This week and next, we present a series of longer pieces unraveling the histories of storied buildings.
A mugshot of the anarchist Emma Goldman after she was arrested in Chicago in 1901. (Photo: Chicago Police Department via Library of Congress)
New York City reporters already knew all about Emma Goldman when she spoke to a group of unemployed Jews at Golden Rule Hall on August 17, 1893, one of the many venues on the Lower East Side that was home to dancing, music and radical politics. “If you are hungry and need bread, go and get it!” she intoned. “The shops are plentiful and the doors are open.”
One day, he’s penning op-eds for Rolling Stone in support of women’s rights; the next, he’s performing at Music Hall of Williamsburg–we have so much to thank TheBasedGod, Lil B, for. There’s not much left to be said about the pan-genre rapper from Berkeley except that he probably dropped a mixtape while you were reading this. Clams Casino will also be on hand.
“In the four itinerant years since their self-titled debut, Smith Westerns have grown unphased by the rigors of touring. The melodic indie-rock group—whose latest album, Soft Will, drops June 25—has tested its mettle (and passed) with pivotal opening slots for MGMT and Wilco, not to mention high-profile stints in front of the itchy, overbaked masses at Coachella and Lollapalooza.” – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Take a catchy indie rock band from Oakland (Rogue Wave), pair it with a new wave band from Brooklyn (Caveman) and you’ve got yourself a night of solid modern music. Music Hall of Williamsburg makes it all happen.
The choral, symphonic pop-rock group from North Texas, led by Tim DeLaughter, bring all of their instruments – choir, flute, trumpet, french horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello, percussion, piano, guitars, bass, drums, electronic keyboards and EWI – to the Music Hall of Williamsburg for what’s sure to be a kaleidoscopic, uplifting set. The group will perform the following night at the Bowery Ballroom.
Taps at the bar at MP Taverna’s The Hall in Williamsburg (Photo: Nicole Disser)
Well, we can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. Having just opened MP Taverna on Driggs and North 10th Streets (pretty much ground zero for Williamsburg’s shiny new condos) chef and restauranteur Michael Psilakis is now getting into the business of venues. What better way to connect to the neighborhood and a now nearly mythologized North Brooklyn cultural movement and indie rock scene? The Hall, a new music venue that boasts a mission to “put the focus back on supporting local arts, musicians, creatives, students and neighborhood residents,” won’t officially open till later this month. But we attended a preview event last night to see what we’re in for. More →
Charles Dickens toured Five Points for a day and found only two things he liked about it. One was the pigs. Dickens described the city swine in better terms than he described many of the local slum dwellers. The pigs were gentlemanly, self-reliant and confident, while the people had “coarse and bloated faces” and lived in houses of debauchery. Dickens surmised that the pigs, who lived in those houses too, smugly wondered why their masters walked on two legs instead of four. More →
Last night’s Brooklyn town hall about the L train shutdown drew a smaller and generally more supportive crowd than last week’s contentious meeting in the West Village, but some sparring with city officials still revealed a lack of trust in the MTA and DOT on both sides of the East River.
There was a closing sale today at Frank’s Wine and Liquor store on 46 Union Square East, one of four stores forced to leave the historic Tammany Hall Building on the brink of a massive renovation. Already shuttered are Trevi Deli, a smoke shop, and a newsstand.
The big moving vans came Friday to clear out Tammany Hall’s most prominent tenant, The Union Square Theatre around the corner from Park Avenue South at 100 East 17th Street. Within a matter of hours, it was a ghost building, emptied of all vestiges of the Tony-Award winning hit comedy, 39 Steps, which had played on Broadway and other venues for 1,135 performances starting in 2008.