10 Feb

Black Like Basquiat: Jean-Michel & the Black Kids Downtown

(This is an intimate piece written by one of my many prolific and famously unknown friends, Jennifer Jazz, about some of our soon-to-be-very-famous friends. She really captures the spirit of that magic time.) by Jennifer Jazz | AFROPUNK People are always coming and going to Felice’s. There are writers Luc Sante and Darryl Pinckney and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. Felice Rosser is the Woman-in-the-scarf in Jim’s short film Permanent Vacation and obviously the inspiration behind the character Bargatta in Darryl Pinckney’s novel High Cotton. There’s...
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21 Jan

The East Village in the 1980s: Then & Then

"Eighth Street Between Avenues B and C" 1983 | Ken Schles   I started hanging out in the East Village in my senior year at the HS of Art & Design; of course  young creatives flocked there (and not-so-young). We were advised do not go east of 1st Ave unless you were copping or selling. But many of my close friends lived right on the border (Felice, Halina, Shari, Jean-Ulrick ), and I also had friends who lived in deep in Losaida. Many a...
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