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Celebrate America’s Brexit at One of These 4th of July Ragers

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

You’re no doubt already counting down the hours till Independence Day weekend, with its blessed promise of a booze-soaked Monday (and Friday, and Saturday, and Sunday…). But don’t waste your precious free day standing in a massive, sweaty crowd all afternoon just to have any hope of glimpsing some fireworks thwarted when some NBA reject stand right in front of you at the last minute. Instead, spend it drinking, partying, and stuffing your face with grilled meats (or grilled meat substitutes), at one of these parties– no screaming toddlers included. Fireworks are overrated, anyway.

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Sip on Herpes Slurpees With Cast of ‘Drunky’ at Alphaville on Saturday

(Flyer via "Adventures of Drunky"/ Augenblick Studios)

(Flyer via “Adventures of Drunky”/ Augenblick Studios)

Let’s be real, it’s been a sticky week. And since the frozen negroni machine has been broken at the Narrows for going on forever, you’re probably thinking, what’s the point of even leaving my fire-escape kiddie pool this weekend? There never is one, truth be told. But there’s something going down this weekend at Alphaville that could turn out to be the next best thing to soakin’ in a plastic tub filled with the champagne of public water and dribbles of your own pee.

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Sip on Herpes Slurpees With Cast of 'Drunky' at Alphaville on Saturday

(Flyer via "Adventures of Drunky"/ Augenblick Studios)

(Flyer via “Adventures of Drunky”/ Augenblick Studios)

Let’s be real, it’s been a sticky week. And since the frozen negroni machine has been broken at the Narrows for going on forever, you’re probably thinking, what’s the point of even leaving my fire-escape kiddie pool this weekend? There never is one, truth be told. But there’s something going down this weekend at Alphaville that could turn out to be the next best thing to soakin’ in a plastic tub filled with the champagne of public water and dribbles of your own pee.
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City’s Latest ‘Asphalt Activation’ Wants to Turn Your Frown Upside-Down

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

Amidst all the pigeon poop, garbage juice, and sundry other mystery substances littering the streets of New York, there are actually some hard-working people out there trying to make this city just a teensiest bit nicer. Sure, you could go the ad-hoc route like this artist who leaves gold spray-painted trash bags lying around. Or, go the way of the city’s Department of Transportation and commission artists to unleash the pretty. Williamsburg is the new recipient of one such beautification project, with a massive painting adorning the ground of Ascenzi Square, in the triangle formed by Roebling Street, Metropolitan Avenue, and N 4th Street.

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This Artist Goes Around Turning Trash Into Bags of Gold

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

It’s no secret: New York in the summer stinks. Most of the time, that overpoweringly unpleasant smell is coming from the garbage bags whose contents are slowly cooking, sous-vide style, in the sun. But if you’ve wandered the streets of North Brooklyn or the Lower East Side recently, you may have noticed a flash of gold peeking out from the rat castles that are our city’s trash piles. Those gilded bags aren’t the Department of Sanitation’s newest attempt at urban beautification; they’re the work of Peruvian-born artist Iván Sikic, whose new series “Trashed” aims to call attention to New Yorkers’ relationship with waste.

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Wallplay Is Leaving the LES, Wants You to Go Buck On Its Building Before It Comes Down

RipNDip's pop-up on the LES (Photo: Courtesy of Wallplay)

RipNDip’s pop-up on the LES (Photo: Courtesy of Wallplay)

If you’ve been hanging around the Lower East Side lately, you may have been temporarily blinded by a bright cobalt-blue building on the corner of Orchard Street and Delancey. The vivid splash of color was a collaboration between the skate shop RipNDip and Wallplay, a creative agency that brings together artists and brands to develop site-specific installations. RipNDip’s pop-up skate shop was just one in a long series of projects that took over the space at 118 Orchard Street (remember Tim & Eric’s cult ceremony?). But now, with the building set to be demolished, Wallplay is having one last hurrah and inviting everyone to trash the place.
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Food Fests Promise Sizzling Swine, Fresh Slices, and the Bands Who Love Them

(Flyer via King Pizza/ PizzaFest III)

(Flyer via King Pizza/ PizzaFest III)

If this sticky heat doesn’t exactly make you feel inclined to eat, well, you’ll just have to get over that nonsense. Firstly, because no one can survive a juice cleanse and have friends to speak of; secondly, because there are two musically-inclined feasts on the way to your ears and gullet, serving to remind you that solid food is essential to having fun and being fun. Prepare thyself, hungry foodies, for Pizzafest III and CookoutNYC’s Little Big BBQ.
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Step Inside the Restored W'burgh Savings Bank for this #MadeInBrooklyn Market

Photo courtesy of The Weylin

Photo courtesy of The Weylin

Two years ago when we first caught wind of the the launch of Shwick Market, it was still a dinky affair in out-of-the-way Bushwick. Since then, their effort to highlight made-in-Brooklyn goods has outgrown that location and evolved into a rotating pop-up more than 100 vendors strong, with about 80 percent of wares made right in the borough. (All the rest are still conceived of and designed in New York, even if the fabrics come from far away places).
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Want to Protest the Stanford Rape Case Judge? Well, Join the Party

(Photo: Courtesy of GRLCVLT)

(Photo: Courtesy of GRLCVLT)

At this point, everyone and their mother has heard of the Stanford rape case. Your Facebook and Twitter feeds are probably inundated with reprints of the victim’s statements to her assailant, the vile letter Brock Turner’s father wrote defending his son’s “20 minutes of action,” complaints about the presiding judge’s mishandling of the case, and the numerous think pieces on rape culture and white male privilege. It’s an important but depressing subject, and it can make a bystander feel rather helpless.
So what’s a socially conscious individual to do? If you’re self-described “female secret society” GRLCVLT, you invite everyone to an open-bar blowout at Holyrad Studio in East Williamsburg, featuring live performances by local act Edith Pop and comedian Lane Moore’s band It Was Romance. Throw in a letter-writing campaign to unseat Judge Aaron Persky, and it sounds like your typical Wednesday night, right?
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This Summer, Go to the Park and Toss the Ol’ Typewriter Around

(Photo courtesy of the Typewriter Project)

(Photo courtesy of the Typewriter Project)

Back in 2014 I was exploring Governor’s Island when I came across a strange little wooden cabin on an isolated stretch near the water. Curious, I stepped inside to find a brown typewriter with a long ribbon of paper sticking out. I had no idea what this random typewriter was doing there on its lonesome, but its surprising absurdity– a noisy retro throwback next to my sleek iPhone–was both refreshing and irresistible. Soon I was clacking away, devising a whimsical stream of my thoughts (and, of course, getting frustrated that I couldn’t erase my typos).

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