The corner of St. Marks and Second Avenue was once again abuzz this afternoon, as a Small Biz Crawl brought much needed cash and customers to businesses adjacent the March 26 gas explosion.
One recent morning in Tara McPherson’s Bed-Stuy studio, the artist’s easel was loaded with sketches of two nearly identical girls connected by a sparkling rainbow springing from inside their heads. The drawing was also on her iMac, where she had been working on a color mockup in Photoshop. A finished 12 x 12 painting, she explained, was due the following Monday for “Dreamlands,” a group show now open at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles.
From April 17 to May 18, there’ll be no late-night or weekend L train service between Lorimer Street and Eighth Avenue, which is very, very bad news. And if you’re the type to cope with bad news by wolfing cruddy fast-food sandwiches, there’s worse news still: Williamsburg is not only losing subway service, it has also lost two of its Subway sandwich locations. Branches at 209 Bedford Avenue and 717 Grand Street have shuttered.
For better or worse, that doesn’t leave Williamsburg completely without Subways. For starters, there’s one further down Grand, on Bushwick Avenue. But if it’s a sando near the Grand Street stop you desire, how bout trying a Down by Law-themed one at this newcomer instead? We’ll take Jarmusch over Jared any day.
The three points of the East Village’s “Brewmuda Triangle,” Standings, Burp Castle and Jimmy’s No. 43, have all announced they are open tonight after a 15-day closure due to the Second Avenue gas explosion that destroyed three buildings, including the one right next to the three bars.
You’d have to be living under a rock to be surprised to hear Bushwick is undergoing some explosive changes. It feels like streetscapes here are transforming faster than anywhere else in the city and many longtime residents feel they’re losing grip on their neighborhood. But Bushwick is in a strange limbo right now. While the northeast corner is bubbling over with ritzy new restaurants, bars, clothing stores, and art galleries, all increasingly patronized by German tourists and chiseled young bro dudes with man buns, for now at least the southern section closer to the graveyard has resisted these striking demographic shifts and skyrocketing rents. “We need to make moves now,” explained Drew Vanderburg, a resident of Bushwick and a graduate student at Parsons in the Design and Urban Ecologies program.
Sure, your first priority this weekend probably involves lying in the grass with a margarita blender, but don’t let the lurvley weather keep you from doing your civic duty. Between an epic town hall on the Lower East Side and the launch of Participatory Budgeting in North Brooklyn, in the next days you’ll have some choice opportunities to bend the ears — and pull at the pursestrings — of the city and state’s power players.
Week in Live Music: Last Punk Bits Before the Big Fest and Thank Heavens For Indie That’s… Different
Welcome to another end of the work week. You’re probably busy eyes-locked on the clock counting down the seconds until you can sprint out the door, straight into the nearest bodega, and pop the cap off your brown bag to bliss. Too busy to look for what the hell you’re gonna do with your ears tonight. Lucky for you we have a few stellar options lined up for tonight and beyond. We have a tiny dose of punk for you, but we’re holding the Big Gulp until next week, so get ready. In the meantime, step outside of the only genre that matters for a few minutes and you know, expand your mind.
If you’re still bummed about sleeping on that Tribeca Film Fest screening (tickets are now going for $98 to $324 on StubHub), take solace in this weekend’s Take Two Film Festival, boasting an “exciting roster of films showcasing a feisty new generation of artists exploring the frontiers of artistry and technology” for only $8 per night.
When photographer Stéphanie de Rougé moved to New York in 2006 she settled on the south side of Williamsburg. “From the first day, I knew I was at home here,” she wrote on her website. “Williamsburg had it all: the Brooklyn grittiness, the sexy wild parties, the shady pharmacy, the old pigeon cooper and the sweet little café around the corner. Other than the fact that yellow cabs refused to cross the bridge, life was good.” Yes, yes it was. But then Starbucks moved in, and Whole Foods and Apple made their nefarious plans.
Someone had to immortalize the Trash Bar before its impending move to Bushwick and the ABC crime show Forever has gone and done it in the most ridiculous possible way. The episode ingeniously named “Punk Is Dead” opens with the above clip, wherein a NYPD detective hanging at Trash Bar with a smooth hotelier (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) tells him, “You know this place was actually open before CBGB.” (Leave it to a show about an immortal medical examiner who’s been alive since 1779 to get its chronology wrong.) Turns out, Cuba plans to tear the club down and put up one of his hotels. “But this is a New York landmark,” the cop whines.
Watching people enjoy mah-jongg in Chinatown’s Columbus Park, it’s hard to imagine the site was a dangerous, decrepit slum in the late 1800s. Photojournalist and social reformer Jacob A. Riis dedicated a chapter in his 1890 book How the Other Half Lives to the squalid conditions in the area then known as Mulberry Bend.
At a NY State Supreme Court Hearing on Wednesday, a developer will ask a judge to approve the contested sale of Home of the Sages synagogue on Bialystoker Place. Asking price: $13 million. [NY Observer]
East Village Mediterranean eatery Ethos Meze—which is on the market for $16.5K/month—claims to be closed for renovations. [EV Grieve]