Steve Buscemi Premiered His FDNY Doc, Offering an Eye Into His Firefighting Days

Steve Buschemi at the New York City Fire Museum. (Dave Allocca/Starpix)

Steve Buschemi at the New York City Fire Museum. (Dave Allocca/Starpix)

A day after Boardwalk Empire’s season premiere party at the Ziegfeld, Steve Buscemi returned to his old Lower East Side stomping grounds to unveil his new HBO documentary, A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY.
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Join These Ladies Who LUNCH For Some Colorful Punch

Detail from Beka Goedde's Lunch (still life), 2014 from "All Solid Things Hold Together" series (image courtesy of Angela Conant)

Detail from Beka Goedde’s Lunch (still life), 2014 from “All Solid Things Hold Together” series (image courtesy of Angela Conant)

It’s a meal that many New Yorkers eat out of plastic containers at a desk, hunched over an LED screen—and like other meals, it’s one we often eat alone. But a trio of artists are cooking up an exhibition in Bushwick that might make you think harder about lunch.
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A Big Egg, Big Bees, and Even Bigger Data

All subjects you can contemplate at this week’s thrilling selection of readings and talks. 

Friday, September 5

We, The Outsiders Opening Reception
We, The Outsiders is an art exhibition that explores several perplexing questions: “Can it be said that art has a consciousness of its own? And if such a consciousness were independent of us, where would it place us in relation to itself?” I have no idea what that means, but I do know that the exhibition revolves around a gigantic egg—which probes, like the classic chicken-and-the-egg conundrum (I prosaically assume), where consciousness begins and ends when it comes to art. Keep Reading »

Emily Dickinson in Space; Thrift Disco in Bushwick

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Tommaso Mazzoni, owner of Milk and Roses Bistro in Greenpoint, was sliced on the chest with a sharp object Sunday night when he attempted to break up a customer dispute about a “stolen” cellphone. The alleged assailant, Alfred Davis, who was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and harassment, will be in court on November 7. [DNA Info]

Developers of the eight-story, 42-unit apartment building at 210 N.12th Street in Williamsburg received a $21 million loan to complete the project. [Commercial Observer]

Last night, a continuous three-day staging of Theater Plastique‘s musical “Emily Dickinson OUTER SPACE”—featuring 88 performers—began at The Bushwick Starr. The show wraps tomorrow night at 10 p.m. [Bushwick Daily] Keep Reading »

Okay, This Totally Trumps Seth Rogen

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

We were pretty sure Seth Rogen would be the biggest star around Tompkins Square Park this afternoon, but yeah — this totally trumps it.

While Rogen’s “Untitled X-mas Movie” was plunked down on the east side of the park, these portraits of Jesus, Mother Theresa, Spike Lee, Nelson Mandela, the Obamas, and Malcolm X loomed large over the west side. And yes, that’s The Donald.

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The paintings are part of the “Idols” series by artist Jeffrey Reid, who sat behind a table showing off a binder full of women (and men that he had painted) to curious passersby.

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Meanwhile, over on Avenue B, Sunny & Annie’s was closed — as expected — so that Jonathan Levine could film his Christmas movie starring Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Yawn!

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Bushwick’s New Wine Bar Wants to Buck the ‘Trader Joe’s Model’

The current drinks list (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

The current drinks list (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

Oenophiles of Bushwick, take note: Yes, you are slightly pretentious (full disclosure, I sheepishly include myself in this category) and no, you no longer have to feel bad about it. Henry Glucroft, proprietor of neighborhood gem Henry’s Wine and Spirit, has rustled up the answer to your Chablis-soaked dreams—in the forms of a local biodynamic wine bar.
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Smell O’ John Waters, No-Hitter On Acid, Anna Karina After Godard

Our list of the films worth seeing around town this week and beyond


How Anna Got Her Groove Back: Karina After Godard
Spectacle Theatre is hosting a month-long look at the lesser known work of French New Wave icon Anna Karina. The actress is best known for her roles in Godard films. But after her brief marriage to the filmmaker ended, she moved on to more varied roles and worked with legendary filmmakers such as Visconti and Fassbinder. Spectacle has chosen three films starring Karina: Anna (“a radiant pop musical”), Rendezvous a Bray (an erotic drama based on a short story by surrealist Julien Gracq), and The Time To Die (a sci-fi thriller). Starting Friday, September 5th and screening until September 30, various showtimes at Spectacle Theatre, 124 S 3rd Street in Williamsburg; tickets, $5 at the door 
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Remembering Shakespeare & Co.: ‘I Was Proud to Work There; It’s Hard to Explain’

With Shakespeare & Co. set to close its downtown store after 27 years — possibly to be replaced by a Foot Locker — we asked Marc Spitz, a former clerk, to share his thoughts about the beloved bookshop.

(Photos: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photos: Kirsten O’Regan)

If Chris Peterson, the general manager of Shakespeare and Company Booksellers, circa 1996, didn’t sit me down one afternoon and give me the choice to quit or be fired (a classy move so I could travel on to another job without having to explain a termination), they would have had to close their doors nearly twenty years ago instead of this month.
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