Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong continue sorting through their archives of punk-era concert footage as it’s digitized for the Downtown Collection at N.Y.U.’s Fales Library.
Poster for Helen Wheels show (Armen Kachaturian)
“I could describe her to you in details, but those are just facts. She was unforgettable, and everybody who knew her, loved her.”
That was Scott Kempner of The Dictators and the Del-Lords describing Helen Wheels, a woman who to the mainstream may seem like a punk rock history footnote, but who to CBGB veterans was a beloved icon. More →
The hilarious video teaser for Maspeth World of Wheels left us with more questions than answers, so we got in touch with the organizers to ask them what, exactly, to expect from the deranged-looking car show. They were nice enough to send us some preview pics. Michael Merck, artistic director of the Knockdown, told us how this display of “100 carcentricties” came to be: before Hurricane Sandy kiboshed their plans, artists Grayson Cox and Pete Watts were planning to park some cars at a local McDonald’s and turn them into mini galleries on wheels (think Empire Drive-In, but with art instead of movies). More →
NYPD officers pulled over a Citi Biker for salmoning on Second Avenue. (Photo: Scott Lynch)
Thought Citi Bike would result in “total carnage”? WRONG. Unless you count some punny vandalism, the apocalypse on two wheels has yet to materialize. In the East Village, at least.
“Everyone thought Citi Bike was going to be way worse, with accidents all over the place, things getting stolen left and right,” a police source told Bedford + Bowery. Not quite: Citi Bike-related crime has been surprisingly low. More →
By the looks of the awesome trailer above, this will basically be an auto show on crack. Among the “100 carcentricities” are a steamroller, Honda festishists, “scary tow trucks and impressive Lamborghinis,” a Playgirl van and some artists confronting “automobile as our nation’s long standing symbol of manifest destiny and superfluous ingenuity.” Music by The Dangles and The Golden Grass from 7pm to 9pm.
Ever since Gray’s Papaya closed, we haven’t had the heart(burn?) to even think about hot dogs — or maybe everything just pales in comparison to the churro dog we had in South Korea.
But this makes us snap to attention: Papaya King, the Upper West Side institution that opened a downtown location just a little over a year ago on St. Marks Place, is launching a food truck tomorrow. More →
Lola Star at the pop-up rink in Prospect Park. (Photo courtesy of Lola Star)
Lola Star is a legendary Coney Island character whose lavish, glittering roller-skate parties are about to descend on Prospect Park. Every Friday night from July 11 through August 29, there’s a different theme to the extravagant parties: Flashdance, Ziggy Stardust, and Saturday Night Fever, to name a few. “Oh, and I just booked some LED unicorns to do a dance routine,” Star tells B+B. More →
Recent image of illegal bus from Michelle Barone’s window (Michelle Barone)
Intercity buses — also known as “Chinatown buses” because of their location, or “hell on wheels,” as I’ve taken to calling them after a recent nine-hour overnight trip on one — are facing increased scrutiny. They may be a cheap (if uncomfortable) way to visit your long-distance boyfriend, but they also cause headaches for downtown residents. Despite increasing agitation, the Fifth Precinct revealed last night that it hasn’t been enforcing a new permitting system aimed at stamping down on problem operators.
Last night on the northern end of Union Square, passersby stopped and listened– some in rapt astonishment– to classical music, the kind they’d normally hear at Carnegie Hall. Except that these soulful sounds were coming from top performers playing in a popup theater that came out of back of an old U-Haul. The Music Haul is a tour bus operated by Yellow Barn, an international center for chamber music based in Putney, Vermont, that seeks to bring Beethoven, Bartok and Mozart to the masses.
There were some concerns last week that Bike Kill, the Black Label Bike Club’s annual block party/festival of debauchery, might not happen this year. Officials had rejected their permit request for the usual spot in Bed-Stuy, on the dead end behind the Home Depot parking lot. At the last minute, though, the club secured a block on Gardner Street just off Flatbush in Bushwick, and man was it ON. More →