NBC Wants to Come Over to Your Place and Shoot a Couple of Shows

The Slap location-seeking flyer, spotted on Grand Street, Williamsburg (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The Slap location-seeking flyer, spotted on Grand Street, Williamsburg (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Gird your lofts. North Brooklyn is set to be enshrined (yet again) in the ageless portals of our most glorious medium—I’m talking of course of television—in a pair of NBC/Universal productions currently in pre-production. And the studio wants YOU to help make it happen.

Location scouts for both The Slap (a miniseries based on Christos Tsiolkas’ celebrated novel of the same name) and Mr Robot (a pilot about a young, socially awkward programmer who decides he can only connect to people by hacking them) have been loitering and flyer-posting in the Williamsburg/Bushwick vicinity.
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ABC No Rio and Its Zine Library Hope to Turn a New Page

ABC No Rio Zine Library (Photo: Nicole Disser)

ABC No Rio Zine Library (Photo: Nicole Disser)

ABC No Rio is falling apart, as it has been for decades. But it sort of comes with the territory– as a (now former) squat house, punk venue, and art-making community space since the late 1970s, the building has leveled some expected wear. Minor repairs, such as patching up a massive hole in the wall that read “rat poison” back in 1989 and the roof encapsulation twenty years later in 2009, haven’t done much to seriously improve the conditions of what, deep down, is an ailing tenement house.
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Cleaner Streets, But Dirty Needles Are Still a Cause for Concern

(Photo: Amy Lombard)

(Photo: Amy Lombard)

It was dark by the time members of the East Village walkabout group entered Tompkins Square Park, carrying plastic bags containing clean syringes, sterilized cookers and tourniquets, condoms, lubricants and dental dams.
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Whitehouse Hostel Closes On Bowery; Miley Cyrus Hits Bushwick For Fashion Week

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Frederik Eklund of Million Dollar Listing reportedly sold the 40-unit development at 50 Clinton Street for $28 million. [The Real Deal]

Clad in black pants and pasties, Miley Cyrus stopped by Alexander Wang’s fashion week after party in Bushwick Saturday night. [NY Observer]

Community Board 3 approved this pedestrian-friendly redesign of Orchard Street. [DNA Info]
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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 »