A fire broke out at 293 Graham Avenue in Williamsburg this afternoon. The three-story residential building appeared to sustain little damage, although 60 firefighters responded, prompting one bystander to ask, “Is this a show of force? Show those fires what they’re up against?” An FDNY spokesperson told Bedford + Bowery the fire was placed under control at 4:45 p.m., about a half-hour after it began. Its cause is currently under investigation.
City public advocate Bill de Blasio rocketed into second place in the latest mayoral poll. Sure, it could be a sign that New Yorkers are tired of Anthony “Danger Zone” Weiner’s cock-shot proclivities, but might Blasio’s open courting of “the Williamsburg vote” have something to do with his rise? [Daily Intelligencer] More →
So, yeah. Max Fish closed last night with an epic sendoff. Yesterday photographer Daniel Savage shared his photos of the bar’s regulars and last night, our own Taji Ameen stopped in (or tried to, anyway) to hang with them. He brought back the video above and the report below.
Although the signs advertising today’s Girls shoot promised street closures only from 6 a.m. till 10 a.m., when we stopped by at 1 p.m., Orchard Street was still one big ol’ Lena Dunham-themed party.
Introducing a new column in which we give a stylish local somewhere to go, so they can get all Dressed Up.
Annette Ramos’s career as a stylist at Vice spans eight years, and started shortly after she graduated from high school on the Upper West Side (“they raised me,” she said, of the magazine). She lives in the East Village now, two blocks from Dusty Buttons — the boutique we chose for this first installment of All Dressed Up. She met us outside of the East Ninth Street shop wearing chunky high-heeled combat boots and an acid-washed denim jacket sprayed with silver paint — a look she described rather inaccurately as tomboy.
So, Girls was filming at the recently shuttered Bridge Gallery this morning and look! we were lucky enough to run into Lena Dunham, clad like a thrift-store pirate, just as she was leaving the set. When she kindly stopped for a picture, we were humbled to see that after two years in the paparazzi spotlight she still poses like she’s on a middle school field trip.
Yesterday workers started erecting scaffolding at Mary Help of Christians Church on East 12th Street, in preparation for its demonic possession, er, demolition. Here’s what the 96-year-old building looks like right this second. Despite preservationists’ best efforts, she’ll soon get the black veil, just like the neighboring rectory — so take a last look, East Village.
Alt-Brooklynites from near and far got together this weekend at the Bushwick Block Party and, well… did all the things they normally do except packed tightly together and with more boas and double-dutch than normal. You can see photos such as the one above in Bedford + Bowery’s Flickr pool. Gothamist also has coverage.
Remember earlier this month when an East Village couple made the to pay $1 million for a rough-around-the-edges apartment in Bed-Stuy? Well, now the seven-figure-buyers club has spread to Bushwick – where a free-standing home was sold for over $1.2 million. The purchase on Bushwick Avenue is thought to be a new neighborhood record. [Brownstoner]
Apostrophe lies in a patch of Bushwick otherwise punctuated mostly by apartment buildings and bodegas. The precise definition of the space, which draws its name from the Frank Zappa album, varies with time of day. Tonight at 9 p.m. it’ll be a performance venue, as the bands Snow Wite, Nu Depth, and Fluct take the basement stage. On Thursday it’ll be an art gallery, as a recent exhibit of photos, “Villain People,” comes to a close. Usually it’s a living space and occasionally it’s a barber shop.
In a neighborhood where beloved institutions are shuttering daily and the entire borough threatens to become one big fro-yo emporium, Block Drug Stores is a rare outlier. One of the few independent drug stores still around, having served East Villagers since 1885, this old-timer is not just surviving — it’s expanding.