The #HovaHoax of 2013 might just be the biggest punking since Radiohead was a no-show at Zuccotti Park. Because there apparently weren’t enough freeshows going on this weekend, someone started a rumor that Jay-Z (er, Jay Z) was doing a surprise gig — not at his own Barclays Center, where the MTV Music Video Awards went down Sunday, but on Troutman Street in Bushwick. Keep Reading »
This weekend, it’s “all that jazz” in a very literal sense. You already know that the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is bringing legendary Miles Davis sideman and cool-jazz pioneer Leo Konitz to Tompkins Square Park for a free show. But that’s just the start of it. If you need to get out of the sun at any point between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., you might want to duck into A Gathering of the Tribes, where Bird meets the word in the form of the Charlie Parker Poetry Reading. Downtown poets Bob Holman, Steve Dalachinsky, Patricia Spears Jones and a host of others will do their thing at Steve Cannon’s East Third Street apartment gallery. Keep Reading »
Last night at Pianos, as Shilpa Ray howled along to a harmonium and bounced between tough swagger, sweet laughter and charming stage banter, it became apparent that not only is the bluesy punk singer one of Brooklyn’s most unique and moving performers, but she’s pretty much the epitome of cool. It’s no surprise that, earlier this year, legendary musician and all-around badass Nick Cave asked the Greenpointer to join him on tour as a back-up singer in The Bad Seeds. Keep Reading »
Tonight at Spike Hill in Williamsburg, The Never Evers will play a free show to celebrate the release of their new single, out today on white vinyl. The video for “Cheap Thrills” was shot in the East Village and on the Williamsburg Bridge, and painstakingly produced by guitarist Tony Sjöman over the course of a year. Keep Reading »
Thanks to our summer weekends guide, you already know that the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is taking over Tompkins Square Park on Sunday. Here’s what else is coming up this weekend and beyond. AFROPUNK FEST
For nearly a decade now, the two-day Afropunk Festival, held at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene, has symbolically marked the end of the summer festival circuit with bonkers lineups that are blessedly (at this point) bereft of white twenty-something indie rock bands. Keep Reading »
They’re the Urban Campers. We’re knocking on their doors and having a look inside.
(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)
Walking down Wythe Avenue in Greenpoint, it’s hard to miss Beth O’Brien’s baby-blue Ford Econoline, haphazardly decorated by orange foot and paw prints. “When I first bought it I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna repaint this because it’s kind of embarrassing,’” O’Brien said. “But, to be honest, I’m a little bit charmed by it.” Keep Reading »
“I’m a transplant, and I wonder if I’m part of the problem,” said a young Bushwick resident last night at The Base, the neighborhood’s new leftist community center. “Is there anything we can do? Become self-aware gentrifiers?”
The question came up at a meeting led by Frank Morales, called Fighting Displacement and Building Grassroots Power. Presenting his zine, “Strategy and Tactics of Neighborhood Self-Defense,” the housing activist described the earliest and most unpleasant stage of gentrification: landlords let buildings decay without maintenance and the city stops funding firefighters, hospitals, and the precinct, so that long-term residents leave the now unlivable area and landlords can fix up their buildings and raise the rent. Keep Reading »
This weekend, Uber is offering free rides within, to and from Brooklyn, as well as free stuff from 40 participating BK restaurants when you show your Uber receipt. Yet another great reason to avoid the L train. [From the B+B tip line]
Irving Farm, which we told you about last week, opens in the former 88 Orchard space tomorrow. [B+B]
Part of the reason we’re digging the relatively new Todd Barry Podcast is that it’s recorded in the comedian’s apartment — located “right in the heart” of the East Village, “where all the action is,” as he told Dave Hill while apologizing for all the siren and dump-truck noises.
On yesterday’s episode Colin Quinn laid into Barry’s high-rise building near Union Square. (Barry used to live in a Second Avenue walk-up beneath Sarah Silverman’s place, but moved a few years ago.) Read the exchange that only two New Yorkers could have.
While Hurricane Sandy feels like the distant past for most of the East Village, there are some businesses that are still feeling a little, shall we say, under the weather. And none has felt the hit more keenly than the Sunburnt Cow, whose tribulations lately must make that ol’ sunburn feel like a breeze. Keep Reading »
We give fashionable locals a place to go and they get All Dressed Up.
Shira outside Atlantis Attic.
Shira went straight to the intimidating, thickly-packed rack of t-shirts, and scrounged up an “A#1 Grandpa!” tee and a shirt with a faded iron-on print of a cooing infant to try on. “Look at this person’s baby!” she said. Neither one made the final cut.
Shira also lingered over the jean cutoffs, lamenting that the store cut them too short. She tried on at least six pairs. “The saddest part is these jean shorts, none of them fit.”
This pair says “Pussy” in glow-in-the-dark ink, and Shira did not try them on.
“I have come here before and spent hours accidentally," she told us.
“The one problem with this space is that it’s not a sure bet,” said Shira. “You strike it hot or you don’t.”
Shira landed on a pair of Converses, having no luck with the heels and booties. “I wear Converses all the time," she said. "I wear them until they have holes in them."
She chose a much dressier shirt than the tees she had first been eyeing. “My mom used to have so many of these embroidered shirts,” she said. “So I think I instinctively look for them.”
Shira took one look at the scarf rack, and grabbed one made of speckled pink-and-brown chiffon. “I like the color pink, and it feminizes the outfit,” she said. “Otherwise, I’d look like a 12 year-old boy.”
She paired it with a forest green two-button sweater, which she also chose without much deliberation. “It’s a nice color and fit,” she said. “It feels weird shopping for sweaters now, but I wanted one.”
The purse she chose, which has a Fendi logo and cost more than twice as much as all the other bags, sparked a great debate and examination of stitching quality. “It’s got to be fake. But they are charging $30 because they think it’s real,” she said. “But what’s wrong with a fake Fendi?”
Is it fake? What do you think?
“I don’t know what kind of stain that is,” She said of her chosen jorts, a looser version of the pair she came in with. “But if you’re going buy something used, it’s okay. It’s part of the history of the outfit.”
Shira’s final outfit: “This is like, what I would wear to paint a house,” she said. “I actually like this outfit.”
Outfit price: $10 converse + $5 shirt + $1 scarf + $5 sweater + $30 (fake) Fendi + $5 jorts = $56 total ($26 without the Fendi)
Shira Entis, co-founder of Williamsburg-based tote shop Fleabags and thrift shopper extraordinaire, met Bedford + Bowery by the Graham L wearing a Goofy t-shirt with many holes and her own sewn-on patches. She combined it with a heavy silver necklace inlaid with turquoise, frayed jorts, and a straw sunhat tied with a black ribbon. Keep Reading »