Rats, drug dealers, hookers, a gambling “casino’ in one of the apartments: 2320 Aqueduct Avenue in the Bronx sounds like a terrible building. It used to be bad when one of the Voice’s perennial “10 Worst Landlords” owned it. Then he sold out to fancy new owners — including a Tishman Speyer associate — and things… don’t seem to have gotten much better. Why not? Elizabeth Dwoskin pays a visit.
The Band Plays The Album It’s a thing. Now it’s the resurrected Pixies and Doolittle. That’s wonderful, says Rob Harvilla, but the bonus tracks make it special.
Up In The Air “is a movie that’s easy to like — and to dislike as well.” J. Hoberman explains.
Gawd why even go to Williamsburg anymore? Saltie, says Robert Sietsema. They make huge sandwiches on “bumpy and bouncy focaccia,” and are worth the hipster-dodging.
Three big musicals running now in New York: an Apollo remount of Dreamgirls, an Encores! reading of Girl Crazy, and the new Fela! They all have something, says Michael Feingold, if not all they could have.
Tom Robbins has been enjoying the Joe Bruno trial, which shows the former state senate majority leader to be “a man without any shame whatsoever who was himself actively engaged in massive fraud of taxpayers.”
Isabelle Huppert‘s doing Robert Wilson at BAM. Big cultural event. The first question of Michael Musto‘s interview: “Are you the Meryl Streep of France?” He also brings up Heaven’s Gate, bless him.