10/17/14 11:12am


A new Barcade, the fifth, recently opened on St. Marks Place in the East Village. When I meet here with Paul Kermizian, one of four owners of the aptly named quintet of (Bar + Arcade)s, though, my questions mostly pertain to their original location in Williamsburg.

Opened in 2004, Brooklyn’s is still my favorite of the five Barcades, where my love for Tapper began, and where I finally stopped attempting to play Paperboy, because I suck at Paperboy. It’s also still, despite increased competition, one of the borough’s beer powerhouses.

I chatted with Kermizian about Barcade’s decade-long existence and success, and its upcoming anniversary event on October 23. The menu is can’t-miss, an outstanding mix of vintages (including a keg of North Coast’s Old Rasputin aged since 2004) and exclusives (Climax Brewing made a Belgian-style dubbel specifically for the birf). This was our conversation.


10/17/14 11:00am


Hot on the heels of the New York State Attorney General’s report on the illegal nature of most AirBnB short term rentals (and the landlords that are opting to operate their buildings as short-term apartment rentals rather than leasing places to, oh, New Yorkers who actually live here) the de Blasio administration has issued its first shot in what may become a long legal battle between the city and AirBnB.


10/17/14 10:30am
Image via Gabriella Bass/The New York Post

Image via Gabriella Bass/The New York Post

Every so often, the heavens open and a perfectly ridiculous tabloid story about the ever-evolving social dynamics of New York City neighborhoods appears, as if the good Saint Jerry Seinfeld had wished it so. Case in point: A conflict in Park Slope between local residents and some guy who is really, really into protecting his hot orange Dodge Challenger.


10/17/14 10:05am

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The opening shots of Fury, with a horse trotting through charred landscape and meeting up with Brad Pitt, bring to mind two distinctive and incompatible-seeming war movies of recent vintage: Spielberg’s War Horse and Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Unlikely influences, but good company; when I heard that David Ayer, committed chronicler of sweaty cops (including his work as the writer of Training Day, noted in at least two trailers per year) was mounting a WWII tank movie, I figured it would, at very least, be a clear auteurist undertaking, even if it was unlikely to actually somehow star Los Angeles cops—and equally unlikely to match the technical bravado of either Spielberg or Tarantino (especially the latter, whose Basterds is arguably his best film, or close to it). And there are certainly Ayer-tastic touches in Fury: the tense, forced, close-quarters male bonding that goes on in his five-man tank crew is a darker cousin to the camaraderie in End of Watch, his best film so far—and he’s never shied away from moral ambiguities in the shadow of violence. (more…)

10/17/14 8:59am

Stations of the Elevated Manfred Kirchheimer BAM

One of the earliest works of non-graffiti to consider graffiti as an art form is Manfred Kirchheimer’s 1981 film Stations of the Elevated, which opens today at BAM and will run through October 23. Filmed in the late 1970s on 16mm color reversal film, its 45 minutes are a gentle, lyrical meditation on the way the city used to look and feel, with brightly painted train cars rolling back and forth across the screen to the music of Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin. The film plays with another Kirchheimer work, Claw: A Fable, a 1968 short film that is a powerfully creepy parable of nature, prosperity, and ruin. (more…)

10/16/14 2:25pm

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The New York State Attorney General’s Office released a long-awaited report today on the (il)legal status of Airbnb, the short-term apartment rental site that has come under scrutiny in recent months, and not only for its logo. The report found, among other things, that in 2013 more than 4,000 apartments in the city were hosting short-term Airbnb rentals for more than three months out of the year. Nearly 2,000 of those were rented for more than half the year. (more…)

10/16/14 2:02pm
Gordon Hall, "Read me that part a-gain, where I disin-herit everybody." (2014)

Gordon Hall, “Read me that part a-gain, where I disin-herit everybody.” (2014)

Through January 4, the Brooklyn Museum will present a major survey of contemporary Brooklyn art, featuring more than one hundred works from 35 artists. Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond includes work in virtually every medium, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and performance, linked only by place and by an engagement with the modern world. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be rolling out profiles of artists who appear in the exhibit. You can read the rest here.

We’re living in an age of public talks, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a lecture series more out-there than The Center for Experimental Lectures. Want a Power Point that “connects Russian painting and Tex-Mex cocktail culture”? (The correct answer is yes.) Or a presentation entitled ”I want to be inside you Part II” that purports to “investigate masks, breath, organs, terrorism, balancing, urns, graves, dominance and love”? (Also yes.)

It’s inaccurate to call these simply “lectures.” The Center for Experimental Lectures dares to reconsider the public talk as a medium baggy enough to incorporate dance, video, sound, performance, and audience interaction. “I would love it if everybody thought about the format as seriously as they think about the content,” CEL founder Gordon Hall said, in a recent interview with the curator Orlando Tirado [PDF here].


10/16/14 1:28pm


Abe Beame continues his streak as least popular mayor, marked forever in popular culture as “the dude who presided over New York City when it teetered on the brink of bankruptcy and became a sci-fi futurist hellscape.” How bad is Abe Beame’s legacy? No one will even buy his key to the city. The key to the city, people! Imagine what Bart Simpson-like antics you could get up to with that sucker.