Thursday, May 26, 2011

New East River Ferry Service Setting Sail Sometime in June

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 4:19 PM

The last time large numbers of Brooklynites commuted by ferry.
  • The last time large numbers of Brooklynites commuted by ferry.

The new East River ferry service is just about ready, but not ready enough to commit to a date after outlets that reported a June 13 launch for the service were asked to correct that information and put forth "a vague start date" sometime in June. In any case, New York Waterway is most likely less than one month away from beginning its new commuter boat trips connecting Dumbo, North Brooklyn and Long Island City to Midtown and Downtown Manhattan.

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This New Weeknd Track Sounds Like Tracy Chapman, Is Pretty Fucking Good

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 3:31 PM

For having only been on the scene for a short amount of time, Torono production team The Weeknd have already produced an awful lot of music—the full-length House of Balloons mixtape, another six tracks that surfaced a few days ago, one of which was was demo for Drake, and now another brand new one, the uncharacteristically stark, acoustic guitar-based "Rolling Stone." It's an effective showcase for singer Abel Tesfaye's rich, powerful warble of a voice, which is only just now really reminding me of Tracy Chapman. Though if I recall correctly, Ms. Chapman never sang lines like, "With a handful of beans and a chest full of weed, got me singing 'bout a bitch while I'm blowing out with steam," or whatever it is he says there.

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L TV: Behind the Scenes with Jenny Slate at the Brooklyn Museum

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 2:43 PM

On a recent rainy Friday, The L's art, makeup, fashion, styling and television departments took Jenny Slate to the Brooklyn Museum. She looked at art, tried on some clothes, and did her best to stay on a surly security guard's good side—easy to do since she's frigging hilarious.

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Talking to Cinema Zinester Mike White About Impossibly Funky Film Criticism

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Back in the days before the Tomato Meter reduced movie reviews to mere percentages, Cashiers du Cinemart was giving new life to film criticism with its DIY spirit and edgy views. What began in 1994 as a cut-and-paste-andXerox zine is now assembled into a handsome anthology: Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection, edited by founder Mike White. Criss-crossing between cult, mainstream, indie, and arthouse cinemas, no movie was safe from CdC, no filmmaker too sacred to be spared from the critical scalpel or the sarcastic lip. The critics at had attitude, style, and incendiary opinions. They were as likely as to provoke fanboys as to gain loyal followers, evinced by White’s two video essays on Tarantino, "Who Do You Think You’re Fooling?" (1994) and "You’re Still Not Fooling Anybody" (1997), two prescient examples of the mixed-media critical form that has been gaining momentum in recent years. In short, CdC’s opinions were fun as hell to read and continue to shed light on under-recognized areas of film culture.

To further spread the Impossibly Funky gospel, Mike White is taking to the road this summer and bringing with him some of his favorite movies, beginning this Friday at 92YTribeca, where he’ll be screening George Armitage’s 1990 PI flick Miami Blues and Jim Sherman’s 1981 Rocky Horror sequel Shock Treatment. And next Wednesday, he’ll be invading the reRun with Greydon Clark’s 1976 cult classic Black Shampoo. For more information about the book tour, visit Impossibly Funky online. White spoke with us over email earlier this month.

Today, anyone and their cousin can go online and find any number of alternative film websites or even start their own—but back in 1994 you were forging new territory. Was there much of an indie film zine culture when CdC started? Any other mags that you could look to for inspiration?
When I started CdC, it felt like the heyday of film zines. There were some great ones out there: Mike Accomando’s Dreadful Pleasures, Mike Plante’s Cinemad… So why not join the other Mikes with my own brand of mayhem? I got my greatest jolts of inspiration from Colin Geddes’s Asian Eye, Rich Osmond’s Teenage Rampage, and Steve Puchalski’s Shock Cinema. Those were the zines to which I aspired.

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Mindy Kaling Continues Lifelong Project of Being Amazing

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 1:10 PM

  • new york magazine
Mindy Kaling is the best, the very best. Right? If you don’t know (why? what is wrong with you?) Mindy Kaling plays Kelly Kapoor on The Office. She was originally hired as a writer and then cast as an actress because she is so talented and rad. She’s written a bunch of the best episodes of the show, she does these funny Subtle Sexuality videos with Ellie Kemper, and she hosted a breakfast at Book Expo America yesterday, where she was her usual funny self. Sample quote, from Publisher’s Weekly’s twitter: “In TV I work in rooms full of white men. It’s interesting to see where all the women went.”

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City's Cyclists Preparing Class Action Lawsuit in Response to NYPD Bike Ticket Blitz

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Bike lawyers to the rescue!
  • Bike lawyers to the rescue!

While Slopers sue the city over the Prospect Park West bike lane, cyclists are preparing a suit of their own in response to the NYPD's new efforts to enforce traffic laws for bike-riders, and a bunch of made-up rules that aren't actual laws.

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Deitch Projects Successor The Hole Moving to Bowery

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 11:29 AM

(Photo by Bowery Boogie.)
  • (Photo by Bowery Boogie.)

After the departure of Jeffrey Deitch for Los Angeles and the MOCA directorship in 2009, two vets of his Soho gallery Deitch Projects—Kathy Grayson and Meghan Coleman—took it upon themselves to continue in that vein of large-scale, project-driven and aggressively hip gallery by starting The Hole. That gallery launched in Soho, and has been dormant for the better part of a year, but will reopen at 312 Bowery with an exhibition by FriendsWithYou on June 9.

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Lawsuit Fails, Domino Moves Forward

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 10:40 AM

A lawsuit aimed at stopping the Domino development was dismissed by a judge earlier this week, the Post reports. Filed by the Williamsburg Community Preservation Corporation, the suit alleged that a proper environmental review had not been performed before the city council unanimously approved the required zoning change last year. While WCPC considers an appeal, the Domino developers (CPC) get ready to break ground next year.

"This is great news for the community," Councilwoman Diana Reyna, whose district doesn't cover the Domino lot, said. I wouldn't go that far!

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Severe Budget Cuts Visit Prospect Park

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 9:49 AM

This wont happen again this year
  • This won't happen again this year
The majority of Prospect Park's educational programs will be slashed because of budget cuts, the Prospect Heights Patch reports. Over the coming school year, school programs at the Lefferts House and the Audubon Center will be suspended, and many educational and part-time staffers at those locations will be laid off. Adults wishing to visit the Lefferts House will now have to pay a "modest admission charge".

Children learn things in the park from things they can't experience anywhere else, the Windsor Terrace blog explains. "I’m guessing that all the local schools will all be affected by this," a local PTA president told Patch.

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Bees Briefly Seize Flatbush Avenue

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Those little specks are bees!!
  • Those little specks are bees!!
Yesterday, the corner of Flatbush and Fulton, down the block from Juniors, was taped off by police from 11 a.m. until mid-afternoon. The cause? A swarming hive of honeybees had been discovered in a large planter, the Times' The Local blog reports. No one was hurt, except possibly the bees; police at the scene didn't know what would happen to the buzzing stingers, though they did eventually disappear, mankind once again triumphing over an invading army of bumbles.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Marty Markowitz Approves of Bike Lanes on One Condition: They Must Be Elevated!

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 4:37 PM

bicycle in the sky for Marty Markowitz.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, an outspoken anti-bike lane activist, thinks all those annoying lanes partitioning off sections of streets from their rightful users (automobiles) should be torn up and suspended in the sky. Speaking about a set of recently unveiled designs by local colleges to make the stretch of highways and plazas between Borough Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge more pleasant, Markowitz was especially enamored with one that proposed raised bike lanes.

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Rickshaws Coming to Coney Island

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 3:50 PM

It might not be rational, but I don't feel comfortable riding through Midtown in a pedicab—like I'm some kind of sultan, or something? And so you probably won't find me riding in a rickshaw when the hand-pushed vehicles come to the Coney Island boardwalk this summer.

They're slightly different from your classic Chinese rickshaw: these are more like unmotorized golf carts, pushed from behind. Still popular in Atlantic City, the Post reports, these carts have a history in Coney Island, where they were used to shuffle tourists around from the 1920s through the 1960s.

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Tonight: David Bazan Performs Live on Your Computer, Answers All Your Questions

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 2:58 PM

In celebration of the new David Bazan album Strange Negotiations released today, Consequence of Sound is hosting a streaming party at 9 p.m. EST this evening. What sets this streaming event apart from the usual mp3 blog rat race is that David Bazan himself will be making a live online appearance, playing a couple of songs off the album, and answering questions. Hey blogosphere, that's pretty innovative!

What a great opportunity to ask the former Pedro the Lion lead singer about the difference between this album and his last—Bazan’s first solo full-length album, Curse Your Branches, was a direct address to God, in which Bazan argued with the idea until he left it, dead and bleeding on the ground. Strange Negotiations is, in some ways, a continuation on that theme, but Bazan’s not frustrated with God this time—he’s frustrated with people, specifically Americans, specifically tea-partiers, specifically reckless, feckless capitalism and whatever other evils he sees as plaguing our society.

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In Which Woody Allen Talks About His Zelda Fitzgerald Fixation

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Zelda and Scott in Woody Allens Midnight in Paris
  • Zelda and Scott in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris
Isn’t she smart—she has the hiccups. I hope it’s beautiful and a fool—a beautiful little fool.
-Zelda Fitzgerald at the birth of her daughter Scottie

And I hope she'll be a fool — that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.
-Daisy Buchanan at the birth of her daughter in The Great Gatsby

All describe Zelda Fitzgerald as beautiful and intelligent, while some describe her as a talented painter and a dazzling writer. Most often she’s described as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife and muse, and—most damningly by Ernest Hemingway—as her husband’s downfall. Woody Allen’s new film clearly takes the Hemingway macho take on this lady writer. “She’s just like you think she would be,” says Owen Wilson’s awestruck novelist character of her. “Brilliant. But all over the map!” She’s depicted as having both felicitous and suicidal streaks. “I hate my skin. I want to die,” she says in a scene that seems disjointed from the other scenes of literary life as endless bohemian bacchanalia. In this scene in which she attempts to jump into the Seine, she seems as if she could be played by Mia Farrow, by Farrow in any film of Allen’s anyway.

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Emblem of Bushwick Hipster Utopia Also a Haven for Thieves

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 1:11 PM

McKibbin loft theft

255 McKibbin Street, one of the two buildings collectively known as the McKibbin lofts (the one on the right above), has become a popular destination for armed thieves with three apartments robbed in the last week. The Brooklyn Paper reports that units were broken into on May 16, 17 and 19, and in two cases thieves threatened to kill occupants.

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Styrofoam Goats to Graze in Fort Greene Park

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Rendering of Ruth McKerrells sculptures on-site in Fort Greene Park.
  • Rendering of Ruth McKerrell's sculptures on-site in Fort Greene Park.

By this time next week, three goats will have been put out to pasture at the northeast corner of Fort Greene Park for a public art installation by Brooklyn-based sculptor Ruth McKerrell. The three sculptures, "Ancient," "Goatie Boy" and "Goat as Wolf" are all alluminum casts of carved Styrofoam, McKerrell's medium of choice.

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Photos from the New Whitney Museum Building's Groundbreaking Ceremony

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Turquoise shovels hanging from the ceiling, presumably to re-emphasize that after a decade (or decades, depending on who you ask) of planning, the new Whitney Museum project is finally shovel-ready.
  • Turquoise shovels hanging from the ceiling, presumably to re-emphasize that after a decade (or decades, depending on who you ask) of planning, the new Whitney Museum project is finally shovel-ready.

Yesterday morning staff, board members and friends of the Whitney Museum, along with a cross-section of the New York art world, gathered in a tent on a Gansevoort Street lot between Washington Street and the Hudson River where, in 2015, the uptown museum of American will open its new building.

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The Thermals Have Bad Taste in Records, Better Taste in Record Covers

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Baeblemusic, a local company that produces a whole lot of really enjoyable original music-related video content, has just published a piece on indie-rock mainstays The Thermals, where the band flips through records over at Sound Fix and shares some thoughts about music in general, many of which are totally stupid. "This is Lupe Fiasco, Lasers," says the drummer guy. "We've been listening to a lot of Top 40 radio these days. It's just the best stuff out there right now." Totally.

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Fort Greene Now a Lot Less Black

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Mad white people live in Fort Greene now
  • Mad white people live in Fort Greene now
Fort Greene and Clinton Hill's black population decreased by more than 30 percent in the last ten years, according to an analysis of census data performed by the Times blog The Local. The area reports 10,000 fewer black residents than it did in 2000; blacks now account for less than half of the neighborhood's population. In New York City as a whole, the black population declined just two percent; in Brooklyn, it was slightly higher at four.

While the black population fell in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, the white population doubled in the last 10 years to 36 percent, with increases in every census tract except the one that includes the Ingersoll Houses. More than 1,000 new Asian residents moved into the community, as well.

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Brooklyn's Miracle Goose Baby, Dead

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 8:59 AM

  • Dead.
Despite man's cruel attempts to stop goose eggs from hatching in Prospect Park, four goslings broke out of their shells more than two weeks ago, and have been park celebrities ever since. But one of these miracle babies has gone missing, reports the Park Slope Patch. The goslings are down to three.

The Brooklyn Paper lays blame on "heavy weekend rains, illness or a predator." "If they are injured or weak they sometimes get left behind; but they don’t last long in those cases,” a biologist told the paper. “It’s likely that a predator got it.” But the Patch blogger, wildlife rehabilitator Johanna Clearfield, points the finger at someone else: the Prospect Park Alliance.

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