When I arrived at Velo, the bike shop on Dekalb Avenue in Bushwick, I was directed down a dimly lit staircase to the basement. In a small room, the only one not stocked to the gills with bicycle guts, I found Rob Prichard and Tom Tenney, creator/producers of Radio Free Brooklyn. They’ve outfitted the room, which they rent from Velo, with turntables, microphones, mixing boards and computers in the name of launching Brooklyn’s own 24/7 online radio station.
a shot from Lucha Libre 2014 (photo: New York Stock Exchange)
Cinco de Mayo is probably best known as a reminder of American ignorance. Northern-dwelling Americans, including myself, are often raised to think of this Mexican national holiday as the equivalent of Independence Day in the US (it’s actually a holiday celebrating the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla) and while correcting factual misunderstanding is somewhat easy, old habits die hard. That’s why we’ve thrown our good judgment out the window and made this list of great happenings on and around Cinco de Mayo.
Alt Citizen has been doing their thing since 2012– the music blog’s bread-and-butter is album reviews (past and present), essays, show recommendations (mostly local Brooklyn stuff), and interviews with bands from all over. Last year, they expanded to a pocket-sized zine, of which three issues have dropped. “When you do a blog for years you start to go crazy not having a tangible thing to show people in terms of what you’re working on, so the zine naturally came out of that,” editor-in-chief and founder Nasa Hadizadeh admitted. The same impetus was behind Alt Space, a brand new storefront and gallery Alt Citizen is opening in Bushwick next week.
“These are gluten-free, vegan pancakes,” Jacqueline Mary called out as she brought out a new stack of flapjacks, against the backdrop of a transexual man masturbating. “If you are not vegan or gluten free, don’t fuckin’ eat them. Because we don’t have that many. More will be coming out.”
After 21 years at the Orpheum Theatre, Stomp is departing the East Village for Times Square, citing poor venue conditions. [NY Post]
The former creative chief for designer Elie Tahari, Kobi Halperin, sold his Astor Place apartment for $15.5 million with help from Million Dollar Listings. [NY Daily News]
Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Bushwick, tour Roberta’s kitchen garden, sip a beer and take home a potted plant for $25. And at 7 p.m., John “Johnny Rotten” Lyndon will sign copies his new memoirAnger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored at Strand. [The Skint]
Could a tax on East River bridges ease some of North Brooklyn’s transportation woes? The area’s council members, Antonio Reynoso and Stephen Levin, think so. Today they threw their support behind the Move NY Fair Plan, which aims to combat congestion and generate some of the $15.2 billion funding gap in the MTA’s 2015-2019 Capital Plan.
Former Sushi Park chef Machendra Chongbang filed a lawsuit against Maria Hrynenko— owner of the destroyed restaurant’s building on Second Avenue—after a gas line exploded in March, killing two and injuring others. [NY Daily News]
Check out Nicolas Heller’s short documentary, above, about Jim “Mosaic Man” Power, who wants to “mosaic the whole city.” [No Your City]
Police are looking for a man who followed a Williamsburg woman into her apartment building on April 18, grabbed her behind, and fled. [Brooklyn Paper]
Colony 1209, a rather, um, insensitively named luxury development in Bushwick featuring a doorman, ping pong tables, a “speakeasy,” and a gym, has caused quite a stir since it opened up its 127 units inviting “bohemians” to become “settlers” in “Brooklyn’s vibrant new frontier.” Last summer, Bushwick Dailydubbed Colony 1209 the neighborhood’s “most controversial new building,” which judging by the apartment’s website copy, is something the developers might just have been aiming for. But in a neighborhood where there’s an acute and visible housing crisis happening (see: tenant harassment, demographic shifts, skyrocketing rent, etc.) it was a matter of time before people got really angry.
The fourth annual Brooklyn Zine Fest is happening this weekend (Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26) and we’re getting super excited to check out what more than 150 zine crafters will be hawking at the Brooklyn Historical Society as well as a brand new panel series which looks to be interesting and varied, just how we like our zines.