Archie’s & Sons on Third Avenue (Photo: Natalie Rinn)
Get excited, Astor Place lunch-hour zombies (we’re looking in the mirror here) — there’s a new chow spot in town. Archie & Sons, the throwback luncheonette-style diner we told you about last month, opened its doors in the East Village today. More →
Feel unsafe walking home at night in Greenpoint, what with all the disturbingbehavior in the neighborhood? Jay Ruiz, founder of the borough’s popular two-wheeled escort service, Brooklyn Bike Patrol, said Greenpointers shouldn’t hesitate to call for a cycle home. Ruiz also encourages local volunteers to put their own bikes to good use. [Greenpointers]
The mystery of the dead shark on the N train yesterday has been solved: photos surfaced from earlier in the day of kids on Brighton Beach holding the fanged fish, which had purportedly washed to shore. A report provided by a family friend assured that it was, indeed, the same shark. [Gothamist]
A small group of protesters and a festive group of old folks congregated today at the Borinquen Plaza Senior Center in Bushwick. The seniors were there to party with a salsa DJ while the protesters looked for a man who would never show up: Vito Lopez. More →
During the six months he’s been a barback at Pumps, six or seven dudes have asked Dillan Raia the same question: “How did you get that job?”
The Long Islander was doing flooring for his uncle when a family friend told him about every 23-year-old’s dream gig. He immediately sniffed an opportunity. “They don’t want to just hire any random person,” Raia points out. “You don’t know if someone is going to be a creep or pedophile, like, smelling all the girls’ butts.” More →
High drama on the Williamsburg Bridge this afternoon, as a car headed for Brooklyn caught fire shortly before 1:47 p.m.
The blaze, which shut down the east-bound lane, was extinguished by 2:39 p.m., but not before some folks on Twitter and Instagram got some pretty intense shots. It’s uncertain what caused the fire; no one was injured, the FDNY said. More →
Here’s the latest on Jules de Balincourt’s to outsmart the prohibitively expensive local real estate market: he and 75 other Bushwick-based artists may secure lucrative work spaces with pooled funds. [WSJ]
SMITHE at work at Vandervoort Place (Photo: Paula Villanueva for All City Canvas)
Today, a Mexico City artist will complete a 200-foot-long mural on a Bushwick wall that had previously been covered with work by JR and Jim Avignon.
SMITHE started the epic piece Monday of last week, but the story of the wall goes back to 2007, when Ali Ha opened Factory Fresh, a gallery focusing on urban art, just around the corner from a derelict alley. More →
Laser-dancers at The Call Box. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)
Grab a Hawaiian shirt: Timothy Traynor, of Call Box Lounge dance party fame, is debuting Tropical Contact tonight at Isa. No, Tropical Contact isn’t a euphemism for some unspeakable jungle malady: it’s an island-themed soiree involving free beer, tropical fabrics, laid-back Caribbean tracks and a “nothing pretentious” great time, according to Traynor. More →
A peep inside. Get it? A peep is a group of chicken. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)
Oh, Blue Ribbon, you’re such a tease!
Today we noticed a brood of manager- and chef-types clucking around the well-lit cafeteria-like interior of the forthcoming Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken — and this sign posted on the Second Avenue entrance: “Almost open….. (Not quite yet) Cluck Yeah!” More →
Ashley at her native drinking hole, Shayz Lounge (Photo: Natalie Rinn)
Ashley Cardiff — incisive, often hilarious voice from The Gloss — released a book this month called Night Terrors: Sex, Dating, Puberty and Other Alarming Things. As you might guess from the title, the 27-year-old Williamsburger’s essay collection recounts her experiences with sexual development and peripheral subjects like pick-up artists, pubic hair and masturbation. The stories span her time from a precocious yungun’ in California to a disillusioned editorial assistant in New York City. More →