Venerated art space, punk venue, and community center ABC No Rio has filed to have its building torn down, Department of Buildings records show. And thus ends an era filled with countless art exhibitions and Saturday hardcore matinees, stretching all the way back to 1979. Unlike just about every other venue closure we’ve seen in the last few months, however, this one promises to have a happy ending, as ABC No Rio will be back in just a little while with a shiny, new building at its current location. The new space at 156 Rivington will be bigger and more modern—complete with LEED certification—and is poised to provide artists, activists, and other weirdos with a place to congregate for years to come.
On Friday afternoon, a man stole about $1K of electronic equipment from an Alphabet City apartment, including a home surveillance camera. However, the security footage was saved on the owner’s iCloud account and can be viewed here. [Gothamist]
Daniel Menche, Container, MV Carbon, Eartheater, Greg Fox, Ben Vida, Horse Lords, Profligate
Saturday, July 30, 5 pm at Pioneer Works: $20.
“A $20 show?” you’re probably saying doubtfully. “At Pioneer Verks no less?!” Well, yes, people– this superbly lined and fine-art surrounded setting might be an affair that’s just a tiny– ok, huge– step up from your usual scum-dwelling listening experience and therefore cooking up some wallet anxiety in you, but stay with me for a moment. For an Issue Project Room affair especially, we’re talking about a steal right here. Maybe more convincing for money flinging is the lineup, which is damn close to overflowing and replete with some of the best artists out there right now doing danceable, shapely noise-techno, including Profligate, and Eartheater.
Since the news that the L Train will be shut down for 18 months became official, people have been scrambling, much like a crowd stuck behind a stroller on the Bedford stop’s narrow stairs, to figure out what to do about it.
Earlier this afternoon, a group of 32 elected officials, led by State Senator Daniel Squadron, called on the city, state and MTA officials to create an “interagency working group” to come up with mitigation solutions and prevent those along the L Train from getting completely stranded during the shut down. It’s important to remember, they argue, that, to a certain subset of Manhattan-bound commuters, this is a monumentally important issue: “As you know, the L train is a transit lifeline for many of the communities we represent,” Squadron said in a statement. “It is clear that mitigating the impacts of the closure requires bold action within and outside the MTA and significant interagency coordination.”
If you haven’t noticed, it’s been hot. Sweet and icy treats can be a good way to combat this, but let’s face it. Ice cream, milkshakes, and smoothies can get expensive. Air conditioning is pricey too, and you can only hang out in chilly coffee shops for so long until you start to get grumpy stares.
Starting this Friday until August 6, the folks at music fest Full Moon Festival will be going around to various locations in the city, doling out free (yes, that’s right) snow cones. Revel in the sweet nostalgia of this simple frozen treat and and try to avoid brain freeze from crunching on ice too quickly as you seek refuge from sweat in what is really just syrup poured onto literal ice. Hey, it’s tasty. As a way of spicing up the typical snow cone fare, they’re offering a special “Blue Moon” flavor (no, not the beer) which combines pineapple and blueberry in a refreshing blend.
Cool as F••k Reading Series
July 26, 7:30pm at Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street at Richardson Street, Williamsburg.
Pete’s Candy Store holds its monthly “Cool as F**k” reading series every fourth Tuesday. It’s billed as a show that combines stand-up and musical performances with a more traditional reading series format, where literary madness is accompanied by a live band and a number of surprise appearances. The series is hosted by Bill Lessard (McSweeney’s, NPR, Prelude) and Bud Smith (The Rumpus, Hobart, Vol. 1 Brooklyn), and includes a number of notable writers and musicians who appear alongside a “special guest” who will be profiled in a separate podcast.
It’s true that comedy, especially lately, has deviated somewhat from the norm of white men standing onstage telling jokes about themselves and usually at the expense of others. But there aren’t always places one can go to be away from all this, to safely cultivate one’s humor without fear of condescension or competition. A new pop-up comedy group called the Absurd Comedy Collective seeks to change that, offering free workshops, open mics, and shows that “create space for women-identifying people of color, and all genderqueer, nonbinary, and trans people.”
A 29-year-old woman was tied up, raped and robbed by an intruder early Monday morning in her Bushwick apartment. [ABC 7]
Last night in Bushwick’s Maria Hernandez Park, police tasered a suicidal man armed with multiple knives, including swords and a machete, before taking him into custody for a psychiatric evaluation. [DNA Info]
On the Lower East Side, forthcoming 60-story-plus apartment buildings are bound for Cherry and South Streets. [Bowery Boogie]
After a fair amount of hype that included some surprise LCD Soundsystem shows at Webster Hall, the organizers of Coachella pulled off their first ever Panorama Festival in New York City. Among the many highlights: Brooklyn’s own Here We Go Magic opening one of the fest’s three stages, Major Lazer’s super high-energy set, Sufjan Stevens’s colorful stage show, a set from rising Brooklyn DJ Jai Wolf, and a performance by Sia during which Kristin Wiig, Paul Dano, Gaby Hoffmann, and other celebs pantomimed on massive screens wrapping the stage. Oh, and let’s not forget Arcade Fire’s tribute to David Bowie, involving a second-line through the crowd as the Preservation Hall Jazz Brand helped out with “Heroes,” “Suffragette City” and “Rebel Rebel.”
Step aside, asparagus water: in Williamsburg, the mecca of organic, sort-of-unnecessary, and often prohibitively expensive foodstuffs is planning to do things a little differently. The supermarket giant, which will open its newest Brooklyn location on Tuesday, July 26, will include a food hall packed with local flavor: OddFellows Ice Cream (which will have a stand outside), an outpost of No. 7 Restaurant, Luke’s Lobster’s grilled tail cart, Roberta’s pastries, and East Coast Poke will all be represented at the store, as well as a “traditional Jewish delicatessen” dubbed N4, which is Whole Food’s way of “paying homage to Williamsburg’s storied roots.”
If you haven’t already seen the bearded doomsayers wandering the streets with the “The End Is Nigh” written on sandwich boards in fine cursive, then despair, ye fool: the L Train is shutting down.
Starting in January of 2019, the consistently packed subway line will stop running between Brooklyn and Manhattan for at least 18 months. During that time, the MTA will be repairing damage from flooding during Superstorm Sandy in the Canarsie Tunnel, which trains use to get between Brooklyn and Manhattan.
One of the city’s most delightful and yet more obscure summer traditions popped off in Rockaway again this year, with the Battle for Mau Mau Island once again pitting teams of costumed “art gangs” against each other on a flotilla of makeshit rafts. Photographer Nick McManus, a member of team Squiggles, was on Jamaica Bay to capture the madness of the event’s fifth year, taking photos from a two-man kayak abreast of the action. He tells us, “Challenges such as the pictured pugil-stick jousting were held till sundown when everyuone went to a nearby campsite to party all night.”