Recent Posts in NYC

September 12, 2014

artist rendering of Diamond-designed 242 Pacific St. house
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While Ad Roc stays busy making music with Champagne Jerry and Bridget Everett, Beastie Boy Mike "D" Diamond is trading rhymes for blueprints. He's crafty! You may remember the New York Times story last year on his townhouse in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn -- where he lives with his wife Tamara Davis and their two kids -- that he helped design with architects John and Jill Bouratoglou. It is something else. Curbed reports that Diamond enjoyed the creative experience so much he's now offering his services to others. He and the Bouratoglous worked together on a new four-bedroom, four-bath single-family dwelling at 242 Pacific St with "a dramatic double height living room, custom built chef's kitchen, as well as a finished recreation room with twelve foot ceilings and plenty of natural light."

It's also got a garage and can be yours for a mere $4.98 million. And a quick trip to The Bell House where his old pals Luscious Jackson are playing.

August 28, 2014

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Roseland Ballroom shut its gates for good back in April after 56 years on 52nd St. The guts of the club are now being demolished which you can witness six seconds of via a Vine (via Gothamist) below. Do you miss Roseland?

Sad Vine video below...

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Permanent Records

As you may remember, Greenpoint's Permanent Records lost their lease and have to be out of their current Franklin St. locale by the the end of September. The store has found a new location, they're going South (Slope that is). From their Facebook:

New digs will be housed within the swanky spaces of our equally fancy new friends, BrooklynWorks at 159, who selected us to be their only retail establishment. The new space, located at 159 20th St. in ______, -- Hmm, what IS that area called this week? South Slope? Greenwood Heights? Gowanus-lite? -- will offer up a unique and non-traditional retail experience. We hope you'll embrace its unconventionality with us.

Our Timeline:
8/25 - 9/15 - Business as usual at 181 Franklin St., regular store hours: 12-8, 7 days

9/16 - 9/30 - Transition time! We'll keep you posted as to the official last day on Franklin.

October 1 - OPEN FOR BUSINESS: 159 20th St., Brooklyn, NY 11232 (3rd & 4th Ave)

Greenpoint record buyers will have to hit the G Train to get to Permanent Records now, or maybe they'll just make do with Academy Annex, Captured Tracks, and Record Grouch. However, this is very good news for music lovers in Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Sunset Park, and South Brooklyn in general (maybe not great news for one of the last hold outs in the same area, Music Matters). We look forward to checking out the new location.

August 26, 2014

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Time to Smell the Glove at NYFF 2014
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This year's New York Film Festival is shaping up to be the biggest ever. The festival scored not one but three major coups in the programming department, snagging premieres of perhaps the three most-anticipated films of the fall and winter season: David Fincher's Gone Girl, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's Birdman, and Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice. With these extremely well-pedigreed films, NYFF has vaulted itself to the top of the North American fall festival heap above the likes of Telluride and Toronto. It also features Cannes favorite Foxcatcher, Life of Riley, the final film by the late Alain Resnais, and Mike Leigh's biopic of the English painter J.M.W. Turner Mr. Turner, among many other exciting titles. The festival runs from September 26 - October 12, and Tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 7 at noon (if you're a Film Society of Lincoln Center member, you probably already know that tickets are already available).

There are a number of cool music-related films screening during the festival, perhaps the most exciting of which is a 30th anniversary screening of arguably the greatest rock 'n' roll movie ever made, Rob Reiner's This is Spinal Tap with Christopher Guest, Nigel Tufnel himself, in attendance. The fest will also feature Damian Chazelle's New York set drumming drama Whiplash, which got rave reviews out of Sundance, and features Miles Teller doing all his own jazz drumming and JK Simmons as a drill-sergeant of a drum teacher. In addition, Mia Hansen-Love (who's married to Olivier Assayas, who also has a film at the fest) will be showing her new film Eden, which chronicles the French electronic music scene in the 90s and will premiere at Toronto earlier in September.

This is all in addition to the other cool film stuff coming up, like the James Brown series at Lincoln Center and this week's BV-presented City Gardens documentary.

You can check out the full NYFF main slate lineup below.

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August 13, 2014

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New York Real Estate takes another one: Greenpoint, Brooklyn's 11-year-old independent shop Permanent Records. From their facebook:

There's no easy way to say it. So here it is:

WE LOST OUR LEASE. On September 30th, Permanent Records will relocate. We're saddened to leave our Greenpoint home but we're ready to embrace P-RECS 2.0, P-RECS Mach III, P-RECS REBOOT----eh, you know what I mean, more on that in a minute.

In 2003, when I told people I was opening a record store, I think most thought I was kookoo nuts. At that time, many of the NY shops were closing or at least struggling to stay open. It's just something I HAD to do and I'm glad I did. Selling records ended up being a viable business again, who knew?? Yeah, YOU knew, Mike Davis!

For those who don't know, initially, P-RECS started in a 200 year old house in Northport Village. Not without its share of some new-business-hard-times of its own, after a 3 ½ year foothold, we moved to Greenpoint. This will seem hard for some of you to believe, but back then Greenpoint was slightly uncharted territory. It was 2007 and there wasn't a whole lot going on over on Franklin Street, it had a sleepy small town quality which was part of the charm. It seemed to be a perfect fit. For the past 7+ years we've enjoyed being one of the mainstays (along with so many other great businesses) and believe we've had a hand in making Greenpoint the destination it's become.

Greenpoint's Permanent Records is a great store and we'll be sad to see them leave that great space, but glad to know they're finding a new one. Store owner Marjorie Eisenberg further adds:
We are merely reinventing ourselves. We will still be buying your record collections. We will still be selling you records. We still love talking about music with you. We THANK YOU for all your support over the last 11 years.

More details to come on our exciting new home and new business model. We hope you decide to stay with us and see how we do.

We look forward to seeing your next move, Permanent Recs.

August 9, 2014

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When you walk around Williamsburg you see a lot of these orange signs for movie shoots, they're practically omnipresent. But I did a double-take when I saw this one on N. 6th and Berry today. I have no idea what this is or if it's real (Update: somebody's pranking the neighborhood), but free to offer up a pitch in the comments.

August 8, 2014

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As you may have heard, iconic midtown dive bar Subway Inn is supposed to close after 77 years of slinging booze on August 15. (They have to be out of the space by 8/20.) That may not be the end of the story, hopefully, if the bar's owners can help it. They have launched a Change.org petition to keep it open:

If you have not heard yet, World-Wide Holdings Corporation who owns our building, and who is worth multi- billions of dollars has decided that our beloved establishment, The Subway Inn which has been a part of this neighborhood for more than 77 years MUST CLOSE BY AUGUST 20th so that high-end, luxury condos can be built on our spot.

We the undersigned believe that New York City is about more than rich investors gobbling up small family businesses to make a quick buck thereby destroying the integrity of the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We call on lawmakers and concerned New Yorkers to STAND UP to these actions, and to stop World-Wide Holdings Corporation from destroying our home and ripping it away from those who helped build this city and who would never be able to afford the multi-million dollar condos that they are planning to put in place of a neighborhood treasure.

There is also an Indiegogo fundraising campaign:
Our donation is crucial and will mean the difference between the doors remaining open or the wrecking ball destroying our beloved DIVE Bar. Don't let Subway Inn become another statistic --where rich investors looking for a quick buck destroy a place where we as a diverse community come together as one. We are Black, White, Hispanic and many other nationalities. We are Gay, Straight, Bi, Rich and Poor. We are Union, Non-Union and all Hardworking. We are employed and unemployed. We are Young and Old. We are women and we are men that know what is right. We are what makes our city the most interesting place in the world to live.
Additionally, the Salinas family that owns Subway Inn has made a short film about their bar and efforts to save it which you can watch below...

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August 7, 2014

the new Max Fish / EL-P at 'Arkitip' party (via @jammy_york / Max Fish Facebook)
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When last we posted, it looked like Lower East Side bar Max Fish was heading to Williamsburg after losing their lease on Ludlow St. But the bar instead ended up staying in the LES, moving to Orchard St betweeen Delancey/Stanton, had a soft opening on Friday (8/1) and officially began pouring drinks on Saturday (8/2). Last night (8/6), they hosted a party for Arkitip Magazine's latest issue which is devoted to the bar. El-P was there as you can see above and you can watch a short Arkitip documentary on Max Fish below.

As for what the new space is like, Bowery Boogie stopped by:

While the location is different, some elements of the overall vibe remain intact. For instance, lights on at night and the musty environment of sweat and body odor.

The illuminated cigarette and statue of "Bobby" both returned to the entrance.

Gothamist notes that the pool table is still in storage and the basement bar is not open yet. Has anyone been yet? We're glad to hear they stayed in the Lower East Side.

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July 25, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

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Sad news for Upper West Siders of the no-collar persuasion: Ding Dong Lounge, the punked-out dive bar and venue at 106th and Columbus, is closing on Thursday, July 31 after 13 years in business. The bar will be relocating to an as-yet undisclosed location.

From an announcement on Ding Dong Lounge's website:

Like so many other unique New York City businesses, the Ding has lost its lease, despite having the highest sales in its 13 year history and being named the Best Cheap Manhattan Dive by both the Village Voice (link added - ed.) and Gothamist.

This is not the end of the Ding, as we will be relocating & reopening in the near furture (watch this space for details). However, for right now, please come out to show some love and say goodbye to our beloved Ding Dong Lounge during our last days at the Columbus Ave & 106 St. location.

We love you all!

Ding Dong Lounge was a grungy oasis for people looking for a no-frills place for cheap drinks in an otherwise pretty bleak part of town where forgettable, overcrowded bars are the norm. As mentioned above, the bar received accolades for being the best dive in Manhattan -- not bad for a place not much further than a stone's throw from Columbia University. Good music and colorful staff -- which allegedly included a stuntman who was, among other interesting gigs, a weapon specialist in Mortal Kombat (the movie) -- helped make the place great. Ding Dong DJ/doorman Chris should be familiar to patrons of The Acheron, where he also works. Mark, thank you for all the drinks.

The space played host to hundreds of shows, typically of the somewhat-underground indie/punk variety, and had a number of weekly regular events. One memorable show for me was headlined by the experimental noise rock band White Suns, who just played Summerscreen. The opening band was a three-piece named Bob Crusoe, an absurdist "guitar," drums and off-key trumpet (I think) band that delivered one of the most ridiculous performances I've ever seen -- pure cacophony, with nonsense lyrics/noises that were alternatively spoken and hysterically screamed over one of the worst improv sets of all time. Lots of rolling around on the ground. A+.

It's been a bad week for NYC dives. The Ding Dong Lounge will be missed. Here's to a quick reopening.

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A new public art installation may make some Bronx residents wait for the bus a little more musical. Appropriately named, the "Boogie Down Booth" sits on the street below the Freeman Street station in South Bronx, and provides a 24/7 spot to hear local music. Folks waiting for the bus can sit and listen to a 17-song curated playlist that is piped out (not too loud) on speakers. The playlist currently includes tracks from Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun, and rap group Circa '95.

A collaboration between the Design Trust for Public Space and NYC's Department of Transportation, the Boogie Down Down is part of the Under The Elevated initiative, which aims to make city space below transportation infrastructure more useful (or interesting).

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