Eater NY has brought to our attention the fact that Starbucks has posted job listings for a location in Williamsburg. The posting lists the address as 405-409 Union Avenue (at Anslie St). The job listing shows so little respect for its future neighborhood that lists the city as “Bkooklyn, NY.” Hopefully the listing is just a big mistake, or maybe Starbucks is renaming our entire borough ‘Bkooklyn.”
Along with inquiries into space in Fort Greene, Apple is looking into space at 247 Bedford Avenue for a new retail store. The space is currently occupied by The Bagel Store. From The Real Deal:
Meanwhile, two additional sources disputed that information, and said in fact the firm was looking closely at 247 Bedford Avenue, in Williamsburg. RedSky Capital and Joel Schreiber’s Waterbridge Capital purchased the building in 2012 for $66 million. It is across the street from a future Whole Foods location.
What do you think? Would you be happy to have a genius bar in the neighborhood, or is this just adding to the retail madness?
Members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Walkmen & Grizzly Bear to perform forgotten solo album by the Byrds’ Gene Clark
From The Guardian:
Members of Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Grizzly Bear and Fairport Convention have announced a tour in celebration of a little-known solo album by the Byrds’ Gene Clark.
The project was spearheaded by Beach House’s Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, who described themselves as “infatuated” with Clark’s 1974 LP No Other. They have plumbed the Baltimore music scene for a ten-person band and chorus, corralling members of Lower Dens, Wye Oak and Celebration, as well as four guest vocalists: Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen, Hamilton Leithauser from the possibly defunct Walkmen, and Englishman Iain Matthews, best known for his work in Fairport Convention and Plainsong.
So far, the makeshift group has announced just four concerts: Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and New York, all at the end of January. At each gig, the musicians will cover No Other “from start to finish”, as well as showing a new edit of the Gene Clark documentary The Byrd Who Flew Alone.
Pre-sale tickets go on sale today at noon for a performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sat, Jan 25.
Well, this sucks. From the Times:
On Thursday, a day after a scheduled show by Ida Maria was moved to the nearby Music Hall of Williamsburg — which is operated by the Bowery Presents — the store announced that, “following consultation with local residents and local authorities, Rough Trade and the Bowery Presents have decided it would be best to put ‘on hold’ all live performances at the Rough Trade NYC store, until further notice.” The announcement added that the decision was made “to allow additional sound remediation work to be carried out.”
In an email, Stephen Godfroy, an owner of the store, said, “We’re making sure our incredible live P.A. system is equaled by incredible acoustic remediation.” He added, “During this process, all amplified live performances at the store are on hold, but we aim to resume normal service (as it were), as soon as possible.”
The shop is on a largely industrial block on North Ninth Street in Williamsburg, a couple of blocks away from other clubs like Output and Brooklyn Bowl.
Tonight’s show by Tourist has been moved to Baby’s All Right, at 146 Broadway in Williamsburg. Scheduled appearances by Andrew Bird, DIIV, the Stepkids, Lucius and Au Revoir Simone have been canceled; shows by Allah Las, Cults and Langhorne Slim and the Felice Brothers have been postponed.
Vegan fast food joint Foodswings is going to be to be shutting down due to issues with their landlord. They announced in a Facebook post that they would be closing down within 1-6 months. From their post:
Foodswings has a very sad but important announcement. Due to problems with our landlord, Foodswings will likely be forced to close its doors sometime soon. We are trying to stay, and it could be one month, or 3 months or 6. Just thought I’d warn all you loyal Foodswings fans that the time to get your Foodswings fix is ASAP as we don’t know exactly when our time on this earth will be over. Come in now and often. We could really use the support right now.
The DFA Holiday Party is back at the Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) to rock your holiday socks off on Saturday, December 7 at 11:30pm.
Featuring a whole lot of guest DJs including Sinkane and The Juan MacLean, you’re pretty much guaranteed a ridiculously fun night of holiday cheer, dancing and general industrial debauchery. The only problem? Party tickets went on pre-sale last week and sold out within minutes. [Read more...]
Lana Del Rey’s new 27-minute short film Tropico works, more or less, as a glossy but bugged-out extended-length music video, a pretentious but sensationalistic dive into her center-free aesthetic. As directed by music-video veteran fantasist Anthony Mandler, LDR and male model Shaun Ross appear in a few very loosely connected vignettes. In the “Body Electric” segment, they’re in a dreamy Garden Of Eden amidst various icons: Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Jesus. The “Gods & Monsters” part takes place in a fever-dream vision of an L.A. gang-world. And for “Bel Air,” they dance through some idealized vision of the American countryside. The whole time, there’s a lot of zoned-out voice-over, including a bit where LDR recites the famous opening of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl over a strippers-and-guns montage. Be advised that the whole thing is mildly NSFW for stripper-related reasons. Watch the early leaked version of it below; it drops officially later this morning.
Watch it below: [Read more...]
If you can’t make it, but care about this issue, please email City Council. More information here.
Here’s the scoop on the hearing via Greenpointers:
The last of the public meetings will take place Thursday, December 5th, 2013 and this is your last chance to do something.
Location: 250 Broadway Committee Room 16th Floor
Time for Commercial Street meeting: 9:30 am
Time for Greenpoint Landing meeting: 1:00 pm
Greenpointers also spoke with Kim Masson of savegreenpoint.org, who had this to say:
The last time I met with Councilman Levin he made it clear that Greenpoint residents need to step up and speak out at the Council Hearing. If we bombard them with speakers, then we have a swinging chance. Unfortunately we’ve seen a lot of voices speaking in favor of affordable housing and not enough speaking out against toxicity. So if you care about your health and your kid’s health, I urge everyone come out Dec 5th and prove to the city you don’t approve of these projects. People may also contact all the voting members by email and phone calls. We’ve provided a sample letter on our website which people may use to get their message across. But as our Councilman Steve Levin said, it is important we have bodies at the hearing. At the last public hearing 19 speakers (mostly paid lawyers) spoke out in favor of the developments, and only 9 testified against. With the odds stacked against us, it is no wonder the City is green lighting these projects. We’ve got a David and Goliath situation here and for this meeting we’re going to need a lot more slingshots.
Masson had this to say about DeBlasio:
We’ve contacted Bill DeBlasio and he never got back to us. I’m not surprised considering he worked with the Toll Bros. Developers in Gowanus to fight against it’s Superfund designation. They were such good friends, the Toll Bros. even threw DeBlasio’s birthday fundraiser party for him! No wonder DeBlasio thought it was cool to place people on top of the most fetid toxic waterways in the country.
Visual artist Stephen Mallon shot this time-lapse video of Rough Trade setting up shop in the new Williamsburg store. Watch [Read more...]
The Water Table brings the elements that Brooklynites and New Yorkers love about eating out: quality food and beverage in an intimate setting with a focus on hospitality. While cruising through the New York Harbor on our historic ship (one of only three vessels of it’s kind from World War II still in service) our customers will enjoy a New England based menu with craft beer, cocktails and wine. The Water Table is a place for locals to dine, relax and enjoy the city that they love.
Here’s the December menu: [Read more...]