Friday morning, a 54-year-old man died after collapsing while pedaling down Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint during inclement weather. [NY Daily News]
Ludlow Coffee Supply, which will include a barbershop, will officially replace The Pink Pony at 176 Ludlow Street. [Bowery Boogie]
Principals behind The Late Late and Webster Hall filed paperwork to replace Hop Devil Grill and Nino’s Pizza, adjoining spaces at the corner of St. Mark’s Place and Avenue A, with a bar/restaurant/co-working space called The Honey Fitz. [EV Grieve]
Center in red, Hilly Bodin as Snow White , Laura Careless as the Queen (Photo by Mark Shelby Perry, courtesy of Company XIV)
I was not feeling particularly delighted when I nestled into my seat at Company XIV‘s stage production of Snow White. Firstly, the theater smelled like a brothel before Yankee Candle Company was invented (intentionally, I assume), and Sundays are the last day I want to be getting all experimental with my olfactory receptors. All. Organs. Ache. Even my ability to laugh is usually squandered at this point– lolz are wasted on the youth, am I right? So when this baroque, gyrating, barely-clothed, indulgent mishmash of Versailles’s gaudiest decor, the charming Weimar cabaret, classical ballet, pole dancing, and remnants of the Brothers Grimm managed to turn my bottom-grazing sulk into 100-percent authentic laughter and delight, I was so, so happy I’d crawled out of my bed to be with Company XIV’s Snow White.
When 2nd Floor on Clinton closed last July….a lot of people had no clue (it was a speakeasy, after all).
But for those who liked to head to the back of Barramundi’s (which also shuttered) for a chance to be whisked upstairs, a giant hole opened up in their LES nightlife options. Where to surprise that date when you’re feeling fancy, or unwind after going a little too hard at Pianos? Second Floor was always the perfect combination of class and comfort, with some of the most inventive cocktails around (I was once served a drink garnished with a cluster of enoki mushrooms).
Thin shelves spell bad news for St. Mark’s Bookshop (Photo via St. Mark’s Bookshop)
A lawyer for the struggling St. Mark’s Bookshop tells us “they’re probably not going to be around much longer, we’re talking days.” Since we last reported on the shop’s fight against eviction in the face of $62,000 in back rent, its problems have only mounted in the form of a $34,400 tax lien and a dispute with one of its biggest book distributors involving thousands more dollars in debt. Yesterday, the shop announced a “clearance sale” in a last-ditch effort to raise money before a forthcoming auction.
J, M service is being shut down on late nights and weekends until early March. An MTA spokesperson tells us the closure is due to switch renewal work on three switches north of the Essex Street station. Last weekend, in lieu of trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan, a free shuttle bus provided alternate, sardine-can-like service between Hewes Street and Essex Street, stopping at Marcy Avenue.
Roxanne Kidd, Elizabeth Carena, Sebastiani Romagnolo, Tori Sparks, Wil Petre, Brendan Duggan. (photo by Darial Sneed)
Waiting to board my plane, I flipped through a Time magazine sitting on the table nearby. Nixon was traveling to China, people were wondering whether or not hippies made good parents, and the Honeywell Pentax was one of the best cameras on the the market.
Brooklynites were hoping to see a Bernie vs. Hillary showdown in their borough after the Sanders campaign proposed a debate there. But since team Clinton has declined the invitation for now, we’ll all have to tune into MSNBC tonight at 9 p.m. to watch the presidential hopefuls duke it out in Durham, New Hampshire. Doing a shot every time Bernie says “the top 1/10th of 1 percent” is much more fun with fellow imbibers, so here’s where to get out and watch.
Forget the Super Bowl and go on the hunt for a super bowl.
Brooklyn Hidden Treasures, a one-stop shop for all of your vintage furniture and knick-knack needs, is expanding to a new location in Bushwick and will be inaugurating its massive warehouse with a soft opening this Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Louis CK’s forthcoming feature, The Secret Life of Pets, isn’t the only animated comedy in which stand-ups plumb the thoughts of New York City’s canines, felines, snakes, and, of course, rats. Animals, a debut series produced by the Duplass Brothers and featuring comedians like Nick Kroll and Chelsea Peretti, hits HBO tomorrow, Feb. 5, at 11:30 p.m., and is available on HBO Go and Now as of today. It’s already been dubbed “the worst HBO comedy in some time,” which prompted Phil Matarese, creator of the show along with his buddy Mike Luciano, to (semi?)-jokingly call out “fucking Variety, you piece of shit” at a preview screening last night. “I’m’a Uwe Boll any critic that talks shit about our show. Google it, he boxed all his negative critics.”
80 years after opening for business, Kossar’s gets a makeover (Photo: Nicole Disser)
Carbs of the kind that inhabit creatures like bagels and baguettes may have gone out of fashion. And even those of us who choose to enjoy life had to take four months off the damn things during the temporary closing of Kossar’s, the 80-year-old Lower East Side bakery specializing in bialys (which are decidedly not bagels, y’all). I bet your mother even accused you of being skinny over the holidays, and you know that squeezing compliments out of her is like slurping the bitty remnants of your day-one juice detox (i.e. painful for everyone). Forget all that, and check out the new digs– maybe you’ll even be inclined to enjoy at least a few of these babies to the face. Think of it as making up for lost time.
The abundance of bars and nightclubs on the Lower East Side and the East Village is a perpetual source of grousing at Community Board 3 meetings. Sure, we all love a good neighborhood spot, but it’s not so cool to wake up to puke on your doorstep– or to watch your favorite taco joint go under as soon as the landlord realizes he can make big bucks with a cocktail bar instead.