“This gallery is my baby,” explained Christopher Stout, founder of the Bushwick Art Crit Group. This fall, Stout will host his inaugural exhibition as a gallery owner at his new space, the first of several anticipated art institutions inside an East Williamsburg warehouse space. BACG is “a not-for-profit community resource for everybody,” Stout explained. “But it felt like it was increasingly challenging– in a negative way– to make programming that was about everyone.” In order to host exhibitions that relate to specific subjects that Stout is more personally invested in, without having to worry about “alienating everyone else,” he said, “it really needed to be separate and become its own thing.”
For those who only discovered (and promptly binge-watched) the show just a few years ago on Netflix, it’s a little weird to think the book that spawned Emmy-winning Friday Night Lights was actually first published in back in 1990. The classic account of the Permian Panthers follows the high school team’s 1988 season in Odessa, Texas. Says the blurb on Amazon: “Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going.” It’s good to know that the book is just as earnest as the show. Themes like racial and social divides in America’s small towns still hold up today, so snag a copy of the 25th anniversary edition (with updates on where the team members are now) and hear author Buzz Bissinger in conversation with the book’s editor, Jane Isay.
Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (Noho).
It’s hard not to get misty-eyed, reminiscing over New York’s party days of yore. In some ways it’s the blessing and curse of this city, forever trapped in a glow of its former self. Rather than indulge the nostalgia, though, Tammany Hall owner and general party starter Dave Delzio has decided to take matters into his own hands with his re-launch of Little Chitaly tiki bar/pool hall Tropical 128.
We’d been counting the days till Day Off ever since we spoke to A-Trak, founder of Fool’s Gold (above), about the Williamsburg label’s end-of-summer waterfront banger. If you didn’t make it out yesterday, click through our slideshow, below, to see who turned out and who was turnt up. Among the highlights: some Drake-related drama from headliner Meek Mill, who was hanging backstage with Nicki Minaj; high-energy sets from Falcons and Flatbush Zombies; and surprise appearances from ILoveMakonnen, ASAP Ferg and Fabolous.
David Green, 57, was arrested and charged with manslaughter for allegedly causing 51-year-old Alfredo Ramos’s lethal head injury on August 28. Ramos was discovered by police at the Essex Street-Delancey Street subway station. [CBS NY]
A Lower East Sider who was a 9/11 first responder and respected NYPD auxiliary police force member died in a car accident Monday. [NYDN]
On the Lower East Side, Epstein’s Bar closed for good over Labor Day weekend. [Bowery Boogie]
We’re off till Tuesday, folks. If you’re staying in town and looking for something to do, the B+B events calendar is at your service. And if you’re heading to the beach, listen here: the folks over at Rockaway Summer, who’ve been running a gift “hive” at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, are lending even more pizzazz to the People’s Beach this weekend.
Mayor de Blasio still hasn’t identified the public housing projects that will be targeted for private development under a controversial new plan, but after a meeting last night, it’s clear that the Lower East Side is a strong candidate for the mix of affordable and market-rate housing.
It’s a good time to be a downtown vegetarian: this week Superiority Burger snagged two stars from the Times and next weekend, kale cravers can take part in that most hallowed of New York rituals: fancy brunch. Naturally, leading this bacon-less charge is Dirt Candy, the veg-centric restaurant (also two-starred) that in February moved to the Lower East Side from the East Village nook that, it so happens, now houses Superiority Burger.
Pioneer Works isn’t just an art gallery, residency program, and book shop — it’s an educational center, too. Pay a nominal fee and get learn’d on the basics of paper marbling, wet plate photography, and how to whip up a mole sauce from scratch– you know, cute stuff. So a two-day course, “How to Master the New York City Police Department,” taught by NYU urbanization researcher Patrick Lamson-Hall, kinda stopped me in my browsing tracks with its promise of a historical look at the NYPD and discussion about how to improve community-police relations. One of Patrick’s early suggestions: “As stupid as it sounds, maybe they need to start every day with yoga.”
Street artist and Lower East Side native Joseph Meloy is on a mission. He’s been pounding the pavement of the LES and Alphabet City this summer, suitcase of spray paint in hand, hoping to drum up business and add some color to the streets where he grew up. Meloy is one of many artists who’ve painted a security shutter for the 100 Gates Project, culminating September 12 with a gallery show and party at Avant Garde Vape Lounge and Gallery. But he has also set off on his own door-to-door endeavor, adding little bursts of shapes and color to the neighborhood’s dull storefronts.