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Mad Max: Fury Road, Williamsburg Edition

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Last night I spotted this disco Vespa outside of Cafe Colette in Williamsburg (I’m guessing it’s the doing of a restaurateur or bartender, given the “RU21” in the license plate number) and immediately fantasized about it doing battle with the neighborhood’s other bit of hotness on two wheels (well, four wheels if you include the Misfits sidecar). Take a look below and tell me you don’t want to see these two on the jousting pitch at the next bike kill. Disco vs. punk, who will prevail?
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Is Williamsburg Ready For Its First Fern Bar? Oleanders Opens Friday

(Photo: Melissa Hom)

(Photo: Melissa Hom)

I’m going to say I called this: some years ago, after rewatching Looking For Mr. Goodbar, I wondered why the hell New York’s retro-obsessed restaurateurs hadn’t yet repackaged the fern bar. It seemed like recycling its tiffany lamps and Harvey Wallbangers of the late ’70s and early ’80s would play well with the kitsch cravers who, for instance, flocka to Rocka Rolla to feel like they’re at a working-class midwestern bar. Apparently I wasn’t the only one pondering this: in 2010, the Washington Post wondered if we were due for a fern bar revival, and now Joe Carroll (Spuyten DyvilSt. AnselmFette Sau) and Francesco Panella (Antica Pesa) are bringing it on in a big way.
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Greenpoint Horror Flick They Look Like People Isn’t Just ‘a Movie About a Crazy Guy’

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North Brooklyn has seen its share of campy DIY horror films (think Ava’s Possessions and Summer of Blood), but They Look Like People is dead serious. Last night at the kickoff to Northside Film Festival, Perry Blackshear’s work of psychological suspense elicited gasps during scenes in which its tightly coiled tension snapped like Hitchcock’s noose.
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Alphabet City’s New Soccer Pitch; Kanye-Inspired Desserts

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(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Developers hoping to build an apartment building on the Greenpoint waterfront celebrated a victory via a $58 million loan to help them refinance. [Wall Street Journal] E. 12th Street now has its very own soccer pitch, officially dubbed as Lower East Side Playground Field. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for this afternoon. [EV Grieve] Queens-based Greek mini-chain MP Taverna is debuted its Driggs Avenue outpost. [Free Williamsburg] More →

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A Threesome Messed Around With ‘Banal Erotics’ at Bushwick Open Studios

Looking at female nude photos at Chasm Gallery. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Looking at female nude photos at Chasm Gallery. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Anyone who attended Bushwick Open Studios this past weekend knows there was a plethora of penetrating art. Especially at the closing weekend of “Housebound,” an exhibit at Chasm Gallery where penises abounded.
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At BOS, Detroit Artists Shared Concerns with Bushwickians

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

“I’m not trying to make anyone jealous by telling you this, but I bought my house for $800,” James Cornish, a Detroit-based artist told the small gathering at Spread Art’s Bushwick Open Studios outpost on Saturday. “Well, we didn’t have cops — which isn’t necessarily as bad as you might think, wooh!”
Cornish, who essentially lives off-the-grid thanks to solar panels, shared an experience that’s become a familiar, but no less envy-inducing refrain when it comes to people describing the benefits (particularly for artists) of living in a place like Detroit. Almost everyone at the discussion audibly gasped. But Cornish and other artists visiting BOS from places like Detroit, Jersey City, and Philadelphia shared some surprisingly similar concerns about ownership, gentrification, and real estate with Bushwick residents.
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Watch Solange Cover Dirty Projectors at Africa’s Out!


As expected, Friday night’s Africa’s Out! benefit was a grand old time. There was a room filled with donated artworks, auctioned off in support of UHAI EASHRI; acclaimed Kenyan novelist Binyavanga Wainaina was honored for his work and courage in publicly coming out as a gay; and more generally, awareness was raised around the challenges faced by the East African LGBTQI community. We even managed to photobomb David Schwimmer, who stepped outside of the Schwimmer mansion for the occasion.
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This Photo Show Marks a High Point for the Transgender Movement

(Photo by Robyn Hasty)

(Photo by Robyn Hasty)

Robyn Renee Hasty is no stranger to outsiders, countercultures, and misfits. So it might feel a little strange for the artist to be in the midst of what’s becoming a mainstream social movement and media obsession to match, as embodied in the debut of Caitlyn Jenner. A new exhibition featuring Hasty’s most recent work, opening Thursday at Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works, couldn’t be more timely. But even with a newfound frank (but still sometimes fraught) discussion of the transgender experience going mainstream, Hasty’s nude portraits of transgender, gender non-conforming, and cisgender people are still subversive.
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