Exit Room is a unique gallery and cultural space in Bushwick, Brooklyn that showcases visual art, film productions, poetry and musical performances. Located at 270 Meserole Street, (two blocks from the L train’s Montrose Ave. stop), Exit Room occupies a portion of a former brewery which was built in 1856. It sits adjacent to The Well, a 16,000 square foot beer hall and garden. There is also a large outdoor area in the back. We spotted some great original architectural details on our stroll around the block. We also had a chance to chat with the Exit Room NY founders Dariel Mtz and Daniela Zoe about the gallery and the Exodus exhibition.
We recently brought you a list of 5 record stores in NYC where you can still get vinyl. Though these businesses are alive and flourishing, many other record stores have met a different fate. Vinyl vendors of all sizes struggle to survive; even Virgin Records, the Megastore backed by Sir Richard Branson’s massive business conglomerate, could not hold out in Times Square. Here are five of those lost records stores that will be sorely missed.
1. Bleecker Bob’s
This iconic record store appeared in an episode of Seinfeld. Image source: Spin.
Bleeker Bob’s Golden Oldies, open in 1968 as Village Oldies Records, closed in April of 2013 and was replaced by a frozen yogurt shop. The landlord was reportedly asking for profits of $15,000 a month, which the store could not swing. In its heyday, the store had a great selection of punk records and merchandise that attracted customers like Robert Plant and David Bowie. Another draw for vinyl lovers was Bleecker Bob (also known as Robert Plotnik), who suffered a brain aneurysm in 2001 that left him paralyzed. His friends and loved ones were left in charge of of the record store up until its closing last year. (more…)
New York, we caught a break. Winter Storm Rex, originally slated to dose us with yet more snow, has passed to the north (sorry, Boston!) and temperatures are expected to climb to a paradisiacal 50 degrees by Friday. But don’t pack in your winter clothes: the thermometer’s headed back south again next week. And for those of you kittens careless enough to have lost your finger warmers? Never fear, there’s an app for that, or rather a website. Cold hands, meet ifoundyourmitten.com. (more…)
David O. Russell’s crime comedy-drama American Hustle is loosely based on the Abscam Scandal, but serves more as an excuse to explore an eccentric ensemble of characters. Set in the New York/New Jersey area during the 1970s, the film has already picked up three Golden Globes, as well as ten Oscar nominations.
Apart from some scene-setting, the majority of the film was shot with Massachusetts standing in for the greater New York City area. Here are nine of the locations from both states you’ll recognize from memorable moments in the film. (more…)
This cafe is one of our latest favorites, featured in our recent article on quirky combination coffee shops in NYC. The Brooklyn Strategist in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn runs after school programs for kids by day and becomes a BYOB game center for adults by night. They also serve French press coffee, teas, old fashioned sodas and snacks at the cafe.
I am a Film Studies student at Brooklyn College in Flatbush.
What’s your favorite Untapped spot in your city?
My favorite spot in the city, that is difficult, because there are just so many, I have to start with Pugsleys Pizza in The Bronx. I cannot tell you how many girls I have tried to impress by taking them there. There is also Nimba, a small independent coffee shop in Crown Heights that I am in every Monday night waiting for my girlfriend to get back home from the gym. They get donuts from Dough and the people who run the shop are extremely friendly. (more…)