Summer in the News.
We all had a great time last Thursday celebrating the art work of Leah Tinari, with the support of Zico, Wodka, Alibi, and DJ Vlad along with our partner venues Kupersmith, Blake Scotland and FattaCuckoo.
Thanks to the NYtimes: East Village Local Blog and the Daily News for helping spread the word about the event.
CONFIDENTIAL by BRIAN NIEMIETZ
PARTY FOR THE OFF-SEASON CROWD
The night before Nemo walloped the city with nearly a foot of snow, Doug Jaeger and Kristin Sloan, the owners of Clinton St.’s JnrlStr (as in “general store"), threw a beach-themed “Summer” block party to celebrate the latest works by artist Leah Tinari, owner of Fatta Cuckoo, also on Clinton.
There, bars and restaurants dumped sand outside their doors, served free summer cocktails and handed out cotton candy Thursday evening. Among the bar-hopping guests was the Honey Brothers singer Ari Gold, whose band’s drummer is “Entourage” star Adrian Grenier. ( Read More... )
THE LOCAL EAST VILLAGE by KAVITHA SURANA
Nevermind the Nor’easter: ‘Summer’ On Clinton Street Tonight
Forget the impending snow storm: tonight on Clinton Street, it’ll be “Summer.” That’s the name of a multi-venue exhibition of paintings by Leah Tinari, owner of neighborhood hangout Fatta Cuckoo. Her art — along with food, drinks, and music by DJ Vlad & DJ Cles — will be showcased at her restaurant as well as at Kupersmith, and at shops JnrlStr and Blake Scotland.
Part gallery opening, part block party, the event is the brain child of Doug Jaeger and Kristin Sloan, who have recently expanded their creative studio, JaegerSloan, into a gallery and retail shop called JnrlStr. The partners became fast friends with Ms. Tinari and her husband, Martin Kirchoff, when they first popped into Fatta Cuckoo a few years ago.
Though the street is anchored by high-wattage destinations like Wd-50 and Clinton Street Baking Company, smaller businesses still find it to be a challenging area. Even buzzed-about restaurants like Frankies Spuntino and Ed’s Lobster Bar have folded in the past year. “We are a bit far east and off the beaten path,” said Ms. Tinari. “Then we’re sandwiched between more residential streets and traffic that goes off the bridge. People use it as a thoroughfare after work and don’t necessarily stop on the street.” With few offices in the vicinity, most restaurants can’t justify staying open during lunch.