Meatpacking District Open Market - BreakThruTV [ep50]
On Monday, March 18, the Meatpacking District Improvement Association (MPIA) held their first annual OPEN MARKET fundraiser, hosted by famed designer Diane von Furstenberg and Andrew Rosen, founder of fashion label Theory . The stylish crowd tasted offerings from 16 neighborhood restaurants, while sample sales from nearby shops such as Rag and Bone, Theory and Tory Burch attracted shoppers. BreakThruTV spoke with organizers.
On February 2nd, Grand Central Terminal celebrates the centennial anniversary of its opening. To mark the occasion, New York Times Urban Affairs correspondent Sam Roberts spoke with BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker about his new book, Grand Central: How A Train Station Transformed America.
Launched in 1975 and spanning 15 issues through 1979, Punk Magazine was an integral part of the music and art scene of the mid-to-late Seventies. Co-founded by cartoonist and editor John Holmstrom, publisher Ged Dunn, and Legs McNeil, the publication is often credited with popularizing the term “punk,” along with the scene then developing at famed NYC venue, CBGB. On Friday, January 11th, Holmstrom celebrated the release of The Best Of Punk Magazine, a collection of work from the magazine. On hand for the energetic occasion at Powerhouse Books in Dumbo, Brooklyn, were a cast of punk rock regulars, some of whom we spoke with, including legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen; co-founder of the Dictators, Andy Shernoff; and Gary Storm, former DJ at WBFO in Buffalo.
Featured song: “I Was Denied” by Thee Oh Sees
The Best Of Punk Magazine is available now in stores and online.
The Year Has Ended!!! Chaz Mannenheim, exhausted from the ever-continuing job of #1 newsman, must put together a stunning ‘Year In Review.’ Buckling under the pressure, Chaz begrudgingly enlists his ex-wife, Vera, to help him talk to the people and go over all of the Top Stories from Politics to Pop Culture in 2012. See them Laugh! See them Fight! See them review the year on YEAR IN REVIEW!!!!!
Photo Credits: DonkeyHotey, Jason Paris, Bohemianism
Blending sparse acoustics and glistening synth, Brooklyn’s Snowmine make indie-rock music that evokes both the aching sentimentality and darling harmonies of Fleet Foxes, and the body moving tribal beats and electronics of Yeasayer. The five-piece — led by new-classical composer Grayson Sanders — knows how to assemble songs that are well-textured and emotional, but it’s their real knack for building upon strong pop melodies that makes their work so appealing. Featured song: “Let Me In”
Laminate Pet Animal is the debut album by Snowmine.
On October 25th, Force Meme Productions hosted the Fourth Annual HallowMEME Costume Party at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Celebrating online culture, the event features partygoers dressed IRL as their favorite internet memes and personalities. BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker spoke with Forced Meme’s Andrea Rosen and other partygoers, including the winner of the evening’s costume contest.
Featured song: “Insides” by The Soft Moon
Select featured memes, etc: Texts From Hillary; Are You Mom Enough? (Time Magazine Cover); Ermahgerd Girl; Honey Boo Boo; Go Home, You Are Drunk; Elmo; Business Cat; This Is A Costume, Not A Culture; Binders Full Of Women; Pinterest; Chatroulette; Call Me, Maybe; Gangnam Style; Mikayla Is Not Impressed
Spit Take Comedy: Reid Faylor - BreakThruTV [ep39]
Today’s episode of Spit Take Comedy on BreakThruTV features Reid Faylor, a stand-up comedian with the enthusiasm of an excited - albeit unstable - preschool teacher. In this episode, he touches on the sensitive subjects of dramatic pauses, love, and war.
Spit Take Comedy: Narinder Singh - BreakThruTV [ep37]
Today’s episode of Spit Take Comedy on BreakThruTV features Narinder Singh, a New York-based comedian known for taking a refreshingly honest and hilarious look at the experience of being different and marginalized. Here he addresses the problems of having sexy lips, shopping with mom, and trying to get a chicken to hug.
Gary Vider is a New York City-based comedian whose deadpan, relatable humor has frequently made him a comedy festival finalist and seen print in the NY Times and Time Out NY. In this set, he takes on the tough issues of facing the girl version of himself, the real reason why New York is the city that never sleeps, and the secret to getting a free trip to Israel.
Each year, the FDNY releases a calendar featuring some of the city’s sexiest firefighters. Proceeds from this “Calendar of Heroes” go to the FDNY Foundation, a non-profit organization working to promote fire safety education and training for firefighters. BreakThruTV correspondent Lauren Hawker caught up with some of the public servants-turned-models and their adoring fans and significant others at a signing event in Times Square.
Featured song: “Jamaica (Gigamesh Remix)” by Theme Park
Photo credit: FDNY Calendar photos by Patrick McMullan
Trojan Pleasure Carts Hit NYC - BreakThruTV [ep31]
Condom makers Trojan handed out 10,000 free vibrators at locations throughout Manhattan this week to launch their new line of devices. Deploying purple, hot dog style “pleasure carts,” the savvy marketing campaign created quite the buzz with long lines at the first location in Midtown. /// Featured Song:”Floods New Light” Thee Oh Sees /// Official Website for Trojan Vibrations: http://www.trojanvibrations.com /// Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/trojancondoms
It’s A Bird!! It’s A Plane!!! It’s Chaz Mannenheim Talking About THE DARK KNIGHT RISES!!! A Hero We Can Count On, He Also Brings You Tales Of TOM CRUISE and the EURO CUP!!!! Perhaps You’re Unfamiliar With The Happenings Of The Month of JULY 2012… That’s Okay, He’s Got The Scoop!!! Bringing It To You Via Handsome Features And With Witty Commentary!!!! ENJOY!!!! /// Photo Credits: Survivalist2000, JD Hancock, JamesOMalley, Ack Ook, DonkeyHotey /// Chaz Mannenheim on Twitter: http://twitter.com/chaz_mannenheim /// Chaz Mannenheim on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChazMannenheim
“Flying Pace Theme Song” by Flying Pace - Serious Business on BTR [ep82.5]
Flying Pace is a four-piece based out of Brooklyn. The band’s melodic, multi-layered and weaving indie-rock music is topped off perfectly by the hushed, sultry vocals of frontwoman Kristie Redfield. The rest of the lineup — Marta DeLeon, Josh Arenberg, and George Flanagan — is made up of veteran New York City indie rock musicians whom have “dabbled” in a number of other local bands. /// Featured song: “Flying Pace Theme Song” /// Flying Pace, deciding to release their new record in two parts, premiered Quick As A Wink earlier this summer —- Quiet As A Mouse is the second half of the new album and available Friday, July 20th. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/LRjdcw /// Flying Pace on Bandcamp: http://flyingpace.bandcamp.com /// Flying Pace on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flyingpace
Duncan Bird is Creative Director at the Cloudbreak Group, the creative agency who has worked with the New York Yankees to develop a fragrance line with the iconic baseball team’s brand. BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker spoke with Duncan about his experiences in branding and with the development and marketing of the Yankees fragrance, specifically. /// Featured song: “No Time For Dreaming (Instrumental)” by Charles Bradley /// Photos used courtesy of Duncan Bird / Photographer: Boogie /// Official website for NY Yankees Fragrance: /// http://www.nyyankeesfragrance.com
Body Piercing & Parental Consent - BTR Pulse [ep82]
Teens interested in having anything other than their ears pierced could soon be banned from doing so in New York State. Many piercing shops already reject kids under 18 without explicit parental consent and state lawmakers could follow their lead if a new bill is signed into law. The bill, which would require written consent from parents to be provided and kept on file at shops for 12 months, has already passed both houses in Albany and next goes to the governor’s desk for approval or veto. This week on BTR Pulse we speak to people in New York, including a mother and a local piercer, about their experiences and the proposed law. /// Featured song: “Conscience Killer” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club /// Photo credit(s): Cam Switzer - http://www.flickr.com/photos/camswitzer/3323893871/ ; Cherry Cyanide - http://www.flickr.com/photos/cherryscented/4079155645/