Last week Page Six aired the grievances of some East Village residents who were none to pleased that Amazon’s new pilot, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, was shooting in their building. The building at 96 St. Marks Place isn’t exactly camera shy– you’ll find it on the cover of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti and in the video for the Stones’ “Waiting on a Friend.” Nevertheless, East Villagers are East Villagers and residents responded to a posting about the shoot by telling the production team to “Fuck off.” Turns out filming isn’t just taking over one building: Today, it’s taking over the entire stretch of St. Marks Place between First Street and Avenue A, transforming the quiet block into 1950s Macdougal Street.
Two Williamsburg residents were tricked into giving more than $13K in cash and gift cards to phone scammers last month. [DNA Info]
At 300 Nassau Avenue, rent-stablized tenants forced from their homes in late 2013 by the building’s “unlivable” conditions were able to return recently following building improvements. Their landlords, Joel and Amrom Israel, face criminal charges for fraud, grand larceny and unlawful eviction. [DNA Info]
Martha’s Country Bakery, a local Queens-based baked goods store and coffee shop with locations in Astoria, Bayside, and Forest Hills, has just opened their first Brooklyn location on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. According to the shop’s Facebook page, they opened their doors just yesterday, on October 3. That’s right—while you were reveling in the same Mean Girls quote for yet another year, you could have been shoveling in some serious chocolate mousse cake.
It’s not every day you see a show where the cast ends up covered in fake blood and has to run to the venue’s backyard to use the outdoor shower (not to be mistaken for the rooftop hot tub) so they can rinse off and run back onstage to finish the show. But exactly this occurs in Slumber, a new slasher-inspired circus and dance show coming to Bushwick’s House of Yes later this week, featuring choreography by the MTV VMA-nominated duo Keone and Mari Madrid, who choreographed and performed in Justin Bieber’s hit video for “Love Yourself.”
Slumber follows a group of girls and one guy on what very well may be the last night of their lives, as one soon reveals themselves to be more murderous than others. It unassumingly begins with an onstage pillow fight, which acts as foreshadowing for the more literal fighting ahead. This pillow fight was one of the first inspirations for the show, as was Kanye’s song “Real Friends,” a chase scene, and the over-the-top nature of The Walking Dead. Throw some in some aerial silks and a Chinese pole, as well as performers from the Broadway revival of Pippin and a healthy dose of electronic and hip-hop tunes, and there you have it. Oh, and let’s not forget “more blood than you could ever imagine.” Um, fake blood, we swear. Keep Reading »
Sunday night, the Golden Probe Awards recognized “outstanding achievements in sexism and anti-abortion extremism” at Le Poisson Rouge. In what was billed as “misogyny’s most glamorous evening,” some of the city’s best comedians handed out awards in categories such as “Best Adaption of Reality” and “Best Original Science.”
This past weekend, attendees of Bushwick Open Studios had their pick of more than 400 participating art spaces around the Bushwick-Ridgewood area. The weather for the new October iteration of BOS– after years of holding the arts festival during the first weekend in June– was rather dreary, and we heard many attendees say that without the sunshine, the annual art celebration just wasn’t the same. Jan Van Damne, one of the many visitors wandering the private studios at 17-17 Troutman on Sunday, observed that things were “less chaotic” this year, but admitted to us that “springtime was an appropriate date” for the crawl. What was it, the weather? “No, no– it was just bigger before. New York City was waking up, so it was a great time for a creative festival.”
On Sunday, a memorial was held for 25-year-old Carolyn Bush at Wendy’s Subway, a nonprofit library and reading room she co-founded in Williamsburg. Bush was allegedly stabbed to death by her roommate in their Queens apartment six days ago. [DNA Info]
Two Franciscan friars have been implementing some unorthodox strategies to try and save San Damiano Mission, a Greenpoint church. [NY Times]
In case you forgot, Gilmore Girls is making a triumphant return to Netflix on November 25, just in time for the show’s Sweet 16. If you just can’t wait till then to cozy up with
your best friends on Earth these strictly TV-only characters who you’re just somewhat mildly familiar with, and a piping-hot cuppa Joe (the Gilmore Girls official beverage of choice, duh), then Netflix has something sweet (but mostly just bitter) to hold you over.
The world is changing, and no one knows where it’s going. But Vice is hoping its new beer goes down your throat.
Perhaps you thought that the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side sounded angry earlier this year when about 60 activists associated with the group gathered outside Gracie Mansion in the bitter February cold to protest the mayor’s “big scam” of a housing plan. But that demonstration was nothing compared to the one staged Thursday, when the Coalition led a large, supremely loud protest against the loss of affordable housing.
Co//Modified: A Showcase of Design Artists
Opening Monday October 3 at The Living Gallery, 7 pm to 10 pm. One night only.
In this one-night-only show curated by Mia Schachter, eight artists who “straddle the line of intention between utilitarian design and art” will make their way to Bushwick’s The Living Gallery to show their work. Many of these artists make work that they predominantly try to sell as useful objects, like hyperstylized papier-mâché percussion instruments, ceramic mugs or pots, and embroidery. This show seeks to lay their salesperson spirit to rest momentarily so they can merely show off their creations as art. But if you’d like to go home with a piece or two, you’ll be able to do so as well.
What, you thought the Mets being in the playoffs was the most exciting thing to happen at Citi Field of late? Nah, that’d be the first annual installment of The Meadows Music and Arts Festival. The new fest from the folks behind Governors Ball went off without a hitch this past weekend– er, until headliner Kanye West left the stage in the middle of “Heartless,” about half an hour into his set. His vague apology about a family emergency hardly appeased those who had been waiting in the massive “Kanye merch” lines.