Today, gypsy-folk-punk renegades Gogol Bordello gave a free lunchtime show at everybody’s favorite avant-garde music venue, the Urban Outfitters in Soho. (They also signed copies of vinyl cause, duh, Urban Outfitters).
The East Village’s cultural institutions are taking it to the streets again, as the details of two big outdoor arts festivals were announced today.
Theater for the New City is preparing to kick off its annual Summer Street Theater Tour, which has been bringing free outdoor theater to low-income communities since the 1970s. This year they’ll be hitting up neighborhoods in all five boroughs, including Bed-Stuy, the South Bronx, Jackson Heights, Coney Island, Harlem, West New Brighton, and the East Village.
Twenty-one years ago last month, New York ran a cover story titled “The New Bohemia,” about Williamsburg’s burgeoning artist community. Today, revisiting the eight-page spread – which we’ve embedded for you below – is like opening a time capsule from a moment when the neighborhood was on the precipice of change. “In the seventies, it was SoHo. In the eighties, the East Village. In the nineties, it will be Williamsburg,” said one interviewee. Here now are 10 things we learned about the Billyburg of 1992.
Meanwhile another LES staple, Max Fish, finally has a closing date. Gallerist reported yesterday that it’s shuttering August 1, and the site seems to be psyched about the Fish’s forthcoming Williamsburg location: “So, Brooklyn! The Lower East Side can suck it!”
Yesterday we noticed that a Bushwick resident posted this to Craigslist’s lost and found: “i lost my sense of self on july 18, 2013 – please send me an email if you or anyone you know may have information regarding this — important.” We figured Bushwick Elucidations might be able to help, but the lost soul hasn’t gotten back to us with any specifics. So this week, Tigre and Cricket tackle slightly less cosmic matters. Like how to care for Ikea furniture (hint: throw it away).
When Kate Schmitz, the owner of Flying Squirrel, learned that she and Academy owner Mike Davis had to clear out of the space they share on N. 6th St., she decided to follow her longtime friend north.
Schmitz first met Davis when she was 20 and her roommate played in a band with him. About ten years ago, when Davis decided to bring an outpost of his East Village record shop to Brooklyn, they put their heads together and realized that selling baby stuff and vinyl in tandem was a no-brainer.
The MTA gave itself an $8 million budget increase, which may lead to both increased G train service and M train service on the weekends. [Daily News]
Since November, Strange Loop Gallery has played temporary host to The Bureau. Originally meant to last two months, the arrangement between both operations went swimmingly, so a couple-month visit turned into eight.
Local elected officials attended an open meeting in Bushwick today, at the site of a shooting in broad daylight on Saturday that left five people hospitalized. Residents, most of them Hispanic, gathered on the sidewalk at Menahan Street and Knickerbocker Ave, holding signs that demanded “Stop Gun Trafficking.”