Turns out, Run the Jewels aren’t the only folks Nas recently teamed up with. The man who once spat the words “fried chicken, fly vixen / give me heart disease but need you in my kitchen” is now a partner in Sweet Chick.
Noelle Francois (far right) at a talk at Northside Festival. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)
Mayor de Blasio announced today that his Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force has made its first arrest, of a landlord who, among other things, stands accused of illegally depriving rent-regulated tenants of heat even as temperatures were below freezing. The indictment of Daniel Melamed for allegedly endangering the welfare of his tenants during winter renovations of his Crown Heights building “sends a clear signal to any unscrupulous landlords that they will be next,” De Blasio said. “And we’ll spare no effort in going out – going after those who are forcing New Yorkers out of their homes illegally.”
The commanding officer of the Ninth Precinct called on East Village residents to be on the lookout for a “pattern assault perpetrator” who has attacked four Asian women over the past week in a series of apparent bias crimes, striking them with a bag “containing a hard object.”
“This is obviously a perpetrator that we want to get off the street,” Deputy Inspector Peter Venice told a gathering of locals at the East Fifth Street stationhouse last night during the last meeting of its community council before the summer break. He asked them to contact the police tip line if they see a person of interest. The c.o. gave no description of the suspect, who is said to be a slender man thought to be in his 20s. But he noted there were posters up in the neighborhood and recommended watching television reports for additional information.
A roughly hewn slab of marbled granite juts from the wall of Lower East Side gallery On Stellar Rays. Atop the granite sit two circles: one a speckled ceramic lens-like object, the other a framed photograph of a violent scene.
On a Southwest flight to Las Vegas, I sat next to a spunky, petite woman from Baltimore who now lives in Brooklyn. Her small stature belies her strength—I’ve watched her do handstands and seen her lift a man heavier than her while wearing kitten heels. Trixie Little was on her way to compete—for the fifth time, much like Diana Nyad—for the title of Miss Exotic World, the queen of burlesque crowned annually at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender.
After Heineken released a video yesterday announcing that it was backing James Murphy’s dream of turning the shrill beeps of Metrocard swipes into a series of pleasant musical tones, we had a few questions about the logistics of this “subway symphony.” So we got the LCD Soundsystem frontman on the phone.
Details have now emerged about the three-tier art crawl honoring Michael Alig that we told you about last month. It remains to be seen whether this veritable Aligpalooza will approach the level of the parties he threw at the Limelight before he famously killed a fellow club kid and was thrown in prison for 17 years; if you’re dying to relive those days, a new documentary screening at the Manhattan Film Festival will provide plenty of throwback footage.
We’re still holding. Cat Hair Pills, that is. After answering a mysterious flyer posted in Bed-Stuy last week and being directed to One Last Shag, where we acquired pills stuffed with cat hair, we couldn’t decide what to do with them. Throw them in the garbage? Toss them in the East River? Feed them to ourselves or our roommate or some cat lady we know? We had more questions for the Cat Hair Pill sorcerer. Admittedly, our journalism only “scratches the surface” and we’re no closer to discovering the Cat Hair Pillducer(s)’s identity, but we at least have a slightly better understanding of their designs on this world as well as some up-close-and-personal photos of the contributing cats.
Practice music series, Monday nights at Trans Pecos in Ridgewood (Photo: Nicole Disser)
Trans Pecos isn’t a new establishment by any definition– the Ridgewood music venue brought to us by DIY veteran Todd P has been hosting shows in the old Silent Barn space for about a year and a half now. During that time they’ve struggled to obtain a liquor license, which, let’s face it, makes all the difference in the world when it comes to running a (legal) show space. But when we stopped by Monday night for the return of Diamond Terrifier‘s experimental and outsider music series, Practice, the place was bubbling anew not just with boozy energy thanks to a spanking new license to serve, but with a combination that might seem lost on most other venues around town: hypnotic attentiveness to mind-bending music and an experimental lineup that was magically paired with a sense of accessibility.
The East Village already has Jeepney, Maharlika, Krystal’s Cafe 81, and good ol’ Johnny Air Mart, but where Filipino food is concerned, we say pile it on like it’s a tub of halo halo. The latest entrant into the category is a familiar face: Chef King Phojanakong of LES BYOB destination Kuma Inn has set up inside of East Village beer bar Jimmy’s No. 43 and replaced the menu with one featuring “Thai and Filipino inspired cuisine.” A message from Jimmy’s No. 43 says the full menu at Tito King’s Kitchen, which you can see below, launches tonight.