Farm on Kent to host July 4th event and begin outdoor dinner series this month

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Starting this month, Williamsburg’s Farm on Kent will begin hosting events on the lot adjacent to the Domino Sugar Factory, at South Fourth and North Kent. The first event is this Saturday, as visitors are encouraged to come watch the fireworks beside the East River and Williamsburg Bridge:

We’ve been spreading soil and plants throughout a parcel of land along the East River, and this Independence Day it will be made accessible to the public for the time in over 150 years. Join us and your neighbors for an evening of fireworks, farm-to-table tacos and a slice of South Williamsburg history.

Sandwiched between the Domino Sugar Factory and the Williamsburg Bridge, our new site has bigger views and a lot more river breeze. Bring a picnic basket, loved one(s) and a blanket – or just sit right down on our new lawn! Children and families welcome!

The supper series is set to begin July 19:

Join us for our Sunday Supper dinner series at our new location as the sun sets over the underneath the Williamsburg Bridge. A three-course farm-to-table meal where the distance between the two is less than 20 feet highlighting the freshest produce of the season. We believe in root-to-leaf dining: in using every part of the plant, in highlighting the beauty of fresh vegetables. Take eating locally to the next level.

Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly. Drinks are provided.

Bedford & Bowery had more details on the series:

The farm’s Sunday Suppers ($75 a pop, including booze) promise three-course meals that employ seasonal ingredients sourced from a maximum of 20 feet away.
Another series will be produced by Food Karma Projects, the company owned by Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village. According to an announcement that went out today, Food Karma Feasts will pair renowned chefs, local ingredients, live music, and drinks by craft breweries and distilleries. Among the participating chefs are Robbie Richter (original pitmaster at Fatty Cue and Hill Country BBQ) and George Weld and Evan Hanczor of Egg Restaurant in Williamsburg.

The announcement promises a “relaxed, interactive experience,” with chefs and suppliers on hand and seating available in the form of communal tables, cafe tables, and even rugs and pillows for a truly earthy experience.

The line-up for the series, which kicks off July 16, can be found here. Tickets ain’t cheap (you’ll have to dig up $85), but keep in mind that includes booze and a hell of a view.

For more information or to view the full calendar, visit northbrooklynfarms.com.

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

Mutoid-ManHappy early Independence Day, everyone. If you’re looking for a fireworks factory worth of new metal to help get you from here to wherever it is you’ll be watching Randy Quaid fly a fighter jet into the g-spot of an alien space station this weekend, then we have just what you need. Crack something domestic and give it a spin.

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Forget poor doors, Greenpoint developers building segregated poor buildings

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Stephen Levin — who voted to sell Greenpoint’s air rights — and a crew of other dipshits breaking ground; credit Gothamist

The last time we checked in with the progress of the 10-tower Greenpoint Landing waterfront development — aka Stephen Levin Towers – we were hearing concerns from the community about the decision to dig in a polluted Superfund site. Now, that they’ve officially broken ground — don’t breathe until they’re done — they’ve released more details about the project.

The developer behind the massive 10-tower waterfront Greenpoint Landing project on Friday broke ground on construction of the first three buildings in the complex, which will contain entirely below-market-rate units. [Read more...]

Brooklyn Barge Bar finally opening for ticketed event on July 4

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Brooklyn Barge Bar, credit Inhabitat

After multiple delays in June, Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Barge Bar will finally open next weekend with a ticketed July 4th event. Tickets are pricey — a whopping $125. Um, welcome to the neighborhood. But at least that includes drinks, dinner, and a decent view.

Brooklyn Barge Bar will be hosting a ticketed event for fireworks viewing on July 4th. Below are all the details you’ll need about tickets and the event. Please review these details carefully. Because of crowd control and security there are very specific logistical items that need to be followed. Happy 4th All!

Adults $125.00
Kids under 12 $40.00

Tickets include Beer, Wine, Soda, Water, Juice open bar from 6 pm to 10pm (or when the fireworks stop) and a BBQ buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad and all the fixin’s.

Purchase tickets here.

Top 5 shows of the weekend

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Looks like we’re in for a rainy weekend in parts, but that’s ok as you can spend plenty of time indoors at various concerts. If we don’t have anything blue (skies) then at least I can recommend something old, something new, and something borrowed, in this week’s column.

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Bushwick Bar Old Stanley’s backyard opens next week

oldstanleysOld Stanley’s has been my go-to bar since it opened about eighteen months ago. There’s nothing gimmicky about it like a lot of the other watering holes that have opened in the Bushwick/Ridgewood area over the past year or two. It’s staffed by and frequented by friendly folks who are down to watch hockey and, judging by the posters on the walls, dig B-level Rodney Dangerfield movies. Jets to Brazil, Government Issue and Mercyful Fate records are in the jukebox. Their cheap bottle is Labatt Blue. If there’s Bushwick bar that the late, great “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes would drink at, it’d be Old Stanley’s. I almost don’t want to write about it because I don’t want to ruin it.

But I am, because I’d be remiss to not FINALLY give them a long overdue Free Willy shoutout, and I’d be doing everyone in the outdoor drinking-deprived DeKalb and Myrtle/Wyckoff area a disservice by failing to share the fantastic news that their backyard is finally opening next week.

If you’ve never been, Old Stanley’s is located at 226 Wyckoff Avenue, in between Menahan and Grove. Protip: stop by Cholula Deli next door for some of the best tacos in the hood, sans the crazy crowds typical of Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos.

Photo via Facebook.

Eyewitness gives gruesome details about the man beaten to death outside the Charleston

michael-sappLast week we were sad to report that 33-year-old Michael Sapp, who was an employee of Williamsburg’s The Bagel Store, had passed away. Details are still spotty, but an eyewitness related what he saw to Gothamist. He claims that bystanders stood idly by taking pictures of Sapp instead of calling 9-11. This story just keeps getting worse:

Christopher, who did not want his last name used because he lives in the neighborhood and fears retaliation, said he was just outside of the bar with a few friends last Saturday when two men approached, stopped just outside the fence around the outdoor seating area, and one of them, skinny and bleeding profusely through his white shirt, began yelling at the bouncer to let him in…
[Sapp is] like, “I’m gonna fucking kill everybody! Where the fuck is that guy? He needs to come out here right now. I wanna fight him!” He’s screaming at everyone and he’s cussing. The security guard was like, “Dude, you should leave. You should have never came back. Why did you come back?” [Read more...]

Nicolas Jaar drops surprise album, download it for free now

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Last night Nicolas Jaar ended his post-Darkside silence with the surprise release of an alternate soundtrack to Sergei Parajanov’s 1969 avant-garde Soviet film The Colour of Pomegranates. You can download it for free here. In addition to the album, the file contains artwork and a note about the album from Jaar. Apparently, some of it was intended for A&E’s zombie show “The Returned.”

Maybe Oneohtrix Point Never will do a score to Holy Mountain next.

Photo by Callie Barlow