Artist Doug Young was searching for a new medium when, at a flea market, he stumbled on an old painting on glass. This almost-lost technique was popular with decorative objects in the 19th century, but strangely had its heyday in the 1700s when China used it to produce Americana to sell to Americans. Cue lightbulb. More →
As promised, Hotsy Totsy Burlesque put on a burlesque version of your favorite Cohen Brothers movie last week. No, not Inside Llewyn Davis, silly! We’re talking Nihilists, Jesus, and Creedence. Watch our video to see The Dude (or a Dude) abide.
You can finally drink James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem‘s espresso blend at the newest location of Blue Bottle. [Grub Street]
City Councilmember Antonio Reynoso says he’s “not anti-development. I’m anti-irresponsible development, which is what we see in Williamsburg.” [Commercial Observer]
Spike Lee doesn’t like it when “”m—-f—–g hipsters” come into neighborhoods like Bushwick and change the name to East Williamsburg. “These Williamsburg m—–f—–s are changing the names,” he told a crowd at Pratt. [NY Daily News]
“The real thrill existed in our new found ability to reach the fridge while still in bed.”
I often wonder if we would have ever left Manhattan, had a strange man not been living in the basement of our apartment.
Living in the city is a surreal experience for most post-grads – high rise buildings full to the brim with clouds of marijuana, organic produce, and receipts from the local dry cleaner – and if our little corner of the Lower East Side was not one of the last safe places for stowaways, vagabonds, and migrant workers, perhaps we would have continued on with life the way it was; my girlfriend, Danielle, pushing papers for a small corporate law office, and me, pitching diversity inclusive initiatives to one of the last generations of old white men in corporate advertising. More →
Athena LaTocha’s new works at Gallery Sensei. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)
For every couple of dozen unpleasant openings and closings in LES, there’s one that manages to restore our faith in the neighborhood, if only for a glorious moment. Gallery Sensei, a 2,000 sq. ft. gallery and arts event space at 278 Grand Street, is one such opening. The permanent outpost of the art project of the same name, Sensei promises exhibitions, art events and even booze! Yes, there’s a charming bar in the back of the space ideal for discussing the works on view or how much your rent has gone up this month. More →
Welcome to Why That Tat?, in which we bring you the origin stories of the best/strangest/most hilarious/bizarre tattoos we encounter.
Will Fussell’s mantra. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)
When we last chatted with Will Fussell, the charming frontman of the band Mood Rings, we discovered he lives on a futon in his manager’s apartment and enjoys wearing turtlenecks. What we did not discover is that he has this totally awesome tattoo on his wrist. Yesterday evening, shortly before Will dug into a quinoa bowl at Dimes in LES, we asked our favorite eccentric weirdo, “Why that tat?” More →