50 Up-and-Coming New York Culture Makers to Watch in 2013

Aaron Lefkove

Aaron Lefkove went from touring in punk bands to opening hit restaurants in Gowanus, the part of Brooklyn many consider to be the next β€œit” neighborhood β€” once they build the Whole Foods and clean up the filthy canal. With his first, Littleneck, getting rave reviews from just about every magazine in New York, it was time to take the obvious next step and open a second restaurant, The Pines. — JD

What are your plans for the holidays?

Light the menora, spin the dreidel, eat all the Hanukkah gelt… you know, the usual.

Which New York artists do you count among your greatest inspirations?

I think in attitude it would probably be Karen Finley, but she is San Francisco-based, so I guess that doesn’t really answer the question. I don’t know if I have any one person in mind per se, but I am always pretty excited and inspired by some of the people around me. For instance, I have always really enjoyed Avi Spivak’s comics and illustrations as well as his zine Humanbeing Lawnmower, which is the zine to which all other zines should be measured. And I am always excited to see whatever is going on at the Live With Animals space. I definitely think some of the sculptural stuff from Raul De Nieves is amazing and twisted and totally one of my favorites. And my old pal Miriam Carothers who is a jewelry and textile designer/illustrator/painter/chef of some regard. She also did a bang-up job painting my apartment.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

Allegedly the Livefastdie singles comp from Almost Ready Records. Allegedly. So hopefully that means the “Old, Fat, and Snotty Tour 2013” can hit the road.