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April 24, 2015
The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair will be back for its Spring 2015 editions on Saturday, May 16 at East River State Park (90 Kent Ave which is right next to Smorgasburg). Like last year, it will have tables from independent labels, record stores and used record vendors. New to the fair this year are Mister Saturday Night, Mute, Fool's Gold, Hospital Records, Ancient Grease, and Chimera Music who join such BFRF regulars as Captured Tracks, Partisan, Warp, Mexican Summer, Luaka Bop, Matador, Other Music, Cake Shop and more.
Also like last year, the Record Fair is part of the Red Bull Music Academy who have lined up a bunch of cool folks to DJ during the day, including Eamon Harkin (Mister Saturday Night), Jack Tatum (Wild Nothing), Justin Miller (Have A Killer Time), Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (Mexican Summer), and Matt Werth (RVNG Intl.).
Check out the flyer and the full list of vendors below...
April 16, 2015
the line for Other Music on Record Store Day 2014 (more by PSquared)
Record Store Day 2015 is Saturday (4/18) and, as usual, some stores are doing special events as well. We already posted Rough Trade's events -- which include performances by Dresden Dolls and Sondre Lerche, and signings by Buzzcocks and Kim Gordon (schedule below) -- and here's a rundown of what else is going on in NYC. Remember it won't be quite as easy running around the city this year as the L Train will not be running from 8th Ave - Bedford at all this weekend (and the four weekends after that). With that in mind, here's Here's a rundown:
In Manhattan, Other Music usually has guest DJs for RSD, but this year will feature three in-store performances: 75 Dollar Bill (noon), Mantana Roberts (3 PM), and Laraaji (5 PM). Other Music is open from 10 AM - 8 PM on Record Store Day. More info here.
A block away from OM, In Living Stereo will be open at 8AM and have performances from Flowers of Evil (vintage-style punk rock from members of Crocodiles and A Place to Bury Strangers), as well as 3 Bean Stew and Pisser. There's also free PBR all day long. What RSD titles they ordered is here and schedule is below.
Generation Records on Thompson St in the Village will be open at 10 AM and they'll have in-store performances from sleazy hard rockers Mammal at 2 PM and Brooklyn speed-thrash outfit Iron Force at 3 PM. Flyer is below.
Great little East Village store Turntable Lab will be open at 10 AM and have guest DJs spinning all day, including Nancy Whang, Justin Strauss, Eli Soul Clap, Blue Jems, Eli Escobar, Lloydski, Midnight Magic, Monk One, Nomi Ruiz and more. You can check out what #RSD15 titles they're planning on carrying here, and they'll have a printable checklist for easy ordering available starting Friday (4/17).
Another East Village store, Good Records, will open at the civilized hour of noon on Saturday and will carry a number of RSD15 titles. They add, "As always, we will be putting out a great collection of rarities and classics culled for the day from our last few months of buying. Weather permitting, we will fire up the grill in back once the ruckus dies down. burgers, dogs and adult beverages for a nominal donation."
In Brooklyn, Academy Annex in Greenpoint will be open at 10 AM. There will be a free performance by Steve Gunn at 7 PM and Academy will be providing free coffee for people who line up early. The NYC branch of Academy will be stocking RSD titles as well as putting out a special collectible 45s selection.
Co-Op 87 in Greenpoint will once again be open for the entirety of Record Store Day 2015, midnight to midnight, and they'll be stocking select RSD titles.
The Record Grouch in Greenpoint will be open regular hours (noon - 8 PM) and, while they won't be carrying any RSD exclusives, they have 20 boxes of unsorted $1 records they've been holding onto just for the occasion.
Permanent Records, which relocated from Greenpoint to South Slope, does not have any in-store performances, but will be stocking lots of RSD15 titles and will be open from 11 AM.
Free giveaways, drinks, smiles and pleasurable company to spare. We will be carrying a huge selection of Record Store Day titles ranging from Rock to Soul to Pop to Hip-Hop, as well as an excellent batch of special House & Techno RSD releases. Be sure to check out our latest selection of used records as well...we have taken in some serious collectable gems, dancefloor smash hits and classics for days...There will be Output DJs and Halcyon staff spinning all day. Lineup is listed below.
And if you're shopping on Saturday, check out our guide to Record Store Day 2015 releases.
What else? Flyers and in-store schedules, below...
Williamsburg's Salvation Army demolished its N. 7th and Bedford location (aka Hell's Kitchen on Daredevil) two years ago, saying they were rebuilding the store with no plans to sell. But, as being perhaps the hottest vacant corner in all of Williamsburg, plans have now changed. Via Brownstoner:
Thor Equities has struck a deal with Salvation Army to buy its prime corner spot at 176 Bedford Avenue, the developer announced today. The price was not disclosed, but sources tell us it is $36,000,000.In-the-works locations of Apple and Whole Foods stores are just a couple blocks away.
The deal is in contract and has not yet closed. The intersection is perhaps the most heavily trafficked spot in red-hot Williamsburg. It sits over the Bedford Avenue L station.
The site could potentially support 14,400 square feet of "rentable" space, said a press release. It fronts North 7th and Bedford for 120 square feet.
"In addition to undergoing an extraordinary amount of residential and commercial development in recent years, Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg has become a major shopping and dining hub, with strong demand and limited availability of new, high-quality retail space," Thor Equities Joseph Sitt said in a prepared statement.
April 13, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Baby's All Right offers $1 tacos during Happy Hour. What better to promote it than to put a guy in a taco with a big sign and put him on a skateboard down the pedestrian ramp of the Williamsburg Bridge? Also film it for instagram. The human taco in question was Baby's employee Jon Newport who was a pro skateboarder when he was 16. What could go wrong? Not being able to stop, for one, which Newport solved by plowing into a green sedan. He was ok, as was the car and driver, but the skateboard was toast. (Believe it or not, I was just randomly walking down Bedford and saw it happen in real life.) Animal NY interviewed Baby's employee Ben Wilkes who shot the video:
The driver, too, seemed okay -- just a little shocked. Wilkes paraphrased the driver as saying, "I have no idea what happened to me because a taco in a skateboard just crashed into me."This was all shortly after "Drunk Yoga" with Kirin J Callinan at Baby's, and $1 tacos will definitely be happening this Tuesday (4/14) which means even more reason to get the BrooklynVegan-presented Menzingers show early (admission is first come, first served, even with RSVP). Watch the taco eat shit below...
When asked if he would have crashed into the car had he not been drunk, Newport said, "I wouldn't have put that suit on if I had not been drinking."
"I pre-gamed for 3 hours," he said, laughing.
The drunk taco confirmed that he got paid for the gig, but wouldn't disclose how much. He did, however, get a promotion thanks to the stunt.
He plans to do something similar again. "It worked out great, I can't wait to do it again," he said. "I probably won't get hit by a car, but I will risk my life."
The Trash Bar on 'Forever'
The Trash Bar is still open on Grand St. in Williamsburg (former home of LUXX), though it was supposed to close in March. It's been in that location since 2004, but it will soon be moving to Bushwick. The venue's calendar goes through the end of April currently. As Free Williamsburg points out, The Trash Bar was recently used as a location and plot point on lighthearted ABC fantasy/mystery series Forever where it too is being closed (in this case, demolished for condos). But the fictionalized version was "around before CBGB" and may have a few skeletons in its closet. Or walls, specifically. (The episode is titled "Punk is Dead.") Also, this Trash Bar is being demolished by Cuba Gooding Jr. There are whiffs of the infamous "punk rock" Quincy episode here, and you can watch a clip (featuring punks Blacklist Royals) from it below.
The Trash Bar will also be seen in upcoming Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow film Trainwreck which is out in July. The location and opening date of the new Bushwick location are still TBA, but the owner is also opening a "family friendly small plates restaurant" called Gitano which is in the old Room 63 space off the Broadway stop on the J/M line.
April 7, 2015
Pearl River Mart, NYC's one-stop shop for bowls, tea, lamps, ramen, clothing, hot sauce, Buddha statues and other essentials for living, will be closing its three-level store in SoHo at the end of the year. Why? Their currently $100,000-a-month rent would leap to $500,000 in January:
The 44-year-old store is the latest victim of rising rents on Broadway and increased competition from online retailers like Amazon and Alibaba. Pearl River currently pays more than $100,000 a month for its shop, and rent would rise more than five times when the lease expires at the end of December, according to Ms. Chen.Pearl River's owners are currently looking for a new location (they also have an online store).
"When we moved here 12 years ago, there was nobody around," Ms. Chen explained, noting the arrival of big retail chains Topshop, Muji and CB2 to Broadway. "Right now this is one of the hottest spots in New York."
Pearl River, which was co-founded by Ms. Chen's husband, Ming Yi Chen, occupies 30,000 square feet spread across the ground, second and basement levels of 477 Broadway, between Grand and Broome streets. Though it started in Chinatown on Elizabeth Street in 1971, it has moved twice before--first to the corner of Canal and Broadway and then to its current SoHo space. It employs 40 staffers. -[Crains]
March 29, 2015
The Cyclone, not quite to the top (photo via @dipti16k)
Spring is here and today (3/29) is opening day for Coney Island's 2015 season. Unfortunately, iconic wooden roller coaster The Cyclone got stuck on the way up to the first big drop...on it's first public ride of the season. From CBS:
Erica Hoffman, a spokeswoman for Luna Park, said the ride was shut down while technicians work to repair it. Officials are hoping it will be closed no more than an hour or two.The Cyclone made it's opening "ceremonial" run with no problems before getting stuck.
Luna Park opened at noon. The amusement park will be open weekends until May 22, when it opens every day for the summer. It will also be open the entire week of April 6, Spring Break for most area schoolchildren.
March 20, 2015
photo: a hip (sad) day in Hoboken for Maxwell's last show, 2013 (more by Ken Bachor)
A website called FindTheHome recently published an articles declaring they've determined the "19 Most Hipster Cities in America." Topping the list: Hoboken, New Jersey. #2 is Ames, Iowa. Neither New York City or Brooklyn made the list. (Neither did Austin or Portland.) How exactly did they determine what a Hipster city was?
Using our places data, we at FindTheHome determined four important attributes that define a "hipster city" and found 19 cities that fit the bill (and surprisingly, Portland is not one of them). We first decided to only look at cities with over 50,000 people that also had a high population of people between the ages of 20 and 34. Then we looked at the cities with a fairly educated population (a high percentage of residents with at least a Bachelor's Degree), many cafes and yoga studios.You can check out the full list here.
January 20, 2015
Manitoba's, the Avenue B dive bar owned by Dictators frontman "Handsome" Dick Manitoba, has been an East Village fixture since 1999. But its days may be numbered after a recent legal dispute that has them paying a hefty settlement...or face closure. They've launched an Indiegogo campaign in hope of raising $25,000. Manitoba's explains:
Due to a small wrinkle in the interplay between State and Federal law, Manitoba's was recently forced to reluctantly settle a case with a private individual for a cumbersome amount that threatens the future of the establishment.In addition to the crowdfunding campaign, Mantitoba's says there will also be "auctions, concerts" to help raise money.
Our backs are against the wall. Our ONLY choice, after being advised by several very competent lawyers, was to settle.
Manitoba's, its proprietors and patrons, are the very fiber of the East Village - The same East Village that is now being commoditized at an alarming rate and manifesting itself in the form of tenants in expensive apartments levying noise complaints at 8pm.
This is a battle cry for help. Please don't let Manitoba's meet the same fate as other business institutions that have recently been forced to close.
Understand this please,,,,,, this situation is not part of what you would call, "business as usual" .....It's not a fine, and it's certainly not business mismanagement. We either pay, or shut down. Not one penny goes into the owner's pockets, or is being used to pay bills. All of it goes to settling this claim and keeping the bar open.
December 2, 2014
Brooklyn actor John Turturro discusses my favorite park and tourist attraction's past, present and future in an entertaining 11-minute video you can watch below.
Upcoming events at the amazing Brooklyn cemetery include historic trolley tours and a members-only movie night ("classic movies in a Gothic setting").