“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.
“It’s cold. It’s a protest, it’s them marching in,” said Adrian Van Der Plas as he looked at an oil painting hanging in his Lower East Side gallery. “There’s some fire, some smoke. They’re here to scorch the opposition with shear manpower and guns.”
“Ferguson,” by Vincent Zambrano, depicts police force in the wake of Michael Brown’s death, and a tension that has flared back up in recent days as the St. Louis suburb marks the anniversary of the shooting.
The state of Barry Yourgrau’s Queens apartment had gotten pretty bad at the time his girlfriend unexpectedly dropped in because she had locked herself out of her own apartment. She hadn’t been inside his apartment for a long time because, as it turned out, Yourgrau’s home was overflowing with plastic shopping bags, liquor boxes, and other junk he thought he might one day need. His girlfriend demanded he clean up his act, and his new memoir, Mess, is all about how he sought the help of a professional declutterer, a Lacanian shrink, and Clutterers Anonymous in an effort to resolve his issues.
Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. Strand Books, 828 Broadway (NoHo).
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Where has the sun gone? It’s cool, we needed a break anyway. Thankfully mood-appropriate bands are scooting into town reminding us of our impending doom. This week, scoop up sounds by the dominatrixes of noise, the best of just-above-underground electronic music, and gothy post-punk devotees.
While you wait a year for the next Bushwick Open Studios, here’s something to tide you over. On August 22, Greenpoint’s Morgan Fine Arts Building will, for the thirteenth year, open its doors so you can explore five floors of art studios. This year’s featured artist is Jack Early, who comprised half of the provocative ’80s art duo Pruitt-Early. His partner Rob Pruitt famously went on to lay down a “cocaine buffet” on the floor of an art gallery. So, what’s Early been up to? Find out by viewing “Jack Early’s Life Story in Just Under 20 Minutes,” on display Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
We’ve seen our share of parody videos in which bearded Brooklynites peddle “artisanal” absurdity: remember “refined, artisanal” Bushwick Spam? David Cross’s Greenpoint-based artisanal cardboard box company? Oh, and just last week there was “bespoke” water. But we still had to laugh at the Bindle Bros., a Mast Brothers-esque duo who claim to make “artisanal bindle sticks.”
On Sunday, about 40 people in canoes and kayaks joined 100 protesters on land to rally for the proposed Bushwick Inlet Park in North Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Paper]
Street artist Andre “Mr. A” Saraiva will soon open a restaurant called Henrie at 110 Forsyth Street. [Bowery Boogie]
A rent increase may force A.K. Shoe Repair from its longtime home in the East Village. [EV Grieve]
The New York Comedy Festival just unleashed this year’s initial lineup and in addition to the usual big names (Judd Apatow, Billy Crystal, Norm McDonald, Patton Oswalt) who will be performing and doing Q&As, there’s a fun newcomer. Nathan Fielder, pride of Canada and instigator of the infamous “Dumb Starbucks” stunt, will be previewing an episode of his show Nathan For You.