It was a boiling-hot day in Brooklyn when I strolled by a dull gray electrical box and glimpsed vivid shades of red, purple and blue. The square black sticker pasted onto the box contained a blue angelic figure with red wings kneeling in prayer beneath a bizarre hodgepodge of images depicting the decrepit state of America today: pills—possibly a nod to the opioid epidemic—logos for Fox News and Vice, Facebook and Twitter social media icons, an iPhone, an AK-47, an Amazon box, and an array of dollar bills upon dollar bills. Scrawled in tiny white font beneath the image were the words Dom Dirtee. More →
It could take something as simple as a step-touch to unite the generations. At least that’s the impression you might get in a room with the company of experimental hip-hop and dance group Yackez. Most contemporary dance projects are rife with young and lithe bodies, but the cast of the latest and largest Yackez production, Give It To You Stage, ranges from ages 25 to 87. More →
Deathdays aren’t usually cause for celebration, but in the case of Christopher Wallace– better known as Biggie Smalls– it only makes sense to organize an art show dedicated to the late rapper around the afterlife. Without it, 20 Big Yearswould have denied the necromancy that runs throughout the life work of Notorious B.I.G. (his mere two studio albums are a clear sign that his life was cut too short), and that has come to define his persona after death. Even if all these ghosts still give his fans the willies. As one visitor, pointing to an altered version of Barron Claiborne’s famous photo of Biggie wearing a crown, said to her friend: “That one with the skull–it’s so morbid, but so deep.” (The friend agreed.)
Tonight, a chasm of art opens up in East Williamsburg. More specifically, tonight marks the beginning of CHASM, a four-day late-night multimedia/nightlife/performance/music event, showcasing some of the most groundbreaking artists working in the Brooklyn scene today. The experience is curated by Julia Sinelnikova, a multimedia artist who often creates under the name The Oracle and is drawn to the usage and interactions of light in her work, whether it be through curation or creation. More →
Rising rents and changing neighborhoods got you down? Tonight head over to Bushwick’s main-squeeze community space, Mayday, for an art and music fest to commiserate on our supremely “gentrifucked” city.
The show (which, let’s be honest, will be less misery and more party) is organized by Buendia Brooklyn, a collective of local rappers, graffiti artists, and MCs operating out of Sunset Park– a neighborhood that’s still (somewhat) insulated from twee cocktail bars and doggy spas. (They even have a non-ironic bowling alley!)
Queens-born rapper Awkwafina (the alter-ego of Nora Lum) says she’s been doing some serious “hustling” in the last couple of years: recording an album, putting out an NYC guidebook, and making the big move to Greenpoint. She’s not there for the cute boutiques and charming scenery (after all, she made her fame with “NYC Bitche$”, in which she deftly buried an entire section of our humble Brooklyn borough for being overrun not just by transplants, but adult-baby transplants). Rather, she has a “rent control situation” weighing in her favor (“I’d live anywhere if it was cheap,” Lum told us last spring).
Whether you’re a hip-hop aficionado looking for a reason to day drink or a dance devotee looking for a reason to night shop, these two holiday markets have you covered.
Ibiza Love Child Pop-Up Weekender+ Nov. 28 to Dec. 3 and Dec. 14 to Dec. 25, from 4pm to midnight at Ibiza Love Child, 29 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
While it ramps up for a grand opening in February, Ibiza Love Child has been doing pop-ups at Verboten while quietly operating by appointment only on other days. But starting Black Friday, designer Mary Wagman will invite holiday shoppers into her 2,500-square-foot warehouse – a “warm, yummy environment,” she assures us – so they can check out her private line as well as the funky duds she imports from that party mecca of Ibiza. More →
While some local designers are leaving Clinton Street, others are moving in. Sabit NYC, a streetwear label championed by Swiss Beatz and sported by other hip-hop acts, is set to open its first store at 43 Clinton this weekend or early next week.
According to partner George “G Studio” Boria, Japanese-born designer Shoichi Amemiya (formerly at Ecko) plans to bring his Garment District showroom down to Clinton Street, where he’ll sell the menswear available on his website as well as some in-store exclusives. He’ll also give store space to some select up-and-coming designers. More →
Not only is The Vintage Twin once again popping up at 355A Bowery tomorrow through Wednesday, but next month the space will get a titillating new tenant: Black Boy Place, the Parisian street-wear brand responsible for Jay-Z’s notorious “Tom Ford” football jerz, will make its NYC brick-and-mortar debut there from August 4 to 18.
Okay, we know what you’re thinking: what. is up. with that name. “Unlike what some might think,” explains the fashion house on its website, “Black Boy Place refers to the dark side of men rather than the color of their skin.” More →