About Daniel Hoffman

Posts by Daniel Hoffman:

No Comments

Flakonkishochki's Absurdist Art Show Is For the Dogs

upload-f37f6bb0-50f2-11e5-9f8d-332cc57925e3
Moscow-born artist Andrey Kasay says his first New York show is “targeting animals, and first of all dogs.” Which might explain his animation of a crazy subway-train-esque canine chasing its own tail. Or the killer whale beached on top of a fridge. Or the cow atop a pair of bicycle wheels.
Rest assured, there’s plenty for humans to love in the batty, psychedelic world of Andrey Kasay, who goes by the name Flakonkishochki. But there’s also a fair amount of “Discomfort” — the name of the show happening tomorrow through Sunday at 272 Seigel Street in Bushwick.
More →

No Comments

A New Sock Man On the Block, Man

Customer at the new sock stand on St Marks Place (Photo: Daniel Hoffman)

Customer at the sock stand on Astor Place (Photo: Daniel Hoffman)

We were bereaved last month when The Sock Man’s awning came down for good after 33 years on St. Marks Place. But what’s this? This morning we spotted a new sock man selling $2 tube socks, beanies and chullos on Astor Place, a block away from the old Sock Man’s location. Totally tubular! With spring just around the corner, it might be his time to shine.

More →

No Comments

Magic Words: FREE FOOD, FREE BEER Tonight at Whiskey Burger’s Grand Opening

The classic Whiskey Burger with cheese fries (Photo: Whiskey Burger)

The classic Whiskey Burger with cheese fries (Photo: Whiskey Burger)

Whiskey Burger serves exactly what you’d expect– whiskeys and burgers– and at the Greenpoint restaurant’s grand opening tonight, they can be yours for freeeeeee.

That’s right, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., they’ll be giving away the store. Come early and sip a Paloma or a Pickett’s Mule (Icelandic vodka, ginger beer and lime juice) while stuffing your face with quarter-sized bites of the house burger, boldly named The Whiskey Burger. “It’s an angus burger with cheddar cheese, fried bacon and shallots, served in a brioche bun with a whiskey-infused barbecue sauce,” says chef Richard Krause, who’s done time at Casimir & Co. and Cafe Luxembourg. According to a poster, there’ll also be free salmon burgers, mac and cheese, nachos, grilled cheese, and banana bread pudding.

More →

No Comments

Police Release Photo of Suspect in Silver Spurs Slashing

Silver Spurs attacker (Courtesy of NYPD)

(Courtesy of NYPD)

Investigators believe this is the man responsible for a bloody slashing at Silver Spurs yesterday evening.

The NYPD says the unknown man is “black or Hispanic, 15-18 years old and was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans.”

The slashing occurred around 8pm, after Bobby Barbot, a 25-year old busboy at the Greenwich Village diner, tried to shoo off a teenager who was soliciting money from customers for his basketball team. Barbot told the New York Post that the teen threatened him and tried to punch him in the face, at which point Barbot, who practices mixed martial arts, “knocked him out.” The teen, who wore dental braces, cleared off, only to return a few minutes later, Barbot told the Post. The attacker allegedly slashed Barbot in the left cheek with a boxcutter and ran away.

Barbot was transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he got over 100 stitches. He is said to be in a stable condition.

No Comments

Vinyl For Reals: Go See Meryl Meisler’s Photos of ’70s NYC

Kissing in Black Leather Jackets During last Dead Boys Concert CBGB, New York, NY April 1977 (Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York)

Kissing in Black Leather Jackets During last Dead Boys Concert CBGB, New York, NY April 1977 (Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York)

We love Meryl Meisler, the New York-born photographer who documented Bushwick, Manhattan and Long Island in the disco era. And HBO’s new show, Vinyl, has further whetted our appetite for ’70s NYC. So we’re excited to hear that a selection of Meisler’s earliest work will be on display at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea, starting next Thursday. The exhibition will include a large selection of black-and-white prints taken in some of Manhattan’s mythical disco and punk clubs (CBGBs, Studio 54, Les Mouches, Hurrah) and in her hometown of Massapequa, affectionately coined “Matzo-Pizza” by the locals for its large Jewish and Italian population. It’s an urban-suburban milieux worthy of Richie Finestra himself.

More →

No Comments

Gad Elmaleh, the French Seinfeld, Tries Out His English at Joe’s Pub

Gad Elmaleh at Joe's Pub (Photo courtesy of Jon Asher)

Gad Elmaleh at Joe’s Pub (Photo courtesy of Jon Asher)

Mentioning Gad Elmaleh’s residency at Joe’s Pub to my American friends was a weird experience. “He’s the most famous comedian in France!” I said, full of jingoistic pride. The embarrassed silence that ensued made me realize that my announcement didn’t quite have the expected effect. So I tried a different approach. “He’s like the French Jerry Seinfeld, you know. They’re actually good friends. He’s even been a guest on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

“Oh… Really?” was the politest answer I could get. But I saw in my interlocutors’ perplexed eyes that they had no clue who the hell I was talking about.

More →

No Comments

What Will De Blasio’s Higher Buildings Mean For Transit, Affordability?

Rendering of Extell's controversial tower, going up in Chinatown.

Rendering of Extell’s controversial tower, going up in Chinatown.

The first rows of the City Council chambers were packed with red shirts yesterday. Members of the AARP were there to support Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to tackle the city’s affordable housing crisis and create 200,000 units over the next decade. But council members representing North Brooklyn aren’t so sure about the plan.

More →

No Comments

Where to Watch Hillary and Bernie Go At It Tonight

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Brooklynites were hoping to see a Bernie vs. Hillary showdown in their borough after the Sanders campaign proposed a debate there. But since team Clinton has declined the invitation for now, we’ll all have to tune into MSNBC tonight at 9 p.m. to watch the presidential hopefuls duke it out in Durham, New Hampshire. Doing a shot every time Bernie says “the top 1/10th of 1 percent” is much more fun with fellow imbibers, so here’s where to get out and watch.

More →

No Comments

In Ridgewood-Bushwick, the Last of the Rooftop Pigeon Whisperers

 Paul Wohlfarth keeps more than 250 pigeons in his rooftop coop (Photo by Daniel Hoffman)

Paul Wohlfarth keeps more than 250 pigeons in his rooftop coop (Photo by Daniel Hoffman)

To get to his rooftop, Paul Wohlfarth passes by a gigantic stag’s head hanging in the hallway, climbs a wobbly ladder and slips through a narrow opening. The 64-year-old has been repeating these gymnastics for the past six decades. On top of his building is a fenced coop, housing more than 250 pigeons in different compartments. Wohlfarth, a roofer by profession, can recognize any of his birds in a flash. “That one with the blue band is a tippler,” he says. “It’s got a short beak, a wide eye. If you didn’t know, you’d think it’s a street pigeon. But there are a million breeds.”

More →