Until the age of five, Brandon Lopez grew up in a house on the grounds of the Madonna Cemetery. When his family left Fort Lee, N.J., his father, the cemetery’s superintendent, kept the house as an office. Brandon took a job there when he was 14. More →
Last time we saw Chuck Close, the photorealist painter was rocking an unreal outfit at the Brooklyn Artists Ball. If you didn’t have the $1,000 to hobnob with him there, you can do it for a lot less May 1, when he appears in The Strand’s Rare Book Room to celebrate the re-release of Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration. More →
The City Council’s Land Use Committee put its seal of approval on a plan for the site of the Domino Sugar refinery today, bringing it ever closer to becoming a reality. Councilman Stephen Levin said in a statement that “after weeks of discussions we have reached an agreement on the project at the Domino Sugar site that will build on the gains made by the de Blasio Administration to maximize affordable housing and open space to the Williamsburg community.” More →
A mural of ’60s-era Bridget Bardot by Ben Angotti will camouflage construction for a few more days before it’s replaced with another work. (Photo by: Jenna Marotta)
The bar that’s replacing singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw’s National Underground won’t have live music, but it’ll have some pop-star cred of its own: Rob Ackroyd, the guitarist from Florence + The Machine, will be a shareholder in The Late Late Bar & Spirit Grocer when it opens on Houston Street in June. More →
Hunter S. Thompson once deemed the Kentucky Derby decadent and depraved, but this Derby party looks quite lovely: Wythe Cinema, the screening room at the Wythe Hotel, is showing Breadcrumb Trail, a new documentary that demystifies Louisville’s own Slint. More →
Back in October, we had the idea for New York City’s first cat cafe. We’re not saying Purina stole that idea (that would be catty!) but if they did, it was genius: because 15 minutes after their pop-up cat cafe started serving cat’achinos at Kenmare and Bowery it was at capacity, with a line of over 70 people around the block. There were, of course, also photographers, including one from the Daily News. And bouncers for crowd control. Have a look at our slideshow above, and check back here for updates. With excitement (and disdain) building on twitter, this could get hairy.
Update: Our reporter Jenna Marotta is liveblogging form the scene. More →
The William S. Burroughs centenary continued last night with what might’ve been its marquee event — a marathon reading at St. Mark’s Poetry Project. And the reading’s finest moment? When Genesis Breyer P-Orridge — an old friend of Burroughs — read the talking asshole routine that Steve Buscemi did earlier this week. More →
Ivan Ramen isn’t the only thing coming to Clinton Street that lovers of Japanese food have reason to be excited about. On May 4, less than a week before Ivan Orkin opens his spot, a new izakaya will open just a block away. More →
Five members of the Williamsburg Safety Patrol Unit, a neighborhood watch group also known as Shomrim, have been charged in the gang assault of Fort Greene resident Taj Patterson, whom they thought was a vandal. More →
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has a message for predatory landlords: Watch out.
In a conversation with reporters today, Adams announced a new initiative to go after landlords who try to force out longtime tenants through harassment, unfairly raising rents, or failing to provide basic services. Adams said he had met with Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson on Tuesday to discuss how they could better prosecute those “who are abusing housing laws” and “doing it with impunity,” including in Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick. More →