After seven years in Greenpoint (today’s the anniversary), beloved pizzeria Paulie Gee’s is putting on its big-boy pants. The restaurant, which had offered just beer and wine, is launching a full bar tonight– but don’t expect anything too froufrou. Owner Paul Giannone tells us the offerings will be “pretty old-school,” and “very basic stuff, nothing fancy.”
Paulie says he’s offering simple martinis and highballs because he wants to keep things focused on his Neapolitan pies, with their cheeky names like Feel Like Bacon Love. There will, however, be a couple of house specialties, starting with a “very simple” Everclear-fueled limoncello made with one of Paulie’s old recipes. Eventually, there’ll be a “pickleback” martini that uses pickle juice from The Pickle Guys and a drink that features Mike’s Hot Honey, a brand that blossomed out of the Paulie Gee’s kitchen when founder Michael Kurtz was working there.
One of the three rules of A Day Without a Woman is to avoid spending money with the exception of small, female-owned businesses. If you’re looking for one, look no further. Williamsburg resident Julia Small O’Kelly opened Smallhome in the neighborhood three years ago as a way to sell her own pieces, such as her “tiny taxidermy” lamps and maps on cork board. The store has since flourished into a place where you can find a variety of small creations from mostly local, mostly female artists.
As women-owned small businesses take the day off in honor of A Day Without a Woman and/or celebrate International Women’s Day, one local shop sits empty on East 9th Street, the East Village’s boutique row. Dusty Buttons announced last month that it would close at the end of February, and the storefront is now for rent.
Yesterday the Observer revealed that East Village fixture Jimmy McMillan, who rose to fame in 2010 as a gubernatorial candidate with the slogan “The Rent Is Too Damn High,” is back in the game, this time as a City Council candidate. Somehow the item failed to mention that McMillan is also a (self-)recording artist. We’ve delighted in his smooth jams before, but his latest track, “SLAVES: The Rent Is Too Damn High,” takes a more serious turn.
It’d be impossible for Bradley Spinelli to top the suicide-themed set that Questlove did for his debut novel, Killing Williamsburg, but the B+B contributor’s latest book launch should come close. Thursday’s party for The Painted Gun, a noir mystery published by Brooklyn’s own Akashic Books, will feature a raft of burlesque stars as well as tacos from ever-expanding Dos Toros.
It makes sense that the West Coast-inspired burrito joint is on food duty: The Painted Gun is set in the Williamsburg-based author’s former hometown of San Francisco, in the late ’90s– you know, when Yahoo! stock was booming. Its hard-bitten, hard-drinking hero is David “Itchy” Crane, a journalist-turned-PI on the hunt for the mysterious Ashley, a missing artist who has a creepy talent for painting scenes straight out of Crane’s sad-sack life. (If you want to make like Itchy during the party, suck down a half dozen Jamesons.) Don’t take it from me, since I’m his editor– Publishers Weekly says Spinelli is “definitely a talent to watch,” and his latest “deftly segues from one genre to another—from hard-boiled noir to paranoid thriller, puzzle mystery (with each and every riddle logically explained), spy caper, and ultimately to something evocative of Bogart and Bacall.”
Our friends at the Hester Street Fair kept busy over the winter with a Katz’s-themed pop-up in Miami and a new Project Space on Henry Street, but with the weather finally warming, it’s (almost, almost) time for the main event. Hester just posted the calendar for its eighth season, which starts April 15, and it looks like there’s some fun in store.
Free grub alert: Duncan’s Burgers, the burger joint inside of Dromedary Bar, is doling out 500 freebies on March 19.
In case you’re unfamiliar, Duncan’s was founded by Galen Duncan, who interned with Dickson’s Farmstand Meats and, in September of 2014, began using the butcher’s meat to serve burgers at various pop-up locations in, mostly, Williamsburg and Bushwick: Pinkerton Wine Bar, The Rookery, AP Cafe, Loosie Rouge, SHWICK Market, and even a cart parked at Mccarren Park and elsewhere.
A nearly-naked woman with bright green hair winks at me from the walls of Disclaimer Gallery. “This looks so goooooood!” JinHee Kwak exclaims as she leads me through the closet-sized space in the back of Bushwick’s Silent Barn. This is the first time she’s seen the new show, which opened to the public in early February.
Walking along 27th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue, you’ll hit the Radio Wave Building, where electrical engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla used to live and conduct radio wave experiments in 1896, back when the building still operated as a hotel. These days, just a few blocks away on 26th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, another man of science toils away: Jason Sapan, who transforms into Dr. Laser in the seconds it takes to throw on a white lab coat.