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Those Louche, Lean and Lame Kids Sure Play A Mean Kickball

Written by Matt Harvey on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

How does one set his irony meter for a hipster prom? Especially one celebrating the Williamsburg hipster kickball league. What the 20-somethings spiffed up in tutus and second-hand plaid suits—all the while slobbering drunken kisses on each other—who descended on the Warsaw last Friday night signified will be argued over in semiotics class, I can [&hellip
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Bash Compactor: Fame, fame, fatal microfame

Written by Matt Harvey on . Posted in Bash Compactor, Posts

“Let’s walk and talk,” said Misha Calvert, the driving force behind last week’s “Mr. and Miss Williamsburg” pageant, a project she took on as part of her community service for lifting beer from a deli. I was trying to pay attention to her assurances that the pageant wasn’t a rigged advertising gimmick, but what was [&hellip
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Where There’s a Will…

Written by Matt Harvey on . Posted in Eat & Drink, Posts

“Look at me, man, I’m trying to close a bar.”

Jud Mongel was holding a broom in one hand and a dustpan in the other. He had more important things to do than talk about his new, hipper-than-thou Greenpoint bar, Five Leaves, and I’d started to catch some nasty stares from the “friends and family” that made up the opening night’s crowd. A waitress came over and took half my beer away. “Look, I’m sorry, Jud said I can’t talk to you,” a redheaded woman with glasses—who minutes before was chatting with me happily about the place—said.

Five Leaves opened last Friday, but has been in the press for months thanks to the marquee name of one of its original investors, Heath Ledger. After the movie idol’s untimely passing, his father reportedly ponied up the cash Ledger had pledged to open the Bedford Avenue space...

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Bash Compactor: No New York…Just Queens

Written by Matt Harvey on . Posted in Bash Compactor, Posts

“That one was called ‘Hell on Earth,’ which is a perfect description of what it’s like to be up here,” punk icon James Chance announced to an impressive-sized audience at P.S. 1 in Long Island City, sweat pouring through his bright yellow jacket. The majority of the crowd at last Saturday’s gig—the first by the [&hellip
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Hipsters to Real World Cast: Drop Dead!

Written by Matt Harvey on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

I was trying to find out from a very harried looking cameraman why a full film crew was following around the worst dressed group of young people at last night’s packed Semi Precious Weapons show at Rebel. “They’re nobodies,” said the cameraman trailing them around the club. A friend whispered to me that they weren’t [&hellip
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Bash Compactor: Sour Cherries

Written by Matt Harvey on . Posted in Bash Compactor, Posts

Sour Cherries No big names bothered to attend Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna’s rock-and-roll-cliché-laden bash for Cherry Bomb last Tuesday night, despite attracting fearsome foxes like Joan Jett to the book’s Los Angeles soiree. The new self-help book turns women hot through the transformative power of rock, Carrie told me, as she sucked on a long piece of [&hellip
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