Calamity Chang, once a fixture at the old Galapagos with the Beatles Burlesque show she produced, rarely performs in Brooklyn these days. But she makes an exception for the New York Burlesque Festival, which will inundate the city with glitter this weekend for the 13th year in a row. “As for Brooklyn,” she told us, “well, let’s just say that burlesque died when the hipsters moved into Williamsburg. They are too sexually repressed to appreciate sexuality and too cool to appreciate camp.”
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If you had a chance to swing by Our Wicked Lady in the hours before their grand opening then maybe you found the loopy singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco throwin down dogs whilst a couple of his new tracks bumped on the boom box. Or perhaps you were stuck behind double-paned office windows, miles from anything resembling summer or fun, let alone new music. Stir not in jealousy, though, for the release of 25-year-old Rockaway resident Mac Demarco’s new “mini-LP” is just on the horizon.
La Nonna isn’t the only Williamsburger that’s closing its original location. Jane is closing the North 6th Street location it opened as a pop-up in 2010 and moving over to its two-year-old store on Grand Street.
Manager Katie Brainer pointed to a shift in demographic similar to the one the owner of Lavai Maria observed when that store moved to Greenpoint in November. “With all the bigger retailers moving in – J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel — a lot of the smaller stores that were here when we first opened up, stores that we grew with, have closed,” said Brainer. “Which is kind of sad.” (Let’s not forget Madewell, which opened down the block in October.)
Gone are the mom-and-pop sewing shops that once lined the area between Fifth and Ninth Avenues, from 34th to 42nd Streets in Manhattan. Fashion mongers no longer haul their wares on racks down the street. In fact, there are very few signs that the Garment District — once responsible for producing 95 percent of all the clothing sold in the United States — still exists here at all.
Three thieves stole an Xbox, a pair of Playstations and 11 sets of Beats by Dre headphones just before 4 a.m. Saturday morning from a Williamsburg game/electronics shop. [Brooklyn Paper]
Greenpoint’s northernmost waterfront is beginning to see the first visible signs of its impending transformation into a real-life Sim City rendering, replete with skyline-altering luxury condo buildings and next-generation parks plucked straight from Seurat’s futurist dreams.
Previously the site of several nightclubs, 141 Chrystie Street—which has been on the market since June—is now being pitched as a development site that could net an estimated $15 million. [Buzz Buzz Home]
A 21-year-old bicyclist in Bushwick was hit by a car on Himrod Street and hospitalized with serious (but not life threatening) injuries, says the FDNY. [DNA Info]
This morning we mentioned that Greenpoint Open Studios will return on the weekend of Oct. 3, and artists will get a free beer for signing up at The Diamond this Friday. But if you can’t wait that long for a festive gallery crawl, or you refuse to leave the Lower East Side, you might want to save the date of September 7 for LES Opening Night: Art + Fashion.
Lower East Side landlord Samy Mahfar, who this spring paid $11 million to acquire 102 Norfolk Street, is allegedly trying to rid the building of its rent-stabilized tenants. [Bowery Boogie]
And Jared Kushner’s tenants say they’re also being driven out of the building at 170-174 E. 2nd Street, which Kusher and his partners purchased last year for $17 million. [DNA Info]
Renderings have been released of the improved Kosciuszko Bridge, a $770 million undertaking that will stretch across Newtown Creek from Brooklyn to Queens. The Department of Tranportation has called the current bridge structurally unsound, and it is slated for demolition in 2017. [DNA Info]
With the DA saying that his office won’t prosecute adults without a criminal record for “low-level” marijuana offenses, Brian Lehrer asks, “Is pot basically legal in Brooklyn?” [WNYC]
Ousted American Apparel CEO Dov Charney—who in his termination letter was banned from visiting company facilities—was photographed inside the Houston Street American Apparel store yesterday. [Racked NY]
Luis Freytes, 30, will be in court tomorrow on charges that he assaulted his wife and her 11-year-old son this weekend after she woke him up when the bus they were riding on approached their stop at the corner of 14th Street and 1st Avenue. [DNA Info]