If you’ve opened up the Sunday comics section within the last 20 years then you’ve seen Hy Eisman’s slightly gentler, more reflective Popeye comic, staying up to date after all this time with commentary on everything from solar panels to vegan food. After a long career in the cartoon biz, the man behind the third generation of Popeye had his first gallery show at age 88 last weekend at Van der Plas Gallery on the Lower East Side.
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Dimes is basically taking over the Division/Ludlow/Orchard-and-Canal intersection in the LES, but we doubt the neighbors much mind. After all, the cafe with health-concious fare was developed by locals for locals; it’s been a neighborhood favorite for takeout ever since it opened at at 149 Division Street in 2013, then became a popular sit-down spot after moving to a bigger space across the street earlier this year, and now it has opened Dimes Deli in the original location, to accommodate the larger restaurant’s overflow. To make it a true one-stop shop, the owners recently announced that within a few weeks they’ll be opening Dimes Market in the former bus stop next door to the deli.
Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 33 East 17th Street (Union Square).
Hear the story of little Declan Patrick MacManus and how he grew up to become Elvis Costello in the musician’s long anticipated memoir written entirely by Costello, Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink. In it he writes about his family, his songwriting, and his fellow musicians (the book’s description name drops Johnny Cash, The Specials, Van Morrison and The Clash, to name a few). The memoir will be accompanied by a two-disc “soundtrack album” culled from his expansive catalog. Rolling Stone recently reported that Costello himself curated the 38-song collection, which includes two previously unreleased tracks. Don’t miss your chance to meet one of rock’s greatest, most unlikely elder statesmen.
Looks like Caracas has some competition. Over the weekend, a new Venezuelan restaurant took over half of the old Café Pick Me Up space on Avenue A and 9th Street. Monica Muzzo, owner of Arepas Factory, told us she wanted her menu to reflect both the traditional recipes she grew up with in Venezuela and the ethnic diversity of New York City.
Tired of hearing the same artists over and over again on your Pandora or Spotify channels? Fort Greene resident Shannon Byrne, 27, has come up with just the thing to get you out of your musical funk (unless funk is what you’re into). So far, her free service A Song a Day has 44 curators personally selecting daily songs sent to 3,000 subscribers. She’s hoping that with her Kickstarter campaign, launched earlier this month and ending in 19 days, she can raise the funds she needs to expand the service while retaining its signature human touch.
Black Seed has already earned a following for its unique bagels that borrow traits from both traditional New York and Montreal methods; still, it’s got some pretty big shoes to fill when it opens its third NYC location Monday morning in former De Robertis Pasticceria in the East Village.
Just a few days after CUNY social journalism fellow Aaron Smith launched his blog “The Brooklyn Memory Project” with an unsettling video of a retired Greenpoint NYPD detective recalling all the cancer deaths he’s witnessed (possibly due to the area’s oil spill), Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning is launching a series of forums about North Brooklyn’s environmental issues, starting with a discussion tonight about Greenpoint’s polluted past.
Last Friday, as Hurricane Joaquin blew through Greenpoint, more than 50 local foodies sought shelter in the cozy new cookbook store Archestratus Books + Foods to celebrate its opening on Huron Street near the corner of Metropolitan Avenue. On Monday afternoon, a rolling cart outside the door, stocked with every manner of used cookbooks for sale, advertised “coffee” on a makeshift sign. “I need to get a sandwich board,” said owner Paige Lipari with a laugh. “The cardboard isn’t cutting it.”
Nitehawk’s “Booze & Books” series is partnering with Abrams Books for a signing of Tom Shone’s Woody Allen: A Retrospective and screening of the director’s 1980 film Stardust Memories (starring Allen, Charlotte Rampling and Jessica Harper). Fittingly, the movie is about a filmmaker recalling his various inspirations while attending a retrospective of his work. Before the show Shone will be signing the illustrated biography, the first complete film-by-film overview of Allen’s career; it includes original interviews as well as 250 behind-the-scenes stills, photographs, posters, and ephemera. Don’t forget to ask about the special cocktail for sale, inspired by the film – it is “Booze & Books,” after all.
Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. Nitehawk Cinema, 36 Metropolitan Avenue (Williamsburg). $15 (ticket only) or $45 (ticket plus book).
Well, Brooklyn’s newest luxury high rise isn’t mincing words – its motto, “the first to rise above the rest,” pretty much sums up the attitude of developers MNS and its latest physical manifestation. Standing 13 stories tall at the corner of Driggs in Williamsburg, 190 South 1st Street started contracting out its 32 luxury units about a month and a half ago and is currently 20-percent in contract, according to an MNS spokesperson. It’s expected to be move-in ready by late fall, early winter 2016.