Cleanup early this morning. (Photo: Alexandra Glorioso)
We’ve got an update for you about the incident that closed down Alaska last night. Skyler Insler, co-owner of the Bushwick drinks den, describes it as a “freak electrical fire.”
“Only a portion of the bar was damaged,” he told us. “Since the fire was in the wall, they had to tear a lot of the wall and ceiling down to extinguish it. I don’t think it will be months, maybe weeks.”
Insler said he was grateful for the fire department’s “amazingly fast” response and that nobody was hurt. “I think we’ll have a big party when we re-open, so looking forward to that!”
Tomorrow night at 365 Grand Street, a new gallery will bloom in the basement of Essex Flowers — one that harks back to the Lower East Side’s “scrappier days,” according to Gallerist. The kickoff, at 5 p.m., features the work of nine local artists in their early 30s who will curate subsequent shows at the space (which has a very minimalist website).
For more of this week’s openings and closings, see the B + B art calendar, or have a look at the highlights below. More →
“No urinating or defecating in the pools,” states the NYC Parks Department’s official “Pool Rules.”
Not so at McCarren Park Pool, where swimmers were once made to evacuate the pool when a “brown cloud” dispersed within its waters. And that wasn’t the only cloud hanging over the pool last summer.
Instances of lewd behavior sprang up multiple times alongside more sobering reports of assault and theft, which included a cop getting socked in the face, and lifeguards who were attacked by a bunch of rowdy, backflipping kids.
But that wasn’t enough to deter swimmers when the pool reopened today. By 10:30 a.m., a sizable line had already formed outside its gates. More →
Introducing The 40-Year-Old Hipster. He’s returned to his stomping grounds of Williamsburg after several years away.
(Illustration: James Powers)
We’re subletting Henry Miller’s childhood crib in the burg, the wife and me. While I’ve read too much Miller (if you know his work, you’ll understand what that means) there’s something anti-Miller about this. For the record, we didn’t seek it out, it just happened to be the most economical. More →
The weekend is almost upon us, which means it’ll soon be time to hit Smorgasburg for some Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque. Except for one thing: the line, always the line! It’s safe to say Mighty Quinn’s is the Shake Shack of Williamsburg. In fact, we’ve often found ourselves queuing for ‘que at East River Park and wondering if it’d be quicker to just hop on the L and get a brisket sandwich from the East Village location.
One day, we actually decided to find out, by donning some power-walking gear and challenging a hapless soul at the end of the line to a race. A race for brisket. Watch our video to see who got fed first.
As mentioned in this week’s comedy roundup, the 15th annual Del Close Marathon kicks off this Friday, with 56 straight hours of improvised comedy taking place across 7 stages throughout the city, including East Village’s own UCB East theater and Theater 80 on St. Marks Place.
There’s reason to range beyond the Bedford + Bowery borders, as well: Baby Wants Candy — the long-running, Chicago-based improvised musical — is one of the most beloved institutions within the improv world and a Marathon fixture, having played over 1,700 shows worldwide. More →
Every day around 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump.
Scott Lynch was kind enough to drop the above photo into Bedford + Bowery’s Flickr pool. Artists Revoke and Pose were working on the latest Bowery Wall mural last night.
Today, a man went in to Molasses Books today asking to an exchange an Oscar Wilde book he’d bought because he “didn’t know he was gay.” Looks like somebody won’t be celebrating today’s SCOTUS victory. [Daily Intel]
If you missed last night’s NYC Mayoral Forum on Affordable Housing, don’t worry: this was one you could afford to miss.
Even Adolfo Carrion, the first candidate to roll into the swealtering Calvary/St. George’s Church, didn’t show up until half an hour after the appointed start time. He was followed by Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson. Anthony Weiner walked in during the forum’s “lightning round” of questioning, claiming that he had been held up by his son getting burnt by hot tea. John Liu was last to show, but also last to leave. More →
There’s a good chance that before you’ve finished watching the video above, professional skateboarder and event promoter Joel Meinholz will have hatched five new ideas.
As we followed the Milwaukee native around on a humid Sunday, he schemed something on each block – everything from a skateboarding play based on “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” to an initiative that would turn boring blocks into obstacle courses by adding transitions to existing architecture. More →