Recent Posts in NYC - Page 8
August 30, 2013
Sunny outside Sunny's last night (via @jwgates)
Ten months after Hurricane Sandy swamped the place, much-loved Red Hook watering hole Sunny's finally reopened last (8/29) after friends, patrons, and neighbors helped raise over $100,000 to repair it. There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony and then the party began (they also celebrated co-owner Sunny Balzano's 79th birthday). which featured a performance from swing band Smokey's Round‑Up and The Secret Family.
Tonight at the bar, you can catch The Xylophone People. Welcome back, Sunny's!
August 27, 2013
In another sign of the times, the Odessa Cafe Bar will close its doors for good, its last day being Saturday, August 31st, notes EV Grieve. The bar has been an East Village staple for more than 33 years on Ave A, falling victim, like so many others, to the rising rents and gentrification in the neighborhood. Odessa, the restaurant which is next door, is staying open and you can continue to get your pierogi fix.
Word is that the space will house an brasserie/cafe once the Odessa vacates.
August 23, 2013
Members of K Holes and Bezoar will open Worship, a new vintage shop in Bushwick (117 Wilson Ave) that will be focused on "artists and musicians influence on fashion through the decades". The opening party will go down on Saturday (8/24) from 4-10PM and feature the art of Seth from Hunx and his Punx, in his first ever art show. The art show is free and open to the public and will be an excellent primer for Hunx's show at Death by Audio with Hunters, Las Rosas, and 2 Pretty later that night.
August 22, 2013
Boasting and hip hop go hand in hand, but in the case of Neno Best, it backfired in a major way. As you may have heard, NYPD picked up the rapper on Monday and called his arrest one of the biggest gun busts in NYC history after catching wind of his (now inactive) Instagram account that boasted of money, guns and much more. In all, the arrest netted more than 250 firearms, some of which were reported stolen. Best was part of a sting that netted the arrest of nineteen in total:
Those busted included two gun runners who oversaw the pair of loosely organized rings and sold their illicit goods through the same city dealer, officials said.
One of the men, Walter Walker, used a rap studio at 1991 Atlantic Ave. in the Ocean Hill section of Brooklyn as his home base in the city. The undercover police operation had been dubbed "Up on the Hill.''
...[NYPD Commissioner Ray] Kelly also said that last year "detectives learned through an unrelated undercover narcotics investigation that guns were being sold in the Ocean Hill community of Brooklyn."
Above the Country Kitchen restaurant on Atlantic and Saratoga avenues, within the 81st Precinct, they discovered a 26-year-old aspiring rapper, Mathew Best, who lived on Saratoga Avenue. He also used a unit in the same building as a recording studio. -[NY Post]
July 29, 2013
by Bill Pearis
The new Earwax
Rising rents in Williamsburg is shifting around the neighborhood's retail landscape. Sound Fix closed on Record Store Day and, a few weeks ago, Earwax left its longtime home of Bedford & N. 5th. (They were one of the first residents in the "mini-mall" there.) The store, which had been on Bedford Ave for 22 years (and at least 10 in the N. 5th space), moved to 167 North 9th St. which is just off Bedford and right next to Japanese market Midoriya. It's maybe a little smaller than the old Earwax, but the space is nice and it's mostly vinyl now (though they do still have some CDs.), plus they sell vintage turntables and receivers.
Meanwhile, another Williamsburg record store is on the move. in early September, Academy Records Annex will vacate its current N. 6th St. locale and be moving to Greenpoint: specificaly, 83 Oak St. (between Franklin and West St.). Academy owner Mike Davis told Greenpointers the new spot is about the same size as its current locations, with "20 foot ceilings and a ton of windows. It'll actually be a better space when the smoke clears and the dust settles."
Only a few blocks from the new Academy Annex will be, the Captured Tracks Store, which is due to open sometime soon at 195 Calyer. (Hopefully in time for C/T's 5th Anniversary fest.) Label head (and former Academy employee) Mike Sniper spoke with Billboard and what we can expect:
Well it's going to be a legit, good record store. I don't just want it to be Captured Tracks stuff, I want it to be all kinds of things -- tons of off label stuff from all genres and every other prominent indie label out there, plus tons of reissues. I've been going on buying trips and buying lots of collections from London and other places and they're piling and piling up. Having come from a record store background, it was pretty easy for me to do that anyway. I don't want to do in-stores, but there will definitely be artist appearances and signings and stuff like that. There will be some cool things that you can only get in the store and we'll have a good stock of trade publications as well.In addition to records, the Captured Tracks Store with have "art books and prints and equipment, like vintage pedals, synthesizers and amps." The opening of this does not mean the end of affiliated record store Co-Op 87 (87 Guernsey). It's staying open.
The wild card, of course, is Rough Trade NYC, which is still TBA.
Endless Boogie at Max Fish yesterday (via @Brooklynvegan Instagram)
Just last month Motor City closed and tonight is the final night for another Ludlow institution: Max Fish. Over the last week, the bar's been having surprise bands come in and play as a send-off. Endless Boogie played last night, as seen in the above Instagram. Who will play this last night?
After closing, Max Fish will reopen in Williamsburg on Metropolitan next to Nitehawk Cinema.
July 9, 2013
The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, have become an iconic New York summer experience since they began in 1965, transforming parks throughout New York into a patchwork of picnickers and providing music lovers with an opportunity to hear the best classical music under the stars.The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks series will hit all five borroughs in July, beginning Wednesday (7/10) at Prospect Park. The series is free and open to the public and the full schedule is as follows:
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 8:00 PM - Prospect Park, Brooklyn (more info)The Staten Island concert is indoors, the rest are outside. Fireworks will follow the performances in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 8:00 PM - Cunningham Park, Queens (more info)
Sun, Jul 14, 2013 3:00 PM - College of Staten Island, CUNY (more info)
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 8:00 PM - Great Lawn, Central Park (more info)
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 8:00 PM - Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx (more info)
July 3, 2013
photos by Sachyn Mital
Cyclones mascot Sandy the Seagull at 2013 Mermaid Parade
For those who don't want to go to the West Side of Manhattan or New Jersey to see Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks extravaganza on the Fourth of July, there is a Brooklyn option: Coney Island. Fireworks will be going on as part of an Independence Day celebration held at MCU Park (where the Cyclones play). That includes cover bands, a "beers of New York" beer garden and a performance from the Brooklyn String Orchestra who will play at 9 PM with the sky lighting up at 9:30 PM. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted and will go benefit the Brooklyn Public Library and Hurricane Sandy relief charity, #ConeyRecovers. 4:30 PM start.
You can see fireworks at Coney Island a lot this summer. They'll go off every Friday through August 30 at 9:30 PM. Additionally, there will be fireworks after certain Brooklyn Cyclones games, all of which are themed to music. That includes tonight, which, appropriately, are set to Patriotic works and will go off right after the game finishes (they play the Staten Island Yankees). That makes three nights in a row of Coney Island Fireworks, starting tonight.
The rest of the Cyclones' fireworks shows are all Saturdays, dates (and themes) as follows:
Saturday, July 20 (vs. Batavia Muckdogs) - Springsteen FireworksLike tonight's, those fireworks go off right after the game finishes.
Saturday, Aug 10 (vs. State College Spikes) - Billy Joel Fireworks
Saturday, August 17 (vs. Vermont Lake Monsters) - Disney Fireworks
Saturday, August 31 (vs. Aberdeen IronBirds) - Beatles Fireworks
For more Coney Island fun, dont' forget about Marty Markowitz's free Seaside Summer Concert Series which starts next Friday (7/12) with Cheap Trick.
And while on the subject of Coney Island, you've already seen one set of pictures from the 2013 Mermaid Parade which happened on June 22. Another set from the barely-dressed festivities are in this post.
As you probably know, the 2013 NYC Pride March was this past Sunday (6/30). We already posted one set of pictures, and here's two more sets from the festivities.
July 2, 2013
If you're not getting out of the city for the long Independence Day Weekend, there are lots of options for those sticking around.
Like last year, the Macy's Fireworks ("inspired and directed by Usher") happen on the Hudson via four barges and you can see them (9:20 PM) fine on the West Side Highway, in NJ or on your TV. Brooklyn gets the shaft again.
The Statue of Liberty also reopens after taking a beating from Hurricane Sandy last fall.
While on the subject of NYC Independence Day traditions, there's always the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. Noon.
For afternoon options, if you're not invited to a friend's backyard barbeque, you could head to Rockaway to Roberta's-related Rippers where they're hosting an afternoon of grilled food, surf and quality indie rock. You can catch Friend Roullette, Celestial Shore, pow wow!, Hippy and The Library is on Fire. The party is free but donations are suggested for still-needed Hurricane Sandy relief. 1 PM - 8 PM. Flyer is below.
Silent Barn, meanwhile, has an afternoon show with Thrill Jockey recording artist Glenn Jones, whose new album, My Garden State, was recently released on the label. The show also features D. Charles Speer & the Double Helix, and Pork Chop Willie. 3 PM, $10.
A nice late afternoon option is Ex Cops who will be playing the kickoff to the Museum of Modern Art's "MoMA Nights" series. The event happens in the Sculpture Garden and goes from 5:30 PM to 8PM. Free with Museum admission.
Moving into the evening, Roberta's Pizza will be throwing a nighttime bash at The Knockdown Center (where they just held a few Tiki Disco parties), with Endless Boogie, 1-800 Band and Dirty Fences playing live. Pizza, beer, rock music, what more do you need? 8PM, $5. Flyer is below.
The Fourth of July also means The Feelies, who start a three-night run at their hometown venue of choice, Hoboken's Maxwell's. These will surely be bittersweet, as the club is closing its doors at the end of the month. No surprise, all three shows are sold out. For those going, expect marathon sets and lot of covers. If you're going on Thursday, the show doesn't start till 10 PM, after the fireworks.
If there wasn't enough explosions over Manhattan for ya, the boom will come to 285 Kent with shoegazey metal courtesy Deafheaven and Marriages which is being presented by InvisibleOranges. Aun and Theologian also play, and Shaun from Weekend is your evening's DJ. Doors are at 10 PM and tickets are still available.
Not only will Shea Stadium be celebrating our country's birthday, but it's their birthday too (yeah). The Bushwick venue turns five and the birthday bash is headlined by The Shea Stadium All-Stars, featuring members of So-So Glos, Guardian Alien and Titus Andronicus. You can stream them covering Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" at Soundcloud and that probably gives you a good indication of what to expect. White Bike and Pregnant also play. $5 at the door, 6 PM.
Mike Simonetti (aka co-founder of Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel of Chromatics/Glass Candy/Desire) will be DJing Output's weekly INPUT party that day, but in honor of the Fourth of July, it's going to be a free BBQ on the roof (aka Canopy Bar) that starts at 3 PM. Also on the bill is Lamin Fofana and Max McFerren (who has releases on Lamin Fofana's Sci-FI & Fantasy label). The party is rain or shine. Flyer below.
For a completely different kind of night, there's Midsummer Night's Swing in Damrosch Park, near Lincoln Center. Tonight's event is billed as "Battle of the Bands," pitting The George Gee Swing Orchestra against Mora's Modern Rhythmists. If you don't know how to swing, there are dance lessons (6:30 PM) before the concert begins (7:30 PM). Tickets are still available.
Not that far away in Philadelphia, The Roots are throwing their annual 4th of July Jam at Benjamin Franklin Parkway with J. Cole, Grace Potter, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, and more.
Whatever you do, have a safe and happy Independence Day!
Did we miss anything big? Flyers below...