Kyo Pang, co-owner of the newly opened Kopitiam on Canal Street in Chinatown, is pulling off the rare and improbable. With remarkable concentration, she pours steaming Malaysian tea, teh tarik, from one aluminum pot to the other, lifting her hands above her head to extend the stream of tea. This is what is called “pulled tea” in Malaysia, which is something of a lost art in the Malaysian community in New York.
As its name implies, it takes some effort to discover the new storefront of Lower East Side’s enigmatic purveyors with panache, The Hunt. Framed under an electronics store sign belonging to an old tenant, The Hunt’s cryptic entrance acts as a sort of portal into the world contained within – part store, part museum – where the line between old and new is a bit uncertain.
The folks at Films in Tompkins are once again bringing a big screen to Tompkins Square Park this year. This year, series founder Darin Rubell (owner of Forrest Point and Boulton & Watt) has tapped some celebs to pick the flicks. Tonight James Franco has selected Chinatown, preceded by the “post-hipster smooth jazz” of Todd Gaynor. Hopefully he’ll bust out his smokin’ sax cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”
“Gates” open at 6 p.m., movies starting at sundown.
While we’ve been packing our picnic baskets for SummerScreen, Rooftop Films, Nitehawk’s Summer Series, Films on the Green, and the films at Socrates Sculpture Park, one of our favorite outdoor movie series has remained relatively mum about its plans. But the folks behind Films in Tompkins recently wrote in to tell us that, yes, they’re once again bringing a big screen to Tompkins Square Park this year. Not only that, but in the spirt of Greta Gerwig’s forthcoming film fest in Rockaway, series founder Darin Rubell (owner of Forrest Point and Boulton & Watt) has tapped some celebs to pick the flicks.
Federico García Lorca once again achieved Poet in New York status when a mural depicting the Spanish literary lion went up in Bushwick a couple of years ago. Now he’s returned to Manhattan, where he studied at Columbia in 1929 and penned “Sleepless City: Brooklyn Bridge Nocturne.” The poem is quoted in this new mural by Spanish artist Raúl Ruiz and Brooklyn’s own Cern.
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.
“We’re strategically hitting landlords who’ve been displacing thousands of tenants every year,” said Brandon Kielbasa, lead organizer at Cooper Square Committee, a tenant rights organization running since 1959.
Just in time for summer, Chinatown got a new bubble tea parlor via Formosa Cafe, on Eldridge Street. Actually, this one is less of a parlor and more of a slick lounge, complete with pleather seating, wifi, and Shepard Fairy-esque art on the walls. If you’re in a rush for slush, check out the photo below and read on for the menu.
A group of longtime residents of the Bowery will gather on the street in front of their homes Monday to officially announce their public fight against their landlord, who also owns nine other Bowery apartment buildings. A “couple dozen” tenants from adjacent numbers 83 and 85 have come forward to say they’ve been treated unfairly ever since the buildings were acquired by Joseph Betesh, according to Sarah Ahn, volunteer organizer for a tenants’ association that recently formed to address these issues.
Gentrification is inevitable, the folks at Chinatown Soup know that. But Michelle Esteva, Jordan Hill, and Max Waldman are ready. Sleeves rolled up and muscles flexed, they’re eager to preserve the cultural heritage of Chinatown — downtown Manhattan’s final frontier — one art exhibition at a time.
The streets around Seward Park are changing faster than you can say “LoLoEaSi.” Hot on the heels of the opening of Kiki’s and Pies ‘n’ Thighs, here are still more developments on the Lower Lower East Side.
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Watching people enjoy mah-jongg in Chinatown’s Columbus Park, it’s hard to imagine the site was a dangerous, decrepit slum in the late 1800s. Photojournalist and social reformer Jacob A. Riis dedicated a chapter in his 1890 book How the Other Half Lives to the squalid conditions in the area then known as Mulberry Bend.