Almost Famous, except about a girl. And set in the ’90s. And British.
How to Build a Girl, described by the New York Times’ Dwight Garner as “a British version of ‘Almost Famous,’ delivered from a female perspective and set two decades later,” is celebrating its paperback release with a reading by author Caitlin Moran. She’s often compared to Tina Fey and Lena Dunham, “which is fair so far as it goes,” according to Garner, “though I’d add Amy Winehouse and the early Roseanne Barr to the mix.” Watch her read excerpts from her comic novel about a poor teen determined to reinvent herself as a rock critic in 1990s London.
Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (East Village).
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A week after filming at William Sheridan Playground in Williamsburg, Girls was right across the street today, shooting at Aurora. We didn’t spot Adam or Jessa, but hey, those are their chairs. Whee. Also! A few days ago, Lena Dunham posted a shot from the set indicating that her sister will be making her Girls debut this season.
Update, 4:20 p.m.: They’re back and filming a scene where Adam and Jessa stroll down Grand Street. Video up top.
Update, July 3: Whaaat. Guess we should’ve hung around longer. The Post spotted Malia Obama on set and TMZ says she’s interning for the show this summer.
One of the most eye-grabbing things we saw at Select art fair — aside from Michael Alig’s prison paintings and Junglepussy’s rooftop set, of course — was this rendering of Williamsburg by Amsterdam-based artist Jan Rothuizen. It was part of “Mapping Brooklyn,”. an exhibit of old maps and the map-driven work of contemporary artists that appeared at BRIC House and the Brooklyn Historical Society. While part of the exhibit remains on view at the Historical Society, this creation and others are on display at Select through the weekend.
The Diamond is always one for quirky events (remember Lena Dunham trivia?) but this one made us do a double take. Try to read this without your eyes popping out of your head.
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Saturday night, a teenager was shot in the torso and buttocks on Humboldt Street near Flushing Avenue in Williamsburg. He would not ID his assailant. [Brooklyn Paper]
Since it’s Earth Day, Mayor de Blasio will introduce his Zero Waste plan today, aiming to decrease NYC’s trash output by 90 percent in the next 15 years. [NY Daily News]
NBA Hall of Fame center and real estate investor David Robinson and partners procured three Ridge Street residential buildings on the LES for $50 million. [The Real Deal]
All week, we’re bringing you a series of deep dives into the surprising histories of storied addresses. Back to our usual after the New Year.
The building at 104 South 4th Street today. (Photo: Courtesy of aptsandlofts.com)
“Launch yourself into Rocket Factory Lofts,” beckons the website of the building on South 4th Street, near the East River waterfront. “Experience authentic, industrial loft living in this former rocket and plane parts factory.”
Last week’s video of a woman walking the streets of NYC for 10 hours proved what Lena Dunham already knew: everyone in NYC is subject to catcalls. And it immediately became fodder for parodies. Here’s the latest, filmed in part on the Lower East Side — it was sent over by Scott Rogowsky, who just celebrated three years of his live talk show Running Late.
The performance artist Penny Arcade called us back after getting out of a show that ran late. So, even in the midst of her own show Longing Lasts Longer (Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10 at Joe’s Pub), she’s making time to support the work of other artists. The legendary downtown icon is, wonderfully, still underground and still outraged. The new show and her preoccupations are deeply intertwined, as her work is primarily autobiographical, and our conversation ranged from why New York is now “the Big Cupcake,” to what makes Lena Dunham so special, to the young “creative soul” in the Times paying $3,700 rent.
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We have to admit, we steered clear of Russell Brand’s reading at Strand Book Store last night. Had we gone to see the hyperactive, hyperbolic comic-turned-crusader, we probably would’ve been the guy mentioned in this tweet: “Huge line outside the Strand; I ask a man what for, and his voice is noticeably ashamed as he says, ‘it’s for a Russell Brand reading.'”
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Saturday night, a teenage girl was thrown to the ground and robbed of her cellphone after exiting the Marcy Avenue J train. And just before midnight last Thursday, two thieves locked a Metropolitan Avenue gas station employee inside the store so they could attached a chain from the cash machine to their 1998 Plymouth Voyager and drive off with it. [The Brooklyn Paper]
Raymond Mersier, 16, was arrested and charged with burglary after allegedly taking three laptops and an iPhone from Kickstarter’s Greenpoint headquarters a week ago. [DNA Info]
A 14 and 15-year-old were arrested Saturday night for allegedly stealing three cases of chips from the Frito-Lay factory at 10 Eyck Street in Williamsburg. [The Brooklyn Paper]