A couple of weeks ago we checked in with the Coney Art Walls as they neared completion. Now here are the latest offerings from the big-name artists curated by Jeffrey Deitch, including fresh works by Retna, Sheryo & the Yok, and more. The Walls officially open this Wednesday with a private party. In the meantime, Thor Equities — which owns the sprawling outdoor lot at 1320 Bowery Street, next to the Thunderbolt — just kicked off Summer Sundays, a weekly jam with DJs programmed by longtime PS1 Warm Up curator Jason Drummond of Rong Music.
While Bushwick Collective has been hogging all the attention lately (even from local cops), a series of equally impressive murals have been going up these past few weeks in Coney Island, where the New York art world’s prodigal son Jeffrey Deitch has called on some big names to paint a couple dozen walls dotting a concrete lot shared with Coney Smorgasburg.
Outdoor noshing season is officially in full swing, what with the opening of Riis Park Beach Bazaar and now two of Smorgasburg’s satellite smorgs. The Williamsburg and Fort Greene institution’s Seaport location opened today, and a Coney Island outpost opens Saturday.
So many good things are coming back in April: tonight there’s Louie, Sunday there’s Silicon Valley and – oh yeah, IRL – there’s the Hester Street Fair. The outdoor food-and-fashion bonanza returns to the corner of Hester and Essex Streets on April 25 and they’ve given us the early word on new vendors. This year the fair will be Saturdays only, but to make up for the loss of Sundays they’re promising “a rotation of almost all new food vendors with more spots added to create a Hester Food Court.” Oh, and there’ll be TBA nighttime events, too.
When one creamery closes, another one opens.
After two years at 201 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg Creamery will officially close at 10:45 p.m. tonight.
“We sold our establishment to Davey’s Ice Cream,” explained a person who answered the phone at Williamsburg Creamery.
So we spent the better part of two hours yesterday chillin at Berg’n in Crown Heights, slowly working our way through Smorgasburg‘s new-for-spring fare. This meant sliding into a food coma unlike any we’ve experienced since the holidays, but how else would you get to find out what’ll be on offer when Smorg returns to the shores of Williamsburg and DUMBO on April 4 and 5, respectively?
Some weeks ago we heard that funnyman-turned-filmmaker Judd Apatow had been returning to his roots and doing surprise standup sets at the Comedy Cellar. And apparently he’s for real: we spotted him outside of the venue last night, having just dropped in for a set (seems Aziz Ansari also paid a surprise visit). And according to the Twittersphere, he’s appeared there at least nine times since May.
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Every week, rabid foodies bounce from stall to stall at this cornucopia of food vendors, each with their own gimmick. There tend to be lines at the trendy vendor of the moment (Mighty Quinn’s, Ramen Burger) but with 100 vendors in play, there’s no way to leave hungry. In fact, Mario Batali has called this Brooklyn Flea offshoot “the single greatest thing I’ve ever seen gastronomically in New York City.”
Smorgasburg has never really had the party vibe of, say, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, but that’ll change when several of its vendors head upstate Memorial Day weekend for the U.S. debut of Mysteryland, an 20-year-old electronic music festival that’s taking over the hallowed grounds of the ’69 Woodstock Festival.
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Spiegel isn’t the only East Village newcomer that’ll soon be serving schnitzel. Yoni Erlich, 27, is aiming to open Schnitz this Friday with his sister, Donna, 28. And they’ve got big plans for the those pounded, breaded and fried cutlets.
“Schnitzel’s kind of like falafel 20 years ago — it was there, but people didn’t really know about it,” said Yoni. “We thought, ‘Why can’t schnitzel be the next falafal? Or the next meatball?’”
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