An East Village resident was fined for charging $446/night for her city-subsidized apartment on Airbnb. [NY Daily News]
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This morning we mentioned that Greenpoint Open Studios will return on the weekend of Oct. 3, and artists will get a free beer for signing up at The Diamond this Friday. But if you can’t wait that long for a festive gallery crawl, or you refuse to leave the Lower East Side, you might want to save the date of September 7 for LES Opening Night: Art + Fashion.
It’s time once again to blast Modest Mouse’s “Florida,” pack your whites and jet south for Miami Art Week. This year, the ever-growing phalanx of fairs will include newbs like Zones and Auto Body, where some of downtown’s finest provocateurs will do their thing. The avalanche of art can be overwhelming, but with plenty of NYC galleries in the mix (Bushwick’s Signal and the LES’s Home Alone 2 are just a couple that are doing boozy hotel pop-ups), there’s no need to leave your comfort zone. We’ve rounded up all the LES, East Village, and North Brooklyn galleries who’ll be at the fairs, and (at the bottom of the page) at various pop-ups, performances and parties.
The LES film festival is all about the newest filmmaking tools, hence the Glass Shorts soiree, hosted by (you guessed it) Google Glass in (gasp) Chelsea. “Glass could be a really cool tool for filmmakers,” says fest director Tony Castle—likening it to the now-ubiquitous use of GoPro. “We’re trying to be on the cutting edge of that trend.” Short films made with Google Glass will be shown. Guests will also get a chance to demo the ultimate in geek chic for themselves, during the cocktail hour.
The art world was infinitely bummed to find out LES’s DODGEgallery will be closing its doors next month, on its fourth anniversary. Founder Kristen Dodge made the announcement via e-mail on March 10th, expressing her gratitude to the gallery’s roster of artists, staff and supporters.
Stephen Hewett-Brown, the 25-year-old Bronx man killed in a Lower East Side elevator accident on New Year’s, reportedly saved the life of an endangered woman and child before he perished. [ABC 7 NY]
At 58 Grattan Street in Williamsburg, a four-story building-to-be will cater to businesses with less than four employees each. [DNA Info]
A burger spot called LES Kitchen will soon open at 16 Essex Street. [Bowery Boogie]
In case you couldn’t tell from all the status updates about packing for 75 degree weather, it’s time again for Miami Art Week, when all the galleries that have been popping up in North Brooklyn and the Lower East Side pop down to Miami Beach. From the massive blue chip affair that is Art Basel to the almost entirely LES-populated NADA, mapping out an itinerary can seem overwhelming — and increasingly impossible, with more and more fairs appearing each year. But whatever, this is the opportunity to catch up on the downtown and Brooklyn art scenes while refreshing your tan. Here’s who to look out for this year.
The outrage was more or less instantaneous when Gerber Group announced that the restaurant inside of the new Hotel Indigo would be named after Lower East Side eco activist David Wilkie, aka Adam Purple. Local blog Bowery Boogie called the tribute “a tad sacrilegious” and then outright “clueless,” and EV Grieve commenters called the operators of Mr. Purple “parasitic carpetbaggers” and worse.
This week, we continue our series of deep dives into the histories of storied addresses.
On a windy morning in February of 1905, Frank Riley jumped off a Nostrand Avenue trolley car crossing the Williamsburg Bridge to chase after the hat that blew off his head. The 21-year-old fireman lost his balance and fell into a snowbank 65 feet below. When the ambulance arrived, only his feet were visible above the snow’s surface. Riley was taken to Gouverneur Hospital.