In casual conversation I usually start off describing Blackout as being “a haunted house type situation that includes a lot of naked wieners,” but I understand how that doesn’t paint the picture very well. To flesh it out a bit: Blackout — located on the Lower East Side, just a few blocks from Nightmare: New York — is a violently sexual, immersive experience that is more like a date with a mid-range dominatrix than a walk through a haunted house. Doing away with any sort of monster gags, spooky ghosts, zombies, or whatever else standard haunted houses rely on, Blackout banks on knowing what people are afraid of MOST: darkness, and, well, wieners. More →
I am terrified of haunted houses because they usually include the things that I find to be most terrifying: People leaping out from around corners, people screaming something in your ear, teamwork of some sort, and theater majors running at you from down a hallway. None the less, I still very much enjoy going to them because I get a great deal of pleasure out of being in uncomfortable situations. Being in a uncomfortable situation, for me, is the same as going to a day spa because it cancels everything out to zero. You’re there. Things are happening to you. And you don’t have to think about anything else. More →
The majority of the press surrounding Michael Alig’s release from prison has primarily dealt with the crime that landed him there for 17 years: the co-murder and dismemberment of fellow club kid Andre “Angel” Melendez. More →
Tori Amos lifers lined up in front of Rough Trade in Williamsburg yesterday morning starting at 6 a.m. to be certain they’d have a chance of seeing the iconic songstress perform a rare in-store that night at 7 p.m. Wristbands to the show were being given out to those who pre-ordered Tori’s fourteenth release, Unrepentant Geraldines, which is due out on May 13. More →
It’s hard to keep track of everything this city has to offer and it’s hard to effectively brag about all the cool places you go if no one (not even you) knows where those places are. That’s why two Williamsburg residents – Samia Saleem and Dana Steffe – invented Karta, a shareable mapping system that allows users to make and trade maps of all their favorite spots. More →
If you missed last night’s NYC Mayoral Forum on Affordable Housing, don’t worry: this was one you could afford to miss.
Even Adolfo Carrion, the first candidate to roll into the swealtering Calvary/St. George’s Church, didn’t show up until half an hour after the appointed start time. He was followed by Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson. Anthony Weiner walked in during the forum’s “lightning round” of questioning, claiming that he had been held up by his son getting burnt by hot tea. John Liu was last to show, but also last to leave. More →