We’re pleased to announce the first of several screenings at the Bedford + Bowery Newsroom. And it’s the first for a reason: Captured, a documentary chronicling Clayton Patterson’s long, strange trip, is one of the most riveting, in-your-face portraits of the East Village and Lower East Side of the ’80s and ’90s you’re likely to encounter. Patterson is known as a street photographer, but he ain’t no Bill Cunningham: this is, after all, the guy who landed in jail and on Oprah after filming the Tompkins Square Park riots 25 years ago. He remains an icon to the neighborhood longtimers he has photographed over the years and to a new crop of downtown dreamers (check out the mystical portal that Nicolina just put up on the door of his Essex Street gallery). We’re pleased he’ll be on hand to discuss a film that will throw you back hard. Refreshments will be served and the screening is free; seating is limited so please let us know you’re coming.
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Lo and behold, even on iPhone Tuesday, some folks remembered to vote in the primaries — though from what we saw, not all that many. Around 9 a.m. today, we spotted City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez on the corner of East 12th Street and First Avenue, entering the home stretch of her race against her Harley-riding challenger Rick Del Rio. We know this much: she got the vote of State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, who tweeted about some “confusion in Stuy Town” that “sent voters to a nonexistent poll site.”
Time it was, and what a time it was — it was a time of free beer, awesome DJs, and what else? You tell us! We had a great time at the Bedford + Bowery bazaar, and hope you did too. We learned how to make a patacon (and learned that Patacon Pisao’s LES store at 139 Essex Street opens October 1, and will stay open late late). We got a preview of Tørst‘s bar menu: a confit chicken sandwich with burnt hay, as it turned out. We learned when to hit Bunker to avoid a wait: early on a Wednesday. Divya Anantharaman brought her goods by cab (hence her joke about arriving in a “taxidermy taxi”). Gay marriage advocate Brian Ellner took advantage of the Falcon Bowse T-Shirt Transformation Program and turned his friend’s Obama Pride shirt into a hat. And our favorite part (besides the sticker of Frank we got from Brandon Sines of Bushwick’s Living Gallery): meeting a couple that actually lives on the smelliest block in NYC. They said the scent we got Nova to make was dead on, though it could use just a smidge more fish stink.
If you missed it all, check out Scott Lynch’s photos to see what went down. We’re going to spend Labor Day sleeping off that jalapeno beer and will see you back here Tuesday.
Oh hey, look: it’s the Nesquik bunny on Bedford Avenue! Not as amazing as Mr. Peanut vs. Kool-Aid Man, but still… not the kind of thing you want to miss. So follow Bedford + Bowery on Instagram, where we first posted this, and take a moment to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too. Better yet, subscribe to our newsletter to get top stories delivered straight to your inbox daily.
Don’t take our word that you should be keeping up with B+B: The L Magazine just named us Best New Local Blog in their Best of Brooklyn Issue. Aww thanks, guys! And thank you all for following, friending, favoriting, and fondling!
We’ve now discovered that Citi Bikes can be used as SoulCycles and they can shred, but that apparently didn’t impress whoever made this sticker, spotted on Wythe Avenue by our own Sasha von Oldershausen.