The law has spoken: leggings are not pants and the sidewalks of New York are not your yoga mat. So toss out the athleisure wear and take advantage of these two shopping opportunities.
The Vintage Twin NYC Pop-Up Shop July 22 to 29 at 42B W. 14th St., Union Square
Morgan and Samantha Elias, the titular twins who operate this roving vintage shop, usually pop up in the slim space at 355A Bowery, but this time they’re slipping into something a little more comfortable. “It’s going to look like we took over a vacated Gap store,” Morgan promises of their larger space on West 14th Street. But don’t expect plain-Jane, off-the-rack designs: The Eliases buy ’60s-to-’90s pieces from estate sales and then adapt them by, say, turning a gown into a short skirt, or sewing a section of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bedsheets onto a denim jacket. Plus, we’re told a “jean-ius” will be on hand at a “denim bar” to size each customer for the perfect fit of Levi 501s or Wranglers.
“No Your City,” Nicholas Heller’s brilliant YouTube series of short docs, normally focuses on colorful street characters like Ms. Colombia (the neon-bearded cross-dresser with the pet pigeon), equally outré stylist Wendell, and “Mosaic Man” Jim Power. But today, to cap off the second season of the series, Heller is turning the lens on a fellow documentarian of Union Square’s eccentrics, “Normal Bob Smith.”
An estimated 1,000 protesters rallied in Union Square Friday afternoon for a May Day rally for worker and immigrant rights. People gathered in support of issues from raising the minimum wage to fair and equal pay for women, but this year May Day meant a lot more to many people-with the death of Freddie Gray, the subsequent violent protests in Baltimore, Maryland, and the indictment today of six police officers in connection to Gray’s death, racism among the police was one of the main messages, if not the most prevalent issue, taken up by the protesters.
Elizabeth Warren has said repeatedly that she doesn’t want to run for president, but she sure sounded like a contendah last night. The Massachusetts senior senator cut a commanding presence while plugging the paperback edition of A Fighting Chance at Barnes & Noble Union Square.
“My story is America’s story,” Warren intoned to thunderous applause from about 300 fans who had purchased her book in order to hear her speak (not exactly Hillary numbers, but still). She had just finished an account of how her mother’s minimum-wage job, taken after her father’s heart attack, had helped save her family from going under and allowed her to attend a community college that cost a mere $50 per semester.
Over the weekend we noticed signage for Mi Garba up at 129 Fourth Ave., the former home of Dryden Gallery Space near Union Square. According to the Post, the company, which stocks European supermarkets with freshly prepared Tuscan foods, is planning a 10-table restaurant where clothing items and food and wine will also be for sale. Keep Reading »
Hundreds gathered in Union Square last night to show solidarity for the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack in Paris. A crowd of a few hundred people — many of them French speakers and many holding signs proclaiming “Je Suis Charlie” — silently huddled together in the biting cold and occasionally broke into chants of “Egalité!”, “Expression!”, “New York est Paris,” and “Nous sommes Charlie! We are Charlie!” A candlelit memorial displayed the controversial covers that may have caused at least two gunmen to storm the satirical magazine’s offices yesterday, killing 12 and wounding others. Keep Reading »
Thousands of demonstrators returned to the streets of New York last night to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in July. For hours the marches fanned out across the city, snarling traffic in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, and leading to more than two hundred arrests. The charges included disorderly conduct and obstructing vehicular traffic, according to the New York Police Department. Keep Reading »
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. Keep Reading »
Despite going to the trouble of making a super Brooklyn-y promo video, the market that had hoped to bring Brooklyn makers to Soho during the holiday season has decided to delay its launch. BrooklynXchange posted the following message, informing followers that it was “unable to curate a full compliment of traders that reflect the values of what the BrooklynXchange is to be.” Keep Reading »