Culturefix on Clinton Street is Closing After Tonight

LES Bites: Brooklyn Taco, CULTUREfix, New Eats on the Bowery

Gothamist says Brooklyn Taco's tacos are better than California's. Photo by Cynthia Lamb.

There’s lots of restaurant news this week:

  • Brooklyn Taco in the Essex Street Market rates as “amazing” in a rave review. (Gothamist)
  • Chef Damon Cohen of wd~50 cooks at CULTUREfix on Jan. 10. (GrubStreet)
  • A preview of EMM Group’s plans for a Latin/Asian restaurant at 199 Bowery, up for discussion at Monday night’s CB3 SLA Committee. (Eater)
  • The “hotly anticipated” Bowery Diner is rumored to be opening Jan. 15. (Eater)

“Recession Art” to Program Culturefix Performance Space, Gallery

Photo via Culturefix's Facebook page.

Some changes are coming to Culturefix, the performance space/gallery/bar at 9 Clinton Street in 2012.  Co-owners Cole Schaeffer and Ari Stern are partnering with Brooklyn-based “Recession Art” to program their cultural events and to run the retail space that has until now been a “pop-up” store (first for Perfect Picnic, then for Ernest Alexander).

On its web site, Recession Art explains:

“We are thrilled to announce that in 2012, Recession Art will expand into an additional permanent space  Recession Art and CULTUREfix have partnered to create an art space for emerging artists and aspiring collectors. Recession Art will curate the CULTUREfix gallery with solo shows by Featured Artists and group shows by alumni and other emerging artists. Affordable artwork, prints, and books by these artists and more will be available at Recession Art’s storefront… Curator Risa Shoup will act as RAC’s Programming Director, scheduling weekly events including readings, performances, discussions, and dinners to complement the exhibitions and storefront offerings.

The first show opens January 21st, featuring the work of New York artist Megan Berk.  Details can be found on Recession Art’s web site.


“Tricked: An Exhibition of Special Effects” Opens at Culturefix

Joe McKay, UFO #7, digital c-print mounted on aluminum - featured in “Tricked: An Exhibition of Special Effects” at culturefix

Our friends at culturefix are hosting a special gallery opening reception tonight for their show, “Tricked: An Exhibition of Special Effects.” It’s the last show that will be produced by their gallery director, Lia Woertendyke. They write: “Lia has curated the majority of our past shows and has helped produce nearly all of them.  In addition, she has helped build our business from the ground up.  Culturefix invites you to celebrate Lia’s last exhibition here and encourages you to show your support for a person who has played an integral roll in developing culturefix’s gallery.”

“Tree Story” Opens on the Lower East Side Tomorrow Night

If trees could talk, what would they say? An exhibition opening tomorrow night on the Lower East Side explores this idea. Specifically, artist Leila El-Kayem’s Tree Story “uses the art of storytelling and drawing to re-connect urbanites with the trees that surround them.” 

Culturefix in the Crosshairs

Phone camera photo from Culturefix customer.

You’re looking at a grainy cell phone photo taken inside Clinton Street bar/performance space Culturefix this past weekend. As Grub Street and the Village Voice reported earlier in the week, the NYPD and several other city/state agencies paid the nightlife establishment a visit Saturday night. Culturefix co-owner Cole Schaeffer, who has been tangling with the 7th Precinct for several months now,  made a round of calls to several media organizations to detail what he called a “raid” on his business.  In the past few days, we’ve been looking into what happened Saturday.  Here’s what we found.

CultureFix, Lina Frey, Souvlaki GR, E. Village Sushi Trouble

Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop on Rivington Street just reopened after a renovation.

A midweek roundup of local restaurant and bar happenings:

  • Fork in the Road talks to CultureFix proprietor Ari Stern about art and drinking, and says the NYPD is still harassing them.
  • Serious Eats visits Lina Frey on Houston and concludes: Though “the plates never quite taste as good as the place looks, gentle prices make it worth a visit.”
  • Eater sums up the story of the East Village sushi bar that defied a health department closure and continued serving through the holiday weekend, and then ran a Post photographer off.
  • The Wall Street Journal likes Souvlaki GR.
  • EV Grieve has photos of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” staging a scene at John’s of 12th Street today. (Shooting is scheduled for eastern Grand Street tomorrow.)

Culturefix Lawyer: Something Stinks on the LES

Photo via Culturefix's Facebook page.

On Friday afternoon, defense attorney Kevin O’Donoghue rose to his feet in closing arguments, telling a state Supreme Court judge, “something stinks on the Lower East Side and (referencing a recent New York Magazine story on the city’s smelliest block) it’s not just Allen Street.” The judge, Martin Schoenfeld (who happens to be a LES resident), corrected him, explaining that Broome Street, west of Allen, was actually the focus of the magazine expose.  But the judge did offer O’Donoghue’s client, Clinton Street nightlife establishment Culturefix, something else — a glimmer of hope in future battles with the NYPD and Community Board 3.

Gaia Cafe, Liquor Permits News, APL Reviews

The housemade brioche with Nutella is just one of many reasons to wander into Gaia Italian Cafe.

A roundup of restaurant and nightlife news around the neighborhood today.

  • East Houston Street newcomer Gaia Italian Cafe gets some love for its vegetarian options, and this exclamatory remark: “This is Italian Italian food.”
  • This week’s Community Board 3 SLA committee meeting covered a lot of ground: bad news for the bar formerly known as Aces and Eights (formerly known as Mo’ Pitkin’s) and Clinton Street’s CultureFix, but good news for newcomers Masala Wala and Zoe.
  • Early reviews of Orchard Street’s APL are in, and they’re pretty good all around.
  • Something’s going on with the produce market under the Manhattan Bridge.

Culture Fix

The new bar, gallery and event space serves a light menu, including salads, cheeses and Spanish tapas.

9 Clinton, near Houston


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