Monday, December 21, 2009

EV Grieve Etc.: Mourning Edition

10th Street and Fourth Avenue ready to fall? (Jeremiah's Vanishing NY)

The Scouting NY guide to the City (Scouting NY)

All Patti Smith, all the time. Which is good (The New York Times)

Bloody wheelchair battle at EV shelter (Gothamist)

Jude Law defends tossing his fruit at NYU students (New York Post)

Hanging out with Mickey Leigh and Legs McNeil (This Ain't the Summer of Love)

"Monpura," a successful Bangladeshi film, opens tonight at the Theatre 80 on St. Mark's Place.

More neighborhood snow shots at BoweryBoogie and Musings by Melanie and Blah Blog Blah. And some at Coney Island. (Lexiphane)

And at Maxwell's in Hoboken ... From the press release:

A selection of oil paintings by Jon Hammer exploring the charms of a vanishing natural resource. Bars, taverns, and tap rooms, whether they are of historic vintage or more simply valued as a neighborhood hangout, are constantly under threat of extinction. Cookie cutter Irish-pub-in-a-box and sports bars proliferate with the speed and tenacity of fungal spores. This group of paintings seeks a visual fungicide for that trend in some of the best old-fashioned watering holes. Some are New York City legends, others are humbler, and a few, sadly, are already gone. Each work attempts to preserve a bit of the quiet, dusty, organic clutter that brews over time in a good saloon. They function as a two dimensional attitude adjustment hour.


prodigal son said...

On the last comment, I think frankly New York has too many cookie cutter bars. A better drinking town would have fewer bars, but each with a distinct character and a distinct crowd.

I'm not sure if the cookie cutter bars are due to the city being filled with cookie cutter people, or the other way around.

Mo said...

I am very happy about the Patti Smith resurgence. Love her thinking about going to LA for her book signing.

EV Grieve said...

I agree with you Prodigal Son. Most of these bars could be in Any City USA. (Except for the prices.) There's nothing distinctively NYC about them, including some of the patrons.