I like food; I dislike crowds. So it was with mixed feelings that I descended the escalator into DeKalb Market Hall, the Albee Square food-court-on-steroids that opened today in downtown Brooklyn.
I arrived on the earlier side of the lunch rush – actually right at the stroke of noon, when civilized people like myself take luncheon – but the market was already bustling with people eager to sample from some of the 40-odd food vendors.
Here’s some good news for New York’s numerous indie film fans – the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is only a week away.
Running June 3 to 12, the festival (acronym, for extra credit: AoBFF17) describes itself as “the ONLY international, independent festival in the world devoted to Brooklyn’s vibrant film and media scene,” and considers films with any connection to the borough.
Let’s face it, this election has left us all in need of a stiff drink, and not the cheeky, politically themed kind that reminds us what we came to the bar to escape in the first place. Thankfully, the new Alamo Drafthouse is hooking us up by serving libations in this take-home Gremlins tiki mug. The limited-edition mugs are made by Los Angeles toy sculptor Ramirez Studios for Alamo’s offshoot brand, Mondo, which makes movie-minded posters, apparel, and toys such as this Alfred Hitchock collectible figure.
“I’m proud to say that we have the largest collection of syphilitic genitals in the entire United States,” Tim League announced last night as he pulled back a red curtain in the back room of Alamo Drafthouse’s bar. But more about that later.
Ever since Tim League revealed that he was opening an Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn this summer, we’ve been waiting for an exact opening date with baited breath, with only some enticing details about the menu to tide us over. But wait, what’s this? On the Fandango app right now, it says that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is screening there on September 1. Could it be that Alamo will finally be open by then? After all, the Fandango listing even lets you reserve seats, offering a glimpse into the layout of one of the theaters.
Gone are the mom-and-pop sewing shops that once lined the area between Fifth and Ninth Avenues, from 34th to 42nd Streets in Manhattan. Fashion mongers no longer haul their wares on racks down the street. In fact, there are very few signs that the Garment District — once responsible for producing 95 percent of all the clothing sold in the United States — still exists here at all.
If you missed Summer of Blood when it played at the Tribeca Film Festival and then again at Northside Festival, here’s one more very festive chance to catch Bushwick filmmaker Onur Tukel’s hilarious, Halloweeny vampire comedy.