AJ Nichols, the bike mechanic who was repairing and selling bicycles out of a basement in Bushwick, is enjoying a new life above ground. The 26-year-old North Carolinian relocated his subterranean studio to a proper storefront and, after decorating it with woodworking scraps from an artist’s dumpster, grand-opened Harvest Cyclery at 606 Bushwick Avenue earlier this month. Keep Reading »
Here’s what we’re really excited to see this week in local theaters (or, for that matter, at local bars and rooftops).
Sarah Jacobson was an independent filmmaker who believed wholeheartedly in feminism and punk rock, and fully embraced a DIY method of filmmaking. Before cancer cut her life short at age 32, she made some of the most influential underground films of the ’90s, including “I Was a Teenage Serial Killer,” “Road Movie (Or What I Learned In a Buick Station Wagon),” and a feature film, “Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore.” Keep Reading »
The Renegade Craft Fair set up camp in Williamsburg’s East River State Park this weekend, alongside regulars Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea. We withstood the sweltering heat to show you a few of our favorite things, amass a collection of business cards, and to indulge in some ice cream from the Coolhaus truck (which, unfortunately, could not withstand the heat). We may have even come away with a purchase or two – because, indeed, one can always use another bloody tote.
If you missed out on the fair, don’t worry: all of the vendors also sell their wares online, and many of them are based locally in Brooklyn. You’ll find links to their online shops with each image, and the full list of Renegade Craft vendors can be found here.
Last night Motor City Bar celebrated “17 years of sex, drugs and rock n roll,” as the invite to its going-away bash put it. We stopped by the Lower East Side dive and got a few photos of the packed, humid room, presided over by the gyrating Anna CopaCabanna and — in the DJ nook — Dion Lunadon of A Place to Bury Strangers.
If you missed the official sendoff, don’t worry: the whiskey will be flowing for another week.
It’s the first day of summer, in case ya hadn’t heard. Make Music New York (above) is winding down over on Astor Place, but don’t get your Brooklyn Surf Shorts in a bunch: there are plenty of after-parties, and the weather’s going to be glorious all weekend. If you’re too lazy to make it to the Mermaid Parade (King Neptune = Judah Friedlander this year) here’s where to soak up some sun locally. (All events are free unless noted.)
SATURDAY Hillstock Festival Block Party
This Brooklyn-wide festival by the Never Break Down music collective features dozens of bands. Their block party on Saturday on the outskirts of Williamsburg is free and lasts all day. Afterparty at The Bishop at 8 p.m.
106 Emerson Place, nr. Myrtle Ave.
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A golden light on Solange and her fans (Photos: Joshua Kristal)
Nice skirt! (Photo: Joshua Kristal)
Dancing to Petit Noir, opener for Solange.
Fashion students Franki Phil-Ebosie and Jackie Martell at King & Grovel.
Besties taking selfies.
At the Solange concert at McCarren.
The crowd at South African band Petit Noir.
The Solange rooftop pre-party had Williamsburg fronting as Miami.
The Maker Twins used wheels to create electronic dub music.
A Red Bull team confers among mountains of electronic detritus.
The Red Bull team from Detroit used hose spun on drills to create music.
The Maker Twins installation was popular with the kids.
The Teenagers, one of the 300 bands to play at Northside.
Last week, after Petit Noir’s performance during the Northside Festival, Scott Stedman was lounging poolside at Williamsburg’s King & Grove hotel. Tanned, oiled legs circled the deck. Waiters brought menus to the white-cloth umbrella tables.
“In many ways, the essential player for our entire festival is the geography and psycho-geography of Williamsburg and Greenpoint,” he said.
By psycho-geography, he meant that Williamsburg is no longer just a place — it’s a brand. And it’s safe to say Stedman’s Northside Media Group — which owns L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine, and produces the Northside Festival — has had a lot to do with that. “The entire goal of our company is to define and showcase Brooklyn as a national adjective for ‘what’s next’ through media and large scale events like the Northside Festival,” he said. Keep Reading »
Every day around 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump.
(Photo: Pierce Pics)
Lower East Side resident and author Royal Young releases an excerpt from his debut memoir “Fame Shark”, chronicling his search for identity (sexual and otherwise) and fame in NYC in the ‘90s. [The Lo-Down]
A newer, bigger (and more alcohol-rich) Motorino – Mathieu Palombino’s beloved pizza-pie eatery — will open at 139 Broadway, Williamsburg. The deceased outpost had shut down after it began to sink into its own swampy base. [Eater]
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It’s almost 6 a.m. and Matt Koshak is playing slow melodies on a two-tiered keyboard, in the small studio where he and his girlfriend practice, record, and sometimes live. Liza Thorn, the other half of the shoe-gaze/drone duo known as Starred, lounges on a couch debating with friends whether the two young boys cuddling in the mixing booth are gay or just fucked up.
All around them: beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, McDonald’s, and a few things we probably shouldn’t mention. Keep Reading »
“To hear 15,000 people booing at one time, it’s an incredible sound and it’s an incredible energy to play into.”
Martin Rev — of the proto-punk, 1970s duo Suicide – is talking about opening for the Cars, whose fans didn’t exactly care for his stripped down, repetitive synth riffs and his bandmate Alan Vega’s haunting, spoken vocals.
It’s unlikely Rev (born Martin Reverby) will get trash hurled at him when he performs solo at Bowery Electric tonight — his first New York show in five years. Suicide has influenced untold scores of synth pop, new wave, industrial dance and techno sounds, not to mention The Boss himself. Keep Reading »
There’s a shipment of hot sauce on its way to Williamsburg from Angola Prison in Louisiana. Alana Campbell discovered the fiery tobacco-style sauce made by the inmates while filming a television show about the prison in 2011. Now, she and her sister, Erin, will be selling it at Campbell Cheese and Grocery, officially opening on Monday. Keep Reading »