Falafel Shop on the Lower East Side appears to have shuttered after four years in business. [Bowery Boogie]
As members of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration faced questions regarding the Rivington House debacle in a contentious City Council hearing this afternoon, de Blasio’s office released a none-too-subtly timed press release announcing a plan to build a new affordable senior housing and health care facility on the Lower East Side. The new development is designed to replace essential services the neighborhood lost after the nursing home at 45 Rivington Street was sold to a luxury condominium developer under controversial circumstances in 2015.
There’s been a bit of a stir surrounding this year’s Bushwick Open Studios. Firstly, they’ve been moved to this coming weekend instead of their usual summertime. There’s been a changing of hands in regards to who’s in charge, and supposedly a renewed focus on connecting with longtime locals rather than just hip, social-media-savvy (mostly white) artists and parties sponsored by Tumblr. The time has come to see how things have changed, and how they might’ve stayed the same. The jam-packed weekend can get overwhelming. Aside from all the artist studios that’ll be open (reason for the season), here are some highlights that might be worth your while.
Friday September 30 through Thursday October 6 at IFC Center: $14
Danny Fields was the music manager “at the pulse of the underground,” the man behind the best rock n’ roll to come out of the ’70s New York City scene and actually some of the most influential rock of all time. Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, and the Ramones were just a few of his associated acts and though all of this stuff is standard by now, back in Danny’s glory days it was nothing short of insanity.
Certain things are givens these days. If you’re a disgraced celebrity on a mea culpa tour, you appear on The Today Show. If you order something involving burrata, you post it to Instagram. If you’ve been to Austin, you tell everyone you know how amazing it is until they stop talking to you.
If you’re a hotshot chef, you open a fast-casual burger joint. It’s just what you do.
The two films that Jim Jarmusch premiered at Cannes in May have now come to his hometown of New York, meaning you won’t have to dress up in a penguin suit to see them. The trailer to Gimme Danger, his documentary about Iggy Pop and the Stooges, was posted yesterday by Yahoo Movies, and now the site has posted the trailer to Paterson, in which Adam Driver plays a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey. The plot is a bit of a who’s-on-first situation: The name of Driver’s character is also Paterson, meaning that Driver plays a driver named Paterson in Paterson. He’s also a poet, a la Paterson’s own Allen Ginsberg.
If you attended our Bedford + Bowery Bazaar a few years ago, then you’re familiar with Divya Anantharaman, the “dead animal addict” who, among other things, created six-inch heels using a dead sparrow. These days she’s the “taxidermist in residence” at the Morbid Anatomy Museum and the co-author of a new book, Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy. When it comes out in October, she won’t be having any ol’ book party where she signs your grandma’s pelt. Rather, she’s teaming up with the oddballs at Atlas Obscura for a “carnival of taxidermy.”
It remains to be seen whether the nightmare becomes a reality and Donald Trump is elected president on Nov. 8, but this much is certain: Creative Time’s next project, Doomocracy, is coming to the Brooklyn Army Terminal next month, just in time for Halloween. The “house of political horror” has now been fully funded on Kickstarter, with 390 backers pledging more than $85,000.
Bruce Springsteen fans lined up outside the Union Square Barnes & Noble earlier today for a chance to meet The Boss and score a signed copy of his new memoir, Born to Run. The event was scheduled to begin at noon, but a photo from Bruce Springsteen’s Twitter account showed that a sizeable crowd had already gathered before 10am. No surprise given that tickets for the meet-and-greet were going for $1,500.
Wednesday, September 28 at Throne Watches, 8 pm: FREE.
The future may not be looking very great for the country/society as a whole, but it’s looking okay for the four hosts of this recurring comedy show: Mary Houlihan recently went viral for her hilarious and biting interview with Martin Shkreli, “space prince” Julio Torres was recently hired as an SNL writer, Sam Taggart was named one of Brooklyn’s funniest people, and Joe Rumrill‘s face is currently comedian Tig Notaro‘s Twitter avatar. While they’re all certainly busy with all this and more, they still find time to gather in this Williamsburg watch store and host a comedy show.