So: is Red Hook getting a strip club?
The only thing in Brooklyn more rampant than borough president Marty Markowitz's irrational hatred of bike lanes is borough president Marty Markowitz's hunger. We've caught glimpses of it at various food festivals and events, but now, thanks to the new Tumblr Marty Markowitz Eating we can gorge ourselves on photos of Markowitz enjoying the company of food. We asked the creator of the site, who goes simply by "Markowitz Fan," where s/he got the idea...
Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9am, but the whole thing is complicated, so you'll want to read about all your different options, and about which packages guarantee that you will indeed see Jeff Mangum play. Unless you're like, "Fuck it, I just really want to see Cults," in which case the $60 Friday pass will suit you perfectly. After the jump, all the details you'll need to make the right choice.
What kind of condition was the map in?
This map, relative to anything I've worked on from any time period during my 20 years in conservation, was in very rough shape. As a conservator, the hardest—and scariest—issue to deal with is fragility, and when I first saw the map it was in extremely fragile condition. This was due to a combination of factors: the shellac on the front, the cloth backing, and the acidity of the paper. Working on something you're afraid to touch is a challenge.
Today two former city officials (and very vocal opponents of the hotly-contested Prospect Park West bike lane) tell the Brooklyn Paper that they, much like borough prez Marty Markowitz, are extremely skeptical of a recent Department of Transportation survey showing the lane's many benefits.
As someone who has covered the Brooklyn food world for the last, oh, five or so years, this sketch from Portlandia, the new series from SNL's Fred Armisen and Sleater Kinney's Carrie Brownstein (swooooon), rings a little too true. I've never had my waiter say about my chicken "His name was Collin, here are his papers" but my experiences haven't been too far from that. I totally support local and organic food movements, yet I have to recognize that it can be a little absurd sometimes (see: rabbit-killing courses, urban beekeepers, etc.). This sketch got me thinking about all of the other great comedy sketches centered around food. Here, in no particular order, are five more of my all-time favorites.
As predicted, the buzzed-about Sundance indies are well, still being buzzed about. Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene (nicknamed via text message as MMMM), James Marsh’s Project Nim, and Pariah are three of the films that have everyone talking. Project Nim will be coming to a television near you, courtesy of HBO Documentary Films, but neither of the two fiction films have been officially picked up yet. [Update: Since Danielle filed last night, Fox Searchlight grabbed MMMM. —Ed.]
During the second period of last night's 2-1 Rangers shootout victory over the Washington Capitals (suck it, Ovechkin), I saw this commercial for the Williamsburg Edge condos. It sort of reminds me of what Michael did to Lelaina's documentary in Reality Bites, only there was probably no Lelaina in the first place. Does that qualify as "without commentary"? It doesn't, does it?
In Hollywood, where it's even earlier than it is here, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominations for the 2011 Academy Awards, to be broadcast in a February 27 ceremony hosted by beautiful people Anne Hathaway and James Franco, and preceded by a special dinner which Jean-Luc Godard did not attend. The King's Speech received 12 nominations, True Grit a surprising-only-to-disappointed-auteurists 10. (Cinematographer Roger Deakins, who's incredibly never won, receives his 8th nomination.) The Social Network eight and Inception also eight (mostly in the technical categories, plus the designated "Chris Nolan fanboy blockbuster" spot in the recently expanded field of ten Best Picture nominees.
The full nominees are here.
As expected, rather than celebrating a dramatic decrease in accidents, injuries and speeding on one of Brooklyn's beautifulest stretches of street, bike-hating borough president Marty Markowitz greeted the results of a recent Department of Transportation study that found the new Prospect Park West bike lane had reaped huge benefits for local cyclists, pedestrians and motorists with skepticism and accusations of numbers-skewing.
Well! Starting now, The L's film section is on Twitter, where we aim to provide all that and more. We'd encourage you to follow us @LMagFilm ("at @LMagFilm"? Anybody?), where our unique perspective on NYC cinephilia articulates itself 140 characters at a time.
So far, there have been two tweets. Only one of them has been about Eric Roberts. Follow us, quickly, lest you miss another. (Also, I will probably get drunk on Red Stag and liveblog the Oscars at some point.)
This comes after two years of cuts to staff and operating hours necessitated by city budget cuts; Library CEO Tom Galante tells WNYC that, in essence, he's had to choose between keeping up with new acquisitions and maintaining current levels of access and service.
Theon's penis was visible in one episode, I think.
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