Old and New, 2013, Paul Kessel. Photo: Courtesy of Umbrella Arts
It isn’t often that one decides to change career paths at the age of 69, but that’s precisely what Paul Kessel did. In his previous life, Kessel was a psychologist and psychoanalyst but these days he roams the streets armed with his camera, capturing street scenes that catch his eye. More →
With the hubbub over 285 Kent’s closure still bubbling, another beloved venue, East Williamsburg’s Steel Drums, has been shut down until further notice. Aurora Halal, organizer of the underground Mutual Dreaming parties, tells us her annual PPU Visual Dreaming party, on Friday, got a surprise visit from the police. More →
As mentioned last week, we’re helping Vulture give away tickets to the invite-only season premiere of Billy on the Street, March 5 at Beacon Theater. All you have to do is be among the first 50 people to sign up for Bedford + Bowery’s daily newsletter, below, and we’ll put you on the list +1. You’ll see sidewalk silliness like the video Billy posted yesterday, in which he quizzes a random passerby on Scarlett Johansson’s vagina (or, as the kids are pronouncing it these days: vayaña).
It’s lunchtime at Polski Meat Market on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, and business is dead. Again. An older woman makes pierogis in the back, while her son Adam Parys mans the meat case, which contains nine kinds of kielbasa, and another employee straightens the shelves. In half an hour, only one customer steps inside. More →
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final hours included a stop into his usual coffee shop, dinner at Automatic Slims, and a phone call to his longtime girlfriend during which he seemed high, per CNN. Police are looking for the actor’s drug dealer after dozens of baggies of heroin were found in his apartment.
Models listening to casting director John Pfeiffer. Photo: Courtesy modelloungexmicrosoft.
Do the mere mortals dining on club sandwiches at The Coffee Shop in Union Square have any idea that below their feet, dozens of models – the real kind, who will walk the runways of top designers for New York Fashion Week later this week – are sipping on coconut water, having Xbox dance-offs and getting professional massages? It doesn’t matter, really, because even if they did they wouldn’t be allowed to partake in the fun. The is a subterranean private space for models to relax, gossip in their native tongues and enjoy speakers and events aimed at helping to boost their careers. More →
It’s been a few months since we lost Lou Reed, and not even Morrissey’s cover of “Satellite of Love” has filled the void. But this should help: and his Loser’s Lounge — who, in their 20 years, have paid homage to everyone from Burt Bacharach to The Muppets — are doing a tribute to Lou and the Velvets. Naturally, they’ll be going by the name “LOU-sers Lounge” as they perform favorites from the rock-n-roll animal’s repertoire at Joe’s Pub this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. More →
The real Marina Abramović is often busy chatting with the New Yorker about “being present,” making a film about James Franco and perfecting the Abramović Method, which mere mortals will soon be able to learn at the Marina Abramović Institute. Thankfully, the trend to imitate, pay tribute to or otherwise parody the famed performance artist means that we can always get our fix, even when the artist herself is not present. More →
Those of you who eat exclusively “vegetable-based” food may have already heard of Young’s, the veggie enthusiasts best known for their stand at the Hester Street Fair. On March 6 and 7, the meatless masters will be hosting a pop-up restaurant at The Old Bowery Station in which guests can enjoy four courses of vegetarian fare with the option of beer or cocktail pairings. “All our food is made with alcohol in mind. That’s how we really win people over,” says chef and co-founder Jessica Young. More →
This summer 162 N. 4th Street will be home sweet home to sweetgreen, the Washington, D.C.-based chain of salad spots. The new location, on the corner of Bedford Avenue, will benefit from the foot traffic Whole Foods Willamsburg generates when it eventually opens across the street, and will share a building with forthcoming locations of Umami Burger and Parm. More →