Thousands gathered in downtown Manhattan on Saturday morning to protest what they said was the Trump administration’s inhumane policy on illegal border crossings. The Families Belong Together march, one of hundreds around the country, started at Foley Square and took demonstrators to Cadman Plaza. Watch our video to see the walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and hear what motivated New Yorkers to come out in the sweltering heat and call for the abolition of ICE, the reunification of families separated at the border, and more.
What were Richard Hell, Joe Strummer, and Patti Smith doing on Astor Place this past Saturday? Images of the Village legends were plastered on miniature versions of Tony Rosenthal’s Alamo as part of Creativity Cubed. To celebrate the Cube’s 50th anniversary, the Village Alliance brought poetry performances, collaborative mural painting, and storytelling together for what one participant called a “free creativity free-for-all monstrosity.” Watch our video to find out what that means.
On Friday night, drag queens and their admirers once again gathered in Tompkins Square Park to kick off the annual Drag March to Stonewall Inn. This year’s festivities honored Gilbert Baker (aka Busty Ross), the artist, activist, and rainbow flag creator who died earlier this year. We spoke to participants like Brian Griffin (aka Harmonie Moore Must Die), who helped start the march with Baker in 1994. Watch that video above, and then play the video below for a taste of Sunday’s official NYC Pride March.
Make Music New York returned yesterday, bringing hundreds of performances to city parks and streets. We hit the Joe’s Pub Block Party at Astor Place, where this year immigrant artists were front and center. Watch the video to hear from Haitian soul pop singer Hervé and other New York music-makers.
The web’s best animators set out to prove that everything is scarier when it’s looped for all eternity at this contest from the folks at GIPHY and Brooklyn’s Animation Block Party. The coolest entries are being screened and measured up by celebrity judges at the Brooklyn Bazaar’s new four-story space — here’s hoping for lots of animated homages to the dancing pumpkin man. Plus, on Saturday BK Bazaar is doing their “Brooklyn Fright Bazaar,” with musical tributes to The Cramps and The Bee Gees, games, karaoke (guess they found a manager), a Halloween drinking game contest (yikes), food and more.
Coney Island was all aglitter Saturday as the 34th annual Mermaid Parade rolled down Surf Avenue and the boardwalk. Amidst the usual semi-naked sirens, less-than-sober pirates and other fishy types (#Netflixandkrill), some paid tribute to the late David Bowie, others honored the victims of last week’s shooting in Orlando, and plenty celebrated Pride early. Click through our photos to have a look at the colorful mix of beauty, activism and buffoonery.
Our friends over at Vulture, New York‘s culture blog, are kicking off a two-day festival tomorrow with media luminary peeps like Trever Noah, Shonda Rhimes, Sarah Silverman, and Fred Armisen, among others, in attendance.
When faced with a day like today, you might suddenly feel obliged to tick off the major events of the past year, reflect on what you’ve learned, and be grateful that you’ve managed to make it through (so far– we’ve still got several hours left to go). But if you’re anything like us, you’ll need a little help in navigating the haze standing between you and crystal clear recollection. Hence, a great way to say goodbye to 2015: our end times listicle in which we relive our 20 most popular posts of this past year.
Cheap Friday the 13th tattoos are a longstanding (as in, a long time standing in line) tradition. Last week, Armageddon Ink Gallery, in Williamsburg, observed it for the second time in its 17 year history. For a $13 charge, and a lucky $7 tip to round things out, patrons walked away with tattoos of everything from umbrellas to Medusa.
Watch our video to hear from the shop’s artists and see the ink.
Video by Eric Ramirez, Eva Revear and Igor Carrasco.
Pat O Ween Union Pool, 484 Union Ave, Williamsburg, 10pm
Here comes Pat! A lot of them, actually. Attendees are to dress as their favorite pat, whether it’s Pat Sajak or Patti Smith. The pat-sibilities are endless. Union Pool has the music down pat, as well: B+B favorite and DFA artist Lauren Flax of CREEP will be DJing with JD Samson of MEN and Le Tigre, Andy Pry of Tiki Disco, and Amber Valentine.