So you like Halloween? How much? Nitehawk has basically issued a challenge to see who the biggest horror fans in NYC really are. The competition? Staying up all night on Halloween from 10 p.m. til 8 a.m. watching five horror movie classics for “A Night to Dismember.”
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Flanked by a congressional delegation and HUD secretary Shaun Donovan, Mayor Bloomberg walked briskly into NYU’s Pless Hall today at 1 p.m. to announce that an additional $1.34 billion in federal funds has been earmarked for New York City via HUD community development block grants for homes and businesses affected by superstorm Sandy. He let his fellow pols do a lot of the talking. “The first year was recovery, the second year is rebuilding,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, who acknowledged the process was slow but claimed the Obama administration wanted to avoid “the mistakes” from Katrina.
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Earlier today we gathered New Yorkers’ memories of their random encounters with the late, great Lou Reed. This one, from our contributor Susan Keyloun, might just be the most unexpected encounter of them all.
As a native New Yorker, I tend to leave touristy things to the tourists. I have never taken a carriage ride through Central Park and I avoid Times Square. But when I was invited to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last year, I accepted – – not a tourist destination per se, but not necessarily a place where you’ll find mobs of New Yorkers either. I could spend my time people-watching which was good enough for me.
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The leather jacket and moody persona were only a part of the puzzle that was Lou Reed. Musicians like Steve Katz of Blood Sweat & Tears and Genya Ravan of Ten Wheel Drive remember him as a friend with a wicked sense of humor and a gracious heart. Katz was the producer of Reed’s live album Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal and the rocker’s highest-charting LP, Sally Can’t Dance. Reed rarely performed on other artists’ albums, but he agreed to join Genya Ravan on “Aye Co’lorado”; Reed would later invite Ravan to sing on his “Street Hassle.”
Bedford + Bowery today asked Katz and Ravan to share their memories of Lou Reed.
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Whoa, far be it from us to steer you clear of our own event with Vice tonight, but our friends at Other Music have something pretty extraordinary going on: Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth is doing a guitar clinic at the record store, as you can see from this hilarious Dan Smith-style flyer. Keep in mind, this is the guy who Glenn Branca told us was “one of the most important musicians who’s ever played in my band,” which is saying a lot. So if you’ve always wondered what tuning that one b-side from that one 7″ was in, you might want to go get some knowledge dropped on ya. The event starts at 8 p.m. If you missed Ranaldo’s show at Terminal 5 over the weekend, he’ll be back supporting his new album, Last Night on Earth, at in January.
The stories of Lou Reed’s encounters with the Bowies and Bangses of the world are the stuff of legend, but more than anything, his passing yesterday made clear just how many everyday New Yorkers treasured their random, often wordless encounters with him at East Village restaurants, movie theaters, and on the street (yep, despite his 1980s Honda scooter commercial, he often did settle for walking).
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When he was in his twenties, Colin Summers was a computer consultant whose clients Penn & Teller introduced him to other notable New Yorkers, like Lou Reed. Summers, now an architect living in Santa Monica, shares a story about strolling through the East Village with the late musician.
In the early nineties I returned to New York City to live with my girlfriend, which turned out to be a mistake. One of the highlights of those years of torture was the time I spent with Lou Reed. He was going through a divorce and had a LOT of time to spend with his computer hacker (me). We had many dinners and lunches and it was only at the first one that my hands shook because I was having a burger with an artist who had helped me get through the hell of architecture school. He was such a hero to me.
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In the wake of Lou Reed’s death yesterday, Laurie Gwen Shapiro, a Syracuse alum, dug up this amazing photo from the university’s 1964 yearbook. “Lou Reed was a student of Delmore Schwartz,” she told us. “Also friends with cheerleader Betsey Johnson (look at her here!) who went on to become the fashion designer and was briefly married to John Cale.”
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Tonight at the Newsroom, Natalie Shure is hosting Here’s the Kicker!, a night of comedy with Dave Hill, Greg Barris, Matteo Lane, Sara Armour, and Neal Stastny. The yucks start at 7:30 p.m.; you can read more about the comics here and watch them live above. Update: The event has passed but you can watch an archived recording above.
Never one to disappoint, this year’s Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade was better than ever, with plenty of pop culture references, team costumes, and even a fairy tale marriage proposal. Click through the images to see the nods to Breaking Bad, Anthony Weiner, Banksy and more.
Last week, Ad Age named Vice its Publishing Company of the Year and neatly summarized the bohemian behemoth’s acid-laced ascent: “What had started in Canada as Voice of Montreal in 1994 has now morphed into a Brooklyn-based multimedia empire that can land a deal with HBO — for ‘Vice,’ the Emmy-nominated documentary ‘news magazine’ series that was renewed this summer for a second season — while also playing with the magazine-world big boys (Vice was a 2012 National Magazine Award finalist in the General Excellence category).”
Monday at the Newsroom, top editors Jason Mojica (editor-in-chief of Vice News) and Rocco Castoro (editor-in-chief of Vice Media) will stroll over from their Williamsburg headquarters to tell us how, exactly, the skate-brat rag you used to pick up at Beacon’s Closet rose to such prominence that 21st Century Fox recently bought a 5 percent stake for $70 million. (That’s right, Murdoch is IN.)
Incidentally, we’re told the company has no plans as of yet to expand next-door into the Beacon’s space, as was widely reported — but it’s expanding just about everywhere else: the magazine boasts 25 editions covering 30 countries and a global circulation of over 1 million, the record label has over 50 artists, the publishing arm has put out a dozen books, and nearly 3.5 million subscribers watch YouTube shows like “Fresh Off the Boat with Eddie Huang,” in which the East Village chef bounces from Mongolia to Detroit.
Meanwhile, Vice.com continues to probe everything from sex on the Lower East Side (by B+B contributor Taji Ameen) to Obama’s drone strikes, via long-form video and gonzo reporting that — for better or worse, depending on where you stand — delivers a Fightland-style kick to the face of conventional journalism.
Join us Monday at 7 p.m., at 155 Grand Street, off of Bedford Avenue, as we explore Vice’s evolution from the fringes to the front lines. The event is free but seating is limited; let us know you’re coming.
Join us at the Newsroom tomorrow, Sunday, as Natalie Shure – the creme da la Greenpoint comedy creme – hosts a night of stand-up. It’s a family affair! Shure, a grad student at NYU Journalism, will welcome Dave Hill, a New York magazine contributor who you also know and love from This American Life and just about a zillion other things. Plus East Village comedian Greg Barris, last seen debriefing a psychedelics expert, will be back fo mo, fo sho. We’re hoping he recycles his Holy Mountain Halloween costume for the occasion (see below). It’s all FREE — just let us know you’re coming.
DAVE HILL is a contributor on This American Life and has appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, TLC and other networks. He is the writer of the book Tasteful Nudes, and his writing has appeared in NY Times, GQ, Salon, Vice, McSweeney’s, and others.
GREG BARRIS is a staple in New York’s downtown stand-up scene and is the creator of Heart Of Darkness: a psychedelic showcase of comedy, live music and fringe scientists that has been a frequent Time Out New York critic’s pick, much loved by BrooklynVegan and hailed as ‘excellent’ by The New Yorker. Paper describes him as “the perfect combination of very good looking, hilarious and super-weird.” The next Heart of Darkness is Dec. 5 at the Bell House.
MATTEO LANE has performed on Keith and the Girl, Sirius XM, and the TBS Just for Laughs Fest in Chicago. He’ll be in the NY Comedy Festival and is headlining at Caroline’s Nov. 19
SARA ARMOUR is a recent NYC transplant from DC, who has performed in clubs and festivals nationwide.
NEAL STASTNY is a writer for MTV. He has performed at Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Brooklyn Comedy Festival and will be at the Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans.
NATALIE SHURE is a comedian, journalist and grad student at NYU. She has performed at Cape Fear Comedy Festival and has written for several publications.