Jenni Hensler is convinced most people have no idea who she is, but if you’ve been paying attention to popular music in the last few years, you’ve definitely seen her work. The stylist and art director’s hand is immediately recognizable in the witchy, borderline-spiritual looks of Zola Jesus and Chelsea Wolfe that seem to draw inspiration from the occult, fetish wear, and fantasy. But a new project could bring her out into the light as an artist in her own right.
These days, polyamory isn’t just for kooky Bushwick types. Legit Hollywood stars are spicing up their on-screen marriages with ménages. The plot to each of these movies playing at the Tribeca Film Festival is basically one big build up to a group sex scene. (Spoiler alert: now that we’ve said that, even seeing their titles will give away their, uh, climax, so read on at your own risk.) Whether it’s a vanilla foursome or an incestuous threesome you’re looking for, Tribeca has it all.
Saturday on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, an 18-wheeler backed-up into a memorial-in-progress for pedestrians killed in traffic accidents. [Brooklyn Paper]
Members of the Mahfar Tenants Alliance filed four lawsuits against their landlord, Samy Mahfar, for violating their rent-paying rights at residences he owns on the Lower East Side. [DNA Info]
The guys behind Pearl & Ash are bringing another eatery to the Bowery – right next door at 218 Bowery where R Bar once stood. Though the sign out front hasn’t changed much (it’s still an elegant neon “R,” just a different typeface) Rebelle, which opens tonight for dinner at 5:30, brings some proper swank to the spot where stripper poles once glowed in soft red light. Another testament to the ever upscaling Lower East Side, Rebelle’s 90-seat floor comes complete with an ivory marble bar and chef’s table set against exposed brick and beam. It’s a collaboration with executive chef Daniel Eddy, formerly of Spring in Paris.
The greatest show not on television is coming to Not TV. If today isn’t proof enough that smokers come from all walks of life, your favorite stoner advocate will soon be delivering yet another short season of High Maintenance - via HBO.
If you look carefully at “St. Marks Place,” the above painting by artist Lola Saenz inspired by the gas explosion on Second Avenue, you can see two faces, one screaming or gaping in astonishment, the other with its head quietly lowered. The painting encapsulates the shock and despair felt by East Villagers as they witnessed the sudden crisis that took two people’s lives.
We just got word via a press release that Carvel is celebrating the opening of its “newest Lower East Side shoppe” with free ice cream. Exciting, right, Lower East Siders? I mean, the chef-driven flavors at Morganstern’s are alright and all, but nothing tastes quite like big chain ice cream (mmm, tetrasodium pyrophosphate!). There’s just one problem: the shop is at 9 Broadway, which, despite the announcement’s assurances that “Lower East Side guests will also notice digital menu boards,” is not on the Lower East Side. It’s in the Financial District, off of Battery Park, and yet franchisee Eric Chang is quoted as saying, “We hope to serve the Lower East Side for years to come.” Then you might want to move to the Lower East Side, bud. Because your shoppe is in the Financial District.
Except for the case of a fire, I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed so much active interest in a single building as I did on my visit to Industry 1332. I spent one short evening at the brand new, still in-the-works restaurant and bar that sits less than a block from the Halsey stop on the L train, which compared to the Morgan and Jefferson stops, is a sleepy holdout. Throughout my visit I was confronted with several curious passersby who seemed to think the restaurant is a harbinger of something that’s about to start raging in this part of Bushwick with fury equal to a fire.
Onur Tukel’s uber neurotic writer-director-actor shtick has earned him comparisons to Woody Allen, and he’s turning out to be just as prolific: a year after the Brooklyn director’s Bushwick vampire flick, Summer of Blood, appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival (it’s now on Netflix), he’s returned with Applesauce, another genre-bender about a man whose life goes to shit after he confesses the worst thing he’s ever done.
Murals have returned to the corner of Bowery and Houston, as you can see in the above photo. Ron English broke in the new wall. [Animal]
On Saturday night in Williamburg, a 19-year-old was shot in the stomach near the Bushwick Houses project. [Gothamist]
A lawsuit was filed against the East Houston Hotel for defaulting on loan payments. [The Real Deal]
The group of Pratt alums who opened Pokito were tired of the typical Williamsburg look — “it’s all the re-claimed woods, steel, dark, all the Edison filament bulbs,” said Alex Kleinberg — so they opened a spot on South 4th Street that has a clean, sleek, tile-and-marble dining room where LED lights emitting a rainbow-like glow.
If you haven’t heard of comedian Sue Smith yet, you likely will soon, because Time Out New York named her one of the 10 funniest women in NYC in 2014 and she’s coming out with an EP, Slutty Pretzel, on May 7 on The Experiment Comedy Network. Or maybe you met her in McCarren Park one recent Saturday when — as a member of UCB1, the Upright Citizens Brigade “news” team — she asked you to stick something up your vagina to save the world. We called her up to learn more.