A 26-year-old man was attacked by at least eight assailants outside Vaqueros restaurant on Saturday at midnight. The Bushwick altercation was captured on video. [Gothamist]
At Progress High School in Williamsburg, a police officer working with the School Safety Division was filmed in December striking an 18-year-old student twice with his baton. [NY1]
Two thieves are canvassing Bushwick by crawling through apartment windows, police say. [Brooklyn Paper]
“Bernie Sanders Asks Anyone Who’s Serious About Breaking Up Big Banks To Meet Him On Corner Of Canal and Bowery At Midnight.” That Onion headline from a couple of days ago all but became a reality today when the presidential candidate dropped into an art opening on the Bowery— pretty, pretty close to Canal.
Ethan Hawke and Patti Smith seemed like kind of a weird pairing for a Tribeca Talk, and yesterday’s tete a tete at the Tribeca Film Festival started a little awkwardly when they couldn’t decide who was supposed to be the moderator. “How about this?” Smith suggested. “Neither one of us be the moderator and we’ll both be ourselves.”
Tonight, Rinsed is launching a three-week pop-up nightclub named 3001: Odyssey – an homage to the original 2001 Odyssey club in Bay Ridge that the screenplay for Saturday Night Fever was based on – and it promises to be “a dance floor party through time and space” with “Brooklyn’s best custom sound system.”
The last time we saw Nasa Hadizadeh of Alt Space– the IRL art and fashion hub of Alt Citizen– it was January and she and her crew were so, so ready to cram their stuff inside a baby blue short bus and escape winter early by way of an enviable jaunt across the country. That’s exactly what Alt Space did after closing down its Montrose Avenue incarnation. Now, after a few months and some bumps along the way (including a broke-down bus), they’ve returned to Brooklyn with a whole new lease on pop-up life.
There’s been a new development in the battle between East Village tenants and their landlord, Jared Kushner (aka Donald Trump’s son-in-law). Residents of 118 East 4th Street weren’t too pleased last time we checked in with them. After months without cooking gas and terrible garbage buildups, tenants took Kushner and his company, Westminster City Living, to housing court. Now, however, we’re told they’ve reached a settlement.
James Chance and the Contortions, Gary Wilson with Tredici Bacci, Horse Lords, Eartheater
Friday, April 29, 8 pm at Market Hotel: $13
Excuse me while I have a fangirl moment here, but when I found out that James Chance and the Contortions were playing Market Hotel I just about had an aneurysm. One of the weirder musicians out of the New York City no wave scene, James Chance, of course, fronted the outfit with his freakaleak saxophone skills, super-hyper screetching, and bleeding-throat acrobatics– a spirit reminiscent of James Brown. Chance’s devotion to jazz seeps through his music, and for that reason his live tracks, as documents of funky improvisational exercises, noisy meltdowns, and legitimate, Dr. Jekyll-worthy freakouts, are a new listener’s best bet.
While Bernie gets his own street art and gallery show and Hillary is feted with a Bushwick pantsuit competition, that other presidential candidate with New York roots has seen something of a “cultural flowering” in his own right. If you haven’t yet had a chance to “Beat up Trump” or bash a piñata of the real-estate mogul’s likeness, tonight you can head to Trumpmania, an orange-haired art exhibit and auction at 311 East Broadway where there’s “something for everyone” (yep, even Trump supporters).
Can I float something by you?
I know, I know, it’s still kind of nipply out, as Clark Griswold would say. But our favorite party boat, The Frying Pan, is reopening for the season in a matter of hours, and you might want to get over there before those massive lines start forming again.
Do Something Variety Show
At Over the Eight, 594 Union Ave, Williamsburg. 8pm. $5 suggested donation. More info here.
The wacky and humorous Jo Firestone co-hosts this bizarre-sounding recurring variety show of mostly comedic madness this Friday night. There will be poetry readings, tunes, comedy, and even something “wiggly and crazy.” Also someone/thing named Crimbo, who remains a mystery to me. Throw in some cheap drinks, and I am not sure one needs anything more.
Things turned pretty sour at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the Democratic Debate last night, but don’t worry — the Mast Brothers are gonna sweeten everything up. The bearded brothers have announced that they’re joining Russ & Daughters in opening a production facility in the Navy Yard’s massive new Green Manufacturing Center.
So what do the hirsute gourmands have planned for their new chocolate factory? Rest assured, it’s Willy Wonka-worthy: a “chocolate brewery.” That’s right, in addition to churning out the candy bars sold at their Williamsburg shop, the factory will be brewing, bottling, and kegging the brand’s (non-alcoholic) chocolate beer.
Mast’s reputation was somewhat tarnished late last year when it came to light that the brothers had mixed industrial chocolate into their “bean-to-bar” product while they were getting their company off the ground. But this should win them back some fans: they’re launching a M.A.S.T. (Math, Art, Science, Techonology) program that will invite local grade-schoolers into the facility for tours and other programs. Plus, the factory will double Mast’s current workforce of about 75 people.
Rick Mast, who founded the company with his brother Michael, said in a press release that it was “a dream come true” to “have the chance to create many more delicious jobs.”