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A Long Island man has been arrested for gaining the trust of Brooklyn-based jazz great Cecil Taylor and stealing nearly $500,000 from the 85-year-old. According to records obtained by Gothamist, 54-year-old Noel Muir of Nassau County befriended the elderly Taylor while working as a contractor on a house next door to the performer's home in Fort Greene. Apparently, Muir became such good friends with Taylor that he was invited to accompany him to Kyoto, Japan where...
The food gods giveth and they taketh away: A few days after announcing that Brooklyn Flea's Washington D.C. market had gone on an indefinite hiatus, the food festival company has shared the news that they're launching a new project at Jones Beach: a quote-unquote SmorgasBar. According to an update from owner Eric Demby on the Brooklyn Flea website, the new project will operate inside a shipping container from the unofficial start of summer (i.e. Memorial...
"How is it possible to feel nostalgia for a world I never knew?" Che Guevara, or at least the Gael Garcia Bernal incarnation, wonders when he visits Machu Picchu in The Motorcycle Diaries. "How can a civilization that built this"—the camera shows the ruins of the great mountain city—"be destroyed to build this?"—and it cuts to the urban sprawl of Lima. I've shared his dismay, or at least something similar, as I've pored over...
The state's Department of Environmental Conservation's name smacked of sad irony when it announced its non-conservatory plan to kill New York's more than 2,000 mute swans by gassing them or shooting them. But now a State Assemblymember has pledged to "push the agency to make sure that 'any and all alternatives are thoroughly explored' before issuing its final verdict on the swans later this year," Brooklyn Daily reports. "'The state’s immediate reaction to a...

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