Recent Posts in NYC
November 17, 2014
Some are saying that the closing of venues like Death By Audio and Glasslands is ushering in the death of Williamsburg, but we all know that the neighborhood has been changing since the artists and hipsters first moved in, and that the death related to gentrification of the gentrifiers is already old news with many of the settlers already moving on to cheaper and grittier apartments in Bushwick.
Some are arguing Bushwick has jumped the shark as well, with folks hightailing it to Ridgewood, Queens. Perhaps evidence of that: this year's edition of the nightmare-before-Christmas that is SantaCon has left its traditional home of Manhattan, skipped Williamsburg entirely and gone straight to Bushwick, according to Bushwick Daily. The event, which for the unfamiliar features a horde of insanely drunk people dressed as Santa on a bar crawl, happens December 13 from 10AM to 2PM at various points in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Estimated attendance: 30,000. Maybe not the day to take your parents to Roberta's, just saying.
November 13, 2014
It was a sad day when East Village Radio signed off back in May, shutting down their 1st Ave storefront studio, and their many live & recorded radio shows along with it (Invisible Oranges included). But it makes us happy to exclusively announce that EVR will return very soon! The comeback happens via the recently-launched Dash Radio network. The 1st Ave studio is getting a redesign with new equipment and technology. Some EVR programming and DJs will return to EVR 2.0, and there will be new shows and produced specials too. More details and the actual relaunch date will be announced shortly, but the plan right now is for EVR to be on the air before we reach 2015. Stay tuned, as they say in radio-land. Check out the new logos above.
EVR general manager Peter Ferraro, who told us "it feels great to be back!", co-founded Dash Radio with Scott Keeney (DJ Skee), and will also be launching Brooklyn Radio in early 2015 which will be broadcast from an EVR-like, store-front studio on N. 7th and Wythe in Williamsburg. Brooklyn Radio, also on Dash, will be EVR's sister station. More details on that coming soon as well, but meanwhile we have some pictures of the construction you can view below.
In addition, EVR tells us that former hosts of Atlantic Tunnel on EVR, Edward Rogers and Gary (Gaz) Thomas, will have their own station on Dash Radio which will be based around their former EVR show. Other channels already on Dash include Odd Future Radio, Skee 24/7, Dash Indie, XXL, and a SideOneDummy Records presented channel called 'The Basement'.
Glad to have you back, EVR!
November 7, 2014
part of CBGB's wall on display at YouTube Space NY (via @idahobob)
When CBGB closed in 2006, owner Hilly Kristal and club talent booker Louise Staley carefully dismantled the interior and have had it in storage ever since. "Hilly wanted them to live on. He saved them for exactly this type of occasion," said Staley in a press release. You may have seen some of that in person last year at the 2013 CBGB Fest. Bedford & Bowery reports that now parts of the famed NYC club's walls, cash register and phone booth are on display as part of YouTube Space NY studios which are on the sixth floor in the Chelsea Market building (also home to NY1, Food Network, Oxygen and more). (They've got their own bathrooms, thanks.) The space, which you can reserve if your YouTube channel has over 5000 subscribers, hosts workshops and other events. No word on how long the relics will remain there, but there is a public happy hour at the studios on November 20 that you can RSVP to.
A few more instagrams of CBGB's stuff in its current home, below...
November 6, 2014
Intrusions on the NYC Subway, be it acrobats, mariachi bands, panhandlers or somebody eating a full meal with knife and fork beside you, are usually met by looking the other way. When it came to a Subway evangelist spouting homophobic hatespeech on an M Train on Tuesday (11/5), Lea DeLaria -- aka Big Boo on Orange Is the New Black -- spoke up. Or specifically, began to sing, leading the car through a rendition of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall." When that didn't shut him up, she went shout-for-shout with him for several stops, telling the preacher "You're part of the reason America's in trouble." Check out video (via Gothamist) below...
October 17, 2014
by Bill Pearis
artwork for 'THE BEST OF THE BEST SHOW'
There's a lot of news in the world of Tom Scharpling. Firstly, he announced the return of much-loved, much missed The Best Show, which ran for 13 years on WFMU until going off the air in December 2013. (Dave Hill took over his time slot.) Where is still unknown but its return starts in November with comedy co-conspirator Jon Wurster and engineer AP Mike. Scharping did just announce that the show had a new email address: BestShow2014@yahoo.com. Could this be a clue as to where The Best Show will call home?
In other news, some of Scharpling & Wurster's best Best Show bits are being compiled on a massive, 16-CD box set, which is being released by the Numero Group (!) in March. Here are all the details:
75 calls over 16 compact discs, edited by Scharpling & Wurster (over 50 of them previously unreleased or unaired), a 108-page hardcover book with cover art by Joe Matt that features essays by Patton Oswalt, Julie Klausner, Damian Abraham (lead singer of F*cked Up) and Best Show associate producer Michael Lisk (aka A.P. Mike), a definitive interview with Scharpling & Wurster by Jake Fogelnest, notes on the evolution and inspiration behind each bit written by Scharpling & Wurster, a USB drive with all of the calls plus 4 hours of bonus material, a fold-out map of Newbridge, Philly Boy Roy & Timmy von Trimble Paper Dolls, postcards, and temporary tattoos with The Best Show catch-phrases.Also, pre-orders come with a piece of the phone Wurster used to make his first call to The Best Show ("Rock, Rot & Rule") and was smashed to bits by Wurster and Scharpling, as can be seen in a video below. When announced, demand was so high it crashed Numero Group's website!
There's a third "secret project" that Scharpling will announce soon. Meanwhile, check out the Scharpling & Wurster box set video, and a special mix Tom made for The Best Show's 14th anniversary (not for folks who don't want to hear a sampled Chris Hardwick repeatedly shout "POINTS!"), below...
October 13, 2014
photos by Chris La Putt
A record-breaking number of Spider-Men, Wonder Women and preteen titans crammed into the Javits Center for the four-day New York Comic Con -- many of them in their costumed finest.The 2014 NY Comic Con happened over the weekend, bringing record crowds (many of whom dressed for the occasion) to the event -- the NYC edition is finally starting to catch up to San Diego. (
Organizers expect the attendance to surpass 150,000 by the time the convention wraps up on Sunday.
"It's the worst day to wear body paint in the rain," Susan Li, 29, who was covered head-to-toe in pink as X-Men superhero Blink, said Saturday.
"But when you have some hardcore fan recognize you as your character, that makes the two hours of painting yourself worth it."
"It allows me to be who I am inside" Cici James, 30, who owns her own sci-fi bookstore, Singularity, in Brooklyn, said of the chance to dress up in her very form-fitting costume.
Queens resident Julian Keller, 22, spent more than 200 hours with his father to create the perfect General Zod costume, which would have made Superman do a double take. - [NY Daily News]
More (smaller ones) below...
October 9, 2014
Former REM frontman Michael Stipe dropped out of the University of Georgia (he was an art major) when R.E.M. took off, but has been focusing once again on art since the band split in 2011. He's back at a different college, NYU, where he's an artist and teacher in residence, and is behind a new exhibition titled NEW SIGHTS, NEW NOISE which is running at 80 WSE Gallery (80 Washington Sq. East @ W4) now through November 8, 2014. Stipe has repurposed the space as a studio, classroom, and laboratory "that will exist in a constant state of flux for the duration of the exhibition." More on those three components:
Stipe will establish a fully functioning studio in 80WSE's front gallery, where he will work for the duration of the exhibition on a series of new projects, across a wide range of media, during the hours that the gallery is closed to the public. While the gallery is open, visitors will be able to see the state in which the studio has been left after each of Stipe's work sessions, making processes that are normally private public and offering a window into his remarkably prolific, varied, and non-hierarchical way of seeing, thinking and making.Guest curators include Douglas Coupland, Peaches, Jefferson Hack, Dean Sameshima, Jerry Seguin, and Taryn Simon. Read more about it at REM HQ. The 80 WSE Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30AM-6PM.
In addition, the project will expand Stipe's perspective and approach into the format of an undergraduate studio art course, which he will teach in NYU's Department of Art and Art Professions. For each of the six weeks of the exhibition Stipe, collaboratively with a guest artist or cultural figure that he has invited, will pose a question or prompt to the class. In response, each student along with Stipe and the guest will generate 100 images and gifs, both found and made, all of which will be uploaded to a private class website.
Finally, the remaining four connected gallery spaces, which constitute 80WSE, will consist of 15 independent projections, in various configurations, the content of which will be sourced from the class's website. The selection of images and gifs - their composition and layout - as well as the way they are situated via the projectors in the exhibition, will be changed throughout each day by a rotating pre-scheduled series of curators, including Stipe, each of the special guests, and the 18 students in the class.
October 8, 2014
As you may know, iconic midtown NYC dive bar Subway Inn has been fighting to stay open despite landlords who want them out. Bad news / good news: they're leaving their current space (after 77 years of slinging cheap booze), but are moving two blocks nearby, looking to stay exactly the same. The owners posted this on Subway Inn's facebook:
On December 2nd, 2014-- the Subway Inn will close at its current location on 60th and Lexington Ave. to begin its relocation and REPLICATION (EXACTLY AS IT IS NOW) less than 2 blocks away on the same side of the street --at 60th and Second Avenue. Our move and REPLICATION is expected to take approximately 10 weeks to complete.See you in your new spot in 2015, Subway Inn.
We had requested to remain in our current home til the end of the year so that none of our family members or employees would be without a job over the holiday season. Unfortunately, the landlord denied or plea.
We are excited about this development and have put the right team in place to make certain that every piece of furniture, including our famous neon signs, the current bar, every bar stool, even the original bar booths--(that Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio sat in) will make their way a stone's throw down 60th Street and be set back up exactly as you see it today.
And, it won't just be the contents that will be the same. The space will look exactly the same. Colors, floor and all! In fact, our replication architect is hard at work making sure our new home will be nearly identical. Also, our prices will not change.
Related: Don Hill's is reopening as The Hills NYC but aiming to stay the same otherwise.
October 2, 2014
(photo via Yaffa Cafe)
East Village / St. Marks institution Yaffa Cafe, which served veggie-friendly food "all nite" to drunk NYU students and others, officially closed yesterday after Department of Health problems and losing the permit for their backyard garden earlier this year. (Via EV Grieve.) The place, which opened in 1982, announced in September they were closing for three months for renovations. For those who loved their hummus, fries, salads, breakfast and other affordable fare, their recipes have been passed over to the Simone Martini Bar next door (same owners).
September 30, 2014
Shamir's dance-friendly set at Muchmore's during Northside (@brooklynvegan)
Enacted in 1926, the New York City's cabaret laws were originally to put the kibosh on illegal booze. After the repeal of prohibition, the law -- which requires clubs and bars to get an expensive permit for dancing -- went largely unenforced until the Giuliani administration and his efforts to clean up the city. Williamsburg club/coffee shop/venue Muchmore's is taking a stand against cabaret laws, suing the city:
Andrew Muchmore, owner of Muchmore's Cafe in Williamsburg, filed suit in Brooklyn federal court to challenge New York's cabaret laws - which prohibit dancing by more than three people at one time unless the venue has a cabaret license.!!!'s 2003 dancepunk touchstone "Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story)" confronted cabaret laws and NYC powers-that-be in its own funky way. Stream it below...
In the suit, he cites the first and 14th amendments and claims the tight restrictions against patrons shaking their money makers have forced him to play sedate if not dreary tunes at his nightspot and coffeehouse.
The real estate attorney argues the stricture prevents him from cranking beats that might actually tempt patrons to want to dance - and thus break the law, according to his suit.
To avoid any potential skirmish with code enforcement officers, Muchmore avoids hosting acts that "involve dancing or would tend to elicit dancing," the suit states.
Instead, Muchmore plays safe wallflower genres including "folk music, rock music, experimental electronic music, jazz and other forms of music that are not conducive to dancing," the suit states. - [NY Post]