Last week a pair of swastikas with the caption “Go Trump” were found spray-painted in Adam Yauch Park, a playground, dog run, and ball courts in Brooklyn Heights named after the late Beastie Boy, who grew up nearby. Although America’s president-elect has apparently been too busy scolding the cast of Hamilton to issue any sort of statement condemning the hateful action made in his name, the people of Brooklyn have responded quickly and with force.
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The best party of the year has now already happened– sorry, everybody who didn’t make it to Bike Kill on Saturday. Organized once again by the Black Label Bicycle Club, the October tradition continued for the 13th year with all of the usual crazy stunts, freaky mutant bikes, loud music, dumb-ass costumes, vast amounts of booze, and tons of glorious mayhem.
Hundreds of dressed-up doggies descended upon Tompkins Square Park on Saturday for the 26th annual Halloween Dog Parade, and it was an adorable sight to behold.
Several hundred Pussy Power protestors gathered on Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower yesterday evening for a boisterous bashing of the Republican nominee. Donald Trump–or, as one sign-maker would have it, Cheeto Voldemort–wasn’t home at the time, of course, as he was busy in Las Vegas further humiliating himself and his country. But Donald’s absence did little to diminish the anger of the crowd, or the increasing sense that a righteous triumph was nearly at hand.
There are many traditions (feasting with family, open-air prayer in congregation, and, these days, having a boutique butcher sacrifice your lamb) surrounding Eid al-Fitr, the three-day “festival of breaking the fast” that marks the end of Ramadan each year. For Muslims of southern Brooklyn, one of those traditions is to pack up the kids and head on out to Coney Island.
Ridiculously balmy weather brought record numbers of Santas, elves, ugly sweaters, reindeer, Christmas trees, gingerbread cookies, and Hanukkah shout-outs to Williamsburg and the East Village on Saturday for that most notorious excuse for mass day drinking, SantaCon 2015.
The best holiday of the year set off waves of joy and craziness on Saturday, and we’re not talking about Halloween. Bike Kill, the annual celebration of freaky pedal-powered things and getting drunk while riding them, took over a semi-secluded industrial lot deep in Bushwick and, as you might expect, much delirious mayhem ensued.
Hundreds of costumed canines, accompanied by thousands of much-less-cute human handlers and spectators, packed into Tompkins Square Park on Saturday for the 25th annual Halloween Dog Parade.
There were some concerns last week that Bike Kill, the Black Label Bike Club’s annual block party/festival of debauchery, might not happen this year. Officials had rejected their permit request for the usual spot in Bed-Stuy, on the dead end behind the Home Depot parking lot. At the last minute, though, the club secured a block on Gardner Street just off Flatbush in Bushwick, and man was it ON.
The week didn’t start out great for Wayne Rada and the L.I.S.A. Project, his non-profit outfit that has brought a ton of world-class street art to Little Italy (of all places) and beyond over the past couple of years. Shepard Fairey, Conor Harrington, Queen Andrea, Lister, Crash and Daze, Stikman, Michael de Feo (aka The Flower Guy), Tristan Eaton… the list of L.I.S.A.-backed artists is long.