Did we miss a law change or gutter punk call to arms that’s making squatting all the rage again? First came the Trade School’s “Squat the Condos” class aimed to inspire a new counter-culture movement, and now two more squatting seminars are planned in coming weeks” “The Once and Future Squatter,” at the always entertaining Pete’s Candy Store on Monday will discuss squatter’s efforts to create a research archive with evidence of the there’s-no-place-that-isn’t-home movement, plus a discussion of squatting as a global phenomenon; this Saturday at the Judson Memorial Church (in that other borough), pro squatters and scholars will host “Squats, Social Centers and Autonomous Spaces” to discuss the political aspect of what they call “organized trespass,” as part of the Anarchist Book Fair, obvs. Both events, naturally, are free. Is this the sign of a new kind of gentrification coming to the city? Hell, maybe Brooklyn’s landlords are worse than we thought.
Hot take: Halloween isn’t for everybody. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great holiday. It just favors creatives and DIY experts to a fault. Many people are Hallo-wise enough to start planning their costume for the following year on Nov. 1. — and if you’re one of those people, more power to you! — but that leaves the rest […]
Loitering has been a problem for coffee shop owners for so long that we’ve gone through several cycles of addressing it in New York City. First came limiting laptop hours and eliminating outlets, then things like timed wifi. Britcom hit Fleabag skewered the annoying laptop camper in its inaugural season this summer, which means it’s far from just an American […]
Jimmy McMillan has an enduring allure to him, especially at this moment in history, perhaps because he reminds us of a time when our, let’s say, more unorthodox candidates weren’t seen as a direct threat to democracy and everything we hold dear. Most people started seeing McMillan’s Chester A. Arthur mutton chops and pro wrestler swagger during his notable […]