You better believe we’re back with a sick music lineup for your eyes and ears only, boys and girls. This week, take advantage of the following opportunities to step outside your comfort zone. We’re not saying you should put yourself in a situation where you should dance. As if. Trust us, we’d never ask you to do something as unattractive as that. Rather, swoop into one new East Village venue and hit up another Greenpoint one that gets a lot less love than it deserves. Or just stick with the tried and true party spots, your choice. Gobble up these juicy sound waves while you can still feel em.
Philip Kafka, owner of Soho-based advertising firm Prince Media, has put up a second Detroit banner in place of the one we spotted at the beginning of March. Before we could make fun of his latest problematic plea to Bushwickians, the performance artist Matthew Silver and a pal stripped down to their underpants (gross) and freaked out some brunching Millennials (ew).
Local politicians Antonio Reynoso and Nick Rizzo were arrested Tuesday while participating in a sit-in to save endangered daycare and senior centers in North Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Paper]
Do you find yourself humming “The Age of Aquarius” in the shower? constantly cursing Mercury retrograde?blaming your misfortunes on Saturn? All of those are, um, signs that you should head to Parkside Lounge tonight for “Zodiac Burlesque: The Best of the West.”
This evening, Council Member Antonio Reynoso is planning to sit with seven others in the middle of Ainslie Street with the intention of getting arrested. “This is not something we would have wanted to have done at all,” says Jennifer Gutierrez, a spokesperson for Reynoso’s office. “We’re just frustrated.”
Like the people of Bushwick themselves, the speakers at the first ever TEDxBushwick on Saturday were a diverse bunch, ranging from Emmy nominated TV news reporter Debra Alfarone, who shared her journey from high school dropout to professional journalist, to Leon Feingold, who talked about his life-changing discovery of polyamory. “Translating Transformation” was theme of the day at the Livestream Public, and that specific brand of change known as gentrification was the focus for several speakers, including Bushwick poet Emanuel Xavier.
Yesterday morning around 3:30 a.m., one person was injured when a car-for-hire in Bushwick jumped the curb. [CBS NY]
A Lower East Side outpost of the Andy Warhol Museum is officially a no-go. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
An eight-building, 777-unit apartment complex may eventually grace Broadway Triangle, the intersection of Bed-Stuy, Bushwick and Williamsburg. [Crain's NY]
As Madonna once wisely said, “Music makes the people come together.” And that, dear readers, is exactly what we need at this moment. This rotten snowstorm is trying its best to hold us back and tear us apart. Let’s not let it do either. As soon as this snow stops falling, leave your apartment. If the whole city marches one by one over the freshly accumulated snow banks, maybe we can pound it into oblivion. It’s still weak as it sits now, so time is of the essence. If you’ve been too busy screaming at the top of your lungs and pulling out that leg hair you’ve let grown out to epic lengths (it’s been a hell of a long winter) to know what’s up for shows this weekend and beyond, as always we’ve got you covered. Get out there and destroy this thing, we believe in you.
In tracking down the band The Adventures of the Silver Spaceman (TAOTSS), whom I’d seen play at a Papercut Press event and who were playing at SXSW, I was confused by the ephemera on the internet which alternately claimed that the bandleader Zach Ellis also played in Brooklyn band Haybaby, also playing three different showcases at SXSW on their tour with Whiskey Bitches.
“I grew up right down the block,” Johnny Huynh (co-owner of Lucy’s, a tiny new Vietnamese restaurant in Bushwick) explained, beaming. “I’m a native. But it’s funny– I was never home. I was always out being a bad kid. So that was part of the ambition for this place, I wanted to learn to cook Vietnamese to learn more about my heritage.” Johnny, who is spotted with tattoos and looks as young as 25 sounds, sat down across the table from me at Lucy’s after I’d furiously whipped through a bowl of his fragrant bowl of vegetarian pho. This broth will be the base for all pho on offer here– no chicken or beef broth, but you can throw in some brisket if you’re feeling frisky. But man, Johnny’s broth is right up there with any of the meaty broths I’ve had, and honestly it only had to be about a quarter as good as this was to keep me coming back.
Leonardo Degianni, who admitted to causing a hit-and-run collision that killed Bushwick cyclist Mathieu Lefevre in 2011, will lose his driver’s license for six months. [Gothamist]
Next week construction commences on Forsyth Street Plaza, a $3.5 million undertaking on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]
I like to think of myself as a very flexible person. Over-imbibing isn’t exactly on my list of “don’ts.” I’ve learned over the years not to be an ageist, I proudly keep friends nearly twice my age, realizing if I’m lucky I might make it to middle age too. Admittedly partying is a pretty frivolous pursuit, a bourgeois distraction. But if you don’t party at least once in a while what does that make you? A party pooper? All of these things were running through my head when I met Chang Han last week, the restaurateur behind Amancay’s Diner in Bushwick. I had decided to keep an open mind, a general rule but one that was unusually difficult to follow in light of the juicy chatter surrounding this middle-aged party boy with a taste for young ladies. So I wasn’t exactly surprised when Chang asked me a very presumptuous question: “How do you party?”