Starbucks is trying to open a beer selling second Williamsburg location

Picture via Julia Reinstein for Grubstreet

Picture via Julia Reinstein for Grubstreet

Did you think Starbucks was going to end their entrance into Williamsburg with one little store on Union Ave? No chance. The chain is planning on opening a new location (with a liquor license) right next to the current Dunkin Donuts on Bedford according to DNAinfo:

Coffee House Holdings, Inc., doing business as Starbucks, is asking Community Board 1′s approval for a beer and wine liquor license for 154 N. Seventh St., according to Community Board 1′s agenda for an August public meeting.

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- @joshmorrissey

Video: Teenage Fanclub played River Rocks last night

RiverRocksIn what was probably the only justifiable reason to be hanging out in midtown west this summer, Teenage Fanclub hit Pier 84 last for the latest installment of River Rocks‘ free summer show bonanza. The indie icons churned out a 72-minute mega-set to a crowd that clocked in just shy of Dinosaur Jr.’s at 4Knots appearance in terms of sheer size and I-can’t-fuckin-see-i-tude, deploying all the favorites with a little help from their friends in Honeyblood and Saint Rich. Check out the video and setlist below, and then get ready for Temples, who headline River Rocks’ next rager on August 7th.

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Shake Shack coming to Williamsburg?

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We have not been able to officially confirm this, but a tip came in this morning and we’re keeping our fingers crossed:

Just talked to the construction workers outside N4th & Berry (next to Viva Toro) and the head construction guy said that Shake Shack signed a commercial lease for the space!!

We’ll keep you posted when we hear more.

Joanna Gruesome share “Jerome (Liar),” playing NYC next month

joanna gruesome 12inNoisy pop punks Joanna Gruesome are following up their awesome debut LP, last year’s Weird Sisterwith a gold split 12″ on their own label Reeks of Effort with Trust Fund (it will be released in the US on HHBTM). Each band are contributing 3 tracks, and you can listen to Joanna Gruesome‘s first below. It’s just what you’ve come to expect from the band: brief yet exhausting twee goodness.

You can pre-order the record here (no link for US yet); it’s out September 22nd.

The Welsh band are on tour starting this weekend, and it hits NYC twice. First, an incredible bill at Shea Stadium August 26th, where they play with indie darlings Perfect Pussy, plus alt-punks Potty Mouth and Love of Everything. Tix for that are on sale now, and I’m sure they won’t be for long.

That Friday the 29th, they hit the South Street Seaport with Big Ups for what is sure to be an awesome end of summer (never end, summer) concert. Even better, that one’s FREE. 

Iceage premier new song, announce Bowery Ballroom show

iceage_sep2013_byLawrencePrice15 months ago, on the heels of Iceage’s sophomore effort, You’re Nothing, and awaiting the emergence of related projects like Lower and Vår, you probably heard me barside at some venue in some stupid t-shirt spouting the opinion that Copenhagen was home to the best punk scene on the planet. Since then, however, critical and consumer attentions have strayed, said scene has evolved, and now, looking back on a year dominated by black metal bands and shoegaze start-ups, it all seems like a distant and, given those band’s sonic proclivities, ice-encased memory.

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Menu: The Gorbals is open in Williamsburg

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Reservations are now available, which seems dumb, since this joint is on top of an effin Urban Outfitters. From Eater:

The New York outpost of Ilan Hall’s LA restaurant The Gorbals opens for dinner tonight in Williamsburg’s new Urban Outfitters “concept store” Space Ninety 8. The menu features several dishes cooked over the restaurant’s large wood-fire grill, including lamb ribs, porgy with bonito butter, and bone marrow with hen of the woods mushrooms and creamed walnuts. Other items include banh mi poutine, whole roasted pig head, and the well-known cheeky bacon-wrapped matzo balls. The promised large-format schnitzel “with the hoof still on” turns out to be a “chicken schnitzel with talon.”

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Greenpoint ferry may not be ready tomorrow after all

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G trains stop going to Queens tomorrow at midnight…. FOR FIVE WEEKS. Adding insult to injury, hopes that the ferry would be up and running are more and more unlikely:

The city said earlier this month that the India Street pier would be repaired by the time G service ends for five weeks while crews repair Hurricane Sandy damage to the tube under Newtown Creek, but work on the dock that collapsed into the East River in February is still not done and Greenpointers are feeling the transit squeeze.

“Our options are getting a bit scarce,” said Kendall Kipnas, who lives near the Nassau Avenue stop and usually takes the G into Queens to catch the 7 to work in Manhattan. “This might be pretty miserable.”

One local elected official said he is waiting for the ferry to resume service just like everyone else.

“With the G train outage two days away, anything less than full service before the outage is unacceptable,” said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D–Greenpoint). “The ferry has become a part of Greenpointers’ and northern Brooklynites’ daily life, and it must be treated as such, especially with the outage looming.” [Read more...]

Video: this bearded, hipster douche is a bike thief

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The theft happened on July 14 at 174 North 5th in Williamsburg. Have you seen him? [via]

The NYPD has released surveillance video of a man they say committed grand larceny in Brooklyn. According to investigators, last Monday, July 14, at 8:50 p.m., a man entered 174 North 5th Street in Williamsburg and proceeded to remove a tenant’s Trek bicycle from the stairwell… Call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.