Between May 1 and May 5th 2013, 15 leading galleries from around America and abroad premiered their work at the NYC Spring Show’s third edition. Some of the exciting participants present were: Phoenix Ancient Art (6th century BC to 14th century AD antiquities); Alexander Gallery (US and European paintings from the 18th to 20th century as well as Asian art, works on paper and antiquities); Gemini Antiques Ltd (Folk Art and Early American toys) and Lillian Nassau (Tiffany Studios lamps and glass; US sculpture and 20th Century design). The five day arts fair, sponsored by 1stdibts and the Manhattan Art and Antiques Center, took place at the historic Park Avenue Armory.
The show opened with a benefit preview party for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), which was by invitation only. At that show, a variety of decorative objects and works of art depicting animal-motifs were gathered by Brett Beldock. A $25 was made to the ASPCA for any item purchased from her works.
The two concerns have been selling their wares at a wide collection of marketplaces, including the Hester Street Fair and at an outdoor table in Union Square, but decided it was time to settle down to a regular store.
Audrey Nasar and Gloria Erani of Urban Cricket, and Ms. Barsky had decided they did not want to be in Brooklyn and were happy to find a storefront in the Village which was not only well-located, but affordable.
There is no signage yet up on their shop, but they say they are going to use the name “29 Essex” and then “Home of Urban Cricket and Pamela Barsky. So far they are saying they are thrilled to be in a location south of Delancy.
The Greenwich Project, the third in a series of “projects” by the same group that brought the Mulberry Project to Little Italy and the Vinatta Project to the Meatpacking District is sure to please.
Opening the first week in April, the Greenwich Project will be housed in a two-story townhouse at 47 West 8th Street.
The lower level will have a lounge where cocktails of the custom and standard varieties will be served to patrons. Upstairs diners will be plied with yummy delectable from an American-style menu created by . One enticing treat customers can expect to see here is 35-day dry-aged lamb loin with curry goat cheese yogurt and diver scallops with salsify, morels and foie gras.
In keeping with the tradition set by the first two ‘project’ restaurants, a rotating gallery of artworks will be displayed on the walls.
A classic of Yiddish Theater is coming back to “haunt” us. Peretz Hirschbein’s classic tale, “The (*) Inn” is being re-staged by the Target Margin Theater of New York’s Lower East Side. First performed in Vilna in 1912, it was an immediate hit, and the show traveled on to London, and opened in New York in 1917.
The (*) is hard to translate; although it is most often rendered as “haunted” the Inn could just as easily mean empty, vacant, or abandoned. Whichever way the Yiddish is explained, the story is a symbolic tale of the lives and loves of country Jews, full of lust and angst. The subject was a favorite of Yiddish playwright, novelist, journalist, travel writer and theater director Hirschbien, who wrote about a dozen tales on the theme of rural Jews. A spokesman for Target Margin Theater describes the play as “Tevya on Drugs.”
The revival of The (*) Inn will be performed at the Abrons Art Center. Performances will run as follows:
March 7-30, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm, with an additional performance on Monday, March 11 at 7pm. On Thursday, March 14 there will be a special benefit performance at 7pm.
Tickets are $20 until March 11, and $25 after that date.
Looking for something to do that is quintessentially ‘Village’? Then you must check out “CBGB.” Located at 315 Bowery at Bleeker Street, it is where you end up after taking a scenic walk down the historic Bleeker Street.
Mostly a bar, back in the day CBGB made a low risk bet when it gave a venue to the ‘not-too-good’ punk-rock band, the Ramones, and therefore launched a revolution in music. Some say that CBGB is the birthplace of the “modern hipster,” and who knows? Maybe they’re right.
So if you have a hankering for being smushed together in a less than comfortable space; perhaps having a beer or two spilled on your clothing; or feel a deep-seated need to visit one of the most horrific restrooms in town, then don’t hesitate to make a visit. Not up for such and adventure? Try the downstairs space which affords its patrons a less ‘avant-garde’ experience.
Anyone who has visited Zarsha Leo knows that a night out with friends can be a really fun experience. Between the amazing food served hot fresh and spicy, to the large beer and wine list, cocktails and other elegant beverages, and the sports events broadcast from all over the world on the gigantenourmous plasma screen TVs, there is just about nowhere else like Zarsha Leo.
“I started out wanting to give my friends in New York something special to do in the evenings- somewhere special to go, you know?” commented Evan Burschkopf, CEO and founder of the bar/restaurant franchise.
“Staying out with friends, having a few drinks, and watching the game together, is my idea of a good time, so I figured other people would like it, too.”
Evan thought right, and now his successful, trend-setting establishment is expanding to points all across the globe.
Richard Mishaan’s home furnishings shop which previously graced commercial space on Madison Avenue from 1997 until 2008 is back, now in the Village. Until the Whitney Museum reclaimed its space back in 2008, Mishaan was selling stylish furnishings, including contemporary, vintage and his own more moderately priced designs.
Homer, as the store is called, will be organized according to “vignettes” to give decorators ideas to work with on their own.
“I want to give people design ideas and start a dialogue,” he said.
Mishaan says he will change around the store four times year, according to the seasons.
“We’ll lighten things up for summer,” he said, “and have more-substantial pieces for the holidays.”
Mishaan designs home décor for Bolier and lighting for Urban Electric. The new Homer can be found at 56 University Place at East 10th Street. Call for more information: (212) 744-7705.