Have you seen this Judy Blume book? This dude is in some serious trouble!


Someone is totally in the dog house for giving this Judy Blume book away. Spotted all over Greenpoint:

I accidentally gave this book away on Saturday July 25th in a box on the corner of Green & Franklin. This book is extremely important to my wife. It was a keepsake from her mother and is irreplaceable. On the inside cover is a note that reads “Christmas 1991.” If you happened to pick up this book can you please get in touch with me.

Out In The Streets Festival returns with Mr. Twin Sister, Total Slacker and more

Ridgewood’s Onderdonk House is the kind of place you’d visit on an elementary school field trip. Historical lectures, pumpkin picking, craft classes and guided tours hosted by the local historical society are some of the activities typically provided by the space’s curators; save for one August weekend each year when the folks behind the Out In The Streets fest move in with craft beers, food vendors and all of your favorite local indie rock bands.

This year’s fest, which starts on Saturday, August 1, has a great lineup, headlined by dream-pop vets Mr. Twin Sister, slack punks Total Slacker, and Slumberland-devotees Air Waves. Local vendors curated by Ridgewood Market will he hocking their wares, plus food and drink from Archie’s, Montana’s Trailhouse, The Doe Foundation, Wyckoff Starr and Strangeways will be available.

Tickets are still on sale and run $35 for the weekend or $20 per day. [Read more...]

Some asshole cut down a tree to steal a bike in Williamsburg


Grand Street between Driggs and Roebling; credit: DNA

We’re not sure how no one saw this happening, but talk about persistence!

A thief sawed down a 25-foot tree to steal a bicycle locked to its trunk last week, according to locals.

Christopher Ryan said his friend locked a bike to a tree in front of 242 Grand St., between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street, overnight last week — a move Ryan acknowledged was illegal and carries a $1,000 fine.

Ralph Lauren is joining J. Crew on Wythe Ave.

Photo via Jason Ritcher on Twitter

Photo via Jason Ritcher on Twitter

Jason Richter spotted this sign going up on North 3rd and Wythe in Williamsburg near the J. Crew. Oh well.

(h/t Gothamist)

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

locrianWith the dog days looming and a fistful of rad releases in wait, let’s forego the pleasantries this week in lieu of sheer, cold-hearted efficiency. Something tells me I won’t hear too many complaints about that when all is said and done, anyway.

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Vice had over $16,000 worth of laptops stolen from their new Williamsburg office

 Photo by Spencer Heyfron for Newsweek

Photo by Spencer Heyfron for Newsweek

Vice had their new office (in the former Glasslands location) on South Second robbed of over $16,000 worth of laptops last week. From Brooklyn Paper:

sometime during the evening of July 14, and made off with 11 laptops worth over $16,000, according to a report.

The thief entered the building at S. Second Street and Kent Avenue through a second-story window that was left open overnight, police said.

Staffers realized they had been ripped off the next morning when they discovered the MacBooks had vanished and some of the office’s furniture had been disturbed, cops said.

Top 5 shows of the weekend


Good news everyone, NASA just discovered Keplar-452b, a bigger, older cousin to Earth, I can’t wait for the tripadvisor reviews. A little closer to home, so far this week we’ve talked craft beer pubssmelly Greenpoint, and the Forecastle music festival, and some of the FW music team will be heading out to a ballgame. Well, it seems like a good excuse to drink outside. In any case, the weekend is going to be scorchio, so once again, stay hydrated, remember sunscreen, and avoid direct sunlight by drinking beer indoors when the opportunity presents itself. Here are the top 5 shows of the weekend…

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REVIEW: Forecastle Festival 2015

My Morning Jacket

Jim James of My Morning Jacket brought plenty of hometown energy at this weekend’s Forecastle Festival in Louisville.

Photos by Steve Liskiewicz

Lovers of music, bourbon and all things Kentucky came together over the weekend for a 3-day arts and music festival that proved once again that Louisville is rocking some VERY COOL VIBES. Competing with other major festivals in close proximity like Bonnaroo and Bunbury, organizers of Forecastle Music Festival had plenty of work cut out for them in terms of booking quality acts and convincing ticket buyers that this was the festival in which to commit. Landing headliners like British soul/pop singer Sam Smith, hometown natives My Morning Jacket and longtime jam staple Widespread Panic, certainly didn’t hurt.

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