Ever wonder what happened to all those trailers from the Bushwick Trailer Park, the arts collective/trailer haven that popped up on a vacant Bushwick lot a few years ago? Shortly after the park’s demise in 2011, collective founder Hayden Cummings told City Room that a third of them were sold on Craigslist; but what about the rest? Well, a few — four Airstreams from the 1950s through the ’70s, to be exact — have made their way to a smallish lot on the border of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. And Morgan O’ Kane, a banjo player and subway busker, lives in one of them. More →
Todd Patrick writes in to share some more details about Trans-Pecos, the venue now hosting a series of “preview events” at 915 Wycoff in Bushwick. He notes that the Silent Barn’s old home still has “quite a ways to go,” and the to-do list ranges from adding a state-of-the-art sound system to “painting over the bad murals / preserving the good murals.” See his message below for a list of some of the folks who will curate the space collaboratively, details on the espresso cafe run by the folks behind Fort Greene’s Red Lantern cafe and Fresh Till Death, and a little bit about the conversion of the Silent Barn’s old bedrooms into skylit studio spaces. More →
Moon Church — the Brooklyn-based sisterhood of witchcraft, pagan, and occult devotees — bid farewell to Fall on Wednesday and celebrated the release of its first quarterly zine, Autumn Equinox, with a night of poetry, performance and ritual moon worship.
A newly elected councilwoman attempting to explain recent knockout attacks believes that for some African-Americans “the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success.” [DNA Info]
A Twitter account claiming to represent Castle Braid, the apartment complex that was the subject of the Post‘s recent piece about old hipsters vs. new hipsters, is running its mouth, but who’s really behind it? [NY Observer]
A 19-year-old says he was the victim of a gunpoint robbery on South 9th Street in Williamsburg. [Brooklyn Paper]
Check out the above video for time-lapse footage of the Rough Trade store‘s opening. [NY Times]
And on the other side of the retail spectrum, the city saw the smallest year-to-year increase in chain stores: just half a percent! The bad news for Brooklyn is: chains were up 2.8 percent, which is a larger increase than the previous year. Also: there are now over 500 Dunkin’ Donuts locations citywide. [Capital NY]
The 10002 zip code added 10 national retailers and the 10003 zip code came in third with 170 stores (9 less than last year). [The Lo-Down]
This weekend at indieScreen, the second annual Philip K. Dick Film Festival pays homage to the sci-fi master whose work led to Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, The Adjustment Bureau and Minority Report, among others. Here, you can catch the adaptation of his short story “The Crystal Crypt” as well as blocks of films (in the genres of supernatural, horror, metaphysical, and sci-fi) inspired by the likes of Kafka, Borges and Calvino — writers that explored life through a unique lens that teetered on the strange and surreal. A three day pass is only $55 (day passes and individual tickets are available as well).
Here’s what else we’re Reel Psyched about this week. More →
Normally we’d be freaked out by a giant bear watching over our shoulder while we eat, but for Bushwick’s cozy and ambitious new Russian cafe, we’ll make an exception. “Nobody really recreates Russian food for a modern palette,” says Ksenya Roz, an artist turned cuisinier who opened Dillinger’s less than two weeks ago. More →