It’s no secret the East Village has gone through immense changes over the last few decades, but some institutions from the pre-$20 cocktail days have stuck around. The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, a DIY project that occupies the storefront of C-Squat, is dedicated to preserving the history of that squat and others. And MoRUS’s third-annual film fest, I Heart NRCHY: Subversion & the City continues the narrative of political and social activism and anarcho-community organizing.
We’re not quite ready to say the city’s festival season is wrapping up, but we’re not gonna hold back from advising that you get your shit in beer-gear as soon as humanly possible and start really packing it in for the tail end of summer. This weekend Out in the Streets convenes in Ridgewood for the third year in a row and they’ve been holding out on announcing their headliner until this past weekend. So in case you missed it, ogle the top of that lil flyer there and you’ll notice that Mr Twin Sister (the band formerly known as Twin Sister) has joined the pack of some of the best indie acts the area has to offer.
A 34-year-old woman was declared dead around 4:30 p.m Thursday at the Bushwick Hotel on Bushwick Avenue. [News 12 Brooklyn]
Jonquel Jones, 27, was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison for two East Village crimes: raping a female tourist and sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl. [Village Voice]
Last night The Church of Nativity in the East Village held its final mass. [Pix 11]
In a delightful corner of the internet, William Shatner sits perched atop a scenic mount. As the YouTube clip plays, Shatner, backed by a catchy 16-bit funk score, poses the following profound question: “Captain Kirk is climbing a mountain, why is he climbing a mountain?”
East 4th Street’s sidewalk, between Avenues A and B, became a catwalk earlier today for dozens (we heard rumors of more than 100) actors in some of the most awesomely funkadelic garb to be seen in the neighborhood since 1979. They were spotted hanging out in front of the Metropolitan Playhouse, where according to notices posted throughout the neighborhood Martin Scorsese was filming his upcoming HBO show about NYC’s rock and scene in the 1970’s.
Whether you’re a child of the ’80s or the aughts, your film heroes will come to life at these tributes to Ferris Bueller and Harry Potter. Get ready to don your wizard hat, mullet, or both.
Aug. 1, 2 until 8 pm at The Bell House: $8 at the door
Sorry, little muggles, this event is 21+. While there will be the requisite costumes of black robes and wands, there will also be drinks of the knock-you-off-your-broom variety (think Firewhiskey and Butterbeer). Beyond witches and wizards, expect to see magical creatures, squibs and muggles competing to win the costume contest (you may have a chance unless the lovely Fleur shows up). You can also see if you’re as smart as Hermione during trivia. Or take your turn in the sorting ceremony and try on the dusty hat. Overall, this is the perfect time to let out your inner Potterhead and practice your shoddy British accent with no shame. In keeping with Harry’s defeat of You-Know-Who through love and friendship, part of the PotterCon proceeds will go to the Harry Potter Alliance.
Sure, comics are notorious navel-gazers, but the fun themes at these recurring shows encourage them to dig for more than just belly button lint.
The How I Learned Series
July 29, 8 pm at Union Hall: $6 advance, $10 at the door
The latest installment of this series, “You Don’t Have To Go Home But You Can’t Stay Here,” promises to be worth the price of admission. This show about getting kicked out of bars, being the last loser at a party, “the pursuit of fun,” and stupid decisions will feature Isaac Oliver, Ophira Eisenberg, Nancy Balbirer, Kate Greathead, Lynn Bixenspan and host Blaise Allysen Kearsley.
With the launch of Good Night Sonny, Robert Ceraso and Jason Mendenhall, the chef/bartender team behind Alphabet City’s cocktail bar/live music venue The Wayland, are finally realizing their dream of opening a classic New York City tavern in the heart of the East Village. After a gut renovation of the former Simone martini bar location on First Avenue and Saint Marks, they’re having a soft opening this week with drinks and some food; they’ll be officially open for business daily from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. starting this Monday.
Citi Bike’s expansion will begin next month, with over 50 stations being added in North Brooklyn by the end of the year, the bike share program’s operator announced today.
First the stars of Kids revealed that they weren’t nearly as sexually experienced as their characters made them seem, and now our illusions about another hallmark of transgressive teen cinema, Gregg Araki’s Doom Generation, have been shattered.
Crazy for Scorsese? Good news: It’s Martymania in East Village today.
After turning Williamsburg’s Rough Trade into an old-school Sam Goody earlier this month, Martin Sorcese’s forthcoming HBO show about NYC’s 1970s rock and roll scene is shooting in the Alphabet City.
Police charged four men with dealing crack, heroin and marijuana to undercover officers approximately 60 times at Greenpoint’s Cooper Houses. [DNA Info]
Landlord Ben Shaoul sold the converted rental building at 31-33 Second Avenue for $29 million, more than five times the price he paid for the property four years ago. [Bowery Boogie]