Release for Jacob Victorine’s Flammable Matter April 19 at7 p.m. at WORD Bookstore, 126 Franklin Street.
Jacob Victorine’s first book of poetry, Flammable Matter, bears witness to the metaphorical immolation of oppressed bodies in our world. It’s a raw and powerful testament to living through trauma. He’ll be joined by Rico Frederick, a Trinidadian author of the poetry collection Broken Calypsonian, and Justin Woo a Chinese-American poet and artist.
Walking the streets of Williamsburg, Dan Ruth can point out the buildings where squatters used to hold court. He still remembers the excellent soundtrack at King’s Pharmacy, the unvarnished temperament of the lady behind the Stroll-In Video counter, impromptu concerts in the back of bars, and gaggles of old ladies acting as the sentinels of his block. He wouldn’t claim to be part of the first wave of artists and musicians moving out to Williamsburg in search of cheap rents, but he was definitely hot on their heels.
While Bernie gets his own street art and gallery show and Hillary is feted with a Bushwick pantsuit competition, that other presidential candidate with New York roots has seen something of a “cultural flowering” in his own right. If you haven’t yet had a chance to “Beat up Trump” or bash a piñata of the real-estate mogul’s likeness, tonight you can head to Trumpmania, an orange-haired art exhibit and auction at 311 East Broadway where there’s “something for everyone” (yep, even Trump supporters).
The windows of 7 Clinton Street have recently boasted racy red signs: “Beer is sexy,” and “Beer. Your way,” they say. Another week, another craft beer spot, you may yawn. But Paloma Rocket, in soft-opening mode, is guaranteed to make beer enthusiasts perk up with a free-for-all of 30 constantly-changing niche drafts. The best part: No bartender is getting between you and these sweet brews.
Clinton Street’s forever in-motion restaurant row is going through another rebirth. Within the last few months it has added Speedy Romeo slinging St. Louis style pizzas, Galeria with Brazilian healthy-ish food, Boba Guys upping the bubble tea game, and next week, a new burger joint to rest our weary tastebuds.
Last night council members Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez visited Community Board 3 to face the music and explain their votes on the mayor’s affordable housing and rezoning plan, which was approved by the City Council in March. The plan will allow developers to build higher in rezoned neighborhoods, but require them to include at least 25 percent affordable housing in all new buildings.
Didn’t wake up at 1 a.m. to get a spot in line to see Vampire Weekend serenade Bernie Sanders at Washington Square Park this afternoon? There’s still plenty of Bernie love to go around the city ahead of the primary next Tuesday.
Next week during passover some Lower East Siders may feel something missing from their annual celebration– for the first time in ninety years, Streit’s Matzo at 150 Rivington Street is closed. Adding insult to injury, its old building with the famous red “Streit’s” sign above it is slated for demolition that same week, to make way for a seven-story luxury condo building.
The former Chase bank space at 104 Delancey Street has been empty for about four years, intermittently hosting a Halloween store, a Hanksy exhibit and, recently, a Chabad Purim extravaganza. Last night, when we passed by the space owned by controversial landlord Samy Mahfar and his SMA Equities, it looked like it was in the midst of turning into an old-school warehouse party.
More than 100 Chinatown residents and their supporters crowded onto the sidewalk in front of 83 and 85 Bowery yesterday afternoon, marching around the block and gumming up traffic. The rally was part of the Coalition to Protect Chinatown’s ongoing effort to draw attention to tenant harassment cases and push for height limits and rent stabilization in the neighborhood.