Drowned in Sorrow, 1984. (Photograph by Ken Schles)
Ken Schles, the artist behind the underground cult classic Invisible City will be speaking tonight between 6 and 8 pm at an opening reception of his work at the Howard Greenberg Gallery. Schles lived in the East Village during the gritty, burned out decade of the 1980s and documented the harrowing yet glamorous world he saw through the lens of his camera. Keep Reading »
Update: Friday’s screening is full, but you should still subscribe to our newsletter, because 10 people selected at random will get passcodes to watch the new episodes for free.
Great news, folks: Bedford + Bowery is screening three brand-new episodes of “High Maintenance,” followed by a Q&A with creators Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld. Naturally, we’ll also be serving up free munchies, beer and wine at Bedford + Bowery’s newsroom Friday, Feb. 6. Keep Reading »
Director Charles Poekel knew he wanted a real Brooklyn Christmas tree stand for the backdrop of his first feature film, “Christmas, Again,” but tree salesmen are a tough crowd to get in with; he wasn’t sure how he was going to conduct research or get permission to film his low-budget flick. His solution? He became a bona fide tree salesman himself, setting up shop as McGolrick Trees for three cold Christmas seasons. Keep Reading »
Drones aren’t just for drunk-flying onto the White House lawn. They’re also for getting killer shots of NYC during the snow (Gothamist unearthed the one above) and as the organizer of the first annual New York City Drone Film Festival told us recently, they make for some seriously jaw-dropping cinema. The film fest has now unleashed the list of shorts that will be in competition March 7 at the Directors Guild of America Theater. The fest is sold out, but don’t worry — we’ve found some of the contenders online and have embedded them for your viewing pleasure below. Keep Reading »
Comedian David Cross, a disillusioned East Villager turned DUMBO dweller, is making his directorial debut with Hits, and he’ll be at the comedy’s New York premiere Feb. 12 at Nitehawk. The best part: the price of the ticket is up to you, so if you want to be a cheapass a la Todd Margaret you can save a few bucks and treat yourself to a beer while you watch. Keep Reading »
The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and your boss is still at Sundance, so get thee to one of New York City’s sledding spots (yes, they exist — and the Parks Department has a handy list of them) before it’s too late. Don’t have a sled? Grab one of these from the window of Paula Rubenstein, Ltd., at 21 Bond Street. (By “grab” we mean pay $235 to $385 for them — which is not that crazy if your entire office goes in on it.) Or, you could follow in the RV-steps of these guys who shredded the streets of Williamsburg on the night of the travel ban… Keep Reading »
Last night Ray’s Candy Store went full “candy shop,” as burlesque dancers once again hopped up on the lunch counter to celebrate Ray Alvarez’s 82nd birthday and his malt shop’s 40 years on Avenue A. According to a Facebook post, Ray not only got some lipstick kisses but also a scrapbook containing almost 200 photos of him and his shake shack over the years, which you can check out next time you drop in for some late-night cheese fries. He was quoted as saying, “When I die, I want to be buried with this book, some peanut butter, and my iPhone so I’ll have something to do.” See all the ray-cy photos over here.
In Williamsburg, two Havemeyer Street apartment buildings plus a third at 442 Lorimer Street were sold for a combined $48.1 million. 
Third Avenue neighbors Excel Custom Framing and E.V. Cheese Shop are rumored to be closing to make way for another East Village Duane Reade. [Curbed NY]
Subway busker Andrew Kalleen, who spent five hours in jail following an October performance at the Metropolitan Avenue G train station, filed a wrongful arrest lawsuit against the city. [Brooklyn Paper]
If you’re still kind of devastated that you weren’t there to see Broad City chat with Sleater Kinney, relax: the whole thing is onlineplus you’ve got another couple of chances to recoup your riot grrrl cred. First off, in an equally epic meeting of the minds, Lena Dunham is going to be chatting with Miranda July tomorrow, and somehow there are still tickets left (BAM just announced that July will be singing copies of her new novel after the event). And also: the Strand just announced that none other than Kim Gordon is coming to chat about her memoir, out in about a month. Keep Reading »
We met this guy outside of Veselka last night. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)
So it wasn’t the blizzard of the century – but it was enough to bring some new faces into our midst. There’s always an industrious few who try to make life from the scant snowfall we tend to get in this city, and this time around there was actually some material to work with. Behold, the best of this storm’s snowmen (and women, animals, etc.). They don’t have much longer, so join us in honoring our guests before they go grey and slushy. Keep Reading »