From Paolo Sorrentino, the director of The Great Beauty, comes Youth, a sort of part II to the first film that offers a Northern European take on the theme of getting old. Instead of a lush, Mediterranean backdrop draped in eye-popping golds and jewel tones plucked straight from a Dolce & Gabbana runway show where everyone seems to be glowing with a dewey, youthful tan (achieved by way of plastic or otherwise), Youthbrings us far from the earthiness of The Great Beauty. Instead, we find ourselves elevated to a tight-lipped, carefully-placed-spectacles kind of place that’s big on daily regimes: a Swiss spa town. It’s all minerals and cold, wet stone here. Read more here.
Lower East Side
Karen Platt has been channeling her frustrations through the satisfying scrape of chalk across concrete. After years of living with dust, noise, and health hazards caused by construction, repeated and seemingly relentless service cut-offs, and what she says are intentional moves by her landlord to clear her (and other rent-regulated tenants like her) out of her longtime home at 522 East 5th Street in the East Village, Platt’s sidewalk messages reveal she has reached a breaking point: “Lack of services is harassment” and “Enough is Enough.”
As Platt explained to B+B, since Icon Realty Management bought her building, things took a turn for the miserable. “I’ve lived in New York my whole life and I’ve never, ever been treated like this,” she said.
Advocates of the Children’s Magical Garden received a recent victory when a judge failed to dismiss a lawsuit against the East Village site’s developers. [Bowery Boogie]
In Alphabet City, the 20-unit residence at 234 E. 7th Street is on the market for $7.8 million. [EV Grieve]
On Essex Street, Vic’s Pizza will soon close after slinging slices for 45 years. [amNY]
This week, you can eat turkey and see shows. I guess you could do that any week, but it’ll feel more significant now.
Yesterday morning a man suffered a broken arm when he was hit by an M22 bus while crossing Madison Street on the Lower East Side. [DNA Info]
Five warehouses clustered around 215 Moore Street will become a collection of office spaces known as the “Bushwick Generator.” [The Real Deal]
Turkey’s Nest Tavern on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg pranked patrons into thinking that is would soon be replaced by a restaurant called Fu-Manchu’s Sushi Palace. [Gothamist]
Yesterday afternoon a 27-year-old man was stabbed multiple times near the Wilson Avenue L train station. He was hospitalized in stable condition. [NY Daily News]
Police officers, FBI agents, medics and more staged an anti-terrorism drill at the Bowery subway station yesterday, observed by Mayor de Blasio. [The Lo-Down]
Bushwick has witnessed a recent increase in gun violence, according to police. [The Brooklyn Ink]
City of Lost Souls
Friday Nov. 20th, 7:30 pm at Union Docs: $9
Juliet Jacques, the author of Trans: A Memoir, which accounts for her own experiences transitioning from male to female and her life from childhood up to her present 30-something self, will be on hand to present City of Lost Souls, a “trans musical spectacular.” Filmed in 1982, it provides an early look at identity politics and trans identity years before there was mainstream understanding of what it means to be trans. The film is such an early example of gender exploration that it’s lacking in recognizable “transgender” language– in fact, the word is never mentioned in the film (though there are instances of its use at that time).
Yesterday former state assembly speaker Sheldon Silver submitted paperwork asking a judge to acquit him of corruption charges. [NY Daily News]
A developer who paid $10 million for 260 Bowery plans to build this eight-story condominium in it’s place. [Commercial Observer]
On West Street in Greenpoint, the forthcoming condominium The Gibraltar will have the one of the most expensive penthouses in the nabe. [Curbed NY]
To honor the 20th anniversary of New York Girls and the re-release of Richard Kern‘s first book, the East Village photographer and Cinema of Transgression filmmaker is running two concurrent gallery shows– one is in Chelsea and the second opens tonight at Marlborough Broome on the Lower East Side. I stopped by the gallery yesterday to check out the photos and speak with Kern.
“It was so long ago, almost seems like somebody else did it,” he laughed. “It was definitely a different time period.” When I arrived, I found Kern sitting quietly at the front desk. I was late but, as he explained later, I’d given him a chance to catch up on Instagram.
Legendary downtown photographer Richard Kern takes us back to 1995, the year he released his first, New York Girls. Back then, the East Village was still a place where getting mugged wasn’t unusual (it happened to Kern five times over the years) and Williamsburg, he recalled was still “rough.” Both neighborhoods provided the backdrop for his nude portraits of gun-toting, cigarette-smoking tattooed babes– the quintessential fantasy of New York York tough girls. “At the time, someone said in a review, ‘New York girls are tattooed and rough-looking and LA girls are blonde and enhanced,'” Kern recalled. The show features unreleased photographs spanning the ’80s through the mid-’90s, with the added bonus of never-before-screened Super 8 footage from the photo shoots.
We had the pleasure of speaking with Kern about what happened to the women in his photographs, how Instagram has changed his career, and the why he went from making edgy, “drug-infused” films to shooting mostly nude still portraits. Read more here.
A Williamsburg pedestrian was seriously injured last night after he was hit by a cab. [JP Updates]
Yesterday employees from around Brooklyn gathered in Williamsburg to march on National Wage Theft Day. [News 12 Brooklyn]
The five-story tenement building at 281 Grand Street recently sold for $12.3 million. [Bowery Boogie]
Argos Books Five Year Anniversary Celebration
Friday Nov. 20th, 7 pm at Wendy’s Subway, 722 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg
Yassss to readings with a cause for celebration. And, like, the word “celebration” is even right there in the title, so it’s gotta be good. You know for sure there’s gonna be drinks and it’s gonna get loose. Hell, there’s even a lineup of three DJs for dance inspiration. You might even consider leaving your flask at home for this one. Maybe. But for real, Argos Books, the lil Brooklyn-based indie press that could, deserves a congrats-grad affair in proving that it’s not small presses that we have to worry about, it’s the mega-publishing houses that are floundering.