box One, arcade cabinets are the hot place to drop your new game, because apparently it’s 1982 and kids these days got the Pac-Man Fever.

At least, that’s what the developers of two upcoming multiplayer indie games must be thinking. These days you don’t often see a new game get the full wooden arcade cabinet treatment, so consider “Deathmatch by Audio,” at Williamsburg’s Death By Audio tomorrow, a rare opportunity to combine feelings of nostalgia and the cutting edge.
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Guess Which Superbad Actor Tried to Fight Greenpoint’s New Towers Yesterday

A rendering of 77 Commercial. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

A rendering of 77 Commercial. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

Councilman Stephen Levin and around 20 others — including an actor you’ve seen in The Departed, Superbad, and Pineapple Express — showed up at City Hall yesterday to fight two massive towers bound for the Greenpoint waterfront.

Having reached the homestretch of the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, developers of Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial tried to sell the City Council’s Land Use committee on their respective proposals, which would add a combined 5,000 apartment units and more than 170,000 square feet of public open space to Greenpoint’s northern shores.
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Occultists and Curious Normies Alike Mingled At Moon Church’s Zine Launch

Moon Church's zine launch (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Moon Church's zine launch (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Moon Church's zine launch (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Moon Church's zine launch (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Moon Church's zine launch (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Moon Church's zine launch (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Moon Church's zine launch (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Moon Church's zine launch (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Moon Church's zine launch (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Moon Church's zine launch (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Moon Church's zine launch (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Moon Church's zine launch (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Moon Church's zine launch (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Moon Church's zine launch (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Moon Church's zine launch (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Moon Church's zine launch (Photos: Nicole Disser)

Moon Church — the Brooklyn-based sisterhood of witchcraft, pagan, and occult devotees — bid farewell to Fall on Wednesday and celebrated the release of its first quarterly zine, Autumn Equinox, with a night of poetry, performance and ritual moon worship.

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Could SantaCon and Unsilent Night Collide to Become UnsilentaCon?

UnsilentaCon. It could happen. (Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev/Taylor Davidson. Illustration: Daniel Maurer)

UnsilentaCon. It could happen. (Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev/Taylor Davidson. Illustration: Daniel Maurer)

By now you know that SantaCon — the annual invasion of Fratty Old St. Nicks — is set to go down Dec. 14. What you likely don’t know is that on that same day, another holiday flash mob, the roving boom-box orchestra known as Unsilent Night, will be moving through the same hemisphere. Is it possible these two forces could converge into something more menacing than any sharknado?
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