This week, we continue our series of deep dives into the histories of storied addresses.
The Stomp marquee masks the original facade of the two-story building at 126 Second Avenue. (Photo: Ilaria Parogni)
A heavy metal marquee juts over pedestrians at 126 Second Avenue, the word “STOMP” making clear that the address is home to the off-Broadway show whose performers dance, clap, and generally bang on anything in sight. Stomp has been playing at the Orpheum Theater since 1994, making it one of the longest running shows in the city. The current playhouse front may lure customers in, but it obscures most of the building’s original architectural details, as well as its bumpy journey through history. With a court order now lingering, it’s unclear how much longer that iconic marquee will remain as is.
Everyone knows Brooklyn’s culinary scene is heating up, but Williamsburg’s first specialty hot sauce store is taking things to a new level. With 100 varieties of hot sauce on offer and space for 50 more, Heatonist is a haven for those who like it… well, you know.
Los Angeles is the new Brooklyn, according to a provocative Sunday Styles piece that described ever fed-up New Yorkers packing their bags to head West. Quoting a transplant who said L.A. is like a “grown-up version of Williamsburg, without the gray cloud,” the article generated so much buzz on Twitter that it’s clear nobody had major plans this weekend. We’ve gathered the best reactions here for your pleasure.
The 11-acre parcel of land where the now-incinerated CitiStorage warehouse once stood is worth over half a billion dollars, according to Norm Brodsky, the site’s owner. But calls for the city to acquire the property and turn it into a park haven’t ceased.
Small businesses have been hit hard in the wake of the East Village explosion, so residents have conjured up a Small Biz Crawl in order to help. All walks of life are welcome to join the #SaveNYC movement at noon this Saturday, April 11, to visit the beloved establishments most affected by the explosion.
Participants will gather at Gem Spa, which has served the neighborhood since 1957, on the corner of Second Avenue and St. Marks Place, and then head to Himalayan Visions, a family-run shop selling an array of trinkets from jewelry to meditation supplies. A lunch break will follow, at B&H Dairy or Paul’s Da Burger Joint. With full bellies, the group will meander toward New Yorkers Market, to stock up on groceries for the week.
On Saturday, a portion of NYC’s wellness community gathered at the Prince George Ballroom in NoMad for Big Love Weekend. The event was a fundraiser for God’s Love We Deliver, a non-profit on the outskirts of Williamsburg that delivers meals to those who are homebound due to severe illness. More →
When a seven-alarm fire broke out at his Williamsburg storage facility early in the morning of January 31, Norman Brodsky didn’t just lose his office – he also lost his home. Since then, he has spent his days finding a new place to live, replacing clothes and other essentials that were lost to the fire, and assessing the damage. More →
The smell of smoke was slight, yet distinct, as we emerged from the Bedford Avenue stop on day three of the Williamsburg warehouse fire. Imagine your neighbor barbecuing on a summer day. But just two blocks closer to the waterfront, the campfire smell was quite potent. More →