Archive for May, 2012
According to the Times, the $50 million renovation includes changing the pool’s rectangular rectangle into a U shape with a concrete beach in the middle. The beach will have spray showers and the color of the pool will be cerulean blue.
The pool was last open for swimmers in 1984.
As with every Memorial Day Weekend there is a crazy amount of things to do this weekend. I am hoping to make it to this year’s annual Bicycle Fetish Day taking place at one of my favorite places in all of Brooklyn, the City Reliquary. The festivities are FREE and feature lots of activities, performance, and contests that you can enter including “Best Ugly Bike” and “Best Mutant Bike.” Lots of great prizes available to the winners as well as an after party. Click here for more details on the festivities. Click here for Gothamist’s pictures and story from last year’s event.
*Insert obligatory comment about the long lines and overall poor-planning of The Great Googa Mooga HERE*
Alright, I’m glad we got that out of the way. Let’s move onto something a bit more current. Complaining about Googa Mooga is sooooooo four days ago. Next thing you know, I’ll be writing an op-ed about the Facebook IPO! Onto the Most Blogged Shows of the Week.
We all cracked on the name when we heard it (or read it, I guess), but it looks like DIIV has the last laugh as they’re this week’s MOST BLOGGED show AND my EDITORS PICK, and that’s for their free Hype-Machine-produced and Toyota Prius-sponsored show at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. It’s my pick for a few reasons.
1) It’s free.
2) DIIV are actually pretty awesome, if you haven’t heard them (or seen them) by now.
3) KILLER MIKE is also on the bill (holy shit!)
4) DIIV are about to blow up, so who knows what kind of venues they’re going to play from now on? And at what cost? Not that Brooklyn Bowl is “intimate” or anything, but you understand my meaning, no?
5) The openers, High Highs and Beat Culture are no slouches.
6) The first 150 people get some kind of “League Night” gift bags chock full of target-marketed goodies!
7) Did I mention it’s free?
Make sure you show up early (Brooklyn Bowl opens their doors at 6 PM.) I’d guess this thing’s going to be packed. I wouldn’t recommended showing up if you haven’t RSVP’d either, and that’s all closed up now. If you get turned away, The Deli Magazine’s Emerging Artists festival continues tonight at Public Assembly and Spike Hill. ALSO, a couple of awesome bands that have shared the bill with DIIV about 74 times (Night Manager, Heaven’s Gate) play Cameo Gallery for just $5 with some solid openers as well (Yvette, Mala Strana.)
Has anyone checked out any of the “Tiki Disco” events? If you haven’t, you absolutely want to make your way to Bushwick(Morgan L stop) on Sunday for the opening of their 3rd season at Roberta’s. It started out with three friends(Andy Pry, Lloydski, Eli Escobar) just spinning for their pals and neighborhood locals. Now it’s insane! I’m talking lines out the door insane.
If you want to make sure you get in, I would suggest showing up before the 2pm start time. Their parties tend to reach capacity within the first hour. Be prepared for a full 8 hrs of dancing to classic house and disco mashed with some of the tasteful sounds of the present. Party ends around 10pm. Lets all pray and knock on as much wood as possible that the Sun has been kind to dear old mother nature and she has nothing to cry about this weekend.
Perfectly somber for a rainy day like today:
Well this is embarrassing: the event organizers behind last weekend’s controversial The Great Googa Mooga food and music festival in Prospect Park announced today that they will be offering a full refund to those who purchased “Extra Mooga” tickets for $250. They’re even refunding the $17 service fee.
Perhaps even more surprising is that Superfly came right out and acknowledged the event’s largely negative feedback on the event’s website. “To those who had a frustrating experience on Saturday – we are sorry,” the organizers write. “We truly regret the first year glitches and really appreciate your patience as we worked to smooth them out.” Interesting that they only mention issues happening on Saturday.
There doesn’t appear to be any info on the event site about the refunds, but Superfly released the following statement to the press: “We promised you a terrific Extra Mooga experience this past weekend and we didn’t deliver, particularly in providing an adequate amount of food and beverage on Saturday…To officially extend our apology, we’re offering you a 100% refund of your Extra Mooga ticket price, including handling fees.”
You can submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday evening the fiance and I braved the rain for a much anticipated night cap at Greenpoint’s newest bar, Beloved. I had already read a number of great reviews and am happy to report that every word was true.
We stepped into Beloved and found a couple seats at the end of bar. The crowd was a little sparse around 9pm but started filling up as the next couple of hours passed. The bar is beautiful – well designed and offering ample seating as well as a yard in the back. The environment was comfortable and laid back and the bartender genuinely nice and personable.
I ordered that evening’s drink special – not sure what it was called but it consisted of a honey syrup, lime juice, and bourbon shaken together with blueberries. It was, in my humble opinion, perfect. The drink was not overly sweet, balanced by the lime juice and the smokey bourbon. I also appreciated the perfectly ripe blueberries that garnished the drink as well as the very reasonable $8 price tag. The fiance ordered the Allsorts Inc, consisting of tequila, mezcal, and an assortment of ingredients that we had to ask the bartender about, like Falernum. The result was a delicious multilayered drink that had “a lot going on (but in a good way)” that the fiance thoroughly enjoyed.
All cocktails on the menu are $10. All draft beers are $6 and cans of Tecate are an easy $3. Beloved is located at 674 Manhattan Ave in Greenpoint, close to the intersection of Manhattan and Norman Ave.