Lena Dunham said we can always rely on him “to bring the visual thunder,” and that’s definitely what this new Jerry Saltz-emblazoned beach towel does.
New York Magazine
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the East Village in the 90s? Junkies passed out on Avenue A while runaway kids hung out in squats on St. Marks? CBGB and other classic punk bars still going hard, only to be priced out of their leases less than a decade later? Punk heads and artists sharing studios in derelict tenements? For Tim Murphy, the New York-based journalist and author of the new novel Christodora, it was all of these things, but above all it was the home for a community of diverse people from different backgrounds, sexual orientations, and experiences who were searching for a place that would accept them just as they are.
As a young man who arrived to the city in 1991, the East Village represented a haven for an alternative gay scene that was way less polished and more grungy than the one in Chelsea and the West Village. “Courtney Love was the patron saint of the gay East Village in the ’90s,” Murphy told us with a laugh.
We were so busy sifting through the mounds of stuff out there to keep you out-n-about this weekend– from Essex Street Market’s Block Party to the Ukranian Festival to a bunch of gentrification art shows– that we almost almost forgot to mention a biggie on the scene. But never fear, dear pop culture lovers, this weekend also has your name on it.
Our friends over at Vulture, New York‘s culture blog, are kicking off a two-day festival tomorrow with media luminary peeps like Trever Noah, Shonda Rhimes, Sarah Silverman, and Fred Armisen, among others, in attendance.
Vulture Insider’s Book Club with Rebecca Traister
April 6 at 7:30 p.m, at The Strand, 828 Broadway
New York magazine’s own Rebecca Traister recently published All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, a knock-out investigation into the history of single-woman-dom and its implications in today’s society. As the age of marriage climbs (today only 20 percent of Americans tie the knot before age 29) women are gaining more power and more options than ever before. Traister, who also frequently writes about feminism and culture for Vulture, will speak with Vulture’s book editor, Boris Kachka.
Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted Monday for financial corruption, including charges of honest services fraud, extortion, and money laundering. Silver, who represented most of the Lower East Side and Lower Manhattan, was elected to the Assembly forty years ago and held the speakership for over twenty years.
If you’ve seen street artist Flood’s Bill Cosby series—colorful images of iconic Fat Albert cartoon characters that, in an ironic twist, comment on the comedian’s rape scandal—you might be tempted to think they were flippant, sarcastic pieces by a smartass looking to stir up controversy. You’d be wrong: using the characters as mouthpieces for such an ugly topic was one of the hardest things the artist has ever done, and he continues his work despite being arrested earlier this year.
The holidays seem to come earlier and earlier every year (yesterday, a reader sent us this photo of decorations going up on the Lower East Side) but that’s just fine with us. Tis the season to get some sweet shopping done at these local holiday markets.
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