Kurt Russell Rocks An Eyepatch, Tommy Wiseau IRL, Get Freaky With Danish Vampyrs

It’s that time of the week again, y’all. Here’s a list of a moving pictures we’re excited to see.


Escape From New York
This is early ’80s sci-fi action at its finest. It’s the year 1997 and New York City is a police state (sounds familiar), but rather than shipping criminals to Rikers Island, the island of Manhattan has been converted into a maximum security prison where violence reigns. The probably named Snake Plissken (played by a mostly shirtless Kurt Russell) is not only working to bring back eyepatches, but he’s also on a reconnaissance mission to save the President after Air Force One crashes in the middle of Manhattan. Friday September 26th and Saturday September 27th at 12:20 am, IFC Center; tickets, $14
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They Named a Street After Biggie’s Record Store in Bed-Stuy

The Birdel's reveal. (Photo: Jasmine)

The Birdel’s reveal. (Photos: Jasmine Lee)

On the heels of the closure of Kim’s Video & Music, it was somewhat heartening, on Tuesday, to see another beloved vinyl shop being embraced by its community – albeit three years after it closed in Bed-Stuy.

Over 50 people gathered for the unveiling of the “Birdel’s Records Way” sign that now sits at Nostrand Avenue and Fulton Street. The block, stretching from that intersection to Atlantic Ave., was renamed to commemorate the neighborhood music store that Hardy “Joe” Long owned and operated for nearly 50 years.
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Roberta’s Opens Takeout Annex; ‘Nightmare New York’ Haunted House

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Two men robbed a third at gunpoint as the victim was sitting in his car at the corner of Jackson Street and Debevoise Avenue in Greenpoint on September 17. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Oyster bar Maison Premiere‘s owners will open a second Williamsburg restaurant at 905 Lorimer Street. [Grub Street]

Westville‘s owner will debut a new 40-seat eatery, Concord Hill, in Sel de Mer’s old space on 347 Graham Avenue in Williamsburg. [Eater NY] Keep Reading »

What’s a ‘Neo Bistro’? Greenpoint Is About to Find Out

Le Fond prepares for its opening. (Photo: Le Fond/)

Le Fond prepares for its opening. (Photo: Le Fond/)

Jake Eberle says Le Fond, the restaurant he’ll open on Norman Avenue tomorrow is casual, like a bistro, but you won’t find the usual renditions of steak frites and coq au vin there.

Instead the menu might offer a rabbit terrine, braised shoulder ribs, and chicken ballotine, i.e. a breast stuffed with something seasonal, like mushroom Duxelles and creamed broccoli. Eberle, previously a chef de cuisine at the Lambs Club in midtown, has a thing for charcuterie, so expect patés — and there will always be a $14 burger and a couple of pasta options.
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The Un-School Celebrates And Mourns the Passing Of Havemeyer Park

The view from Havemeyer Park (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The view from Havemeyer Park (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Last night I spent some quality time at a beautiful park that’s about to be bulldozed beyond recognition. After September 30th, there will be no more mini-farm, no more tipi, and no more dirt moguls for bikers, when the lot will be wiped clean and prepared to make way for the massive Domino development.
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With Homelessness Up, Bowery Mission Is in ‘Urgent Need’ of Pantry Items

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

The pantry at The Bowery Mission is bleakly bare. Where once enough food was stored to fill up the small shopping carts of the homeless who came in looking for comfort every two weeks, now the organization has to suggest its members come only once a month. It’s in “urgent need” of more food.
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You’ll Find Scottish Duds (No Kilts) at the Glasgow Vintage Company

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Just a few days old, The Glasgow Vintage Company is the latest addition to the vintage row located on East Ninth Street between First and Second Avenues. Owner Gavin O’Brien, manning the floor when we stopped by today, told us he and his wife plus three kids had just moved eight weeks prior to the West Village from Glasgow, Scotland, where they own an almost identical shop.

Was the move perhaps a means of escaping Scotland just before the country decided to maintain its often fraught marriage with the rest of the United Kingdom? Maybe O’Brien and his family thought that in the absence of total and complete Scottish independence, bringing a plethora of wooly Scottish vintage garments out of the country was the only way to preserve Scottish identity?
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Here’s What the Ludlow’s Lounge Looks Like Now That Its Fireplace Is Blazing

The lobby lounge. (Photos: Annie Schlechter)

The lobby lounge. (Photos: Annie Schlechter)

Seating by the fireplace.

Seating by the fireplace.

The back garden.

The back garden.

The hallway.

The hallway.

The bar.

The bar.

The lobby lounge. (Photos: Annie Schlechter)Seating by the fireplace.The back garden.The hallway.The bar.

Back when we spent a night at the new Ludlow Hotel, the restaurant was a construction site and the lounge was off-limits. But now that Dirty French has opened and the lobby lounge’s limestone fireplace (described in a press release as “Trustafarian meets Miss Havisham”) is blazing, reps for team Sean MacPherson, Ira Drukier and Richard Born have sent over some updated images.
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Watch the Saddest Man in Williamsburg Blow It With a CUNY Science All-Star

If you’re not the type to meet people by fliering all of Manhattan, you’re left with only a few options. One of them is patrolling for paramours at coffee shops, and that’s exactly what Charles Gould does — sadly/hilariously to no avail — on “Charles, By the Way.” Gould, a standup comic who co-hosts the weekly Dan + Joe + Charles Show at UCB East, launched the web series with freelancer writer Daniel Hurwitz back in April. It’s set at Amici, a cafe they frequented when they both lived in Williamsburg (Gould has since moved to Manhattan).
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