Around midnight on Thursday morning, a 23-year-old man was shot in the left leg on Avenue C near and East 13th Street, then treated at Bellevue Hospital. [NY Post] An NYPD patrol tower has since been installed outside 193 Avenue C. [EV Grieve]
Saturday afternoon, a 30-year-old man was the victim of an random slashing on E. 6th Street in the East Village. He described his assailant as a 20-something Asian man who was about 5-foot-3. [ABC 7 NY]
Twin five-story tenements, located at 100-102 Forsyth Street, were purchased last week for $16 million. [Bowery Boogie] One is home to the eatery Birds & Bubbles and, together, 37 apartments. [The Real Deal]
Eva Mueller’s photographs, part of “Heliotrope” (Photo by Kavitha Surana)
“To title a piece ‘Black Face’ is going to raise some hairs on the backs of some peoples’ necks [who] find that that’s a derogatory phrase,” acknowledged Ellen Hackl Fagan. Her Bushwick-based gallery, Odetta, is opening the exhibition Heliotrope tonight, showcasing the work of four mid-career artists. German-born photographer Eva Mueller, a New York City-dweller since 1989, has contributed a series of portraits depicting different people coated in dark, midnight-black paint.
“What she’s really aiming for is to show the similarity among us all, if we are all the same color, and explore: What does that mean now?” Fagan explained.
Comedian and activist Elsa Waithe (Photo: Nicole Disser)
There are maybe more comedians in New York City than anywhere else. And while material can vary a lot, stand-ups tend to have similar backstories, or at least in what they feel like dishing. But Elsa Waithe is a comedian like not many others. Sure, she’s a transplant from Virginia who said she “dropped everything” and moved here to “follow my dream.” She’s also of the opinion that “comedy quite literally saved my life”– another common story. But instead of squeezing her way into the big clubs, Elsa is carving out a place for under-represented comics, something she considers part of her work as a civil rights activist.
Ever find yourself wondering about Satan, or listening to music that mothers would pale to hear? Banish those devilish desires of yours with a trip to everyone’s favorite Bushwick-based occult bookstore and event space, Catland, to take in the Satanic Panic Propaganda Video Show, a compilation of short videos showcasing the moral panic of the ’80s and ’90s centering around the potentially violent dangers of Satanic rituals and cults.
Syndicated has a bar/ restaurant to boot (Photo via Syndicated)
A brand new movie theater is opening up in Bushwick tonight, bringing their fancy take on the Nitehawk view-n’-brew model with them. Our guess is Syndicated will do quite well if they’re able to capitalize on a whole neighborhood’s desire to hibernate not far from the apartment during this season in hell. Proving their street cred, the cinema is kicking off their inaugural night with Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the 1997 Spielberg-before-Spielberg-was-annoying sci-fi film that cost (at, ahem, $18 million) only a fraction of what studios blow on that dude now.
Lunch for the homeless at the Bowery Mission (Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)
Governor Andrew Cuomo began the year with a pretty progressive State of the State on Wednesday. In the annual speech, Cuomo called for 12 weeks of paid family leave, a $15 minimum wage, and emphasized the importance of reducing CO2 emissions. Looks like New York is safe from Trumpkins, Cruzinators and the like, for now anyway.
Prepare to witness the unholy union of street art and a multimillion dollar restaurant brand. Tomorrow night Vandal, a concoction from The Tao Group, will make its debut at 199 Bowery with the help of street artists from around the world.
It’s been a long time coming, and even though House of Yes officially opened on New Year’s Eve, the Bushwick performance collective’s brand new (and impressive) space is finally complete, with all the the licenses and permits it ever dreamed of, and it appears to be running on schedule, no less. Kae Burke– the co-founder of House of Yes along with Anya Sapozhnikova– played host last night and, strutting across the stage in impossible heels and sequined bikini number, reminded the audience, “This is our first variety show in two-and-a-half years.” Proof that even a fire, raids by the cops, and a colossal construction project couldn’t keep House of Yes down.
Dan Hoyt, owner of the the East Village raw food bistro Quintessence, was arrested for flashing a woman Tuesday at the 8th Street NYU subway station. It is his fourth time being caught exposing himself in a subway since 1994. [Pix 11]
Twelve-year-old Lower East Side bar and performance venue Fontana’s will close in March following a rent increase. [Bowery Boogie]
In Williamsburg today, a new cinema/restaurant called Syndicated makes its debut, serving only non-crunchy foods that won’t make noise. [Brooklyn Paper]
It’s about time we got a moon-landing conspiracy theory comedy– I mean, it’s all right there in front of us: everyone’s super loving the ’70s right now (don’t pretend you haven’t seen betches in bellbottoms recently, it’s happening whether we like it or not), cynicism regarding the government and Hollywood is at an all time high, and people are finally realizing there’s a high probability that lizard people rule the world.