Maria Shust, Director of The Ukranian Museum (Photo: Mary Reinholz)
When Crimean citizens voted on Sunday to secede from Ukraine and unite with Russia, there was widespread apprehension in ethnic circles within the East Village – sometimes called “Little Ukraine.” Locals worried about an uncertain future for their friends and relatives living in a divided country with historic ties to Russia. Meanwhile, debates continue surrounding whether the vote was even legal. More →
(Photos by Melody Mudd) Darlinda Just Darlinda (L) and Minnie Tonka (R) perform at their anniversary show.
The Schlep Sisters, the burlesque duo of Darlinda Just Darlinda and Minnie Tonka, have celebrated ten years as a team, performing what they call “the sexiest slap-‘schtick.’” Their acts lean towards the ridiculous, with unison choreography and ditzy frozen smiles often accenting music by The Barry Sisters. Themed shows take the oy-vey to the extreme, such as The Burning Bush vs. The Second Coming, which offered Jews and Christians a way to duke it out goodnaturedly about Passover vs. Easter—and featured an audience game of “Hide the Afikomen” using Tigger’s body for maximum hilarity.
In a world of much-too-serious video concepts and utterly ridiculous music trends, think of Toons as your classic Brooklyn party collective. At least, that’s what the band’s first video, “Bazooka Joe,” seems to suggest: a free, maybe even slightly volatile good time, where anything can, and probably does, happen. But aren’t those always the best stories?
On Toons’ self-titled debut, there’s no real agenda; just eleven quick, pop-inspired alternative tracks, perfect for blasting at the highest volume possible. Bedford + Bowery scored the “Bazooka Joe” premiere as well as an interview with Toons and video director Seamus McGuire, where topics like potential lawsuits were brought up and references to early-aughts action movies were made. If “Bazooka Joe” is your classic “happy nightmare” story, here are some thoughts from the morning after. More →
Woo Hoo! Every Monday this March, Nitehawk Cinema will be screening four episodes in its countdown of the 17 best Simpsons episodes of all time (according to Nitehawk, anyway). You can bet the recent episode featuring this Downton Abbey parody didn’t make the cut. Nitehawk’s pick for its #1 Episode screens March 31st, followed by the Simpsons Movie. Until then, we’ve enlisted the biggest Simpsons fan we know to compile a list of his own. We’ll compare lists at month’s end. More →
Though he fears that Bushwick really is on its way to becoming the “Next Williamsburg,” Eddie Cedeño loves this Brooklyn neighborhood, and he really loves being a regular at Pearl’s Social and Billy Club. It’s part of what Eddie calls The Triangle, which consists of this bar, the coffee shop he owns called Strangeways Coffee, and his apartment, which are all within three square blocks of each other. Eddie used to live on famed and now overrun Bedford Avenue, but he says he was priced out of Williamsburg. (“Who can afford $1,000 for one room?”) And yet, Eddie is part of what changed his old ‘hood and what’s making his ‘hood of six years so popular. More →
Grand St. Bakery, a vintage general store, moved into an old, un-renovated store space on Grand about four years ago. The space hasn’t always been easy. (Photos: Elizabeth Flock)
Trendy shops open every other week on Grand Street near Bedford Avenue, but across the BQE in Williamsburg, the same street is experiencing growing pains. At least 16 shuttered storefronts line the six-block stretch along Grand from Union to Bushwick Avenue.
Spaces belonging to mom-and-pop stores have been put up for grabs, but instead of being replaced by beard-wax emporiums and bespoke monocle shops, their “For Rent” signs have lingered for months. While at least one developer is banking on “a migration to the eastern part of Williamsburg” as he replaces the Liberty department store with a Gene Kaufman-designed building at 774 Grand, it seems this part of Grand won’t be undergoing a major transformation in the immediate future.
Here’s a sampling of Grand Street shops that are currently closed or in need of tenants:
Welcome to Girls Talk, in which two of our favorite New Yorkers share the text messages they sent during this week’s episode of Girls.
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Gina Pollack takes a selfie.
The text in green belongs to Gina Pollack, a photographer and writer who has lived in North Brooklyn since before the dawn of Hannah Horvath. She is the news editor for Greenpointers, which means she knows way too much about toxic sludge and Polish doughnuts.
Katarina Hybenova takes a selfie.
The text in gray belongs to Katarina Hybenova, a media entrepreneur, award-winning photojournalist and founding editor of Bushwick Daily. Born and raised in Slovakia, she lived and studied in Prague and Leuven, Belgium only to find her home in the Bushwick-Ridgewood area, where she lives with her husband and three cats. More →
The East Village is going to be mobbed with “green” drinkers tonight — and that doesn’t mean folks sporting St. Patrick’s Day colors. That means rank amateurs. So where does one go to escape them? Well, we went to Macao, China. More →
Four young males–a 12-year-old, two 14-year-olds and a 17-year-old–were shot Friday evening at South 1st and Roebling Street in Williamsburg. All four victims are expected to live. No arrests have been made. [NY Post] Police have released surveillance photos of the suspect. [Gothamist]
A bus driver suffered a stroke behind the wheel while driving on Nassau Ave. in Greenpoint, injuring at least five people and damaging nearly two dozen vehicles. [NY Post]