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June 22, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield

2014 Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Coney Island Mermaid Parade

The de Blasio's on their way to the Mermaid Parade (via Mayor's Office Flickr)
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You couldn't have asked for a nicer day for the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade which happened on the first day of Summer (6/21). While the freak flag flies high at this with pasties considered as formal wear, it was fun for at least one whole family. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was there with wife Chirlane and their two kids Dante and Chiara who were also the official Mermaid King and Queen this year. Pictures from the 2014 Coney Island Mermaid Parade are in this post and continue below...

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June 17, 2014

by Klaus Kinski

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New York Comic Con, a geyser of nerddom people either love with unbridled passion or hate with unbridled passion, will descend its acne ridden buttocks upon the Jacob Javits Center on Manhattan's West Side from October 9 - 12. Discerning nerds and dorks of all stripes will thrill to panel discussions, vendors, signings, cosplay, and more without fear of atomic wedgies or being stuffed in lockers or God help us, a dreaded swirley. And unlike the San Diego Comic Con, which happens next month, the NYC one is actually managable to some extent.

The 2014 Comic Con will be a little different this year as it will be supplemented with a ton of programming leading up to and running concurrent with the event. This splinter programming is called New York Super Week which will happen October 3 - 12.

New York Super Week - a first of its kind pop culture festival. With different pop culture themed experiences happening in every corner of the City - including concerts, comedy shows, gaming events, lectures, podcasts, storytelling, food tastings and more - New York Super Week brings the entire universe of popular culture to every corner of all five boroughs of New York City.
New York Super Week is the brainchild of pop culture event specialist ReedPOP:
ReedPOP has partnered with a number of venues, bars, restaurants and retailers throughout the city, including, but not limited to: Hammerstein Ballroom, 92nd Street Y, Rock Bar, The Bell House, Galapagos Art Space and Barcade. New York Super Week will be the ultimate celebration for fans of pop culture. Kicking-off with StarTalk Live! hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Hammerstein Ballroom, New York Super Week events will demonstrate the breadth of international, national and local pop culture, ranging from live recordings of Ask Me Another and Slate's Hang Up & Listen podcast, to The Big Quiz Thing, Running Late with Scott Rogowsky featuring the co-creators of Dr. Katz, Story Collider, and eSports competitions.
I am particularly intrigued by SLIMED! Presents a Nickelodeon Nostalgia Nite and Running Late with Scott Rogowsky featuring the co-creators of Dr. Katz. Right now ticket info and full program scheduling is TBA, but I do know you can get the New York Super Week Card to priority seating to all New York Super Week events taking place at such locales as 92Y Kaufmann Concert Hall, Barnes & Noble, and Galapagos Art Space as well as drink specials at venues and bars such as Rock Bar, Barcade, The Bell House, Union Hall, Videology, Duke's, Big Daddy's and The Way Station. Kaboom!

Full list of events thus far announced are below. ...

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June 13, 2014

Kentile Floors sign this morning (photo via @benccollier)
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It is confirmed: The Kentile Floors sign in Brooklyn is coming down.

But the majestic 50-year-old icon will be saved, said City Councilman Brad Lander, who helped broker the deal. And it will be reinstalled nearby.

The owner of the warehouse building beneath the sign, Elyahu Cohen, has agreed to donate it to a neighborhood nonprofit group, the Gowanus Alliance, which will find a new home for it.

The sign has been the subject of a sudden preservation campaign since news of its possible demolition broke last week.

"Everyone would love to see the sign right where it is," Mr. Lander said Thursday. "But given the structural conditions and the needs of the owner and his legal rights, we're very grateful that he's willing to bear the extra cost to preserve the letters and donate them."

The sign, which marks a defunct flooring company and towers eight stories above the factories and scrapyards by the Gowanus Canal, has become an aesthetic totem in recent years: a symbol of Brooklyn's industrial heritage and one of the most photographed pieces of architecture in the city. - [The New York Times]

Bummer: despite a "Save Our Sign" campaign, the iconic Kentile Floors sign is being taken down. The sign's steel structure was rusting and crumbling and the buidling its on suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy. The owners of the building deemed efforts to preserve it would be too costly to be worth it. They are allowing it to be dismantled and moved, though that is proving to be tricky due to permits requiring the sign to come down a chute instead of being lowered by pulleys. But the Gowanus Alliance has hopes that they can "find a marvelous location for their eventual re-installation, where they can serve the public and be part of the future of Gowanus."

May 30, 2014

street art by Damien Mitchell near the DeKalb Ave stop
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This weekend is Bushwick Open Studios a great chance to see a bunch of art where it's being made, walk through the many studios in the Brooklyn neighborhood, and probably nab a few free drinks along the way. We already told you about most of the music (much of it free) that's happening as part of it, but there's also the 2014 edition of the Bushwick Collective Block Party which happens on Sunday, June 1 on Troutman St between St. Nicholas and Wyckoff Aves from from 11AM to 7PM. This free event features live performances from Twin Strike, No Way, The Montauk Project, Such Hounds, Fletcher C Johnson (who plays tonight too), Tournament, Iron Force, Pampers, and NAAM.

In addition to the music, there will also be live street art happening. It's part of the The Bushwick Collective's first-ever art show which is running now through Sunday (6/1) at 426 Troutman St. The BC and is open from 7 PM - 11 PM and showcases some truly amazing street artists. Check that subway scene at the top of this post which was done by Damien Mitchell for Bushwick Collective. Participating artists include Blek Le Rat, Solus, Rubin415, Chris Stain, Dan Witz, Zimad, Jerkface, Joe Iurato, Sexer, Beau Stanton, Atom, and FKDL. Sounds like something to definitely check out if you're going to be at BOS on Sunday.

The block party is sponsored by Montana's Trail House which is a new restaurant opening today on the block (455 Troutman).

We should note this has nothing to do with the Bushwick Block Party that usually goes down on Moore St. outside of Robertas in late July. No word on whether that's happening this year yet -- last year got a little wild.

Flyers for the Bushwick Collective art show and block party, below...

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May 29, 2014

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One good thing about having a Brooklynite for a mayor is that the annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks are now back on the East River, after a four-year stretch of being on the Hudson. Said Bill de Blasio:

I'm thrilled that, after years of working with Macy's and my colleagues to make this a reality, the fireworks will return to the East River this year! Now even more New Yorkers will get to take part in this extraordinary celebration, against the backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge, the harbor and our skyline.
Macy's first moved them to the Hudson in 2009 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage up the river, and kept them there.

In other NYC fireworks news, one of the city's other big 4th of July displays -- Coney Island -- is still up in the air for 2014. The city has granted fireworks permits for all the other Fridays this summer EXCEPT Friday, July 4. Does this have anything to do with Macy's move back to the East River? The Department of Parks and Recreation declined to comment when NY1 inquiried. We shall see.

Meanhwhile, the rest of the summer's fireworks at Coney Island are all set. The season kicks off with "Fireworks Week" at Brooklyn Cyclones stadium, with displays going off after the first three home games of the season: Opening Day (Saturday, June 14), then Monday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 17. There will then be fireworks after every Friday game through August 22 (with Fourth of July still a question mark, though they're listed on the Cyclones schedule). There are a few other nights fireworks will happen at Coney Island, all of which are also "theme nights":

Saturday, July 5 (vs. Aberdeen IronBirds) "Seinfeld 25th Anniversary Celebraton"

Saturday, July 19 (vs Williamsport Crosscutters) "Country Music Night"

Saturday, July 26 (vs Vermont Lake Monsters) "Elvis Night"

Saturday, Aug 2 (vs Connecticut Tigers) "Star Wars Night"

Wednesday, Aug 13 (vs Lowell Spinners) "Kosher Kaboom Fireworks"

Saturday, Aug 23 (vs Tri-City Valley Cats) "Princess Night"

Sunday, Aug 27 (vs Staten Island Yankees) last game of the season

And don't forget June 21 is the 2014 Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

May 14, 2014

photos by Gretchen Robinette

Lykke Li @ MoMA Party in the Garden 5/13/2014
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Lykke Li

MoMA held their annual Party in the Garden fundraiser Tuesday night (5/13). One of the big social events of the season, it started with a pricey gala dinner, followed by a not-quite-as-pricey afterparty featuring a live set from Swedish singer Lykke Li and ubiquitous DJ Questlove kept the crowd otherwise entertained. At a fancy, celeb-heavy affair like this, the live music is more of a bonus than the focus. That said, the dressed-up crowd were into her 30-minute set which mixed old favorites with songs from her brand-new album, I Never Learn. Pictures from her set and the MoMA Party in the Garden afterparty are in this post.

Lykke Li plays another tiny NYC venue (relatively speaking) -- the Apollo in Harlem -- on Thursday (5/15) which is sold out and one of a few current live dates for her in North America. More pics from MoMA below...

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May 7, 2014

Adam Scott will talk "Greatest Event in Television History" on Saturday
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New York Magazine's pop culture website Vulture is throwing a two-day festival this weekend (May 10 & 11), titled simply Vulture Festival, featuring a bric-a-brac of panels and events based around movies, TV, music and comedy.

Saturday (5/10) events include: a talk with Deadwood creator David Milch (noon @ Milk Studios);  "The Greatest Panel in Television History" (5/10, 3 PM @ Milk Studios) with Adam Scott (Parks & Rec, Party Down) will discuss '80s TV title sequences (the basis of his Adult Swim series); a sold-out MIA/Solange show on Saturday at Webster Hall (5/10) happening after her Knockdown Center shows this week.

Sunday (5/11) events include: "Brunch with Rufus Wainwright" and Julie Klausner (5/11, 11 AM @ Milk Studios); a pop culture trivia night with the cast of Orange is the New Black (5/11, 5 PM @ Milk Studios); and a sold-out comedy night on Sunday @ The Bell House with Billy "On the Street" Eichner, Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine Nine), Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (Broad City) and more.

Tickets to most of the panels are still available and include drink tickets. Full Vulture Festival schedule and details, below...

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May 1, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

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Perhaps you've seen him at the Bedford L stop, dragging a baby doll attached to a marionette control rod along the platform or shaking something that looks a whole lot like the remnants of a dead animal in the face of an unsuspecting straphanger. His name is Kalan Sherrard, and, as Gothamist's short documentary about him confirms, that that thing probably is, indeed, a dead animal.

Of all the bizarre things you can stumble across in New York's subways, Kalan's performance art is up there in terms of weirdness. It's also pretty fascinating -- I've only ever seen him at the Bedford L, and his act is a creepy, sexualized and nonsensical affair that Kalan describes as a "non-narative, nihilist, anarchist puppet show about literary theory." His performance relies heavily on found items and he makes things out of garbage and dead animals, and there's often contact between Kalan and the crowd that inevitably assembles around him. In the video, a woman pours a drink into his mouth and he makes mention of people making out with him.

The short doc is part of Gothamist's No Your City series and shows Kalan drinking from discarded cups in trashcans and performing his act down in the Bedford station. (Gotta commend him on what looked like a super smooth MetroCard swipe.) If you ever run into Kalan, enjoy the show, but the video provides a valuable piece of information -- Kalan basically hates photography and says he'll harass people who take a snapshot and then walk away.

Gothamist's short video isn't the first time Kalan's gotten press -- he's been on the cover of New York Magazine in the past, has been featured in the Village Voice, and he appeared in coverage of Occupy Wall Street both on The Colbert Report and in Bloomberg. He was also arrested on April 6 in Times Square and charged with disorderly conduct for creating a hazardous condition -- The New York Daily News has an account and video. The News put the arrest in the context of new Police Commissioner Bill Bratton's crackdown on subway performers -- at the time of his arrest, transit police had arrested 416 people for panhandling or peddling so far this year, compared with 154 during the same time period the year before.

Watch the Gothamist video and an older Village Voice video about Kalan below...

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April 30, 2014

by Ian Chainey

Beefcake the Mighty using a vaporizer/Link's recorder
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Today, metal spewers of juices GWAR have announced a collaboration with Mount Baker Vapors to supply the world with GWAR Fluids, a set of custom flavored e-cigarette/vaporizer liquid. Starting May 1, you'll be able to take a deep pull of Jizmoglobin -- "a creamy blueberry blend with notes of nut and custard" -- at your favorite New York bar... hold up.

Actually, no. No, you won't.

In a stroke of bad luck for Mount Baker Vapors, New York City has amended the 2002 Smoke-Free Air Act to ban e-cigarettes from offices, restaurants, parks, bars, and beaches. The change goes in effect today (4/30). So, in public spaces, e-cigarettes are now, well, cigarettes. And, yep, if you're caught sucking on Spew -- "a primarily melon flavor with hints of mixed fruits and berries" -- you'll be tagged with a fine of $100, with the owner of the establishment your smelling-up getting slapped with a $200 to $400 punishment for a first time offense.

Ouch, Mount Baker Vapors. Not even German Chocolate Beefcake -- "a sweet cake flavor with the perfect combination of chocolate, coconut, and caramel" -- is likely to alleviate that headache.

Of course, the NYC ban isn't the only instance of unfortunate/questionable timing in this case, with the sponsorship deal coming a little more than a month after the passing of Dave Murray Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus. If you missed it, we ran a fitting tribute to the man at Invisible Oranges and here on BV. In addition, you can check out information on the Dave Brockie Foundation, set up in his honor, here. R.I.P.

April 24, 2014

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4/20 was Sunday and now comes more good news for marijuana smokers in one of NYC's five boroughs: The NY Post reports that Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson issued a memo to the NYPD that his office will no long­er prosecute people caught with small amounts of pot, or caught smoking it in public:

In a move that directly bucks the Police Department's own policy and that of other DAs in the city, Brooklyn prosecutors will be directing cops to free the defendants, seal their cases and destroy their fingerprint file, according to a memo sent the NYPD and obtained by The Post.

"The goal of this new policy is to ensure that the resources of this office are allocated in a manner that most enhances public safety, and individuals, especially young people of color, do not become unfairly burdened and stigmatized by involvement in the criminal-justice system...

...Even when the defendant is issued a [desk-appearance ticket] (sparing him or her the daunting holding-cell experience), that defendant still must make sure that he or she appears in court on the DAT arraignment date -- a trip to the courthouse and a wait in the courtroom that may eat up most of a day,'' the memo says. - [NY Post]

This applies to defendants with clean (or mostly clean) criminal records and no outstanding warrants, and if the charge is a Class B misdemeanor pot possession (aka less than 25 grams of weed).