If readin’ bout Pete Seeger has inspired you to buy a banjo or a 12-string, you better move fast: East Village instrument purveyor A-1 Music is closing for good tonight at 7 p.m. The store’s co-owner told us a specialty candy/chocolate shop is taking over the lease on February 1.
Before Pete Seeger, “father of American folk music,” died Monday at the age of 94, he had lived in Beacon, N.Y. since 1949. But before that, he was a denizen of the East Village. In what was then known as the Lower East Side, he encountered musical mentors like Lead Belly, ran with a relative unknown named Woody Guthrie, became an activist, and started his career as one of the country’s most iconic and beloved musicians.
The NYPD are looking for the drug dealer who, they say, provided shrooms to Titan Lee-Hai before he plunged from an NYU dorm. [DNA Info]
A faux ConEd bill collector is getting Williamsburg shopkeepers to turn over bundles of cash. [Brooklyn Paper]
If you missed the installation that artist/illustrator Noémi Schipfer and architect/musician Takami Nakamoto (aka Nonotak) brought to Fowler Project Space in Greenpoint earlier this month, well at least don’t miss the video the Paris-based duo just unleashed, above. “Daydream V.03,” as the audiovisual piece is called, is a trip and a half. And is all the more impressive because it’s created using projectors and fabric, rather than LED lights. When you’re done watching, check out the below video featuring the 10 plexiglass pieces they sold — from a series titled “Masks.”
A trail of self-praise has followed Citi Bike over the last week. Over 6,000 Citi Bikers pedaled through the city against the Polar Vortex and just yesterday the program announced that it had signed up its 97,000th member. So why is the docking station outside of the Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D and East 5th Street so often chock full of bright blue bikes?
After dropping into the soft-opening of Gowanus’s new shuffleboard bar this past weekend, we’ve stopped oo-ing and ah-ing long enough to talk to Jonathan Schnapp, who tells us the free shuffleboard will continue tonight and tomorrow. Huzzah! After that, he and co-owner Ashley Albert will take a breather for a few days and hopefully open fully next week. At this early stage in the game, the Royal Palms Website is short on details and the public is clamoring for information, so we asked Schnapp to tell us how all of this is going to work. There’s a lot going on here (DJs! bands! food trucks! 10 shuffleboard courts!), so we went ahead and — as best we could with our trembling hands — broke it into a FAQ. All of this, of course, is subject to change.
Last time we headed uptown for something at the library, it was for that . Looks like a return visit is in order: the lineup for the upcoming season of Live at the NYPL has just been unleashed and highlights include Wes Anderson talking Grand Budapest Hotel, Malcolm Gladwell revealing all, Douglas Coupland and Chuck Palahniuk in what’s sure to be a far-out convo, Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy talking craft brews, John Waters (who’s always good for a laugh), and more. Check out the full schedule below. If you’re a Friend of the Library, click on the links to pre-order tickets (they’re $15) or wait till they go on sale to general public ($25) Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.
When Judy Garland, Kirk Douglas, Liz Taylor and the glitterati of the ‘50s wanted to walk on the wild side, they headed to the East Village’s Club 82, “New York’s After-Dark Rendezvous.” The notoriety of the basement club, at 82 East Fourth Street, came from its elaborate stage shows performed by 35 female impersonators. Strippers, dancers, comedians and singers, all men in drag, staged three shows nightly, seven days a week well into the ‘60s, when the novelty wore off and the club’s popularity faded.
Details are, uh, sketchy but police say that on Jan. 10 he followed a woman into her apartment on Avenue C and lifted a laptop, her cell phone and credit cards.
Keep an eye out, East Village. He’s wanted for burglary.
A police source tells the Post that NYU freshman Titan Lee-Hai was high on mushrooms when he plunged from the roof of Third North. A fellow student says that Lee-Hai, who was clearly “not in his senses,” punched him in the face shortly before the fatal fall. [NYP, NY Daily News]
Rapping under the name Trizzykid, the Trinidadian had built a substantial following of fans, and was remembered fondly. [NY Observer]
200 people gathered in Bushwick to mourn traffic fatalities and rally for safer streets. [The Weekly Nabe]