The lack of female directors in the film industry isn’t exactly a new phenomenon, but with the rise of movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp in the past year, this gender gap has been highlighted now more than ever– just take Natalie Portman’s presentation of the Best Director award at this year’s Golden Globes as an example. Nitehawk Cinema and Metrograph, two local movie theaters, are also recognizing this disparity with a series of film screenings focusing exclusively on female directors.
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After six years in exile, PS122 has returned to the East Village in time to kick off its annual Coil festival. The avant-garde performance space’s home, a former school building on First Avenue, just underwent a $37 million renovation that resulted in a larger lobby, a new elevator, upgraded restrooms, and two brand-new theaters.
A parking lot at the Cooper Park Houses is set to be replaced by a high-rise building, and residents of the East Williamsburg housing development aren’t happy about it. Several dozen people showed up to express their outrage Tuesday at a meeting where the New York City Housing Authority unveiled its plans.
Breaking from a years’ long tradition of withholding its starting point until the night before, SantaCon announced last night that its red-suited revelers will first gather Saturday morning at the sprawling James A. Farley Post Office at 421 8th Avenue. Organizers reportedly made the early announcement as a bow to public officials who have complained that they needed more time to alert their constituents to the costumed boozers coming into their neighborhoods.
Over the next two weekends, the Renegade Crafts Fair will bring handcrafted works from 150 makers and a handful of food and beverage vendors to Industry City in Sunset Park. This past weekend, we checked out the first installment of the season and watched as holiday shoppers swarmed the glass works, ceramics, custom leather, jewelry, and a general panoply of knick-knacks. Play our video to hear more about the highlight of the fair, an “expressive uterus” that has caught the attention of the alt right.
Before you fall back on the Union Square Holiday Market this season, remember that there are plenty of indie gift shops a little further downtown. We scoured some of them (and, okay, the Holiday Market, too) for this year’s quirkiest stocking stuffers.
Forget about that post-Thanksgiving diet. On the weekend of Dec. 16, a Food Porn Fest will take over a large warehouse two blocks from the Morgan stop. Shwick, the fest’s producer, has confirmed 19 vendors and is seeking over 40 of them total.
Those currently on board show a fair amount of variety. There’s vegan friendly Indian food, simple biscuits and beer, a boutique waffle experience, distilleries, a candy shop with hemp seed oil (CBD) infused products, and much more.
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Shwick, founded by husband-wife team Christopher and Jinyen Carew, came to notoriety with the Shwick Market of Makers, a large warehouse space filled with vendors hawking artisanal products. It proved to be unsustainable and closed after nine months.
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Without a storefront, Shwick has been conducting pop-up markets to sell Brooklyn-made goods to Brooklyners. For the last two years, the couple has put on the Brookyln Maker’s Market in the restored Williamsburgh Savings Bank adjacent to the Williamsburg Bridge.
Tickets for the second annual Food Porn Fest, at 395 Johnson Avenue, are $3 and you can snag em here.
Entropy and much else haunts New York’s rapid transit system, one of the oldest in the world. The subway is fertile grounds for fear: the rats, the tons of dirt above your head, and the leaks you hope are water. And when you get home, you may find that bedbugs got off at your stop. Inspired, Andrew Duncan Farmer has written a collection of “Scary Stories to Read on the Subway,” with illustrations by Bats Langley.