Lucas Walters is ready to make his grandmother proud — by opening his own cozy drinking haven and christening it with her beloved nickname.
“It looks like an old lady’s house,” Walters laughed of Tutu’s, his corner bar, which is set open Wednesday.
The bar will be located in the former home of The Morgan Restaurant and beside Bushwick’s future boutique hotel.
“We raided our families’ houses for lots of tchotchkes,” he said of the decor.
Walters — a partner at the popular Williamsburg haunt The Commodore — is launching Tutu’s with Jason Merritt, who owns Big Tree Bottles liquor store just down Bogart Street from the new Bushwick business.
“We’re starting with just a cocktail menu and meat and cheese,” Walters said.
He added that he hoped to offer gastropub fare including burgers, salads and brunch by November.
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This past week the Do-Over crew returned for a summer closing bash for all the good folks in The Big Apple. DJs rocked sunny jams and classics along with a wide spectrum of new sounds. Our buddies at NickyDigital.com were there to snap it to the tunes! (more…)
MGMT’s drummer Will Berman is celebrating his birthday tonight — and everyone is invited.
The soon-to-open venue Delinquency, a colorful newly renovated space on Grand Street by the Bushwick border, is hosting a free party and concert with three bands and an open bar starting at 8 p.m…
Tonight’s concert — which also celebrates Saverance’s 28th birthday — comes after years of scheming to open a venue in the Bushwick area, Saverance said, who joined forces with his two best friends Julian Vigoroux and Landon Webb after they worked in different bars in the Lower East Side and hosted DIY events in Brooklyn.
“Our space is a warehouse that had been gutted and was empty for 40 years,” Saverance said of the space on 1031 Grand St., which he claimed was the first air conditioning factory in the United States.
The bands playing tonight include Kings of Belmont and Zach Mexico’s Latest Side Project, according to the venue’s site.
More information here.
UPDATE: DOM is headlining:
Kings Of Belmont
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Check out premiere New York City Reggae outfit The Frighteners taking over Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick last night. Below is a video edit of them covering Michael Prophet’s “Gunman”.
Not only has Northern Brooklyn become THE place to eat in New York, its become THE place to drink as well. From newcomers like The Ides and Maison Premiere to older favorites like the Turkey’s Nest and The Abbey, there’s no place we’d rather have a cocktail than Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick.
With new watering holes seemingly opening daily, its become impossible to keep up. Who has the best Old Fashioned? The best garden? The worst service? We’re here to help you navigate. Here’s a list of our favorites bars in the neighborhood.
Has anyone checked out any of the “Tiki Disco” events? If you haven’t, you absolutely want to make your way to Bushwick(Morgan L stop) on Sunday for the opening of their 3rd season at Roberta’s. It started out with three friends(Andy Pry, Lloydski, Eli Escobar) just spinning for their pals and neighborhood locals. Now it’s insane! I’m talking lines out the door insane.
If you want to make sure you get in, I would suggest showing up before the 2pm start time. Their parties tend to reach capacity within the first hour. Be prepared for a full 8 hrs of dancing to classic house and disco mashed with some of the tasteful sounds of the present. Party ends around 10pm. Lets all pray and knock on as much wood as possible that the Sun has been kind to dear old mother nature and she has nothing to cry about this weekend.
The big news from Bushwick this morning is that 29-year-old police officer Kevin Brennan will live after getting shot in the skull last night. Brennan is currently at Bellevue Hospital in critical but stable condition. The officer had responded to a call at the Bushwick Houses, a housing project bordered by Moore Street, Humboldt Street, Bushwick Avenue, and Flushing Avenue.
The shooter fled the scene at around 9 p.m., prompting a full fledged manhunt through the area that necessitated hundreds of police officers, dogs, and helicopters.
Twitter users knew something was wrong. “yeah I heard sirens all night, i guess there were hundreds of cops looking for the dude,” tweeted @hamm3r_time. “DO NOT GO OUTSIDE. There is a massive manhunt,” wrote @GunGirlNewYork. “Hostage negotiation team just rolled up, SWAT surrounding the building #bushwick” posted @uncleguito.
Police eventually caught and arrested 21-year-old Luis Ortiz, who was also wanted for a January 1st murder.
The Bushwick Houses was constructed in 1960 and consists of eight buildings that house 2,962 residents.
More amateur photos of the scene here.
While Occupy Williamsburg hogs most of the media attention – especially this week following Saturday night’s “Occu-Party” – the movement has an organized neighbor to the east that’s worth knowing about. Occupy Bushwick holds frequent General Assembly meetings and other events, with one happening tonight at KAVE in Shops at The Loom. According to the group’s official website, tonight’s event will start at 7 p.m. with a meet and greet and a technology teach-in, followed by the GA meeting at 8. The Loom is on Flushing and Knickerbocker.
Occupy Williamsburg and Occupy Bushwick are both busy preparing for the national “General Strike” on May 1st.
In case you haven’t heard of Steve Duncan, he’s a “guerilla” historian and photographer who has made a name for himself exploring parts of New York City that you probably didn’t even know existed. In the latest installment of his Undercity documentary series with filmmaker Andrew Wonder, Duncan hops over a barbed wire fence, pries open a manhole, and climbs down to the ancient sewage extension tunnels below Bushwick.
Well, the tunnels aren’t quite “ancient,” but they date back to the bygone days before brunch at Northeast Kingdom and whiskey shots at Tandem, before Brooklyn was even a part of New York City. In the 1880s when the sewer extension was built below Knickerbocker St., the area was known for its breweries. The tunnels carried wastewater from the breweries to the East River, Duncan explains in the clip, ankle deep in (clean) sewage water.
The whole outing is illegal, but Duncan provides a special view into our historic city. More on Gothamist.