Our cartoonishly crankly billionaire ex-mayor finally doing something we can get behind

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When he wasn’t bending over to Wall Street fat cats or real estate moguls, Bloomberg was always an admirably outspoken crusader for gun control. For his first big project since leaving office, he’s decided to up the ante and take on the NRA and the Koch brothers directly with his own gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety. (We know, terrible name.) He’s tossing in $50 million of his own money and says “we’ve got to make [politicians] afraid of us.” If anyone can out-bully the NRA, its Bloomberg. He’s undoubtedly an expert on the matter — just ask Fran. [Read more...]

New Madrid at CAMEO on Saturday

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On the last leg of the tour supporting their sophomore album Sunswimmer, New Madrid is playing CAMEO this Saturday. Sunswimmer is the quintessential new sound of Southern rock. The album is not too hard hitting, but still has an edge, a little dreamy at times with a touch of drawl. The upbeat, distorted guitar riffs over a steady beat topped with melodic, echoing vocals feel like a drunken Sunday afternoon below the blue Georgia sky.

New Madrid formed in 2010, when most members lived in Tennessee. Finally, the band decided to end the long distance relationship and move in together in a converted barn less than five minutes from their recording studio, joining lead vocalist Phil McGill in the small college town of Athens, Ga. The band felt like it was a better fit for them than “Music City” Nashville, and I couldn’t agree more. [Read more...]

Northside Festival adds Beirut , The War On Drugs and more to lineup

beirutBrooklyn’s Northside Festival (June 12-19) has added Beirut and The War On Drugs their lineup. The shows will take place 50 Kent (the venue formerly known as Williamsburg Park). From [Read more...]

Whisk: a better on-demand car service app for Williamsburg and NYC

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If you’re looking for the best way to get around from Williamsburg, look no further than Whisk, the newest on-demand car service app in the city, which just added more than 100 app-activated cars in Williamsburg. This means that when you want a ride, Whisk has you covered.

New riders get $10 off any ride originating from Williamsburg. Use code WB10 to redeem.

With Whisk, you’ll be using a consumer-friendly interface with pricing displayed like in a cab ride; you’ll have real-time control; and you’ll be able to switch between personal and corporate profiles without having to log in and out. Rides with Whisk are generally within 10-20 percent of the cost of a taxi rides. Bonus!

And, Whisk regularly comes up with new innovations for its subscribers – from the Ride Pass, offering flat-rate weekly memberships for unlimited rides, to Priority Peak, a loyalty program that allows regular riders to jump the queue when demand is highest and bypass any surcharges related to peak travel.

Try it out by downloading the app at http://get.whisk.me.

Offer terms:
Riders should use code WB10 to register. Offer is valid for new riders only. Should a ride cost less than $10, the remaining amount is forfeited. Gratuity and tolls are not included. Offer is valid until June 1, 2014.

Greenpoint couple found dead in hot tub

hottubA Greenpoint couple were found dead in their hot tub at their Nassau Avenue apartment on Sunday. The 58-year-old Jacek Crockiewitz and his 66-year-old girlfriend Alicia Wieczorkiewicz were discovered with an almost empty gallon bottle of Tanqueray Sterling vodka nearby. From [Read more...]

Summer Will Be Wetter, Hotter Than Usual

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This summer is going to suck majorly, the New York Post reports. You thought winter was bad? Fuck you. You can always put on more clothes. You can only take off so much, though, and last time I checked it’s still illegal to be fully nude in this city.

Sandi Duncan, managing editor for Farmer’s Almanac (which is still a thing, apparently), told the Post that, “It looks like it’s going to be an oppressively hot and humid summer for the New York area.”

Oh, and we’re also going to get a hurricane in September. It’s shaping up to be a pretty shitty summer.

Greenpoint is getting a huge convention center on Franklin Street

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In addition to Urban Outfitters and Stephen Levin Towers, here’s something else no one in the neighborhood wants. An expo center:

The Brooklyn EXPO is located in the thriving neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It is a new concept for a historical neighborhood that is now emerging as a frontier of culture in the Brooklyn scene. The Brooklyn EXPO is a unique physical structure with excellent access to New York City and multiple hubs of transportation. The property boasts a beautiful glass exterior and a large open floor plan that can be used in whole or can be divided to create multiple rooms or for smaller functions. This allows for unlimited flexibility; add in high ceilings, a loading dock, cafeteria space, office space, parking and on site storage for pre-event shipping, Brooklyn EXPO expects to cater to wide array of clients. The Brooklyn EXPO will be able to handle large scale productions of public events, private events, conferences, company meetings, conventions, product launches, receptions, multi media events and banquet seating for up to 2200 people. The specs below outline the space and location below will show you that we are offering something that cannot be found in Brooklyn at this time.

More information about Brooklyn EXPO (no idea why that’s in caps) here.

Coming soon to Williamsburg: Taiwanese Night Market

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This looks delicious. Get your tickets here.

TAP-NY will be holding its third annual Taiwanese Night Market on Friday, April 25th. For one night only, we’ll be transforming a Williamsburg warehouse into a one of a kind delicious and traditional experience. An event flyer is attached.

Attendees get a “Passport to Night Market” with which they’re entitled to a dish from each of our hand picked vendors – some are totally new to NYC, some are a Night Market exclusive, and others are well known.

A-Pou Dumplings – Pan fried dumplings, just like from a Taiwanese mother’s kitchen.
General Tso’Boy – A never before seen vendor making its debut, an Asian twist on the classic Po’boy sandwich
Macaron Parlour – A delectable array of unconventional macarons
Nom Wah Tea Parlour – Catered food from the first dim sum parlour in NYC
Outerborough – Outerborough, a Brooklyn Flea staple, is bringing a new dish…the time-honored night market and Taiwanese staple: stinky tofu
Sweet Pleasure Confections – Delicious Asian inspired sweets
Taicken Chicken – Making their glorious return, Taicken continues to impress with delicious Taiwanese popcorn chicken…and a brand new hand crafted dish
Thirstea - A tasty twist on bubble tea, this isn’t your run of the mill drink
TKettle - Authentic and delicious Taiwanese candied fruit
Wooly’s - Authentic, healthy, and delicious shaved snow topped with fresh fruit and sumptuous syrup