Above, go behind the scenes of the making of Man in a Cube, a stunt about a man who pretended to call the Astor Place Cube his casa. [Curbed NY]
Welcome back to another week of exciting film picks by us. Again, you ask? Yes, again. Relentless? Perhaps. Hint: it will never end. So get used to this undeniable brilliance mixed with essential despair because based on what the stars are telling me, this will never subside. That is unless of course Waka Flocka Flame actually does win the Presidency. In that case, the revolution will have come and gone and only a perfect utopia will remain. At that point I can’t make any promises. Until then, we have each other.
The security footage above shows a man trying to get into an art gallery at 153 Stanton Street this past Sunday night. He eventually succeeded in breaking in and took some electronics and a bike, the police say.
The gallery’s owner, who asked that we not use his name or that of the gallery, didn’t paint a pretty picture of the scene: he told us that after the hooded hoodlum “crashed through the door” he helped himself to two computers and a bike, making off with some $2,000 in goods. But the heist was a “sloppy attempt” given that he could’ve also pinched some projectors, cameras, and art.
If you recognize this artful dodger, give the folks at the 7th Precinct a call.
If you’re going through Girls withdrawal (it’s been almost a month since the season ended), the Tribeca Film Festival has just the methadone you’re looking for. Not only do a couple of the show’s producers appear in Very Semi-Serious and Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead (Bruce Eric Kaplan is also a New Yorker cartoonist and Judd Apatow is a National Lampoon fan) but Adam Driver and Zosia Mamet are the leads in Hungry Hearts and Bleeding Heart, respectively. Both are dark psychological thrillers in which the characters get caught up with a deeply disturbed romantic partner and run to their parents for help. Spoiler alert: neither of these films end well. But are either of them heart-worthy?
Cocktails on a zombie-infested sunken ship, in the year 2023? Welcome to Rocking Dead, an interactive theater performance and dance party aboard the Lightship Frying Pan.
Shaking hands with Chris Williams and Jeff Schroeder immediately made me feel not only very un-tan but also very un-rad. The two friends recently moved from California and have opened up Union Surfboards in their new neighborhood, Greenpoint. We met inside their studio that’s just big enough to sand off a board and drink a few beers in the process. The place is dusty, but in a clean beachy sort of way and is by no means a faddy showroom– it’s a real workshop. As we spoke, Williams, despite having a broken hand, would compulsively polish one of the boards propped up on a saw horse.
The 11-acre parcel of land where the now-incinerated CitiStorage warehouse once stood is worth over half a billion dollars, according to Norm Brodsky, the site’s owner. But calls for the city to acquire the property and turn it into a park haven’t ceased.
Following an article in The Post about the number of sex offenders residing in a Kip’s Bay homeless shelter, the Department of Homeless Services relocated the 12+ men to a facility on Greenpoint’s Clay Street. [NY Post]
Ben Shaoul’s real estate company received a $97 million loan for a planned residential complex at 196 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side. [The Real Deal]
The Williamsburg Hotel — yep, the one with a cocktail bar in a rooftop water tower — announced today that when it opens late this year, rooms will start at $250 a night (we’re assuming the rooms with private balconies will go for more). A press release sent to B+B bills the 150-room hotel, located at Wythe Avenue and North 10th Street, as an “urban resort.”
Heightened police presence in response to a string of robberies in the East Village/Gramercy Park area likely caused Kenneth Nottage, 46, to flee the neighborhood and head north, where he was apprehended April 10, said Deputy Inspector Peter J. Venice at a community meeting of the 9th Precinct Tuesday.
The future of The Sixth Ward hangs in the balance after the New York State Liquor Authority decided today to strip the Lower East Side bar of its liquor license. The LES Dwellers, a local community group, said they welcome the SLA’s decision to crack down on the bar, which they say is a “complaint-ridden and illegally-operating” nuisance that contributed to longstanding complaints of noise and general debauchery within the 9-block radius known as Hell Square.
Colony 1209, a rather, um, insensitively named luxury development in Bushwick featuring a doorman, ping pong tables, a “speakeasy,” and a gym, has caused quite a stir since it opened up its 127 units inviting “bohemians” to become “settlers” in “Brooklyn’s vibrant new frontier.” Last summer, Bushwick Daily dubbed Colony 1209 the neighborhood’s “most controversial new building,” which judging by the apartment’s website copy, is something the developers might just have been aiming for. But in a neighborhood where there’s an acute and visible housing crisis happening (see: tenant harassment, demographic shifts, skyrocketing rent, etc.) it was a matter of time before people got really angry.