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Deborah Brown Is Showing on the LES While Going Big in Bushwick

Tonight, some of Deborah Brown’s bright, surreal, almost abstract paintings — inspired by the Bushwick landscape — will be featured in the opening of a at the Lesley Heller Workspace on the Lower East Side.

Though the artist shows downtown (she’ll be back at Lesley Heller for a solo exhibition in February), few things represent the explosion of the Bushwick gallery scene more dramatically than the big move she’s making there.
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Takeru Kobayashi Is in Bryant Park Right Now, Grilling Hot Dogs

Team Takeru. (Photo: Courtesy Hester Street Fair)

Team Takeru. (Photo: Courtesy Hester Street Fair)

Speaking of iconic gurgitators who were conspicuously absent from this year’s hot-dog eating contest, Takeru Kobayashi wasn’t at Coney this year, but he did down 67 dogs in 10 minutes at Hester Street Fair’s hot-dog eating contest, and now – right now! – he’s grilling hot dogs in Bryant Park.

And not just any dogs – The Tsunami debuted his own line of Kobi Dogs at the 4th of July contest and he’s selling them until 10pm tonight ($3, plus fifty cents with avocado or cheese) during tonight’s screening of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”
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Hostel Hostility! DOB Nixes Bunk Beds at Bowery Flophouse-Turned-Hotel

(Photo: Jillian Goodman, NYMag.com)

Looking for a cheap bed in downtown Manhattan? Not if the Department of Buildings has anything to say about it.

This morning, we observed a sign outside the Bowery House – 1920s flophouse turned chic, hostel-like hotel – indicating that the Department of Buildings had determined that “conditions in these premises are imminently perilous to life.”

Yikes! According to a DOB spokesperson, the partial vacate order was issued because four rooms within the hotel had been “illegally converted” into hostel rooms. So the scary sign might be overkill — though we know all too well the imminent perils of a snoring bunk-mate with body odor.
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What’s the Best Least Atrocious $1 Slice? Crazy Legs Conti Finally Settles It

What’s the Best Least Atrocious $1 Slice? Crazy Legs Conti Finally Settles It

Last week, while Tim “Eater X” Janus took home a bronze at the Nathan’s hot-dog eating contest, his East Village roommate and fellow competitive eater Crazy Legs Conti was conspicuously absent from the eater’s table.
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Watch This Guy Turn a Busy East Village Intersection Into a Skate Park

Sure, our video of skaters shredding with Citi Bikes (Shiti Bikes?) got a bunch of likes on Facebook but not everyone was down with it. Commenter Dennis wrote, “i don’t get this, how is this funny? that is the thing i don’t like about skaters effing public property and acting like they deserve to do so.”

Well, if he didn’t dig that, he won’t dig this: on Saturday, this young turk had his way with the intersection of Second Avenue and East Seventh Street. Every time the light turned he’d try to clear this mess. And he actually did it once — after our camera died, of course. Still, the video’s worth a look.

Now who’s going to shred this “epic sinkhole” on Eldridge?

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Uh-Oh: ‘Thurstons’ Are Invading Downtown, and NOT Thurston Moores

(Photo: Joshua Kristal)

(Photo: Joshua Kristal)

While Williamsburg-Greenpoint copes with Murray Hill types pouring into Berry Hill, downtown Manhattan is dealing with its own infestation: “gaggles of Muffys and Thurstons wearing Lilly Pulitzer are invading neighborhoods below 14th Street,” The Times giddily reports. The trend may just “portend the end of Manhattan’s few remaining bastions of bohemia.” (Uh-oh: better tell the guy who’s “one of the East Village’s last standing bohemians.”)

Here now are the obligatory cringe-inducing quotes.
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Here’s What Should Be in Your 4th of July Growler, According to a King of Beers

The Sampler's taps. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Sampler’s taps. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Okay, fine, so you’ve chosen to ignore our 4th of July guide and you’re just going to head over to your friend’s BBQ to watch the fireworks on the roof. At least do us the favor of not drinking your friend’s crappy beer. Grab a growler and fill it up with one of Joshua M. Bernstein’s preferred pours. This guy knows a thing or two or three about beer: he’s the author of Brewed Awakening and the forthcoming The Complete Beer Course, and editor-in-chief of the Craft Beer New York app. Here’s what he recommends ordering at some favorite spots in his home borough of Brooklyn.

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This New ‘Surf Shuttle’ Will Take You From LES to LI

No, this isn't the actual shuttle. (Courtesy: Surf Shuttle NYC)

No, this isn’t the actual shuttle. (Courtesy: Surf Shuttle NYC)

As mentioned in our 4th of July rundown, the Rockabus now has another competitor in the Beach Bus. But what if you think Rockaway is so over now that it has a haute motel and no hard liquor on the beach, and a trip to Coney is out of the question because you’re scared the Astrotower might fall?
Enter the Surf Shuttle.
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Rockaway Rundown: Bluth-Style Frozen Bananas Coming to 97th Street (+ More)

Bolivian Llama Party getting ready to Rock. (Photo: BLP's Instagram)

Bolivian Llama Party getting ready to Rock. (Photo: BLP’s Instagram)

Earlier this week we noted that Caracas had reopened in Rockaway with a new sidekick at its Beach 106th Street concession stand.
Now a Parks Department spokesperson confirms that Rockaway Taco won’t be doing flautas at the 97th Street stand this year. But these places will be back by tomorrow (in fact, they’re opening today, according to this tweet from Motorboat and the Big Banana).
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