You won’t have to hoof it over to Central Park, Flushing Meadows or (shudder) Rock Center to go ice skating anymore. The folks at Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn send word that they’re teaming with NYC Parks to convert the McCarren Park Pool into a skating rink with vendors selling gifts and grub. More →
Amid the gloom and doom over closing record shops, there are a couple of glimmers of hope. Last week, Academy Annex (check out photos of the new store at 83 Oak Street below) while a Bushwick newcomer hit the corner of Knickerbocker and Jefferson. More →
Making “upcycled vintage from 20th century pop culture” ain’t easy: to do it, artist Golly Bishop sometimes drives 800 miles to acquire vintage bedsheets, sleeping bags and curtains at yard sales; then he cuts out characters like Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and sews them onto T-shirts. He’s been practicing this “post-modern archeology for a brave[ish] new world” full-time for the past five years, but in recent months the exorbitant cost of living in the city forced him out of the East Village, his home of 12 years, to a new studio space in the Catskills. More →
Already fighting foreclosure, the home of the Yippie! Museum faced another buzzkill last week, as attorney Meryl L. Wenig asked a State Supreme Court judge to consider civil contempt charges against its owners and even jail time for failing to pay rent at 9 Bleecker Street.
Wenig represents David F. Segal, the receiver, who claims that “not one cent” of the $20,000-per-month rent he demanded via a notice in September has been paid since May, when the court authorized him to manage the building. As a result, Wenig asked a judge last Monday to fine the building’s owners $250 per day for each alleged civil violation, evict its occupants and permit the auctioning of any possessions that aren’t removed by October 15. The judge will set a court date on October 18. More →
Last weekend, as promised, the owners of Manhattan Avenue bars Matchless and No Name reopened the Park Luncheonette off of McCarren Park. You can now stop by in the morning for espresso drinks and maybe some banana bread, or in the evening for beer, wine or cocktails at the candlelit bar (there’s also root beer on tap). The pizza menu didn’t debut this past week as hoped, but we’re told slices should be flying out of the takeout window by next week. We spoke to Nicholas Schneider, who’s heading the pizza operation, and his partner Ted Nugent of No Name and Matchless. Play the audio slideshow to check out the luncheonette’s new look and hear more about what to expect from the kitchen.
Park Luncheonette, 334 Driggs Ave., at Lorimer St., Williamsburg
Now that Jimmy McMillan, founder of the Rent Is Too Damn High party, has achieved even more fame as a music video star, why wouldn’t he put his eviction fight to music? The East Village resident’s new tune, “Order in the Court,” is basically a primer (Jimmy McMillan style) on landlord-tenant law, and contains theories like “the judges that sit on the bench have been appointed by the landlord’s attorney who represent the landlord.” This may be the only time a scathing indictment of Article 31, Section 3120 has been put to funk music (unless George Clinton did it?).
Okay, so Glenn Branca thinks CBGB was “just a shithole where bands got up on stage and played,” but others think the place was pretty special. And many of those folks are likely to converge on Greenpoint today, because Three Kings Tattoo is giving away one of these memorial tattoos between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. It’s first come, first serve, but don’t expect quite the kind of line those $13 tats got: these are going for $100 to $300.
When you’re done getting inked, head over the the B+B Newsroom to hear Rayya Elias, who played at CBGB back in the day, read from Harley Loco, her memoir about her rough-and-tumble life in the ’80s East Village, followed by Brendan Jay Sullivan reading from Rivington Was Ours and sharing his memories of running with Lady Gaga on the Lower East Side. The free reading and discussion starts at 7 p.m., at 155 Grand Street, off of Bedford Ave., in Williamsburg.
The world’s most powerful peanut farmer and everyone’s — well, okay, this reporter’s — favorite ex-Prez made an appearance in the East Village today. Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn held a press conference this afternoon to look back at their 30 years of community service for Habitat Humanity. Awkward looking Secret Service agents milled about in the middle of East 6th Street while press, local residents, and habitat volunteers gathered across the street from Mascot Flats, the first Carter Work Project site. More →
Last night, Barclays Center was filled with a mixture of middle-aged South Africans and twentysomething Williamsburg artist types, all there to catch a glimpse of Sixto Rodriguez, star of Searching for Sugar Man. For those who haven’t seen the Oscar-winning documentary, the back story of Rodriguez is pretty unreal; it’s like something straight out of, well, an Oscar-winning documentary. Basically, the Mexican-American guitarist had a short-lived musical career in the ’70s, but bootlegs of his albums made their way to South Africa where, unbeknownst to him, he became a legend. All the while, he was working manual labor jobs in Detroit. Now, thanks to the success of Searching for Sugar Man, at 71, Rodriguez is suddenly playing stadiums such as Barclays Center, and a sold-out Radio City Music Hall. More →
Pickle lovers and pizza lovers, prepare for sensory overload at two upcoming feasts.
Tonight, no less than 43 pizzerias will converge on St. Anthony’s Church at 154 Sullivan Street, for the annual Slice Out Hunger event. Tickets are only $1 and get you any one slice of your choice out of 700 pizzas to be found inside the event. Rest assured these aren’t the kind of dollar slices that Crazy Legs maligned: among the 43 pizzerias represented here are Motorino, Two Boots, Joe’s Pizza, and Forcella. Even De Blasio favorite Di Fara will be there. Dollars from this mega pizza party go directly to the NYC Food Bank. Vegan and gluten-free options will also be available for those of a softer disposition. More →