LOWER EAST SIDE
On Thursday, April 26th at 7:00pm, check out Taste of the Lower East Side, an exciting night of unlimited food and drinks to benefit local families in need. Guests will enjoy endless food tastings from the neighborhood's hottest restaurants, including Beauty & Essex, barrio chino, Clinton St. Baking Co., CO-OP Food & Drink, Inoteca, The Meatball Shop, The Stanton Social, Think Coffee and many more. The event will also feature an open bar with creative cocktails, a lively silent auction, raffle prizes and a live DJ, the event is a must for foodies, proud locals and those who love partying for a good cause.
Amidst reports that he was booted from managing Ludlow Manor, Luc Carl claims he was "used" by the troubled club for free publicity. Ludlow Manor, which opened in November 2011 to mermaids and mullets, has struggled from day one. From opposition of local community board members, to getting its liquor license suspended by the State Liquor Authority just 2 months later, the multi-million dollar venture has been a bust.
The club, which is set to open back up tonight (sans liquor) according to The Lodown, has brought in New York Nightlife Association head, Paul Seres, in an attempt to salvage the tainted venue. And Luc Carl, better known as Lady Gaga's ex, is less than pleased about it. As reported by Steven Kurutz of the New York Times:
On Thursday, March 29th at 8:00pm, The Nature Conservancy will host "Cocktails Under the Canopy: A Benefit for LEAF" in support of Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future, an ambitious program to train the next generation of environmental leaders by targeting the largely underrepresented urban youth population. This exciting event includes an open bar, live music, a silent auction and sustainable food plates from renowned NYC chefs, including: Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto, Jimmy Bradley of The Red Cat and The Harrison, Johnny Campanaro of The Little Owl, and Jason Giagande, Director of Food Service Operations and Events for NBCUniversal.
Seems like the troubled new spot, Ludlow Manor, just can't catch a break. Last Wednesday, the owners faced a hearing before the State Liquor Authority following the Community Board 3 complaints of “multiple misrepresentations” by the owners, which include Georgie Seville and allegedly Lady Gaga's ex Luc Carl. According to Blackbook, a $10,000 fine was assessed.
Ludlow Manor was approved for a ground-floor liquor permit last fall. However, they did not receive a permit for the second or third floors (though rumors are they were serving liquor illegally on both floors, leading to complaints by CB3.) Another curveball was thrown in court when the club's attorney said Carl was not actually an owner, and anyone claiming such was “making an erroneous statement.”
EMM Group, consisting of nightlife "Kings" Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum (SL, Catch, Abe & Arthur's), have been given the green light for their proposed plans at 199 Bowery (formerly Crash Mansion) in the Lower East Side.
Despite worries from local residents that the venue would bring noise and crowds, the planned 18,000 square restaurant/nightclub spot was approved by the Community Board 3′s SLA committee and will make way for the duos first Lower East Side venture. The Asian/Fusion spot will feature a bakery that opens at 6am, headed by pastry chef Thiago Silva, with custom cakes and pastries to appeal to the morning crowd; further expanding on their previously night-time only clientele. Once the sun sets, the entrance leads to a larger restaurant featuring small, tapas-style plates, led by Top Chef winner Hung Huynh. Dine on the main floor or head downstairs for additional seating in a speakeasy-style atmosphere with live music.
On Friday night Ludlow Manor had its official opening party in New York's Lower East Side. The three story club is owned by Georgie Seville (The Delancey) and Luc Carl, a former bartender, also known as Lady Gaga's ex boyfriend. While the venue was plagued by some Community Board drama involving noise and crowd control, Carl and Seville prevailed and the new spot threw their rock 'n roll and mermaid-themed opening party.
The multi-plex is 12,000 square feet, with 20 foot ceilings, real palm trees, a retractable roof, revolving DJs, and has "one of the best rooftops downtown." The crowd "definitely had a rock 'n roll and hipster vibe." Well, duh.
If there is any recurring theme in New York's art world, it's that New York's art world is decidedly anti-theme. With galleries featuring eclectic mixes of art, artists, and media, this October has something for everyone. Join the Culture Club on its monthly art walk as Joonbug previews its top picks.
Sculpture: David Smith (The Whitney)
The Whitney will open its retrospective of American sculptor David Smith on Thursday. The work of Smith (1906-1965) is often described as “geometric,” and it’s easy to see why. But the artist’s work changed over time, ranging from early surreal sculptures to his large-scale pieces in the 1960’s that earned him a spot in the Smithsonian’s sculpture garden in Washington, D.C. The exhibit will cover it all, complete with sculptures, sketches, and photographs of Smith at work.
On Wednesday, Lower East Side galleries are trying something we haven't even seen from its older, gayer cousin known as Chelsea -- a "Grand Opening" featuring more than 70 galleries on the same night. Exhibit rooms, most of which have been closed throughout August, will open and host a new influx of artists, complete with schmoozing, smirking, and hopefully a free glass of wine or two.
The event only lasts from 6-8pm, and with so many artists and venues, planning ahead is essential. Check out Joonbug's interactive map of the event, complete with a 1-mile walk with 20 galleries, to decide your plan of attack. For listings of every Lower East Side gallery, go here.
A pornography convention wants to come to your city. It's a good opportunity to generate some much-needed revenue. Do you allow it to meet at your convention center?
A dolphin is trapped in one of your city's rivers. It'll cost one million dollars to fish it out and bring it to safety. Do you save the dolphin?
These are some of the questions you and other participants may have to answer when you play Urbanology, an interactive group game where players become city-builders, deciding by majority rule what categories of urban planning to prioritize. Located at the new BMW Guggenheim Lab pop-up on the Lower East Side, Urbanology consists of a chessboard-esque gameboard and five game pieces, each representing a different category of city-building such as sustainability, mobility, and affordability. Each game piece begins in the middle of the board. Players begin to answer questions and they either move forwards or backwards --a positive or negative space-- depending on what the players value for their city. At the end of the game, participants will be told which real city their mock city most resembles; for example, a city which values sustainability above all will likely be compared to Mumbai.