What project would members of your community vote for if given $1 million to make local improvements? Last night a group of about 20 people of all ages tackled the question at Bushwick Houses. Suggestions that were among the top contenders: expansion of the housing project’s senior center or its gym, where the meeting was held.
Given the newest wave of European migration to Williamsburg, it was only a matter of time before the continent’s food followed suit. Which is why we were unsurprised to discover that 156 Bedford Avenue will be the future home of Gunz. For those unfamiliar, Gunz is an Austrian-based importer of European fine foods that, for the past couple of years, has operated a shop on University Place.
Yas kween! Broad City is BACK with six new webisodes, starting with a Yom Kippur-themed short that dropped yesterday. In it, Ilana “fasts” while tucked under a blanket depicting a naked black man. It’s the same blanket that Abbi gifted her during the “St. Mark’s” season finale — the one that Ilana said was “the most powerful and beautiful blanket since the AIDS quilt.” And if you remember all that, you’ll probably want to hit Broad City trivia this Sunday at Essex Restaurant.
When we dipped into Thurston Moore’s new book of lyrics and poems yesterday, we noted that Stereo Sanctity, just released by Thurston’s own Ecstatic Peace Library, finally lays down the real lyrics to Sonic Youth songs vs. the ones we’ve misheard a hundred times. (In “100%”, for instance, it isn’t “Piss off, the chick is mine,” it’s “the zoftig chick is mine.”)
A cab driver was hit in the face with a baseball bat by another motorist in Greenpoint on Saturday. The attacker was able to evade police. [Brooklyn Paper]
Three attackers tackled a woman to the ground and stole her purse on Harrison Avenue in Williamsburg last Wednesday. [Brooklyn Paper]
Four motorcycle robberies were reported in Williamsburg and Greenpoint last week. [Brooklyn Paper]
We happened on a new restaurant at the corner of Grand and Bedford, directly across from Radegast’s new “Flemish brasserie,” Witlof. Dim Sum Bar stands in place of the late, A-OK vegetarian spot Bliss Grand, and offers a Cantonese alternative (with some Hong Kongese flair) to nearby Asian small-bite places like Snacky down the street. “It’s a little more like what you’d find in Chinatown,” explained Gigi So, whose family owns and runs the restaurant. “My father’s cooking and my grandpa’s doing dishes.”
As of today, the city has installed over 1,000 miles of bike lanes. The announcement was made this afternoon on the Lower East Side, where locals pols were joined by reps from the Department of Transportation, Citi Bike and Transportation Alternatives in painting the last portion of the protected lane at Clinton Street.
The two-way, eight-foot-wide lane on Clinton Street connects the Williamsburg Bridge to South Street and, from there, the East River greenway. It’s aimed at calming traffic on Clinton Street, per a press release.
At 6pm this evening, tomorrow, and Thursday on the 12th Avenue Overlook of the High Line, sculptural artist Kevin Beasley wants you to stop and smell the roses — and while you’re at it, give them a good listen, too. To assist you with this sensory challenge, Beasley spent his summer months traversing the old West Side Line track, recording sounds – “natural, human, and machine” – that he’ll present tonight as “Untitled Stanzas: Staff/Un/Site.”
Champagne, bespoke pencils, custom soccer jerseys, and superfood shakes. None of these are items you’d typically find in Chinatown, but a two-block stretch on Forsyth Street, where CW Pencils opened earlier this year, is rapidly changing the feel of the neighborhood. A block from where Le Baron owner Andre Saraiva recently installed the Vogue-worthy Cafe Henrie, Saraiva’s doorman and fellow Frenchman Simonez Wolf is now serving organic coffee, superfood smoothies, juice and more — all with a futbol-themed flair.
All aboard “The Poetry Ville Express!” Four poets are inviting you to embark on an adventure at KGB Bar; according to the lounge’s website they want you to follow “their muses through the untamed realms of Poetry Ville – from avant romantic to nouveau commentary.” It’s “urbane grit served up with a side of Southern charm and a big old heaping of ‘holy shit.’” The poets: Lee Ann Brown, author of this year’s Other Archer as well as a string of other acclaimed works, including Polyverse, winner of the 1996 New American Poetry Competition; Wanda Phipps, author of Wake-Up Calls: 66 Morning Poems and coordinator for three years at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church (bringing us epic New Years marathon readings each year); Mark Statman, whose most recent books include That Train Again and A Map of the Winds; and eco-activist Jeffrey Cyphers Wright (Party Everywhere), who published Cover Magazine until 2000 and currently publishes Live Mag!
Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (East Village).
I made a couple of mistakes when I first spoke with Rashaad Newsome— a visual and performance artist who makes digital and video work largely inspired by vogue– ahead of his third King of Arms art ball. In these situations I usually shrug and move on, but what I assumed were slight missteps actually indicated a larger misunderstanding on my part of some essential tenets of ballroom culture. Thankfully the King of Arms, held Sunday night in Bushwick, offered an introduction to the pillars of vogue for many newcomers like myself, while pushing the medium beyond its bounds for the old school ballroom crew in attendance.
Hot on the heels of Kim Gordon’s Girl in a Band, Thurston Moore has released a book of his own, and he’ll be at Rough Trade in Williamsburg tonight to talk about it. Stereo Sanctity isn’t a memoir, but it’s a personal publication nonetheless, gathering the Sonic Youth frontman’s lyrics and poems from 1981 to present. His own Ecstastic Peace Library has released the 303-page, handbound tome in a limited edition of 700.
If you were among the few who saw Thurston Moore interview Anne Waldman last year, you heard him admire the “incredible rock ‘n’ roll energy” of William S. Burroughs. It’s clear Thurston, a onetime fixture at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church who has published Waldman and others of that scene in his own Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal, believes there’s a crossover between lyrics and literature. As he puts it in the intro to Stereo Sanctity, rock ‘n’ roll is “poetry on fire.”