You couldn’t help but guffaw when it was announced that uber-hip media empire Vice was planning to launch a food court in New Jersey, but this one’s for the New Yorkers. And, ok, all the European tourists who flood Williamsburg. Smorgasburg just announced that it’s teaming with Vice to open a winter night market inside of Villain, the media company’s event space at 307 Kent Avenue. It’ll be one of two new indoor markets Smorg launches this season.
Introducing Book Hawks, in which we meet the sidewalk booksellers who brave the elements to bring you good reads.
Jen Fisher sells books, which she unpacks from the trunk of her car each day, on the corner of Avenue A and St. Marks Place. Our conversation was punctuated by her exchanges with friends and neighbors as they passed.
How’d you start selling books?
I started selling books five years ago, because I really love people and books and I want to share it with people. Books are very complicated, and they bring a lot of complication and beauty out of people.
If you ask Anya Sapozhnikova, co-founder of glitzy Bushwick club and venue House of Yes, Halloween is the biggest party season in New York. It’s also “kind of the most consent violation-y weekend of the whole year,” she tells me, something that’s far scarier than any ghouls or fake blood. That’s why starting this week, both her venue and Council Member Rafael L. Espinal Jr. will be spearheading a consent education initiative in the form of a website and posters that will be displayed in prominent nightlife venues throughout the city, with future plans that could make this type of consent-centric signage required.
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Talk about trashing your opponent.
Someone plastered this fake sanitation department PSA on a garbage bin at East 9th Street and Avenue A. (DSNY has confirmed their logo was used without permission.) Where there’d otherwise be a “LET’S MAKE NYC CLEAN AND RAT FREE” poster, there’s now this image of a Trump supporter who clearly doesn’t mind Chick-fil-A’s “creepy infiltration of New York City.” We reached out to Hanksy, of “Dump Trump” fame, but he said this one wasn’t his. If anyone knows who’s responsible, get in touch.
Update, 5:30pm: Looks like this is the work of Winston Tseng, the graphic designer and art director who previously gained attention with his Trump alphabet cards as well as fake ads for Hannity and a Yeezy x MAGA 2020 collab. Earlier this year he received a cease and desist after putting up a “Your Train Is Delayed” poster in the Bleecker Street subway station. Around the time this post was published, he Instagrammed three photos of “Keep NYC Trash Free” posters at other locations.
Corey Johnson began yesterday’s hearing with an elegy:
Tortilla Flats. 30+ years. Closing this weekend.
Clayworks Pottery. Kicked out after 44 years.
Lenox Lounge in Harlem. Billie Holiday played there. Being demolished to make way for a Sephora.
North Shore Hardware. 70 years. Given one month to vacate.
Cup and Saucer. Chinatown. Another diner lost.
The Associated Supermarket. Closed after having its rent tripled. Its storefront remains vacant.
It was a little after 1pm at City Hall. Johnson, the City Council Speaker, was offering opening remarks before a standing-room-only crowd at the hearing of the Committee on Small Business regarding the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBSJA).
The second Golden Probes taped on Saturday. In the words of creator Lizz Winstead, the satirical awards show “honors so many shitbags.”
It’s been a little over a year since Danny Bowien announced in a TimesTalk with Anthony Bourdain that he was opening a new location of his wildly popular Lower East Side and San Francisco restaurant, Mission Chinese Food. Obviously, a lot has changed since then– among other things, chef Angela Dimayuga has moved on— but Mission Chinese has finally opened its doors in East Williamsburg.
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The MTA’s haunted house at Union Square prompted countless jokes about how the subway system already is a horror show. But anyone who’s been dreading the impending L-pocalypse knows it’s going to get even worse. That’s the premise of The L Train Shutdown Nightmare, a pop-up nightclub and haunted house that’s bringing rat-roasting vagrants and man-eating rats to East Williamsburg.
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There’s now a Trader Joe’s in Manhattan with enough room in its aisles to stretch both of your arms.
Seriously — it’s big. Like, it’s biggest-on-the-East-Coast big. Like, 30,000-square-feet-in-New-York big.
Maybe you think you can be Joey Ramone for Halloween just by slapping on some sunglasses, jeans and a leather jacket, but a) you’re going to have to lose about 100 pounds to pull it off, and b) are you sure you know the correct lyrics to “Blitzkrieg Bob”? Leave it the rock-n-roll reenactment to the professionals at these Halloween cover shows.
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As I noted so very long ago, when I had significantly fewer cavities, Slush Puppies are nearly impossible to come by in New York City. Even back then, Chowhounders (remember Chowhounders?) were asking: “Slush Puppie in New York— does it exist?”
Can’t get your hands on– or don’t have the money for– New York City’s latest viral food sensation, the $75 smoked watermelon “hams” that Ducks Eatery makes at a rate of just three or four per night? Good news: Sandwich versions of the hams are now being served at the East Village restaurant’s sister spot, Harry & Ida’s. The catch: Only 30 are made per day, and they’re only available after 5pm.