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June 30, 2015

photos by David Andrako;words by Sadaaf Mamoon

Paris is Burning - Celebrate Brooklyn
Paris is Burning - Celebrate Brooklyn
Paris is Burning - Celebrate Brooklyn

Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park was celebrating more than just a borough last weekend (6/26), with a free screening of Paris Is Burning. The 1990 documentary chronicling Harlem's thriving late-century ball culture via the queer and trans people of color community (QTPOC) was specially scheduled in honor of Pride Week 2015, and made all the more relevant by Friday morning's Supreme Court ruling granting marriage equality nationwide.

The event almost didn't happen though, with an early contention between Celebrate Brooklyn promoters and the community for not representing any QTPOC on the lineup. In response to the controversy, Friday night's screening featured an introduction by director Jennie Livingston and documentary subjects Junior LaBeija and Dr. Sol Williams Pendavis. Other cast members Grandfather Hector Xtravaganza and Jose Disla Xtravaganza presented The Houses United Ball: Celebrating Brooklyn, a rowdy, gleeful dance-off of sorts, featuring representatives from historic underground ballroom Houses of LaBeija, Ninja, Mizrahi, Khan, Infinity, Milan, Princess and Xtravaganza, all of which are still alive and well. Vijuan Allure DJ'd to palpable excitement, with event-goers (only slightly more colorful than your average Celebrate Brooklyn crowd) barely able to sit still to watch when the film came along. Pictures from the night are in this post and continue below...

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June 29, 2015

Where to watch Macy's Fourth of July fireworks 2015

Independence Day is Saturday and Macy's annual fireworks extravaganza remains on the East River for 2015. This year's 25-minute-long display, which should start around 9 PM, will set off more than 50,000 pyrotechnic shells from the Brooklyn Bridge and barges in the water below and further up the river. Anywhere with an unobstructed view of the sky is a good place to watch -- maybe a friend's roof? -- but there are designated public viewing sections on the elevated portions of FDR Drive with the following entry points:

FROM HOUSTON TO MIDTOWN:
HOUSTON STREET
23RD STREET
34TH STREET
42ND STREET

FROM LOWER MANHATTAN:
BROAD STREET GROUND LEVEL
OLD SLIP UPPER LEVEL
PEARL & FRANKFORT

ADA / SPECIAL NEEDS VIEWING AREA:
MANHATTAN: FDR DRIVE SOUTHBOUND LANE AT 16TH STREET & AVENUE C OR 34TH STREET (TOP OF RAMP) AND VIETNAM MEMORIAL PARK

BROOKLYN: BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK AT FURMAN STREET AND OLD FULTON STREET, NEAR PIER #1

QUEENS: CENTER BLVD FROM 48TH AVENUE TO 49TH AVENUE

You can also watch the fireworks live on NBC, as part of a concert event titled "Brave" that features performances by Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida, Brad Paisley and more.

There are also fireworks at Coney Island.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Pride March 2015
Pride March 2015
Pride March 2015

"What do we want?"

"Marriage equality!"

"When did we get it?"

"Friday!"

Two days after the United States Supreme Court affirmed same-sex marriage as a right, well-timed pride parades on Sunday in the country's twin hubs of gay activism, New York City and San Francisco, promised a sort of social catharsis -- a bicoastal toast to the nation's rapid shift on gay rights and an extended curtain call for the movement that drove it.

"All 50 states!" the New York crowd roared at one point. It was no longer a plea, but a celebration.

If even a typical pride parade can blur the lines between friend and stranger, the proceedings on Sunday assumed the feel of a large-scale wedding reception, uniting graying activists, fledgling families and party seekers in a historic moment that all seemed keenly aware they occupied. - [NY Times]

With Friday's historic same sex marriage ruling by the Supreme Court, it was a very very special Pride Weekend in NYC, which culminated with Sunday's annual March down 5th Ave. Pictures from the parade are in this post (some are NSFW), with lots more below.

UPDATE: Even more here!

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June 26, 2015

Helen Mirren & Chavez's Matt Sweeney (in the Endless Boogie shirt) chowing down
Helen Mirren at Superiority Burger
Brooks Headley drumming with UOoA at DBA in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Universal Order of Armageddon

Brooks Headley has drummed in a bunch of punk bands, including Universal Order of Armageddon and Born Against. Lately, though, he's been known for his cullinary skills. He was Pastry Chef at Mario Batali's fanciest restaurant, Del Posto, where he won the James Beard Award for "Outstanding Pastry Chef" in 2013. Having been a vegetarian on the road with nothing to eat, he began playing around with a veggie burger recipe. He told Wondering Sound last year:

I've eaten a lot of veggie burgers, and they're usually pretty terrible. We were playing around [in the kitchen] one day a couple of years ago, and I ended up figuring out this [recipe], and tweaking it, and then feeding it to the people who worked in the kitchen -- just, "Hey, try this thing I'm making in the back." And we're talking about in the middle of service, you know? We have a five-minute break, so you'll throw some stuff together, throw it on some bread. It was funny, because when the meat cooks started to request veggie burgers, I knew I was onto something. The meat guys are the meat guys. They don't eat any fucking vegetable, period. It kind of developed that way. Now it's this fun thing I get to do every once in a while, if I can convince someone to let me take over their space. That [project] definitely is through music. I mean, I wouldn't be into veggie burgers if it wasn't for punk rock.
He opened the Superiority Burger pop-up on Eldridge St. last year which was an instant, line-forming hit. He left Del Post in order to open a permanent Superiority Burger location, at 430 East 9th St between 1st and A, which opened last night. Eater sent their three (omnivore) reviewers, all of which sang its praises. Says Robert Sietsema (himself formerly of NYC indie rock band Mofungo):
As the menu board excitedly proclaims, throwing punctuation to the winds, "Everything is vegetarian a lot is accidentally vegan just ask!" The namesake burger ($6) is quite a different animal than the one that first appeared on the scene two years ago. The present patty looks just like beef and has a nutty and grainy texture and savor. The bun is squishy and the toppings are limited to mustard and dill pickles, making it more Whataburger than White Castle. It is unqualifiedly delicious.
Not 100% up to full-speed, Superiority Burger is currently open from 6-10 PM.

Watch a video of Headley making "Vegan Crème Brûlée" with No Age, below...

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June 25, 2015

Seinfeld Apartment Milk Studios

If you've ever wondered what the fourth wall of Jerry Seinfeld's Seinfeld apartment looked like, we now have your answer: floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look out onto 10th Avenue and the Highline. (Also his apartment is street-level. And in Chelsea.) Well at least that's the case with the nearly perfect recreation of the Seinfeld apartment that you can visit at Chelsea's Milk Studios (451 West 14th Street). The "nearly" comes from replacing Jerry's classic Mac with a PC desktop (UPDATE: they've fixed this egregious error), but nearly every other detail is there. It's to celebrate Hulu getting streaming rights to all nine Seinfeld seasons, and the exhibit also includes some of the diner, props (the Maestro's wand) and more. It's free to visit and will be open now through Sunday (6/28) from 10 AM - 7 PM. But expect lines to be longer than at the Soup Nazi.

You can also take a virtual tour right now. If you go, don't try and burst in like Kramer. Some guy tried that already and broke the set on the exhibit's first day. (Or if you must try it, take off your backpack first.) Video of that (via Vulture) below...

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June 24, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Ork Records: New York, New York

In August of 1975, the world's first punk record label was born. Ork Records: New York, New York is a tale of Terry Ork, a film-obsessed fugitive of Warhol's Factory set. Ork's impresario ear would pull damaged, literate new rock music from the pregnant Bowery grime of CBGB, resulting in debut 45s by Television and Richard Hell, as well as landmark recordings by the Feelies and Lester Bangs. It's a tale of Charles Ball, who'd steer Ork Records through solo exploits by Big Star's Alex Chilton and the dBs' Chris Stamey.
For Record Store Day, the Numero Group released the Ork Records Complete Singles box set, lovingly repressing the NYC label's 7" output, including early singles from Television (label head Terry Ork was their manager), Richard Hell, Alex Chilton, Chris Stamey and more. There was also what could've been The Feelies' first single, if it had actually been released at the time, offering up decidedly more punk versions of "Fa Ce La" and "Forces at Work" than would appear on debut album Crazy Rhythms. It's an amazing "what if" and, for me, it was almost worth the price of the box for that Feelies single alone. The whole thing is pretty great, though.

You can still pick up the Complete Singles box, but for those who don't like lifting the needle so often, Numero Group will release Ork Records: New York, New York on October 30 which compiles all the singles, plus a whole lot more, on two CDs or four vinyl LPs. All versions include a 190-page book about the label with rarely-seen photographs, liner notes, remembrances and essays, and there's an edition that comes with a bonus 45 with two unreleased Feelies songs. Full tracklist and and a trailer for the comp (which features that version of Feelies' "Fa Ce La") are below. Pre-orders are available now.

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Will Ferrell, Letterman's bridge & a wedding on 'TCGS' (via @patrickcotnoir)
Will Ferrell officiating a wedding on The Chris Gethard Show with pieces of David Letterman set

When The Late Show with David Letterman closed up shop last month, much of the set was unceremoniously dumped outside the Ed Sullivan theater for garbage pickup. Needless to say, fans picked up on it and grabbed stuff -- including the NYC backdrop. The Brooklyn Bridge and the George Washington Bridge parts of the set were rescued by The Chris Gethard Show staff. Letterman gave his blessing and now they live on as part of TGS' set. The bridges make their debut on this week's episode of TCGS which taped on Tuesday (6/23) and featured three live weddings:

One thing that people like to do when they get married in New York is get married in front of some of our bridges. You see it all the time. So, it's very hard to find a bridge that fits inside a television studio, but luckily, one of my heroes David Letterman, he recently gave us the thumbs-up to use the bridges from his show. So I can think of no better way to debut them on The Chris Gethard Show than to let them serve as the backdrop of your wedding.
Best Man for all those weddings was Will Ferrell. The weddings episode of The Chris Gethard Show will air on Thursday (6/25) at 10 PM EDT on the Fusion Network.

P.S. Brooklynites can catch Chris Gethard live at Union Hall twice in July.

June 19, 2015

photo: outside The Charleston in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Williamsburg bar The Charleston 2009

Michael Sapp, the man found beaten in Williamsburg bar The Charleston last Saturday night (6/13), died on Monday night (6/15) after being declared brain dead and taken off life support. We know he worked at The Bagel Store on Bedford/S4, but as to what happened that night, there have been conflicting reports. Gothamist has been following this story closely:

Police have not yet identified a suspect and did not respond to a detailed list of questions based on what witnesses have been telling us. Parts of what those witnesses have said are deeply contradictory, a reminder of why eyewitness testimony by itself is considered a shaky basis for criminal convictions. They are also a product of what from all accounts was a chaotic night on that stretch of Bedford Avenue, which was especially crowded because of the Northside Festival. But taken together, witness recollections, combined with the latest police narrative, suggest a basic timeline of events.
Gothmast runs down various witness reports.

June 9, 2015

NYC Pride March 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Pride Week, the most colorful time of year, is almost upon NYC, happening June 21 - 28. Official festivities are set to begin with Family Movie Night on Tuesday, June 23 at Hudson River Park's Pier 63, with a free screening of Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo. The week wraps up with the annual Dance on the Pier at Hudson River Park's Pier 26 on Sunday, June 28, featuring a performance by pop princess Ariana Grande and the the world's longest-running LGBT fireworks display. Tickets for Dance on the Pier are on sale now.

Of course the main event is the Sunday afternoon March (6/28) and this year is a star-studded affair, with actors Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian McKellen, Uganda's Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, and artist J. Christopher Neal serving as this year's grand marshals. Between the March and the Dance on the Pier, is the Pridefest street fair. Saturday (6/27) night's VIP Rooftop Party and Teaze party for women (formerly Rapture on the River) are pride week staples, and not to be missed.

There are unofficial Pride Week happenings, too. Rapper Azealia Banks tweeted that, like she did last year, she'll be performing at soon-to-close The Westway on June 23 as part of their weekly Tuesday Westgay party. Details and tickets for that are TBA.

Before Pride Week officially starts, SHADE, the queer warehouse party by Ladyfag and Seva Granik is back in business for Saturday (6/20) at 15 Huron St in Greenpoint with headliner Heartthrob. Tickets are still available.

There are also scores of unofficial happenings in the works - be sure to check out NYCpride.org for more info.

Special stuff: in paying homage to Larry Levan's Paradise Garage, a pioneer queer nightclub of the 70s and 80s, DJs Lisa Frank and the NeedIExchange have dropped two mixes of throwback dance music. Stream both below...

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June 8, 2015

Murray at Poet's House benefit, 2011 (photo by Arnold Adler via Poet's House)
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The Poet's House annual "Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge" benefit happens today (6/8) at 6:30 PM, going from Manhattan to Brooklyn, closing with a reading of Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," followed by a celebratory dinner and more poetry. It's the 20th anniversary of the event and, as Gothamist points out, this year Bill Murray will be leading the walk. It's $250 to participate and you must sign up by 6 PM. More details here.