While the rest of the world anticipates next week’s unveiling of the iPhone 7 or iPhone 6s or whatever and prepares to line up all over again, we made a run to an altogether sadder, creepier Apple Store — one that is to the real thing what Banksy’s Dismaland is to Disneyland.
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You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy the ethical delicacies offered at the Vegan Shop-Up; with more than a dozen food vendors serving every animal-free product you could imagine (and some you could probably never imagine if you tried), it’s the place to go for a wide variety of vegan cuisines. We’re not sure exactly which items most of the vendors will be offering, but taking a look at the Cake Thieves Facebook page was enough to convince us that pretty much anything they make can’t be bad. Case in point: vegan Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches, pictured left.
If you were anywhere in the general proximity of the William Vale these last few days you may have noticed the futuristic giant is getting glassed in. The rapidly rising hotel has just one last growth spurt left in it before it reaches max height, according to general manager Sebastien Maingourd. Construction on the building, located on Wythe Avenue between North 12th and 13th Streets, should be complete by the end of the year. They’re currently shooting to open on March 1, 2016, and we’ve obtained some renderings of the rooms and dining space.
After a brief turn as Sheltering Sky, the McCarren Hotel & Pool’s rooftop bar is now Xanadu. The year-round roof deck has been reimagined by Joe Carroll (Fette Sau, St. Anselm) and Francesco Panella (Antica Pesa), the team behind the hotel’s new fern bar Oleanders.
Robert Goolrick’s most recent novel, The Fall of Princes, finds retired 1980s ad man Rooney writing his memoir after an era of American Psycho-style unrepentant debauchery and greed (but without the murdering). Join the author for a discussion with the undeniably fabulous author and actress Joan Juliet Buck. (She played Madame Elisabeth Brassart in Julie & Julia and wrote an essay about being intimidated by Nora Ephron during the audition, and she’s written for a bunch of fancy publications, including Vogue, W, and The New Yorker.) And Algonquin’s publisher Elisabeth Scharlatt will be there, too.
Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (Noho).
It’s not easy to find good Nordic food and, truthfully, most people wouldn’t even know what they’re looking for, but Chef Fredrik Berselius hopes that will change when he reopens Aska under a different name, in a larger space, at 47 South 5th Street. The restaurant inside of Kinfolk Studios in Williamsburg closed over a year ago, after Food & Wine named it one of the 10 best new restaurants in America and New York gave it Best Bar Food honors. We caught up with Berselius Wednesday when he successfully obtained support for a liquor license at a meeting of Brooklyn Community Board 3’s SLA Committee.
In its first venture outside Portland, Oregon, Bunk Sandwiches is bringing its “kids food for adults”–and “best breakfast sandwich ever”–to Williamsburg. The causal sandwich shop will replace well-loved Italian spot Max at its Driggs Avenue location on the corner of South 3rd Street later this year.
Tattoo artist Baz is bringing 16 years of experience to his new shop, Clash City Tattoo, opening today in the East Village. He had hoped to open last weekend, on the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death (“I was going to do Elvis tattoos for cheap,” he told us), but it took a little longer than expected to finish up the interior.
With hotels, Airbnbs, and gifty boutiques popping up all over Williamsburg to serve an influx of out-of-towners, one has to wonder: how many people strolling Bedford Avenue at a given time are locals, and how many are tourists? To answer that question, we posted up outside of the Bedford station and polled over 300 passersby. Our findings: 1 in 3 people we spoke to were from outside of New York City (about half of those visitors were Europeans), while just 1 in 4 of them actually lived in Williamsburg. As one of Williamsburg’s many French tourists might say: “Mon dieu!”
If you’ve ever wished there was a way to mix the quiet solitude of writing with the blood-thristy spectacle of an MMA throw-down, (and who hasn’t?) don’t miss the first ever Prose Bowl. The event’s Facebook page calls it “one part literature, one part blood sport, one part American Idol.” It pits a lineup of writers against one another for a competition as fierce as it can get for literary types, which with booze, the audience’s cheers dictating the winner, and the promise of more free booze for the victor–who knows?– could be a lot. Each competitor gets five minutes to read a 900 to 1,000 word piece of fiction.
Tuesday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m. Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street (Williamsburg).