Attention all Greenpoint dwellers who aren’t yet sick and tired of talking gentrification. Longtime Greenpointer Tony Wolf is putting the neighborhood’s urban renewal woes on (virtual) paper and in cartoon form, for “the world’s first webcomic centered entirely around #greenpoint” (per Wolf’s twitter). The author is an actor, voiceover guy, singer, host, writer and illustrator, and has been living in the hood for 17 years. More →
Upcoming talks and readings. Because sometimes, you just want to watch C-3P0 soliloquize in Early Modern English.
Thursday, June 26
Nathan Deuel and Friday was the Bomb
In 2008 Nathan Deuel, Village Voice and Rolling Stone editor, moved with his wife Kelly McEvers (a foreign correspondent) to Saudi Arabia. The couple’s first child had just been born when the Arab Spring erupted. McEvers was posted in Baghdad, while Deuel took his young daughter first to Istanbul and then Beirut. Friday was the Bomb: Five Years in the Middle East is Deuel’s first book, and an account of his time spent in the volatile region. Deuel will be reading from the memoir, taking questions, and signing copies. 7pm, WORD Bookstore (126 Franklin St, Greenpoint), Facebook RSVP requested but not required, FREE More →
Miss Hoe is the perfect place to shop for a person who doesn’t need anything (flamingo-shaped lamps! owl backpacks! mushroom pillows!). But a rent hike is forcing the little box of cute overload across from the New Museum to leave the corner of Bowery and Prince at the end of the month.
Adrien Grenier and friend at the benefit (Photo courtesy of Andrew Einhorn)
The folks behind the Lowline are in high spirits: a benefit at the Bowery Hotel on Monday night attracted 500 guests (including celebrity supporter Adrian Grenier) and raked in about $30,000. The money will go towards funding the next phase of technology and design research, according to Robyn Shapiro, the project’s Director of Community. More →
Now you’ve finally made it through OITNB, maybe you’re ready for some big-screen action?
If Super Size Me, Food, Inc., Hungry for Change and the collected works of Michael Pollan have yet to convince you of the evilness of Big Food, why not hit up Fed Up? The tagline is “Congress says pizza is a vegetable,” and it only gets better from there. Brought to you by Katie Couric, Stephanie Soechtig and Laurie David (the producer behind An Inconvenient Truth), this doc delves into America’s obesity epidemic and the creepy corporations behind it. Apparently guaranteed to “change the way you eat forever.” So if you treasure your customary diet, maybe skip it… Thursday June 26, 11am, Village East Cinema (189 Second Ave), $7.50. LAST CHANCE! More →
Nur Khan, the Lower East Sider and “nightlife impresario” who was creative director at the Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar and (briefly) Don Hill’s, has taken his cache to Williamsburg, presiding over the re-designed rooftop bar at the McCarren Hotel & Pool (formerly the King & Grove). More →