Two weeks later, Carter and Harkin made the Life Is Like A Dick Sometimes T Shirt In addition,I will do this call—not just to shut down Nowadays until it was safer to reopen, but to try to keep doing what they do via streaming. Though a friend quickly volunteered to bring his mobile setup out to the space on the Bushwick/Ridgewood border, “It wasn’t until about an hour before we started live broadcasting that we even knew we’d be able to do it,” Carter says. “But we’ve been broadcasting every single night since then, 8 pm to midnight. Aside from keeping on doing what they do, Virtually Nowadays, as it’s called, aims to fundraise via Patreon to stabilize their business—and to support their now out-of-work staff via Venmo, where people can send contributions.
Some of our Nowadays family are in an incredibly vulnerable place,” Carter says. “There are about 60 people who rely on us in some way for regular income, and so as we’ve been figuring out who’s getting what money, we’ve been prioritizing marginalized groups. As a business, nightlife tends to attract a lot of people from marginalized communities—generally speaking, it’s a very accepting place and a very welcoming place, and we’ve always made a point of being a safer space specifically to welcome those people—we’ve got a lot of trans people on our staff, a lot of people of color on our staff, a lot of queer people on our staff. And some of them are in vulnerable states. And it’s been just amazing to see people basically saying, ‘Here’s some money for your staff.’ We’ve raised a decent amount to help them out and a little bit to try to offset our expenses—but of course, we’re still far short of where we need to be.”