An East Williamsburg educator accused of sexual assault has been a candidate for City Council and has ties to prominent local politicians. [DNAinfo]
A free party with two open bars (compliments of Brooklyn Brewery), Korean BBQ from Kimchi Taco, a meet and greet, workshops and discounts? Now that sounds like our kind of scene.
Why expose yourself to the splendors of local art and nature separately when you can do both at the same time? On September 28 and 29, Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens (LUNGS) is hosting its second annual Harvest Arts Festival.
Aspiring City Councilman Rick Del Rio raps his gold-ringed knuckles on the table as he speaks, his colorful bicep tattoos (“Jesus Christ Is Lord” and “The Lion of Judah Has Conquered”) peeking out from beneath the sleeves of a black button-up.
“I’m a political outsider, and being a political outsider means I have a lot to learn,” he says in a gravelly, booming voice that one can easily imagine bellowing across a pulpit. “But I’ll learn it. Because whatever I have to do, I will do. I’ve got no issues with ego; I just want to serve. And I’ve got no fear.”
Tomorrow at Trash Bar there’s a book party for Killing Williamsburg, and it won’t be the usual wine-and-cheese affair: starting at 7 p.m., the one and only Questlove will spin songs by musicians who killed themselves. Morbid as it may sound, the night’s “suicide set” is in keeping with the book’s macabre plot: a cynical Williamsburger is jolted from his ennui when a plague of mysterious, gruesome suicides threatens to turn his “hip, hopping, happening” neighborhood into a ghost town.
“I’ve got the easiest pitch in the city,’” District 34 City Council hopeful Antonio Reynoso said at a fundraiser earlier this year: “Hi, I don’t sexually harass my staff, will you vote for me?”
Media coverage of 30-year-old Reynoso’s campaign to win tomorrow’s Democratic primary has overwhelmingly focused on the bad behavior of his opponent, former State Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Lopez, who is 72, resigned from the State Assembly last May when several female staffers accused him of sexual harassment. Soon after, Lopez began raising money for a City Council run in District 34, which encompasses Williamsburg, Bushwick and part of Ridgewood, Queens.
Cancel all plans for the rest of the month if you’re a fan/worshipper of avant-garde composer and saxophonist John Zorn: you may have missed his 60th birthday jam at his East Village venue, The Stone (see above video for 30 seconds of him performing with Fred Frith), but worry not: a cavalcade of events will celebrate the pillar of the downtown music scene, starting with a week and a half of movies he curated for Anthology Film Archives.
We regret to be the bearer of bad news but: you can no longer buy cake made of honey toast submerged in whipped cream and fruit on St. Marks Place. CoCo Fresh Juice & Tea opened this week, replacing the short-lived Iris Café. [EV Grieve]
Waterfront dwellers, rejoice! You no longer have to trek over to Bedford Avenue to catch a bus up to PS1. The MTA is launching a new line this weekend — the B32 (not to be confused with this awesome Porsche VW bus of the same name) — running along the East River through Williamsburg and Greenpoint up to Long Island City. The route runs between Williamsburg Bridge Plaza in the south and 44th Drive and 21st Street in the north. Buses hit the road this Sunday, and every day after, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Check out our hand-dandy map of the route and all the nearby ferry, subway, and bus connections.
If you missed last night’s sold-out closing performance of Smile Swamp Princess, don’t worry: there’s plenty more great theater to be seen in the months ahead. Here’s what we’re especially excited to watch and (in one case) star in!