After a little mental health sabbatical last week, your second favorite neighborhood halfway house for hesh is back and serving up another ladle-full of sonic torture. It is the antidote to all that ails you; the elixir of life and death; so drink and be merry.
It’s that time of year again. Bushwick Open Studios is this weekend and as usual you should clear your calendar and go!
Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) is a three-day arts and culture festival, hosted annually by the volunteer organization Arts in Bushwick (AiB). Now in its ninth year, this celebration of our neighborhood’s vibrant community and local art scene is free and open to the public. The festival will take place from June 5-7, 2015. Open studios hours vary per artist, so check the directory for precise times. Most studios are open 12pm – 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. [Read more...]
Better late than never, the Times has finally tackled the Bushwick Inlet Park controversy. Adding up the numbers, they write that the city — which has already spent $225 million on the park — is a “textbook study in civic entropy and how public developments go awry.” And $225 million is just the beginning. The owner of the CitiStorage site (which lies at the center of the projected park and recently suffered a very suspicious fire) now wants a reported $500 million for his 11-acre lot. “The city will not, and should never, pay that kind of ransom,” says the Times:
Unsurprisingly, the first turn toward the absurd involved a lawsuit. Through eminent domain, the city offered $12 million for the rental truck lot. When the owner found a sympathetic judge, the price tag leapt into the stratosphere, to more than $90 million. The owner of CitiStorage, next door, Norman Brodsky, naturally assumed he had also hit the jackpot. Crain’s reported recently that he now wants $500 million for his 11-acre site. If the city won’t pony up, his site will cleave the prospective park in two…. [Read more...]
As you may know, Nitehawk Cinema, the best (in my opinion) movie theater in NYC, loves to pair the movies they’re showing with delicious, thoughtful and eclectic dishes to match. Building on that, they also have FILM FEASTS, where they create an entire menu for one movie (food AND drink). It’s usually a classic, like previous picks Pulp Fiction, Christmas Vacation, or Big Lebowski. Or it’s one that is relevant to the now, like the upcoming Wet Hot American Summer screening which is sold out (the Netflix prequel series is out July 17). [Read more...]
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COMBINATION PIZZA HUT AND TACO BELL SLICE!
A new restaurant is opening in the former home of The Elm that’s sure to please all the Biffs and Muffys in Brooklyn. It’s called Oleanders and it’s set to open June 10. Bring on the Harvey Wallbangers!
Flo Fab also reports that the replacement for the Elm at the McCarren Hotel now has a name: Oleanders. [Read more...]
The last week has served as a reminder for the value of live music. I go to a lot of shows, but when you see something really mindblowing it just changes your mood for the better. I’m still riding on a high from seeing Follakzoid on Saturday and topped that up with the reliably brilliant METZ, who played last night at the Music Hall. METZ are never less than a 9.5/10 live band. As with most addictions, it’s always a case of looking for the next fix, and the outlook isn’t disappointing.
Photos by Steve Liskiewicz
Mysteryland returned to Bethel Woods, NY over Memorial Day Weekend for it’s second annual USA installment. Last year’s rainy weather and excessive mud put a damper on some people’s first visit to the three-day electronic festival, however you wouldn’t have known based on the lively, ambitious audience who showed up in full force to watch artists like Porter Robinson, Empire of the Sun, Dillon Francis and Diplo on the original Woodstock grounds. The attendees more than tripled with 50,000 people in attendance throughout the weekend. Holy Ground camping was also sold out this year at 10,000 people, which was a much larger number actually staying on the premises than last year. This year rain was exchanged for extreme cold (32 degrees on Friday night with a wind chill on the hill that dipped much lower), but this didn’t seem to discourage folks from committing to the party. In fact, I’d say they came out even harder. (But for real, who else froze their ass off that night? That was some next level Discovery Channel I Shouldn’t be Alive shit.)