Alamo announced today that it’s booking City Point/Downtown Brooklyn’s “Outer Space Outdoors” series, taking over Albee Square every Thursday in June. In keeping with the space theme, they’ll show Close Encounters of the Third Kind on June 7, Men in Black on June 14, Space Jam on June 21, and Gravity on June 28. DJ sets start at 7pm and the opening credits roll at 8pm.
With the L-pocalypse nearly a year away, the MTA and DOT have assured those living along the L train line that they’ll boost service on the G and JMZ lines, create a “busway” on 14th Street, and make cycling between Brooklyn and Manhattan safer. But that hasn’t quelled the fears and frustrations of those living in either borough; anger has been directed toward MTA officials at public meetings, and a federal lawsuit has even been filed.
There are some New Yorkers, however, who stand to benefit as a result of the closure, which may come as a surprise to negatively-affected residents. Of the approximately 250,000 who are going to be impacted, the L train shutdown is providing rare and exciting opportunities for a lucky few. Play our video to meet the lucky few.
Video by James Fox.
After toughing out the winter with a seafood pop-up, the Riis Park Beach Bazaar is no doubt ready for some sun’s out, buns out. (Hot dog buns, that is.) Today it unveiled its summer lineup, and there are a few surprises in the mix. Among the new food vendors are some familiar faces to those who frequent Rippers, the kick-ass burger stand on the other side of the Rockaway peninsula.
Last night’s Brooklyn town hall about the L train shutdown drew a smaller and generally more supportive crowd than last week’s contentious meeting in the West Village, but some sparring with city officials still revealed a lack of trust in the MTA and DOT on both sides of the East River.
While you’re checking out Artists & Fleas and all the other usual suspects, don’t miss these pop-up markets coming to Williamsburg in the coming weekends.Brooklyn Flea Record Fair
Sat, May 19, 11am-6pm at East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Williamsburg.
Crate-diggers and foodies unite! Smorgasburg gets an upgrade this weekend as the Brooklyn Flea’s recurring record fair joins the food fest in East River State Park. The lineup of 60-odd vinyl vendors includes local shops (Academy, Halcyon, Captured Tracks, Rough Trade, even shuttered St. Marks Place shop Rocket Science Records), local labels and distributors (Knitting Factory Records, Mexican Summer, Nublu Records, Sacred Bones, Domino Recording Co.), collectors whose stuff you’d normally have to buy off of Discogs, and more. To complete the dream record store experience, tastemakers from some of these fine places (including Nublu, Mexican Summer, Academy, and Greenpoint’s The Lot Radio) will be manning the decks as you shop.
The big news coming out of Coney Island today isn’t that the city just bestowed Scenic Landmark status on the Riegelmann Boardwalk. Sure, it’s cool that the 95-year-old boardwalk is joining the Cyclone and the Parachute Jump as a permanently protected icon. But that news pales in comparison to word that Pauly D, one third of Jersey Shore‘s MVP trio, will be spinning at Coney Art Walls this summer.
Downtown guitarist and composer Glenn Branca died last night at the age of 69. The longtime West Villager died in his sleep of throat cancer, his wife and collaborator Reg Bloor announced in a Facebook post.
“His musical output was a fraction of the ideas he had in a given day,” Bloor wrote. “His influence on the music world is incalculable.”
For obvious reasons, “Wide Awake!” has pretty much been my daily wakeup song ever since Parquet Courts dropped the single off their forthcoming album of the same name. Not to be confused with the Katy Perry song of the same name, it’s a funky, Minutemen/Clash-esque jam that kicks your ass out of bed and gets you “movin’ and groovin’ and I ain’t ever losin’ the pace,” as the song’s posi-vibes chant goes. Other singles off the album– including the more recent “Mardi Gras Beads,” a mellow number evoking Pavement’s “Shady Lane”– are pretty great, too. But then what else would you expect from the Brooklyn band that produced the universally admired 2016 album Human Performance?
Williamsburg’s Legion Bar closed its doors early Sunday morning for a legion of regulars. The closing was bittersweet for Merle Chornuk, who opened Legion in 2005 with the hopes of it being a busier bar than it turned out to be. “It’s the end of an era,” he told me. “I’m moving on to other things.”
Jim Jarmusch, Rosie Perez, and Other Downtown Legends Basked in Basquiat at the Opening of ‘Zeitgeist’
By all appearances, downtown filmmaker Sara Driver had a pretty good weekend. On Friday night, Boom For Real, Driver’s evocative, propulsive, and genuinely moving documentary of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s late teenage years (and the late 1970s Lower East Side art scene that nurtured his extraordinary talent), had its world premiere at the IFC, following a rave review in the Times. It’s a terrific movie, functioning equally well as a we-were-there record of how Basquiat went from homeless kid spraying Samo© to instant sensation at PS1’s New York/New Wave in 1981, his first-ever public show; and as a loving portrait of a neighborhood abandoned by the rest of the city, and all craziness and creativity that ensued.
Then on Sunday evening Driver and a coterie that included the likes of her partner Jim Jarmusch, Lee Quinones, Rosie Perez, Katie Taylor Legnini, Jimmy Webb, Henry Chalfant, Jeffrey Deitch, Luc Sante, and Alexis Adler crammed into the opening of a big group exhibition at the Howl! Happening space. A line to get in formed early and extended all the way over to Bowery for much of the night.
While sexism and homophobia persist in the mainstream gaming industry, a “vibrant scene of queer game developers” has emerged. This month, several members of that community are combining their talents into one video-game cabinet that will be unveiled at Bushwick queer space The Dreamhouse.
Elsewhere’s new rooftop isn’t the only outdoor spot making a summer programming announcement today. That old standby, Union Pool’s Summer Thunder series, just announced its lineup of free shows, and it’s a good one.
This year’s program, presented with the good folks over at Academy Records, leans distinctly toward jazz and African music, with some real heavy hitters in the mix: Sun Ra Arkastra on June 28, Songhoy Blues on July 7, Jemeel Moondoc on July 21, Mamadou Kelly on July 28, and Joe Bataan on Aug. 25. The Sadies will add a twang of country-western on June 30. On the obligatory indie rock front, Drag City outfit Wand will play songs off their forthcoming EP, Perfume, on June 16. And it all starts off with the eerie, mystical vocals of ex Dirty Projectors member Deradoorian on June 1.