Didn’t wake up at 1 a.m. to get a spot in line to see Vampire Weekend serenade Bernie Sanders at Washington Square Park this afternoon? There’s still plenty of Bernie love to go around the city ahead of the primary next Tuesday.
Bernie Sanders has been compared to a muppet time and time again, but as far as we know, only one artist has lovingly turned him into one. (That said, we have seen a Bernie puppet before). Donny Miller’s handiwork, above, will be on display on the Bowery this weekend, as part of a pro-Bernie art exhibit, “The Art of a Political Revolution.”
While a pro-Hillary pantsuit competition brews in Bushwick, NYU is warning its students that “thousands of people” are expected to attend a Bernie Sanders rally in Washington Square park at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. A campus-wide email from the school’s Vice President for Health advises that some streets in Greenwich Village will be closed off and the area will be crowded, but if you’re an NYU student wondering whether this means you get to miss class (or your shift at Bedford + Bowery) — sorry, no.
Bernie Sanders supporters have been burning in Bushwick for months now, but that doesn’t mean the neighborhood is completely in Bernie’s mothball-filled pocket. Heather Fink– a Greenpoint sound mixer, filmmaker, and comedian– is hoping Hillaryheads will “come out of the closet” for Chillary NYC 2016, a late-night comedy showcase she’s throwing at Gold Sounds in Bushwick this Saturday. And she hopes a lot of them will bring their limiest green attire out of the closet with them, because there’s going to be a pantsuit competition.
Bernie Sanders supporters showed up in droves today at the candidate’s Brooklyn rally, undeterred by the nippy cold weather and wind gusts that sent even the NYPD tugboat off of Greenpoint’s Transmitter Park a’bobbin (perfectly in-synch with the pump-up soundtrack’s reggae rotation, I might add). The mood was elated as the Brooklynite presidential candidate prepares to battle it out with Hillary Clinton for New York state delegates, a fight set to go down on her (sort-of) home turf less than two weeks from today.
Flash Factory recently made a New York Times list of Manhattan clubs that are keeping it real, but it probably wasn’t the best place for a populist Bernie Sanders rally – anyone who left a $2 tip on a lousy can of Bud ($9) and a Jack and Coke ($17) would’ve immediately blown the $27 they might have otherwise contributed to the Sanders campaign. But hey, everyone who showed up for last night’s “Bern NY Bern” party got free entertainment from bands like Rain Machine and Wild Belle, plus some Instagrammable speeches from Gaby Hoffman and Susan Sarandon.
If you thought today’s pop quiz would be the last you’d hear about the Cormac McCarthiest presidential candidate of all-time, think again. Yesterday we spotted a mystery man plastering the above image over a doorframe right next to New Museum. After he climbed down from his ladder and got ready to make like a rat and
copulate with Ted Cruz scamper off, we had a word with him about the latest of many, many, many, many creative attempts to bring down the Donald.
If you don’t know who the North Brooklyn Democratic District Leader is at this point, well, then you probably haven’t attended too many Community Board 1 meetings, and it’s also safe to say that you’re definitely not a member of the Brooklyn Young Democrats. But if you live in or around Greenpoint or Williamsburg and care to be involved in the future of the Democratic Party or the Progressive movement, rest assured there are easier ways to get to know Nick Rizzo than crashing a tedious land-use committee hearing.
For one, you could always convene with Rizzo on the Lower East Side, where you’ll find him working behind the bar at 151. It was clearly a slow night when I stopped by last week (he’d just finished doing the glamorous work of juicing some oranges), so Rizzo had some time to chat about Bernie Sanders, Elena Ferrante, and a rather awkward encounter at Vito Lopez’s wake, among other things.
At yesterday’s Bernie in the Bronx rally, we asked Sandernistas what they’re so fired up about, anyway. Click to see answers from DJ/producer Tommie Sunshine and his fellow Berners.
Hot on the heels of a Fader piece about “How Artists Have Helped Sustain Bernie Sanders’ Run To The White House”, another NYC-based creative type is #feelingthebern. Street artist Jim Joe, known for his rather Dada-esque scrawlings on street corners, billboards, and everyday objects, has joined the ranks of Sandernistas with a poster that may or may not become the Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” of this election season. (Take that, cardboard Hillary!) In it, the words “Human Being” are scrawled across the face of Bernie, who’s looking every bit the presidential hopeful as he longingly stares into the distance.