I was in Detroit for New Year’s Eve sometime in the recent past, and ended up partying at a place called North End Studios. I was taking lots of stupid party photos and snapped a photo of a friend who had nestled up to another girl I didn’t know. This mystery woman was clutching a tallboy of Coors, not unusual, but she also wore purple-painted eyebrows, a high-collared ivory fur coat, and a black beanie with skulls on it. I posted it on Instagram and instantly accumulated a hefty number of likes.
A day doesn’t go by without a new Smorgasburg popping up somewhere (most recently, Coney Island, South Street Seaport, and Long Island City), and here’s another surprise: the Smorg is moving its long-standing Brooklyn Bridge Park market to increasingly trendy Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.
Michael Alig’s Lower East Side art show has been replaced by a gelato pop-up, but rest assured the King of the Club Kids is still making the scene. He’s returning to nightlife (if a talk show can be considered nightlife) and moving his web series, “The Pee-ew,” to Lovegun, a gay bar in East Williamsburg. No, there won’t be any ecstasy punch going around, but, starting Aug. 22 and continuing weekly, there will be an open bar at 7:30 p.m., right before the 8 p.m. taping of five episodes of their show.
The term “Lynchian” tends to evoke the dark, off-center sensibility of its carefully-coiffed namesake. It’s an adjective that could be used similarly to describe the indomitable comic stylings of a fellow Lynch named Jane. In this sense, “Jane Lynchian” refers to a no-bullshit, straight shooter always willing to share what’s on her mind (from Guatemalan ex-lovers to cocaine breakfasts). More recently, Lynch – as the jumpsuit wearing, draconian coach Sue Sylvester on Glee – added “songstress” to that list. But don’t take my word for it. Next week at Joe’s Pub you’ll be able to experience all that is “Jane Lynchian” courtesy of her new show, “See Jane Sing.”
Having begun her career on stage, Lynch’s tiptoe back toward theater was inevitable. Following her successful portrayal of Sue Sylvester, Lynch was cast as the equally villainous Miss Hanningan in last year’s Broadway production of Annie. Soon after, Lynch was invited by 54 Below, a local cabaret club, to perform her “act.” Though she had nothing prepared, Lynch accepted, improvising with a handful of what she says are “songs I just liked.”
When Lit Lounge’s co-owner Erik Foss announced a month ago that the East Village institution would close after 13 years, we thought the place would have at least a few more wild nights in store if not the goodbye party of the decade. But after a particularly unseemly incident (even for Lit) a couple of weeks ago, the bar unceremoniously shuttered without so much as a nod and a “later, guys.”
A Bushwick man was arrested on August 4 for his role in a large-scale drug ring where a reported $225K of cocaine was hidden inside children’s birthday packages. [Pix 11]
Despite opposition to a proposed restaurant named Chinese Tuxedo, work is taking place in the former home of the Chinese Theater, a onetime gangster haunt. [Bowery Boogie]
A couple of big developments on campus: Marymount Manhattan College has announced that its Cooper Square dorm will open at the end of the month, and NYU has announced that its Coles Sports and Recreation Center won’t be closing till at least the end of the year.
First off, MMC revealed today that its 12-story student residence at 200 East 6th Street — which sprung up after developer Arun Bhatia controversially demolished a historic row house at 35 Cooper Square — will open August 28. The residence will feature amenities such as an outdoor terrace space, a 24-hour study lounge, laundry facilities, bike storage, and a gym. Students will also get discounts at places like Fresh & Co, New York Health & Racquet Club, The Bean, and Kmart.
“Bushwick is on its own, she doesn’t need our help anymore,” laughed Jason Andrew, co-founder of Norte Maar. “She really doesn’t need our help anymore.” Though neither he nor his partner, Julia K. Gleich, have quit the neighborhood entirely, they’ve taken what to many was a quintessentially Bushwick arts organization (see: Beat Nite, the biannual art party at galleries and studios throughout the neighborhood the organization has begotten) and moved its headquarters to East New York. “Our plight is the same as everybody else’s in New York, we just want to try and find a way to stay here,” Jason said.
No need to wait for the New York Comedy Festival to roll around: the Brooklyn Comedy Festival takes place later this month, and to get you revved up there’ll be a free art show and party tomorrow night.
Last month, at a 20th anniversary screening of Kids, Hamilton Harris premiered a teaser for his forthcoming documentary about the skate kids who were featured in Larry Clark’s seminal film. When we spoke to Harris about The Kids, he still hadn’t released the teaser to the public, but now it’s online, via a newly launched Kickstarter.
On E. 3rd Street, an eight-story apartment building is available for a $26.3 million price tag. [Crain’s NY]
The Webster Hall team is fighting an uphill battle to open Mul-Bay Cocktail Lounge at 69 Mulberry Street. [Bowery Boogie]
They say NYC is the city that has it all (recent additions: adult ball pits, slip n slides, and restaurants where you can catch your own fish). But one thing it doesn’t have is movie theaters where you can feel a monkey pee on your face. That’s set to change by the end of the year, because Manhattan is getting its first 4DX movie theaters, and one of them is headed for Union Square.