2014 has been suuuuch a crazy year. the internet is a wasteland! cops are savages! white girls are rocking braids and baby hair!
…oh yeah, and new york city is disappearing.
i started the year essentially slitting my wrists at the announcement of 285 kent’s closure, member? then i contemplated leaving nyc all together when i noticed public assembly was no more. now as we bring this year to a close, we’re getting hit with a puffy 3-piece with 2 sides as “omg! ____ is closing” blog posts flood twitter essentially on a daily basis. allow me to shoutout some faves that have gone up yonder in 2014
death by audio
as a girl that couldn’t be bothered with the prep work of getting dressed for the cluhh (club), diy venues have been my safe space for the last few years here in nyc. even though i was more of a 285 kent kind of girl, death by audio has been a major force in the diy scene. it had it’s last night on november 22nd and brooklyn is still reeling. silent barn and shea stadium are still around, but for how long??
galapagos art space
when i was in high school, my life goal was to meet an artist affiliated with galopagos, fall in love, and run off into the sunset. when i said sunset, i meant bed-stuy. my life didn’t quite pan out that way, but it’s so sad to know that a new york institution is packing up and going to detroit. rising rental costs and the eroding population of artists in the city are to blame. the second i read the news, i thought back to david byrne’s guardian article discussing how gentrification is killing the creative class, which is honestly what makes new york…new york.
orchard street was the epicenter of all things epic in the lower east side for me. gallery bar was so important to my nightlife schedule in 2009-10. from trying to find an animal mask to get into mating season for free or dancing out of my clothes at ghe20 gothik, that basement saw me more than my own bed. gallery bar was the first time i’d ever heard dj fulltimefun and dances with white girls spin. it was also the first time i saw andre wagner’s full scale photography. i was almost arrested at gallery bar (paddywagons came and all) one night too! i have so many great times in that place and i can’t believe that i’ll never be able to make more. g-bar, you’ll be greatly missed!
ok…this one sent me deep into my feelings. with the closing of 285, it was pretty inevitable, but you can never be ready for these kind of things. 285 was where i partied and glasslands is where i caught more concerts than i can think of. i fell deeper in love with denetia + sene, jammed out to my girls theesatisfaction. and discovered creep there. glasslands gave up and coming artists an irl platform that would now only have that opportunity online. these artists don’t necessarily fit the rockwood music hall crowd (which are lowkey kinda blahh), but where to???
even if your location of choice is still up and running, you still are wrecked with anxiety about it’s future when a sister location closes. snack dragon has had les and the east village on lock for the better part of 10 years. the news of the east vill location closing (landlord is upping the rent to $3990) was such a bummer. where else can i go and have aloof teens make me tacos and blast french montana? let’s hope the les and williamsburg locations never leave!
park slope tea lounge
so there was this time in my life when i was gung-ho about speaking french fluently. i took 3 semesters at fluent brooklyn (sign up!) and joined a french meet-up group. the group has bi-weekly meetings (haven’t been since summer) at park slope tea lounge and i really loved hanging out there. i usually avoid park slope because children are demons and that’s 96% of the population there, but i did have a few haunts, including the tea house. the vibe was super laid back, no kids, and the tea options were bountiful. they close sunday, so i’m gonna hit it one more time before it’s lights out.
i don’t know about you, but i’ve totally depressed myself to the max. the only way to survive, my friends, is to frequent your fave spots as much as possible and remember to nevereverever hold them too close to you because our hearts are too fragile.
speaking of meeting our maker, remember this mega jam from mc hammer??