Earlier this month, Yves Jadot, the man behind the Raines Law Room, Jones Wood Foundry, and Petite Abeille, among others, opened Dear Irving (55 Irving Place, no phone), a Gramercy cocktail bar that pulls together elements from his previous projects. Raines Law Room's Meaghan Dorman created the cock ... More >>
In ten years or so, the fragrant banks of the Gowanus Canal may smell less like supercharged sewage, while the waters might lose their pus-addled-Ninja-Turtle hue. The Environmental Protection Agency announced their final plans yesterday to clean up the canal, a process that's expected to take aroun ... More >>
Shakespeare gets a hip-hop twist
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. 100 Things a Teen Age Girl Wants to Know Author: W. V. Grant, Sr. Date: Early 1960s Publisher: W.V. Grant Discovered at: Gardner's Used Books, Tulsa, OK The Cov ... More >>
A cool frothy glass of Sheiss Weiss Dunkel Brooklyn breweries pumping out craft beers are now common enough, so it takes a new approach to cause a splash, and that is just what Sanford O'Sheiss, founder of fledgling Olde Gowanus Brewery, has done. This Stevens Institute graduate began his project ... More >>
Greatness emerges at the year's first major film festival
A few months back, Runnin' Scared covered what seems to be the biggest conundrum of the Big Apple: the fact that rents are higher than ever (averaging a solid $3,418 a month) yet no one is leaving the island. Actually, recent years have shown a huge increase in Manhattan newcomers, raising the ... More >>
Mixing origami and impersonation in inspiring ways, Venice-born Ennio Marchetto just brought his show Ennio: The Living Paper Cartoon to the New York Musical Theatre Festival. (I saw the final show of his run last night, but I hear he'll be back like a human parcel.) Ennio serves up a dizzying seri ... More >>
First she got that loathsome batch of hydrangeas and now comes Boston Herald critic Stephen Schaefer's pan of the Madonna-directed W.E., which he saw at the Venice Film Festival. Says Schaefer: The film is "beautifully bland and boring, not to say inane.
Cole Schaffer (left) and Ari SternAbout a year ago, two guys opened a bar on the Lower East Side. Sound like a familiar story? What makes this one a little different is that the bar is also an art gallery. And, despite having no kitchen to speak of, it also offers pretty great food at awesome ... More >>
pbase.comAt one time, Lundy's was the world's largest restaurant, seating 2,800 hungry souls. Shed a tear for Brooklyn's great restaurants of the past. They once defined life in the borough, making it unnecessary to toddle to Manhattan for a lively and memorable night out, and they died as t ... More >>
Timmy Caldwell/FlickrA couple weeks after it began exhibiting new signs of life, it looks like Monte's Venetian Room, the Carroll Street Italian restaurant that closed in 2008 after 102 years of service, will be resurrected as itself, sort of.
This year's NYFF manages both. Plus: Our best of the fest
From Meek's CutoffMidway through the Venice film festival, the competition is notable for a pair of features by American women: Sofia Coppola's Somewhere and Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff -- both minimalist, open-ended exercises in myths debunked and protagonists lost. Evidently inspired ... More >>
A new book finds a curious way to look at the past and present of U.S. food
New Lips, old musicals, other stuff and Nunsense
In the past five years, YouTube has facilitated your avoidance behavior with numerous cultural phenomenons such as impersonations and making fun of people. Now the Guggenheim is cashing in on the Internet's split-second-of-fame dumping grounds for their upcoming art exhibition, YouTube Play: ... More >>
Easy, rider: Dennis Hopper -- the prolific, iconic American actor whose work in front of and behind cameras around the world broke new boundaries and set new standards for art -- died today at his home in Venice from complications related to prostate cancer.
Señor Skymiles gets a big retrospective
Where old masters, drunk teenagers, and Asia Argento make the fest's first week a blast
More Toronto highlights, from Nazis to anarchists
An Albanian video artist works between sound and image
The Bard goes techno, and Aquila's audience trots along
The Maddest Interview in the World
Are Grousers and Gasbags the First to Signal Real Change?
Let's Put On an Avant-Garde Show!
Toronto a Year Later
A New Exhibit at the Jewish Museum Produces an Uproar
A Showstopping Carnival of Art Heats Up the City
Peter Mullans Debut: An Orphan No More
Creating a Space for Net Art
Indie Production, Gallic Style