The gallery’s first show at 33 Orchard Street — featuring the work of Blair Thurman — won’t happen until September 20. In the meantime, the owners are throwing a party in the unrennovated room that they’re calling the “Raw Space,” with bare walls and wires hanging from the ceiling. More →
Eight people are in the hospital after an apparent explosion and building collapse in Chinatown this afternoon.
Shi Zu Lie, a tenant of 17 Pike Street, was in his first-floor apartment when he heard an explosion and a wall fell on him. He managed to crawl out from under the rubble and was eating lunch on the sidewalk when we spoke to him through a translator. “I’m very scared and upset,” he said, his eyes red and scratches and cuts visible on an arm and a leg. More →
Visual artist Lunar New Year spent this very humid day on a raised platform, painting a mural on the wall next to Brooklyn Fox, on the corner of North 6th and Bedford. It features a man looking down at a woman who’s sweeping one arm up towards the sky, and was commissioned by the producers of the Sundance film “Fruitvale Station.” More →
Crooked political machines, race-tinged violence, rampant disease, and a gross disparity of wealth: just another day in Five Points in 1853. “Bowery Boys,” a new comic written by Marvel editor Cory Levine, inked by South Williamsburg resident Ian Bertram, and colored by Rodrigo Aviles, brings the dirtiest, bloodiest corner of 19th-century Manhattan back to life. The story follows a father and son through the Lower East Side as they brace for an impending labor strike, and is being released for free online in serial format at three pages a week. We caught up with author Cory Levine to talk about online publishing, “Gangs of New York,” and the ends of the subway lines. More →
Soul Cycle NYC has launched Williamsburg Local Rides, in which neighborhood residents can take a class for free every Wednesday this summer. [Bedford + Bowery]
The New York Times is “confounded” by a new mural of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca on Stockholm Street in Bushwick. It’s part of the New York Public Library’s “Back Tomorrow” exhibit, closing July 21. [NYT]
The prolific Horsetrade Theater Group, which operates the Kraine Theater and Under St. Marks in the East Village, is getting even busier than usual, with a Summer Burlesque Blitz beginning July 18. Four days of live performances include GeekBoys (a “Nerdy-Burly review” with bearded strip-tease artists making pop culture references) and RAWR! Burlesque, which has performances in honor of classic cult films. Expect jokes about light sabers at either or both. Visit Horsetrade’s website for the full schedule, and read on for our July theater round-up. More →
Detail of Portal 2, which will be unveiled on July 13th.
The East Village sure is feeling mystical these days.
Artists Nicolina Johnson and Pérola M. Bonfanti will soon unveil their “13 Portals” — murals based on various forms of astrology and ancient spirituality — on abandoned doorways around the neighborhood, with a kooky communal game to tie them all together. More →
The PS1 Warm Up kicked off for the season in Long Island City this past weekend. You can see more of Scott Lynch’s photos in Bedford + Bowery’s Flickr pool. Meanwhile PS1’s VW Dome closed in Rockaway with a disco party. See B + B’s Instagram for that.
Former doormen Angelo Fabara (who it so happens was at the Dome party with us) and Thomas Onarato recall the glory days of downtown nightlife. “Everyone was in his/her persona, day or night,” says Fabara. “They didn’t go home and change into their nightclubbing outfit. These people were in it, all night long. In the East Village, they really were. You really saw a shift right at like ’98.” [Red Bull Music Academy]
While house hunting today, we were delighted to discover that a $49,000 property had made its way onto luxury realtor Douglas Elliman’s website. $49,000? What a steal! Except the listing isn’t for an apartment — it’s for a “Cabana on the Roof” atop a complex on Attorney Street. More →
The East Village and the Lower East Side, both rich in LGBTQ and drag history, are essential neighborhoods to party in this Gay Pride weekend (and oh, what a week it’s been), and Williamsburg has recovered enough from Brooklyn’s own celebration earlier this month to be ready for round two. Read on for our lineup of Pride picks, including a Madonna dance party, a camp-themed rave, and not one but two rooftop pool parties at the Thompson LES Hotel. More →