The annual New York City Drag March took place Friday, as drag queens and individuals of various sexual identities marched with pride from Tompkins Square Park to the celebrations at Stonewall Inn. Occurring on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court passed legislation legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, this year’s march was especially joyous. Watch our video and see for yourself.
Cellphone video captured a man striking teenage girls who were mid-fight on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg Thursday. Police are investigating the incident. The man is reportedly the father of one of the teens in the video. [ABC 7 NY]
Eva Brown: “The Bible says you got to love one another and you got to help those who are under.” (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).
“All you landlords, you can’t hide. We can see your greedy side,” and “All my money is spent when I pay my rent” were the chants that rose from housing activists and tenants at the Great Hall at Cooper Union yesterday evening. They rallied to demand that the Rent Guidelines Board roll back rents when it meets Monday to set new rent levels for regulated apartments.
If you’re paying attention to anything right now beyond your piña colada, first of all, stop, but second of all we’re guessing you’re also sensing there’s a shakeup coming our way real soon. Election-talk is starting to dominate the airwaves, and legislative sessions are coming to an end with groundbreaking decisions like Albany’s approval of the wood frog as our state amphibian (finally!). But let’s set all that aside for a moment, because soon enough we’re going to be treated to a wildly entertaining mud-slinging contest and lucky for us, we have an unprecedented cast of totally insane characters who are willing to do horrible things to one another to win the crown. Before we’re spoiled by such comedy, take time to reflect on the tumultuous life of a figure whose ideals matter now maybe more than ever, and reserve your right to gawk at the banality of the human condition– it’ll make you feel a little bit better about this disappointing world, maybe.
Here it is, folks. If you’re looking to plunk down on the avenue and get a buzz on while your fellow denizens scurry to and fro as if there’s more to life than slurping oysters in God’s great outdoors, this is the only map you’ll need all summer. Give it a gander to find most every bar and restaurant with sidewalk seating in the B+B domain. And go ahead and bookmark this bad boy, because we’ll be adding to it throughout the summer to make it still more comprehensive. It’s like the Boss said: when you’re out in the street, you feel all right.
Turns out the East Village, already a destination for Filipino food, just got not one but two new Pinoy options. In addition to Tito King’s Kitchen, a bygone neighborhood mainstay has made a return of sorts. Elvie’s Turo-Turo was a First Avenue fixture until its namesake proprietress retired and closed the place in 2009, sending this reporter into a balut panic. Now the daughter of Elvie, Carla Cinco, has opened a new takeout joint just a half-block from her mom’s former perch.
Gov. Cuomo announced that he and leaders of the state legislature have worked out the “framework” of an agreement that would renew current rent laws but increase to $2,700 the rent at which an apartment can be deregulated. [Gothamist]
Casey Holloway, who is 32 and homeless, was charged with sexual abuse against a 26-year-old woman Sunday night outside 24 E. 7th Street. [NY Post]
A woman was arrested for throwing bleach in a man’s eyes on Clay Street in Greenpoint last Thursday morning. [Brooklyn Paper]
If you’re a millennial who wanted Danny Tanner to be your daddy, prepare for him to be ruined forever by Full House! The Musical! Get ready for it: Danny is to be played by diabolical gossip Perez Hilton. The unauthorized parody of the TV show will appear at Theatre 80 from Sept. 10 through Nov. 29 after it premieres in Toronto in August.
The new corner at Tompkins Square Library. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).
What’s so significant about one more bookshelf in New York City libraries? Quite a bit, actually. The recently installed “New Americans Corners” — signed into agreement last week by Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – not only provide resources for immigrants aspiring to citizenship; they also signify that public libraries are trustworthy places to seek counsel in a city fraught with scams and false promises.
The corners are located in all 217 public library branches in the New York, Brooklyn and Queens systems to service the 650,000 to 750,000 “lawful permanent residents” seeking citizenship, per a statement from de Blasio’s office. Though multiple resources already existed at the libraries, these corners ensure that there is an organized, uniform system for New Yorkers to attain information regarding not only citizenship, but guidance on running a successful business and gaining financial stability.