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Shadowman Sheds Light On Richard Hambleton, Banksy of the ’80s East Village

(Photo: Ben Buchanan, courtesy of Storyville Films and Motto Pictures)

During a recent trip to Denver, I noticed that the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art was hosting two exhibits celebrating downtown New York: a solo show dedicated to Lit fixture Ryan McGinley and a retrospective of the art Basquiat made at his East 12th Street studio in 1979 and 1980.

To find a Basquiat exhibit in those snow climes wasn’t surprising, given he’s one of the most ubiquitous artists of all-time. But Richard Hambleton, a contemporary of his who in the ‘80s was on track to achieve a similar level of fame, remains comparatively unknown, even though he’s still creating striking paintings in the East Village. A documentary that premiered Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival, Oren Jacoby’s Shadowman, seeks to revive interest in the artist, and it looks like that may actually happen. His works are currently on display at Woodward Gallery, on the Lower East Side, and on Sunday at Shop Studios there was a one-night pop-up exhibit of works that Hambleton created during the past year. Could he finally get his due as a precursor to Banksy, who has admitted to being influenced by Hambleton? Keep Reading »

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Help Chinatown Favorite Spicy Village Celebrate Its New T-Shirt Line

Despite being one of the lone neighborhoods in Manhattan to preserve its heritage and verve, Chinatown sometimes seems unaware of its cultural cachet. Whether it’s because it has shunned the branding that raises rents or because of the anti-curb appeal of hanging carcasses and crates of seafood along the streets, the hood has maintained status as a lowkey downtown enclave for creatives and families alike.

At the same time, there’s been an uptick in uptown influence, most notably André Saraiva’s Café Hernie on Forsyth Street, as well as several boutique businesses. Despite the abundance of new options, local creatives Alberto Chapa and Riley Metcalf flock to Chinatown’s authenticity, specifically the place named the second most essential restaurant in New York by Eater.

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In Flames, a Failed Couple Airs ‘The Dirtiest of Dirty Laundry’

You know you’re not at a typical post-screening Q&A when someone in the audience asks the filmmakers, “Do you still love each other?”

Zefrey Throwell and Josephine Decker had just premiered Flames, a nakedly honest (and I do mean nakedly honest) portrait of their nearly one-year relationship, and the question could have just as easily been, “Do you still hate each other?”

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Could More Be Done to Stop All the Suicides at the George Washington Bridge?

The George Washington Bridge has been the site of dozens of suicides in recent years. (Photo: Razi Syed)

Around 4 a.m. on Oct. 5, Daniel Lomtevas slipped out of his Dyker Heights home. Eight minutes later, the 17-year-old hailed an Uber to take him to 2111 86th Street, Brooklyn and boarded the D train towards Manhattan.

At 7:16 a.m., according to photo metadata, Daniel had reached the George Washington Bridge, which connects Washington Heights and New Jersey. He took a picture around the start of southern pathway, overlooking the Hudson River. Less than 20 minutes later, his unconscious body was brought to New York-Presbyterian hospital. He was pronounced dead about an hour after his arrival there.

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4/20 Show at Don Pedro Ends in a Blaze as Fire Sparks Up Next Door

The facade of Don Pedro underneath the smashed-out windows of the second floor. (Photo: Nick McManus)

The ceiling damage in Don Pedro’s back room. (Photo: Nick McManus)

A fire broke out next to Don Pedro last night, seriously harshing a 4/20 show scheduled at the Williamsburg venue.

The blaze started at the closed Lantingua’s Deli Market shortly after 6pm, as Don Pedro’s patrons were enjoying happy hour, and raged on the first and second floors of the building at 92 Manhattan Avenue for an hour and a half, according to the FDNY. Four firefighters were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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Spanish Shoe Brand Is the Latest Camper on the Bowery

Even these days when art galleries and boutique hotels line the Bowery, homeless encampments aren’t hard to find there. But this is a decidedly different type of Camper. As of today, the Spanish shoe brand is selling $285 kicks at the first New York City outpost of CamperLab. The narrow store at 221 Bowery, right next to Bowery Mission, promises cutting-edge designs that aren’t available at Camper’s Soho, World Trade Center and Midtown shops. And we do mean cutting-edge– the soles of the $285 kicks in question were designed to resemble T Rex teeth. You can also get women’s heels that look like they were made from upcycled soft pretzels. Or maybe they were made by a balloon-art clown at a kids’ birthday party.

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Artists & Fleas Brings Williamsburg to Soho With a New Market

After a decade and a half as a staple of the Williamsburg flea market scene, Artists & Fleas is opening its fourth location, smack dab in the middle of Soho, on the corner of Prince and Broadway. Look out, Prada.

Founded by Brooklyn-based Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer in 2003, A&F allows independent artists and designers to sell their wares (or wears. . .get it?), resulting in a hodge podge of hip stuff: vintage clothing, jewelry, leather products, art items, handbags, food, and, of course, beard oil. 

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East Villagers Meet With Cops to Talk Biking and Robberies

Burglary suspect. (Photo: NYPD)

The NYPD’s East Village station house was packed last night with locals concerned about an uptick in burglaries and a fatal bicycle collision.

Cyclists showed up to the monthly Community Council meeting hoping to learn about the collision between the driver of a box truck and Kelly Hurley, a 31-year-old Lower East Side resident. She was biking to work at the SoulCycle gym on the morning of April 5 when she was struck at the intersection of First Avenue and East 9th Street, said Capt. Vincent Greany, commanding officer of the 9th Precinct.

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Shea Stadium Won’t Reopen at Its Current Location

After raising over $98,000 from over 1,600 people via a widely publicized Kickstarter campaign, East Williamsburg DIY venue Shea Stadium is calling it quits at its current location. A letter to Kickstarter backers, sent just a couple of days before the campaign expired, explains that the landlords, who had been supportive of the venture during its eight years on a scrappy industrial block of Meadow Street, have now decided to open a nightclub of their own. It looks like last week’s visit to the Macaulay Culkin Show might’ve been our last look inside the endearingly homegrown venue.

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