A motorcyclist died after hitting a car on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. [NY Daily News]
Pat Philips, the lead singer of the band Honduras, might be hungover. He’s drinking a lot of water. Philips, Tyson Moore, lead guitar, and Josh Wehle, drums, are relaxing in the front of Radio Bushwick — without alcoholic drinks — before the gig celebrating the release of their EP Morality Cuts, on Black Bell Records. The bass player, Paul Lizarraga, is off somewhere taking a nap.
The preview of the Whitney Biennial was great and all. But did those uptown swells lay out endless garbage cans filled with free PBR at THEIR opening? Did they toss out free t-shirts to a rowdy, adoring crowd? Was there Ministry on the decks and naked people on the floor? And were there almost 600 different artists with works hung literally floor to ceiling, every square foot filled, every single one of them created by a woman?
After deriding “Brooklyn’s Overhyped, Undercooked Restaurant Scene,” the New York Observer has now gone ahead and declared that “Brooklyn is over. Done. Finished. Brooklyn as brand has overtaken Brooklyn as place, turning itself over fully to the project that was always its greatest work in the first place: the cultivation of a luxury lifestyle.” Oh, snap! And here we thought its greatest work was Leaves of Grass.
As expected, the new plan for the Domino Sugar factory site won the approval of the City Planning Commission and will now be voted on by the City Council. [NY Daily News]
The deal proves one thing: “the de Blasio administration cares a lot about affordable housing, less about how high the towers grow, and not at all about the minutiae of design.” [Daily Intel]
Yes, it’s finally happening (maybe): a Girls bus tour. HBO is said to be in discussions with the tour company that did the Sex and the City school. The tour would visit locations that “aren’t exactly glamorous” but are “authentic.” [NY Daily News]
If that new movie about Fort Tilden didn’t have you longing for summer, this new video from The Men surely will: it involves a trip down to Robert Moses State Park and some True Detective-style dabbling in the occult. The song, “Pearly Gates,” is a hard-chugging throwback rawk tune in the spirit of “LA Woman,” and it’s off of Tomorrow’s Hits, out this week via Brooklyn label Sacred Bones (you may have seen a mural for the album — their fifth in four years — in Williamsburg).
223-225 Bowery has sold for $30 million and will become a 180-room Ace Hotel with a small number of residential condominiums. [Curbed]
Unions want all workers at the Domino site to be organized. [NY Daily News]
Neighbors Allied for Good Growth believes that “the project should include more affordable housing than proposed. We also believe there are other important aspects of the project that must be considered, such as open space, design and neighborhood impacts.” [NAG]
A variety of projects are vying for grants from a $19.5 million Greenpoint oil spill fund. [NY Times]
On hyper-gentrification, super gentrification and the third wave of gentrification. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]
At last year’s Oscars, Seth MacFarlane hosted, Jennifer Lawrence tripped, and Ben Affleck called his marriage to Jennifer Garner “work.” Movie musicals and James Bond were celebrated, because nobody — except 40 million viewers — wants a short ceremony, and the producers had to bookend some very expensive commercial time.
This weekend, we found a smattering of places where you can share eye rolls (it’s the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and the theme of the night is “heroes”) or memorial toasts (Roger Ebert, James Gandolfini, Paul Walker, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Harold Ramis).