Tonight, the theme of The Party by Ostbahnhof is Berlin underground. The house music is so loud that it punctuates bodies and walls. A heaving crowd populates the dance floor as video screens radiate kaleidoscopic images. Then, suddenly, the music stops. A woman in flapper pearls and a black lace teddy is covered from head to toe in powdery corpse paint. She raises a helicopter pilot’s microphone to her mouth and shouts a string of German words, brave and harsh-sounding.
Okay, so I can’t say with total confidence that MoMA PS1 threw the best Halloween party on Saturday, but as a lover of geodesic domes I can’t imagine who could’ve topped the gigantic one in the Long Island City art museum’s courtyard (seriously, check out its installation).
The best party of the year has now already happened– sorry, everybody who didn’t make it to Bike Kill on Saturday. Organized once again by the Black Label Bicycle Club, the October tradition continued for the 13th year with all of the usual crazy stunts, freaky mutant bikes, loud music, dumb-ass costumes, vast amounts of booze, and tons of glorious mayhem.
Astor Place transformed into Adorbs Place today, and you can expect the squeals of soooo cute to continue through the weekend– Zagat is serving up teeny, tiny plates to promote its new edition (if you’re a Yelper: Zagat is that restaurant guide from American Psycho). No, we’re not talking about “small plates” here, i.e. the avocado toast that left you bankrupt last Friday. We’re talking mind-bogglingly miniature versions of dishes from Pizza Loves Emily, Magnolia Bakery, and other local restaurants.
“Greenpoint is basically the Checker capital of New York City,” says Mark Briggs, a resident of the neighborhood who rents out the iconic yellow cabs.
He makes a point. If you’ve spent any time in Greenpoint, you’ve probably seen the vintage yellow cabs (made internationally famous by shows and movies like Taxi and Taxi Driver) outside of the Henry Norman and Box House hotels. They sometimes spring into action at the request of guests who prefer the throwback rides to the hotels’ sleeker BMW shuttles. A couple of years ago, Box Street played host to the Checker Car Club of America’s annual convention, attended by about 120 Checker enthusiasts. At the time, experts estimated that just 600 to 1,000 of the vehicles were still running.
Since Thursday evening, Black Lives Matter protesters have been on-and-off occupying the streets of New York City. Demonstrations were held almost continuously this weekend in New York and cities across the country in response to the police killings of three black men earlier last week. The victims, Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Philando Castile of Minnesota and Delrawn Smalls of Brooklyn, were killed within three days of one another in what protesters say were incidents indicative of larger patterns of anti-black policing tactics and a general disregard for black lives amongst law enforcement.
Hundreds of people marched through the streets of New York City last night, halting traffic and chanting throughout midtown Manhattan to protest the police shootings that killed three black men in Minnesota, Louisiana and Brooklyn. Over a dozen arrests were made, according to police.
Starting at 5 p.m. Thursday evening, about 500 people gathered in Union Square for a rally organized by Stop Mass Incarceration. The crowd then marched down 14th Street and up 5th Avenue at around 5:45 p.m.
Bedford Avenue has more than its share of coffee spots, starting with the El Beit reboot that opened in March. But this next one promises to be a little different. Equilibria, opening just down the block from Oslo and Black Brick, isn’t just a cafe offering free wifi– it doubles and triples as a pharmacy and wellness store.
As inevitable as your student loan bills, Valentine’s Day is once again around the corner. If you’re inclined to celebrate it ironically rather than romantically, fret not: this is, after all, a city of misanthropes. At these Valentine’s weekend events, there’ll be nary a chocolate heart in sight.
“Can you say love?” IZZY MAN asked the crowd during a recent performance at Bowery Electric. Behind him, four backup singers, two guitar players and a drummer melded pop and rap over an electronic beat.
The New York Comedy Festival wasn’t exactly hurting for more star power, what with heavy hitters like Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman and Nathan Fielder already in the mix. (Above, peep the loopy trailer for the forthcoming season of Nathan For You.) But it has gone and upped the ante by adding a bunch o’ top-notch acts, starting with a Comedy Central-branded night headlined by Williamsburg’s own Hannibal Buress, at the Kings Theatre.
As of today, the city has installed over 1,000 miles of bike lanes. The announcement was made this afternoon on the Lower East Side, where locals pols were joined by reps from the Department of Transportation, Citi Bike and Transportation Alternatives in painting the last portion of the protected lane at Clinton Street.
The two-way, eight-foot-wide lane on Clinton Street connects the Williamsburg Bridge to South Street and, from there, the East River greenway. It’s aimed at calming traffic on Clinton Street, per a press release.