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June 08, 2010

New Domino Moves Forward, City Planning Commision Votes 13-0

Plans to revamp the old Domino Sugar Factory into shiny condos got a big stamp of approval yesterday when the City Planning Commision voted 13-0 in the developers' favor. Now, it's on to the city council. Curbed notes our local city councilmember (Levin, I'm guessing) "is no big fan of Domino, and has urged the developers to cut back on the project's density so as not to overwhelm the neighborhood."

June 07, 2010

We Made Everyone's Morning in Mccarren Park: The Full Story

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A little over a week ago somebody posted a curious missed encounter on Craigslist, detailing a night making McCarren Park their bedroom. "Who got laid in McCarren Park?," we asked.

Monique, a 21-year old resident of the neighborhood, writes of that fateful sexxxy Tuesday night with an answer: it was her.

She writes:

Um well, It was totally random but so beautiful. We met just walking down the street, and we just knew something was going to happen. I was pretty intoxicated haha, as was he. But everything happened so naturally. We wanted to lay down for a bit in the park, it was around 4am. We were kissing, touching, and before you know it one thing led to another. We were so locked in passion, that we didn't realize the sun coming up. Or the joggers. Or bike riders. Or stragglers and lovers like ourselves who were enjoying the remnants of an epic Tuesday night. We parted ways after that, I didn't want his number, and didn't give him mine. The night was too perfect and simple to mar with sober akwardness. If we are meant to cross paths again, bless it be. My name is Monique, Im a 21 year old female living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A native actually. I write as well, and have a lot more stories than that, although it is my best to date. More sweet, and intense.

Emphasis added. The lesson here of course is that strangers can still, in this day and age, meet randomly on the street at 4am on a Tuesday and just go have sex in a public park.

Crest Fest 2010: Saturday, June 19th

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Crest Fest, the opening day party for this year's Crest Hardware Art Show will be Saturday, June 19th with live musical performances by Deluka, Sundelles, Motel Motel, Oberhofer, Zongo Junction, Darlings, Wizardy and DJ performances by Nick Catchdubs, Faux Mex, Lucas Walters, Petey Complex, DJ Teenwolf, and many more.

They'll have food, drinks, and an "art & design market." Proceeds from this year's show will benefit the City Reliquary Museum. This year's Fest should be a blast, and I most definitely look forward to the crazy exhibits littered throughout the store for the weeks to come.

View the full flyer after the jump!

June 19th -- 558 Metropolitan -- 12pm - 11pm -- FREE

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Curious Residents off Graham Avenue See "Culture," Act Puzzled

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Having lost a number of recent battles to the Hasids, are hipsters refocusing their ire? Times, take us to the front lines!

For decades, the faithful who lived in the wood-frame houses along the route of an Italian enclave in North Williamsburg, Brooklyn, knew their duty during the area’s many religious processions. As the elaborately carved statues would approach, they darted out to the street to pay their respects or to join the procession. Today, another ritual has emerged: curious hipsters whipping out cellphones to take a snapshot.

Goddamn you hipsters with your Razr phones and your poor choice of quotes said to reporters at city-wide publications. Ten bucks says the reporter for the Times got the idea for the whole article upon hearing this quote: “There was one float and a horrible marching band. It was very ironic. The Latino parades are more festive.”

June 05, 2010

TONIGT! TONIGHT TONIGHT!

June 5th
Come out to party at Public Assembly tonight!
Special guest Dj's Name You Can Trust plus our favorite Ohio Party Crew will be there drinking $4 Colt 45's with a shot of Whiskey 10-midnight. Come early and stay late! There will be FREEEE giveaways such as: 25 COPIES OF DAVE’S WHIP-ASS NEW MIXTAPE!

June 04, 2010

BKLYN Yard Goes Belly-Up: Landlord Pulls the Plug

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Photo taken by dennisandluba, posted under CreativeCommons

Brooklyn Vegan posted news that BKLYN Yard, the Gowanus space that's hosted a fantastic variety of outdoor events over the past few years, is closing, a victim of a landlord tearing up the lease.

In a letter to supporters, MeanRed Productions writes, "Our landlord of the past four years, who used to share our vision for BKLYN Yard, notified us on Tuesday May 1st, that they would no longer honor our lease which had been in place since early this year. They chose not to give us an opportunity to renegotiate, and requested that we take what we have built, and terminate all of our confirmed plans and schedule for BKLYN Yard this summer."

Blows. After the jump, read the whole thing.

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Bushwick Open Studios

Bushwick artists open their doors this weekend for Bushwick Open Studios. The opening party is tonight at 10pm at Beauty Bar and tomorrow, take a few hours to trek around Bushwick. Here's a map and show directory. Go see one of the 313 shows in the neighborhood -- all of Bushwick is included, as are parts of Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy, and Ridgewood, Queens.

June 03, 2010

McCarren Park Love Alert

"It was Sunday at McCarren Park. You and your friends were sitting near my friends and me (near the high school, close to Bedford). We had a Smurfs blanket and some Turkey's Nest margaritas. You had a sort of Southern Rock vibe--shoulder length blondish hair and tattoos, probably a black shirt and shades. I was definitely staring at you. Sorry if you noticed me being creepy, but you're *real* dreamy." - Craigslist

Williamsburg Bridge Bike Lane Construction Alert

Just being servicey...

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Get Crafty This Weekend

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This weekend be sure to stop by one of our favorite yearly events- The 6th Annual Renegade Craft Fair which takes place on June 5 + 6 from 11am – 7pm in McCarren Park.

The fair is free to attend and features over 300 of today’s finest indie-craft talents from all over the nation, free workshops (including Etsy.com's Make + Take Projects), entertainment, food, + a free to use photobooth.

June 02, 2010

Prince Rama, HIGHLIFE Play Showpaper Benefit on June 4th

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Although yours truly is stationed across the pond, I have managed to grow fond attachments for "Sleepy" Doug Shaw's HIGHLIFE blend of african and pop melodies and the extra awesome psyched out prog of Prince Rama (of Ayodhya). Top this show off with Amen Dunes and the fact that it's a Showpaper Benefit, and you most likely have a recipe for one of the shows that sticks out of the blur that is Brooklyn's music scene.

Friday, June 4th @ MONSTER ISLAND BASEMENT

:: SHOWPAPER BENEFIT

:: Prince Rama
:::: HIGHLIFE —– http://myspace.com/highlifehighlife
:::::: Amen Dunes

:: special guest @ 8pm: W.H.I.T.E. — http://myspace.com/whitehorsesintechnicoloreverywhere

| MONSTER ISLAND BASEMENT |
128 River St @ Metropolitan Ave | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | all ages | $8

Everything else here.

June 01, 2010

"Puppy" the Corgi, Found

The lost "Puppy" saga has come to a happy ending!

Andrea writes:

WE GOT HIM HOME!!

everyone's worked combined got my puppy home. posting, searching, talking, flyers. . .

he was found by gates avenue, being walked by a lady. she had cleaned him and given him a new leash and collar. an angel who had taken one of my flyers saw this, pulled over, grabbed puppy and drove him home to me!!

thank you for your help and support, everyone.

cheers!!



Previously

May 29, 2010

Rejoice! Movie Theater Finally Opening In Williamsburg

Screen shot 2010-05-29 at 8.37.11 AM.pngWhy doesn't Williamsburg have a movie theater? It's the one thing that's truly missing in the neighborhood and every time we have to fight with the crowds at the horrible, overpriced Regal theater in Union Square we are reminded of the question. Great news came yesterday when The Brooklyn Paper reported that "indieScreen-a small theater with only 12 rows, 93 seats and a 17-foot-by-8-foot screen is expected have its official opening as an independent film house in late June". In addition to the (small) theater which will be located on Kent and South 2nd Street, a bar and restaurant will also be available on site.

*Image c/o The Brooklyn Paper

May 27, 2010

Help Find "Puppy," Missing Bushwick Corgi

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Readers...somebody needs your help right now. Andrea's dog "Puppy" is missing. He is a corgi. He lives in Bushwick on Central Ave between Jefferson and Troutman, so start there. Call 847-636-8833 if you find him!

Who Got Laid in McCarren Park?

Here's one from Craigslist that needs some splainin': We made everyone's morning in Mccarren Park.

We met so randomly, and had such a great night. Me English girl, you tall sandy haired so sweet and cute. We made Mccarren Park our bedroom, and really didnt effing care. leave in a month as you kno, so please get in touch thanks love

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May 26, 2010

PBR: Sold for $250 Million to C. Dean Metropoulos, Pickle Guy

PBR's been sold to a guy who once managed Vlasic Pickles. How appropriate! The deal went down for $250 million, though as Consumerist notes, "for only a dollar more they could have gotten a shot of Jameson to go along with it." Recession Special!

"The Woods" Expansion Plan Nixed by Community Board

Neighbors of "The Woods" took over a recent Community Board 1 Public Safety Committee meeting to stomp out a plan that would expand their backyard garden by like, seven stools.

Bar owners Dave Rosen and Matt Relkin "wanted to add seven stools in an adjacent backyard and have the area serve as a meeting place for community groups and the pick-up spot for a neighborhood community-supported agriculture group to grab its vegetables this summer," but neighbors can't handle any more noise.

Opening: Re:Group: Beyond Models of Consensus

Eyebeam just announced a really interesting show called Re:Group, which aims to examine "models of participation and participation as a model in art and activism." It opens June 10th with a talk at 5pm and reception 6-8pm.

Re:Group features work by thirteen artists, designers, hackers, activists, and collectives exploring both the potential and limitations of participation, networked collaboration, and distributed labor. From the "crowdsourced" projects Ten Thousand Cents and White Glove Tracking to the tactical media art of The Yes Men and Ubermorgen, from the urban interventions of John Hawke and The Institute of Infinitely Small Things to the open platforms of Ushahidi and MakerBot - the exhibition represents a diverse range of critically and socially engaged work that rethinks the institutional practices within urban planning, civil engineering, transportation, industrial design and production, relief work, and the news media.

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L Train Woman Saved by Mystery Man

A subway hero descends then vanishes:

After a woman fainted onto the tracks Monday evening at the Union Square station, the man jumped onto the track bed to try to revive her, witnesses told the police. Seeing the lights of an Eighth Avenue-bound L train, and probably realizing he was out of time, he hastily positioned her body in the trench between the tracks, then hoisted himself out as the train roared in, the police said.

May 25, 2010

26-year-old Woman Falls on L Train Tracks, is OK!

A 26-year-old woman fell into the tracks at Union Square yesterday evening, creating a flurry of police activity and concerned commuters. According to Gothamist, CBS & the New York Post, here's what happened: The woman fainted and fell onto the tracks after feeling "dizzy," and was run over by an 8th Avenue-bound L train.

CBS: "Emergency Medical Technicians who first reached her were shocked to find nothing more than a few cuts to her head."

Gothamist commenter: "I was there and saw the whole thing. The train DID NOT stop before hitting her, it went right over her. I don't know why they would say that it stopped, but hopefully the part about her being OK is true."

NYPOST: "Cops said the woman may have fainted and there was no criminality."

Reports differ as to whether or not the train stopped, but either way, she must've fallen into the middle portion between the tracks as she didn't suffer any serious injuries other than cuts on her head. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital. According to a witness who tweeted about the scene, "she may have lived cuz she was sort of lying down in the middle."

May 21, 2010

Quietcolor's Magic Wedding at Monster Island

Our friends at QuietColor are throwing a "magic wedding" party tonight at Monster Island Basement. They're talking live bands, magicians, and an actual ordained minister performing an actual real-life wedding between Miss Katie Kristine Darling and David Randall Sherman! Bands include Project Jenny, Project Jan, Swimming In Speakers, Carnivores, and Sunglasses.

They write, "You may think you know the drill, you've been to weddings before, but we guarantee you'll never be a part of one as magical as this. Live bands and magicians will entrance and engage you while love and refreshments abound! Your attendance makes you a member of the wedding PARTY, as we go all-out to send away the happy couple in truly sensational and jovial fashion."

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Tonight @ Monster Island Basement (128 River St @ Metropolitan Ave) - 8PM | All Ages | $10 |

6th Annual Bicycle Fetish Day this Saturday at City Reliquary

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The City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave) is throwing a block party this Saturday on Havemeyer b/t Grand and Hope St. for your bicycle! Bring 'em, show 'em off, win prizes, see music, party down.

Contests include: Best VINTAGE Bike, Best Shiny Bike, Best Family Bike, Best Mutant Bike, Best, BMX, Best WORST Bike, Best in Show and much more! Win great bike prizes donated by: Outlier Tailored Performance, Velo Brooklyn Bushwick Bike Shop, Affinity Cycles, including TWO FREE BIKES from TREK and NYCBikes!

Performances by: Heels on Wheels, Lucky Chops Brass Band, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, plus DJ Stacher & Dirtyfinger on the turntables all afternoon!

Block party is noon - 6pm, after party at the Reliquary is 6pm - 10pm.

Books Through Bars Party

This Saturday at Enid's:

Books Through Bars moved, and we’re having a party to get us back on our feet! It features awesome librarians and excellent music, so you'd best be there.

The Desk Set (a group of young librarians who throw dope parties to
raise money for organizations promoting literacy) are hosting a party
at Enid’s in Williamsburg to pay for the postage we need to get back
to sending books to people incarcerated all across America.

After our old space was damaged by fire, Books Through Bars moved to
our new home in Freebird Bookstore, and we’ve built up a big backlog
of packages that need sending and letters that need replies. 100% of
contributions go to either postage or packing supplies, but we’re a
bit behind and need plenty of help.

So, now you know what your Saturday holds: dancing, drinks and librarians.

Books Through Bars benefit with The Desk Set @ Enid’s, 560 Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg
10pm and on. Suggested Donation at the door.

May 12, 2010

Witnesses Wanted: Cyclist Struck at Roebling & North 4th Friday Night / Saturday Morning

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Early on Saturday morning, near the corner of Roebling & N. 4th, a cyclist was struck by a black, 4-door Ford livery cab. According to the flyer (pdf), the driver is claiming Stefan, the cyclist, blew a red light. It's a charge Stefan can't dispute. He doesn't remember the event due to head trauma received from the crash.

Were you there? Did you see a cyclist get hit by a livery cab?

Stefan, who has five broken ribs, a broken shoulder, a broken back, and a broken foot, needs witnesses to help fill in the blanks.

Contact Mike at 410-409-9787 if you saw anything.

Update: 7:00pm - From the tweets of a Twitter user identifying him or herself as a sibling of the victim, this was originally a hit-and-run. Just two days ago, he/she tweeted, "searching for witnesses of a hit + run bike accident in williamsburg ny. our brother was hit; he blacked out. if you have info, pls write us." Then, yesterday, he/she added "they have identified the driver(s), so that's a really great thing."

May 11, 2010

Hooking Up vs Hooking Up (Or the Implications of Generational Grammar)

OK, Tim, so I may have misread that Post story about a local musician hooking up with a stranger on the L train. See to me, a Gen-Y-ish college graduate who went to school at a snotty upstate private University, the phrase "hooking up" implies sloppy, regretful sex where nobody wins yet somehow nobody loses.

To the Post, and I imagine my parents, hooking up means "getting together." So, in this case, our friendly, pre-celibate musician was "feeling it" (and in this case, no, Posties I don't mean literally feeling "it" ((and no, I don't mean "it" as in "penis"))) and decided to go to a guy's house whom she had met literally minutes before on the L train platform, where she then regretfully experienced The Sex.

Case in point: By saying a woman hooked up on a train platform with somebody before she actually hooked up in a bed and then swore off sex all together, you are inviting provoking headlines like "Sex on L Train Platform Leads to Celibacy Pledge."

That is all. Pure motherfucking magic.

Sex on L Train Platform Leads to Celibacy Pledge

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Katie Jean Arnold (pic right), a singer/songwriter/comedian, hooked up with some stranger on the L train platform so now she's telling the New York Post, "Never again!", as in, she's ratcheting up the celibacy belt for a few weeks.

Two weeks ago, Katie Jean Arnold had her celibacy wake-up call. After hooking up with a stranger on the L train platform and going back to his place, she woke up at his apartment and decided to leave. On her way out the door, he came up to her, naked, and said the words she’ll never forget: “What’s your name?”

It was then that she made her Big Decision.

No. More. Sex.

Before you starting thinking, "Damn, why hasn't that happened to me?", realize it's this guy who turned this woman off of having sex for a few weeks. Maybe it was his style. Maybe it was the fact he couldn't remember her damn name. But dude, whatever sex position your iPhone recommended you try did not work.

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May 10, 2010

FELA Release Party Tonight at the Knitting Factory

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ITP's Spring Show (Night 2)

Don't miss the spring show put on by the graduating class of ITP at NYU tonight from 5pm - 9pm.

May 06, 2010

Williamsburg Freelance Writer Rejected Because She's "Not Bushwick Enough"

A freelancer writer who we'll call "SS" had hoped her second article for a New York City print publication would be running next week. Last night, she optimistically tweeted, "2nd article will be running next week in the [paper name redacted so she can keep trying!]." However, much to her dismay, the Williamsburg resident was rejected this morning because she's "not Bushwick enough."

She updated her followers, "wait, just kidding, got rejected because i'm "NOT BUSHWICK ENOUGH." what, i live in williamsburg, can't write about bushwick? whatevs."

Whatevs indeed! So what does she write about? Well, I don't know. But a word cloud of her most recent LiveJournal blog post might give you a clue:

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What is it to "Be Bushwick"? I mean, it's different than to "Be Williamsburg"? Is the great media magnification glass that's been hovering over Williamsburg for the last few years shifting slowly to Bushwick? Regardless, this particular paper seems to be going hyper-local by declaring all writers who write about a neighborhood must indeed call that neighborhood home. It's like politics! Notice to all freelance hopefuls, start the Great Media Land Grab now.

May 05, 2010

Man Acquitted of Rape Using "Skinny Jeans" Defense

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Nicholas Gonzales, an accused rapist in Sydney, Australia, has been acquitted of raping a 24-year old woman because his lawyer argued her jeans were too tight to be removed by Nicholas alone, making the sex consensual.

He successfully argued “it's difficult for skinny jeans to be taken off by someone else unless the wearer's assisting, collaborating, consenting.”

This is bad news. Notice to skinny jeans-wearing citizens of the 11211: your size 0 slim fits are now recognized as an Australian voice of consent.

May 04, 2010

Brooklyn Kickball: Week One

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Because nobody can do a better recap than the Brooklyn Paper's Aaron Short, I'll just point you to his story on opening day: Kickball — the sport of Kings — is back!

“Our goal was to look good and have fun, so it doesn’t matter if we won or lost,” said captain Paul Cougar Mellencamp. “We lost our first game last year and then won 20 in a row before winning the championship.”

Brooklyn Paper / Photo by Julie Rosenberg

Disclosure: Of course I'm on a team.

May 03, 2010

More from the Bubble Tea Ninjas aka "Crazy Bitches"

The black-skirted feminists who stormed down North 6th Street and Bedford a few weeks ago leaving a trail of shattered windows in their wake sent out a second manifesto. In it, they note their excitement over your "utter horror," call for more crazy bitches, and warn they're gonna "negate the shit out of you.”

Behold! A Modest Proposal from some Crazy Bitches:

In the past weeks, crazy bitches have chosen to show gross yuppie neighborhoods and scummy pesudo[sic]-anarchist rapists their power in some pretty sick and sadistic ways. While rape apologists and generally fucked-up dudes have act horrified and evoked anachronistic concepts of “community” to repudiate this, we, as fellow crazy bitches out to tear this shit to pieces say, “we want more!” The fact of the matter is, when bitches get attacked for making war on their fucked-up conditions, other crazy bitches will be there to turn up the heat even further. We’re excited at the utter horror of “anarcho”-dudes everywhere; this means that someone’s done something right. Our simple proposal: crews of crazy bitches form everywhere, in every city in this country and beyond. Kick the shit out of your rapists, write the insurrectionary feminist theory that we need so bad, become an autonomous force that will destroy everything in its wake. And rape apologists, patriarchs, and “anarcho”-dudes be warned, you will not be safe from our fury. When you fuck with a crazy bitch, you have fucked with all of us. And we’re not so demure and dainty these days.

“Dude, I’m gonna negate the shit out of you.”

-one of many future autonomous cells of crazy bitches

Their first comment, a running reactionary theme: "Personally, I feel that the reciprocal action has muted my voice and that the violent reaction to violence is hypocritical at best."

May 02, 2010

Tonight: Color of Pomegranates Rooftop Screening

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The Color of Pomegranates by Sergei Parajanov is considered one of the best films of all time by some of the most influential film makers including Fellini, Godard and Antonioni-- so what better way to celebrate rooftop weather by getting all sorts of cultural with this visual masterpiece!?

Drinks and popcorn start at 6:30, Film starts at 8:30

If you're not there, we'll know you hate life.


May 01, 2010

BBQing It Up in Roberta's Backyard

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Get your mind out of the gutter, silly! This will be good wholesome fun!

Live music, BBQ, and enough attractive and belligerent folks to get right back in the gutter with. It's also the perfect opportunity to play my favorite game, Spot Your Favorite Music Editor and Buy Her a Beer.

Of course, all proceeds go to supporting the Brooklyn Grange. So come celebrate the summer and take a sneak peek at all the farming the Roberta's crew has been up to! 2pm-8pm

April 29, 2010

Unicycle 4 Maggie: Beating Cancer Through the Five Borough Bike Tour this Sunday

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Kyle Petersen, a professional juggler and circus variety performer, is participating in this Sunday's Five Borough Bike Tour on a unicycle -- all 41 miles of it.

Kyle will be riding for Maggie Russo, a wonderful little 2-year-old girl who developed retinoblastoma, "a form of eye cancer that effects about 300 kids in the United States every year and only 5,000 kids worldwide," and had to have her left eye removed. She will soon be fitted for a prosthetic eye, and hopefully, one day, get surgery to give her a "more lifelike implant."

Kyle's original intention in all of this was to raise money for Maggie's family and research to combat the cancer. However, at this point Kyle would just like you to know Maggie's story, the evils of retinoblastoma, and any other of the cancers that affect children every year.

If you'd like to donate or learn more about Kyle, Maggie, or retinoblastoma, you can read more here, here, here, here, or here.

Kudos to you Kyle on the Unicycle. We wish you the best!

NYPD Cop Pogan Guilty of Filing a False Complaint, Not Guilty of Assault

Today, a cop who slammed a bicyclist off of his bike, and was guilty in the court of public opinion because of a conclusive youtube video that sealed the deal, was found not guilty of assault in court. However, he was convicted of filing a false criminal complaint against Christopher Long, a charge which Gothamist notes "carries the biggest penalty, up to four years in prison."

Time's Up! Statement reads as follows:

This guilty verdict should send a message to Bloomberg that he needs to direct Raymond Kelly to start training his officers in sensible procedures to safely deal with the growing presence of bikes on NYC streets. This case highlighted an extreme, but not isolated case of police harassment toward cyclists.

The next Critical Mass ride is, oh how convenient, tomorrow.

April 28, 2010

McCarren Park Tree Gets a Clit Ring

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The tree trunk in McCarren Park that looks like a big ol' vagina got a sassy little clit piercing the other day. New York Shitty reader Alex sent this in earlier this week.

Lake McCarren by Moonlight

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Bubble Tea Ninja Inquiry

The ninjas. Who are they? I am trying to find out. Contact me if you saw them, or know them, or know a friend who knows a friend who.....

April 26, 2010

Bill Murray on the L Train, Ladies and Gentlemen

Bill Murray, beloved Williamsburg party mascot & all around awesome guy, was spotted on the L train last night by my friend, Jon Anderson. He writes of the experience:

Just ran into Bill Murray on the L Train. He caught me staring and stuck his tongue out at me. I turned red and waved at him. When he got off at Bedford, he said, "Have a good night, man." I said, "See you later Bill," then proceeded to giggle like a school girl. After he got off the train, I say to everyone: "Bill Murray, ladies and gentlemen," and all the English speakers had a laugh.

So there you have it. Sticking your tongue out at people is in again. Also, Murray was reportedly with "a smoking hot babe" for what it's worth.

April 24, 2010

Make Misteaks at the All-Day BBQ at TBD Today

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Lance Jaeger and t.b.d. brooklyn are throwing a huge backdoor BBQ today with 500 lbs of meat, 100 lbs of veggies, ribs by Mike DiPrima of Lamb and Jaffe, bands, $3 Goose Island Honkers pints & $4 Mimosas!

Bands start at noon in the Beer Garden LONG DISTANCE DARLINGS STUMBLEBUM BRASS BAND MORGAN O’KANE JASON BLUM AND FRIENDS

Music inside the Bar (starting at 6)
GREENPOINTS’ OWN
SOUTHSIDE BOOGIE BAND
THEN DJ EVAN JONES ON THE DECKS

Free to party, might be free to grub too? (Will update via the twitters) I'm headed there now, soooo thought it'd be worth throwing up on FW to give you people a fair chance at eating all my desired meat.

April 23, 2010

Crazy Bubble Tea Ninja Bitches Will Fucking Kill You

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The Bubble Tea Ninja Partiers who wrecked up the neighborhood the other night and are making other anarchists look bad took some time away from their anarchy to send out an official press release to communicate their reasoning -- just like the man would want them to.

In the release sent with the subject line, "WE’LL SHOW YOU CRAZY BITCHES: TAKE BACK THE NIGHT," they write, "Dressed in matching black skirts and masks, dozens gathered on Saturday evening for an anti-capitalist Take Back the Night march, stopping traffic on Bedford Avenue, overturning trashcans, and breaking windows."

But why, crazy bitches, did you do such things to ordinary citizens' physical property? Surely, a quaint little bubble tea shop isn't objectifying you, right?

"We are not asking for a right to the streets, we are taking them; we are not asking for advertisements that do not objectify women, we’re destroying the commercial mechanisms that objectify women; we are not appealing to male power for an end to rape, but threatening: 'If you touch me, I will fucking kill you.'"

I get it. Y'all are angry. But maybe realign your targets? I don't think smashing car windows and independent shop owners' store fronts is the right way to get your message across. It just, I don't know, muddles things. As you know, my response read: "While I appreciate your message, I think your actions are misguided and distracting. You guys come off as amateurs, breaking car windows and the lady's tea shop? Fight corporations and 'the man' all u like, but dudes, normal people's property is kinda fucked."

For the rest of you, their full release is posted after the jump. But that's who we're dealing with. Pissed off femarchists in black skirts who I swear to god will fuck up your Subaru, capitalist. And yes, kill you.

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Etsy Lovers: Spring Handmade Cavalcade this Saturday at Berry Park

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There's a Spring Handmade Cavalcade happening this Saturday at Berry Park, which is an Esty-friendly shopping event featuring 25 eco-friendly, sustainably-focused artists, designers, and crafters.

Spring is just around the corner so get ready to celebrate the sunshine with more than 25 of the area's amazing artists, designers, and crafters. This year’s Spring Cavalcade focuses on sustainably-made products and eco-friendly goods. Shopping local also helps sustain the local economy and reduce your carbon foot print!

There will also be a raffle, where you can win "unique creations" in lunch boxes. Everybody loves raffles and lunch boxes, amirite?

Berry Park (4 Berry Street, opposite McCarren) // 10am - 5pm

April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day: NYPD Removes "Hundreds of Bikes" on Houston

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Presumably worried that of the many bicycles lining President Obama's path to Cooper Union on Houston Avenue this morning one may contain a pipe bomb, NYPD police officers removed "hundreds of bikes", piled them deep onto the back of a flatbed truck and shipped 'em far, far away.

One bystander posted a photo and tweeted, "This is a truck full of bikes that were sawed off every lampost and bike rack on houston street bc obama is coming."

Another wrote, "Running late to work watching nypd cut bike locks along obamas route on Houston St."

So where are these bikes now? Is every lucky little son and daughter of a police officer in the city getting a new bike for Earth Day? We'll update if we hear how and where you can find your lost stolen bike. Gothamist put a call in, because they are responsible bloggers, but yes, happy planet day from the NYPD!

h/t This Is FYF

Tonight: Crush Party at Public Assembly

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From Crush:

We are giving away 2 tickets to this Thursday’s Crush party with Hussle Club, My Gold Mask, Rafter, C-mon & Kypski & Free Magic…all you have to do is Tweet at us who your band crush is on right now and we will notify our winners by Thursday at 4pm! Tweet @CRUSHANDDANCE to Win!

You still have a couple hours to win tix to tonight's event, so get on it-- this is gonna be one ass-shaker of a party! More info here.

April 21, 2010

Report: Cops Grab Man on Bedford Ave, Search Pockets, Grab Pen

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A Williamsboard user posted yesterday evening that a police officer grabbed him from behind while he was walking down Bedford Avenue & stuck his hands directly into the man's pockets in search of something far more sinister than what was found.

Im walking down bedford avenue today with a friend of mine, and all of a sudden I feel someone grab the hood of my hoodie and pull me back. initially I thought it would be a friend. middle of the day, bedford ave, etc. turns out its the man. I turn around and he immediately reaches into my front pocket and says "oh, thats just a pen. theres been some robberies around here lately". I dont say anything, we both turn and go our different ways.

what the fuck?

What the fuck indeed, assuming "the man" is a reference to the NYPD and not this guy or this guy. We're pretty sure that's illegal search and seizure, but here's the full thread if you'd like to offer up your nonprofessional opinion.

Bushwick Ninja Anarchists Making Real Anarchists Look Bad

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Over on the anarchist forums, anonymous commenters are furiously debating the actions of the Williamsburg Bubble Tea Ninjas. One writes:

Looks like it [ed: Williamsburg] needed a little broken glass around the place, too clean and liberal smugville, the broken glass glitters beautifully at night in the headlights, or at sunrise as the slanting rays of the sun remind us that nothing is permanent.

Many over there do however believe it was a terrible move by the anarchist ninjas, as they're making real anarchists look like stupid, violent, nihilistic and irrational ninja anarchists. Which they totally aren't! One writes, you ninjas shouldn't be attacking quaint little boutiques, storefronts, and normal people cars, but the system.

Attack the rich, attack banks, attack the RULING CLASS not yuppies or hipsters. it might not be as easy, because they usually don't just park their cars on the street, and they usually have security guard stations and don't run boutiques but multinational corporations.

Quite the debate going on over there, where everyone is "anon" and forever temporarily unidentified in that damn system of Google Cache. Fight the power, anarchists, friends of the hipsters.

April 20, 2010

Bloomberg: Blog Reader!

Mayor Bloomberg is "a very plugged-in mayor" and he "reads a lot of blogs."

Brooklyn Kickball Expands, Adds Tuesday Night Games

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After a few years of packed Sunday afternoons at McCarren Park, and endless e-threads between hopefuls on the rookie list, Brooklyn Kickball commissioner Kevin "K Fucking D" Dailey today announced the birth of Tuesday Night Kickball.

He writes, "To be short and clear, the league is expanding to Tuesday! We're gonna take another dead night and make it the best time of the week."

It's an expansion league of sorts which, Dailey notes, will have the same rules and be open to challenges from the big boys on Sundays, thereby allowing cross-league pollination. It won't be pre-scheduled like the majors on Sunday, but will have a Queue Board "just like back in the day."

Come September, Dailey will incorporate Tuesday night teams into the playoffs, setting the scene for a future cross-league rivalry of epic Williamsburg sporting proportions.

Players can sign up for the Tuesday night spots here at $700 a team or $100 as a free agent.

Broke, Un-tethered Artists Hate You Bubble Tea Anarchists Too!

Sez le commenter:

I'm broke, live off the grid, make art, and work in Williamsburg - and I HATE these losers. Go get a real education, you fucks.

Related: Are Williamsburg anarchist ninjas our very own tea partiers? Discuss.

April 16, 2010

Tonight: Rude Dudes at The Woods

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Check out our favorite Rude Dudes at The Woods tonight! And if you haven't downloaded their mixtape yet, you're losing at life.

Flyer by Behold the Destroyer

Fund the Bent Festival at Kickstarter, Get Mp3's, DVD's, & a Noise Toy!

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Bent Festival, the annual DIY music & art fest taking place 4/22 - 4/24 here in Brooklyn, has a project page up on Kickstarter, and is currently a little over $1k short of their $2k goal. Donations, they write, "will go toward paying artists, travel expenses for out-of-towners, and materials for installations and workshops." Plus, you'll get some pretty rad stuff.

Here's what the various amounts of funding will get project backers:

$10 - Bent Festival .mp3 compilation
$25 - Bent Festival .mp3 compilation plus Bent Festival t-shirt
$50 - All above plus entrance to Bent Festival after party with Ken Rei, Computer at Sea, and open bar
$100 - All above plus Bent Festival 2009 DVD
$200+ - All above plus Andromeda Drum Machine designed by Bent Festival 2009 and 2010 artist Eric Archer (!!!)
$500+ - All above plus noise toy created by Bent Festival artist Tristan Perich
$1,000+ - All above plus Doorag Handmade Sound Generator by Bent Festival Artist LCDD and one of five handmade synths created by a 2010 Bent Festival artist.

Do it! You've got four days left.

April 15, 2010

NYPD to Anarchist Film Festival: "Who’s running this, who’s involved?"

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The Times caught up with Johnny Ludolph, one of the guys arrested this week at 13 Thames Art Space out in Bushwick for allegedly having an old unpaid beer on the sidewalk ticket. Turns out the cops' warrant-less entrance was due to reports of squatters in the building and an open door.

The Times picks up here:

But when he arrived at the 90th Precinct station house, Mr. Ludolph said, the police seemed most interested in asking him about the fliers.

The fliers were for the NYC Anarchist Film Festival. The address: 13 Thames Street. Some fliers included the formula “energy x mass + love =” next to an illustration of an explosion. One showed a stylized image of a helmeted police officer carrying a plastic shield and covered by flames.

“They asked me, ‘Who’s running this, who’s involved?’ ” Mr. Ludolph said Wednesday afternoon as he sat on a wooden table inside 13 Thames. Mr. Ludolph said he told the police he did not know.

The explosion, they forgot to note, is in the shape of a heart. Ah anarchists, killing the authorities with love one flyer at a time.

NYT

April 14, 2010

Soft Circle's Hisham Bharoocha Orchestrates Another Drum Circle Today

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Many of you may recognize Hisham Bharoocha as former Black Dice member and solo-artist as Soft Circle. However, he has been a keen collaborator and orchestrator of the Boredum's Boadrum project. Going it alone, Bharoocha will lead a 40 drummer Earth Day celebration today at Loomstate. Other noteworthy drummers include members of Oneida, Lichens, Pit Er Pat, Aa, and Jah Division among others.

Chris Taylor (of Grizzly Bear) will DJ.

Loomstate is located at:

GOOD UNITS AT HUDSON
356 West 58th St (Between 8th + 9th Ave)

More details can be found here.

NYPD Raids 13 Thames, Arrests Two

Seems the NYPD raided the 13 Thames Art Space and arrested a couple residents, or "members of the collective." This comes just three days before the group's NYC Anarchist Film Festival, so yes, put on your conspiracy hats!

The organizers statement:

Today in Brooklyn NY, the NYPD entered without a warrant 13 Thames Art Space, a Bushwick based art and performance space where members of the Independent Anarchist Media (I AM) Collective have been organizing the Fourth Annual NYC Anarchist Film Festival in honor of Brad Will. Two plainclothes detectives entered first, followed quickly by a Lieutenant and vans full of blue shirt officers. After corralling everyone present in the back room, they searched the space and detained two members of the collective.

The I AM collective was preparing for the NYC Anarchist Film Festival, a showcase of resistance movements and insurrectionary events from around the world presented from an anarchist and anti-authoritarian perspective.

Our response to the raid: regardless of these attacks, the film festival will happen as planned on Friday April 16, 2010 at Judson Memorial Church. The voice of decentralized creative communities will not be silenced by police repression. They cannot raid us, because we are everywhere.

Were you there!? Write us but I swear to god DO IT FROM A FREE WIFI ZONE WITH MASKED COMPUTER IPS SO THEY CANNOT TRACE YOU!!!111!!!!

April 10, 2010

DoTank:Brooklyn Unveiling Guerilla UGC Digital Billboard Called "The Wall"

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DoTank:Brooklyn, a self-described "group of urban planners, architects, designers, and other urbanists," is setting up some kind of digitally-enabled graffiti billboard near Bedford tonight.

They write:

The community billboard is something that we call The Wall. It is a user submitted digital graffiti experiment. The purpose of The Wall is to provide the community with a tool for their own advertising. It allows anybody with email service to submit a photo, and that photo is instantly projected onto the "billboard."

It's projected via a 6-foot tall WiFi contraption the group created, consisting of a WiFi antenna soldered into an Airport Card on an older iBook.

To participate, email a photo to 390gaoxip@tumblr.com and keep an eye out around the southwest corner Bedford & No. 7th later tonight.

April 08, 2010

Cops Bust "Operation Lude Behavior": Quaaludes in Greenpoint

A lab on Kent Street in Greenpoint was raided on Wednesday for allegedly serving as a "pivotal meeting point" in a $3.5-million Qualludes manufacturing and distribution network. Hello, 1976!

April 06, 2010

Bedford Ave. Business Owners Win: Williamsburg Walks Down to One Effin Weekend

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After weeks of pressure from revenue-strapped business owners on Bedford Avenue who saw the Williiamsburg Walks street festival as a burden on profits, the event has officially been rescheduled from six Saturday afternoons to just one lonely weekend at the end of June.

Hope you enjoyed your street party while you had the time, people on feet!

A & G Merch's Jill Goldhand appears to be one of the leaders of the anti-street festival movement, after she last was quoted as saying there were a few Saturdays when she "had no revenue." Today she is quoted in the Brooklyn Paper as saying, “Thank God they’ve cut it." The paper notes she was one "who urged festival organizers to reduce the schedule."

Jumelle Boutique's Madeline Virbasius is also pictured posing, arms crossed, above a caption that reads "she got her wish now that the pedestrian mall has been cut to just two days." (update: this apparently was not her wish. read their statement here.)

I look forward to seeing some numbers of sales during Williamsburg Walks last summer compared with sales during the same weekends, sans walks, this year. Yes, we don't want local businesses losing out completely to the incoming Starbucks & Duane Reeds of the world, but shouldn't they be able to capitalize on an increased pedestrian presence on Saturdays in the summer?

Anyways, event organizers tried to strike a more positive note, saying, "“We are confident that the event will be fantastic and we will establish a sustainable model for the years to come."

Sure, this one weekend will be absolutely fantastic. But this is a big step backwards from six summer Saturdays of fun on Bedford Avenue to one weekend of entertainment on a street filled with business owners looking on, arms-crossed. Emboldened by their victory, will the Business Owners aim their sites on the Endless Summer Taco Truck and the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck too?

UPDATE 4/7: Jumelle's owner responds, saying, the article's quote was "inaccurate, misrepresented and false," and that "We have not actively campaigned to cut Williamsburg Walks." See her full letter here.

photo by Bess Adler c/o The Brooklyn Paper

April 05, 2010

Former Black Betty Spot Waking Up

Black Betty's crusty shell at 366 Metropolitan Ave is waking up, sez the Downtown Diaries, which reports the local designer who worked on Dressler and Saltie (name: Joseph Foglia) is on the pay roll. The new spot is owned by the Dow Young Group and has a new "blue-grey exterior."

They applied for a liquor license on Jan 13th and are still awaiting its approval.

New Low: Hipster Speed Dating

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I can't imagine what self-respecting single resident of the neighborhood could have sullied on down to Macri Park on Thursday for what must rank as a new low for hipster-themed bar nights: Hipster Speed Dating!

How does this work? We imagine you've got thirty seconds to express how much you don't give a f'k and name 3 indie bands in the process aaaaand go, make babies.

Did anyone attend?!

photo by Todd-Shaffer c/o Brooklyn365

April 04, 2010

Monday: Karaoke Chatroulette Night at Legion

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One may have overlooked the glory of screaming "Livin' on a Prayer" to a wanking man on a computer screen without the heroes at Legion. In a flash of genius, they're now combining the noble Japanese-born pastime of karaoke with chatroulette -- and doling out free drinks for those who perform. The organizers write:

So the deal is anyone who performs a song gets a free shot.  The karaoke is performed on stage, in chat roulette, and the chat roulette session is projected onto a screen behind the performer.  It starts at 10 and goes all night.

Legion // 790 Metropolitan Ave // 10pm

April 01, 2010

Just In: February 19th Was "Whisk & Ladle Day"

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The underground "supperclub" Whisk & Ladle had its very own underground holiday as deemed by official certificate delivered by staffers of Marty Markowitz on February 19th. We didn't get that memo!

This came out in an Atlantic article about about a dinner there, in which the author wrote, "A couple of guys who worked for Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz dropped by and had earlier presented the crew with an official certificate declaring February 19, 2010 'Whisk & Ladle Day.'" We now set our sites on February 19th, 2011 for a proper Williamsburg celebration.

Hostel Owner Calls Meeting With City Inspector "scariest moment I ever had.”

Zip112 owner Young Yang is shutting down his underground hostel over his landlord's fears that the city inspectors will be back. He initially survived the raids last week by proving a fire escape did exist -- in the form of a ladder hung off the 5th floor wooden deck. Still, the encounter's left everyone jittery and freaked out, as Yang called it “the scariest moment I ever had.”

March 29, 2010

Building Collapses on Conselyea b/t Union & Lorimer (PICS)

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A building under construction located on Conselyea St. b/t Union and Lorimer Avenue collapsed this morning. A few workers were trapped but have since been rescued. The site isn't a stranger to the city.

A DOB complaint was filed on 2/4/10 and assigned to the "Emergency Response Team," identifying 36 Conselyea with conditions that are endangering workers. DOB inspector #1842 visited on 2/4/10 and 2/7/10, but gave up after two attempts when the site was locked and he was unable to gain access. That's all it took. The building that fell is reportedly 34 Conselyea, although that's a tad unclear.

Dale Carnegie once said, "If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves." That applies here, me thinks.

Update: Assemblyman Joe Lentol adds, "A building has collapsed on Conselyea between Lorimer and Union. I remain concerned about another collapse in the community where people have been injured. The Department of Buildings must find a way to ensure that this kind of an incident does not happen again. I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to the wor...kers and their families as well as any assistance they may need."

Update2: So it is 34 Conselyea. The building is owned by 34 Conselyea Street LLC, a limited liability corporation headed by aptsandlofts.com President David Maundrell's mom.

PICS AFTER THE JUMP...

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Hostels Shut Down at 112 North 6th Street

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Two hostels operating in 112 North 6th Street were raided and shut down on Friday. There were allegedly 16 people per apartment, paying 1k each, no fire escapes, and no sprinkler systems in place. Disaster waiting to happen or just life in NYC?

Loftstel's website is now redirecting to its DC location, but the cache is still live. It says the apartments "are intended for long-term students who need affordable accommodations," offer "affordable monthly dormitory accommodations in New York City for international & ESL students," and where "privacy is limited, so if you're relatively shy, you may want to consider other options."

Ms. Heather
was all over the story, and like usual, her leaches at the Post ripped the story and puked it on paper without proper credit.

Bedford Isn't a Golden Ticket to a New Life

A commenter writes:

i'm not sure how they think a taco truck and an ice cream truck are affecting the business at a cafe. they don't sell the same foods. when i want a taco, i get a taco. i'm not gonna go to blackbird parlor just because there's no taco truck. maybe their businesses are hurt by the fact that the economy is bad and a business on bedford isn't a golden ticket to a new life.

...in response to the "Bedford Businesses Rail Against Endless Summer Taco Truck, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream" post.

March 27, 2010

Bust Magazine Spring Issue Release Party Tonight

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Bust Magazine is celebrating tonight, and you should join them!

I hear there will be 2-for-1 pierogis. Yumm!

March 24, 2010

A Business Owner on Williamsburg Walks

From David Auerbach, owner of Dijital Fix:

As an owner of a Business on Bedford Ave, I can definitely attest to the fact that this stuff HURTS and not HELPS my business. At first, I was excited about it, having moved into my space just around the time they were beginning them. I soon realized what it meant. To make matters worse, the reps for Williamsburg Walks want us to sponsor this event, and if we don't, they won't be putting us on a useless flyer they hand out, which people throw away immediately since they don't realize the "Williamsburg Walks" is actually an event.

I found the event somewhat interesting at first, but it doesn't really give any local artists or street vendors any additional chance to do anything different, really. All we get are people sprawled out on the pavement simply because they can. This doesn't make any sense. It's hard enough to make a business in these economic times especially when rent on Bedford Ave is at a super-high-premium. It just doesn't work. Duane Reade can afford a bad weekend, but small stores like mine suffer. I'm totally down to sponsor a block party of sorts where we can all participate, but this event leaves us out.

I like block parties.

Filmmaker Series

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So much dancing and screenings going on this week. Welp, add this one to list.

Come celebrate another successful season of collaborative filmmaking with the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective this Thursday (March 25) at the Knitting Factory. We’re screening innovative and original work from over twenty-five Brooklyn based filmmakers including an experimental exquisite corpse video project and a series of original 2 minute shorts.

Live music from Brooklyn’s dynamic Dynasty Electric and a dance party curated by DJ Phantom Power of the Goddamn Cobras Collective. Watch/drink/schmooze/dance with some of the borough’s most promising new filmmakers as they celebrate another successful season of collaborative filmmaking.

Spot: Knitting Factory. 361 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11211

Doors: 7:30 Screening: 8:00 DJ and Band: 9:30 Cover: $10

Band: Dynasty Electric DJ: Phantom Power

Fauxhemian: Your New Word for Hipster?

Fauxhemians it is, voteth 34% of the people.

A Commenter on The Circle of Life

From Matt re: Williamsburg Walks:

it's a no brainer for me: cancel this. frankly, i enjoyed it. snapped a few nice pictures. but, when it comes down to it, if it's hurting local businesses then it should stop. these are shitty economic times, and when local businesses suffer big shitty chain stores will move in. then bedford will suck and i'll support having williamsburg walks again, because i'll want the shitty chain stores to go out of business. but then, when local businesses move back in, shut down williamsburg walks again.

Baaaaaaaa-bahinyaaaaa, oh-ma-vee-chi-mawah!

March 23, 2010

Traffic Sign Near Atlantic Yards Reads "Fuck Ratner"

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The title says it all, but here's the Post's cheeky take on it:

An opponent of the Atlantic Yards hacked into a digital traffic sign on Flatbush Avenue near developer Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-project on Tuesday, manipulating it to flash the message, “F—k Ratner.”

Instead of warning motorists about traffic pattern changes from the construction of the Barclays Center a few blocks away, the sign, near the corner of St. Marks Avenue, flashed its obscenity from about 8 am until about 10 am, when it was disabled.

While they won't show you the photo, we, of course, will! Major credit to duelin markers on Flickr for snapping this pic. And if you're curious on how to do that to your very own street sign, here's a step-by-step guide.

Commissioner Kelly Bowled an 86 at Brooklyn Bowl, as Mayor Bloomberg Partied On

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Mayor Bloomberg, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly (code name: "Nowa"), FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano, and others boogied down at Brooklyn Bowl Monday night.

Commissioner Kelly bowled an 86!

The venue's patrons trickled in toward the end of the event, greeted by a host of official city cars and several business-suited security staffers wired with earpieces.

Several top officials, including Kelly, stuck around past 9:30 p.m. to keep bowling, some of them picking up for players who had left earlier, as a small group of patrons watched and gawked.

Brooklyn Bowl's website had previously noted the venue would be closed for a private event, but reopened at 9:30 for Karaoke Killed The Cat, a free karaoke dance party. No word on whether Bloomberg crept into his extra Justin Beiber skin to sneak around and rock out, but Chris Goldteeth, an organizer for the event, did tweet he was "about to try to convince Mayor Bloomberg to sing Empire State of Mind @brooklynbowl." So, maybe!

Future of Williamsburg Walks in Jeopardy as Bedford Businesses React

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The future of Williamsburg Walks is in jeopardy as testy merchants have begun criticizing the popular street festival, reports Courier Life. A number of business owners lining Bedford Avenue are "fed up" with the falling profits that Williamsburg Walks allegedly bring, the trash, and the unlicensed vendors that siphon away cash.

A&G Merch's Jill Goldhand said there were a few Saturdays "when we had no revenue."

Spoonbill and Sugartown Booksellers's Miles Bellamy blames pedestrians who, the horror, tend to chill outside "instead of visiting stores." He wants the street festival hacked back to just one day.

Other ways of fixing the supposed problem could mean moving the whole thing to a different street, which to me would take be like moving Times Square to the Financial District on Saturdays to help congestion. The whole point of Williamsburg Walks is to hang out on Williamsburg's main strip -- Bedford Ave -- which on the 359 other days of the year is jam-packed with cars and buses.

What do you guys think? Support the Bedford businesses or give us a few summer Saturdays a year to play around in the street?

photo via nycstreets

March 22, 2010

Assemblyman Joe Lentol Assisting with Google Fiber Optic Trial Application

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Assemblyman Joe Lentol is reportedly "assisting with the application process" to tell Google we want their internets, but needs to hear some words of encouragement from you all so he knows people actually care. So listen up. If you have, or have once had, slow internet service around the 'Burg, do us all a favor and call (718-383-7474), email his office, or post on his FB wall and express your support for asking Google to "hook us up."

Also, there is a Facebook group for this cause now as well: "Greenpoint / Williamsburg for Google Fiber Optic." I love you guys. Please go fan their page.

Update: A comment from Amy from Joe Lentol's office:

Hi, this is Amy from Assemblyman Lentol's office. Thanks so much for helping to get the word out on this. It is a really exciting project that could mean a lot to everyone in this community from all walks of life. We have had a huge outpouring of support from local businesses, artists, families, students, and everyone in between. To clarify, what we really need help on is words of encouragement from you to show Google that a project like this has the support of the community and would be appreciated and utilized by the community. I encourage everyone to join the Facebook group and to let Google know what this project would mean to Greenpoint and Williamsburg and to you personally. Our application doesn't stand a chance without a major showing of community support! Thanks to everyone for your help!

Slashedo: Nordic-themed dance party this Weds @ K&M

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The organizers of Slashedo, a Nordic-themed dance party happening this Wednesday night at K&M, are out to learn us that "Danes do it better!"

By enlisting the music of such artists as Lykke Li, Miike Snow, Röyksopp, The Hives, Björk, Sigor Rós, Lindstrøm, the Raveonettes, Jens Lekman and bunches more, it shouldn't be so much a lesson as an excuse to get your grööve on at the hump of the week.

Here's the gist:

Ø (slashedo) is a recurring Nordic-themed dance party in NYC featuring the best music and remixes by Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish and Icelandic bands, artists and DJs.

Slashedo / K&M / 225 North 8th and Roebling / March 24th / 10pm - 2am

March 19, 2010

Help Find Brianna Zani (Missing 21 yr old)

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21-year-old Brianna Zani has gone missing, her sister tweeted us, and asked we "please get the word out if you can." She is 5' 5", had short blond hair (now shaved?), blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a green shirt with blue jeans when she escaped from Woodhull Hospital at 760 Broadway in Brooklyn, NY yesterday. On a site created to help find her, her sister writes, "She WILL BE disoriented. If you find her, keep her THERE and call 911. If you cannot restrain her, please do your best." Help a girl out and keep your eyes peeled.

If you have access to a printer, here's a "missing" flyer you could throw up on a streetpole for the family.

Cue Fatty 'Cue!

Fatty 'Cue unofficially opened last night at its new location at 91 South Sixth Street. Gothamist went and sniffed the pork belly and reports it has three floors with enough room for 50 diners & "400 pounds of meat at a time." However, don't go making plans yet. The official opening date is March 23rd.

Eater reports as well: "As with any early opening, the place was overstaffed—it seemed like 19 people said thank you and goodbye on the way out—and just about every server was on his game (extra points to the guy in the "Bloggers Suck" t-shirt). The atmosphere in the three story joint is festive, casual."

March 15, 2010

Happenings in the Beer Garden World

Radegast is expanding into an adjacent building around the corner on Berry Street and a company operating under the name "Biergarten Williamsburg" and owned by Chef Michael Psilakis (of Manhattan's Kefi), "did get approval from the board on March 9 for the spot just off N. 11th Street."

March 10, 2010

Greenpoint looks like New Orleans, Right?

This Friday night, HBO will be turning Meserole Avenue, Jewel and Moultrie Streets into New Orleans' Ninth Ward while filming a movie TV show about Katrina.

March 08, 2010

Am Appy Speaks to "Set the Record Straight"

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Following last week's window smashings at American Apparel, they sent out a statement to help clear things up. Here's what they had to say...

We've gotten a few inquires about an incident at our Williamsburg store last week, and because online speculation can so often go awry, we thought we'd try set the record straight with the facts we have available. About 20 small windows were broken by a group of people on Thursday around midnight. The piece of metal used to smash them was left behind, a few mannequins were scuffed, and nothing was stolen. The police apprehended and arrested two people later that night, a man and a woman, and we'll likely proceed by attempting to be reimbursed for the destroyed property.

As far as anything goes regarding a black-clad hipster uprising or mobs of angry retail protesters terrorizing Brooklyn, there hasn't been anything to confirm this apart from a few blog comments. Most retailers have a brush with vandalism at some point, which although unfortunate, is just a reality of being in business. As it stands, this appears to be one of those instances.

But! Gothamist has a theory. "Could black-clad hipsters be confused with black-clad communists? Bring those perps into the 'interrogation room,' Dov Charney, because the photos from that recent American Apparel protest show the angry rioters also wearing... all black."

Related: did we never find their blog weaponry? If they said they have blogs, then they must be out there. C'mon people, find the retail terrorists/vandals' blog!

March 05, 2010

Come Check Out Work by Street Artist Swoon & Friends Tonight

Even if you don’t know Bushwick-based street artist Swoon , you’ve passed her haunting wheatpaste portraits walking down Bedford, or Wythe, or really anywhere in Brooklyn.

Tonight she’s holding a fundraiser/art auction featuring 100+ works of art, a DJ and food and drink. The whole thing is to raise money for her
DIY collective ‘s latest art/performance piece – they’re traveling to India, where they’ll float handmade boats down the Ganges River to the holy city of Varanasi.

With work from artists like Thomas Beale, ImminentDisaster, Ben Mortimer, Ero, Tod Seeley, Ben Wolfe, Pork, Tony Bones, Jeff Stark, and Swoon herself, the trip out to Walker gallery in Tribeca is definitely worth the trek.


Fri, Mar 5
56 Walker St., New York, NY
7:00 – 1:00 am.
$10 door, open bar
weareswimmingcities.org

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"Retail terrorists" Strike North 6th American Apparel

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Somebody threw rocks through the windows of Williamsburg's American Apparel last night, in what looks to be a bout of "retail terrorism."

I called up the store to ask just what happened, and was told that yes, indeed, someone threw rocks inside the store but then they were caught by the police. I asked if they think the leggings assassins were acting maliciously, or just drunks, and they said, "Yea, they wrote that on their blog. They have blogs. Someone took pictures and put them up on a blog." I asked which blog that was, but they didn't know. I am Googling, and would appreciate if you do the same! Email me if you find these pics.

Hat tip to Sami, who tweeted, "some serious stuff went down on north 6th last night involving flaming trash and shattered windows at am. apparel..."

This blog posted a photo w/ the caption, "Retail Terrorists attacked the American Apparel in Williamsburg-Hipster culprits."

sQuiddums on Twitter chimes in with, "Who tries to smokebomb American Apparel? You have a huge problem with leggings? The whole of Williamsburg shops there, just admit it."

So who did it? Was it one of the peeps who lost the big butts contest? That's my guess!

Update 1-1:44 pm: Heard from a tipster who knows an employee at a nearby establishment. That person's report from the scene makes it sounds a heck of a lot scarier than just a few kids throwing rocks! Per his recollection, there were about 50 guys dressed all in black, wearing masks, and "causing total mayhem" all along No. 6th St, "dumping out trash dumpsters and setting everything on fire in the streets, and then smashing all the windows of the american apparel."

Update 2-2:22 pm: new pic after the jump.

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Free Williamsburg loves kids.

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For all the North Brooklyn breeders:

Uproar Art is hosting a FREE Open House this Saturday at Spacecraft (355 bedford ave. www.spacecraftbrooklyn.com). From 1pm - 3:30 pm families are invited to walk in for free art making, free snacks and lots of fun, plus meeting the teachers and in-person class registration. This Saturday the activities offered are enameling - fusing glass to metal - and comic illustration. Classes start on March 8th and March 12th, so Saturday is technically the last day to enroll for the Monday classes. Space is limited, so early enrollment is encouraged. There is also one free trial session policy, so parents who are on the fence can send their child to the first session of any class absolutely free of charge, with no obligation to continue taking the class if they didn't like it.

Starbucks Pricing Out The Bedford Bagel Store?

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The owner of The Bagel Store on Bedford tells Gothamist he's being priced out of his location, as his landlord sees gold nipple rings on the nippleless Starbucks mermaid. Yes, Bedford might succumb to the Starbucks might.

It could happen as soon as November 2011. The Reverend Billy, of course, has words of encouragement for you anarchists, telling Gothamist, "Williamsburg should break the windows every morning and surround the landlord with shame. Bring back the Bagel Store!"

3rd Ward holding it DOWN

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I'm a huge fan of 3rd Ward (I teach there, after all) but they are really getting even more interesting things done as of late.

Right now, signing up for an unlimited memberships gets you their traditional free bike and a MACBOOK. Shit! Free coffee and now this? Get a taco stand and you aren't going to get rid of me, 3rd Ward.

Also, 3rd Ward is working on being one of the best jewelry schools in the area. Which strikes me as a pretty crazy goal to have but they have 11 different classes going on so maybe not.

Busy Saturday

Full day of culturin' happening on Saturday in the neighborhood.

Boomslang, the theater wing of Brooklyn-based collective Goddamn Cobras, makes its debut this Saturday with a workshop-style reading of two new one-act plays as part of Bushwick's SITEfest 2010. The reading is in anticipation of a full production in the Capitol Fringe Fest in Washington, D.C. this July.

Paper Play/Word Play by Amy Rose Marsh is a look at an intense crisis between two people who live in books. In Speaking in Stomachs, Katharine Henner imagines a support group for information addicts. Katherine's play "For Your Amusement" was performed by Left Hip Productions in February.

Saturday, March 6th, 1-2:30 p.m.
Third Ward, 195 Morgan Avenue, Bushwick, Studio A
Suggested donation: $5

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Then Brooklyn Armory Night! The original, Manhattan-based version happens from Thursday to Sunday so anyone in the art world might be sick of it all by Saturday. But at least with Brooklyn version you don't have to walk to 12th avenue from goddamn midtown to enjoy some visual stimulation.

From the press release:

Armory Arts Week is so close, and with the Armory show in Manhattan we in Brooklyn cannot wait to host the myriad spectacular events on Saturday, March 6th from 6-10pm. That’s right Ladies and Gentlemen, another wonderful Armory Arts Week Brooklyn Night! An evening when the Brooklyn art scene dons its best hat, ensuring a mesmerizing experience in homage to this great event. Don’t get us wrong, Brooklyn always puts its best face forward, but Armory is an excuse to get fancy and really party.

Check out participating galleries and what they are doing here.

February 27, 2010

Organs EP Release Party Tonight

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We love these guys and so should you!

February 26, 2010

The FilmShop Goes Unprotected Saturday Night

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The Music Hall of Williamsburg is home to The FilmShop this Saturday night, as they present Unprotected, a "series of 2 minute films" that explore the theme of vulnerability.

Chinese Ruffians. Unsightly Celebrity. Girl adrift. Vulnerable Narcissists. Humdrum Penetration. This is just a sample of what you get when thirty filmmakers reflect on the theme of UNPROTECTED.

The films, shot by members of both the Brooklyn and (newly formed) Hong Kong chapters, will be supported with live performances by the "massively ambitious" Emanuel and the Fear as well as Hank & Cupcakes.

Seven bucks advance, $10 day of, 18 to enter, 21 to drink. Doors open at 8, show is at 9. Everybody gets laid by midnight and we'll see you for brunch the next day.

Of course, we're most looking forward to the short film by Zachary Timm, about an infamous Williamsburg hairdo documented by friend of the site, Jeff Simmermon.

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the infamous 'do

February 25, 2010

A Growing Chefs Fundraiser

Annie, of Greenpoint rooftop farming notoriety, is gearing up for the summer grow season with a fundraiser this saturday.

Hosted by local foods based specialty shop Urban Rustic, the evening will include an endless sampling of seasonal local treats prepared on site by the culinary team at Growing Chefs in partnership with Brooklyn Standard. Look forward to live music to get your foot stompin’ and a spectacular auction guaranteed to make your green thumb start itching to grow.

40 bucks but the food just so so worth it. And they are auctioning the leasing of an apple tree! I'm not even sure what that means but I am very, very interested.

Tickets available at:
GrowingChefs.eventbrite.com

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February 24, 2010

No Brown Bags

“At one point, they said I was keeping the gun in a brown paper bag here at Fortunato’s. But we only have white paper bags here—you’ll never, ever see brown paper. There was never any evidence.”

Marty Markowitz Welcomes UFOs to Brooklyn as "their gateway to planet Earth."

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The Post covered the recent rash of UFO sightings over Williamsburg, and got some great quotes out of our beloved borough president Marty Markowitz.

Despite meager evidence of intergalactic vehicles touching down in Brooklyn, Borough President Marty Markowitz has already embraced the would-be visitors, claiming that the “creative attire, hair colors, and eclectic body art of our more artistic Williamsburg residents” is evidence that there is already “very fashionable extraterrestrial life walking among us.”

“But seriously, I would be thrilled if those from other planets would choose Brooklyn as their gateway to planet Earth. We are a city of immigrants, and when I say Brooklyn is proud home to everyone from everywhere, I really mean everywhere!” said Markowitz.

Community Board 1 Public Safety and "Extraterrestrial Relations Chair" Mieszko Kalita weighed in as well: “If there’s more than one, they’re pretty tiny. They will be hard to arrest, considering the size of the handcuffs from the NYPD, but still they can be contained easily, possibly in a glass jar. Therefore I don’t think it is a huge problem. Their ships can be used in a league game.”

Also, kudos to Aaron Short & The Post for crediting the blogs who've recently covered the "story" -- McBrooklyn, Gothamist, Vos Iz Neias, and yes, Free Williamsburg -- something it doesn't normally abide by.

February 22, 2010

Blue Bottle Coffee to open "as early as Wednesday"

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Blue Bottle Coffee is a growing organic coffee company that's set to open a store at 160 Berry Street "as early as Wednesday," sez the Times.

Sure, they'll offer the standard bevy of coffees and espresso options to keep you cranking through the night. What sets Blue Bottle apart however are their five, three foot tall Japanese slow-drippers -- "the wood and brass frames support stacked glass globes and adjustable nozzles that mete out liquid at 88 drops per minute."

Those things look epic! Can't wait to geek out over a cup o' joe.

Brooklyn Kitchen Moving Sale

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Today's your last chance to take advantage of The Brooklyn Kitchen's "Lose It or Move It Sale" as they prepare to move to 100 Frost St.

"Today is the last day of our big moving sale. 20%(or more) off everything at out lorimer st store. All-clad, Le Creuset, knives. Everything!"

Also: Bob McClure of McClure's Pickels is teaching Pickle Science tonight at 6:30, a class which as of a couple days ago had an opening.

February 19, 2010

Greenpoint Grounded for Another Weekend

"Greenpoint will remain cut off from the rest of the city for another two weekends, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority quietly revealed this week."

The Brooklyn Star to "Recoup and Reopen" After Fire

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The Brooklyn Star will be shutting down for a few months to "recoup" following a fire in the building. The restaraunt itself doesn't appear to be burned, but reports say firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof and there is debris in the kitchen. Joaquin Baca, chef/owner of southern-style joint told Eater it will reopen and that no one was hurt.

Update: A message on its website says: "UNFORTUNATELY WE SUFFERED SOME DAMAGE FROM A FIRE ON FEBRUARY 16TH. WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR A SPELL PENDING RECONSTRUCTION. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN THE PAST AND HOPE TO SERVE YOU AGAIN REAL SOON."

Thanks Liza for the tip!

February 10, 2010

7:18pm Tonight: McCarren Park Snowball Fight

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From my inbox, an email with the subject line: "Snow ball fight in McCarren Park tonight!"

At 7:18 pm, EST, the festivities will commence. McCarren park Snow Ball Fight. Be There.

Don't say you weren't warned!

February 03, 2010

Dinosaur Feathers Debut “Fantasy Memorial” @ Fort Useless Tonight – A Party of Listening

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If, like me, you’ve been feeling particularly S.A.D. recently, the breezy, up-tempo, tropico-rock songs that Dinosaur Feathers so charmingly deliver may just serve to be sunbeams bursting forth from the speakers. The actual release date of “Fantasy Memorial” is March 2nd, just two weeks before they head down to Austin to play a slew of SXSW dates and make waves that will be felt outside of the boroughs.

Dinosaur Feathers - Vendela Vita, from “Fantasy Memorial”, via Poptarts Suck Toasted
(Don’t you feel warmer already?)

Another new tune, Teenage Whore, is available on the Dinosaur Feathers Myspace.

[Event - via StereoactiveNYC]


February 01, 2010

Das Racist Cover Beastie Boys at Cameo

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Not getting enough Das Racist in your life? Can't make it to The Woods tonight? Well, then just head out to Cameo tomorrow night for a Brooklyn overload!

Cameo Art Gallery is fired up to announce the much anticipated Das Racist show at our performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Tuesday, February 2. The first of Cameo's cover show series, Das Racist will perform the Beastie Boy's album, Paul's Boutique, in its entirety. ... And if that ain't Brooklyn, we don't know what is.

Doors at 9:30, $5 Cover

Benefit Concert: Rock + Rescue for Haiti at The Woods

Tonight at The Woods, a benefit concert for Haiti feat. Japanther & Das Racist.

Please join us for a benefit concert for Haiti. Performers include:

-Japanther: http://japanther.com/
- Das Racist: http://www.myspace.com/dasracist
- Fresh Kills: http://www.myspace.com/freshkills
- Cerebral Ballzy: http://www.myspace.com/cerebralballzy
- Columboid: http://www.myspace.com/columboid

Post band DJing provided by DJ Unicornicopia http://www.myspace.com/unicornicopia

All proceeds, including 100% of bar sales, bartender gratuities, cover charge, and merchandise sales will be donated to the Bedford Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps (http://www.bsvac.org) Haiti rescue efforts.

Performances start at 7:30 PM. $10 minimum donation at the door.

Facebook Event

January 30, 2010

Party in the USA : TONIGHT!

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This Saturday, Jan 30th, Ohio Party Eleven. Public Assembly. North 6th St. btw Wythe and Kent Ave.

January 29, 2010

Gawker Fills Office With Dicks as Hitler Gives Employee a Lap Dance

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Gawker had a little party last night for the opening of a NSFW art exhibit that included sex toy light fixtures, Presidential porn, and a performer "dressed as Hitler (who) gave a lap dance to a male employee in his swivel chair."

Its curator, Liz Dimmitt, told NBC, "Gawker is pretty hard to shock -- everyone here is used to crazy things going on in the office. Employees don't remember that [the art] is up when they have someone in for a meeting and suddenly [they realize] there's an Asian woman having sex with the Presidents over the receptionist's desk."

Guesses as to which employee got the Hitler lap dance welcome in the comments.

[NBC New York // photo via Random Night Out}

January 28, 2010

Calling All PBR Loving Artists

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Via Going.com:

N.Y. “PB-ART CONTEST” SUBMISSION PARTY! THUR 1.28.09 @ The Suffolk bar Doors 9PM w/ DJ ILAN

4 categories to chose from (2D, 3D, Photography/Digital Media, & Poetry) & 3 ways to enter:

1) Submit your PBR artwork onsite between 6-8PM Day-of for display & to be entered into the contest
2) Produce PBR artwork live at the party for submission (Paint, Markers, Canvas, Paper, Brushes will be provided onsite).
3) Submit PBR artwork online at www.pbrart.com from home!

4 national grand prize winners will receive: $1893 + one year’s supply of PBR! 4 Runner-up prize winners will receive: $631 and 4 months of beer. There will also be tons of PBR Swag and Give-aways

@ The Suffolk - 107 Suffolk Street (bet Rivington & Delancey)

Party: Hot Pursuit at The Woods Tonight

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There's a party at The Woods tonight called Hot Pursuit with the DJ's of VHS or BETA, Kids with Snakes, and Gavin Royce. Your presence has hereby been requested and they ask you "put on your whiskey hat," should you own one. Last we checked, photog Nicky Digital was 4sq mayor of the joint that's on the fastest track yet to replace Union Pool as "the new Union Pool," and he'll be there shooting tonight so look hot to be pursued.

Starts at 10, goes till 4, drinks are cheap and the tacos are delicious. Here's the Facebook event.

The Beard Ball

windmill-beard.jpgThere are blogs and websites about them. You can buy fake ones on etsy. The hipster grifter even had a tattoo devoted to them. New Yorkers, it seems, have a beard thing. And now they have a ball to celebrate.

The folks behind the blog Build a Beard are throwing the Beard Ball, next Thursday, Feb 4 at the bar Matchless in Greenpoint. The event will feature three bearded bands (Transatlantic FM, Quiet Loudly, and Julius C) a raffle and drink specials. Tickets are $5, and go to support RightRides.org, that awesome group that gives late night rides home to "women, LGBTQ and gender nonconforming individuals."

Can't grow a full beard? Don't worry. They promise the event will be welcoming of all types of facial hair creativity.

The Beard Ball ($5 – tickets here) is at Matchless Thursday, Feb 4th at 8pm. [via]

-- Erica Sackin

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January 27, 2010

UFO's Spotted Over Brooklyn (w/ video)

From the esteemed alien spacecraft-spotting website LATEST-UFO-SIGHTINGS.net (creed: only real and true latest UFO sightings) comes reports of not one but TWO unknown objects spotted over Brooklyn sometime on Monday night! Aliens!!

A YouTube user who has favorited quite a shit ton of UFO clips writes, "Spotted from my backyard in williamsburg. I watched for about 40 min. so i could tell they were moving but very slowly. They sort of looked like stars but were hanging too low and the blue one was a bit too sparkly."

Here's video
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That's not all! The very next night, the same YouTube user uploaded the video UFO Brooklyn Jan 26th with the description: "Something odd floating in the skies over bushwick." The video shows what basically looks like a star with some auto-focusing effects making it a tad crazy. But I dunno. Star? Or alien spacecraft. One commenter isn't sold. Or maybe he is? His comment is confusing! "i know what it's not but i can't tell you what is... sorry. it's not a star thats for sure."

One thing I'm not for sure of definitely is that it's definitively not what it is, rather, isn't what it's not. Which isn't not what you think it is, star gazers, but what you don't think it isn't being what it is.

January 26, 2010

Oh No Ono - 3 Nights Only!

Fans of the up-beat, off-kilter, Danish indie-pop-rockers Oh No Ono, rejoice! You have three (3!) consecutive nights to catch the act perform their lustrous tunes starting tonight at 7 p.m. at Sound Fix Records for free ($0.00!). The show tonight celebrates the US release of their second album, Eggs, out today on Brooklyn’s own Friendly Fire records.

Check out the music video for their first single "Swim" if you need plans for any of the next few nights:

Continue reading "Oh No Ono - 3 Nights Only!" »

January 25, 2010

Barcade is Haunted! Built On a 19th Century Cemetery

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As if drinking and playing video games on a school night wasn't enough to weigh down your conscious, it turns out Barcade was built atop a 19th century cemetery.

From Gothamist:

"The cemetery was known as the Old Methodist Burying Ground which serviced the Attorney Street Methodist Church and the First Methodist Protestant Church of Williamsburg. When the church closed in 1856, the bodies were allegedly moved to Cyprus Hills Cemetery, but the Scout wonders if a few bodies may remain."

And of course, owner Paul Kermizian told them "The only ghosts we've seen have been in our Ms Pac Man game!"

Bike Lane Debate at Pete's Tonight

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Some of the players in the Williamsburg bike lane drama battles will fight it out like gentlemen tonight at Pete's Candy Store for the Open City Dialogue series.

Guests include Caroline Samponaro of Transportation Alternatives and Biking Rules!; Bike messenger Heather Loop,; Satmar representative and City Council Candidate Isaac Abraham, and Hassidic Bike Enthusiast and founder of Tarif Bike Geshaft Baruch Herzfeld.

FREE PUBLIC DEBATE
MONDAY, Jan. 25, 7:30pm
PETE’S CANDY STORE
(709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn)

January 22, 2010

Attend This Reading: The Ancient Book of Hip

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The author Dan Lichtenberg of the very fabulous, very witty, and always pertinent piece of literary art The Ancient Book of Hip, will host a reading this Saturday night at Book Thug Nation at 7:00 pm (RSVP).

After a brief tour of our gorgeous city, this will be the San Francisco-based author's last NYC reading for his east coast tour. FW very earnestly makes the recommendation you support our brother in hippery and attend this reading.

Book Thug Nation Reading of The Ancient Book of Hip
By Dan Lichtenberg
January 23rd, 7:00 pm
103 N. 3rd Street

January 21, 2010

Meteorite hits Williamsburg doctor's office

Ciampi said he found examination room No. 2, which is only about 10 feet from his office, and the hallway outside its door was littered with debris with the ceiling and walls and three chunks of stone on the floor.

In Williamsburg. Virginia. Thank god. Sometimes my Google Alerts give me heart attacks.

"Heavy Lifting" Time at McCarren Pool?

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A tipster to Brownstoner sent in some photos of a new construction trailer set up at the back of the Pool, where the construction fence has been removed. They say, "Ground may have been officially broken at McCarren Pool last month, but it looks like the heavy lifting may be ready to begin in earnest now."

Moving along, moving along.

I'm still upset that such a great, world-renowned live music venue was wiped out by a few community groups looking to score some political points. Can't wait for the floating band-aids!

Here's Matt & Kim playing the pool back in July 2008, from Baeblemusic (w/ a Final Countdown opening!):


Watch the full concert at baeblemusic.com

January 20, 2010

Friday Night: Galette Des Rois Party at The Richardson

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With the weekend just 48 hours away, why not plan a unique Euro-twist to your Friday night happy hour plans?

On Friday the 22nd The Richardson will be hosting a traditional “Galette Des Rois” party, complete with Kir Royales and Edith Piaf songs. What's more, they'll be serving pastry cakes with prizes inside for whoever is lucky enough to snag the winning slice.

The celebration will be hosted by Sam Maher, a local French instructor who has been teaching out of a studio in Williamsburg for several years. Check out samteachesfrench.com for more information about course levels, cost and blogging en francais. For more details about the party, RSVP on the Facebook invite.

Friday, January 22
6:30-8:30 PM
The Richardson, 451 Graham Ave

January 19, 2010

Tatted Release Party RIGHT NOW-ish at Cameo

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Tattoos come to Cameo from 8pm - midnight tonight for a launch of the book Tatted that will show off "nearly 200 images that did not make it into the book based on photographer Marianne Bernstein’s Tattoo Series 2007-2009."

Tonight at Cameo (8pm–midnight, free), Bernstein presents 300 images, with music courtesy of Terry D and DJ Never Forget. There will also be a fashion show by Brooklyn Royalty and the only chance to snap up a limited-edition GritCityInc (the book’s publisher) versus Brooklyn Royalty T-shirt ($32).

Cameo's behind Loving Cup on No. 6th. More info on the book/event. Check it.

January 15, 2010

That L Train

Was pretty #fail this morning, but looks like it was b/c someone jumped in front of a train at Atlantic early this morning. That's unfortunate. Our hearts go out to whomever that was.

January 13, 2010

Free Movie Night at Brooklyn Bowl

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January 12, 2010

Funnies Tonight: The MacGyver Show!

The bro who created Hot New Website Subway Douchery is tellin' some jokes tonight at Legion. He, and a few others. Should get some lols.

Tonight, 8pm Tuesday January 12 @ Legion Bar in Williamsburg

790 Metropolitan Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11211-2514 - (718) 387-3797

Featuring:
JORDAN CARLOS ( Colbert Repot: Stephen’s black friend “Alan”, Live at Gotham)
TOM SIBELY (The jerk who created SUBWAY DOUCHERY)
GREG JOHNSON (Sirius Satellite Radio)
JAMIE LEE (CollegeHumor.com, title role in “The Cooler” w/ Alec Baldwin)
ROSS HYZER (Huffington Post)
Hosted by: Danny Solomon (New Orleans Comedy Fest)

via

January 09, 2010

NYC WTF 2NITE

Ah WTF, I'm almost late on this one, but tonight at Public Assembly AV-DJs Eclectic Method are throwing a party with Dark Igloo as part of the NYC WTF series. RSVP on Facebook for a $7 2 for 1 deal.

Le Chev & Eclectic Method & Faux Mex with another fucking night of loud music and hypnotizing video at Public Assembly 10PM-4AM

When: 10PM-4AM Saturday, January 9th 2010

Where: 70 North 6th St. Brooklyn, NY

Facebook // Website

January 08, 2010

Animal Collective Debut New Music Video

Animal Collective debuted their music video for Brother Sport. Combining live action, animation, and costume scraps from Where The Wild Things Are, it's a little trippy... and then it gets gross... and then it goes two minutes past my attention span. ENJOY!

December 31, 2009

Don't Have Plans For NYE? Now You Do!!

So it's time to say goodbye to the year that brought us a million celebrity deaths, a huge money shaped hole in our hearts, and the swine flu. It's time to raise our champagne glasses, spot your closest sexy stranger and say "Hey 2009... FUCK YOU!" Here's a list of some of our recommended shitshows:

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Of course there's the Ohio Party and the bittersweet Monkeytown chilled out NYE

I'll be getting my free drink on from 10-11pm at K&M while the Rude Dudes drop some hits I can shake my ass to.

For "people who want to do awesome ass shit", Team Robespierre are playing a midnight show at Bruar Falls.

Bring in the Y2K V2.0 with the lovely folks at Bushwick's hottest restaurant, Roberta's-- there are rumors of a hot tub sauna so you can get your Real World on!

Shea Stadium's New Fears Party promises bands all night long and a 8am breakfast to bring in 2010 with-- the perfect way to avoid that January 1st hangover.

$29 will get you into two parties with TheDanger crew! In addition to the address listed on the New Lost City website, it'll be going on at 341 Scholes St. as well. Two parties for the price of one!

If you like pretending you're in Manhattan, Brooklyn Bowl will probably have some sort of epic 30 TV screen countdown going... Q Tip might also be there.

Also, if you only wanna spend $1 tonight, head on over to the Passion Pit afterparty

Those are our picks, let us know what else is up in the comments! Happy 2010, bitches!!

Flyer by Behold The Destroyer

YOU SHOULD DO THIS TONIGHT!

Celebrate New Years Eve with The Ohio Party DJ’s


"40 Bucks for an open bar starting at 10 that goes till 12:30 and includes free champagne and fake money so you can make it rainman like Pacman Jones at midnight."
check out the pics from their last party

December 30, 2009

Monkeytown New Year's Eve Performance Equals Total Victory

This New Year's Eve is, of course, a special affair for Monkeytown. As many of you have heard, Monkeytown will be closing its doors at the end of January. For their last intimate New Year's bash, they have picked a special family version of an Excepter performance. Over the course of the last four years, the Excepter takeovers of Monkeytown have been my favorite for their utilization of the backroom's space and their sometimes unpredictable choice of sound and visual aesthetics.

In October Excepter released the album and short film Black Beach on Paw Tracks. Shot on a brief vacation in California, Black Beach finds Excepter mining more chilled-out (sometimes microhouse) sonic territory.

December 22, 2009

Dogs Electrocuted at 335 Union Avenue

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Two dogs in the past week have been zapped by electricity flowing through the sidewalks in front of 335 Union Avenue, due to a landlord's faulty wiring job.

Yesterday morning 80-year-old Matthew Voto asked a friend to take his 7-year-old dog Princess for a walk in his East Williamsburg neighborhood, and the poor pup was shocked right there on the sidewalk of 335 Union Avenue. Voto said his friend "ran up, he said your dog got sort of electrocuted, something went wrong."

Don't be another Princess! Keep your dogs off Union (for now).

December 21, 2009

Green Fitness Grand Opening Today!

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December 17, 2009

TONIGHT! Free Danger Record Release Party!!

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Tonight at Death By Audio, come celebrate the second release from our homies Free Danger-- a 12" of Future Islands remixes by some of our favorite musical friends.

Performing live tonight will be those aforementioned talents-- Pictureplane, Javelin, Jones, and Moss of Aura (which is the very talented Victoria of Beach House), not to mention Future Islands themselves.

Post Office Wave Chapel will be available hot off the presses on the Free Danger website in early January 2010. Show starts at 8pm, $7 at the door. See y'all there!!

Hello, Do You Play Kickball?

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Because if so, tonight is your big glorious kickball party! It starts in a little over an hour at Berry Park, and there will be dancing, prancing, and probably cross-team fucking in the bathrooms. Ladies and gentlemen, your info:

This year, McCarren's newest and classiest booze hall, Berry Park, is proudly hosting our 4th Annual Christmas Party! Please spread the word, as we are collaborating with Greenpoint's Lighthouse Church to provide toys for kids otherwise not getting one. I ask you all to bring a toy to put under Berry Park's gorgeous 12 foot tree (I sold it to them). I also am collaborating with the other leagues, so no kid feels like they've been bad.

If giving isn't enough, I have arranged for the best and most appropriate music in town, with the jolly Reverend Vince Anderson to rock us out! We have "Coin Flip" happy hours from 7-9, where you buy a beer, and then flip a coin to see if you get a free one! Lastly, Berry Park has just opened their kitchen, and I can assure you, it's fucking delish. The smell of it just kisses you when you enter this candlelit haven.

Have fun, send pictures, call your mother.

Monkeytown Closing Due to "Landlord Issues"

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Total bummer. Brooklyn Based has the news that Monkeytown will be shutting down on January 24th, 2010 due to "landlord issues."

Sad news comes by way of Monkeytown’s owner Montgomery Knott, who tells us that due to landlord issues the space will close on January 24, 2010. The venue brought dinner and a movie to next levels (like this week’s 6-course ski lodge meal with vintage ski movies projected on the four screens).

Great. There goes Williamsburg's best place for mushroom tripping. Now what, f'n Hugs again?! The park's too cold these days. I guess there's always Barcade or something but you'd have to do this on a weeknight, as Saturday's crowds might sent you into a very uncomfortable downward spiral. Kellogg's could be nice?

(photo of the Monkeytown couches and sleepies by cameronfactor)

December 16, 2009

Highway Gimps Are Back, Organs Are Awesome

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Forget your holiday party!

The Brooklyn What

Highway Gimps

Organs

The Sleepies

December 14, 2009

'Tis The Season

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Secret Adam Green Show at Lit Lounge Tonight

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Here's the info from the man himself:

GOOD NEWz!!!
I am PLayingk a Surprise Full-BANd Showe at LiT LOUNGE (2nd Ave. and 5th st.)
ON MoNDAY The 14th
With THe SHinIng Twins
and Delilah
Its ONLY SIX DOLLARZ
THE SHINING TWINS Go on at 9:56pm
DELILAH Goez on at 10:49pm
and I (ADAM GREEN) Go on at 11:27pm
This Seems like a good idea!
KOme!

Keep a lookout in the next few weeks, as we'll be talking to Adam about his upcoming album, Minor Love, out on February 16th, 2010.

December 12, 2009

Saturday Night Happenings Worth Checking Out

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If you've been drinking at Brooklyn Bowl all day, or if you're looking to start your night, here are a few things to check out on your drunken romp through the 'hood in the bitter cold...

First, one of our favorite new local bands, Steel Phantoms, is playing at Glasslands with Calypso, The Chairs, and No Place-- and now they have merch!

Dirty Nerdy Dance Party at Beauty Bar tonight, bringing you "the sweaty smart fun your nasty-ass craves..."-- no cover with drink specials all night.


Vivian Girls playing with Yellow Fever and Happy Birthday at Death By Audio

Here's a party that looks like it'll probably get shut down.

And, there's also a Danger "Sugar Rum Cherry" Holiday Party going on, put on with the help of the 3rd Ward folks we all love so much:

Explore twelve thousand square feet of debauched festivities that somehow mixes the best elements of all holiday traditions while respecting none. With dirty Santas, seductive elves, Rockette(ish) dance troupes, flaming circus acts, all-night dance floors, live brass bands, cheap drinks, mistletoe and an abundance of whip-cream and cherries.

TOMORROW, assemble in the name of Bedford Ave Bike Lanes!

Photo Via

December 11, 2009

Best Believe: This is happening tonight!

Ohio Party 10
"$1 Colt 45’s that come with a hangover so bad you won’t even remember the nasty human that you tongue kissed the previous evening."

ALWAYS FREE!
ALWAYS OUTRAGEOUS
ALWAYS WWW.OHIOPARTY.COM

December 04, 2009

Rockwood Revival's First Show TONIGHT

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Come out to Northeast Kingdom and enjoy Brooklyn's new Rockwood Revival-- one part Organs and one part Feather and Folly, these kids sure won't disappoint. Seriously, its their first show and you should be super excited.

Oh and, local faves Old Hat and Frank Hoier will be there too!

November 23, 2009

Dijital Fix Robbed, MacBooks Stolen

Dijital Fix, the electronics store located in the back of Bedford's Mini Mall, was robbed early Saturday morning by crooks who kicked in their back window and got away with two MacBooks and an iPod Touch. Eagle scouts -- they ask that we keep an eye out for any Craigslist listings that might fit the part.

Doug from Dijital Fix writes:

We wanted to let you guys know if you wanna do a little snippet on it, that our store was robbed sometime in the wee hours of this morning(3 or 4am) The back window was kicked in and a bunch of merchandise, 3 macbooks, some ipods and all the cash was taken. We would like to get the word out there so if anyone see's any Macbooks or itouch's for sale on craigslist that look suspicious they can contact us and everything. There were 2 silver macbook pro's and one black one. and a 16 gig itouch. So i mean if you need any more information just let me know and i can supply you with it. The police have been notified and prints are being dusted for and whatnot. Hopefully you can help us out and keep local people aware. Thanks guys.

No fun. We hope this snippet helps get the word out and the MacBooks are found...they're probably very scared right now.

November 21, 2009

Our Favorite Dance Party

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You, too, can get your groove back...

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Beach Party Tonight at Khao Sarn

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If the advent of cold weather has you depressed, then good news: BangOn! is hosting a wild beach party tonight at Khao Sarn Thai. This means people in bathing suits, DJs playing the best 50s/60s/70s surf/yacht/garage rock and apparently a “tiny crowd surfer.” among other sweaty spectacles.

There will also be drink specials, and as lovers of Khao Sarn (a.k.a. the best Thai joint in the neighborhood) know, this place has killer cocktails with ridiculous names like the “Sex in Willyburg” and the “South 2nd.” We plan on being there and sipping them in our bikinis all night. That’s right class – if you show up in costume the entry fee is only $3.

11 pm, Bedford at South 2nd Street.

November 20, 2009

Yo, Go To This!

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Saturday: Cinema 16, These Are Powers & Free Drinks

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Drambuie Cocktails, free with RSVP / 7:30pm
at Galapagos

During the silent film, live music enhanced the moving picture and brought communities together through a visceral, interactive audio-visual experience. Today, the film experience has been reduced to the tiny screens of our laptops and iPods, oftentimes experienced alone. Cinema 16 offers a revival of community, recreating the experience of the silent film era. Curator and artist Molly Surno programs obscure vintage films and pairs them with contemporary New York musicians. Bands are commissioned to compose a musical score in order to modernize the 1920’s tradition of live music accompanying films.

Cinema 16 initially began in 1947 as a New York based avant-garde film society. Inspired by Maya Deren’s Greenwich Village exhibition of experimental films, Amos Vogel and his wife Marcia decided to create a community based on this type of filmmaking. Now over four decades later Molly Surno brings the spirit of experimental and underground cinema back to New York.

More information at MyOpenBar.com.

November 18, 2009

Pomp's Post-Apocalypse Survival Party

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Come join Pomp & Circumstance, a Brooklyn based arts and culture magazine, as they celebrate their next issue launch with a Post-Apocalypse Survival Party tomorrow - November 19th @ www.littlefieldnyc.com. The event will feature a panel of media stars who have changed their lives to succeed and survive. Live performance by Elk City will follow. Beats by DJ Jinners. Sponsored by Mercy, Harper Perennial, Sneak Attack Media, Green Truck and Lucid Absinthe.

**That's right, Absinthe Open Bar!!!**
7-9 pm guest list only. RSVP to pomponline@gmail.com
9pm-midnight open

Panelists include:

Andrew W.K. released his first full-length album in 2001 - the controversial, I Get Wet - Andrew was quickly recognized as a powerful musical performer, and exhilarating, positive role-model for a new generation. In 2008, Andrew and his friends opened a downtown Manhattan music venue and nightclub, Santos Party House. In 2009, Andrew began his own record label, SKYSCRAPER MUSIC MAKER, and began hosting his own TV show on Cartoon Network, "DESTROY BUILD DESTROY".

Matt McCarthy is a stand up comedian hailed by the NY Times as "a Belushi-like mad man.” He's also the redbearded ubiquitous Fios Guy.

CLICK THROUGH FOR MORE DEETS:

Continue reading "Pomp's Post-Apocalypse Survival Party" »

November 17, 2009

New Photo Gallery Set to Open This Weekend

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Attention photo aficionados: K&K is a new photography gallery located at 109 Broadway (between Bedford and Berry). They are hosting an opening reception this Friday from 7-10 pm featuring their first group show.


Check it out, yay for thriving art!

November 13, 2009

PAAAAARTY IN YOUR HOOD TONIGHT!

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Friday the 13th Cuddle Puddle Jam

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We are getting crazy loose! As most of you know we had to change our name due to some legal BS, come celebrate the first party to benefit Candy Rain Magazine! Doors at 9:30. $5 but free if you show your dick at the door before 1:30. Coverdude Contest at 2!

Candy Rain Cuddle Puddle

171 Lombardy St
Brooklyn, NY

Doors at 9:30. Coverdude Contest at 2, Ladies Circus right after. Plus Great Tiger, Womb Ripper, Guts For Garters, Plush and Harmony, Free Danger, Rev McFly and DJ Dirty Finger!

Come get bananas! Dudes show your dicks to get in for free before 1:30. Plus a porny raffle! Support your favorite pornographers!

Check out ligerbeat.blogspot.com for more details!

November 12, 2009

Grab your Lederhosen Hanz, We're Got Another!

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The uber-crowded LES beer hall and pretzel stop Loreley will be opening a beer garden (do i call it biergarten?) at the abandoned gas station at 64 Frost Street. They're waiting on their certificate of occupancy, and will soon be stuffing peeps stuck b/t the BQE and McCarren Park with sausages and drowning them in with booze.

(photo by Will Femia c/o Eater)

November 09, 2009

Drummer Jerry Fuchs Dies at 338 Berry in Elevator Shaft Fall

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Jerry Fuchs, the 34-year old drummer for such bands as !!!, The Juan Maclean, and Maserati, died early Sunday morning in a freak fall down an elevator shaft at 338 Berry Street (b/t S4th and S5th). The many reports out there say he and a friend tried to jump out after the freight elevator stopped b/t the 4th and 5th floors while at a party for the Uniform Project's six month anniversary. His buddy made it. Jerry, sadly, did not. His hoodie got caught and he fell.

His friend and roommate, Alex Frankel of Holy Ghost!, writes on his band's blog:

Last night Jerry Fuchs, our friend and our drum hero, passed away. Jerry accidentally fell from a freight elevator in Williamsburg Brooklyn and was not able to survive the intense trauma caused by the fall. Nick and I entered the building about the time the fall occurred. We found him in the elevator shaft. We held him and talked to him and went with him to Bellevue Hospital. Heartbreakingly, the doctors were unable to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at 3:33 am.

Gothamist reports the building has had a history of DOB violations, yet the majority have been "dismissed." There have been 8 total complaints, 61 DOB violations, and 24 ECB violations. The most recent, V 040109E9011/296054, was filed on April 1st of this year. Violation type? E, for elevator.

Here's a video of Jerry that's been making the rounds this morning. RIP.

November 07, 2009

For Your Saturday Night Entertainment

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Here are some of the things going on in the 'hood tonight:

Paper Garden Records Party in conjunction w/ 3rd Ward

Sharon Van Etten, Natureboy, and Rey Villalobos at Union Pool

I Can Haz Party at Savalas
hosted by Nicky Digital (which guarantees good looking people)

Some disco warehouse party that will feature DFA DJs

AND Lovepump & Todd P present an awesome show at Market Hotel tonight!

If you've got stuff to add to the list, let us all know in the comments... And remember kids, they give out condoms in almost every venue/bar/party in Brooklyn.

Photo Via

November 06, 2009

Dirty Nerdy Dance Party Tonight

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Fundraiser for the P.S. 31 Chess Team!

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It doesn't get much cuter than this. Tonight Matchless will be hosting a fundraiser for the P.S. 31 school in Greenpoint. Money was cut for their chess team, and this evening's efforts are to raise cash for the team to go to the championships.

There will be an auction with awesome prizes from J-Dubb records, Matador Records, Think Coffee, Brooklyn Kitchen, WORD Bookstore, Heartworm Press and many more! Additionally, there will be performances by Dream Diary, My Teenage Stride, the Sleepies and Soft Black.

The fun kicks off at 8pm.

November 05, 2009

Tonight Bikes In The Kitchen Presents...

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Also, this is going down tonight at Public Assembly!

Our friends over at Myopenbar.com say it best:

I don't think any of these guys has a job.

Bikes In The Kitchen presents:

* Cerebral Ballzy
* Radical Outing Crew
* Mr. Star City
* Memberz Only
* Santhya
* Anton Glamb
* Strictly Business

But then again, neither do you, so why wait 'til the weekend to lose your proverbial shit? With additional party thrusts from Teenwolf (Ninjasonik), Roofeeo (The Death Set), Dirtyfinger (Black Label) and BITK's own C.Lo.

November 02, 2009

Brooklyn Brewery Signs 15-year Lease

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After being nearly forced out of town by rising rent prices due to area landlords unappeasable appetite for condos, hotels, and faux-flea markets, the Brooklyn Brewery has taken advantage of the tanking real estate market in Williamsburg and signed a 15-year lease at $15 a square foot, "significantly higher than he had been paying but only about half of what landlords sought at the peak of the boom." Aaaand boom goes the dynamite, we'll have Brooklyn Brewery for the foreseeable future.

November 01, 2009

Noah and the Whale Film Screening Tonight

Starts at 7pm and will be amazingly intimate-- get there early because seating is limited.

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October 31, 2009

It's Halloween!

kids-halloween-costumes-1.jpgAnd there's a lot going on. Here are our picks:

A Flavorpill Halloween at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple with music by The Very Best

DAYTIME Dirt-Deth Rally at Robertas w/ Ninjasonik & Anamanaguchi

The Danger Party at 3rd Ward

Livin' for the Citaaayyy w/ the Rude Dudes at Legion Bar, Halloween Edition

Deer Tick play the songs of the Sex Pistols at Brooklyn Bowl

The Vice 15 year anniversary party (invite only) with Bad Brains and Jesus Lizard

Spooky Burt Bacharach and a Satanic Three Ring Circus at Issue Project Room

Obits, Pissed Jeans, Dum Dum Girls, Golden Triangle at Secret Project Robot

The Annihilation of Oz at Warsaw:

The self-proclaimed "Greatest Halloween Party Ever" is back for its fifth year, boasting a ball pit (to bring back fun, if unsanitary, memories of childhood), an hour of free beer (to relish in your current mature state), two hours of free pierogies, and three bands (the Vandelles, Toys in Trouble, and Dragons of Zynth). The theme is "The Annihilation of Oz," which is a warped imagining of what Dorothy left behind in Oz, where the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion battle evil Glinda for control of Oz and end up hanged from the gates in Emerald City as a warning to future do-gooders.

And of course, Todd P has 2 great events:

====| SATURDAY 10/31 - HALLOWEEN @ MARKET HOTEL |====

:: MT EERIE ———– aka the Microphones
:::: Liturgy
:::::: Malkuth
:::::::: Tara Jane O’Neil
:::::::::: No Kids

| MARKET HOTEL |
1142 Myrtle Ave @ Bdwy | Bushwick, Bklyn
JMZ-Myrtle, L-Jefferson, G-Myrtle/Willoughby | 8pm | all ages | $12
| MYSPACE |– http://myspace.com/markethotelnyc

| curated by Brandon Stosuy |

====| SATURDAY 10/31 - HALLOWEEN @ 171 LOMBARDY @ VARICK AVE |====

:: SACRED BONES RECORDS HALLOWEEN
:: http://sacredbonesrecords.com

:: Wooden Shjips
:::: Vivian Girls
:::::: Crystal Stilts
:::::::: Religious Knives

:: dj Keegan Cooke

| 171 LOMBARDY ST @ VARICK AVE |
171 Lombardy St @ Varick Ave | Greenpoint, Brooklyn
L-Graham, G-Nassau, B48-Nassau/Van Dam | 8pm | all ages | $12

October 29, 2009

Brooklyn at the Guggenheim, Part III: Yeasayer and Tanlines

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It's that time of month again-- the Guggenheim's It Came From Brooklyn series is in part three mode, with Yeasayer and CMJ standout Tanlines.

The Yeasayer boys, who built a studio in upstate New York in which to record their second album (with the help of engineer friends, of course), are planning a 3-D light show with cycles of color and animation projected onto the wall of the Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda, for a “synesthetic experience of music and light” (in Kandinsky’s spirit maybe), so it'll be a blast to see all the Uptown art folk walking around in their special glasses. I don't know how many more times I can call this event magical, so lets go on a synonym parade-- whimsical, entrancing, spellbinding, magnetic. There is a spirit in the air at the Guggenheim shows that echoes along the curved white walls, and allows you to enjoy a performance as you could at no other venue. Coming off of last week's festivities, this event is a welcomed breath of freshness, with a Brooklyn edge.

Along with the musical performances, readings from Brooklyn author Rachel Sherman and the MC funnies of Max Silvestri are to be expected. Besides, Yeasayer won't have any tour dates for a while, unless you're making it out to Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Friday, October 30th @ the Guggenheim-- get your tickets here!

Check out a video of Julian Plenti (aka Paul Banks of Interpol) covering "Horse With No Name" at the last installment of Brooklyn here.

Photo by Clarissa Roudabush

October 28, 2009

Random Service Announcement: The Internets are Jammed

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Time Warner Cable's "high speed" internet is maxed to the apple core in my part of Williamsburg. They tell me this is a node problem, meaning too many of you are up in TWC's grills downloading jams. If you're having a problem, and have been for some time, email me and lets figure something out.

Update: I've heard from a few readers and it appears the problem seems to be centered off the Lorimer stop, running along Metropolitan. If you're nearby, and have similar problems, please reach out. Power in numbers, my friends.

October 22, 2009

Greenpoint: Find This Sex Assault Suspect

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On a more serious note, let's use our collective eyeballs and find this dirty sum'bitch who's out there assaulting women. It happened near Diamond Street and Nassau Avenue around 4:30am, and the perp is in his late 30's 20's and about 5 foot 9 inches tall. From 1010Wins:

Police were searching for a suspect Thursday wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a 25-year-old Greenpoint woman who was attacked as she entered her apartment building earlier this week.

If you have any info, call 1-800-577-TIPS or submit a tip online.

October 17, 2009

Tonight, A Text Message Saved My Life

Just received a text, this is what it said:

The return of Sleeve-less in Seattle tonight at Legion Bar- No attitude, No BS, and most importantly No Sleeves! See you there!

See you there?

October 16, 2009

Spend Your Friday Night With Organs

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FREEwilly favorites, Organs, are playing at Don Pedro's tonight with The Anabolics, LoveStruck, and Jonny Chan.

Doors are 9pm, kids-- off the Montrose L.

With a flyer that sexy, you're bound to have a good time! Holler at this girl if you see her....

Lots of Cook-offs These Days

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Williamsburg's got a whole slew of cook-offs to compete in and/or grub down at this weekend. From hummus to apple pie, if you play this right there's no chance you'll wake up Monday skinny and sad.

1. A hummus cook-off, part of a fundraiser for Craig Murphey's Fellowship at Hope Lounge on Saturday (6pm). This is the good-hearted one where money raised goes to literally help the hungry of this city eat.

2. The annual Apple Pie cook-off at Enid's on Saturday around 4, judged by "food experts" like the Brooklyn Kitchen and crew. This one usually inspires a whole slew of "hey look hipsers cooking" stories so watch out for media!

3. The Food Obstructions, er a Sunday evening cook-off that must include one purple ingredient, one locally-sourced ingredient, no pork, fruit, vegetables, and cost no more than $25. Those are the obstructions. This one's at the Gutter at 7:30.

4. And last but not least, this Tuesday will be the fifth annual Casserole Party at Brooklyn Label in Greenpoint. It will be "back and badder than ever," so, yea watch out casserole freaks!

October 09, 2009

Help Roberta's Fight For NYC's Food Future

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Roberta's, our favorite pizza restaurant/tiki bar/sexy staff in all the land, is hosting a benefit party this Tuesday, October 13th, for their newest endeavor-- a one acre commercially-viable rooftop farm in North Brooklyn, the first of it's kind in the world!

Here's what they had to say:

Next spring we’re breaking ground on a one-acre rooftop farm in North Brooklyn. Ben Flanner of Greenpoint’s Rooftop Farm and the resourceful and creative entrepreneurs that brought us Roberta’s have committed to build the first ever commercially-viable rooftop farm in the world. Based on low-input, bare bones efficiency and high-yield organic methods, the farm will offer fresh produce to the community downstairs, bringing food and people closer together in order to address the growing environmental, economic and health problems that face our city and our world.[...]

In 2010 we will build one farm, but our vision is for others to replicate our model and thousands of acres of rooftop throughout the city to be put into agricultural use. This is a call to arms: invest in our farm now, and help us plant the seed for New York’s food future.

Seating is limited, so get your tickets now!

And what does $150 get you, you ask? Let's bullet point, shall we!?

  • A locally grown multi-course meal from the Roberta's crew, including pork from Heritage Farms

  • ENDLESS Wine provided by Regal Imports

  • 5 different kinds of UNLIMITED Beer from Six Point Brewery

  • Food, Beverage, and Dinner Prizes auctioned of by Wild Yaks' Rob Bryn

  • A presentation by Ben Flanner and Annie Novak of Rooftop Farms in Greenpoint

  • And a bunch of special guests including wine and food gurus Joe Bastianich and Mark Ladner of Del Posto, and Tom Mylan and Brent Young of Marlow & Daughters

  • Not to mention, you'll be supporting a really awesome cause, NYC's Food Future!
  • 90's Sing-along is Back 2night

    Tonight at Legion, the free 90's sing-along party is back with "Greasy haired alt rockers, pre-solo career boy bands & girl groups, white rappers, people who are too sexy for anything that comes into contact with their skin." There will be a 90's costume contest and a Hammer dance-off too! Check it out. 10pm.

    Tonight's Party!

    OHIOPARTY8

    Check out Ohio Party Tonight at Public Assembly!
    No cover. $1 colt 45s from 11-12

    October 05, 2009

    3rd Ward Opening Restaurant in a Vintage Trailer

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    The guys behind 3rd Ward have been hard at work buffering up an old silver trailer in the lot adjacent to Roberta's. But what for?

    As it turns out, 3rd Ward confirmed to us today that they're getting ready to open up a restaurant "in a souped-up vintage trailer" featuring "gourmet American" fare and a "gorgeous yard," sometime in the near future. We heard it'll be somewhere on Metropolitan.

    And, conveniently, since that long-abandoned prostitute/ice cream trailer in the lot across from their new location on Metropolitan Ave. was recently boarded up to make way for a restaurant (said the construction guy), we'll speculate that's where the new digs will be.

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    L Train Down For Realz

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    Twitter alerts us to a very down L train. It is stuck in the tunnel, and has been for an hour, and everyone is now firmly planted in Williamsburg forever. No matter how bad it gets out there people, just remember this day.

    When you're old and gray and living somewhere far, far away from the city, your kids will ask, "Grandma, where were you that day when the L train went down 4ever." And hopefully you'll have a wonderful story to tell.

    Oh, and hey! Today is the new cream cheese-loving MTA chairman's very first one on the job. He was out greeting riders earlier this morning. Can we blame him? Probably not. But should we, just to give him a warm welcome to "one of the state’s most high-pressure jobs"? Yes! Jay H. Walder, you broke it!

    Update: Not anymore.

    Tonight: Rooftop Farms Lecture at Pete's Candy Store

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    This fall, Pete's Candy Store is hosting a slew of free lectures from Jamie Hook and the Open City Dialogue (OCD). We're especially excited about tonight's event, which features Greenpoint's Rooftop Farms:

    Join Annie Novak, one of the masterminds behind Greenpoint's Rooftop Farms, a 6,000 square foot organic farm picture-esquely plopped on top of a warehouse overlooking Midtown Manhattan. Her operation--founded in partnership with Ben Flanner, a neophyte to farming, and Goode Green, a green-roofing specialist--currently produces produce for a host of Brooklyn gourmandizers, including Anella and Marlow and Sons. They even run a farm stand featuring fresh picked produce every Sunday! Come hear how this urban Agronomist tells us the unlikely story of how she did it--and learn how you can too!

    The talk will begin at 7:30pm.

    October 04, 2009

    Bedford Bikes Taken via NYPD Chainsaw

    Cops removed a number of "unused" bikes Thursday night on Bedford avenue by chainsaw, telling the Post they were abandoned bikes of at least three months.

    But the guy who shot the video (below) says otherwise:

    “They didn’t look like beat up bikes that had locked up there forever — they looked like they were being used,” said Ben Running, a Greenpoint resident and cyclist who filmed police removing the bikes from a street sign near the corner of North Eighth Street. “Bikes shouldn’t be removed without some kind of notice.”

    So! If you lost a bike that was parked in that area the other night, try calling the 94th precinct to see if they're still around.

    October 03, 2009

    Art & Rock in Greenpoint TONIGHT

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    From the Art & Rock 2 folks:

    Mary Meyer's Art House presents a rock show and art/fashion auction[...] donating all proceeds to Arts for All's Step Right Up Program.

    This is a great night of music, fashion and art all to help keep arts programming in NYC public schools. The bands playing will include: Necking, The Nasties, Brass Cups & Rocko Lives It. The artists and designers include: Jeremy Davies, Costalots, Round Designs, H Fredrickson, Uluru, Covet, men's and women's and Mary Meyer.

    Raffle Donations from Shoe Market, Fox & Fawn, Go Yoga and more! Across the street at the TBD Beer Garden, you can buy some delicious BBQ and a percentage will be donated as well.

    Art starts at 7pm, Music Starts at 10pm. It's an All Ages show, and it's FREE!

    Mary Meyer Art House
    97 Green St, G24
    Brooklyn NY 11222

    Get there early, or you'll miss Brooklyn's next big thing, which includes a former member of a little known band called Islands-- Steel Phantoms (formerly known as, as in right before the flyer was made, the Brass Cups). We got a chance to catch up with the boys recently, so keep a lookout for that interview in the next few days.

    September 26, 2009

    Livin' For The Rude Dudes, And We're Looking For Local DJs

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    Tonight, after I MoMA MiXX it up with Hercules & Love Affair, you can find me at Legion with the Rude Dudes. If you don't know, these guys throw one of the best dance parties in the 'hood. Plus, with a name like Rude Dudes, a girl like me (aka a lover of, well, a-holes) can't resist.

    And if you're loving these boys as much as I am, get excited. We've been talking to the Dudes about exclusive downloadable mixes for FREEwilly... You down? Also, if you're a local DJ and you think you're worthy, holler at this girl with a mix all your own for our lovely readers. Party on, Garth!

    Flyer c/o Behold The Destroyer

    September 24, 2009

    It Came From Brooklyn, Part 2: Julian Plenti at the Guggenheim

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    Get ready for the second installation of the Guggenheim's It Came From Brooklyn series-- this time with the honorable Julian Plenti, you know... a.k.a. Paul Banks of Interpol. Much like 2002's Turn on the Bright Lights, the solo debut of Mr. Banks, Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper, has been caught in a loop on my iTunes. These are the kind of tracks that embrace a space with a perfect frost, a mix of glistening sadness and a twirling danceable haze. Bring on the cold weather, with Skycraper, we're well equipped.

    The series, named after Robert Gordon's birth of Rock 'n Roll novel It Came From Memphis, "is meant to have a cabaret-like atmosphere" says co-producer Sam Brumbaugh. Along with the rhythmic orchestrations of Brooklyn's experimental post rock I'm In You, this promises to be a night of echoing proportions, and in that rotunda quite literally. Plus, that Eugene Mirman is a funny guy.

    So let's talk the money issue-- there's something about experiencing a show within the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, and although Brooklynites could argue against the cost of the show, spending the few extra bucks seems worth it. Plus, if you get there early, you can take a stroll through the current Kandinsky retrospective-- which on a regular day will cost you at least $15 (with student ID) in admission. Oh and, are we forgetting that it's Julian Plenti and Eugene Mirman!? I'm there.

    Friday Sept. 25th @ the Guggenheim Museum, tickets available here.

    September 23, 2009

    Tonight (Girly Drum) Tom Tom Magazine Presents...

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    Goodbye, Lorimer St. MTA Station Agent

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    Guys. I entered my subway stop at Lorimer and Metropolitan today only to discover that our longtime guide, overseer, and friend, is gone. A victim of the draconian MTA cuts, our station agent is gone and he's never coming back and nobody cares that he's really, really, really gone!*

    Friends, let us share in remembering the only man in this city who truly loved us, mr. lorimer street station agent. And for those who miss mr. graham street station agent, your thoughts, memories, and asinine insults are welcome in the comments too. I'll start.

    Friend, one time I remember you were standing there in that MTA jacket you loved so much, and you gave me a free bus pass because the subway was down. And with that pass, you practically walked me home and tucked me in to bed. I'll miss that. Goodbye.

    Related reading: John Borrero, 57, tells Kate Pickert of New York about life in one of the 164 booths the MTA may soon (ed: just did) eliminate.

    September 21, 2009

    Greenpoint Open Studios This Weekend

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    Earlier this summer, we all had a chance to enjoy Bushwick Open Studios-- A time when people who looked like they definitely didn't live in Bushwick walked around checking out the local galleries and studios, confusing the inhabitants of my Morgan L stop block. Although initially disorienting, BOS '09 gave us the opportunity to enjoy refreshments in the apartments where Brooklyn art is born, while reminding us all that 3rd Ward isn't the only art space in the East Williamsburg Industrial Park, like our homies over at Centotto on the first floor of 250 Moore St.

    Well, now it's Greenpoint's turn! And after flipping through some of the websites from the contributing artists list, we've already got some favorites-- Alysha Colangeli, Ghost of a Dream, Soo Lee, Hyla Skopitz, Dan Sabau, Christopher Saunders, and Maj Anja DeBear.

    So take a walk around Greenpoint this weekend, and pay a visit to these peeps. Much like BOS, pamphlets will be handed out near the subway stations to let you know where you should be heading. More info here.

    September 19, 2009

    Seasick Mama Presents... Don't Become The Things You Hate

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    Going on right now, and again tomorrow from 12pm-8pm, in the mobile Stand Alone Gallery in front of Artist and Fleas, the awesome Seasick Mama is presenting a verbal declaration of sorts. Well, using the words of some of our favorite locals, including The L Magazine, Impose, and Peru Ana Ana Peru, and displaying their 6-word stories in large scale canvases by artist Ian McGuillivray, as well as limited edition t-shirts from the Mama herself.

    Worth checking out, for sure!

    September 18, 2009

    What to do this wknd?

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    Quick notice: If you've got something going on this weekend, or are looking for something to do, head over to our Facebook page and let everybody know. So far it looks like you can see everyone from Organs to "the greatest all-japanese-girl punk/metal band EVER," The Hard Nips. This thread is helpful.

    September 14, 2009

    Reading IS Sexy

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    Franklin Park Bar & Beer Garden in Crown Heights, BK
    8:00pm - 10:00pm
    618 St. John's Place, between Franklin and Classon Avenues
    Subway: 2/3/4/5 trains to Franklin Avenue

    "Come get crunk, shrunk, photographed and advised by Susan Shapiro and Frank Flaherty NY Times editor on how to rock the mic at your own rock star writer bash. Join veteran journalists and rising media stars for a night of lit, laughter and libation." - Pomp Online

    Featuring:

    Susan Shapiro (Speed Shrinking, Five Men Who Broke My Heart)
    Frank Flaherty (The Elements of Story, New York Times editor)
    Royal Young (Pomp & Circumstance Magazine)
    Lori Bizzoco (The Bizz pomponline.com/SingleEdition.com/Dating Columnist)

    August 27, 2009

    Drew Citron @ Joe's Pub

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    Drew Citron
    sharing a bill with The Ramblers
    Joe's Pub - September 3rd @ 7PM
    $12

    Drew Citron loves Billy Bragg and is a jazzy, soulful and folky Brooklynite by way of San Francisco. Citron says she plays to crowds of adoring drunks, emotional roustabouts, and anyone else who cares for the heart-worn. If you fit any of the above descriptions you should you come to the show! Drew is such a sweetheart she'll give you a free copy of her EP just for showing up with your drunk and or emotional face.

    August 25, 2009

    Insound 10th Anniversary Party @ Brooklyn Bowl This Thursday

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    Cancel your Thursday night plans, Brooklyn Bowl will be the place to be. Celebrating 10 years of giving you the digital goods, Insound is throwing themselves a birthday party that is sure to make you move.

    Show starts at 6pm and you'll be enjoying the likes of our favorite local musical peeps:

    First off, The Drums, who'll be releasing their Summertime! EP on Twenty Seven Records this September 15th (which you can pre-order at Insound) as a nightcap to the sweaty/rainy season. These boys have been running through my mind much like their new video.

    Next up, probably the last time you can catch Cymbals Eat Guitars in New York until their Bowery show in October. And lastly, two of our Northside Festival homies, Real Estate and These Are Powers. One last band is yet to be announced... but looking at this lineup, I'm not worried-- are you?

    Tickets are $10, and expect the place to get packed. But not as packed as the Waterfront this past Sunday!

    PS... FREE BEER provided by Brooklyn Brewery from 6-8pm!

    Check out the video for The Drums "Let's Go Surfing", the song that's been stuck in my head all summer, after the jump.

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    August 24, 2009

    Looking For Something Fun For Tonight??

    Well, we've got the answer!

    One part Rude Dude, and Todd P Goes to Austin director, Jay Buim will be DJing at Legion Bar with special guest The Eradicator (aka Dustin from Best Fwends)-- it's a last minute thing, y'all... So go pack the place!

    Oh and, karaoke in the back too! Here's a little something to get you in the mood:

    August 21, 2009

    Saturday Night: Surfer Blood and The Nymphets @ Brooklyn Fire Proof

    Unfortunately, it looks like the Glos won't be making it to Bikes in the Kitchen, as one of their members has messed up their hand. Should be all better in time to kick off their tour with Titus Andronicus at Monster Island next Wednesday (9/2). Along for the ride will be Chicago's recent high school grads The Smith Westerns, who just came off tour with Girls-- keep a lookout for a pretty stellar release from these guys on September 22nd.

    From Matt Elkin of The So So Glos:

    Surfer Blood are on tour from West Palm Beach, FL. Brian Wilson vibes galore! I'm throwing together this late show at Fire Proof for them on very short notice. The Nymphets are from Montreal but have relocated to Brooklyn for a stint. They play minute-and-a-half (perfect) punk songs. This is a great nightcap to the Bikes in the Kitchen festival happening all day off Myrtle-Broadway.

    SURFER BLOOD + THE NYMPHETS @ Brooklyn Fire Proof
    119 Ingraham St., Brooklyn <--- L to Morgan
    ALL AGES can come to see the show, but the bartenders are strict about carding at the bar
    11:00pm or thereabouts
    and most importantly... FREE

    Check this out to download some Smith Western tracks.

    Tomorrow: Celebrate The End of Summer With Bikes In The Kitchen

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    From Myopenbar.com:

    Following the untimely (though quite reasonable and widely expected) death of the Shank, Bikes In The Kitchen went into hibernation for a while, only to come out with this summer's biggest all-ages blowout, replete with actual ticket sales and a self-subsidized open bar.

    Who's playing? Everyone. No, really. TheDeathSet, Team Robespierre, NinjaSonik, Juiceboxxx, Best Fwends, Cerebral Ballzy, Snakes Say Hisss, Chinese Stars, So So Glos, Wild Yaks, Smarts and the usual surprise secret guests. Tickets here.

    Starts at NOON and goes on all day @ the 979 Broadway Backyard, and it's ALL AGES.

    The After Party is around the corner at Beauty Bar.

    Did we mention that this is one of the coolest spots to watch some live music? Right under the J train, in what feels like an abandoned lot... in true Todd P fashion. The Woodsist Festival took place here over 4th of July weekend, and it still sits on the top of the list of favorite days of this summer. It's a good weekend for music y'all, make the best of it!!

    Tonight: BurritoStock 2009

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    Tonight at the Wreck Room (940 Flushing Ave.), friends come together to help out a friend. Gabe Allen is in the ICU in San Francisco after being hit by a car, and tonight at Wreck Room his friends are throwing a party to raise cash for his medical funds. DJs, bands, short films, raffles, dancing, beer, etc. If you're supportive of bike culture or humanity as a whole, please consider stopping by.

    From Nonsense:

    A bike buddy and all around great guy, Gabe Allen (winner of the Most Excellent Bike award at Bike Fetish Day a few years back for his blue-and-yellow custom Maietta with the beer opener on the seat tube) was recently T-boned by a car while on vacation in SF. Since Thursday he's been in the ICU out there. So, naturally, a bunch of his friends over here are organizing a party to raise cash to send to his parents and girlfriend to help defray their expenses while they wait for him to recover. With bands, DJs, bike short films, raffles, dancing, beer, fun, et cetera.

    Starts at 7pm, donations accepted.

    August 20, 2009

    Zero Film Fest Opens Tonight

    Zero Film Festival bills itself as the film festival for the truly self-funded filmmaker. Tonight, the launch party is hitting up Galapagos in DUMBO with premieres from Peru Ana Ana Peru, Alia Raza, and Aaron Katz.

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    August 19, 2009

    Pitchfork Wants YOU!

    Pitchfork.TV is seeking interns for their Greenpoint office.

    The deets:

    The Pitchfork.tv office in scenic Greenpoint, Brooklyn is in need of interns to assist in post-production and administrative capacities for the fall semester. Our ideal candidates will be available 10-15 hours a week (minimum), based in the New York area, and willing to work for experience or school credit.

    For positions and specifics, click through...

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    August 18, 2009

    So So Glos DJ Set TONIGHT

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    The So So Glos, 2009's Bushwick based version of the Ramones, will be hosting a weekly DJ night at East Village Arrow Bar before kicking off their tour with Titus Andronicus. That's three nights, starting tonight!

    So, if you're not checking out Mugison at Pete's Candy Store later on today, go shake your groove thang on the other side of the river. You also have a chance to check out the guys with Titus at Monster Island on September 2nd.

    As for tonight, the So So Glos boys have a point.... "Tuesday nights are otherwise useless?"

    August 13, 2009

    Friday Night @ The Guggenheim: We'll Come From Brooklyn

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    In it's 50th year, world renowned Upper East Side arts institution, the Guggenheim, is kicking off a monthly concert series lasting through December-- and with a name like It Came From Brooklyn, it's not hard to deduce where the inspiration of the featured musicians/authors/artists comes from.

    The first installment, on Friday August 14th, sets off a borough-centric bang with the Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band, the experimental DIY duo High Places, and FREEwilly favorites The Walkmen. Colson Whitehead, who's 2008 NY Times article I Write In Brooklyn. Get Over It. hit a little too close to home, will be reading excerpts of the great Walt Whitman, not to mention the comedic MC skills of Leo Allen.

    And who better to backbone such an event than co-producers Bronwyn Keenan and Sam Brumbaugh? With long standing ties in our 'hood, I have no problem with their crowns of curatorial representation of "our" New York. Ok, maybe one-- why not get Todd P involved? Ok, I'm kidding-- but if you know me, experimental and DIY (i.e. High Places) is right up my alley, and I do wish the boundaries were stretched a little bit further beyond. But with that said, this is the Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda, and not a Bushwick rooftop, we're talking about here.

    I got a chance to catch up with the minds behind Brooklyn to debunk some Brooklyn-Manhattan borders, specifically on the arts creation and appreciation plane. Brumbaugh, when asked about the invisible lines along the Hudson, said it best-- "A museum on the Upper East is not a big leap from three stops in on the L." So get out your Metrocards and head uptown, this is a party you don't want to miss!

    Tickets for sale here.

    For more from co-producers Keenan and Brumbaugh on the event, the future of the Brooklyn Renaissance, and how the Guggenheim plans to keep up... check out the rest of the interview after the jump.

    First things first, how did the idea for It Came From Brooklyn arise?

    Sam Brumbaugh: The title references Peter Guralnick's book about Elvis and the original rock and roll scene "It Came From Memphis". It's not, as some places seem to believe, a sci-fi reference. In regards to the idea, it just seemed to us, more and more, half the time you hear something you like, or begin to read something you like, you look further and there's some mention of Brooklyn. And it just keeps coming. Just recently there's Rachel Sherman's new novel, The Antlers, Mountains, Javelin, the NYRB re-issue of L.J. Davis' "A Meaningful Life", and The Fiery Furnaces new record is really good. Brooklyn has obviously changed a lot over the past decade, these are great things that have come out of these changes. The name of the band "Endless Boogie" is a sort of funny but real way to quantify the vibe of what's been going on.

    Bronwyn Keenan: I should also note that Matthew Friedberger (of the Fiery Furnaces) is collaborating with the artist Rob Pruitt on the upcoming Art Awards on October 29. He is creating the original score and all additional music. Stay tuned for that since the creative exchange typified by ‘It Came from Brooklyn’ is continuing through much of the events programming this fall.

    Continue reading "Friday Night @ The Guggenheim: We'll Come From Brooklyn" »

    August 10, 2009

    Lecture: Forbidden Playgrounds

    Tonight's free lecture at Pete's Candy Store is intriguing.

    From hidden subway tunnels to the tops of bridges, New York City is a playground of epic scale and drama. For the members of a growing class of urban thrill-seekers, the walls and fences that surround these jungle-gyms are as inviting as the velvet ropes outside a nightclub are to a drunken Jersey Girl. Join Urban Explorer/photographer Steve Duncan as he shares slides and tales of intrepid acts of trespassing and discovery in NYC and elsewhere, and learn about the hidden world that lies all around us.

    It's at 7:30 at Pete's (709 Lorimer St.)

    August 01, 2009

    It's Over

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    Tonight's the night

    To quote the words of FREE DANGER:

    "We would like to invite you to our last party for a long long time. We understand this is short notice but you don't want to miss this. Ear Pwr and Toro y Moi will be performing live. If you have been to our parties in the past, you know how much of a jam Ear Pwr are and we are super super excited for Toro y Moi to be playing as well considering his jams are on point.

    Our great friend Alfredo will also be on hand mixing up a huge batch of his out of control tequila Sangria too.

    Sara G will be DJing before and in between the bands.

    If this wasn't enough we will also be unveiling our L.A. STORY installation.

    Party starts promptly at ten. $5 donation for bands.
    435 Broadway #406

    We hope you can make it out.
    Bring your friends, lets make this one count!"

    July 29, 2009

    Sam Mason BBQ @ Hope Lounge TONIGHT

    All you need to know is on the flyer:

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    Mmmm, yummy!

    Faile Wheel Decay

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    Animal's been tracking the sudden rise and fascinating public decay of the Williamsburg Faile Wheels at the hands of humanity over the past few months, as the two unique pieces of street art have gone from freshly cut spinning columns of beauty to missing and/or trafficked pieces of stolen art. After the second wheel mysteriously returned to the street just last week, local graffiti writers wasted no time to mark it up with splatter and tags (Omar, we're looking at you).

    But, in just a matter of days, somebody went and cleaned it all up, and unknowingly removed the original Faile-applied paint in the process. What we're left with here is a fossilized carcass bolted down at North 6th street; a bruised and battered chunk of its former sculptured glory that nonetheless represents the creativity of some and the greed and disregard of others.

    [photos via Zoltan and disconotdisco]

    July 28, 2009

    Interview: Todd P Goes to Austin; Premieres Tonight

    Tonight at the Delancey Jay Buim, one of our homies over at the awesome 'zine Free Danger (and one part Rude Dude), will be premiering his documentary Todd P Goes to Austin. This SXSW adventure, following some of the hottest bands on the DIY scene, showcases local legendary promoter Todd Patrick. Come out and celebrate tonight with performances by Team Robespierre, So So Glos, some super secret guests, and a DJ set by the man himself-- Todd P.

    The film touches on a "generation of artists creating and performing music on their own terms"-- otherwise known as anything worth listening to here in our native Brooklyn. And although Todd P tends to be a contraversial topic amongst the local music community, there is no doubt that his shows, at neighborhood staples such as Market Hotel, are amongst the most enjoyably raucous ones we've ever been to.

    Did we mention FREE Colt 45?? Doors @ 8pm, Movie starts at 9pm; FREE with RSVP!!

    We got a chance to catch up with Director Buim about the meaning of DIY, the death of the record label, and the best eats in Austin, TX-- check out the rest of the EXCLUSIVE interview, and details about tonight's event, after the jump...


    FREEburg: So Jay, how did you you first get hooked up with Todd Patrick?

    Jay Buim: In the summer of 2006 I was leaving to go to LA to work on a documentary and Todd helped me throw a going away party. It was at this lunch spot across from the Death Star waste treatment plant in Greenpoint. The Death Set, Heloise and the Savoir Faire, and Drop the Lime played. At one point someone brought out a large tray of hot dogs. It was magic.

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    July 24, 2009

    Vice Party @ Rockstar Bar

    Just a heads up, Vice is throwing a hoedown with LiveFastDie and Golden Triangle Saturday night at Rockstar Bar. Free Colt 45 with RSVP.

    Info:

    Rockstar Bar
    349 Kent Street, Brooklyn, NY
    Featuring LiveFastDie w/ guests Golden Triangle and DJ Pizza Party Kev
    21+ | 9pm | Free with RSVP

    RSVP here.

    July 23, 2009

    3rd Ward Pig Out This Sunday

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    Put your diets on hold and tear off your skinny jeans, it's time to Pig Out at 3rd Ward!

    3rd Ward & Brookyn Based present the 2nd Annual Pig Roast & Dance Party. Stand by as Pig Roasting Extraordinaire Tom Mylan (from Marlow and Sons, Diner and Bonita) and Chef Eric Sherman turn 200 lbs. of hog into finger-licking good & nicely priced pork tacos. We'll also have sides-a rice, beans and mexi-slaw and Brooklyn Based will top you off with some ice cream.

    Featuring live music from Stumblebum Brass Band, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, In Cadeo and DJ Tanner all afternoon.

    Plus bring your own t-shirts for $1 for pig inspired screen-printing & wear your sweetest smile for a carnival-style photobooth.

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    July 22, 2009

    What Sank the Shank?

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    Blame it all on the youth.

    “I could handle 250 of what were mostly my friends, but the crowd kept getting younger and rowdier,” O’Brien said. “There were discussions of how to keep making money without letting in undesirable people.” According to him, however, “a steady flow of mismanagement” ensured this never came to fruition. There were also issues of delegation. “Nobody could ever agree who was really in charge,” explained O’Brien.

    Jamie Peck chronicles The Shank's rise and fall at the New York Press.

    July 14, 2009

    Sessions at Santos Party House

    The Santos Party House Sessions have been going strong for the last couple of months. This week's promises to be great with an appearance by Growing--which just so happens to include the most recent curator for the weekly residency Sadie Laska. Check them out before they head to the UK.

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    July 13, 2009

    McCarren Park Manifesto

    Today in McCarren Park, a woman named Alma was handing out copies of an email she'd sent a friend. She was pretty sparing in the details, but she's fed up with gossip and communications issues and also talks to ghosts. Unlike most of us, who'd write a pissed-off tweet, she channeled her frustration into a 2 page long manifesto and took it to the streets. I don't know how evangelical Alma is about her mission, but if someone could forward this to the Bedford Preacher, it would be a big help. Images of Alma's email after the jump:

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    July 11, 2009

    New York Eye and Ear Festival This Weekend

    As many of you know, we are big fans of the New York Eye and Ear Festival. The second incarnation features bands from allover the New York experimental spectrum in three very distinct venues along with film screenings and a well curated record fair to boot.

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    Tonight's line up is for me the most exciting. This is a must for any adventurous music lover.

    Check the remaining line up after the jump.

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    Williamsburg Walks- Going On NOW

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    Kittens Ablaze performing on N 7th & Bedford

    Bedford Ave is shut down to traffic, so go get a handroll made on the street in front of Wasabi, do some shopping, or Yoga, or Twister-- all on the street... Then walk slightly East and get yourself some zepolles and go on a carnival ride by the BQE. Sounds like a nice way to spend a breezy Saturday to me.

    July 09, 2009

    Raising Arizona With A View, Tonight


    SPACEMEN_450px.jpgBrooklyn Bridge Park's Movies With A View kicks off its 10th Anniversary Season tonight with cult favorite Raising Arizona. This is easily the best outdoor movie spot, sorry McCarren (although Summerscreen's line-up is better), you just can't beat being surrounded by the lights of the bridge. Get there early to grab a spot to enjoy the DJ, short film, and feature presentation -- which starts at dusk.

    Full Schedule after the jump.

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    July 08, 2009

    Old Made Vintage Grand Opening

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    Check out the Grand Opening of Williamsburg's newest Vintage Boutique-- Old Made. More than just a clever name, owners Leah Kroll and Frances Pezik are bringing you some of the cutest vintage clothing and accessories the 'hood has to offer.

    In addition to all the cuteness, they've recruited some awesome local talent for this Friday's opening including music from Drew Citron, Beeping Sleauty, Unsolved Mysteries, Graffiti Monsters; and local arists Ethan Cook, Chelsea Harris, Ivy Weinglass, Eric Von Massey and Morgan Silver-Greenberg.

    And the fun doesn't stop after opening night, expect revolving art shows, live music, and maybe even some store front BBQs in the future. Make an appearance on Friday between 7pm and Midnight for a celebratory cocktail off the Lorimer stop, or at least to peep the killer MJ memorial in the window.

    July 07, 2009

    Summerscreen Returns

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    The L's Summerscreen outdoor film series returns tomorrow (Wed.) night with Reality Bites, and food and drink urges will be tamed by Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, DUB Pies, San Loco, Two Boots, Sixpoint Craft Ales and Wine Australia. The "doors" to the McCarren Park ballfields open at 6:00, and Brooklyn band Wild Yaks will be playing at 6:30. After that, it's all Ben Stiller and his time capsule of early 90's deliciousness to wet your whistles.

    First Annual “Freelancers Put On Your Pants” Day

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    Hey, freelancers and the unemployed. Sheila over at ASSME thinks its time you liven up and r-e-s-p-e-c-t yourselves:

    This Friday, July 10th, let’s all make an effort to all put on pants. Fridays are often a time for a more relaxed dress code in offices. But not for the jobless. This Friday, take a shower in the morning, fix your hair, and put on some nice clothes even if you won’t be leaving the house. Nice shorts and skirts OK too, but NO boxers or pajamas–you must wear clothes that you could actually go to a job in. (Send in pics if you want!)

    So there you have it. July 10th. Put on your pants. We'll be making house calls to check up on each and every one of you in support of this ambitious cause. (h/t gawker)

    A Walking Art Tour

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    Go for a Williamsburg art gallery walking tour this Saturday at 2pm with "art critic and art tour guide," Merrily Kerr. It leaves from the Williamsburg Walks WGA table on Bedford Avenue near N. 5th Street and will last approximately 1.5 hours. The $10 tickets can be bought on the spot or online.

    July 02, 2009

    Grand Theft Auto: Williamsburg

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    Were you or someone you know recently the victim of a Niko Bellic-style crime scene? We found a Craigslist listing that might point you in the right direction:

    Totally NOT creepy stuff i need to get rid of. (Williamsburg)

    I am "moving away", so i need to get rid of some things that might me useful to some one. shoot me an email if you want anything.

    items are as follows:

    -Pair of crutches
    -Black Uniqlo trench coat size small
    -Lead Pipe
    -2gal jerry can, red
    -Black leather gloves mens size s-m
    -ww2 leather ammo pouches
    -Perfectly good notebook, with some pages missing.

    have a nice day

    Oh, we will. Have a nice move. We're still friends for blogging about this, right? I wouldn't, uh, what anything to happen or anything. Kinda missing the days of free couches and stuff.

    Shawn Richardson Brings the Logic

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    It's very rare that a commenter in disagreement with us here on FREEwilliamsburg counters one of our posts with something other than "you f##%king hipster i hate hot dogs and my neighbor's trust fund makes sex noises," or whatever you people say. So, we were a bit proud when commenter Shawn Richardson countered Lisa's post - Sad News for Berliners and Fixies - with a freakin' essay!

    I don't even really know what he said, because for the most part I have a crippling case of ADD and I tuned out after he wrote, "Here comes the logic." That was enough for me. The fact that he even offered to bring a bucket of logic to our dinner party made me smile. So, we've decided to re-post that comment here as its very own, self-sufficient, living and breathing blog post. For context, he's responding to the one-off question on the original post, "Who wants to organize a protest?"

    Ladies and gentlemen, here for your reading pleasure, is commenter Shawn Richardson's logical rebuttal to Lisa's post about fixies in Berlin. After the first paragraph, the rest of the post is below the jump.

    Here Comes The Logic, by Shawn Richardson
    I don’t think anyone wants to organize a protest; nor should they want to. Are you currently located in Berlin? I think it’s safe to assume you’re not since you’re posting on a blog called FREEwilliamsburg. I can understand your reason for being upset, angered, etc. about the subject. Although, the matter of the fact is that protesting something trivial (in the grand scheme of things this is trivial if you want to admit it or not) like this so far away from the affected area will have very little if no effect (I’m being gracious by saying “very little”). Here comes the logic...

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    "Pool Parties" Line-Up Announced

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    We've got the full schedule at www.freewilliamsburg.com/h2oshows

    June 30, 2009

    Kria Brekkan and Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir at St. Marks Church

    Last night, I headed down to the bastion of avant garde theater and music St. Marks Church. There, I witnessed a collaboration between Kria Brekkan and fellow Icelandic performance/video artist Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir. Unfortunately, I only was only able to catch it halfway through the performance, so I was not able to completely comprehend the costumes, spoken word and video component. I think the title "Experimental Existence" is a pretty good clue as to what they are trying to achieve; in any case, the mood was very ethereal (as you would expect in such a setting).

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    From Experimental Existence, Image c/o the Artists

    As far as the music accompaniment goes, this was one of Brekkan's better performances--very light and languishing the way I like her. She just so happens to be playing another show at the newest music spot at the Sycamore in Brooklyn on Wednesday. It's a very intimate spot, so it should be a good show. More details here.

    June 29, 2009

    Legendary Graffiti Writer Iz The Wiz Diez

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    Sorry to be such a downer but here's another obit, although one a little closer to home:

    via Gothamist

    Graffiti legend Iz the Wiz (real name Michael Martin) died at age 50 on June 17th, and has finally received an obituary from the Paper of Record. The artist tagged subway cars in the 1970s and 80s with his signature in "fat capital letters spray-painted on a door, below a window, across an entire car or even along the full length of a train." Throughout his career as a graffiti artist, he got his tag on every line in the subway system more times than any other, which means if you didn't ride in a car with his name, you probably saw one in a movie. He even did a two-car homage to John Lennon after he was killed in 1980, and was one of the first to work on the Phun Phactory building (now 5 Pointz).

    After the jump is a video of Iz bombing his last train:

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    June 26, 2009

    Dance Vigil for Michael Jackson on the L

    mjackson.jpg We want him back! What's the best way to mourn the death of the king of pop? How about a dance vigil on the Brooklyn bound L train? Word has been circulating of just that via email and on twitter.

    Details: 10 pm, last car on the Brooklyn bound L leaving Union Square. The organizers suggest wearing black jeans, a white t-shirt and one glove yet somehow forgets to encourage gold boots. And when you're done mourning there should still be time to catch Girls and Kurt Vile at Monster Island Basement. Original MJ vigil email below:

    Dance vigil for Michael Jackson - we're taking it underground on the L Train.

    Where: Last Car of the Brooklyn-bound L train @ Union Square Station
    When: 10pm
    Attire: Black Jeans, white t-shirt and 1 glove

    We will loop back at Myrtle -Wyckoff station if you miss the train.

    ***Please no conspicuous alcohol so we don't get shut down.

    June 24, 2009

    Get Your 'Zine On

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    From Brooklyn Based:

    The former Public Bath #7 becomes NYC Zine Fest #1 this weekend when the independent publishers, distributors and supporters of zines come together at the Brooklyn Lyceum to celebrate their self-published, homemade DIY publications. The Zine Fest opens both Saturday and Sunday at noon and continues until 7pm both nights. Free!

    Make sure you stop by and check out our homies Free Danger, you kind of owe it to them since their DJ skills have been helping you shake your thang at Legion, Savalas, and our Northside showcase these last few weeks.

    June 22, 2009

    Zs Record Release Party Inside the Secret Robot

    For years, Zs have been making headway marrying jazz and avant garde textures. On Wednesday, they will release their latest album for the Social Registry. Awesome festivities (Grade 13, Effi Briest, Nine 11 Thesaurus) will be happening at Secret Project Robot.

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    June 19, 2009

    The Rude Dudes Rock Me

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    This monthly party started last month - and last month (I kid you not) I danced for about three hours straight, walked outside, then went back in and danced some more! And I was moving earrrly the next morning...so basically what I'm trying to say is if you like to dance or like to watch people dance or like to drink while people are dancing or like to be out on a patio while dancing people ask you for cigarettes you HAVE to come to this. Don't say we didn't warn you!

    June 15, 2009

    Two Great Jams to Check Out This Week

    Thanks everyone for coming out and making the showcase such a great success. We hope you guys had some fun.

    If you can't get enough out of the Real Estate family of musicians, Etienne is hosting a dance party at Market Hotel; it's a part of a mini-tour with Predator Vision (Etienne and Matt of Real Estate) and Sudden Oak.

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    If you are too busy recovering tonight, then tomorrow you can't miss a solo performance of Mira Billotte's (White Magic) at Santos Party House. Miss Billotte doesn't play every other week, so when she does, you have to make sure that you catch her! New Egypt has been one of my jams this past year--definitely worth a listen. Below is a video of a recent White Magic performance.

    June 12, 2009

    Tonight: The FREEwilliamsburg Showcase

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    badgeholder update: since there has been some confusion, here's the deal: we'll be letting the allotted number of badges in and then allowing other badge holders entry throughout the night once others leave.

    Mark your calendars! Here are the final details for our upcoming Northside Festival showcase.

    an ALL AGES show at DEATH BY AUDIO ($10)
    49 South Second Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn [map]

    set times: 8:30/9:30/10:30/11:30/12:30

    DJ sets by FREE DANGER + STAY GOLD

    + With the live debut of These Are Powers' new video "Easy Answers"
    ++ FREE Heineken from 7:30-8:30
    +++ FREE Ice Cream provided by FreeIceCream.net

    RSVP on Facebook!

    MORE INFO AFTER THE JUMP

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    June 09, 2009

    FreeWilliamsburg Showcase Q&A with Real Estate

    Before you guys come to our showcase on friday, we thought it would be only fitting that you get to know the bands we love a little more personally. First up are our boys in Real Estate.

    It's difficult to believe that before September this band didn't exist. They have since been signed to one of the best labels right now Woodsist, been all over Pitchfork and recently finished up a tour stint with Love is All.

    FW: What's your daily routine as a band?

    Martin Courtney:

    We don't really have a daily routine as a band; we don't like live together or anything. If we lived together, it would be in the suburbs, and we would do things like jam and eat mac and cheese.

    Etienne Duguay:

    chill then grip;
    chill, jam, party, grip

    Continue reading "FreeWilliamsburg Showcase Q&A with Real Estate" »

    June 06, 2009

    Superhero Party

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    S U P E R H E R O E S

    Hike up your cape and DANCE for the FATE OF THE WORLD as Maestro and Piccante spin Electro/Rock/Disco/Funk/Themesongs in a 4500 sq. ft. warehouse with 25 ft ceilings!

    Featuring:

    - CIRQUE-DU-SOLEIL-STYLE-AERIAL-ARTISTS
    -ZIP LINES!!!
    -ELEVATED PERFORMANCE BY THE BRAZILIAN SISTERS
    -Massive INFLATABLE SUPERHEROES
    -20FT high STILT STALKERS

    -Captioned action photos by Robin (and Batman)
    -Dr. Mister FREEZE
    -and much more we cannot advertise to civilians.

    ALSO…

    *Superhero Fashion show @ 12am sharp. Most POWERFUL costume wins TWO HUNDRED EARTH DOLLARS*

    Saturday, June 6th
    Doors at 9:30. Open bar 10-11pm
    $5 in costume. $10 as alter-ego. 21+
    @98 Bayard, Brooklyn, (hel)L train to Bedford stop.

    For more information, use telepathy. Or visit bangon-nyc.com

    June 05, 2009

    Funky See, Funky Do Saturday

    These guys always make Williamsburg kids dance, which is usually hard to do (and my thowback little heart go pitter patter). Come out and shake yo' thang at Savalas TOMORROW night, right around party time (you know, 11pm-ish)- And hey, maybe you'll even get lucky and someone will funky do you...

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    Win A Pair of Northside Festival Badges!

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    We've got two pairs of Northside Festival badges to give away! Just head on over to our Facebook page, fan it, and leave a comment on the most recent update (the one that mentions this contest).

    Two winners will be picked using random.org at midnight on Sunday, and they'll each get a pair of all-access passes. This is your only chance (other than volunteering) at seeing a weekend full of music absolutely free! It's also the best way to lock down that budding summer friendship...

    Here's the schedule, this could all be yours...and if you don't win, we still hope to see you at our showcase on Friday at Death by Audio with These Are Powers, Javelin, Real Estate, Air Waves, and Organs.

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    ENTER THE CONTEST AT THE FREEWILLIAMSBURG FACEBOOK PAGE!

    ENTER THE CONTEST AT THE FREEWILLIAMSBURG FACEBOOK PAGE!

    ENTER THE CONTEST AT THE FREEWILLIAMSBURG FACEBOOK PAGE!

    Reminder: Bushwick Open Studios Are This Weekend

    As previously alluded to in the Antennas of the Race post, there will be big art happenings this weekend in Bushwick.
    Full details may be found here.

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    June 04, 2009

    Antennas of the Race: Rahul Alexander vs. Jaclyn Conley

    Continuing with the Antennas of the Race series, we were fortunate to catch up with two sets of artists who will be participating in Nurture's first ever Bushwick Biennal which opens on Saturday, June 6th--an exhibition that commemorates young, emerging artists in perhaps the purist spirit. In addition to Nurture, the Bushwick Biennal will be on view at Pocket Utopia, English Kills, and Grace exhibitions.

    Our first group of artists in conversation are Rahul Alexander and Jaclyn Conley. Alexander's work is best characterized as multi-media paintings that utilize found imagery and patterns that suggest that use a sense of nostalgia to suggest the ideals of the future. Conley works in painting, drawing and sculpture to transform the body into complicated compositions that touch upon the collective memory of the viewer.

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    Jaclyn Conley, No Fingernails Left, oil on canvas, 48x60", 2008

    Q: (Alexander)

    So you’re a painter, I’d like to know what drives you to work in such a classical medium.

    A: (Conley)

    I don’t think I choose paint because of a classical nature just as I wouldn’t choose a material because it seemed innovative. I do appreciate the history of the medium especially when I think outside of a linear progression; I look at equal amounts of new and old art. The dense history of imagery and painting resurfaces in all work, though maybe most obviously when it is the same media. For me these links are usually unintended. I like that a work can change depending on the context, particularly of time; that, in a way, art becomes a changing, rather than a static, singular object.

    I hear often from my interdisciplinary artist partner that it’s so much easier to be a painter because at least when you go into the studio each day you know what you’re getting in to. And there’s some truth in that. Limiting myself generally to oil paint, there is a familiarity and it becomes a framework for thinking and acting. I was given pencils and crayons and since then I kept seeking materials that improved on the qualities I liked: versatility of color and mark, a very basic, forgiving and completely independent process and a visible history of an object’s making.

    Continue reading "Antennas of the Race: Rahul Alexander vs. Jaclyn Conley" »

    June 02, 2009

    Landlord to Black Betty: Drop Dead

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    The Brooklyn Paper has already done a stellar job reporting on the real estate-related undoing of neighborhood founding father Black Betty, but there are still a few pertinent details that mourners must know. First, some bittersweet news: closing ceremonies kick off tomorrow night, June 3rd, with Hype of the States, Orion Experience, and DJ Chris Rob, starting at 10:30pm. After that, look for Chin Chin on June 4, the eighth anniversary of Brazilian Beat on June 7, Jonah Smith on June 10, the Pimps of Joytime on June 11, and, for their June 15 finale, the Reverend Vince Anderson. (More details here.) After that sad, sad day, look for their “Make Love, Not War” parties to move to Rose and Vince Anderson to take up residence at Union Pool. Of course, neither of these venues serves chicken tagine or chickpeas with basmati rice, but they will have to do.

    Now, the just plain bitter stuff:

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    Braaaaains

    My friend Clint took some amazing photos of the zombies roaming McCarren Park and the rest of Williamsburg on Sunday, including this (paid?) participant having a tug of war contest via the hooks in his and his competitor's back. I get the whole appeal to dress up and shuffle around en masse, but can someone explain where this fits in?
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    Slideshow here.

    May 28, 2009

    McSweeney's, SMITHMAG, and The Rumpus Present: YOU'RE NOT ALONE

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    Amanda Palmer (formerly of the Dresden Dolls), comedians Todd Barry and Eugene Mirman, Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, the Six Word Memoirists, authors Amy Tan and Anthony Swofford, and first time McSweeney’s novelists James Hannaham and Jessica Anthony all throw themselves at the collective intellectual fan this Saturday night at the Highline Ballroom for YOU'RE NOT ALONE, an evening presented by McSweeney's, SMITHMAG, and The Rumpus. We recommend you check this out, tickets are only $12 for all this awesomeness!

    The details:

    Comedy by Todd Barry and Eugene Mirman

    Music by Matthew Caws of Nada Surf

    Readings by Anthony Swofford, Jessica Anthony, James Hannaham, The Six-Word Memoirists, and Amy Tan

    Hosted by author and Rumpus editor Stephen Elliott

    Happy Hour from 6-7: $4 PBR; $5 All other beers; $6 Well Drinks

    [Show link; Facebook group; Rumpus post]

    May 27, 2009

    A (Sort of) Review of Dan Deacon

    Several years ago, I was walking to a party at college, holding a cup of grain alcohol punch. (Purchase Punch as it was called at my school.) When I walked into the door, everyone was crouched down on the floor and huddled, so that campus police couldn't see the illegal party happening. I crouched with my fellow brethren. The cops swept passed the "G Block" of the Old Apartments in their car. The moment the coast was clear my friend Dan jeered, and everyone jumped up and started slamming into each other. I would like to imagine that is the genesis for Dan Deacon's infamous countdowns--although I'm not sure he would ever agree.

    Continue reading "A (Sort of) Review of Dan Deacon" »

    Behold, the Beauty Bar!

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    photos by Adam Au, c/o the L

    With their big weekend just around the corner, The L went and got a sneak peak of the new Bushwick Beauty Bar and sends home some very "Jetsons-chic" photos. They also learn us on the chairs - "purchased from a shuttered beauty parlor in Lancaster, PA," the sign - "taken from the real Powder Puff in Kutztown, PA," and the lights over the bar - "vintage home hairdryers."

    Brooklyn art

    If I wasn't working tonight I would be here in a heartbeat. Jen Bekman's gallery, 20x200 and hey hot shot! all have exposed me to brilliant work that I otherwise would have never come across. From the 20x200 blog:

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    Jen Bekman of Jen Bekman Projects, Inc., will be crossing the river to join artist and collector Danny Simmons, Joe Amrhein from Williamsburg's Pierogi Gallery and Steve Weintraub of Arts in Bushwick for an evening discussion on Brooklyn artists and collecting in the borough.

    The panel, "Collecting in Brooklyn" is part of the Brooklyn Museum's larger series, Collecting Currently, and will bring you up to speed on emerging Brooklyn artists and the best ways to get your hands on some of their work before they hit the big time (read: while you can still afford it).

    The discussion will take place next Wednesday, May 27th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Museum — Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor.

    Wine is included in the $20 ticket price ($15 for members). Visit www.museumtix.com to register. Be there or be, um, artless!

    My Little Pony, But Better

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    If you're like me, this is right up your alley. Via Brooklyn Based:

    It all started with a birthday party. Talitha Whidbee, owner of Champion Coffee in Greenpoint and Vine Wine in Long Island City, bought a case of blank, white My Little Pony dolls for her daughter’s birthday party. While watching the under-seven-set glitter and bedazzle the ponies, adults at the party starting talking about how they would decorate one of their own. Whidbee decided to give some ponies to local artist pals and see what happened. Then she called Brooklyn Based to see whether we wanted to turn the whole thing into an event to benefit a local charity. We saddled up immediately.

    The results? An exceptional equestrian exhibition. Some are still recognizable as ponies, but a few artists took the challenge to a whole other abstract level. There’s sculpture, photography and even some diorama-style pieces in this show. All of the completed ponies are currently on sale on eBay. Or, head to Champion for an iced Americano, a chocolate mint cookie and a leisurely look at the very creatively hung installation, which went up Tuesday. Artists include Tony Matelli, Drew Heitzler and Peter Miller.

    Go enjoy some snacks & Pony Punch at the reception this Friday (7-10pm) in the backyard of Champion, 1108 Manhattan Ave., and bid on one of these vamped up little ponies. All proceeds will be donated to Just Food.

    May 21, 2009

    Celebrate Girls Who (Summer Camp) Rock

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    The Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls are throwing a couple of parties next week to support their amazing program. If you don't know, now you know:

    The summer camp is an intensive one-week day camp program. The organization currently offers two sessions every summer, serving a total of approximately 150 girls. Daily programming consists of instrument instruction (drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals, DJ/turntables, and sound & recording), band practice, and workshops on a variety of topics, from songwriting to self-defense. Games and crafting activities (including making band t-shirts and buttons) are interspersed throughout the day.

    Campers form bands on the first day, and during daily band practice they write music and lyrics collectively, assisted by band coaches. At the end of the week, the camp bands perform their original songs at a large-scale recital concert.

    The shows will include some of our faves such as Pterodactyl and Parts & Labor. And, if you're a 19+, they've got Ladies Workshops too!

    Todd P & Horse+Dragon are also hosting a benefit for the Rock Camp on May 29th at Monster Island featuring Wild Yaks, Lady Magma, Hexa, & Beluga. We're giving you 4 shows to celebrate the same cause here... so, pick one!!

    These Are Powers and Pterodactyl Playing Tonight

    Colt-45-NY-Flyer.jpgFREEwilliamsburg showcase headliners These are Powers are playing tonight at Glasslands. And there's going to be free Colt 45:

    VICE x Colt 45 present The Colt Guides and Launch Parties Keeping 2009 nice and smooth

    May 21, 2009 – Brooklyn, Glasslands Gallery (289 Kent Ave)
    Featuring These Are Powers and Pterodactyl
    21+ |RSVP REQUIRED | 9PM-2AM
    Free with RSVP - http://www.viceland.com/coltrsvpny/


    Think You're Internet Classy?

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    Do you wake up in the morning, sign into your decade-old America Online account and think something like, "Hot damn. I am the shit, online."? Do your friends just "not get twitter," but you RT them regardless b/c it makes you/them look important? Are you following Soup on Tumblr? Well, great! Then you might just be a Webutante. And now, thanks to our friends (and who Media Bistro calls "new Media power couple") Jessica Amason & Richard Blakeley, you've got your own prom. It's the Webuntante Ball, a "cocktail-formal event for both male and female 'WEButantes' held at the swanky rooftop of a luxury hotel." Welcome, bitches. You've made it. And you've got mail.

    To celebrate Internet Week, Jessica Amason and Richard Blakeley, bring you the WEBUTANTE BALL. A cocktail-formal event for both male and female "WEButantes" held at the swanky rooftop of a luxury hotel.

    The event features a fashionable no sneakers or hats dress code, free vodka cocktails from 6-7 and a ceremonial crowning of a Webutante King and Queen! Come have your webutante portrait taken and shmooze with the best of web-society.

    Eat your heart out Chuck Bass: we may not have private planes, but we've got Twitter and we've got style

    Here's the Facebook event, and to nominate a king and queen email the organizers your nominations.

    Manicures & Martinis, Bushwick Style

    Beauty Bar is having their Brooklyn grand opening next weekend. Getting my nails did while getting happy hour drunk, and not having to stomach the L train to do it-- this gets 2 thumbs way up from me.

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    May 20, 2009

    Tonight: World Record Appreciation Society #6

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    Tonight at Crash Mansion [199 Bowery], the Universal Record Database (URDB) is back on stage for their World Record Appreciation Society #6, where folks with long hidden talents hope to set records in categories including, Most Knock Knock Jokes Told In One Minute, Most Trivial Pursuit Questions Answered Incorrectly In One Minute, Most Tweets To @Oprah In 140 Seconds (I have MCHammer) and Most Consecutive People Beaten In Arm Wrestling By A Woman In Her Third Trimester Of Pregnancy. The band Blast Off is kicking things off at 8:00 PM. Get tickets here.

    Named Best Oddball Night by New York Magazine, the World Record Appreciation Society is back. On Wednesday, May 20, we're lining up a mix of new stars and URDB legends for our biggest world record night yet. It's gonna be insane, I tells ya.

    Pianos was getting a bit squishy, so we've moved to Crash Mansion a few blocks away. We'll have tons more seating, a higher stage, a bar menu, video monitors...even a green room where our record setters can hang out to escape paparazzi.

    Think you've got one of your own? It's not to late to sign up! Get on the bill and set your own world record by emailing dan@URDB.org.

    [photo of Most High Fives During Pledge of Allegiance via urdb on flickr]

    May 18, 2009

    Free Comedy Tonight

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    Because you're more likely to "have a sad" on Mondays here is a heads up for the free comedy shows tonight...

    Anonymous Comics presents a weekly open mic and comedy showcase at Williamsburg's Royal Oak. Hosted by Rhodees Pierre, Come early for an open mic and 2 for 1 drinks (6-8) and stay for the later showcase from 9-11 and an open improv workshop at 11:30. 21+

    and starring at Pete's as well...a "long-running standup show":

    Jen Dziura's long-running standup show continues tonight at Pete's Candy Store starring Jen Dziura's long-running standup show, starring RG Daniels, Nick P. Ross, Daniel Hirshon, Matt Wittman, and Jim Hill. Free candy for all.

    via FreeNYC

    Raymond Salvatore Harmon's "Dweller on the Threshold" @ Secret Project Robot

    If you happen to make it to Secret Project Robot from now until June 6th, you will see a great show by a new multimedia artist Raymond Salvatore. While his work may appear to be abstract, they are informed by philosophy and anthropological studies as much as contemporary psychedelic abstraction:

    As an experimental filmmaker his work is abstract, are accompanied by his own electronic compositions as well as those of his various collaborators. His recent works include full scale immersive video and sound environments, large format digital prints that are then hand manipulated and painted on, and live video performances.

    Many of Harmon's films contain layered subliminal content, the source of this content is often derived from occult and mystical texts. Utilizing texts such as the Gates of Light (an early work of Hebraic mysticism, kabbalah) and Aleister Crowley's Book of Lies, Harmon's occult based films work as advanced meditative tools for use in occult rituals and the expansion of the conscious mind.

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    c/o Pendu

    May 15, 2009

    She's Crafty

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    BUST Magazine, the cutting-edge pop-culture magazine for “women with something to get off their chests” is hosting their second annual Spring Fling Craftacular this Sunday, May 17 from 12 to 7pm at the Warsaw!

    It's only $2!!!! And there will be a juried selection of 50 of the best indie crafters from around the country! Plus there will also be tasty food, drinks and a chance to win fabulous raffle prizes and snag a goodie bag all while enjoying great music courtesy of some of the city’s most innovative DJs.

    And for this year’s “Garden Party” theme, BUST is giving the over 2,000 expected attendees a chance to really get their hands dirty, with eco-conscious demos on guerilla gardening, growing your own food, and DIY screen-printing, presented by Trees Not Trash, The Farm Sanctuary, Provocraft, the makers of Yudu and many others.

    Founded by Debbie Stoller, BUST’s Co-Publisher/Editor-in-Chief and author of the New York Times bestselling knitting book series “Stitch ‘n Bitch,” and Laurie Henzel, BUST’s Co-Publisher and Creative Director, the BUST Craftacular was created as a way to support the handmade and burgeoning DIY movement.

    The addition of a green theme to the BUST Spring Fling Craftacular was a natural choice, according to Stoller. “There is so much overlap between people who are interested in crafting and those who are interested in the environment, sustainable living, and gardening. After all, what’s more DIY than growing your own food?”

    Click through for a video of BUST MAGAZINE'S HOLIDAY CRAFTACULAR to get an idea of how awesome Sunday will be!

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    106 Green Inaugural Exhibition: After the Goldrush

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    This sounds like the perfect event for these recessionary times. 106 Green is an artist run project space in Greenpoint Brooklyn that will provide space for artists and curators to exhibit their work. They are opening thier doors to the public on Saturday. From their website:

    Originally inspired by an apocalyptic screenplay by artist and actor Dean Stockwell, After the Gold Rush, Neil Young’s third solo effort, is an epic record encompassing love, loss, social critique, and a tragic American landscape. Most of the album was recorded in Young’s make-shift basement studio during the spring of 1970, in the late days of the Vietnam war and the dawn of a decade of economic tumult. The songs shift in theme and musical genre, and depict visions from the medieval to the extraterrestrial in service of what appears to be an apocalyptic end, but with a hint of redemptive optimism. The album was met with lukewarm reviews. Rolling Stone then dismissed as ‘dull’ what it now calls a ‘masterpiece’.

    While none of the work in this exhibition is based on Mr. Young’s music, perhaps it reflects something of its spirit. With varying strategies and media, the artists offer meditations ranging from the interpersonal to the epic; most capturing a north American angst that is both interwoven with the past and undeniably contemporary. Much of the work depicts a sort of cosmic spirituality where urban, rural, interior, and technological landscapes merge; and at its core offers a challenge and possible alternatives (however small) to the excesses of the Bush era boom.

    Don't miss the after party at Coco66 with a performance by the great Parlor Grand.

    May 13, 2009

    Previously on Lost at The Bell House Tonight

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    via MySpace

    I am a self-confessed Lost nerd, so it's exciting to see that the best Lost-themed band Previously on Lost will be celebrating the season finale tonight at the Bell House. I think the photo says it all.

    May 04, 2009

    The Northside Festival: The FREEwilliamsburg Showcase

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    Mark your calendars! We're excited to announce our showcase for the upcoming Northside Festival.

    Friday June 12 at Death by Audio:

    Needless to say, we're psyched to have such an amazing line-up and we have lots more details to come, so stay tuned. For now, you can check out the bands below:

    Continue reading "The Northside Festival: The FREEwilliamsburg Showcase" »

    May 03, 2009

    3rd Ward Green Bikes Birthday Party

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    Yep, this is still going on today. It'll just be indoors now.

    2 to 8 p, FREE admission and Colt 45

    RSVP events@3rdward.com

    On our 3rd Anniversary in Brooklyn, we announce Green Bikes! Starting in May, when you sign up for a 3rd Ward membership you get a free custom-designed bike! To celebrate we've taken over Stagg street for a day of mayhem. Compete in a drag race, bring a t-shirt for live screenprinting, take a workshop, or just come for the fun.

    Live Music: The Wild Yaks, Pterodactyl, Afuche, Aa, Lam, DJ Drew Heffron, DJ Grizzly Spears

    Festivities: BBQ from Chef Stephanie Sugawara, Summer drinks, Bike competitions & performances, Films from Empire, Music videos from Moviehouse, Photobooth, Badminton, Selena Kimball in the Gallery

    Free Workshops: Bike Repair, Reclaimed Lumber, Furniture Design, Welding Basics, Experimental Video Presentation, Building Green, Jewelry Workshop: Flocking, Fabrication: Alginate Casting, Leather as an Art

    April 30, 2009

    Brooklyn Craft Fair This Weekend

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    Maybe we all had mothers who made our Halloween costumes and taught us how to sew. Whatever it is, Brooklynites are the best at making their own duds. This weekend you can get the best of the best at the Lyceum for under $30. Check it out:

    We want everyone to thrive in this sucky economy - both crafters and consumers - so we want to help get the goods flowing in both directions. This is a time for keeping our money local and helping our artists thrive, all the while keeping an eye on the ole purse strings. This market is designed for those of us who can't spend like we once could, but still want to support the arts the best we can, get to know the artisans' of NYC, and get lovely handmade things in the process.

    So please come to the Market, buy as much as you like (get those mother's day and holiday gifts early), and let's keep our money out of Target and Walmart!!

    Forgot to add, my favorite Charm School Design will be there. Every lady should have one of her headbands in her closet.

    Free Danger Party Time

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    This is a HOT flyer!

    So if you weren't at this on Tuesday night you pretty much suck because it was HILARIOUS. But good news! You can redeem yourself by attending this FUN and WILD dance party on Saturday night!

    Recipe for a great Saturday Night = Our friends @ FREE DANGER spinning some sleazy disco + EAR PWR!! + MVSCLZ + me and Nicole! Ummn yah I don't think this gets any better.

    Japanther & Ninjasonik Saving the High School Musical

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    From Mikki Halpin of Art Local-- the folks who brought you Don't Demo Domino:

    The show came about when I was at a community meeting and Candace Parr and Elli Weinert, the drama and music teachers at Automotive, respectively, mentioned that their programs had been cut. I'd seen the Automotive musical last year (West Side Story) and was so impressed with what the kids did and how thrilled and grateful they were that Candace had believed in them and gotten the program going[...]

    Since I often put on benefits around the neighborhood, it was a no-brainer to offer to help. I've always wanted to work on integrating Automotive High and its students and faculty into the neighborhood--they are part of our community as well. The school has come so far, and here in a community of artists and musicians, it was no problem to get volunteers and bands to participate. Although Japanther and Ninjasonik are just returning from a long tour, they said yes immediately when I asked them to help[...]

    The show is going to be great--the kids will perform some dance numbers from Guys and Dolls, the Automotive High Hip Hop Jazz Band will play, and then of course the bands.

    Go check it out TONIGHT @ Automotive High, 50 Bedford Ave. It's a great cause and you might even win something yummy from Teddy's or a free spa tratment at Beehive, mmm.

    April 29, 2009

    May Day Party at The Nut Roaster

    Our friends at Brooklyn Fire Proof and the Nut Roaster Studios are hosting a May Day party Friday night, over at 120 Ingraham Street. 5 bands are playing, and there will also be a raffle, drink specials, DJs, and art + video installations.

    $10
    7 pm, Friday May 1st

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    Update: we've received word that there may be changes to the lineup, including Real Estate, who will not be playing Friday night...

    April 28, 2009

    North Brooklyn Story Project Benefit Concert

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    Benefit concert at Union Pool tonight. Details below...

    The North Brooklyn Story Project will throw a benefit concert, on April 28, 2009, to raise funds for their oral history project. The concert will be held at Union Pool (484 Union Ave) at 8pm. Performers include The Blue Album Group, Rebecca Schiffman and The Roulettes. Suggested donation for the event is $5. The concert is being held to raise money for recording equipment that the North Brooklyn Story Project will use to document, share and store the stories of Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents.

    Get more info on Going, or for more info on the performers click through the jump!

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    April 27, 2009

    YouTube Funnies Keeping DIY Alive

    From our friends over at FREE DANGER, the 'zine making DJ duo that captured our Ghostbusters loving hearts @ 3rd Ward:

    For the past few months we have been compiling together our favorite funny and fucked up clips from TV, Movies, commercials, and the internet and tomorrow night we will be presenting this video. Our friend Peter O'Connell is coming up from Baltimore to do some commentary with us and he has some other treats lined up as well. If this doesnt sound like enough, we also have Hannibal Burress stopping by to do some stand up comedy.

    This event is not only going to be totally hysterical, it's doubling as a benefit for fellow publication SHOWPAPER. Be sure to pick up a free copy around the 'hood. So be there, or else we'll know you hate fun: 9pm @ Market Hotel, Tuesday April 28th

    April 26, 2009

    Cyclist Hit by Car Last Night

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    A cyclist was hit by a livery car last night at the corner of Roebling and No. 11th. He was hurt pretty bad (lots of blood), but was moving and in the care of emergency personnel within minutes of the accident. A bystander told me he didn't think the bicyclist stopped at the intersection and the driver just didn't see him until impact. Bike was ruined, but luckily the dude made it out alive. Click through for a few photos.

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    April 25, 2009

    Salsa Saturday, Literally

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    Tonight @ the Opera House Lofts, Brooklyn Salsa celebrates their one year anniversary. As sponsors of the Pomp party last night, I'd expect a lot of the same (newly salsa addicted) crowd.

    What to expect from the boys:

    Sunshine, Fresh Chips, Firepit, Rooftop, DJ's, RockNRoll, Booze, Basement, Ping Pong, Air Hockey, Bad Kid Stuff, Friends and all the BROOKLYN SALSA you can stick in your face! BBQ's will be set on fire at 6pm with a DJ spinning sunny brazilian grooves, Modelo in hand. Music til 2am... Come Hungry and ready to party!

    Make sure to dig into the Tropical, it's my personal favorite.

    April 24, 2009

    Subtrak Saturday with Pulled Pork

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    Pulled Pork, the folks who brought you last week's doppleBÄNGER (with one of our current loves-- HATCHMATIK), are bringing it once again at the semi-secret party room at Lovin' Cup. Not to mention live painting from Chris Rini.

    Flavorpill says:

    The Burg's best all-purpose party adds Detroit to its roster with the help of Subtrak. To clarify that equation, the Motor City label delivers Ryan Brogan, Chris Alker, and Christian Bloch from its stable of techno- and house-spanning selectors to Pulled Pork's no-slouch residents Gunnie and T. Clute. Tonight's special guest Mike Servito (Ghostly/Spectral) knows his way around his hometown's signature style as well as anyone (as attendees of One Step Beyond might recall — Servito spun our party at AMNH last year).

    Check the retro preview, and do a little mid-afternoon dance (right around 2:27, I did. And again at 6:01). Also, there's been talk of free fortune cookies... I'll be there (tequila induced) shaking it, fo' sure!

    RSVP to rsvp@pulledporknewyork.com.

    April 22, 2009

    Ducktails and Javelin Play Inside a Robot Tonight

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    If you are not easily deterred by the rain, there is a pretty great show happening inside artist space Secret Project Robot tonight.

    The much (deserved) hyped avant garde sunny pop of Ducktails will be complimented by the smooth dance grooves of Javelin. After seeing Javelin play the Graffiti Research Lab's MoMA after party some months back, Javelin has become a personal favorite. (They have an entire song using Beyonce vocal samples that's pretty killer.)

    Full line up and details below:

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    April 21, 2009

    Green In BKLYN

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    Since Earth Day is tomorrow, I wanted to give y'all some ideas about how to live a greener life in BK. And although I'm too lazy to do most of these things (yes, I know, I'm a hypocrite-- comment away), I'm hoping that I'm cleansing my green karma by spreading the word a bit. So here's your little To-Do list for tomorrow:

    1. Go to the Grand Opening of Green in BKLYN and buy some environmentally healthy supplies.

    2. Start community composting with the help of North Brooklyn Compost Project in McCarren Park.

    3. Or start composting at home with your own pet worms. Via Brooklyn Based:

    If you’re not daunted yet, you can also buy worms and start (indoor) composting yourself. A pound of these fuglies runs about $20, which you can order through The Brooklyn Kitchen until the end of the month — the first spot in Brooklyn to offer them. Otherwise, they’re available at the LESEC, along with worm “condos.” Jo Micek, also of the North Brooklyn Composting Project, estimates it takes a week for her worms to plow through 2 to 3 pounds of food waste, and 3 months for them to turn it into compost, which she uses on her indoor plants and gives to friends with yards.

    4. Pick up one of these super cute reusable grocery bags (which double as beach bags! &/or any other kind of bag), and in doing so you'll be supporting one of Brooklyn's own entrepreneurs.

    5. That's all I got for now, but please feel free to add your green ideas in the comments section.

    C'mon, guys! Green is the New Beard!

    April 20, 2009

    Miss High Times Pageant Tonight at Studio B

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    Being the day when stoners around the world celebrate the fact that they are stoners around the world and get stoned, High Times Magazine is throwing their Miss High Times Pageant at Studio B tonight, and everybody's gonna get soooo stoned.

    HIGH TIMES OFFICIAL 420 PARTY & 2009 MISS HIGH TIMES PAGEANT

    Date: Monday, April 20th 2009
    Location: New York City (it's at Studio B)
    Doors: 7 pm / Showtime: 8 pm
    Price: $15 now, $20 day of show
    Hosted by: HIGH TIMES Editors Bobby Black & Vaporella
    Performances by: Prospect Hill, Special Guests
    Celebrity Judges: TBA
    Sponsored by: Advanced Nutrients, BC Northern Lights, NugBrand Clothing & Beta Foods

    Also of note: "Every entrant certifies that she is 18 years of age or older, that she has no objection to the smoking of marijuana or being depicted as smoking marijuana in any and all photos used by HIGH TIMES and THC." So, buy now! Only 420 tickets will be sold!

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    April 17, 2009

    The Robot Monkey Chimpionship: The Interview

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    We e-sat down with the creator of the Robot Monkey Sports Network, who's hosting a Chimpionship tomorrow at TBD. You can control your very own robot, drunkenly battling it out with other robot controllers in a vicious battle to determine who is best - Williamsburg or Greenpoint.

    Here's the listing on Thrillist, and check out our interview with the leader of the monkeys after the jump, where we learn if a monkey has ever turned on him during a tune-up (it has) and who he's picking to win...

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    April 16, 2009

    What do Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead, Lightning Bolt, and Lucky Dragons have in common?

    Custom instruments.

    Bent Festival is this week. As part of the festivities, 3rd Ward will hold a special "hacked music event" tonight. This is your chance to meet future music pioneers before they continue to release limited edition 7 inches that your son picks up at an estate sale and starts jamming to.


    NEW YORK electriCITY from 2 Player Productions on Vimeo.
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    Hat Tip: Make Magazine

    April 14, 2009

    Our Very Own Dollar Store

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    Greenpoint/Williamsburg looks to be getting it's very own yet another dollar store, opening "soon" right next to the new but yet-to-be-finished Wardak supermarket next to the old Staples next to the even older McDonald's. It's called Deal$, and looks like it's actually a $5 variation of your typical dollar store. We're all anxiously awaiting our fill of cheap-o water guns, party supplies & $5 flip-flops yessssss! Recession shopping!

    update from the comments: "it's open!! it's been open for a few weeks- and so far it's the cleanest $.99 I've ever been in."

    (photo via Boulevard007 on Williamsboard)

    Pomp It Up w/ Poster Boy


    Pomp and Circumstance, a Brooklyn arts & culture quarterly, is throwing a party in celebration of their new issue which is due out in May and includes an interview with Poster Boy himself. Here's what he had to say about the event:

    "This is not a show of [my] work. This is an opportunity to create [my] work yourself. This is for people who wouldn't normally partake in vandalism. The materials will be provided by [me]. Hopefully this encourages people to rethink advertising and their environment"

    It's all happening @ 3rd Ward on Friday April 24th.

    (I hear there will be Free Beer, guys)

    April 10, 2009

    Visual Music Marathon Tomorrow

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    My two favorite mediums are the visual arts and music. So, it's a no brainer that I would be excited for the Visual Music Marathon happening tomorrow in Chelsea. What makes me even more amped is that we have works from people allover the world represented.

    The 2009 Visual Music Marathon will be held at the Visual Arts Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York City. Over 300 works from 33 countries were submitted to the Marathon. Of these, 64, representing 6 hours of programming, were selected for screening. The remaining six hours will be devoted to invited artists, historic works on 16mm film, works provided by two guest curators, and approximately one hour of live video performance art.

    New School Arrests (Video)

    Ah, another day, another protest. In Brandon Jourdan's video of today's New School shenanigans obtained by the Times, we see A) police officers spraying pepper spray around a bulging door, B) a cop introducing a student's face to the sidewalk, rubbing it in the way a big brother would, and C) a cop (who really should be fired and arrested for assault at this point) literally throwing a punch at a student protester yelling "shame on you!". You just can't do that. On camera, at least. The kid then of course gets swarmed and arrested.

    Update: NYPD Spokesperson to the NYTimes on item C: “My comment — the officer pushed into him and he fell down. There were individuals interfering with an arrest being made, and he was one of them, and they pushed into him and he fell down.”

    Anyways, here are some screenshots of A, B and C, and of course there's video after the jump. Dizzamn...

    [Side note: people. Don't scream like a terrified 6th grader when you're getting arrested while protesting.]

    Exhibit A: Pepperspray'd
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    Exhibit B: Face meet sidewalk, sidewalk meet face
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    Exhibit C: Shame on your fist
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    April 07, 2009

    Get Jazzed Up

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    Come be festive at Duck Duck to a mix of blues, jazz, and booze this Thursday. Your company would be a pleasure! Especially if you dance! Miss Vivien Renee said so herself ;)

    April 04, 2009

    Collective Artist's Yard Sale

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    We got word of a garage sale at 95 Eagle St today with all sorts of stuff, including sound equipment, "a photography printing projector, vintage clothes, one of kind jewelry, clothing from artists and so much more." It's at Lean Love's Pop-Up Shop Collective, in the basement and backyard of 95 Eagle St. #1, found between Franklin St. and Manhattan Avenue. And y'know, why not post it? Everybody loves a good garage sale, right?

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    March 26, 2009

    Snuggie Pub Crawl Locations Announced

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    The NYC Snuggie Pub Crawl (yea, we're obsessed) announced their date and locations today. Hurry up and run over to your "Big, Bad Grandmas" calendar and put a big fat "X" on April 18th from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. It's a Manhattan-only affair (lame!), so here's where you Snuggie freaks will be headed:

    1. The Village PourHouse - 64 Third Ave at 11th street
    2. Side Bar -120 E 15th At Irving Pl
    3. Kings Head -222 East 14th Street Btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave
    4. Bar None - 98 Third Ave Btwn 12th & 13th
    5. Belmont - 117th East 15th street Btwn Park Ave and Irving Pl
    6. Still - 192 Third Ave at 17th - 3-5pm
    7. Plug Uglies - 257 3rd Ave Btwn 20th St & 21st St
    8. Van Diemens - 383 Third Avenue at 27th street

    For more info, visit Snuggie Pub Crawl New York. Please take pictures. Bonus points for Snuggie boners. Also, I just dibbed that band name.

    March 24, 2009

    Hilarious World Record Attempts at Pianos

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    The Universal Record Database (URDB) is holding another Appreciation Society here in New York tomorrow night, and they will be attempting to set a whole new slew of world records. Tickets are $5 (or free if you're unemployed) and your face will probably hurt from laughing so hard.

    Click through for a list of the ecords that will be attempted...and for tickets and more information, visit URDB.

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    March 22, 2009

    Its World Water Day

    charity: water's latest promo video features the well-drilling work they fund in the forgotten Central African Republic. It was directed by Simon Willows, with "Time Bomb" donated by Beck.

    March 20, 2009

    Graffiti: Bringing Cops and Street Artists Together, for One Night at least

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    Whether you call it street art or vandalism, graffiti has become synonymous with life in New York City and at its root is a form that's as American as Jazz. For those that do it, words like "love" and "addiction" describe the act, fulfilling any number of needs from being known and expressing personal style to political protest and membership in an exclusive community. Words like "damage" and "destruction" don't seem to provide the driving motivation, unless of course you're looking at the world through the eyes of a city cop. Theirs is a lens of black and white, where even if your name happens to be Yoshitomo Nara, if you don't have permission and you're caught, you're going to spend some time down at central booking that night.

    This difference of opinion took the spotlight at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn last night as personalities from both sides -- artists Ket, Cope2, and Ellis G with former officers Rivera, Mona and Chiuli -- came together in a temporary truce to discuss retired officer Joseph Rivera's new book, "Vandal Squad: Inside the New York City Transit Police Department, 1984-2004." And while the atmosphere was mostly one of mutual respect, there was still some underlying tension at play, prompting some great one liners and lively exchanges.

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    March 19, 2009

    Mmm, Brooklyn.

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    As NYC Restaurant Week comes to a close (one more day, folks-- get your fill), us lucky little Brooklynites have another week of yummy gluttony to look forward to. Dine In Brooklyn is featuring over 200 restaurants in the best borough that are offering up $23 three course meals, with a special new 2-for-1 deal on brunch. Some local faves include Baci & Abbracci, Zenkichi, and even Bushwick's own sole addition, Northeast Kingdom.

    (Check out our restarant pages for more info)

    Starts March 23rd, Ends April 2nd. So go ahead, spend the last of those recession bucks, you deserve it!

    The Barking Benefit

    Tomorrow night The Shiny Squirrel is hosting a benefit for Williamsburg’s BARC Animal Shelter.

    Reasons you should go:
    - It’s at K+M Bar
    - Free food
    - Free shots
    - Great bands
    - No cover
    - You ♥ animals

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    March 17, 2009

    Another Reason to Love Summer '09

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    Seriously-- I've become a super nerd. Check out one of the many live feeds I was following today about the sneak peak of the new iPhone operating system. I'm so excited, I could puke. Who knew copy & paste could be such a turn on...

    Hey, let's hope the upgrade is available before the Northside Festival so we can follow our turn-by-turn directions from venue to venue and show each other how cool we really are.

    March 16, 2009

    Liquids of Interest (Free bur)

    d.b.a. Brooklyn (113 North 7th) is having an English Ale tasting tonight. There is no cover, and it starts at 7 p.m., says MyOpenBar, which also asks that d.b.a. change the name of the event because, and we agree, it could be interpreted as something entirely else.

    March 14, 2009

    Tonight, Tonight...

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    March 05, 2009

    Art Fairs in NYC

    If you're into visual arts, then this week's art fairs are like a second Christmas. Free Williamsburg will have a full roundup next week.

    But, if you need a guide, I recommend checking out arguably one of the best New York art blogs/publications Art Fag City for recommendations. Panel discussions can be found here and gallery openings during the week are here.

    Sound Fix Tonight: Drink What's Left

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    I really shouldn't be telling you this, but My Open Bar already did, so I'd be silly not to. Sound Fix Lounge, the on-again off-again liquor-supplied music spot in the back of the record store is having a "Booze Surplus Party" tonight, where for $10, you get unlimited access to the entire bar. Seriously.

    From My Open Bar:

    Thanks to the amazingly douchey neighbors, Sound Fix Lounge is seeing its final days. In true DYI fashion, they're going out with a bang by giving away what's left of their bar stock at this closing night party. Liquor. Beer. Fun times. All you can drink for $10, all night. That's it. Oh yeah, and make sure you say "fuck you" to the neighbors before stumbling home.

    Now please don't go so I can drink more. K thx bye.

    March 03, 2009

    Choice Festival of Art, Media, Culture and All Things Cool

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    The CHOICE Festival of Art, Media, Culture and All Things Cool kicked off yesterday and continues through March 15th at 303Grand (A revolving storefront, they say) "the newest and most unique retail rental space in Brooklyn, New York," a self-made claim which you've heard countless times before. Right now it's the Fantastic Nobodies, who are performing daily from 2pm - 10pm (and livestreaming!). Then its Seasick Mama, a Film Festival, an Artists and DIY Market and finally a big ol' party.

    Click through the jump for the details and rsvp info...

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    Shows Not To Miss

    Japanese experimental musician OORUTAICHI is in town this week. He's playing some of NYC's better venues Cake Shop, Glasslands, Zebulon and rounding things off at Issue Project Room.

    Tonight is a great line up with Lights (Andy MacLeod project) and Drawlings (Paw Tracks) at the Cake Shop.

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    February 27, 2009

    Antennas of the Race: Psychic Ills vs. Excepter

    Ezra Pound once referred to the artist as the “antennae of the race.” He insinuated that the artist was able to sense a cultural zeitgeist, critique and present it to an audience prior to it becoming ubiquitous. More importantly, their ability to expose these cultural happenings is an integral contribution to keeping society in check. Antennas of the Race is a series of conversations between two creative camps –visual, music, or otherwise—that share a common relationship. They are intended to provide a more revealing look at each’s process and attitude toward creativity.

    For the inaugural conversation, we have two experimental music groups: Excepter and Psychic Ills. Known for providing captivating (and sometimes unconventional) live performances as well as challenging records, each group has navigated the competitive New York music scene and come to define the richness of its palette.

    Further illustrating their bond, Psychic Ills and Excepter will play a show together at 92YTribeca tomorrow. The show begins at 8pm. In addition, Psychic Ills recently released Mirror Eye on the Social Registry.

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    FW: Many people in the experimental music scene seem to marry the visuals with a musical aesthetic; you may see this on multiple levels: during a performance or the end product of a record. How do you feel about being apart of this movement?

    Excepter: We like to put on a performance and we go out of our way to make videos, so yeah, we’re definitely into the visual. Dance is to music like gesture is to speech; it gives the audience another way to understand what we’re getting across.

    We would caution against identifying our visual bent as being part of a movement or scene. If anything, we stand against the influence of the 90s indie stance, which was very anti-image. If there is a common bond between bands, it’s usually a love of records from before our time.

    Psychic Ills: There are a lot of bands--there's probably a lot of 'scenes'. We just do our thing. We're not so aware of these qualifiers, but we're into a lot of things music and non-music related.

    Continue reading " Antennas of the Race: Psychic Ills vs. Excepter" »

    February 25, 2009

    Bikes In The Kitchen and JellyNYC Present...

    This Saturday at The Shank in Greenpoint (98 Bayard Street — map). From MyOpenBar

    I know, I know—this sounds too good to be true, and it probably is if you look at it like a sane person: NinjaSonik, Team Robespierre, Juiceboxxx, Wild Yaks, Cerebral Ballzy, MNDR, Dre Skull, DJ C.lo and a secret guest (Spank Rock again? Whoops!) with 500 16oz cans of PBR going fast at 11pm. Oh and hey, it's all-ages, too. Also, Santa to pop out of the fireplace with a big bag of dicks for everybody. (PBR, $6 cover / 11am till gone)
    Sounds like a great show, even without the bag of dicks.

    February 19, 2009

    Snuggie™ Pub Crawl = Worse than Donk?

    Gothamist and UrbanDaddy.com are reporting that Friday night will mark NYC's first-ever Snuggie™ Pub Crawl. Sigh.

    According to UrbanDaddy:

    "Your nightmares come to life with the Snuggie bar crawl, in which misguided souls swaddled in sleeved blankets descend on otherwise pleasant bars to mingle with their own kind and possibly spill pilsner all over their blanket-aprons."

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    Pub crawl organizers say:

    "In response to the stunning public embrace of the warm and cuddly Snuggie™, the SnuggiePubCrawl.com Team is hosting the first-ever Snuggie™ Pub Crawl in New York, NY. Even though it's just a blanket with sleeves, we're sure that you'll enjoy a winter evening spent drinking with friends and the Snuggie™."

    Fun(?)! There's even a clandestine spirit involved, since the organizers haven't yet identified where or exactly when the Snuggie mob will be hitting a bar near you. If you are interested (but really, are you???) then RSVP here.

    Otherwise, feel free to leave your feedback about what says worse things about humankind in 2009 - the Snuggie™ Pub Crawl, or Donk?

    Art Opening Tomorrow Night at The Nut Roaster Studios

    Brooklyn Fire Proof and The Nut Roaster Studios are hosting an opening Friday night, featuring pieces by Ridgewood, Queens-based artist John Szlasa. Not only is the man a true stallion and gem of a human being, but his paintings are definitely worth a gander as well. The art incorporates twentieth century imagery, abstraction, graphic elements and type in a dedication to a faded experience, disseminated and degraded into jokes and stereotypes, or sentiment.

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    So we recommend that you head to Bushwick from 7-10 pm and indulge in wine, cheese, art and the like. The Nut Roaster Studios are located at 120 Ingraham Street.

    Extra info available here....

    The Bacon Takedown Cometh

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    Freshly freed from the crowds at the Chili Takedown at Union Pool, local food gladiator Matt Timms announced the Brooklyn Bacon Takedown today. It's set for March 29th and will be at the Radegast Hall and Beer Garden right here in sunny Williamsburg!

    Here's the deal:

    March 29th. Bacon gets TAKEN DOWN!!!!! It's just a fact that everything would taste a lot better if it was bacon instead. And featured in any dish, that dish becomes ten times more wonderfuller. So let's see your bacon recipe. A bacon stew? A bacon appetizer? A bacon desert? Anything is possible. Whatever your dish, be prepared to serve a throng of people- so best to show up with a dish that is easy to divide and serve! We want to see about 250 bites of whatever it is you make!

    Email me to enter, and discuss your recipe before hand, to see if it is feasible! The ignorant masses will be arriving in droves to vote on the most delicious bacon attempt. This promises to be the most interesting and fun Takedown ever - let's see what bacon ideas you plan to blow our minds with!!

    Visit chili-takedown.com to enter, and start working on your masterful bacon wonderpiece.

    February 17, 2009

    Takeshi Murata Talk at EAI Tonight

    Takeshi Murata has been heralded as a video innovator by allowing for errors and glitches to transform the aesthetics of his work. Tonight, Murata will be speaking and screening his new work at EAI, another innovative art and technology organization dedicated to the preservation of media arts.

    Hit up Facebook for more details.

    February 13, 2009

    WAGMAG Benefit Saturday

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    If you've ever been gallery hopping around Brooklyn, I'm sure you found that WAGMAG was your easy handy guide. To ensure this Williamsburg staple continues to provide you the most up-to-date information and reviews of the Brooklyn art scene, Front Room Gallery will be hosting a benefit on Saturday. While the event is free, tickets for the raffle will run about 200 a piece. Fortunately, everyone is guaranteed a piece of art.

    Lists of participating artists and galleries are below. Front Room Gallery is located at 147 Roebling Street.

    Works by:
    Amanda Alic, Glen Baldridge, Rachel Beach, Carla Berger, Shawn Bishop Leo, John Bjerklie, Cynthia Blum, Tyra Bombetto, John Breiner, Ken Butler,Victoria Calabro, Sarah Ching-Yu Sun, Vincent Como, Ethan Crenson, Gregory Curry, Rosie Cutler, Peggy Cyphers, Chris Dam, Lisa Dilillo, Robert Egert, Mark Esper, Ben Evans, Peter Fox, Jason Glasser, Howard Gross, Eric Guzman, Meghan Hayes, Sean Hemmerle, Ingrid Hertfelder, Amy Hill, Mary Hrbacek, Sarah Hubbs, Jude Hughes, Peter Krebs, Yuliya Lanina, Brian Leo, Stephen Maine, Karen Marston, Mark Masyga, Nesta Mayo, Shane McAdams, Jackie Meier, Mark Millroy, Jeanne Mischo, Loren Munk, Aaron Namenwirth, Jacob Ouilette, Don Pablo Pedro, William Powhida, Ellen Rand, Ross Racine, Ron Ritcher, Dorothy Robinson, Todd Rosenbaum, Tom Rosenthal, Emily Roz, Sante Scardillo, Ray Sell, Skewville, Jeremy Slater, Patricia Smith, Deborah V. Spiroff, Rodger Stevens, STO, Mary Anne Strandell, Gwenn Thomas, James Turek, Chris Twomey, Joanne Ungar, Kathleen Vance, Don Voisine, David Welles, Alun Williams, Oliver Zabel, Daniel Zeller and more...

    From the Galleries:
    440 Gallery, A.M. Richard, AdHoc, Art 101, ArtMoving, Leo Kesting, Ch'i, Cinders, Dam Stuhltrager, English Kills, Figureworks, Front Room, Fuse Works, Janet Kurnatowski, Galerie OPEN, Grace, Hogar Collection, HQ, Jack the Pelican, Klaus Von Nichtssagend , Like the Spice, Lumenhouse, McCaig-Welles, Momenta, Nurture Art, Open Source, Parker's Box, Pierogi, Pocket Utopia, Slate, Stripeman, Vertexlist, and more

    February 11, 2009

    Artists: Last Call for Spring Solo Show Submissions at 3rd Ward

    3rd wants you to know that you have until 11:59 pm TONIGHT to submit to their Spring Solo Show Open Call..."YOUR chance for fame, fortune and an amazing Solo Show!"

    This nationwide open call is open to artists working in all mediums - sculpture, photography, painting, printmaking, illustration, installation, graphic design, video, and more!

    The Selected Artist will recieve:

    • $1,000 cash grant
    • 2-page spread in our quarterly publication
    • 1-month residency at 3rd Ward with FULL facility access
    • A solo exhibition in 3rd Ward's gallery, complete with a massive opening reception
    • City-wide exposure – postcards, flyers, press!

    Judges: Janet Ozzard, Editor at New York Magazine, Liz Dimmitt, Curator at Gawker Artists and Jarrett Gregory, Curator at the New Museum.

    It's all brought to you by the fine folks at Gawker Artists.

    SUBMIT NOW!

    The Broken Hearts Ball

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    This sounds right up our alley and the guest DJ (we won't spoil the surprise) is one of our favorites. From MyOpenBar

    Join us for the soulful, fuzzy garage pop of Golden Triangle (11pm), Liquor Store's out-of-control punk jams (midnight), and a late night soul and rock n' roll dance party with New York Night Train's Mr. Jonathan Toubin (1am) and Brenda Brand. It's old-school; it's Bed-Stuy; it's Tip-Top. With an unannounced nighttime menu and surprise guests. RSVP here for $5 entry. Capacity is 100.

    February 07, 2009

    Blank Dogs, Woods, Wavves, Nodzzz Tonight and Sunday

    Last night a great bill played Market Hotel. You're in luck because almost the exact same lineup will be playing tonight at Less Artists More Condos and Sunday with Barnard's WBAR.

    My personal faves Woods are worth the trek to any of these shows. But if you care about the hype factor, word on the street is Wavves is about to blow up big time.

    ====| SATURDAY 2/7 @ LESS ARTISTS MORE CONDOS |====
    :: Blank Dogs
    :::: Woods
    :::::: Wavves ———- http://myspace.com/wavves
    :::::::: Nodzzz ——— http://myspace.com/nodzzz
    :::::::::: Gary War
    | LESS ARTISTS MORE CONDOS |
    132 West 3rd St @ 6th Ave | Greenwich Village, Manhattan
    BDFVACE-West 4th St, 1-Christopher St | 8pm | all ages | $10
    | MYSPACE |– http://myspace.com/lessartistsmorecondos

    ====| SUNDAY 2/8 –| 2PM |– @ UNDERGROUND LOUNGE |====
    || WBAR BARNARD COLLEGE RADIO PRESENTS
    || Blank Dogs
    |||| Woods
    |||||| Wavves ———- http://myspace.com/wavves
    |||||||| Nodzzz ——— http://myspace.com/nodzzz
    | UNDERGROUND LOUNGE |
    955 West End Ave @ 107th St | Morningside Heights, Manhattan
    1-110th St, B/C-110th St | –| 2PM |– | $donation | all ages

    February 06, 2009

    Chili Takedown at U. Pool Sunday

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    Above picture by Flickr user brooklyn.native, taken at last August's Chili Takedown at Union Pool.

    The most important chili tasting event in the history of the past few months is going down this Sunday at Union Pool, where 30 competitors will gather to have their chili judged by Williamsburg is Dead's Keith Wagstaff and TONY's Gabriella Gershenson for Matt Timms' Chili Takedown. Prepare to marvel at the variety of special ingredients - from buffalo to beer to chocolate to sewer rats (if yer lucky!) - as the judges name the top chili and the audience names it. Top chili makers win $100 and prizes "in the form of cookware and cookbooks."

    More info at The Feedbag.

    Minor, minor disclosure: My chili will be there, fists swingin'.

    February 05, 2009

    Snowboarders Compete Tonight Across The River

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    Photo by Tien Mao, c/o Gothamist

    16 of the world's top snowboarders are in town for tonight's Red Bull Snowscrapers competition, where they launch off a 150-foot long, 9-story ramp in East River Park for a piece of the $100,000 purse. Gothamist, ever the early risers, got some sick shots from the top of the ramp this morning as the sun rose over the city. I've posted one above, but for the rest, click through to Tien Mao's gallery at Gothamist.

    Catch it all starting this afternoon at 3p.m., with the final jam session kicking off at 7:45. And once the boards are off, let Anthrax sing you to sleep with their sweet lullabies, starting at 9.

    February 04, 2009

    Free Friday

    The day after tomorrow has a lot going on, so get your plans in order:

    1. Dark Was The Night Listening Party @ Stanton Public
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    Dark Was The Night is a new compilation from 4AD records, which includes a slew of neat bands and songs. Everyone from Andrew Bird to Yeasayer to Iron and Wine contributed tracks to fundraise for the Red Hot Organization - an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS.

    Its official release date is February 16th, but if you RSVP at Insound you can hit the listening party Friday night and swill some free Budweiser while you’re at it.

    8 PM
    17 Stanton Street


    2. Cheeseburger and Andrew W.K. @ Santos Party House


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    Fans of Adult Swim, Cheeseburger, and/or Andrew W.K. rejoice – the three forces are combining for a $0 show on Friday.
    Santos says:

    “Hosted by Jon Glaser, New York based writer and star of Adult Swim's new show Delocated!, the event will feature a solo performance by Andrew W.K. and also a performance by New York's very own Cheeseburger. _Christy Karacas of Cheeseburger is also co-creator of Adult Swim's Superjail!.”

    Get there early (music starts at 7:30 pm) because again, admission is on a first come, first serve basis.


    6:30 PM
    96 Lafayette Street

    January 29, 2009

    One Week Left ‘Til The Rumpus Launch Party

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    You’ve got one week left to buy tickets to TheRumpus.net’s launch party at Crash Mansion next week, and oh what a night it shall be! In case you haven’t heard –

    ”TheRumpus.net is a new online magazine, focusing on Books, Music, Movies, Art, Sex, and Politics. TheRumpus.net provides original reviews of books, music, and film, interviews with culture mavens like Malcolm Gladwell, James Frey, Bucky Sinister, Al Franken, T Cooper, and Tristan Taormino, as well as original essays by Steve Almond, Robin Romm, Michelle Tea, and others, and blogs by Rick Moody, Bitchy Jones, and Jerry Stahl.”

    The festivities kick off at 7 pm on February 5th, with musical guests Will Sheff from Okkervil River and Timothy Bracy of The Mendoza Line. There will also be comedy acts featuring Kristen Schaal of Flight of the Conchords and Michael Showalter, as well as other readings from authors James Frey, Andrew Sean Greer, and Jonathan Ames. Lastly, This American Life's Starlee Kine will be giving Post It Note Reviews.

    Why can’t all parties be this glorious? Buy your tickets here.

    January 28, 2009

    'Home Buying For Hipsters' Returns

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    Why buy drugs, booze and concert tickets when you can buy a clone-do (pun)?!

    From Gothamist:

    Hipsters, if you've been stashing your cash away in your Converse shoebox and are thinking that shoebox needs a new home, then tonight is your night! Home Buying for Hipsters is back, and experts will be on hand to tell you how to buy that Karl Fisher you've been eyeing.

    Try not to be seen tonight at The Gibson (108 Bedford Ave), at 6p.m.

    January 25, 2009

    Hard Nips @ Death By Audio on Tuesday

    The Hard Nips are new all-girl Japanese rock band. Tuesday is their first show. Head down to Death by Audio to check out the mayhem.

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    January 24, 2009

    Saturday Night = Adventures in Music Listening

    If you like adventurous music or want to try something a little different, you're in luck. This Saturday proves to be a great night for experimental music. Conveniently, it's all taking place in the L.E.S.

    Early on at Club Midway will be the Psychic Ills record release party--pretty great if you haven't checked it out yet. The opener Axolotl is definitely one to watch, having recently completed European tours with Kemialliset Ystavat, Mouthus and Animal Collective.

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    If you are still up for partying later in the night, check out the warm jams of Ducktails complimented by the more abstract and groove-laden vibes of Men and Women at the Cake Shop.

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    January 20, 2009

    Second Stop Café Opens

    New coffee shop alllllright! Free wifi? Yesssssirreee, you betcha. Check the slideshow to gather up the images for your caffeine dreams. Location: Corner of Lorimer and Ainslie, W'burg.

    January 16, 2009

    Inflatable Sculpture

    3rd Ward tonight...inflatable sculpture & free beer.

    From My Open Bar:

    Art, balloons, and art balloons are the stars of this one-night, 3000 square-foot exhibition. Like heaven, but in Bushwick.

    More info

    January 15, 2009

    Hudson River Plane Crash

    and this is why i fly jetblue out of jfk:
    (ed: and before you get all whiney on me...ahem, bonnie, yes, i realize it was birds that did it. i'm just sayin'. jetblue rocks it. they totally have contracts with the birds to avoid these sorts of mishaps.)

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    for more pictures of the hudson river plane crash, check flickr, and eventually, gothamist.

    credit: grego!

    update: check out this picture, taken by janis krums' mobile phone from a ferry. it looks like really poor us airways product placement on some old new york city postcard:

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    ok now for real, read the rest on gothamist, we're not really here for nyc disaster coverage...unless of course MGMT bombs their next Music Hall show....as in plays bad music...as in...ok you get it.

    3rd Ward Call for Entries

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    From the old tin mailbox:

    3rd Ward Wants You! Our 2009 Spring Solo Show will award one amazing artist with fame, fortune and an incredible Solo Show! This nationwide open call is a hunt for one artist with a groundbreaking voice and a hunger for exposure. Gawker Artists joins us again as a sponsor and this Spring's Judging Panel includes: Janet Ozzard, Editor at New York Magazine, Liz Dimmitt, Curator at Gawker Artists and Jarrett Gregory, Assistant Curator at the New Museum.

    Artists working in all mediums are eligible - sculpture, photography, painting, printmaking, illustration, installation, graphic design, video, and more!

    Submit your best work now, here.

    Deadline is February 11, 2009, so get crackin'. We'll feature you if you win. Promise.

    update: oh yea, also tonight, hand made music night! rsvp to handmade@3rdward.com and drink free PBR while you create and listen to music with fellow geeks.

    January 13, 2009

    New York Inauguration Parties

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    Where's the excitement? We know Obama is about to give his historic inauguration on Tuesday, but we should be celebrating an even more important event. After 8 excruciating years, George Pig Fucker Bush will no longer be terrorizing our constitution and the world at large. Yahoo! So, where are the parties?! We've dug up a few, but so far it's pretty slim pickens. On Sunday, get things started at Glasslands:

    On Sunday, January 18th, 2009 a fundraising event is being held at Glasslands in Williamsburg to raise money for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project. The mission of the Memorial Project is to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by leading a project to create a memorial to honor his national and international contributions to world peace through non-violent social change. We want to use this event to remind people that without the tireless efforts of civil rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr., (as well as those who came before and after him) we might not able to celebrate Obama's historic inauguration. So let's party in honor of the fulfillment of Martin Luther King's dream!
    Then, on Tuesday Galapagos is organizing a bus trip to watch the inauguration together on the National Mall. We're told a few tickets remain.

    Also, BAM is offering a free screening of the event. Tickets are first-come, first-serve.

    There's also a free screening here in Harlem.

    Closer to home, Vivian Girls, Fucked Up and Pissed Jeans will be rocking a raucous blow-out at Market Hotel. This show promises to rule.

    TimeOut has more listings here, but nothing that exciting.

    Surely, we're missing something, so let us know in comments.

    January 09, 2009

    Guten Nacht!!!!!

    John Roberts is my second favorite DJ, my first being the Pantha Du Prince. They both coincidentally happen to be on the best microhouse label Dial records--although John is a transplant New Yorker living in Berlin. Tonight you get to experience him with another fellow Berliner and Berghain (this place rules) resident DJ Marcel Dettman at Public Assembly.

    I know it's cold but you won't regret it.

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    January 08, 2009

    Radio City Speaker Series 2009

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    via RadioCity.com

    The Speaker Series will be back at Radio City this spring, and the lineup of panels looks pretty entertaining:


    March 9:
    Bill Maher and Ann Coulter – Humorous Perspectives, Serious Issues

    March 31:
    Anderson Cooper interviewing Arianna Huffington, D.L. Hughley, and Mike Huckabee – Free Speech and the Power of the Press

    April 20:
    Janet Reno, Alberto Gonzales, and John Ashcroft -- Domestic Law, International Policy

    May 26:
    Charlie Rose interviewing James Carville and Karl Rove -- Strategies, Alliances and Policy


    Last year was the debut of the series, and the only option was to buy packages of tickets that included each night - and cost about $500 minimum. The good news is that single nights are on sale this time around, and you can pick and choose when to attend (obvi March 9th to watch Bill Maher destroy the bigoted ice bitch).

    Even better news is that FREEwilliamsburg readers can get tickets today, before they go on sale to the general public on Sunday the 11th. Just got to http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/47seyc?camefrom=CFC_MSG_SPEAKERSERIES09, and enter the pre-sale code INFO when you are purchasing.

    January 07, 2009

    Yeeehaw!

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    c/o pbrnow.com

    The rodeo is in town! Fans of PBR (Professional Bull Riders - although Pabst Blue Ribbon fans overlap in the sociological Venn diagram) know that this weekend, Madison Square Garden is hosting some severely brawny and carnivorous types:

    “The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) 2009 Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) returns to The World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, for the 2nd stop on the elite tour. The top 45 bull riders in the world buck into New York City for the Built Ford Tough Invitational on January 9-11. The action will get underway at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. For three-action packed performances, the Big Apple will see a world-class production unlike any other they will see in all of 2009!”
    Hurray! The best part is that if you click here and buy tickets between today and Friday, you'll find a buy-one-get-one-free promotion. It might just be the best purchase you’ve made in 2009, seriously.

    January 06, 2009

    "Totally for Teens" Screening at Monster Island

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    The folks behind Street Carnage, Wonder Showzen and the Daily Show are screening thier new Adult Swim pilot, Totally 4 Teens, tomorrow night at Monster Island (128 River St @ Metropolitan Ave). The show "features Teens doing totally awesome shit like looking into the future, hating themselves, learning about Jews and eating cream filled pickles," which sounds just up my alley. It also has the dude who voices "Towelie" in South Park.

    A few other shows and an avant porn flick are screening as well, so here's the rest via Todd P, via Street Carnage.

    :: TOTALLY 4 TEENS ———– new Adult Swim pilot from Street Carnage / Wonder Showzen / Daily Show folks
    :: Y’ALL SO STUPID ———— Super Deluxe / Adult Swim show by Devin Flynn
    :: XAVIER: RENEGADE ANGEL — CGI new age weird genius from Wonder Showzen people
    :: FINAL FLESH —————- avant porn from PFFR
    :: TV CARNAGE LIVE ———– Derrick Beckles presents his hacked TV footage live!

    Image and info thanks to Street Carnage. Go see this shit it should be hilarious! All proceeds benefit Showpaper.

    December 31, 2008

    Happy New Year's Eve

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    Gang Gang Dance and Andrew W.K. are playing Santos Party House tonight

    It's almost 2009 and we're ready to celebrate. Just 3 more weeks and Dubya is GONE!! If you're looking for something to do, MyOpenBar and Flavorpill have some great ideas. We've already had too many Sparks (we've been hoarding them) to blog, so we'll see you in 2009!


    Slacker New Years Ideas

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    Brooklyn Based dutifully compiled a list of last minute new years ideas (so did My Open Bar and Flavorpill...see above). Some of your options include:

    Hardcore cover bands at Death by Audio, "Easy Lover Loft Party" off the Halsey L, a big party at Shangri-La in Greenpoint, Trapeze artists at Monkey Town, an annual nye Masquerade party with complimentary champagne at Huckleberry's on Grand, Studio B's last big hoorah of 2008 (and possibly, ever?), and the 200 most played songs of all time at Barcade(!). Click through for the full list.

    Party on, party poopers, just don't go rioting on Bedford this time, mkay?

    December 16, 2008

    D Day: Clowns To Take On Hasids

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    Picture via Flickr

    The Williamsburg Bike Wars are coming to a head tomorrow morning when The Bicycle Clowns take to the streets at 8:30 for a defensive ride down Kent Avenue. I don't think they're headed that way to tell jokes. Here's the release, via Gowanus Lounge:

    TIME’S UP! BICYCLE CLOWNS DEFEND KENT STREET BIKE LANE AGAINST THREATS FROM MEMBERS OF THE HASIDIC COMMUNITY

    Cyclists dressed as clowns will theatrically clear vehicles illegally parked in the bike lanes and educate residents about the benefits of city-wide bike lanes

    When: Wednesday, December 17th, 8:30 to 10:00 AM; Where: 8:30 AM, starting at the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge; Route: South on the new Kent Ave bike lane, followed by a loop through
    Williamsburg. **Exact location available by calling 917-494-8164

    Brooklyn, NY (December 14, 2008) — On Wednesday, December 17th, the Time’s Up! Bicycle Clowns will ride to defend the new bike lane and future greenway connector in Williamsburg. The Bicycle Clowns will also be kicking off their year-long “Love Your Lanes” campaign to keep the focus on protecting and celebrating bike lanes.

    A small but vocal group is spreading anti-bike sentiment in Brooklyn at a time when non-polluting transportation is on the rise in NYC and is recognized as essential to a sustainable future. Bike lane opponents, including some members of the Hasidic community who protest cyclists’ “immodesty,” along with Council Members Diana Reyna and David Yassky and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, are trying to remove the newly installed Kent Street bike lane. Some opponents have even publicly
    threatened to illegally block the bike lanes with their private-school buses, which will force cyclists into traffic to avoid crashing into the obstructing vehicle and risk being struck and even killed.

    “An injury to one bike lane, is an injury to all bike lanes,” declares bike lane clown Benjamin Shepard. “Enforced, protected bike lanes save cyclists lives, improve the landscape and make better use of public space for most of the community.”

    Are you gonna be there? Please, send pictures!

    Update: The Village Voice was there! Hooray! Here's a picture, or visit indegrow on Flickr for a whole bunch more:

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    December 15, 2008

    NIME at Exit Art

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    ITP’s program is increasingly putting out some of the best thinkers in everything that touches technology. As part of the program, students can take a course called New Interfaces for Musical Expression, dedicated to moving digital music beyond mouse and keyboards.

    Today, there will be an exhibition/performance at Exit Art of the tools students have created throughout the course of the class. Highlights include: autonomous solar-powered robots, augmented flutist, plate-spinning sampler, and sing-along animatronics.

    December 12, 2008

    Craft Hacker Panel at the New Museum Tonight

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    The way I think of Craft Hacker is Ghada Amer + Computer programmer = Awesome. If you feel the same way, then you should check out this panel tonight.

    December 07, 2008

    Clandestine Loft Party

    Would you like to go to a marvelous loft party on Saturday the 13th, at a top secret Williamsburg location, with splendid live music and attractive people? If so, RSVP to inletsshow@gmail.com. Once you’re on the list, you’ll get a message on Friday with the address and other info.

    The hosts let some of the secretive goodness out of the bag already:

    Fred Nicolaus of Department of Eagles will be doing a solo set, while Eliot Krimsky and Mike Johnson (who you'll likely recognize as one half of Flying) will be performing as their latest incarnation, Glass Ghost. Also, Angel Deradoorian of Dirty Projectors will be performing a set of her own. And, Inlets, the brainchild of Sebastian Krueger (of My Brightest Diamond), will preview new material from a forthcoming LP, and doll out the hand-crafted baroque folk of the (still free) Vestibule EP that introduced him to Brooklyn audiences back in 2007."

    The party starts at 8 pm, and you’ll need to shell out $5 (but don’t fret, that covers your beer and wine as well!)

    December 05, 2008

    Craft Fairs, Fleas and So Forth...

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    This is the weekend you can get all your holiday shopping done if you time things right. There are a handful of craft fairs and flea markets around town that will probably have something for your Aunts and Drunkles. Here's a couple, if I missed any, leave 'em in the comments.

    1. First Annual WNNS Winter Holiday Flea Market!

    The Williamsburg Neighborhood Nursery School is a wonderful grassroots school that has been serving children and families since 1999. This is the first Flea Market fundraiser and we are all excited. Toys, books, furniture, new items, crafts, designer clothes (from cool Williamsburg Moms) and more! The event will be Saturday, December 6th from 10am to 4pm at the school, located at 338 Wythe at South 1st in Williamsburg. Expect a "FLEA MARKET, RAFFLE, CHEAP-ASS GIFTS, BAKE SALE,YUM".

    2. 3rd Ward's Handmade Holiday Craft Fair!

    Browse the handmade goods & treats of over 50 local artisans, craft mavens & culinary masters including everything from LED Hula hoops & dog costumes, to custom cut clothes & jewelry, furniture & vintage ware from Brooklyn Kitchen, cookies & chocolates, wrapping paper, pillows & body soaps, custom electronics and Cut Brooklyn knives. At 3rd Ward, from noon to 7pm THIS SUNDAY

    3. Of course, the Brooklyn Flea is still going strong through Dec. 21st. They also opened up a holiday market called...

    4. The Gifted Holiday Market - across the street from the Flea at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. They've got "Cider, antiques, crystals, winter plants, local shopping, a flurry or two--Sunday Brooklyn Perfect."

    and then of course, if you're lazy, there's always Etsy.

    Blip Fest 2008 at The Bell House

    If you get the time this weekend, head on down to The Bell House for the 2008 Blip Festival, where artists use old Nintendos, Ataris, and Game Boys to create really rad music and visuals. Performances are at night, and workshops take place during the day. Here's a video thing for the fest, via McBrooklyn. More at NBCNewyork.


    Blip Festival 2008: The Promo from Richard Alexander Caraballo on Vimeo.

    More on the fest:

    Archaic game and home computer hardware is recast into the unlikely role of musical instrument and motion graphics workstation in the BLIP FESTIVAL 2008, a four-day event showcasing nearly 40 musicians and visual artists occupying the international low-res cutting edge. The Blip Festival takes place DECEMBER 4—7, 2008 at the Bell House, and is presented by Manhattan art organization THE TANK and NYC artist collective 8BITPEOPLES.

    Get tickets, check schedules, and watch that video on Vimeo.

    December 03, 2008

    The Return of Yes

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    'The House of Yes' is back in business (officially?) in their new location, on Maujer St. just off Morgan Ave.. BushwickBK hung out at their new digs, watching two of the girls hang out on the silk rope like the acrobats they are. A few months ago, the original House of Yes was destroyed in a rather gnarly fire, so it's nice to see they're back, doing the things they love.

    From BushwickBK:

    After the Fugs-like Banned Rehearsal’s rollicking musical set, I talked for a few minutes with Anya, one of the ringleaders of House of Yes. This intriguing and charismatic personality told me of her group’s ambitious plans, which include cabaret-style aerial theater and acrobatic workshops. I’m not quite sure they are 100% open for business, but they should be very soon. It’s an incredibly groovy space, with a 30-foot high ceiling and a hardcore-looking circus-style scaffolding set up. I’m eager to see what happens here — no doubt it will be impressive.

    Click here for a Flickr set of the fire destruction, and here for the story.

    December 01, 2008

    Fresh Surface Event - Friday the 5th

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    Fresh Surface is a a digital marketplace for emerging artists to display and sell their work, and they’re hosting an awesome event Friday night at t.b.d. lounge in Greenpoint. There will be an exhibition of different artists’ pieces, free Wild Turkey American Honey (the chic-est type of Wild Turkey around!) as well as a silent auction and raffle sponsored by Williamsburg/Greenpoint-based businesses. Proceeds will benefit St. Nick's Neighborhood Preservation Corp, a non-profit that creates affordable housing in North Brooklyn.

    All you need to do is RSVP to info@freshsurfaceart.com!

    December 5th, 7-10 pm
    t.b.d. Lounge, 224 Franklin Street @ Greene Street

    November 28, 2008

    Help Find Mango!

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    There's been a coldhearted dognapping in Red Hook, and the owner's asking everybody to keep an eye out for Mango, a 9-year old Jack Russell with a brown spot under his left eye. He let the dog roam freely - no leash - for years, and as you'd expect the Post's conservative readership are all like, "he deserved it". But then, the owner (Steve) responded in the comments by quoting both Cesar Milan AND Dan Quayle, effectively sending a digital bitchslap through the internet. Check it out, and read the Mango Alert for more info.

    November 20, 2008

    Get Weird at the New Museum

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    If you haven’t had a chance to check out the New Museum’s Get Weird series, you definitely must tonight. Programmed by former Fader editor-in-chief Alex Wagner, the shows offer some of the better selections in the avant garde music scene. Past shows have included: The Present, Soft Circle, and Growing.

    Tonight sees SF-based Lichens (aka Rob Lowe) headlining. A frequent collaborator with TV on the Radio, Lichens’ performances are spiritual, meditative experiences.

    Check out the New Museum for more info.

    Tonight: Get Drunk On Sake To Support An Important Film

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    myopenbar.com and sake2me present: a special NYC screening/fundraiser for REBUILDING HOPE a work-in-progress documentary by Jen Marlowe.

    When: Thursday, November 20, 7:00-9:00 pm
    Pomegranate Gallery, 133 Greene St (between Prince & Houston), Soho, NYC
    Subway: Subway Info: B,D, F, V to Broadway/Lafayette; R, W to Prince Street, 6 (downtown only) to Bleeker Street
    Fee: $20 suggested minimum donation
    What: Three "Lost Boys" return home after civil war forced them to flee South Sudan as young children. This is the documentary of their journey of discovery and their efforts to provide health and education to their communities.

    A work-in-progress screening will be followed by a reception featuring sake2me's lightly sparkling Japanese junmai sake infused with all-natural Asian flavors of Asian Pear, Ginger Mango, Yuzu Citrus and Green Tea.

    All proceeds from the evening will go towards completing this important documentary film. Once completed, all proceeds from the film will go towards the healthcare and education projects in Sudan initiated by the three young men featured in the film.

    This event made possible by the support of the Oded Halahmy Foundation for the Arts, Inc., sake2me and myopenbar.com
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    November 19, 2008

    Kellogg's Waiter Attacked by Fork!

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    What do you do if you're at Kellogg's, it's 3:30 in the morning and you don't like your pancakes? Well, you throw a fit, toss your pancakes in the air, and stab a waiter with your fork. Clearly the right decision.

    From the NY Post:

    A drunken maniac turned a Williamsburg diner upside down yesterday when he went on a profanity-laced tirade, threw a plate of pancakes, and repeatedly stabbed a waiter with a fork, cops said.

    Mark Caliente, 36, allegedly went berserk at 3:30 a.m. after he refused to pay his bill in the Kellogg's Diner at Metropolitan and Union avenues, sources said.

    After tossing the pancakes into the air, the raving Caliente allegedly hurled hot coffee on the waiter and stabbed him in the hand.

    Looks like your honeymoon is over, Kellogg's. You lost your fancy-pants chef, your food is still craptastic, and now this? Baaaaad week!

    Picture via iamapushpop

    November 18, 2008

    Tonight – Girl Talk Afterparty

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    OY VEY! Someone’s gonna have a hangover tomorrow!!!! Shoot an email right now to rsvpsantos@gmail.com, and you'll get the discounted rate ($5) for tonight’s hot mess at Santos Party House.

    Bulldozier Presents:
    The Official Girl Talk Afterparty - hosted by Andrew WK !

    @ Santos Party House - 100 Lafayette St. NYC
    10pm - 4am
    2 floor blowout with:

    Live:
    Grand Buffet
    CX Kidtronik
    The Death Set (DJ set)
    Hearts Of Darknesses
    Passions
    Bad Brilliance

    Bulldozier DJ's:
    Jerry Island
    DJ Falconcrest
    Digi Diana
    DJ Urbindex
    Doors @ 10 PM $5 w/RSVP, $10 dos
    BOTH FLOORS

    November 17, 2008

    An Open Letter to Hipsters

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    A possibly drunk blogger named "Brow" wrote an open letter to hipsters after visiting Williamsburg last weekend. He's onto something that sounds very apocolyptic of hipster culture, and I think he hates you.

    Hipsterdom, the very zenith of counterculturalsim was in danger, as all fads are, of trying to outdo itself, tripping itself up in its own quest and unraveling ultimately because of it. Up in Boston they are a stronger force in the population, less easily discernible, but the soul of the movement has a healthy froth here and what I heard of in New York stands to undermine everything.

    And he goes on...

    Everyone has exclusionary groups until they become imperialist. Think hard america, its time for the great ecumenical movement within art to cast these heathens out, for the sake of everyone else.

    Read the whole thing, Brow.

    November 15, 2008

    Prop 8 Protest Today, Meet at Houndstooth

    There's a Prop 8 protest today at 1:30 at city hall, and if you're around Bedford the owner of Houndstooth is opening her doors as a meeting place before hand - like, now. It's located at 485 Driggs Ave. between N.9th and N.10th streets just 3 blocks from the Bedford stop on the L.

    The protest is by Marriage Equality NY, and is for Join the Impact, part of a 300-city, 1 million person strong protest..

    November 14, 2008

    Support My Mustache

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    I went to the New York chapter of Mustaches for Kids last night at Ace Bar in LES. They're a group that grows mustaches every year to raise money for local public school students. It's like running a marathon where people pledge money, but in this case you're running around your upper lip growing out mustache hair. Naturally, due to my impressionable nature I got excited the moment I learned all this, so I signed up on the spot. I shaved my face when I got home.

    Throughout the next four weeks, I'll be attending weekly mustache checkpoints at a handful of bars around the city, comparing mustache-growth with the other Growers. I'll also be harassing my friends, family, and everyone else I know for money to help me meet my goal (it's not set yet). I recommend you visit the NYC chapter page and see all the Growers and their respective charities on the leaderboard, and maybe think about donating a buck or two. I don't have my personal page set up yet, but it'll be set up here. I'll try and chronicle the growth as well, so you can follow along with every millimeter of facial hair that sprouts out both on FREEwilly and at $ries. And hey - why not grow with me?! The more mustaches the merrier!

    November 13, 2008

    Showpaper Benefit Today

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    If you made it out to any Todd P shows in the last year or so, you've most likely been asked if you would like a copy of Showpaper-- a combination of music/arts listings, missed connections and some pretty interesting illustrations. I must admit that it's been a huge resource for finding out about the better avant-garde/DIY shows in Brooklyn, and I'm a little addicted to reading the missed connections.

    Anyway, today Showpaper is holding a benefit show at Danbro Studios Warehouse. I was lucky enough to speak with one of the organizers Joseph Ahearn to discuss Showpaper’s contribution to the Brooklyn arts scene and its future plans for expansion.

    How was the Showpaper idea formulated? Could you give some background on yourself and everyone involved?

    I wasn't the one who came up with the idea of Showpaper. When I first began volunteering for Todd P, back in 2006, he was already talking about the idea, how silly it was that there were so many fractured different all ages communities throughout the tri-state area, and how there wasn't one integral place in which all the shows could be found. How much he loved the newsprint format, and how it was too bad that the current scene the same 'zine and self-publishing enthusiasm as previous music communities he'd been part of.

    More after the jump.

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    November 12, 2008

    Our Tiniest Victim

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    Our popular little waterfront spot, East River State Park, is closing up shop for the winter "as part of Gov. Paterson's sweeping budget cuts", reports the Post. You've still got a few months to enjoy, but once the gates close in January there will be no fishing for oysters until springtime. More at NBCnewyork.

    November 11, 2008

    Up The Empire Drummer Busted During Obama Street Party

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    As it turns out, one of the arrestees from last Tuesday night's Bedford & North 7th Obama street party was the drummer for the New York-based band Up The Empire. The Hartford Courant reports that he spent nearly 20 hours in jail, but doesn't say under what charges. A spokesperson for the band issued the following response:

    "An officer came up to Ben, telling him to get on the sidewalk - which he was only a foot from - and pushed him with his shield and then poked him with his billybat. He continued to push, yelling 'Get on the sidewalk!' even though, at this point, he was already on the sidewalk. He then pushed him into a giant pile of trash, knocking over my girlfriend in the process, and fell on top of him. Then a bunch of other cops dog-piled and rolled him into the street onto broken glass before handcuffing him and taking him away."

    The timing's not so bad, really, if you're a believer of the school of "All publicity is good publicity", as the band is releasing a new four-song EP, "Loose Ends" next month.

    Update: Gothamist got the word from Ben back on Thursday (the drummer) about his charges...sounds craptastic, as expected. I hope they end up dropping the misdemeanor and disorderlys too. Now you guys have to buy Loose Ends....

    "Ben Lord (who is shown being arrested in one of the videos), tells us, "they tried pushing through a felony charge but it got dropped to a misdemeanor class A...plus three counts of disorderly conduct. They were going to let me out after about 4 hrs when I was just at the 94th, but then the cop came in complaining about his broken finger and I was put back in the cell." And allegedly an arresting officer was heard saying: "Everyone's just pissed because our taxes are going to go up" (one was even wearing a McCain/Palin shirt down in the precinct)."

    November 08, 2008

    KCDC Shoe Sale

    Go get some sweet cheap kicks at KCDC this weekend.

    Come through! Tons of shoes on sale starting @ $20. Vans, Es, Emerica, Etnies, Lakai, DVS, Vox. Also all womens clothing is 20% off. Tons of new stuff on the shelves as well.

    KCDC's at 90 n. 11th street at wythe.

    November 07, 2008

    Last Night of Hoodies, Wheelies & Movies Series

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    It's only been a few weeks, but tonight's your last chance to catch the Hoodies, Wheelies & Movies series, which wraps up with the late-80's classic Rad. More info on Facebook.

    From Gothamist:

    Tonight our very own Billy Parker closes the curtains on his Hoodies, Wheelies & Movies series with a screening of Rad. The 1986 BMX movie might not be a must-see for some, but it's a classic nonetheless (watch the original movie trailer here).

    It's at Cafe Grumpy in Greenpoint (192 Meserole Ave), and its free! Grab your favorite hoodie and check it out.

    November 06, 2008

    You Fat, Ugly Bitch (A Tribute to Cathy)

    Bodega (1089 Broadway) is opening You Fat, Ugly Bitch: A Tribute to Cathy tonight, and should be a pretty hilarious/fun/depressing look into the heart of the lives of the average American woman.

    From Vice:

    Those sweat drops forever exploding from her anxious brow, the constant declarations of hysteria and defeat, an addiction to all things that signify desperation...what's there not to love about Cathy except, oh, everything? Toast that annoying whiner tomorrow at Bodega's artistic tribute to her awful existence.

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    November 03, 2008

    Excepter's Election Day Protest @ Monkeytown Tomorrow

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    I’m sure you are all fully aware that tomorrow is Election Day. What you may not know is that Monkeytown will play host to Excepter’s “Election Day Protest”. A 16-hour endurance piece, the performance will begin at 8am and end at midnight.

    Founding member John Fell Ryan was kind enough to answer some questions and shed some light on the project’s conception, preview the accompanying visuals, and touch upon the role protest plays when you’re an artist.

    If you are unable to make it out to Monkeytown, you can catch the live webcast on Excepter’s site.

    How was the Election Day Protest conceived, and what is its goal?

    The initial goal of the Election Day project was to do a long, multi-hour piece. There aren't many opportunities for extended performances in the current music environment; so we aim to make the most of our luck to be able to do this.

    Read more after the jump.

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    October 31, 2008

    More Activities 4 U

    What are you dressing up as tonight, anyway? I’m going to be Edie Sedgwick – but Edie Sedgwick with a gash on her face, since I fell on the sidewalk Wednesday night.... best Halloween ever, people!

    I know we’ve given you plenty of suggestions for this evening, but a few other things have blipped onto my radar - some Halloween-related, some not:


    1. NITA NITA
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    I really love this place, and tonight they are doing a nice lil’ local Halloween bash. Stop by for lovely food, drinks, and hopefully some terrifying and/or ironic costumes.

    2. ETM host Halloween @ Lit

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    I really HATE this place, but the party sounds like tons of fun tonight.

    Per the folks at Lit:
    "Electric Tickle Machine hosts Halloween 2008 @ Lit Lounge, NYC w/ Special Guests Dinowalrus, La Defens, & DJ Snacktown.
    $6
    OPEN BAR 9p-10p
    Confetti, Costumes, Cartwheels and Commotion."

    3. Danielson @ Knitting Factory
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    Now for the non-Halloweenish events. However I’m sure the Danielson show at The Knitting Factory will be festive in its own right. Afterall, who doesn't love oddball pop-gospel from NJ? And they wear fun costumes all the time too! Also playing are Cryptacize......



    4. Jaguar Love @ Mercury Lounge
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    For those who want to sweat, spazz, and thrash about tonight, go see Jaguar Love at Mercury Lounge. The band is comprised of ex-members of Blood Brothers and Pretty Girls Make Graves, and the sound is on par with the previous projects. With special guests Polysics, Black Gold, DJ Oil!

    It's Halloween

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    And there's lots of shit going on. Here are our picks:

    • Todd P + Panache Big Halloween Bash feat. Matt & Kim [From Flavorpill]

    In honor of the year's scariest day, Brooklyn scene-maker Todd P and booking dynamo Panache have brought together a lineup of both frightening (AIDS Wolf) and not-so-frightening (Ponytail) bands. But whoever's on stage, don't expect a laid-back evening of apple-bobbing; everyone on the bill deals in intense live experiences. New York stalwarts Matt & Kim and Child Abuse are joined by the Japanese blues-via-noise freaks DMBQ and improbably resuscitated UK punks the Homosexuals, giving the proceedings an international flair. While the music is the main attraction, the show also serves as a chance to check out new venue Danbro Studios, housed in the 19th-century-era building which was formerly Goldenrod Brewery. [more information here]

    • Ghostly International + Throne of Blood 2008 [From Paper]

    Ghostly International and Throne of Blood team up for the second year, throwing one of the best all-out dance parties in town tonight. They're bringing in New York based electro/indie artist, Audition, synth-rock duo, Zombi, from Pittsburgh, and DJ sets from The Rapture, Daniel Wang, James F*cking Friedman, Dances with White Girls and Worst Friends. And get creative with your outfit, the late night costume contest hands out cold hard cash to winners.

    • Bryan Scary's Glitter Odyssey (in Gowanus) [From MyOpenBar]

    A Halloween fete to benefit the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, with burlesque dancers, body-painters, a Human Floor (oooh -- fetish-y), graffiti artists and more. We won't dis, since it's for cancer. Performances by Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears, The Rosewood Thieves, Heloise & The Savoir Faire, Sam Champion, DJ Treetop Brann & Hotcoals. Your finest Halloween attire is mandated. Buy tickets here -- for these bands and the holiday, it's a steal. [more information and tickets here]

    Brahloween 4 feat. Oneida w/ Awesome Color at Secret Project Robot (210 Kent Ave)

    EVE meets ADAM on Halloween at Silent Barn

    • And of course, the Halloween Parade begins at 7pm in Greenwich Village

    Social Registry Showcase @ Santos Party House

    There is good news and bad news. First, the bad news…my camera was acting up, and I couldn't get a good angle to get any shots. Good news is that many of you Flickr obsessed took some great shots and now I have images to accompany my review. Yay for collective cloud computing!!!

    So here we go.

    I think the Social Registry is one of those labels that can truly lay claim to being a family --not just a business. Churning out some of the more interesting releases from bands like Blood on the Wall, Psychic Ills, Gang Gang Dance, Telepathe, and Growing, each band has a very individualized sound that seems to inform each other.

    The showcase was by far one of my favorites in all my years of attending CMJ. Peppered between the bands were DJs Andrew Kou, Josh Wildman, Leo Fitzpatrick, and Dan Hougland, making for a jamming dance party between sets. Unfortunately, I didn't get to catch some of the newer signees Mike Bones or Sian Alice Group. However, having seen them before, I'm sure they gave great performances.

    Psychic Ills keep getting better to me. What was once a combination of noise, psyche and chaotic elements has turned into a darker, more fully realized psyche band. They're one of the few bands of this kind that can hold my attention throughout the whole set. I hope you feel the same way next time you check them out.

    Next up was Growing. I have been to more Growing shows than I can count since living in New York--and watched them mature into the band they are today. While previously they were more into a droney, nature aesthetic, now the music is slightly more abstract and beat driven while maintaining a loyalty to the affect guitar and samples; this makes for a more powerful, visceral sound experience that becomes more welcoming with every show. And, I was very psyched to see it with a sound system that could actually project the depth of their work.

    The show culminated with arguably the crown jewel of the label Gang Gang Dance. Doubling as their record release show, Gang Gang Dance provided a very energetic set, including a very lively and charismatic version of their latest single House Jam.

    My only complaint is that I wish there were less people at the show. It was very packed throughout most of the night and sometimes made it hard for short people like myself to see the set…and take pictures.

    Growing

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    Gang Gang Dance

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    October 29, 2008

    iPhone Users Get Free WiFi

    If you've got an iPhone, Apple just announced that you can now get free WiFi in like, every Starbucks and McDonald's in the city. What they forgot to mention, is the majority of our coffee houses offer free WiFi anyways, so, suck it AT&T!

    More info at MacRumors

    EVE meets ADAM on Halloween

    I told you about this back in September: Rogue Taxidermist To Unveil E.V.E. on Halloween. Friday, Halloween night, 7pm sharp. It's free, and there will be beers littered throughout the animal parts!

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    Guggenheim is Shiny and Clean

    The Guggenheim is finally free of all the crappy scaffolding and now you can see the Frank Lloyd Wright building in all its glory. Better yet, admission is free tomorrow. :) So if you are in the mood to get your art on, head on up to Museum Mile. Current shows include theanyspacewhatever, Catherine Opie, Rauschenberg Memorial, and Jenny Holzer's light projections on the building--I think it's only viewable at night.

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    Hat tip Jaunted

    Good Porning, New York

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    To the woman playing hard-core iPod porn on the L train this morning, thank you for such an entertaining journey under the East River. Seriously folks, from approximately Lorimer St. to 3rd Avenue, this woman was playing some serious, butt-humping porn and yelling at her iPod, giving some twisted commentary that could be heard from both sides of the train. "Oh, here we go, here we go, THERE YOU GO, GET IT, GET IT, OHhhhhhh Damn, let's get a close-up, zoom in, wake up New York check this shit out, close-up New York City!!!".

    Passenger reactions varied. The woman closest to this iPod looked like she was about to throw up. Next to her, a 17-year old kid pretended to read his book, but he was really just staring over the pages, watching some 9-incher pound its way through the L-train walls. Behind me, some dude egged the whole thing on, and it made it all the more hilarious. "Thank you for playing that right now", he said with a laugh. She loved the encouragement, and at one point offered to act it out, even starting to straddle the dude next to her. And then, just like that, the scene ended. We hit 3rd avenue, and our friend announced, "That's it! Show's over New York!", packed her iPod away, and things returned to their normal, sleepy bubble a few yards under Manhattan.

    I wish I had taken a picture to share with y'all. But then again, I'm glad I didn't. That poor, mid-level executive standing behind that glistening bare-ass would've seen herself later today in an e-mail from co-workers, and she would've cried. And now, now I can go get my coffee.

    October 27, 2008

    Street Fighters in Bushwick

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    The video game company behind the hit franchise Street Fighter took over Bushwick's Bodega Friday night to let fans sample it's latest version. Gaming blog Joystiq was there, and posted a rundown of the event. Hilariously, the suits at Capcom were a bit uncomfortable with the location, saying the neighborhood wasn't "safe" nor "clean".

    All they had to do was google "Is Bushwick Safe?", and they would've gotten a simple, straight up answer from our neighborly blog, BushwickBK. Regardless of their corporate fear, the event looked pretty cool, as Bodega brought in a few XBox 360's for people to play in the back. From Joystiq:

    In spite of that ominous rule, we have no choice but to talk about Capcom's incredibly well-orchestrated community event last Friday night. It's rare to see a games company reach out to the fans with early access to its most anticipated games. It's even rarer to see a games company conduct a PR event in a location like this: a converted bodega in the middle of Brooklyn.

    We were told that some of the higher-ups at Capcom were uncomfortable with the location, and for good reason too. The neighborhood wasn't "safe" nor "clean," being one of the few neighborhoods in NYC that hasn't been hit by rapidly spreading gentrification. Guys in suits would never come here. And that's exactly what this event was about: reaching out to real fans (who, as you know, don't wear suits).

    Click on through for more pictures, or heck, I'll just post 'em here:

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    October 24, 2008

    Carpark/Paw Tracks Showcase @ LPR

    Last night I was fortunate to make it out to the Carpark/Paw Tracks showcase. I think it goes without saying that bands like Ecstatic Sunshine and Beach House give pretty consistent stellar performances, so I would like to turn my attention to some of the lesser known acts.

    I caught the tail end of Tickley Feather’s show, which was fairly melodic, lo-fi, and sometimes minimalist in all the good ways. I have seen her before and again she came through with a solid offering.

    Next up was a personal favorite of mine. I will preface this and say that I understand that Excepter’s noisey/dancey/provoking aesthetic isn’t for everybody. However, they have provided me with some of the best dance shows I have ever seen/heard. Often, you can never predict what they will do. This time they leaned towards the noise, slightly performance art side of their performances—singer John Fell Ryan even wielded a knife throughout a good portion of the set. All I have to say is give Excepter a couple of chances before you make up your mind.

    Adventure was an artist that I wasn’t familiar with until this show. His sound is in keeping with the Baltimore future shock sound. And, he was able to get a good portion of the crowd dancing by the end of his set.

    Last but not least, the newest addition to Paw Tracks is native Mississippians Dent May and His Magnificent Ukelele. This was the most unusual band on the bill. The sound has elements of country and folk music (perhaps a nod to zydeco) straight from the backwoods of the Delta—sung by a younger indie rock kid. At first listen, it might be difficult to understand how this act fits with the Paw Tracks family. However, I kept thinking of how charming and familiar the music sounded and didn't really care if it fit with the overall Paw Tracks aesthetic. I will definitely catch him again when he comes around. Epic win.

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    Dent May and His Magnificent Ukelele


    October 23, 2008

    Hoodies, Wheelies and Movies in Greenpoint

    Billy Hot Chocolate is running a fantastic weekly movies series which has a hilarious premise, of which I wholly and unconditionally support. For the next three Fridays, including tomorrow, swing over to Cafe Grumpy (193 Meserole) in Greenpoint to catch Hoodies, Wheelies and Movies. There, you'll be treated to movies where characters wear hoodies and ride bikes, straight up!

    Last week we missed ET (f**k!), but tomorrow it's The Goonies! Then, on Friday the 31st its Donnie Darko followed by Nov. 7th with Rad. For more info hit up Billy Hot Chocolate at BHCfun@gmail.com, or simply visit the event's facebook page.

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    Dead Herring Craft Fair on Sunday

    Craft fairs were my mother's favorites and now they're definitely becoming mine. This Sunday marks the first ever Dead Herring craft fair. So, if you are in the market for something handmade, this might be your best bet.

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    If you want to RSVP, check it out here.

    Myopenbar Presents: The Muslims, Women, Vivian Girls, LiveFastDie

    Tonight at Don Pedro's there will be free SoCo and a slew of awesome bands! RSVP HERE.

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    According to the Myopenbar people:

    "Ceci n'est pas une CMJ party. That means you don't need a badge, Frenchie. In fact, please don't come if you're wearing that hokey shit around your neck, because this party's basically in the projects, and wearing that thing is like wearing a sign that says, "I'm a douchebag – mug me!"....

    Consider yourselves warned!

    The fun starts at 9 pm, $5 cover, Don Pedro's is located at 90 Manhattan Ave (near the Lorimer J stop/Montrose L stop)

    October 22, 2008

    Zach Galifianiakis & Jason Schwartzman in Park Slope

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    FREEwilliamsburg not-contributor and not-real-life-friend-but-we-wish-he-was comedian Zach Galifianiakis and Jason Schwartzman were seen filming in Fort Greene today for a new HBO show, Bored to Death. From Filming in Brooklyn:

    Mr. Schwartzman arrived on the set, and hung out while the final preparations were being made to start filming (in the first picture, he’s chatting with director Alan Taylor). In the picture, to Jason Schwartzman’s left is Zach Galifianakis, who has a long conversation with Jason in the scene about to be shot

    Wednesday Night - Chief Records Party w/Open Bar

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    If you're planning on staying up late tonight, it would be a great idea to check out the show at Pianos starting after the stroke of midnight. We'll be there dancing and drinking with superb DJs like Mudertronics and DJ Dirty Finger. Yea, yea, we know there's a Vice Party tonight, but puh-lease this will be better! Seri.

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    October 17, 2008

    Scandinavia House's Fall Programming

    I am often a fan of being totally obscure and random. However, I think this time being obscure and random is in my favor...The Scandinavia House is part of the American-Scandinavian Foundation, playing host to many cultural events. Two things of note to check out right now.

    On September 26th, they launched the show Sublime Nature: Romantic Paintings of the 19th Century. Although I am mostly a fan of contemporary work, these pieces look to be quite interesting and admittance to the show is free. You can get a little taste with Joachim Frich's Landscape with Glacier, 1830.

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    On October 29th, they will be launching the Golden Age of Finnish Cinema series; the retrospective spans the 1930s to the 1970s. Features will be screened on Wednesdays.


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    Eight Deadly Shots (Kahdeksan Surmanluotta),1972

    More info. here.

    Craig Murphey Fundraiser Tonight at Hugs

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    From his friends and family:

    A year ago we lost a true hero and friend, Craig Murphey. Some called him a son, many called him a friend and still others called him "that dude who's been staying on my couch, you know they guy with the biggest smile and the smelliest feet?"

    This Friday, October 11th, we celebrate his life and achievements as we hold a raffle and take donations for the NYC Coalition Against Hunger (www.nyccah.org) – the Craig Murphey fellowship. Criag's fellowship helps fight hunger in west Harlem and other neighborhoods by providing access to nutritious foods to underprivileged families.

    Please come out and support our love for our dear friend. Let's all raise a glass of vodka and Coke Zero and dance like its going out of style!

    The fundraiser is at Hugs (106 North 6th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) and starts at 9pm. Live music by Finger On The Pulse, Lauren Flax, Matty Royal, Eliz and DJ Wait Seriously. There's no "cover", per say, but if you have a heart bring some $ to donate to a great cause. Plus, you can win all kinds of awesome donated gifts from the community. That list is after the jump.

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    October 15, 2008

    Tonight – Debate Viewing at Nita Nita!

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    Our darling friends at Nita Nita will be showing the debate tonight on their projector screen at 9 pm sharp, and we recommend stopping by. Get there early for their terrific “Bailout Package” Happy Hour, and drown your concerns with cheap food and drinks. WARNING: “Bailout Package” prices are in effect 7 days a week for happy hour, and may become habit-forming.

    Nita Nita is located on the corner of North 8th and Wythe…..

    October 14, 2008

    OBAMARAMA - Friday Night

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    Friday night there will be a party and silent auction to benefit Barack Obama, presented by Create Change NYC. It starts at 7 pm at The Bell House (149 7th Ave in Brooklyn), and the goal is to raise $20,000 for the campaign as Election Day closes in.

    With DJ sets from the French Kicks and Cassettes Won’t Listen, and performances by Dirty on Purpose and others, it sounds like fun to us! There's a $25 minimum donation which should be submitted online at www.createchangenyc.org - once you pay up, you print your receipt for admission to the party, and you're also automatically entered in a grab bag raffle. But cash/credit will also be accepted at the door, so last-minute attendees never fear!

    Watch Out For The Pretty Ones

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    Oh snap! We've got gangs in the neighborhood. It turns out those machete-wielding kids may be part of the Pretty Boy Goonies, a "new offshoot of the notorious Bloods gang" that's been poking around the hood in the past few months. They're vicious too! From the Post:

    "This is not fist-fighting we are talking about. They are using machetes to stab and slash, and screwdrivers. There are brawls in the streets, in broad daylight, stopping traffic.

    So, that's what this was! Their playground is the park under the Williamsburg Bridge, where the NYPD has installed one of their tree forts. I guess it's working, last week cops arrested 14 gang members. More at the Post.

    October 11, 2008

    Today - Oktoberfest @ The Habitat

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    It's gorgeous out today, so I highly recommend hitting The Habitat. It's one of the best bars in Greenpoint, and all day long they are celebrating Oktoberfest with German beers, food, and even polka music. Wunderbar!

    The Habitat is located at 988 Greenpoint Ave.

    October 10, 2008

    NY Mag Party Tonight

    Still looking for something to do tonight? Well heck, NY Mag's hosting a big throwdown with The National, Grizzly Bear, and Stella Comedy at the Hammerstein. Tickets might still be available here: http://nymag.com/nyxny/40th/.

    Soft Focus with the Great Kathleen Hanna and Ted Leo (RSVP)

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    So one of my favorites Ian Svenonius will be interviewing one of my other favorites Kathleen Hanna tomorrow at Cooper-Union's Great Hall. You can watch in awe with me too. The details are below:

    VBS.TV & Dewar's Humbly Present Soft Focus with Ian Svenonius A live taping of interviews with eminent musicians Ted Leo and Kathleen Hanna Saturday, October 11, 1pm - 4:30pm at Cooper Union, The Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street at 3rd Avenue

    Followed by a Soft Focus Afterparty
    At which Ian Svenonius will select and play records from his extensive collection of dusty 45s
    at Lit, 93 2nd Avenue
    5pm - 8pm

    RSVP HERE

    Quality of Life opening at Factory Fresh

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    This should be really, really cool. Opening runs from 6-10pm tonight. Animal reports:

    An array of relentless shutterbugs and explorers of "forgotten and under-appreciated places" are showcasing lots of photos tonight at Brooklyn gallery Factory Fresh. The group show, Quality of Life, features new work by ANIMAL ally and premiere devil's advocate Jake Dobkin, along with Luna Park, Sam Horine">Sam Horine & Street Stars.

    Factory Fresh is located at 1053 Flushing Avenue between Morgan and Knickerbocker, off the L train Morgan Stop.

    Duck, Duck, Goose at Grand Opening

    Grand Opening, that crazy little nook of a spot in the LES that's been home to a drive-in movie theater, a rentable ping-pong room, and a lower east side auction house, is pleased to present Duck, Duck, Goose, with work by Jordan Broadworth, Kevin Fey, and Rich Watts. Their work spans across a diverse web of artistic mediums, as "Fey pours and drips, Broadworth adds and subtracts, and Watts designs and constructs." All three live and work in Brooklyn, holla.

    So, g'head and stop by Grand Opening on your way out of the city tonight, b/t 6 and 8pm. It's at 139 Norfolk Street in the LES, and will be Duck, Duck, Goosing today through October 25th. Coolest of all, the gallery is live streaming through Justin.TV as we type, so click play below to watch them set up the show! Then, click through the jump for some more samples of their work.

    Watch live video from Grand Opening's Channel on Justin.tv

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    October 09, 2008

    Youth Fight Scares Off Cops

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    There was a massive youth street battle yesterday right by the Williamsburg Bridge street entrance, that ended with some bloodied faces and frightened cops. A reader wrote in and said that while sitting at a traffic light just outside Ortis funeral home, they saw a bunch of kids (12-15) acting rowdy and yelling, while a funeral was going on! After expressing some disbelief between him and his girlfriend, things turned ugly.

    The light turned green and we started to roll, when we heard yells and screams and kids starting running across the street into moving traffic while other kids where chasing them. Bottles were being thrown, innocent bystanders running away, we almost hit a kid with the car and almost got hit by a bottle. We got on the bridge and were home free, it was crazy, like being in the movie children of men. So I thought that was the last of it, but there is more to the story.

    His brother, who was at St. Vincent's ER for a broken finger, actually ended up talking with one of the kids involved in the fight. He came in with a bloodied face from a "bottle getting broken over his head", and told his side of the story:

    He said that he was an innocent bystander and was mistaken for one of the kids in the gang. He said that about 30 kids fought for like 10 minuets on the street, broken bottles flying everywhere. He said two cops showed up and all the kids starting throwing bottles at them and the cop RAN AWAY. He kept commenting on that, saying that it was crazy and he doesn't understand that the cops ran away, and that it makes him scared. This blew my mind, what a horrible example the cops are setting, now these kids know that they can bully the shit out of them. I searched all morning for more info on the fight and couldn't find anything, so I figured I should tell someone.

    Great, NYPD, way to stick up for yourselves. You can tase a naked crazy person to death, but you can't disperse a bunch of rowdy kids with bottles? It's not like they were brandishing machetes or anything...

    Banksy's The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill

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    Image c/o Wooster Collective

    If you find yourself meandering through Greenwich Village (89 Seventh Avenue South to be exact) and stop to look at a pet store filled with very animated animatronic pets and chicken nugget creatures, you're looking at the latest Banksy piece to hit the streets...you should see it before it closes on October 31st.

    Hat Tip: NYT

    UPDATE: We got a "Hot Dog Mallow" candy treat, compliments of the Banksy crew. Expiration date: 4/15/08. Picture, after the jump.

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    October 07, 2008

    Did You Get Your Tickets Yet?!?!

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    We’ll be dancing Friday night away at (where else!) The American Museum of Natural History. Why? Because it’s another night of One Step Beyond, the dance party in the Rose Center for Earth and Space that has hosted past DJ sets and performances from people like Simian Mobile Disco, Talib Kweli, Switch, and Kanye West.

    Per the AMNH peeps:
    “One Step Beyond returns on October 10 featuring Mattie Safer of The Rapture and DJ Mehdi, the French hip-hop and electro producer known for bridging the gap between dance music genres.”

    Starts at 9 pm Friday, see you there!

    Does CBS Stalk our Tipsters?

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    It seems the reader who wrote in yesterday about that vicious knife attack who really, really wanted to remain anonymous, is having a bit of trouble from CBS reporters. After she declined to be interviewed on camera, they went ahead and sent a news crew to her parents house anyways.

    From her comment on our earlier post:

    It's probably just the painkillers making my thoughts a little jumbled but I really just wrote to the blog so that people in the neighborhood would be more aware than I was last Thursday night. I didn't think ahead and realize that my statements would become fodder for the commenters. If I could do it again I wouldn't have bothered writing to Brian.

    Lee Kushnir from CBS is a monster and sent a news truck and reporter to my mother's home on long island (I don't know how she got the address) in an attempt to get some sort of statement. She is disgusting.

    Hey, CBS, that's so not cool. She wrote in to warn her fellow residents after a nasty mugging to be smart, which is great, but now she's wishing that never happened. I can't say I blame her.

    October 06, 2008

    Gowanus Lounge is Back

    Beloved Brooklyn blog, Gowanus Lounge, is back after a brief hiatus. Yay!

    Steak Knived on Orient Ave (Eesch!)

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    A reader wrote in to warn us to keep our wits about things after she was attacked with a steak knife on Orient Avenue around 7:30pm on Thursday. It sounds scary as shit, so I'll let her do the talking:

    I've lived on Olive St. for a little over a year and have loved just about everything my off the beaten path neck of the burg has to offer. My love changed slightly on Thursday evening. At 7:30 pm I was walking home along Orient Ave., listening to my ipod, checking out some of the furniture that had been put out for the trash, doing my usual stuff when I was approached by a guy with a steak knife in his hand. I initially did not see the knife and thought that he was approaching me for directions. He demanded my bag and as I dropped my groceries and tried to take off my messenger bag it became tangled with my headphone cord. The man (age 20-22, biracial, approx 6ft and 170lbs,wearing a Mets hat) yanked it from me, and started to leave. When he was a few steps away I panicked and began screaming at the top of lungs. He turned back around, ran the few steps back to me and proceeded to stab me once in the chest - perforating a lung - and once in the arm. Luckily for me the blade broke and was left hanging out of my arm. I think that he would have continued attacking me if this had not happened.

    She'd like to warn everybody to keep a heads up, "so that my hip neighbors will know to keep their wits about them - no matter what time of day and no matter how safe the street seems. Converse, ipods and black jeans make you a target to some people." She'd also like to thank her neighbors on Orient for being so neighborly, "holding my hand, applying pressure to my wounds, keeping me awake until the ambulance arrived, calling my friend from down the street (my cell was in my pocket), basically just making me feel not so alone."

    Keep an eye out for angry Mets fans with steak knives, everyone, and of course, be smart. Our neighborhood's as safe as any in the city, but we all have our crazies. We're just glad you're OK, anonymous reader.

    *Side note - Orient Ave's been a hot spot in the news recently, as it hosts Michel Gondry's recently purchased condo, and is also the site of the back-and-forth squatter drama in the run down house from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. (See Gothamist, The Brooklyn Paper)

    October 03, 2008

    No Hipsters Allowed Dance Party!!

    I hereby present the most important thing you can do this weekend. Zeps, of the Point Dot Period crew, is throwing a "No Hipsters Allowed" dance party, tomorrow night, with a lot of music by DJ Johnny Mambo. But here's the thing....they're hosting a Street Fighter 2 tournament on the big projector screen at Public Assembly (70 N. 6th Street between Kent and Wythe streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn)!!!! WTF?! How can you ask for no hipsters, but then offer Street Fighter?! Silly DJ's...

    The dress code? No tight pants, ironic t-shirts, or "Plad" (it's ok, hipsters can't spell either). No dirty sneakers, shoes, ungroomed beards, and the number one rule: YOU MUST HAVE GOTTEN A HAIRCUT IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS. Well, shit. There goes the neighborhood.

    So this is an invasion invitation to everybody out there with tight pants and a taste for the irony. Get lookin' good, and get out and show Mr. Zeps how to truly rock E. Honda! Or, anti-hipsters, defend your childhood on the big screen. I want video footage of this epic battle in my inbox no later than Sunday night. Send it to me.

    The flyer:
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    October 01, 2008

    MonkeyTown Turns 3 Tonight

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    c/o MonkeyTown

    To say that visiting MonkeyTown is an experience is for me a little bit of an understatement. A personal haunt of mine for a couple of years, I have seen some of the best shows there, including three of Excepter’s best sets/installations.

    Tonight MonkeyTown turns three. To celebrate it properly, there will be free food, free drinks, DJ sets, and more…. Festivities start at 7pm.

    September 30, 2008

    Dead Herring Show on October 3rd

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    More info. here.

    The L Train Is F'D

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    I just wasted a decent portion of my morning sitting on the L train, waiting for it to lurch forward. The conductor blamed fire/smoke in the tunnel, and looking ahead you could see another train stopped at the next station. The whole line is basically closed between 8th Ave. and Myrtle. Avoid until further notice! Use your bike, or give Metro-line a call (718-388-1800) if you're headed into the city.

    September 26, 2008

    Trumors: Apple Opening up Store in W'burg

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    Is Steve Jobs eyeing the most picked over thrift store in the world for his new Apple store location? That's what tipsters to Gothamist think, which notes:

    Our sources are telling us that Apple has purchased the building that currently houses the Salvation Army located at 176 Bedford Avenue (on the corner of Bedford and North 7th) in Williamsburg. Rumors have been floating around for a year as to where the company may set up shop in Brooklyn (with most guessing it would be Downtown), and more recently it's been rumored that it would be in the new Edge complex. In the past there have been mumblings that the Salvation Army building would become a McDonald's...so if this goes through, consider it a good thing, Williamsburg.

    Discussion over at our local internet bathroom wall Williamsboard seems to think this is either A. no big deal, or B. doubtful. One user says, "Yeah, I don't buy this. I mean, apple stores aren't just ANY store, they make every opening seem like a big deal and there aren't enough people in n. brooklyn who would actually buy anything there to justify a new one." They then start to talk about how nobody cares, then one user wonders if they live in the same bedroom as another, then my head started to spin until jennytull posted, "theres some multi level shit goin on in this here thread.", reminding me that this is why I don't frequent Williamsboard in the first place.

    So what's the deal, Steve? Are you bringing your iEverything into my neighborhood? I bet you are, you sneaky devil. Somebody, talk to me.

    Rooftop Films Closing Night with Chairlift! Tonight!

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    Leave work early tonight, head home, put on your prettiest dress, slacks, summer hats, and lipstick, and come on out to kiss summer goodbye at Rooftop Film's last show, taking place tonight on the roof of the Open Road Rooftop at 350 Grand Street @ Essex (Lower East Side).

    To add to the building excitement, prior to the films, Sound Fix presents live music by Brooklyn based trio Chairlift! These guys are about to go on tour with Yeasayer and you might even recognize their sweet beats from the newest Apple commercial, which features "Bruises" off their debut album.

    Tickets are $9 on Going, and this includes ALL-YOU-CAN-POSSIBLY-CONSUME beverages courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner.

    Here's the official info:

    Venue: on the roof of the Open Road Rooftop
    Address: 350 Grand Street @ Essex (Lower East Side)
    Directions: F/J/M/Z to Essex / Delancey
    8:00: Doors Open
    8:30PM: Sound Fix presents live music by Chairlift
    9:00 PM: Films
    11:30 PM: Open bar at Fontana's with complimentary beer courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner

    September 25, 2008

    Untethered: A Sculpture Garden of Readymades Opens Tonight

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    C/O Eyebeam

    Eyebeam is New York’s premiere art and technology space. Tonight, Untethered: A Sculpture Garden Of Readymades will open from 6-8pm. To give a brief description:

    Untethered is a sculpture garden of everyday objects deprogrammed of their original function, embedded with new intelligence, and transformed into surrealist and surprising readymades, including a photocopier that reads the night sky; a PDA turned guitar; and a piano that plays the Internet. The exhibition features pieces by 15 artists working at the intersection of art and technology, including current and former Eyebeam residents and fellows, as well as leading international artists.

    If you can make it out to Chelsea, definitely check it out. Review to follow later.

    Williamsburg is Under Attack!

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    Gothamist is reporting that a submarine is in our waters and is headed for Williamsburg. Everybody, RUN! Arm yourselves with PBR cans like you did when the Real World cast came, and get this metal tank of aquatic power off yer shores!

    Perhaps submarines are always in the East River, just, you know, submerged--but we've never seen one. Until now! This one just floated through DUMBO headed in the direction of Williamsburg. So if you're a hipster wearing your "Defend Brooklyn" T-shirt, the day has come to back it up!

    Send it to Queens!

    Don Pedro Video Fiesta!

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    Also going on tonight, at 8pm, is a weirdo Mexican video party out at Don Pedros (90 Manhattan). If you like video art & punk & tacos then this could be right up your pants leg. Here's what they're showing, in order:

    KORLA PANDIT - KTLA TV (195?) CHUCK BERRY - Roll Over Beethoven (French TV 1964) TAKESHI TERAUCHI - No Eleki Wakadaisho (Japan 1966) MINTY NEWPORTS - Live TV Commercial ATLANTICS - Come On And Love Me (Australia 1967) BLACK DIAMONDS - I Want, Need, Love You (Australia 1966) ANTOINE - Les Elecubrations (France 1966) The MOVE - Wild Tiger Woman (Colour Me pop 1968) SHE-DEVILS ON WHEELS - Trailer (1968) WONDERLAND - Love’s A Murder (Germany 1969) GROOVIE GOOLIES - Where You Going Little Ghoul (1970) EL TOPO - Theatrical Trailer (1971) KRAFTWERK - Ruckzuck (Germany 1970) FAUST - Excerpt from German TV Show (1971) TON, STEINE & SCHERBEN - Solidaritat (Germany 1971) The HOLY MOUNTAIN - Theatrical Trailer (1974) JAQUES PERROT - Allegro Aus Der 40 Symphonie (1973) NINA HAGEN BAND - TV Glotzer (1979) The SAINTS - (I’m) Stranded • Know Your Product (1977 & 78) P-FUNK - Up For The Downstroke (promo commercial) RADIO BIRDMAN - Live & Interview (Rockturnal 1978) BABES IN TOYLAND - Theatrical Trailer (1934) DEVO & NEIL YOUNG - Hey Hey, My My (Human Highway 1983) HUNCHBACK - Heart Of Gold (Pyramid Club 2007) SAMMY DREAD - African Girl (Rock Star Bar 2007)

    More event info on Going

    September 24, 2008

    Found Wall Street ATM Receipt for $97,084.23

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    At least one banker on Wall Street has a rather large cushion of money to fall back on. A Consumerist reader found this receipt in an ATM at 45 Wall St. for $97,084.23, juuuust below the $100,000 FDIC insurable limit.

    via Consumerist

    September 23, 2008

    P.S.1’s Autumn Harvest, September 30th 2008

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    Anyone who had a chance to make it out to P.S.1 this summer had to stop and be amazed at the monolithic future of urban farming aka Public Farm 1. Equal parts art/architecture installation and urban garden, Public Farm 1 was created by WORK Architecture Company as part of MoMA and P.S.1’s Young Architects Program. The project was unveiled in June and the unique structure was used to grow numerous plants, vegetables, and herbs.

    Since autumn is now officially here, P.S.1 will celebrate the fruits of P.F.1’s labor with an Autumn Harvest on Sept. 30th. It’s open to the public with a limited number of tickets. Of course, there will be hors d’oeuvres served but even better will be the musical stylings of David Bruno. And if you can’t make it out, they’re streaming the show on their Art Radio broadcast here.

    September 22, 2008

    Rogue Taxidermist To Unveil E.V.E. on Halloween

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    In news from Animal, rogue taxidermist and creator of smelly, roadkill art Nate Hill has announced plans to unveil his entire E.V.E. creation on Halloween at The Silent Barn. E.V.E. is the female monster, pictured above, made entirely of dead animal parts sewn together. It's the Ying to his already created Yang.... A.D.A.M (A Dead Animal Man -- image after the jump).

    I sat down with Nate Hill's FAQ portion of his website and let him dictate a few questions and answers that I may or may not have had. From Stoproadkill.org's FAQ:

    Why are you making E.V.E.?

    I wish that I had artistic power that made people wet themselves. But right now, I think I'm just making you puke. But since I want these grand powers, I decided to idolize God because He made all this. Next logical step was to start making human beings.

    Do you consider yourself a taxidermist?

    Not really because I don't use any of their tradtional techniques. What I do it quite crude. I use different unpreserved raw animal parts and sew them together. Then the finished product with something as big as E.V.E., is displayed in the open air, so it is not preserved in any way, though when stored in a 30 gallon tank of rubbing alcohol. In other words, my work smells.

    What is it made out of?

    It's a work in progress, but since this weekend E.V.E. contains parts from buffalo, cat, coyote, dog, fish, guinea hen, lobster, octopus, ox, pig, rabbit, and squirrel. I know you're saying, "Buffalo???" I got some buffalo ribs off ebay.

    How is it made?

    It is sewn together with needle and thread. I use leather needles and strong button grade thread and sometimes fishing line.

    How long did it take?

    About 6 months.

    Will E.V.E. be shown again?

    Since my shows involve raw dead animal parts sewn together on the ground, my shows are very rare for obvious reasons.

    For more, visit Nate Hill's website at StopRoadKill.org, and head over to the Silent Barn this Halloween to see some stinky animal art. Click below the jump to view the not-for-long bachelor, A.D.A.M.

    via Animal New York, more on StopRoadKill.org

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    The Brooklyn Kick Ball Promish Dance Party Thing

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    I got all dolled up last Friday and went to the Brooklyn Kick Ball at the Warsaw over in Greenpoint. It was a beautiful, starry-eyed night under the glowing Brooklyn moon where young kickballers dressed to the nines went to become men and women, first kisses were had, and pictures were taken to last a life time.

    Except not really, the whole thing was an ironic Colt-45 free Reese's Peanut Butter Cup-laced glory fest set to music by the Beatards and all sorts of crazy people. It was a kickass kickball celebration to end the season. It was also like an 8th-grade dance with a heck of a lot more booze than my middle school allowed. Gawker and the NY Press were also there, and they have their reports home up today as well.

    The NY Press described the dance more or less as a bunch of sloppy kisses, while Sheila @ Gawker just got blitzed in high heels along with the rest of us. Oh, and hats off to the NY Press, who chose some kind of old Microsoft Art graphic of someone kicking a ball for their story (called of course kickball.jpg). I guess the recession is hitting the newspaper industry more than we previously thought. That graphic is below the jump, because it's just oh-so crappy I didn't want to ruin my high-class story with it.

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    September 17, 2008

    Faltering Economy Hits New Pei King on Bushwick Avenue

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    I saw New Pei King, the Chinese restaurant at the corner of Powers and Bushwick Avenue get robbed last night. After parking my car somewhere in the triangle between Bushwick, Metropolitan, and Grand Ave., I was walking back towards my apartment on Ainslie when I saw a shady dude sneaking around the storefront of the restaurant. Then, suddenly, he jumped in, grabbed a HUGE bag of food sitting there for pickup/delivery, and took off on one of the delivery guy's bikes. He tore off down Bushwick Avenue headed south, passed a cop car, and disappeared around the corner.

    I tried alerting the workers of New Pei King that there was a cop a block away, but the language barrier prevented that bit of crisis communication. Instead, they hopped on some reserve bikes, slammed the metal gate storefront shut, and took off in hot pursuit. I say we just blame Lehman Brothers and get on with it. Prepare yourselves, Chinese delivery aficionados of Williamsburg and Bushwick, the subprime mortgage crisis is slowly nibbling away at your egg rolls, and there just isn't enough duck sauce in Brooklyn to douse the fire.

    September 16, 2008

    Boycotting Northside

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    Cyclists in Williamsburg are calling for a boycott of Northside Car Service after a hit and run last week at the corner of North 7th and Kent. Gowanus Lounge has the boycott email, which basically lays out the story...

    Yesterday there was another bicycle accident on Kent and North 7th in Williamsburg. A hit and run. The cyclist was going straight and a Northside Car Service made an irrationally fast turn and almost hit the cyclist. The cyclist, with little time to react, had to slam on the brakes, flipped completely over the handlebars, and landed under the hood of the car. The car drove off. The cyclists was taken to the hospital with a broken elbow and collarbone - and, thankfully, no worse injuries than that.

    So, who else can you use? Well, there's Metroline (718-388-1800), Java (718-383-5600), Mobile (718-383-8300), Bushwick (718-386-5002), and Song (718-821-4444) to name a few. Any others I'm missing, and/or anyone familiar with Northside care to make a statement? Contact me.

    via Gothamist

    September 13, 2008

    Voter Booth - Tonight!

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    If you still haven’t registered to vote, then you best hurry up because time is definitely running out, and as you may have heard, there is a potential shitstorm ahead for the next four years if we don’t get the right people in office.

    To help coerce the politically apathetic to get registered, there is going to be a glorious pizza + beer party tonight at Crest Warehouse near the Lorimer stop. Art, music, whiskey, pizza, and patriotism – what more could you ask for? !?

    7-10 pm, 546 Metropolitan Ave.

    September 12, 2008

    Chief Mag Rooftop Party Tonight!

    Chief Mag's throwing a hoedown on a roof tonight. Location: 75 Roebling. They've got 8 DJ's and an animated GIF invite. Check that shit out.

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    via Dead People.

    September 10, 2008

    Hipsters Winning War on The Real World

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    Congratulations, noble tight-jeaned residents of Williamsburg. We've managed to hurt a Real World cast member's feelings! Matt Harvey from the New York Press was following around the spiky-haired bunch last night at glam rock's Semi Precious Weapons show, when Chet, the virginal mormon (pictured above), admitted that hipsters in Williamsburg are big meanies. Funniest part about this, is it's not like its the verbal abuse they get when they come to town, I guess you people are literally throwing things at them! Awesome! From the article:

    When we go to Williamsburg we get harassed. The hipsters throw things at us and say ‘Why are you here? Go home! Ten years ago none of them were there either.’” He looked hurt and wondered, “Why are the hipsters so small minded?” I could only nod sympathetically but my friend, a Brooklynite, wasn’t even going to pretend, “I can understand why they don’t want you there.” Chet thought about it for a moment then nodded, “Yeah, I guess.

    Keep up the defense, young Brooklyn-knights. Oh, and click here to send ol' Chet a message on Facebook.

    story at nypress

    Conflux 2008

    This year’s Conflux Festival kicks off tomorrow in Greenwich Village and will run throughout the weekend. There will be a ton of exhibits, presentations, and activities, and nearly all of them are free. Many of you may remember last year’s Conflux, with its epicenter on Havemeyer and Metropolitan. Quite a few Williamsburg-based galleries participated in ’07 (and who could forget the infamous lock-picking tutorial booth!?!). Although they’ve switched neighborhoods this year, it still promises to be an exciting weekend.

    From Conflux:

    “Conflux is the annual New York festival for contemporary psychogeography, the investigation of everyday urban life through emerging artistic, technological and social practice. At Conflux, visual and sound artists, writers, urban adventurers and the public gather for four days to explore their urban environment……

    “From architects to skateboarders, Conflux participants have an enthusiasm for the city that’s contagious. Over the course of the long weekend the sidewalks are literally transformed into a mobile laboratory for creative action. With tools ranging from traditional paper maps to high-tech mobile devices, artists present walking tours, public installations and interactive performance, as well as bike and subway expeditions, workshops, a lecture series, a film program and live music performances at night.”

    The festival will take place at the Center for Architecture:

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    map c/o Conflux

    September 08, 2008

    Brookyn Kickball Playoffs Underway

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    Brooklyn Kickball teams met throughout the afternoon Sunday as the league entered playoff season. Early games saw a bit of a delay while the fields were raked around after Saturday's torrential rains, but things got up and running in no time indeed. Players will be back next week with a few rivalry's shaping up, so head over to McCarren Park around 2 to catch the action. Above's a shot of Never Scared scoring their winning run over a mercy ruled Storm of Lazers. Below the jump is a shot of the Storm's pitcher in action, with league MVP Tiger Matt umping the festivities.

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    September 07, 2008

    East Village Radio Music Festival Rescheduled

    It's today! More information at www.eastvillageradio.com.

    September 05, 2008

    Turbo Saturday 9000

    If you think you’ve got nothing to do Saturday, then you are sorely mistaken because it is promising to be epic. In addition to the Obama fundraiser at Soundfix and the Monster Island Block Party, here are a few different options:

    1. 2008 ART PARADE

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    Deitch Projects presents the 3rd annual Art Parade in SoHo, and this year is guaranteed to be more outrageous then ever. Head on over to Broadway and watch more then 900 participants exhibit their art, performance pieces, insane costumes, and more. (starts at 4 pm on West Broadway and Houston)

    2. EAST VILLAGE RADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL


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    Poster c/o of East Village Radio

    To celebrate their 5th birthday, East Village Radio will be hosting a super-mega indie-fest at South Street Seaport, which will last basically all day long (1-9 pm). Awesome Color, Vivian Girls, Boris, and Devin the Dude are just a few of the acts slated to perform. And for those of you lil’ lost puppies who don’t know how to venture down to the Seaport, EVR is even providing a free shuttle bus from their headquarters on 19 First Ave. Vamos!

    Hug Anytime Goodbye

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    For most of the past year or so, my girlfriend worked at the American Apparel on No. 6th, meaning I got all sorts of great tshirts, pink boxers, and thigh-high socks. I'd usually go wait for her to get off on late nights, or stop by to say hi and then go grab a $1 PBR at Anytime. Once a few of those were drained, I'd head over to Hugs and play a few games of Buck Hunter, where I'd own the Elks. That, or catch some Thursday night comedy. But seriously, I had top spot on a lot of the Elk levels. If anyone finds that machine, look for Moneyries. That's my domination.

    Well, as things go, Anytime's switched hands, and they're gone along with their oh-so-loved $1 PBR's and $2 well drinks. They have a new location at 20 Skillman Ave., but they only do take-out and delivery. Hugs closed up shop last month. Word is they didn't have the necessary permits, which is totally beyond me. Isn't the first thing you do when opening a new bar, before decorating, naming the beers on tap, and hiring staff, don't you get a freaking permit?! I don't get it.

    But, regardless, my girlfriend's moved on, Hugs is gone, and Anytime went with it. So now, that little corner of North 6th is now nothing but a memory to me. Goodbye Hugs, Goodbye Anytime, I think I'll miss ya.

    September 04, 2008

    The Most Important Pageant On Earth is Almost Here

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    Misha's little Mr and Miss Williamsburg Pageant was featured in an article in the New York Post today, titled "Sillyburg" (Cute, Post). It's the same ol' same ol', only this time we meet some contestants. And guess who's in it!! The Post ingeniously completes their article with a picture of the 3 contestants (Lola, Sarah Yoo, and Vincent Galgano), a close up of Misha, a picture of MGMT singer Andrew Vanwyngarden, and some Banksy street art. Wtf?! Is that all Williamsburg is to you people? Some hipsters, MGMT, and Banksy? Banksy's from freaking England! Oh, the multi-layers of irony just make my head spin.

    Read Sillyburg, at the NY Post, and as always, our interview.

    August 30, 2008

    SUV Violence at Critical Mass

    Friday night's Critical Mass came a month after the NYPD takedown and four years after a couple hundred of riders were arrested at 2004's Republican National Convention in NYC. So, last night's vicious and unexpected attack on one rider's lifeline to the world couldn't have occurred at a more sensitive time. A friend of mine wrote in this morning with a play by play of the malicious attack on one of our most honored New York icons - the cellular device!

    My phone got run over by an SUV while i was riding in critical mass tonight. it was one of those ancient nokias that had lasted me about 5 years, so it was about time. but i have to say, that thing didn't have a single glitch when it died. if it hadn't been for that damn SUV, it probably would have gone on working for the next 5 years. i recommend a Nokia for your next cell phone purchase.

    Sweet cellular Jesus, no one is safe. Freedom riders of New York City, hide your phones, because we are under attack!

    Here's a photo of the now destroyed Nokia. I warn you to close one eye and peak between your fingers, because it's simply horrifying and will haunt your dreams. Ready? Ok, look!

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    August 29, 2008

    Power Series Show Saturday Night

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    Just a quick reminder that the awesome Power2 show that we recently posted about is going down this Saturday at Issue Project Room at 9pm. The show features contributions by Kristina Donello (choreographer), Nick Lesley (video artist) and music by Finnish sound collective Avarus. Go check it out, and wear white, cause apparently you're part of the show too!

    August 28, 2008

    Mr and Miss Williamsburg Pageant Announces Celebrity Judges

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    The judges for the upcoming Mr and Miss Williamsburg Pageant have been announced, and they're made up of a couple professional hybrids, a musician, and Sam Brown from Whitest Kids U' Know.

    The official line-up is:

    DJ/Designer Kesh, journalist/model Sarah Morrison, Jason Poranski (of Beirut) and Sam Brown (from The Whitest Kids U'Know)

    Feel free to revisit our earlier interview with pageant founder Misha Calvert, and don't forget, the pageant is next Friday, September 5th at Supreme Trading. RSVP on Facebook or Going.