“I grew up with this disease,” Patrick Sean O’Brien, director of TransFatty Lives, said using a speech synthesizer, from his motorized wheelchair. “It accelerates your soul.”
Lower East Side
According to the NYPD, a 33-year-old man was shot and killed near the intersection of Bedford Avenue and S. 9th Street in Williamsburg this morning around 1 a.m. No arrests have been made. [DNA Info]
Felix David, the 24-year-old man who died after being shot by an NYPD detective Saturday afternoon on Sixth Street, had reportedly been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. [NY Times]
Contrary to articles in The Post last week, the homeless shelter at 400 McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint will not be the new home of a dozen-plus convicted sex offenders. [Greenpointers]
Leo Fitzpatrick, the Lower East Side actor who played a street kid in Kids and, hilariously, a street adult in the Broad City finale, just created a pin that’ll strike a chord with anyone who saw the terrifying documentary Among the Believers at Tribeca Film Festival this week (or, for that matter, anyone who’s read the news lately). The “NO GODS, NO WARS” pin, a collaboration with Sin Amor, is one in a series of five that are now going for $20 each at The Gift Shop. The art-object store was launched last month by Alldayeveryday (who did The Newsstand at the Lorimer stop) in conjunction with Red Bull Studios, where it’s located.
Above, go behind the scenes of the making of Man in a Cube, a stunt about a man who pretended to call the Astor Place Cube his casa. [Curbed NY]
Welcome back to another week of exciting film picks by us. Again, you ask? Yes, again. Relentless? Perhaps. Hint: it will never end. So get used to this undeniable brilliance mixed with essential despair because based on what the stars are telling me, this will never subside. That is unless of course Waka Flocka Flame actually does win the Presidency. In that case, the revolution will have come and gone and only a perfect utopia will remain. At that point I can’t make any promises. Until then, we have each other.
Following an article in The Post about the number of sex offenders residing in a Kip’s Bay homeless shelter, the Department of Homeless Services relocated the 12+ men to a facility on Greenpoint’s Clay Street. [NY Post]
Ben Shaoul’s real estate company received a $97 million loan for a planned residential complex at 196 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side. [The Real Deal]
Saturday night, a teenager was shot in the torso and buttocks on Humboldt Street near Flushing Avenue in Williamsburg. He would not ID his assailant. [Brooklyn Paper]
Since it’s Earth Day, Mayor de Blasio will introduce his Zero Waste plan today, aiming to decrease NYC’s trash output by 90 percent in the next 15 years. [NY Daily News]
NBA Hall of Fame center and real estate investor David Robinson and partners procured three Ridge Street residential buildings on the LES for $50 million. [The Real Deal]
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.
Saturday on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, an 18-wheeler backed-up into a memorial-in-progress for pedestrians killed in traffic accidents. [Brooklyn Paper]
Members of the Mahfar Tenants Alliance filed four lawsuits against their landlord, Samy Mahfar, for violating their rent-paying rights at residences he owns on the Lower East Side. [DNA Info]
We just got word via a press release that Carvel is celebrating the opening of its “newest Lower East Side shoppe” with free ice cream. Exciting, right, Lower East Siders? I mean, the chef-driven flavors at Morganstern’s are alright and all, but nothing tastes quite like big chain ice cream (mmm, tetrasodium pyrophosphate!). There’s just one problem: the shop is at 9 Broadway, which, despite the announcement’s assurances that “Lower East Side guests will also notice digital menu boards,” is not on the Lower East Side. It’s in the Financial District, off of Battery Park, and yet franchisee Eric Chang is quoted as saying, “We hope to serve the Lower East Side for years to come.” Then you might want to move to the Lower East Side, bud. Because your shoppe is in the Financial District.
Murals have returned to the corner of Bowery and Houston, as you can see in the above photo. Ron English broke in the new wall. [Animal]
On Saturday night in Williamburg, a 19-year-old was shot in the stomach near the Bushwick Houses project. [Gothamist]
A lawsuit was filed against the East Houston Hotel for defaulting on loan payments. [The Real Deal]
Everyone knows the quickest way to turn your lame tech-bro pad from drab to authentic cool is to fill it with a bunch of vinyl. Just, please, if you’re going to do that at least take the records outside of their plastic casing and rough them up a bit so it looks like you actually listen to them. Oh, and hot tip: make sure you actually have a record player, too — extra points for knowing how to turn it on.