Tonight, some of Deborah Brown’s bright, surreal, almost abstract paintings — inspired by the Bushwick landscape — will be featured in the opening of a at the Lesley Heller Workspace on the Lower East Side.
Though the artist shows downtown (she’ll be back at Lesley Heller for a solo exhibition in February), few things represent the explosion of the Bushwick gallery scene more dramatically than the big move she’s making there. More →
So many coffee spots are opening in Bushwick, it’s getting hard to keep track. We were so excited about AP Coffee and then Strangeways that we somehow missed the ever-so-quiet opening of Milk and Pull Café a couple of weeks ago. More →
When we first brought word that rockers Bobby Drake (The Hold Steady, w/o.), Frank Bevan (w/o.), Rob Pope (Spoon), Eric Odness (The Wanted, Primitive Weapons) were teaming up to open a Greenpoint bar that nodded to the neighborhood joints of Minneapolis, there were plenty of demands from B+B readers. One asked “Must there be tvs?”; another wrote, “I hope they show hockey games.” Another asked, “Can you please import all of the Midwestern guys into the bar as well?” More →
Crooked political machines, race-tinged violence, rampant disease, and a gross disparity of wealth: just another day in Five Points in 1853. “Bowery Boys,” a new comic written by Marvel editor Cory Levine, inked by South Williamsburg resident Ian Bertram, and colored by Rodrigo Aviles, brings the dirtiest, bloodiest corner of 19th-century Manhattan back to life. The story follows a father and son through the Lower East Side as they brace for an impending labor strike, and is being released for free online in serial format at three pages a week. We caught up with author Cory Levine to talk about online publishing, “Gangs of New York,” and the ends of the subway lines. More →
It’s 3 a.m. at Passion Lounge, the heavily mirrored club on Broadway previously known as Angels, and the roving underground party known as Ultra Velvet is in full swing. Brooklyn rapper Dai Burger coos a line from her new single into the mic: “Soufflé, I could come on these bitches all day.” She’s iced in iridescent blue from head to transparent heel. Her audience is similarly attired in ensembles ranging from the futuristic to the obscene. As lasers spin, they share fish bowls, sipping an orgy of liquor from long straws. Passion’s towering security guards look on, confused. More →
Self-portrait of Elbrecht as a child (from the new 7″).
Jorge Elbrecht’s introduction to the music industry came in the early 2000s with the success of his band/art collective, Lansing-Dreiden, which reissued its entire catalog this past spring. During its heyday, the group received two favorable “Art in Review”write-ups in The Times.
Following Lansing-Dreiden, Elbrecht went on to form Violens and earlier this year joined Ariel Pink’s band as their new guitarist. The Costa Rica-born artist has also become an in-demand producer, most notably making the new Au Revoir Simone record, whose single “Somebody Who” was released in June. More →
Tom Lombardi has returned to his stomping grounds of Williamsburg after several years away.
(Illustration: James Powers)
The wife and I ride the elevator thirty-something floors up the spine of a newly constructed condo that stands, along with its glassy companions, on the waterfront on Kent Avenue. My wife’s friends’ crib is magnificent, with floor-to-ceiling windows that expose various sides: South and East Williamsburg, Greenpoint and beyond. Little people – humans below, not midgets – can be seen sipping sunset cocktails on roof decks. More →
Speaking of iconic gurgitators who were conspicuously absent from this year’s hot-dog eating contest, Takeru Kobayashi wasn’t at Coney this year, but he did down 67 dogs in 10 minutes at Hester Street Fair’s hot-dog eating contest, and now – right now! – he’s grilling hot dogs in Bryant Park.
And not just any dogs – The Tsunami debuted his own line of Kobi Dogs at the 4th of July contest and he’s selling them until 10pm tonight ($3, plus fifty cents with avocado or cheese) during tonight’s screening of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” More →
Soul Cycle NYC has launched Williamsburg Local Rides, in which neighborhood residents can take a class for free every Wednesday this summer. [Bedford + Bowery]
The New York Times is “confounded” by a new mural of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca on Stockholm Street in Bushwick. It’s part of the New York Public Library’s “Back Tomorrow” exhibit, closing July 21. [NYT]