East Village residents were relieved to see that B&H Dairy, a fixture of the neighborhood, reopened this morning after being closed for several months because of the Second Avenue gas explosion. They crowded into the narrow diner, happy to once again sit down to a plate of the 76-year-old vegetarian restaurant’s Eastern European comfort food.
That was our first thought upon hearing of Hell Phone. But before we sharpened our pitchforks, it seemed worth paying a benefit-of-the-doubt-visit to the recently opened extension of the Ange Noir Café in Bushwick. Admittedly, they also had us at their offer of crepes.
The first thing to catch our eye was a chalkboard outside Ange Noir encouraging its customers to “go through the phone booth” inside. While in its modern conception the speakeasy has lost its critical need to be inconspicuous, this seemed gratuitous. But, as co-owner Anguy Pacini explained it, before you can have anonymity, you need customers.
It’s officially been a year since Dunkin’ did its plunkin’ on Cooper Square, but its venerable neighbor to the left, Cafe Zaya, soldiers on, doling out delicious cheese domes, rice triangles, and all the rest. Today we found this on the pastry shelf. A “potato salad doughnut.” It’s exactly what it sounds like: a lump of potato salad ensconced in a thin veneer of semi-sweat dough. But it’s so much better than it sounds like. In fact, it’s #amazing. Feast your eyes on the cross-section, below.
Yesterday around 3:30 p.m., an 82-year-old female pedestrian died after being hit by a dump truck while crossing Broadway near Gates Avenue in Bushwick. [Gothamist]
A six-story, mixed-use building at 130 Orchard Street recently sold for $28 million. [The Real Deal]
Boulevard Tavern in Greenpoint will soon shutter after 10 years as its current incarnation. [DNA Info]
Doka Square, a new Japanese restaurant located at 53 Delancey Street/141 Eldridge Street, plans to open early next week. [Bowery Boogie]
You could ask your date what she thought about the movie or you could ask the directors. Some of our favorites will be at your service.
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach talk Mistress America
Gerwig appears Friday, Aug. 14 at 7:15 p.m., Baumbach appears Saturday, Aug. 15 at 7:15 p.m., at Sunshine Cinema, tickets $13.50
Lovebirds Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach will peel themselves away from each other for separate Q&As about their new movie Mistress America. You may be asking yourself, “Wait a minute? Didn’t the Squid and the Whale guy just do a Q&A for a new movie?” Well, yes, but While We’re Young was all the way back in March and he’s trying to beat Onur Tukel as Brooklyn’s most prolific filmmaker.
I was in Detroit for New Year’s Eve sometime in the recent past, and ended up partying at a place called North End Studios. I was taking lots of stupid party photos and snapped a photo of a friend who had nestled up to another girl I didn’t know. This mystery woman was clutching a tallboy of Coors, not unusual, but she also wore purple-painted eyebrows, a high-collared ivory fur coat, and a black beanie with skulls on it. I posted it on Instagram and instantly accumulated a hefty number of likes.
A day doesn’t go by without a new Smorgasburg popping up somewhere (most recently, Coney Island, South Street Seaport, and Long Island City), and here’s another surprise: the Smorg is moving its long-standing Brooklyn Bridge Park market to increasingly trendy Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.
Michael Alig’s Lower East Side art show has been replaced by a gelato pop-up, but rest assured the King of the Club Kids is still making the scene. He’s returning to nightlife (if a talk show can be considered nightlife) and moving his web series, “The Pee-ew,” to Lovegun, a gay bar in East Williamsburg. No, there won’t be any ecstasy punch going around, but, starting Aug. 22 and continuing weekly, there will be an open bar at 7:30 p.m., right before the 8 p.m. taping of five episodes of their show.
The term “Lynchian” tends to evoke the dark, off-center sensibility of its carefully-coiffed namesake. It’s an adjective that could be used similarly to describe the indomitable comic stylings of a fellow Lynch named Jane. In this sense, “Jane Lynchian” refers to a no-bullshit, straight shooter always willing to share what’s on her mind (from Guatemalan ex-lovers to cocaine breakfasts). More recently, Lynch – as the jumpsuit wearing, draconian coach Sue Sylvester on Glee – added “songstress” to that list. But don’t take my word for it. Next week at Joe’s Pub you’ll be able to experience all that is “Jane Lynchian” courtesy of her new show, “See Jane Sing.”
Having begun her career on stage, Lynch’s tiptoe back toward theater was inevitable. Following her successful portrayal of Sue Sylvester, Lynch was cast as the equally villainous Miss Hanningan in last year’s Broadway production of Annie. Soon after, Lynch was invited by 54 Below, a local cabaret club, to perform her “act.” Though she had nothing prepared, Lynch accepted, improvising with a handful of what she says are “songs I just liked.”
When Lit Lounge’s co-owner Erik Foss announced a month ago that the East Village institution would close after 13 years, we thought the place would have at least a few more wild nights in store if not the goodbye party of the decade. But after a particularly unseemly incident (even for Lit) a couple of weeks ago, the bar unceremoniously shuttered without so much as a nod and a “later, guys.”
A Bushwick man was arrested on August 4 for his role in a large-scale drug ring where a reported $225K of cocaine was hidden inside children’s birthday packages. [Pix 11]
Despite opposition to a proposed restaurant named Chinese Tuxedo, work is taking place in the former home of the Chinese Theater, a onetime gangster haunt. [Bowery Boogie]
A couple of big developments on campus: Marymount Manhattan College has announced that its Cooper Square dorm will open at the end of the month, and NYU has announced that its Coles Sports and Recreation Center won’t be closing till at least the end of the year.
First off, MMC revealed today that its 12-story student residence at 200 East 6th Street — which sprung up after developer Arun Bhatia controversially demolished a historic row house at 35 Cooper Square — will open August 28. The residence will feature amenities such as an outdoor terrace space, a 24-hour study lounge, laundry facilities, bike storage, and a gym. Students will also get discounts at places like Fresh & Co, New York Health & Racquet Club, The Bean, and Kmart.