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Smorgasburg Is Opening a Garden Restaurant at The High Line Hotel

(Photo: High Line Hotel’s Facebook page.)

The folks behind Smorgasburg, Berg’n and Brooklyn Flea are opening a “garden restaurant” at the High Line Hotel, in Chelsea. 180 Tenth was set to unveil its menu to friends and family this evening, but the private preview has been canceled due to the rain.

According to an invite, those lucky enough to have landed on the guest list to tomorrow’s preview will be treated to some “delicious, fresh, simple” food courtesy of head chef Aaron Taber, who has previously worked at Grindhaus and June Wine Bar. Cocktails, natural wine and frozen drinks will be served by Berg’n general manager Jen Watson, who will be the director of food and drink at 180 Tenth.

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Rikers As Seen By A Former C.O., Superstar Creators, and More Art Openings

(image via The Living Gallery / Facebook)

Behind These Prison Walls
Opening Monday, May 22 at The Living Gallery, 7 pm to 9 pm. One night only.

This one-night-only exhibition will be showcasing the work of Lorenzo Steele Jr., a visual artist who formerly served as a corrections officer at Rikers Island. As we’ve outlined in the past, conditions at Rikers could be described as “dismal,” if you’re into understatements. This holds particularly true for its younger residents, as New York state still charges 16 and 17-year-olds as adults, one of only two states to do so. This will soon change due to the recent passing of the Raise the Age initiative; individuals under 17 will no longer be held in county jails as of October 2018 (18-year-olds, too, starting a year later) and the “majority” of defendants aged 16 and 17 will be dealt with in Family Court rather than tried as adults.

Lorenzo Steele Jr. knows this particular plight all-too well, as the majority of his photographic documentation (taken from 1987-1999) chronicles the grim conditions to which inmates at Rikers have been subjected. Specifically, his work zeroes in on the adolescent jail and its solitary confinement unit. These images will be displayed alongside found weapons and other prison-sourced artifacts. Even as we spend our days lamenting the state of politics and Russia and the world, it is important to remind ourselves that there are also local travesties still happening around us, and it wasn’t the new administration that put them there. Keep Reading »

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Join Nick Zinner and James Murphy As They Remember the Good Ol’ Days of NYC Rock

In an excerpt from Lizzy Goodman’s new oral history of New York’s rock scene during the aughts, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem calls Is This It, by the Strokes, his “record of the decade.” That’s high praise coming from “Mr. Soundsystem.” If you want to call him on it, he’ll be at Strand tomorrow, May 23, talking about the book with Goodman and with another star of the scene, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The excerpt from Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City, 2001–2011, posted by Vulture last week, deals with the Strokes and their drama with Ryan Adams, Albert Hammond Jr’s heroin habit, and that $600,000 Heineken ad they turned down. As you can guess from the title, the Strokes factor heavily into the book, but the oral history also delves into The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, TV on the Radio, Interpol, The White Stripes, Kings of Leon, The National, The Moldy Peaches, Mooney Suzuki, Vampire Weekend, Fischerspooner, Franz Ferdinand, MGMT, The Hives, The Kills, The Vines, and all those other The bands that were, at various times, said to be “the next Strokes.” According to the selling copy, the book touches not just on the New York scene, but also “the cultural forces that shaped it, from the Internet to a booming real estate market that forced artists out of the Lower East Side to Williamsburg.”

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Breakfast and a Movie? Alamo Brooklyn Is Now Doing Brunch

With Sunshine Cinema closing, NYC’s cinephiles need all the good news they can get. Here’s a little ray of, er, sunshine: Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn is adding brunch service.

Alamo isn’t the first NYC theater to do brunch–in fact, on May 27, Nitehawk is hosting an E.T. themed one to celebrate 35 years of phoning home. But we’re happy to see an addition to the brunch bunch.

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Mermen and Murals at the Opening of Coney Art Walls

(Photo: John Roca)

The Coney Art Walls officially opened over the weekend, and among the celebrants were a merman and, even more weirdly, Sports Illustrated model Hailey Clauson.

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, this year’s food vendors at the mural-dotted lot near the Thunderbolt rollercoaster include chicken-and-waffles truck Chick-N-Cone, tacos-and-dogs truck Coney Shack, mobile pizzeria Neapolitan Express, Staten Island gastropub The Hop Shoppe, ane Lower East Side favorite Patacon Pisao. Events will include the annual Unicorn Carnival on July 8 and the Burger Records Beach Bash on July 22.

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Peter Luger Steakhouse Lawsuit; Proposed Carpool Lane on the W-Burg Bridge

Last week, the team behind the 130-year-old Peter Luger Steakhouse in Williamsburg sued the owner of Carl von Luger Steak and Seafood in Scranton, Pennsylvania for copyright infringement. [Reuters]

The current iteration of Webster Hall will reportedly close during the second week of August. [EV Grieve]

In a meeting Friday at MTA headquarters, a Williamsburg Bridge high-occupancy vehicle lane was presented as an option to help alleviate some of the commuting inconvenience caused by the upcoming 15-month L train shutdown. [NY Daily News]

Starting today on Metropolitan Avenue property previously occupied by White Castle, 16 subsidized units at a forthcoming 81-apartment residence are available via a housing lottery. [Brokelyn]

Allen Street Peruvian eatery Baby Brasa recently debuted a second, larger outpost on Seventh Avenue. [Eater NY]

Scroll through a virtual college from last week’s 1th annual Dance Parade and Festival, which snaked through the East Village. [Gothamist]

Tour the new multi-million dollar apartments now occupying the former site of a Houston Street pentecostal church. [Curbed NY]

Night of Joy and Extra Fancy in Williamsburg made this round-up of “10 Brooklyn bars to impress your Tinder date with this summer.” [Brokelyn]

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Cinema of Transgression Lives: New Work From Richard Kern, Nick Zedd

Two icons of the Cinema of Transgression have new work out. The sultans of sleaze in question are Richard Kern and Nick Zedd, outre photographers and filmmakers whose work is connected to Sonic Youth and the ’80s downtown underground.

Last month we sent word that electro act Collapsing Scenery was premiering a new music video, directed by Richard Kern, at Cafe Henrie. Now the band has released the clip online, and you can watch it above. I can’t really describe it because after about 30 seconds of watching it on the train into work, I started to feel like a subway perv and had to turn it off. Not that I was surprised: again, the video was directed by Richard Kern, who is basically carrying the torch for softcore hipster porn now that American Apparel is out of commission. (Not to mention, Carlos Danger’s days seem to be numbered.)

If you make the mistake of watching the video for “Straight World Problems” at work and you’re forced to explain yourself to HR, you can use this verbiage from Reggie Debris of Collapsing Scenery. Apparently the track is about “the awful frequency with which new regimes and new systems mimic the worst qualities of those they replace.” Ah, so that’s why half-naked ladies are making out.

Meanwhile, Nick Zedd, who coined the term Cinema of Transgression to describe the gritty, experimental work of Kern, Annie Sprinkle, and others, just finished two new shorts. According to an announcement from Brooklyn Fire Proof, which produced them, they were filmed at the company’s Bushwick soundstage.

Here’s a description, from their Tumblr:

“The Death of Muffinhead” was inspired by the elaborate costumes designed and fabricated by New York-based artist Muffinhead. The film stars Muffinhead and artist Anaïs Djin performing all of the roles. The film also includes cinematography by Kyle Parsons and the song “Lost Illusions” by Exploded View. “Attack of the Particle Disruptors” animates three of Mr. Zedd’s original paintings. It features dialogue written and voiced by the band Sisyphus Autopsy, and by Jonathan Mittiga with voice acting by Nick Zedd. Michael Slatky provided the music.

Zedd is calling The Death of Muffinhead his “best film ever,” but it’s uncertain where or when it’ll screen next.

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How Latte Artists and Pizzaiolos Mourn Chris Cornell

(Irving Plaza on Twitter)

Chris Cornell died at the age of 52 on Wednesday, of what the Detroit medical examiner said was a hanging by suicide (his wife now says prescription drugs may have played a role.) His unexpected departure into the superunknown prompted eulogies from fellow musicians and tributes from other admirers around town.

Irving Plaza, where Cornell last performed with Soundgarden in 2012, changed its marquee in memorium, as you can see above.

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Houston Street Theater Sold; Ovenly to Expand to Williamsburg

Jon P. Waulters, a 50-year-old Bushwick resident, was arrested Wednesday after attempting five Gotham bank robberies this week. [Bushwick Daily]

Landmark Sunshine Cinema was purchased for $31.5 million and will shutter in January, clearing the way for a retail and office development. [NY Post]

Paperwork was submitted for an 11-story, 104-room hotel planned for Bedford Avenue between S. 4th and 5th Streets. [The Real Deal] Keep Reading »

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The Frying Pan and Brooklyn Bowl Are Summering in Industry City

Gone are the summers of Mister Sunday parties at Industry City– nowadays, you can find them over at Nowadays, in Ridgewood. But don’t start penning your “Queens Is the New Brooklyn” trend piece just yet. The folks at Industry City are doing their best to ensure that this summer is fully turnt. On May 20, the sprawling Sunset Park maker hub is launching a fun-packed events series called Summer Spree.

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Governor Cuomo Really Wants You to Pound Some New York Beers

Cuomo and Batali.
(Philip Kamrass/ Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

Consider Governor Andrew Cuomo your new drinking buddy. As we recently noted, he signed legislation exempting small-time breweries from brand label registration fees, resulting in more than $2.2 million in savings. In addition, a beer-production credit launched in 2012 has saved craft beverage producers $12 million, according to Cuomo’s office. Since the State created a Farm Brewery license in 2013, some 150 farm breweries and 28 farm cider businesses have been established.

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Comedians Will Talk Shit (Literally) at the Lower East Side Film Festival

Pete Holmes in Poop Talk.

When the Gilbert Gottfried documentary, Gilbert, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, we learned more than we ever wanted to about the potty-mouthed comedian’s bathroom habits. Namely, that he hoards the travel-sized toiletries that he pinches from hotels. You can expect a lot more of that when the Lower East Side Film Festival comes to the neighborhood next month. The fest just announced the lineup for its seventh annual edition and its closing night feature, Poop Talk, will feature a lot of turd talk from comedians.

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