“People are fleeing New York at an alarming rate,” a New York Post headline informed us Saturday. Some 1 million people have left the city since 2010, according to US Census data. And it’s not just because Mars Bar closed. It’s in part because the economy is good and there are “more people to buy your house if you’re a baby boomer looking to move to Boca Raton or Myrtle Beach,” says one Post source.
Who says you have to score a $5,000 VIP pass or wait hours in “rush” lines to get the full film festival experience? At these two mini fests, you’ll get the indie flicks and the Q&As with local filmmakers without having to fly to freezing-ass Park City, Utah, and crash on someone’s floor for a week.
The hybrid haters came out in full force when Smorgasburg announced that its new crop of vendors would include Pop Pasta, a specialist in “spaghetti donuts.” As you can imagine, that wasn’t going to stop trend-seekers from lining up for them when Smorgasburg returned to Williamsburg’s East River State Park on Saturday.
How low can a punk get?
Nearly 34 years to the day Bad Brains asked that question on their April 15, 1983 release, Rock For Light, we finally have an answer: about 9″ off the ground. That’s the height of a new figurine paying tribute to Paul “H.R.” Hudson, the legendary lead singer of the New York punk band. The figurine is being released by Tokyo-based PressPop this summer, and is now available via pre-order via Aggronautix, distributors of the Debbie Harry bobblehead.
Nope, it’s not an April Fool’s joke– spaghetti donuts really are coming to Smorgasburg this weekend, via new vendor Pop Pasta, and the uproar is so intense that we can officially consider this a spaghetti incident. A tweet from Food & Wine unleashed a flurry of “Nooooos,” and “Ewwwws” in both text and gif form. F&W’s Facebook post got a similar reception; it’s clear people really want Pop Pasta to put a fork in this.
David Lynch’s Showtime revival of Twin Peaks is approaching its May 21 premiere date, and we’re so giddy it feels like we’ve had one too many donuts and one too many cups of damn fine coffee. To take the edge off, here are some upcoming events that pay tribute to David Lynch via music, art, and pasties.
Ninjasonik hosted a wild music video shoot for their new single “Hoolies” at Lower East Side bar The Skinny last night. The NYC music staple comprised of rappers Jah Jah Brown and Telli Michaels also used the occasion to kick off their new party series Disco Trap, and at least a hundred friends from the art-bar scene and their Fame School hip-hop family came through.
Ugh, the Tribeca Film Festival is up to something cool at Astor Place — but they won’t tell what! Sneaky fellows. What we do is know is that there are folks (volunteers? actors? unsuspecting people on their way to work taken hostage by the crew? sad!) wearing mirrored cubes on their heads and just… standing around near the Cube cube. They’re also being filmed, so our best guess is that it’s an empathy-generating live-installation for some sort of performance art film.
Earlier this month we mentioned that Smorgasburg was set to return outdoors this very weekend, April 1 and 2, with Brooklyn Flea’s Saturday market leaving its longtime home in Fort Greene and taking up residence next to Saturday Smorg in Williamsburg’s East River Park. Team Smorg now tells us there’s another change afoot this season: Their vendors won’t be returning to the South Street Seaport this year, since they’ve been unceremoniously replaced by a permanent resident. Bummer for those who like to pick up a lobster roll on the way to the Rockaway ferry.
Let’s face it, ramen has had its day in the noodle-soup limelight. Now it’s time for mixian to take its rightful place among NYC’s noodle royalty. And who better to make this happen than chef Simone Tong, graduate of Wylie Dufresne’s old Lower East Side spot wd~50. After a series of pop-up preview dinners, Tong opens her mixian restaurant, Little Tong Noodle Shop, today in the East Village.