“Take a stand against sweatshop restaurants! DON’T PATRONIZE GRAND SICHUAN!” read the flier handed out on St. Marks Place by several ex-employees of the Chinese-food favorite yesterday. They claim they were fired as a result of involvement in a previous lawsuit filed against the restaurant’s owner, Xiao Tu Zhang.
A week after filming at William Sheridan Playground in Williamsburg, Girls was right across the street today, shooting at Aurora. We didn’t spot Adam or Jessa, but hey, those are their chairs. Whee. Also! A few days ago, Lena Dunham posted a shot from the set indicating that her sister will be making her Girls debut this season.
Update, 4:20 p.m.: They’re back and filming a scene where Adam and Jessa stroll down Grand Street. Video up top.
Hi, are you feeling patriotic yet? Usually I’m not either, but that whole Obama singing “Amazing Grace” thing still hasn’t quite worn off. I’d call you a liar if you said you didn’t cry at least a little bit. Like, that was some realness. Or maybe just a speech writer’s brilliant means of getting us to forget about… what are those thingamabobs called again? Those silent death dealing demons of the sky? Oh right, drones. Well, at least I had a brief moment of nationalist, er, I mean patriotic pride this Birthday Season.
If you’ve been awake for the past 48 hours or so, you’re probably well aware that it is, in fact, the month of July which means some of you, dearest readers, may be wondering, “Where the hell is that floating barge bar you promised me?” Rest assured, the Brooklyn Barge Bar is not lost at sea — rather she’s docked and nearly ready for seafaring (we jest, the barge itself will remain at the landing, historic boats and scuba excursions will do the launching). “It looks like it’s far from being finished, but it’s actually really close,” owner Will Drawbridge explained. “There’s some final bits of paperwork to do and then we’ll be done.”
After construction of Essex Crossing bumped it from its home last year, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot will relaunch just three blocks away, in a parking lot behind the Clemente Soto Velez Center. From July 9 to 26, The Drilling Company, led by Hamilton Clancy of Orange Is the New Black, will imagine “As You Like It” in a “Steampunk paradise,” and from July 30 to August 15, they’ll be doing free performances of “Macbeth.”
Lieutenant Mat Ambelas of the FDNY, who died last summer while fighting a Williamsburg blaze, was honored with a plaque at the Hooper Street station. [Yeshiva World]
Parishioners at Church of the Nativity on Second Avenue hope that its link to the late Dorothy Day, a former worshipper now up for Catholic sainthood, will save it from a planned closure on August 1. [Wall Street Journal]
Thespian couple Jonny Lee Miller and Michelle Hicks paid $2.1 million for a Tompkins Square Park condo. [Variety]
Author D.W. Gibson’s shocking account of the shady practices of a Brooklyn landlord gained a lot of attention when the excerpt, taken from his new book The Edge Becomes the Center, was published by NYMag.com earlier this year. Tonight at 7 p.m., Gibson will appear at PowerHouse arena to discuss other stories from his oral history of gentrification in the 21st century. We sat down with him to talk about the eight sure-tell signs that gentrification is creeping up on your neighborhood (chances are, it’s already in full swing).
It was more than a little depressing to see the first North Brooklyn Farms get clobbered by bulldozers last fall, even if everybody knew it was coming. But as of this weekend, the farm is back and better than ever with Sunday night dinner parties, a fireworks viewing, and a host of other community events extending through the tolerable months. But best of all is that North Brooklyn Farms, now the Farm on Kent, will be an accessible plot of nature for the neighborhood’s residents.
Last week, when creators and cast members of Kids got together at BAM for a 20th anniversary reunion, producer Carry Woods recalled showing the film to a reporter friend before its premiere at Sundance in 1995. “She loved it,” he said, “and it ended up being on the cover of New York magazine.” The hype surrounding Lynn Hirschberg’s story in the June 5, 1995 issue helped make the film a sensation. Here then, for your reading pleasure, is that story, which documents the buzzed-about premiere, the controversy that was already building around the film, and (our favorite part) Harmony Korine bopping around Soho in a wig, throwing firecrackers at everyone.
While wandering from gallery to gallery yesterday in the Lower East Side, soaking up a pair of museum-like nostalgia exhibitions focusing on at least one part if not all of a few-decades long span from Warhol’s Factory days through the ’90s club kid scene, I started thinking about a conversation I’d had with one JJ Brine, Satanic gallerist extraordinaire. Before JJ took off for Vanuatu (btw according to his Facebook page, he made it just fine), he explained he was departing indefinitely because he was frustrated with what he understood as New York City’s unusual fixation on the past at the expense of devoting energy to the future. I couldn’t have agreed more, but somehow The Last Party and Michael Alig’s appropriately-titled solo exhibition, Inside / Out succeed in drawing a line, however crooked, between the past and the present and making this nostalgia part of current existence. How? Well, I felt as though I could almost see myself in some of the blurry old party photos and even the creepy clown-like painted odes to various poisons of choice.
Representatives for 122 Community Center, the big 19th century building on the corner of 9th Street and First Avenue, opened its doors for a hardhat tour of its progressing renovations Tuesday afternoon, shedding light on plans for 15 artist studios, a rooftop deck, a pulsing, “breathing” light installation and, of course, three improved performance spaces.