You’re no doubt already counting down the hours till Independence Day weekend, with its blessed promise of a booze-soaked Monday (and Friday, and Saturday, and Sunday…). But don’t waste your precious free day standing in a massive, sweaty crowd all afternoon just to have any hope of glimpsing some fireworks thwarted when some NBA reject stand right in front of you at the last minute. Instead, spend it drinking, partying, and stuffing your face with grilled meats (or grilled meat substitutes), at one of these parties– no screaming toddlers included. Fireworks are overrated, anyway.
Until now, we’ve known “Lowlife” as the title of Luc Sante’s history of Lower East Side vice and decrepitude, as well as the title of mad German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann’s moody free-jazz masterpiece. The name has never failed us. So we’re kind of curious about Lowlife, a new restaurant helmed by Alex Leonard, former chef de cuisine at Blanca, the Michelin-starred tasting-menu spot from Roberta’s.
Another Bushwick Open Studios has come and gone. In order to make sense of it all (though, let’s face it, there was no making sense of the above) we took some photos and talked to some artists whose work we dug. Click through our slideshow, below, to see this year’s highlights and lowlifes.
Cinco de Mayo is probably best known as a reminder of American ignorance. Northern-dwelling Americans, including myself, are often raised to think of this Mexican national holiday as the equivalent of Independence Day in the US (it’s actually a holiday celebrating the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla) and while correcting factual misunderstanding is somewhat easy, old habits die hard. That’s why we’ve thrown our good judgment out the window and made this list of great happenings on and around Cinco de Mayo.
Bushwick Spam wasn’t the only April Fools’ Day ruse that tested the limits of Brooklyn absurdity in order to pull the local alpaca wool over everyone’s eyes. Here’s the rest of today’s faux news reports, from most believable to least believable.
Because 10 holiday markets just aren’t enough when you’re looking for every last excuse to hole up indoors, here are a couple more orgies of crass consumerism to add to your calendar.
Roberta’s Holiday Market
Dec. 12 from 5-10pm and Dec. 13 from noon-6pm, 261 Moore St., Brooklyn
On the latest episode of Roberta’s Radio, the restaurant’s co-owner Brandon Hoy explained why he wasn’t participating in SantaCon, which will occur (hopefully not in Bushwick) on the same day as the annual holiday market: “The last thing I want is a bunch of drunk Santas vomitting on somebody’s handcrafted jewelry or soap.” In addition to the vom-free soap, there’ll be vintage items, greeting cards, ceramics and home goods from local vendors. Plus, food!
If this flyer is to be believed, SantaCon supporters scorned by Bushwick bar owners will gather at Pearl’s Billy & Social Club tonight “to protect the constitutional rights of a charitable, good-natured right to assembly.” But is it to be believed?
A couple weeks ago we gave you a rundown of new and returning food, transport and lodging options in Rockaway. With beach weekend #2 now upon us, here’s what else is making a splash this summer.
To celebrate its sixth anniversary, the one and only Roberta’s just dropped a new promo video. Unlike the absurdist mindfucks the Bushwick pizzeria has unleashed in the past, this one is rather ethereal, with languorous slo-mo footage of pies being fired up for the Bushwick Block Party and the Frieze Art Fair. Never has funneling a beer looked so chill.
Though he was a semifinalist, Carlo Mirarchi won’t be in the final running for a Beard Foundation Award when they’re doled out on Monday (Maison Premiere and Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery ended up being the only North Brooklynites in the mix). But the esteemed chef-owner at Roberta’s and Blanca has something better coming his way: a new car!