Filed under: Williamsburg
From Humboldt Street.
I am pleased to announce that the park slated to grace site has gotten a thorough revamping. Not only has the wall has been lowered, but there will be no concrete! In the next couple of weeks we can look forward to the Parks Department unveiling this new and improved design. Next month the “India Street Enders” will be having a meeting to discuss these plans and get the 411 from Stephanie Thayer of the Open Space Alliance. So mark your calendar!
India Street Enders Meeting
Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
7: 00 p.m.
Those of you who are concerned about the welfare of the feral cat colony will be pleased to know I will be helping to relocate them. Which reminds me: I need to contact Neighborhood Cats and sign up for one of their Trap-Neuter-Return workshops!
This weekend I discovered— much to my chagrin— that Greenpoint is holding its own regarding the phenomenon that Bed-Stuy Banana so aptly named “urban gravestones”. Here they are.
Frosty Freeze, R.I.P.
A tribute to “Revzi” can be found the corner of Java and West Street. Revzi was only seven when the film Donnie Brasco was released. I mention this because part of the previous movie (the infamous parking meter scene) was shot in front of this very building. In any case, he died at eighteen.
And lastly, this bouquet commemorates the senseless, sad death of Maria Piatkiewicz. She was hit by a van while crossing McGuinness Boulevard last month.
On Green Street it is number 11 by a nose!
Filed under: Area 51
As part of their series of films featuring one of my favorite actors, Elliot Gould, this month B.A.M. will be featuring a movie that has long been on my “to watch” list: Little Murders.
Why would this movie interest me, you ask? Well, I’ll let my colleague over at Self-Absorbed Boomer answer that question for me. He writes:
In Little Murders (1971), directed by Alan Arkin, with screenplay by Jules Feiffer, Elliott Gould… played Alfred Chamberlain, a successful but disillusioned commercial photographer who took to wandering the Upper West Side shooting photos of what, in those pre-pooper-scooper law days, could all too easily be found on the sidewalks. He explained this unusual avocation by saying that he’d received several awards for work he’d done–photographs of consumer products that were used in advertising–that he considered artistically without merit, and that this made him conclude that he might as well be taking pictures of shit. Eventually, he had mounted at a gallery a show of his excremental photos, and men in suits or sport jackets and women in cocktail dresses or pants suits were shown at the opening, sipping chardonnay and admiring his works. During the party, someone (as I recall, Alfred’s fiancee, Patsy) said she thought his photos were lovely, and added, “and they’re all …?” He nodded affirmatively.
Tickets for all three showing of this film can be had by clicking here or calling (718) 777- FILM (BAM’s theater id number is 545).Â General admission will set you back a modest $11.00. Tickets for seniors, students and children cost $7.50 (please see BAM’s web site for details).
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11237
NOTE: After the 6:30 p.m. viewing they will have a Q & A session with Mr. Gould himself!
Filed under: Williamsburg
From Bayard Street.
Last night I met a friend of mine at The Habitat. I was tired, but giddy. Giddy because I had been out of the apartment for the first time in two days. I tried to pay attention to what she was telling me. Really, I did. But their delicious rum punch and the following didn’t help matters.
988 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222
I can only hope their upcoming chicken wing eating contest is equally entertaining.
That is a very good question. Perhaps the following has something to do with it?
The very day the Public Safety Committee decided that Studio B did not merit a recommendation for a Cabaret license, the Department of Buildings disapproved their Place of Assembly application.
For both floors.
UPDATE: Citizen Skein (who was present at last week’s meeting) explains it all for us! (Check the comments). ALSO— here is my buddy Neighborhood Threat’s take on the whole brouhaha. Do give it a read.
*The difference is amazing. Ken the City Councilman berates safety violations but Ken the Lobbyist justifies them! No wonder Greenpoint is so fucked up. Thanks Mr. Fisher!
Ten bucks will not only buy you an evening’s entertainment at CoCo66, but the proceeds will go towards Barack Obama’s campaign for President!
Happy fundraising (mustaches optional)!
From McGuinness Boulevard.