With the hubbub over 285 Kent’s closure still bubbling, another beloved venue, East Williamsburg’s Steel Drums, has been shut down until further notice. Aurora Halal, organizer of the underground Mutual Dreaming parties, tells us her annual PPU Visual Dreaming party, on Friday, got a surprise visit from the police. Keep Reading »
As mentioned last week, we’re helping Vulture give away tickets to the invite-only season premiere of Billy on the Street, March 5 at Beacon Theater. All you have to do is be among the first 50 people to sign up for Bedford + Bowery’s daily newsletter, below, and we’ll put you on the list +1. You’ll see sidewalk silliness like the video Billy posted yesterday, in which he quizzes a random passerby on Scarlett Johansson’s vagina (or, as the kids are pronouncing it these days: vayaña).
It’s lunchtime at Polski Meat Market on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, and business is dead. Again. An older woman makes pierogis in the back, while her son Adam Parys mans the meat case, which contains nine kinds of kielbasa, and another employee straightens the shelves. In half an hour, only one customer steps inside. Keep Reading »
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final hours included a stop into his usual coffee shop, dinner at Automatic Slims, and a phone call to his longtime girlfriend during which he seemed high, per CNN. Police are looking for the actor’s drug dealer after dozens of baggies of heroin were found in his apartment.
Models listening to casting director John Pfeiffer. Photo: Courtesy modelloungexmicrosoft.
Do the mere mortals dining on club sandwiches at The Coffee Shop in Union Square have any idea that below their feet, dozens of models – the real kind, who will walk the runways of top designers for New York Fashion Week later this week – are sipping on coconut water, having Xbox dance-offs and getting professional massages? It doesn’t matter, really, because even if they did they wouldn’t be allowed to partake in the fun. The is a subterranean private space for models to relax, gossip in their native tongues and enjoy speakers and events aimed at helping to boost their careers. Keep Reading »
It’s been a few months since we lost Lou Reed, and not even Morrissey’s cover of “Satellite of Love” has filled the void. But this should help: and his Loser’s Lounge — who, in their 20 years, have paid homage to everyone from Burt Bacharach to The Muppets — are doing a tribute to Lou and the Velvets. Naturally, they’ll be going by the name “LOU-sers Lounge” as they perform favorites from the rock-n-roll animal’s repertoire at Joe’s Pub this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Keep Reading »
The real Marina Abramović is often busy chatting with the New Yorker about “being present,” making a film about James Franco and perfecting the Abramović Method, which mere mortals will soon be able to learn at the Marina Abramović Institute. Thankfully, the trend to imitate, pay tribute to or otherwise parody the famed performance artist means that we can always get our fix, even when the artist herself is not present. Keep Reading »
Those of you who eat exclusively “vegetable-based” food may have already heard of Young’s, the veggie enthusiasts best known for their stand at the Hester Street Fair. On March 6 and 7, the meatless masters will be hosting a pop-up restaurant at The Old Bowery Station in which guests can enjoy four courses of vegetarian fare with the option of beer or cocktail pairings. “All our food is made with alcohol in mind. That’s how we really win people over,” says chef and co-founder Jessica Young. Keep Reading »
This summer 162 N. 4th Street will be home sweet home to sweetgreen, the Washington, D.C.-based chain of salad spots. The new location, on the corner of Bedford Avenue, will benefit from the foot traffic Whole Foods Willamsburg generates when it eventually opens across the street, and will share a building with forthcoming locations of Umami Burger and Parm. Keep Reading »
Nice to see the Bowery wall getting some new color on this rather dreary day. This latest piece, first spotted on Hanksy’s Instagram, is by Williamsburg-based painter Maya Hayuk, who has created similar murals around the world. Her work is inspired partly by Ukrainian crafts, so it’s fitting that she’s installing this down the road from Little Ukraine. Take a closer look. Keep Reading »
Hoffman at the opening night party for “The Little Flower of East Orange,” at B Bar on April 6, 2008. (Photo by Will Ragozzino/Getty Images)
Philip Seymour Hoffman, found dead in his West Village apartment yesterday, was a Villager through and through: he battled his alma mater, NYU, in the fight for Greenwich Village, and he often ventured east to stage shows at The Public. There, as artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company, he helmed “The Little Flower of East Orange” and taught East Villager Ajay Naidu — who played a doctor alongside Ellen Burstyn — some lasting lessons about theater. Over the phone yesterday, Naidu, best known for his roles in “Office Space” and “Bad Santa,” told us what it was like to get his first break as a solo artist from one of the most talented and admired actors of our time.
In 2001 I was making my first venture into solo work, with an esoteric piece that combined breakdance, clowning, rhyming, mask work, ancient gestures from the Natya Shastra, Sanskrit drama, and characters from the streets of New York City. I had no I idea where it fit. My manager, who was also Phil’s, told me I should show it to him in the LAByrinth and do it in front of them after one of their company meetings. Keep Reading »