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Celebrate Leonard Cohen With a Tribute Concert and Film Series

The next month or so will bring many an opportunity to honor the late, great Leonard Cohen. You’re already aware that Film Forum is screening the tour documentary Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire. And you may have heard about “Sincerely, L. Cohen,” the tribute concert scheduled for January 24 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets went on sale today). That show will feature Joan as Policewoman, Richard Thompson, Lenny Kaye of Patti Smith Group, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Ian O’Neil of Deer Tick, and Hannah Cohen (no relation), among others. To top it all off, Anthology Film Archives has announced a film program that will pay tribute to the Canadian crooner, who died in November.

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New One From El Cortez; Egg-Waffle Cones Hit LES

Members of the Williamsburg Montessori School community are advocating for a crossing guard, speed bump and school zone signs on Kent Avenue, where a 21-year-old man died in December after he was pulled under the wheels of a tractor-trailer. [DNA Info]

In Williamsburg’s Hasidic enclave last Tuesday, police say two Yiddish-speaking men in a van attempted to entice a 12-year-old boy and then a 10-year-old girl with a lollipop. [Patch]

On E. 2nd Street, Houston Street Beer Distributors recently encountered the wrecking ball, making way for a seven-unit residential building. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »

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LES Residents Are ‘Rent Burdened’; Cookie Pantsuit For Hillary

According to the real estate brokerage firm MNS, Lower East Side tenants are among the city’s most “rent burdened” because on average, household incomes are lower than many other neighborhoods. Residents paying more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent are considered rent burdened. [DNA Info]

Meanwhile, tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., financial and real estate professional (including notorious landlord Ben Shaoul) will participate in a talk at Landmark Sunshine Cinema called, “L.E.S. is MORE.” [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]

Bushwick-based photographer Delphine Diallo collaborated with Shepard Fairey on a portrait that will be used prominently in “We The People,” an Amplifier Foundation-backed social justice campaign kicking off on Inauguration Day. [Bushwick Daily]
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City Adds 22K Affordable Housing Units; President Sanders Film Festival

The loss of two young Bronx sisters last month blamed on a malfunctioning radiator has caused Public Advocate Letitia James to investigate the Bushwick-based non-profit that oversees the shelter where they died. [DNA Info]

In a lawsuit, five disabled or mobility-impaired tenants of 946 Bushwick Avenue accuse their landlord, GRJ LLC (helmed by brothers Graham and Gregory Jones), of violating their civil and housing rights. [DNA Info]

Last year, the city built or preserved nearly 22K units of affordable housing, a 27-year high. [NY Times] Keep Reading »

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New Vietnamese Spots in East Village; Planned Parenthood Benefit at MHOW

Ha Noi House debuted yesterday at 119 St. Marks Place, while fellow Vietnamese eatery Madame Vo is bound for E. 10th Street. [Eater NY]

The latter’s neighbor will be Patisserie Florentine, a new bakery offshoot of the eponymous Englewood, New Jersey-based French cafe. [EV Grieve]

Alex Dimitrov, owner of Ludlow Street bar Mehanata, now oversees a Williamsburg restaurant bedecked in Hogwarts-inspired decor called Pasta Wiz. [Gothamist]
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A Talking Astor Place Cube, Queer Vloggers, and More Performance Picks

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(flyer via Wild Project)

(flyer via Wild Project)

F*@#d in the East Village
January 11-17 at The Wild Project, 7:30 pm: $20, $16 students/seniors.

The East Village isn’t what it used to be, I think we all know that. Samantha Fontana and Roger Manix especially do, so much that they’ve crafted a comedic play all about it. F*@#d in the East Village is one of those plays where two people play many characters, but in this case the show begins with only two people: a “recently dumped high school senior” who meets “her twentysomething gay man self in 2005.” Now that that pattern of logic has been established, the audience will go on a journey back in time to the East Village of the past, only it’s a little weirder and more surreal. Not in the sense of there being more avant-garde art spaces, but like, in the sense that the Astor Place Cube is granted the ability to speak. You know, just average stuff like that. Fontana is a born-and-bred East Villager, so this isn’t a mediation on “old New York” by people whose first interactions with the city included Duane Reades and Starbucks on every corner already.

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Aliens and Zombies and Androids, Oh My! It’s the NY Sci-Fi Film Fest

Now that you’re done binging on Black Mirror and Westworld, it’s good to know there’s a sci-fi film fest in the not-so-distant future. The New York Science Fiction Film Festival launches next Friday, January 20, and brings an intriguing slate of films to downtown venues like the Roxy Hotel Cinema and Anthology Film Archives. The schedule promises UFO cults, zombie attacks, breath mint ads for vampires, apocalyptic viruses, murderous humanoid robots, android clones of Philip K. Dick, and Winston Churchill battling Nazis with a group of time-traveling super scientists. There’s even a 360 VR experience simulating a Bohemian Grove-esque virgin sacrifice, set to music by These Machines Are Winning. Okay, then!

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Bushwick Fire Leaves Families Homeless; Hotel Rises on Bowery

An 85-year-old man was struck and killed yesterday near 584 Grand Street by a driver in a white truck who fled the scene. [Gothamist]

Seven families are homeless following a fire yesterday afternoon on Bushwick’s Evergreen Avenue, where two of the 150 responding firefighters sustained minor injuries. [NY1]

According to police, 38-year-old Henry Pacheco is a person of interest in last week’s strangulation death of an Alphabet City woman, 27. [ABC 7 NY] Keep Reading »

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Women Getting Lit, Plexiglas Playgrounds, and More Art

Kate Hush (image via Cooler Gallery)

Kate Hush (image via Cooler Gallery)

Female Behavior
Opening Tuesday January 10 at Cooler Gallery, 7 pm to 10 pm. On view through January 31. 

Firstly, let’s discuss this gallery’s name. Sure, it sounds sort of pompous, in a cooler-than-you kind of way, and maybe that’s what they think of themselves. But the origin of this gallery is actually, well, cool. It exists within a “repurposed industrial icebox” in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, so it really is a cooler gallery. Plus, it seeks to display work that involves elements of manufacturing, so it’s aware of its roots. But enough about the gallery, let’s get to the show: artist Kate Hush makes massive sculptures of neon light, and what she is particularly trying to capture in her solo show, Female Behavior, are women and their so-called “wicked ways.” She writes of light being produced when bonds are broken, such as the cutting of a diamond, so she has crafted female silhouettes to portray those who are seen as cruel and conniving simply for being “sharp” or for cutting ties with a man who will then call her crazy. May women burn bright and powerful as much as they can, especially now.

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This Queer Performance Festival Wants to Mend Our Generational ‘Disconnect’

Banjela Davis

Banjela Davis (Photo courtesy of La MaMa’s Squirts)

Nowadays, it’s common to see one generation insisting that the other will never understand them, whether its Jerry Seinfeld lamenting that college kids are “too PC,” the drag performer Lady Bunny balking at “crybabies” and new pronouns, or tweens making memes decrying the whole bootstraps thing (every Boomer’s favorite piece of outdated advice).

Given this disconnect, it’s not everyday that you see a generational cross section of people in the same room together, let alone actually listening to each other. This rings especially true for people in the queer community, who experience generational differences in even starker terms because of the gaping hole that the AIDS epidemic left behind. But bridging this gap is exactly what La MaMa’s Squirts: Generations of Queer Performance seeks to do.

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Anthology Film Archives Adding New Library and Café, With Help from Sparkly Art Auction

Jonas Mekas and Andy Warhol (Courtesy Stephen Shore / Anthology Film Archives)

Jonas Mekas, co-founder of Anthology Film Archives with Andy Warhol (Courtesy Stephen Shore / Anthology Film Archives)

Yesterday, Anthology Film Archives announced that, for the first time in their 46-year history, big changes are coming to the institution in the form of an expansion to their East Village operations that will include a library and café.

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Rooftop Bar Nixed on Delancey Street; No ETA on ABC No Rio’s Redesign

Police say the 27-year-old woman who was found dead Wednesday in an Alphabet City housing project, Brooke Garcia, likely died of strangulation. [DNA Info]

A developer paid $27.5 million for a Williamsburg warehouse at 58 Gerry Street, the future home of an Orthodox Jewish community center. [The Real Deal]

Plans for a rooftop bar above Delancey Street’s Holiday Inn have been abandoned. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »