It’s the end of the road for Sanford & Sven’s Second Hand. After seven years of feeding the experiments of artists, indie music video directors, restaurant owners and other antique-rummaging creatives at 106 North Third Street, the shop is closing soon. Not that the owner, Sven Wechsler, is surprised. He’s seen the writing on the wall for a while now– the crop of new condos encroaching on his block doesn’t look too friendly to a reasonably-priced antique store.
Early yesterday evening at the corner of Wilson Avenue and Troutman Street in Bushwick, a plainclothes police office was shot in the shoulder by a colleague while attempting to arrest a trio of heroin dealers. [NY Times]
On March 4, a Greenpoint woman’s dog was stolen early in the morning from her Sutton Street apartment. [Brooklyn Paper]
The next day on Williamsburg’s Leonard Street, a gun-wielding man held up a victim for his wallet around 4 a.m. [Brooklyn Paper]
Bushwick seems to be getting more and more middling operations that eschew the slickness of places like Williamsburg Hall of Music but are nevertheless a foot above the gritty underground DIY venues that are becoming a thing of memory. This Thursday night, when brand new dive bar and venue Gold Sounds has its grand opening party (pssst– with FREE booze), you can add one more to the pile of bar/venues like Alphaville and Sunnyvale.
Just a few weeks after volunteer org Arts in Bushwick surprised the neighborhood by announcing that Bushwick Open Studios would be held in October rather than in the summer, an anonymous entity has popped up with plans to fill the void in June, during the same weekend usually reserved for BOS. But little is known about the players behind the new arts fest, and neighborhood artists, gallerists and residents say they don’t know yet whether they’ll get on board.
Last fall, when El Beit went the way of Verb Cafe and closed on Bedford Avenue, we worried the seven-year-old coffee shop might give way to more artisinal soap. “That’s the thing,” former El Beit barista Chris Miller told us. “We found out that apparently some of the other offers [for the space] were a bunch of high-end boutiques. I think one was a glasses store and we were just like, ‘Yeah, because four isn’t enough, we need five separate high-end eye-glass stores, maybe another haberdashery and we’ll be all set– we can just start doing costumes every day.”
ZYZZYVA East Coast Celebration
March 9 at 7:00 p.m. at McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street
The San Francisco-based literary magazine is flirting with the opposite coast this week, promoting its most recent issue at the close of ZYZZYVA’s 30th anniversary year. ZYZZYVA managing editor Oscar Villalon will emcee the event, which, true to form, includes a mix of writers at different points in their careers. Speakers include: April Ayers Lawson, whose first collection of stories Virgin: Stories and a Novella, is forthcoming; Kristopher Jansma, fresh off publishing his second novel Why We Came to the City; Sonya Cheuse, director of publicity for Ecco Books, who will read a story by her father, Alan Cheuse; and Henri Lipton whose story in ZYZZYVA’s Winter issue marks his first time in print.
A reader writes in wondering what’s up with the glassy, green-tinted Whole Foods going up on Bedford Avenue, around the corner from the new WeWork. It seems the sign announcing a late spring opening is nowhere to be seen these days.
Saturday morning, a 26 and 57-year-old man were struck by an M train at the Central Avenue/Myrtle Avenue station in Bushwick and hospitalized in critical condition. According to police, one victim sustained a severed arm. [NY Daily News]
Read a short profile of Reverend Ann Mansfield of the Greenpoint Reformed Church, last year’s New York Times “New Yorker of the Year.” [Greenpointers]
A stroll past the Meat Hook’s new location on Graham Avenue this past weekend revealed that the six-year-old butcher shop has reopened in bigger digs, just four blocks from its old home inside of The Brooklyn Kitchen. Meanwhile, the folks over at Brooklyn Kitchen tell us they’ve filled the void by launching a butcher program of their own. It’s never been a better time to be a carnivore off of the Lorimer or Graham stops.
Popular East Village brunch spot Yuca Bar remains closed today after a fire ripped through the upper stories of its building on the corner of East 7th Street and Avenue A last night.
One of this weekend’s cheaper alternatives to the Armory Show, Spring/Break, let artists loose on the cavernous, underutilized spaces of an historic post office in Chelsea. Think of Spring/Break as PS1 to the Armory’s Met, or something. Exciting work was straggled throughout the western side of the building, where there were surprises, and surprisingly few yawns, at the top of every balustraded marble staircase and behind each shadowy doorway. What reigned at this fair was humor, pop culture, technology, and an outsider-ish dedication to transforming banal materials or even crafty processes into wows. See our favorite moments, in no particular order, below.
It’s an amazing (if increasingly expensive) time to be a downtown cinefile, folks. First the East Village’s AMC got recliners, then Metrograph opened on the Lower East Side, and now the news that’s really going to knock you off your feet: 4DX, the South Korean technology that causes your seat to buck and sway with the action, is finally, finally set to debut at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14. The first film to use the technology in New York City, Batman v. Superman, opens March 25. A second auditorium will open in Times Square in April.