The gangs of North Brooklyn: the Dirty Ones, the Driggs Boys of Justice, and the Screaming Phantoms

Greg Young of the Bowery Boys blog has a great post up about North Brooklyn in the late 70′s and early 80s. As part of a promotion for the upcoming film A Most Violent Year — which looks fascinating and is about New York’s most violent year, 1981 — he discusses the street gangs of Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint, aka “The Killing Fields:”

The New York Times ran of list of several notorious Williamsburg gangs, including the Dirty Ones, the Driggs Boys Of Justice and the Screaming Phantoms. In 1981 Luis Garden Acosta, a prominent community leader, called northern Brooklyn (Williamsburg, with its neighbors Bushwick and Greenpoint) the “killing fields” for the number of teenagers killed in bloody gang conflicts. [Read more...]

Watch Noah Baumbach’s Bushwick-centric new trailer: ‘While We’re Young’

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You might recognize a few local spots. The film, which opens in March, is getting some great advance buzz:

If age is just a state of mind, then “While We’re Young” is the best kind of therapy a fortysomething starting to lose touch with the younger generation could hope for: Witty, articulate and reminiscent of several talented directors who no longer mean so much to today’s kids, Noah Baumbach’s latest stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as husband-and-wife filmmakers who “adopt” a mid-20s hipster couple as friends. Though not as broadly appealing as a Judd Apatow picture, Baumbach’s own acutely observed this-is-life laffer features his most relatable characters yet [Read more...]

Midnight Movies 10/24-10/26

Just like last week’s offerings, and like next weekend’s are sure to be, it’s all blood, guts, and horror this weekend at the movies. To prep you for Halloween, screenings include visceral violence, found footage, and classic creepshows. [Read more...]

Midnight Movies 10/17-10/19 Include Psycho and Texas Chainsaw Massacre

After a break for New York Comic Con last week, midnight movie coverage is back and it’s filled to the brim with chainsaws, stabbings, and a whole lot of fake blood. This weekend features some of the most important and influential horror films of all time, so break out those night lights folks. [Read more...]

Midnight Movies 9/26-9/28 Include Escape from New York and You’re Next

The fall horror-binge has begun, and as usual Nitehawk has you covered with some great options. This weekend’s midnight movie is You’re Next, beginning their wonderful “Final Girl” film series.  You’re Next falls pretty squarely in the “fun horror” category, along with Scream and Cabin in the Woods, playing to horror tropes without sacrificing any of the actual creepiness.  The all-white animal masks the killers wear became instantly iconic, and the “Final Girl” in this one is anything but helpless. This one makes for a perfect midnight movie. If going at midnight just isn’t your thing, Nitehawk’s brunch movie is 1963’s classic horror movie The Haunting (so not the one with Owen Wilson), and they’re presenting it in 35 mm. [Read more...]

Midnight Movie Screenings 9/19-9/21 Include Heavenly Creatures and Harold and Kumar

Alright boys and girls, it’s midnight movie time and things are about to get weird.  As usual, this weekend brings you everything including cult comedies, bizarrely violent films, and the most ‘90s movie ever made. Let’s start with the pleasant though, shall we? [Read more...]

Fraud or philanthropy? Art and Craft film review

Fraud, it seems, without any monetary benefit to the forger, is not a crime. And this is known best by Mark Landis, who has duped some of the most prestigious art museums in the country with his copycat pieces for more than 30 years. The new documentary Art and Craft, opening this Friday, peers into the life of Mark Landis and follows him as he deceives museum registrars and aggravates the one man always on this case, former registrar Matt Leininger. [Read more...]

Midnight Movies 9/12-9/14 Include The Crow and Taxi Driver

You talkin’ to me? Well I’m the only one here… so yeah then I guess you must be. Well it’s supposed to rain this weekend, so it’s a good time to get the movies! But hey, it can’t rain all the time, so be quick like a bunny and get through the maze by midnight to check out these late night screenings. (See what I did there?)

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