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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Happy 4/20 folks. No new music Weedeater, Bongripper, or Bongzilla this week, which feels like a big miss, but dont worry, theres still more than enough potent shit to go around. WHAT TO HEAR: Leading us into the dark this week is Death Velour (20 Bu
  [caption id="attachment_83793" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Wong Ping, Wong Ping's Fables 1, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong[/caption] In this episode of Explain Me, Paddy Johnson and William Powhid
VANISHINGB.B. King's blues club on 42nd Street is closing at the end of April.In a press release, they wrote:"Despite many sold out shows, the location's rent escalated to an unsustainable level, leaving us no choice but to close our doors. Unfortuna
Stress Test, Timothy F. Geithner (M, 20s, brown hair, white earbuds, black Columbia jacket, on the phone, G train)
According to New Yorks Department of Transportation, 65 percent of bike rider death and 89 percent of injuries or deaths caused by collisions with cars happen at intersections. In response to these alarming statistics the DOT is introducing a pilot p
The Brooklyn Mirage | Photo Credit: Dean McColl FINALLY, SOME FRESH AIR! Now don’t get me wrong, we frequented Output and Avant Gardner all winter, but it will be nice to finally blow the lid off these night clubs and enjoy some ti
A disputed seat becomes a fight between passengers becomes a crime scene becomes a 90-minute rush-hour delay to police activity. It all happens in the blink of an eye as it did last Thursday morning when a fight on an A train at High St. snarled rush
Employees say sales have dropped by as much as 40 percent in recent months.Donald Trump believes he’s making the economy great again, but his own Trump Organization properties somehow keep falling through the cracks. Chicago’s Tru
Last week, NY Yimby reported that permits have been filed to replace the historic St. Denis building with a new 12-story office building. The St. Denis is 165 years old, boasts an impressive history (Alexander Graham Bell, Ulysses S. Grant, W.E.B. Du
Last week William Powhida and I spent an enormous amount of time at the Spring Break Art Show. We had so much to say about the show we produced two podcasts and discussed many booths at length. In the first podcast, we give the lay of the land in art
The House of Broken Angels, Luis Alberto Urrea (M, 20s, brown hair, hand at mouth while reading, backpack at feet, G train)
Studio Libeskind released three renderings depicting their design for an affordable housing complex in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. The 10-floor apartment block will be constructed in the Sumner Houses estate in the northeastern B
Hey, Dumbo! Welcome to March. This month is women’s history month, and this Monday, Dumbo added a brand new women’s co-working and networking space known as The Wing at 1 Main Street. The space is decorated with work by female art
Pretty sure we had summer for a hot minute last weekend… but this one should be perfectly pleasant nonetheless. Did you get your Bowie metrocard? Have you started making summer festival plans? Perhaps your needs are of the more immediate va
To my readers: For 12 years, I’ve run this site through minimal ad revenue and as a labor of love. Lately, ads started interfering with the site, and I’ve decided to try to move this site via a reader-supported model. Raising mone
The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter and summer Friday’s will soon resume for those who work 9-5. Hallelujah, it’s almost summertime, baby, and you know what that means! It’s FESTIVAL SEASON. Beyonc a
On a warm spring day outside the Cafetal Social Club at 285 Mott Street you might find the filmmaker Paul Stone and his adopted family, including neighborhood guys like Vinny Vella, aka "the Mayor of Elizabeth Street," and Dominick Ferraro.For over 6
To my readers: For 12 years, I’ve run this site through minimal ad revenue and as a labor of love. Lately, ads started interfering with the site, and I’ve decided to try to move this site via a reader-supported model. Raising mone
The Brooklyn Museum has come under heavy fire from members of the black community for picking a white woman to be the curator of the museums extensive collection of African artworks. Last week the museum chose Kristen Windmuller-Luna, a 31-year-old p
The line for last weeks keynote lecture at the Armory Show was as long as the speakers resume; slated to talk was Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of the Serpentine Gallery and arguably the most famous curator in the world. But since Obrist is a
Hey art crawlers! The first of the month coincides with First Thursday this month, and DUMBO is awash in fantastic shows. Here’s the rundown of what you’ll see tomorrow as the ‘nabe’s galleries stay open til 8
Akata Warrior, Nnedi Okorafor (F, 20s, long hair, gray peacoat, Junot Diaz Islandborn tote, book marked with sticky notes, A train)
SPONSORED POST Looking for a reason to revamp your workstyle this season? Spring has just begun, and theres no better time than now to clear out the clutter and pave a clear path for the year ahead. This May, The Yard invites you to upgrade your work
When Lincoln Plaza Cinemas closed this past January after almost four decades in business, many New Yorkers were heartbroken. People talked of saving it, with nearly 12,000 signing a petition to keep it running, but it shuttered just the same.In the
To my readers: For 12 years, I’ve run this site through minimal ad revenue and as a labor of love. Lately, ads started interfering with the site, and I’ve decided to try to move this site via a reader-supported model. To that end,
The Empire State Dairy just received landmark status. Located in East New York, the factory was built in 1914 for the Borden Dairy Factory. The property holds five buildings on a 76,375 square foot area. Later the company changed to the Empire State
Exciting news: I've co-curated an exhibition of Carol Cole's work and collection at the Weatherspoon with Emily Stamey! This exhibition is long overdue, so I'm proud to have had a part in making it happen. Carol Cole: Cast a Clear Light opens March 3
Tuesday 2/20 Brooklyn Book Launches @ Powerhouse (28 Adams Street), 7pm, FREE, more info Dumbo Innovators meet-up: Narratively @ Made in NY Media Center (30 John Street), 6:30pm, FREE, networking, Q+A, Free Beer and Tacos, more info. Wednesday 2/21 E
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (F, 20s, pink Beats headphones, hair in bun, brown coat, black pants, A train)
Exciting news for Bowie fans. There’s a David Bowie-themed takeover at the Broadway-Lafayette station. The takeover is a clever ad campaign promoting the current Bowie exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, but fans are definitely going to want to
VANISHEDReader Bill Marden writes in to say that the Pedal Pusher Bike Shop on Second Avenue between 68th & 69th has closed.photos: Bill MardenHe says:"Store had been in current location for nearly 50 years. Suddenly closed in early March 201
Once upon a time, before the 2010 cuts decimated transit service in NYC, the MTA worked to ensure that off-peak subway service met increasing demands. From 2000 until 2010, as off-peak demand, especially between 5 a.m.-7 a.m., increased, the MTA resp
The chess team of Brooklyns Edward R. Murrow High School is going to Columbus, Ohio in April to try and retake the title of National High School Chess Champions. The team earned its chance at the prestigious award by virtue of winning the 2018 New Yo
Back in January, William Powhida and I recorded an episode of Explain Me on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's new admission policy. Earlier that month, the museum known for housing some of the world's greatest treasures announced its admission price w
Happy Valentines Day, Dumbo! Were you getting cozy in Romantic environs of Brooklyn Bridge this weekend? Well, we’re betting some people did since our very own River Cafe was named one of the most romantic restaurants in the country by Open
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (F, 20s, grey puffy coat, handbag on lap, short hair with extreme side part, R train)
Williamsburg favorite Maison Premiere has long been known for their Oysters and cocktails in a space full of New Orleans’ vibes. Now with the hiring of chef Jacob Clark (formerly of Carbone and Acme) the menu is going to undergo some change
The East Village/Bowery is slated for yet another luxury boutique hotel, and this time the historic Merchant's House Museum on East 4th Street is under threat.They have issued a call to arms, with instructions on how you can help.CurbedNot only that,
Early in the morning on June 5, 1995, Layton Gibson blew a red light on the Williamsburg Bridge and crashed his J train into a stopped M train. Gibson was going only about 20 miles per hour when his train collided with the one in front of him, and he
Where does one turn once they have fulfilled their business/corporate dreams? When the financial security has been achieved, which productive direction can they follow to channel their energy? There are many different answers to this question, but th
Its 2018, and you are likely starting to think about your taxes. You may also be wondering whats in the newly passed tax legislation (officially the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act or TCJA) and how its going to affect you. Here is some help, specifically targe
Hey Valentines, Galentines, and pals of all sorts, here’s your pre-Valentines week! Wednesday 2/7 Zadie Smith: Feel Free w/ Wesley Morri@ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church (157 Montague Street), 7pm, $35, more info Williamsburg Hist
Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts (F, knitted braided winter headband, Uniqlo shopping bag, booties, Court St. R platform)
It’s finally here! New Yorkers have had to endure an extended winter and now we can all emerge from hibernation into a couple days of weather in the high 70’s. It’s going to be insanity. – McCarren Park will tu
Back in 2014, just before launching #SaveNYC, I put together a wish list for saving the city's mom and pops. The list included, among other things, the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA) and a vacancy tax on landlords who keep their commercial
With any luck, this week will be the last we hear of the MTA’s ill-conceived “Genius Competition.” The brain-child of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Genius Competition arose in May of 2017 when the governor couldn’t ig
Where does one turn once they have fulfilled their business/corporate dreams? When the financial security has been achieved, which productive direction can they follow to channel their energy? There are many different answers to this question, but th
On this episode of Explain Me we discuss a disastrous curator conference at SVA titled "Curatorial Activism and the Politics of Shock", the Miami art fairs, and three shows "Talon Rouge: Six Mexican Artists Revisit Jos Juan Tablada and His New York C
Last Night, Dumbo turned out for the first after-hours art crawl of the new year. Participating galleries stayed open til 8pm offering a visual feast as well as a little light fare. Artists and makers were on hand to discuss their work, and welcome v