The High and The Mighty at A7 in 1983. (Courtesy of the band.)
Avenue A seems more like Bourbon Street some nights, but this Thursday a hardcore show with several reunited New York bands will evoke the spirit of a grittier time. Once the location of the A7 club, where bands like Agnostic Front and Bad Brains played, Niagara will host a record release show for a band that hasn’t played in 30 years: The High and The Mighty. More →
If you’ve seen the holiday windows at The Bean and East Village Pizza (done by Nicolina’s Paint the Town), then you know they’ve showered the corner of First Avenue and East Ninth in Christmas cheer. But a few doors down, one East Village resident is looking out for the rest of us. With Festivus! Should you want to air your grievances on Dec. 23, you know where to go. (Or you could go to Allen Salkin’s place — the Lower East Sider wrote the book on Festivus, after all.) Just don’t let Fox News find out.
Is an Ace Hotel coming to the Bowery? BuzzBuzz Home reports that plans for a 178-room hotel at the former Salvation Army Chinatown shelter are moving ahead. Bowery Boogie spotted a description on the architect’s website indicating that Ace Hotel will brand and operate the hotel, but the blurb now seems to be offline.
A map shows that median incomes have reached $87,000 on the Williamsburg waterfront and $53,000 to $80,000 in other parts of the neighborhood. [Business Insider]
A Brooklyn resident wants the corner of Ludlow and Rivington to be renamed Beastie Boys Square. [DNA Info]
Whether you’re looking for an inflatable unicorn horn, a MetroCard bow tie, or a Ryan Gosling coloring book, the East Village is just the place to find those preposterous stocking stuffers. If you’re not giving everyone Bowery-scented air fresheners this year and you’re hard-up for last-minute gift ideas, you’ll want to stop into Random Accessories, Alphabets and Exit 9. We recently did just that, to find out what’s on the shelves and what’s flying off of them. For one thing, Charles Branstool, owner of Exit 9, insists the manatee is “the next big animal to go viral on the shopping scene” (sharknado is totally over, after all). Hear all about that above, and hear from the folks at the other fine gift emporiums below. More →
With the City Council’s last session of the year coming up on Thursday, Council Member Stephen Levin has to decide whether to allow the 15-story towers bound for Greenpoint to double in size. Word is that “developers and city officials are negotiating a last-minute deal to get more funding for the park and to target the affordable housing to more low-income residents.” [WSJ]
Looking for that perfect Christmas gift? Get your beau a $575 moccasin making classes at Brooklyn Shoe Space, where you can go from klutz to cobbler in no time. [Brooklyn Based]
Or if you really want to splurge: “A massive loft at the Gretsch Building along Broadway has just come on the market for $6.5 million — the kind of coin that still picks up a decent-sized pad in Tribeca or Soho.” [NYDN]
A month and a half after Empire Biscuit opened to out-the-door lines and magazine write-ups galore, the biscuit buzz is still going strong: New York dropped two Underground Gourmet stars on the shop today. But that doesn’t mean the place is packed around the clock. It ain’t easy being 24/7 (right across Avenue A, BAD Burger had to give up the dream last year), so we decided to drop in at 6 a.m. and ask the shop’s owners how their “breakfast, lunch, dinner, drunk” business model is holding up. More →
The suspect in last weekend’s Williamsburg stabbing wears a cowboy hat and a mustache. [DNA Info]
The Daily News reported that Gwynnett St. owner Carl McCoy “agreed with a drug dealer” to have several packages of methylone sent to the Williamsburg restaurant; Gwynett St. tweeted that the report was “some Onion shit” and “none of these accusations are true.” [Grub Street]
A Williamsburg rental building that seems to have a rooftop hopscotch court is now accepting rentals, and all six of the $1,825/month studios are gone. [Curbed]