Where did the mysterious tie-dye store in Greenpoint come from?

starhawkIf you have walked through Greenpoint in the past six months or so you may have noticed one storefront on Manhattan Ave that looks out of place. In a neighborhood where places of business frequently are forced to leave due to rising rent prices a store full of seemingly outdated tye-dyed items appeared. When walking by with friends recently we joked that it must be a phony front for some nefarious activity, thankfully the New Yorker investigated and it is very real:

I also learned that, although Starhawk Design Studio might seem thrown together, Starhawk’s business outside the store is booming: he designed the backdrops for MOMA’s PS1 series over the summer and created two huge banners for High Times magazine. He makes bulk T-shirt orders on commission, and he said the demand is almost more than he can handle. And yet, during the day, he chooses to sit inside the store, at an easel he has set up near the front, making on-demand designs for customers who drop in.

Read more at The New Yorker.

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

cover_Inquisition_BloodshedAcrossBelieve or not, the final release week of August—and ostensibly, the summer—is upon us, so let’s send it out with bang shall we?

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Top 5 shows of the weekend

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No small-talk, go have fun this weekend. Suggestions below (also, eat ice cream)!

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Have you seen this sick bastard who stole a puppy in Bushwick?

The incident happened on Monday at Knickerbocker Laundry Station in Bushwick:

A man was caught on video stealing a 4-month-old puppy named Pippen from a locked room in a Bushwick laundromat Monday afternoon, police said. [Read more...]

Taculito pop-up serving tacos at Brooklyn Safehouse

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We already loved Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Safehouse, but now they’ve gotten even better. That’s because this under-the-radar bar now has TACOS on Fridays from 7pm-1am:

The tortillas are handmade on site (and it’s actually pretty cool to watch them smash them by hand), which gives each one a unique texture. All their ingredients are sourced with care, to be as close to a legit Mexico City taco as possible. The pair were inspired by the colorful and tiny taco stands that are ubiquitous there… [Read more...]

Win A Pair of Tix to Dark Disco on The Roof Feat. REZZ

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The heat wave has broken and summer seems to be winding down (NOOO!), which means there’s no better time to hit Output’s lovely rooftop for frozen margaritas, breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and most importantly, incredible music. This Saturday August 27th, Dark Disco on the Roof host’s Mau5trap’s newest hero, REZZ. And I use the word hero because I’m having a hard time believing that this gal is mortal. REZZ has been booked on practically every electronic festival lineup this year from Holy Ship to HARD Summer to Camp Bisco to Shambhala to … I could go on for way longer than this post dictates.

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One of Greenpoint’s most iconic dive bars is closing

(credit Joe Kowalski)

(credit Joe Kowalski)

If you haven’t been to the Palace Cafe, which is on the edge of McGolrick Park, swing by before they close on September 3. This 83-year-old gem is truly a slice of history. We’re going to be very sad to see them shutter, but thankfully we’ll still have jello shots at Capri Social Club to ease the pain — at least for now. From Gothamist:

The bar began life in 1933 and has been owned by the same family since then. It’s more of a dive in spirit than in cracked linoleum and stale beer odors, timeworn though many of the features may be. [Read more...]

Nada Surf playing two NYC shows in September

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Nada Surf return home for a couple of shows in September, firstly at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday the 17th and then Bowery Ballroom on the 18th. Now officially a quartet in the last few years with the addition of guitar maestro Doug Gillard, they will play as a trio for the Music Hall show while he has re-joined Guided By Voices, they’ll be back to a four-piece at Bowery Ballroom (now, how about a GBV/Nada Surf combined show?!).

I’ve previously mentioned that Nada Surf should be considered one of the all time New York greats, and their most recent album, You Know Who You Are, only adds weight to that claim. Released in March on Barsuk Records, it’s another stellar collection of power-pop with perhaps Matthew Caws’ most heartfelt lyrics to date. Few writers can turn a song on its head or throw out a lyric that seems inconspicuous on a first impression and then a masterstroke on further reflection quite like him.

You can watch the two videos from the album, Cold to See Clear and Rushing below.

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