Hipster molting season is here again

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Inside the sober rave in Williamsburg

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sober rave (c/o Gothamist & Mathew Gilbertson)

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sober rave (c/o Gothamist & Mathew Gilbertson)

Thanks to Gothamist for doing the leg work. There’s just no way we could take sober dancing and animal masks at 6:30 AM.

A $20 ticket to Morning Gloryville gets you the following: three hugs upon entry (one from each of the Morning Gloryville crew), a plastic lei, and three and a half hours of dancing. There’s a smoothie bar, where smoothies are $6-a-pop and juices run $9, and you can purchase Brooklyn Roasting Co. coffee for around $2-$3, if you so desire. Massages are available for a “suggested donation,” and crews were leading soggy yoga classes every 5 to 10 minutes on the Zoo’s rainy roof.

The dancing, though, was Morning Gloryville’s real bread-and-butter, with DJs blaring house music that reverberated all the way down Bogart Street. The Zoo—which was packed by 7:30 a.m.—boasted a bouncy floor and trampoline, and attendees were all over it, climbing walls, doing handstands and flipping from a rope swing in the middle of the room. The Zoo’s garage doors were open, and passersby kept stopping to snap photos of the dozens of grown-ass adults in sequins doing pike jumps and tossing giant blow-up balls around the faux-graffitied wall.

Morning Gloryville advertises itself as a pre-work “sober rave,” a description that stressed me out initially—how does one survive a strobe-light dance party without intoxicants? Is it appropriate to spike a mango smoothie? Can you blog on an Ecstasy comedown? But those concerns were all for naught, because what Morning Gloryville really is, is a $20 gym class, designed to pump you with endorphins before you move into your cubicle for the day. I prefer running in circles around Maria Hernandez Park but, hey, everybody’s doing their own thing.
The next edition Morning Gloryville goes down on August 13th at 6:30 a.m.; buy your tickets online.

More pics here. You can get tickets for the next sober rave here.

There’s a Beef Jerky Mount Rushmore in Columbus Circle

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We assume “Meat Rushmore” smells to high hell, but its still pretty damn cool.

Snack lovers are celebrating in Columbus Circle, where art director Alex Valhouli and Jack Link’s beef jerky company created “Meat Rushmore” — a 1,600-pound replica of Mount Rushmore covered in three different varieties of jerky.

“We put about 1,400 working hours into the project over the course of three weeks,” Valhouli told 1010 WINS.

The meaty monument is 13-feet tall and 17-feet wide.

“We hand carved it out of a foam substrate to give it the dimension we needed,” Valhouli said. “It’s absolutely epic. We’re very happy with the result.”

“Meat Rushmore” will be on display until 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Making of “Meat Rushmore”

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Are you ready for the “Jetson Hotel” in Williamsburg?

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55 Wythe Ave. now

If you think the Domino development plans are stupid, you’re going to love the plans for 55 Wythe Ave:  [Read more...]

Meet Kalan, the nihilist, anarchist subway performer and puppeteer

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Oh, did we mention he “make things out of garbage and dead animals” and that his act is about “non-narrative” “literary theory.” Meet Kalan:

Kalan leaves us longing for simpler times when Club Animals (the pervy, platform plushies) were giving free bouncy rides on their laps:
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Greenpoint is getting a huge convention center on Franklin Street

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In addition to Urban Outfitters and Stephen Levin Towers, here’s something else no one in the neighborhood wants. An expo center:

The Brooklyn EXPO is located in the thriving neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It is a new concept for a historical neighborhood that is now emerging as a frontier of culture in the Brooklyn scene. The Brooklyn EXPO is a unique physical structure with excellent access to New York City and multiple hubs of transportation. The property boasts a beautiful glass exterior and a large open floor plan that can be used in whole or can be divided to create multiple rooms or for smaller functions. This allows for unlimited flexibility; add in high ceilings, a loading dock, cafeteria space, office space, parking and on site storage for pre-event shipping, Brooklyn EXPO expects to cater to wide array of clients. The Brooklyn EXPO will be able to handle large scale productions of public events, private events, conferences, company meetings, conventions, product launches, receptions, multi media events and banquet seating for up to 2200 people. The specs below outline the space and location below will show you that we are offering something that cannot be found in Brooklyn at this time.

More information about Brooklyn EXPO (no idea why that’s in caps) here.

There’s a Kokie’s yoga mat

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In case you weren’t around for Kokie’s, Vice published an nasal oral history a few years ago. From Hyperallergic:

Designed by New York–based artist Jon Kessler, the object is part of a series of yoga mats by Grey Area, which includes versions created by Daniel Arsham, Wim Delvoye, and others.
The sales blurb for Grey Area’s yoga mats is so very insightful, as it suggests: “If you consider the many hours people spend staring at their mats, often in a grounded and conscious state, unencumbered by their mind’s preoccupations, they are in an ideal condition for viewing art.” And, in case you were worried that Kessler was going to obscure his objet d’art with a blizzard of pretentious theory explaining the basis for his idea, he seems to say “fuck it” and tell it like it is. Commentary on his mat, from the site: [Read more...]

Girl bus tour may be coming to Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Bushwick

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This is just what Brooklyn needs! More tourists. Ugh. They should just shuttle them off to Brooklyn Heights:

The circuit would focus on everything from Greenpoint’s coffee outpost Café Grumpy, where Lena Dunham’s character Hannah Horvath once slung lattes, to a Bushwick warehouse where Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) accidentally smokes crack.

But don’t expect a glitzy romp through the West Village to Sex and the City staple Magnolia Bakery, or past the Condé Nast building where Carrie Bradshaw once penned articles for Vogue, on a “Girls” tour — much of the hit show takes place far away from the bright lights of the big city. [Read more...]