Queer-themed art shows are having a moment right now, and we can only expect that trend to continue as we enter a time of uncertainty about the future of LGBTQ rights in this country (and those of all marginalized people, really). An ongoing exhibition called Like Smoke (on view through December 4 at the New York Artists Equity Association on the Lower East Side) feels so right-now in that way. The show mines gay history and examines the ways in which oppression, both past and persistent, still creep into the present. Though it examines the queer body, you won’t see any actual bodies on display. Instead there’s a great gaping black hole, phantoms from the past, and a lingering sense of absence.
Lower East Side
Williamsburg resident Moshe Weiner, 21, was killed yesterday when he was hit by a tractor trailer, which proceeded to drag him down Kent Avenue. [DNA Info]
According to a report by Cleanup North Brooklyn, many Bushwick children suffer from asthma owed to a diesel fuel pollutant emitted by the private waste transfer station Brooklyn Transfer LLC. [Gothamist]
This week the three business partners behind Bushwick’s most beloved pizza, Roberta’s, are in court hammering out their “conscious uncoupling.” [NY Post] Meanwhile, yesterday Roberta’s debated a two-month pop-up restaurant in Culver City, CA. [Eater LA] Keep Reading »
Thursday, December 1 at The Annoyance Theater, 9 pm: $10.
Surely many of you have taken a crack at reading David Foster Wallace’s behemoth of a novel Infinite Jest; perhaps some have even gotten through the entire thing. Or maybe the idea of parsing through a book so large it could double as a weapon seems daunting, and you’d rather sit in a basement watching a comedy show that vaguely riffs on the novel but is set in a vaguely dystopian future where the NFL is in cahoots with the government. In that case, Brian Pisano and Sam Taffe’s sketch comedy play Infinite Jets may be the thing for you. Our current future prospects aren’t looking too hot, so might as well laugh at a made-up future before ours becomes all too real. The show comes as a double feature with Deep Space Live, a late night talk show set in space hosted by a man whose only friend is a robot.
Tuesday, the former chef and co-owner at East Village vegan eatery Quintessence, Dan Holt, plead guilty to harassment in a January incident where he was photographed masturbating on an N train. [NY Post]
Videofilia (And Other Viral Syndromes)
Friday December 2 through Thursday December 8 at Spectacle, $5
As we’re constantly reminded these days, technological progress is hurdling faster and faster toward the speed of light. These days, we don’t even have to get off our asses and schlep it to the dollar store for toilet paper– we can simply press a button and the butt paper shows up like magic, encased in an obscenely large cardboard box. Then again, there are times when you’re riding the subway and you’re overwhelmed by an apocalyptic dread, having realized that every single human on board is playing Candy Crush. These things serve to remind us that End Times are nigh, and these phone zombies will be the beginning of a very dark, totally uncool end.
Last Wednesday, a 29-year-old was punched multiple times by an unknown assailant while dining on the patio at B Bar and Grill, an encounter captured in security footage. [Gothamist]
Slumlord siblings Joel and Amron Israel were sentenced yesterday to five years probation, 500 hours of community service, and $350K owed toward eight rent-stabilized tenants whose North Brooklyn apartments they destroyed in order to get the residents to relocate. [Gothamist]
In Williamsburg, a middle-aged employee at a kosher food factory lost his hand Friday after it reportedly got sucked into a grinder. [NY Daily News]
Bryan Lepe, 22, was arrested last week for helping a pit bull owner get rid of his dog by stuffing it in a suitcase and throwing it out in a Lower East Side dumpster. The owner was arrested on October 27, and the rescued dog was brought to an ASPCA animal hospital. [DNA Info]
Between the looming Metrocard fare hike and the L-pocalypse, your feelings about the MTA are probably pretty grinchy right now. But let this serve as a cheery reminder that the Transit Museum’s Nostalgia Trains are back on the rails for the holiday season. They made their debut on Saturday, as you can see from the ‘gram below, and will creak back to life December 4, 11, and 18. The train cars, which were in service from the ’30s through the ’70s, will leave from Second Avenue F stop at 10am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm on those Sundays, and make all stops to Queens Plaza.
Police released a photo of the teenage boy who threatened to shoot or stab three people on the Lower East Side between November 14 and 17, making off with a combined $21 cash. [DNA Info]
A 79-year-old saxophonist claims his landlord planted bedbugs in his $380/month East Village apartment. [NY Post]
According to a study by the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, only about 40 percent of New Yorkers have three months worth of household expenses saved in case of an emergency. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »
The Hester Street Fair folded up its tents last month, but this weekend it’ll pop back up near the South Street Seaport– with bells on! The folks behind the seasonal bazaar are opening their holiday market on Black Friday. Trust us, it’ll be way better than macing someone for a Nintendo Classic.
Here’s a rundown of what’ll be on offer, directly from the organizers.
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Around 2am Sunday at the Lower East Side Coffee Shop on E. 14th Street, a loud Mike Pence supporter launched into racist and sexist invectives against two Chinese-American women who asked him to quiet down (and eventually threw glasses of water in his face), before he pepper sprayed a Latino man who came to their defense. [Mic News] The Pence supporter, a 56-year-old white man, was arrested for assault and harassment. [Gothamist]
Police are investigating anti-Semitic graffiti (interspersed with the words “Trump” and “KKK”) found in the public housing developments at both 85 Taylor Street and 99 Wilson Street in Williamsburg. [DNA Info]
Next year, thanks to a partnership with the Lower East Side non-profit University Settlement, NYU students will have the chance to live with local senior citizens who have space for rent, potentially slashing their room and board costs by half. [NBC NY] Keep Reading »
This Friday afternoon on Palmetto Street, a vigil will be held for Sharabia Thomas, the 17-year-old Bushwick student who died in 2004. Her alleged kidnapper and killer was indicted Thursday. [DNA Info]
In the next year, $1.7 million in new amenities (including sports courts and a skate park) will be added to Bushwick’s Rudd Park and Playground. [DNA Info]