Rocio Espada had no idea her family’s story would be used to introduce a major new policy of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Monday in his State of the City address. “I thought wow, I’m so honored,” she said, after receiving a phone call telling her about it. “Because it is not only about me, it’s about a lot of parents out there.”
It’s easy to be charmed by the Bushwick-based design duo behind the recently launched clothing line So Saturday. Their nicknames are Captain and Doc, they have a knack for finishing each other’s sentences and their one-of-a-kind button ups are printed with lobsters, avocados and corndogs. They surf, they skate, and they document their adventures on a Super 8 camera. They also embody an enviable blend of laid-back California cool (radical, dude) with a can-do New York attitude.
Dario Wolos, who opened a taqueria inside a VW bus in a Nolita loft in 2010 after trying it out in Southern Mexico first, now wants to bring the operation to Bushwick. But the taqueria is facing stiff opposition from members of Brooklyn’s Community Board 1, who sharply questioned Wolos Thursday night about whether his taco bus would force out industrial business that might otherwise move into the empty space.
While reporting from remote locations for NY1, Roger Clark has sung Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” and shredded on the air guitar for a solid minute of live television. For the past decade, viewers of his feature stories have come to know Clark as a loveable dork with rock star reveries. But he really does have a bit of musical street cred. Clark and co-worker Bunny Hirsch play monthly gigs as Perp Walk, a drum/bass duo with songs like “Tranny Man” and “Stench In My Kitchen.” They’re jamming tonight at Hank’s Saloon and then again in March at The Way Station, as part of a Lou Reed tribute.
The hunt for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s drug dealers led cops to a Mott Street apartment where they busted four people after finding a “mother lode” of heroin, per the . According to an online heroin review site cited by Brooklyn Paper, Ace of Spades — the dealer of which police are still searching for — could be found on the streets of Williamsburg as recently as last month.
A San Loco employee who’s accused of raping a woman in her East Village apartment says she gave him permission to follow her home and the sex was consensual. [NY Post]
Like to grouse about your landlord? Why not do it over Kosher rugelach at an upcoming art opening?
Later this month at his Bushwick gallery, Rafael Fuchs will show new work “based on true stories” about North Brooklyn’s Jewish landlords. For the appropriately titled “LandLords” series, the artist digitally manipulated photographs he had taken of landlords — wearing Shabbat fur hats and following after their children, among other things — by adding imagery, writing, and portions of other photographs. One print features a naked woman with an airplane about to fly into her ass, with a couple landlords in traditional Hasidic garb in the background.
The real Marina Abramović is often busy chatting with the New Yorker about “being present,” making a film about James Franco and perfecting the Abramović Method, which mere mortals will soon be able to learn at the Marina Abramović Institute. Thankfully, the trend to imitate, pay tribute to or otherwise parody the famed performance artist means that we can always get our fix, even when the artist herself is not present.
First Taylor Mead and now this: Rene Ricard, the East Village “poet, painter, art critic, scene-maker, ex-Andy Warhol super-star, subject of one of Allen’s most penetrating portraits,” has died of cancer at 67. Among other things, he’s credited for propelling Basquiat to fame. [Allen Ginsberg Project, Gallerist]
Luis Martinez has been convicted of attempted murder in the 2012 shooting of a police officer on the Lower East Side. He had claimed it was self-defense. [NBC 4]
Todd P has responded to grumblings that he put the 285 Kent space up on Craigslist: “People seem all up an arms about this, and while this particular ad is not my doing, so what if it had been? The place closed for good reason: it couldn’t be made ‘legal’ and people were going to end up in jail if it kept operating.” [Brooklyn Vegan]
Is East New York the “next Bushwick”? [Untapped Cities]
And is Crown Heights the “new Williamsburg”? [Curbed]