The abandoned military buildings at Fort Tilden have lured photographers, taggers, and graffiti artists for years (hell, I’m even guilty of taking sunset photos of them many moons ago, for my college photography class), but now they’re becoming Art in the official sense of the word.
Book Launch: The Mandibles: A Family by Lionel Shriver
June 28 at 7 p.m. at Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street (DUMBO).
Perhaps watching the firestorm of a Donald Trump-infused election PLUS the xenophobia-motivated Brexit this past week is enough dystopia for you. But if you’re getting weirdly addicted to following the fallout of major geopolitical twists and turns, then Lionel Shriver’s latest novel might be for you. The Manibles: A Family, set in the not-too-distant future (2029), is family saga in the midst of the sudden devaluation of the American dollar. With the Mandible inheritance essentially eviscerated, each family member must come to terms with a new way forward–alone, or together. Bret Stephens, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Wall street Journal, will join in discussion.
The Rent Guidelines Board has voted to freeze the rents on rent-stabilized apartments that are up for a one-year lease renewal between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017, and has agreed on a 2-percent increase for two-year leases. It’s the second year in a row that one-year leases will not face a rent increase– a move that had previously been unprecedented in the 47-year history of the board.
Police are trying to find Brian Ackwood, a 25-year-old who punched the officer attempting to arrest him for theft on Friday night outside a Bushwick Avenue bodega. [Gothamist]
After a contentious battle, developer Gregg Singer secured a $44 million loan to turn a former school and community center on E. 9th Street into a dorm. [Commercial Observer]
Look, we don’t blame you for spending all your time worrying that Donald Trump will win the election and then rip off that Boehner-hued mask to reveal he’s actually an electric-orange lizard person. But if you really care about the future of the country, you should be aware that tomorrow, Tuesday, June 28, is the New York State Democratic Congressional primary.
The closing of two beloved record stores wasn’t the only blow dealt to Manhattan’s music scene over the weekend. Down on the Lower East Side, the social center known as ABC No Rio hosted its last two shows in its home of over three decades.
Sadly, the urban beach that the owners of Rockaway Brewing Company had planned to open near the border of Ridgewood and Bushwick ain’t happening. Some very vocal neighbors just weren’t having it. But the good news is this: the brewery’s founders, Marcus Burnett and Ethan Long, have succeeded in getting their tap room up and running in Rockaway Beach.
Friday, July 8, 8 pm at the Acheron: $15.
In honor of the Acheron and the punk scene it has put up with, fed/clothed, and sated for the last six years, the East Williamsburg venue (which is closing due to a struggle with their insurance company) is gathering up its biddies and besties to bid farewell to its hallowed walls. As the venue’s co-owner Bill Dozer promised, they’re filling up the last stretch with a bunch of benefits, including their very last night of business which is dedicated to the family of Brandon Ferrell (former drummer for Municipal Waste), a local musician and friend of everyone, apparently. All profits and bar sales from the show are going to the family, so you can feel good about getting super, super sloshed at the Acheron’s last hurrah.
Remember when James Franco, holding forth at Village East Cinemas, described some of his former NYU colleagues as “shitheads”? It seems he’s not the only Tisch faculty member with complaints. During a q&a at Angelika Film Center following a screening of his new film Wiener-Dog, indie director Todd Solondz had some harsh words for the “evil empire” that cuts his paychecks.
New York City’s 46th annual Pride March was bound to be even more political and urgent than usual. In the aftermath of the Orlando shootings at a gay nightclub during the weekly Latino night, feelings of solidarity, of mourning, and of resistance were more present than ever among this year’s marchers.
A Bushwick man was robbed in his apartment last week by a pair of assailants who punched him in the face and threatened him with a screwdriver. [Brooklyn Paper]
Williamsburg’s Whole Foods will debut July 26th on Bedford Avenue. [Gothamist]