El Cortez: Commodore alums open Mexican restaurant in Bushwick with Tiki-style cocktails

El Cortez 17 Ingraham Street, 347-599-2976 credit: Melissa Hom, Grub Street

El Cortez
17 Ingraham Street, 347-599-2976
credit: Melissa Hom, Grub Street

Tex-Mex gets a bad name in this town, but with the opening of El Cortez in Bushwick that may begin to change. From Eater:

The Commodore’s Stephen Tanner and Chris Young have a new big space called El Cortez. The team sort of intentionally ignores any notion about what a Mexican place “should” be, and rather includes dishes and ideas from what Tanner calls “all three Mexicans,” reports Grub Street. Those three include American Mexican, “hot plate Mexican,” and “Mexican-Mexican.” [Read more...]

Make Some Noise for Valentino Khan at Output this Wednesday

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As if the announcement of the Holy Ship lineup wasn’t enough to rock all of our Monday boats, there’s plenty more reasons that it’s hard as eff to get anything done today. Owsla hardstyle/bass artist Valentino Khan will be gracing Brooklyn with his very awesome presence this Wednesday, 7/8, when he headlines at Output. [Read more...]

New GIRLS intern Malia Obama was on set in Williamsburg

photo via @PageSix

photo via @PageSix

According to the Daily Mail, Williamsburg’s newest intern is none other than Malia Obama:

Malia was spotted on the set of Girls on Thursday and reportedly has landed a summer internship with Lena Dunham’s critically-acclaimed HBO show, TMZ revealed.

The soon-to-be 17-year-old, whose birthday is on Saturday, was seen at the Aurora Ristorante in Brooklyn

Hey good for you Malia for somehow scoring that internship and good for Aurora for getting more press than they probably ever could have paid for. Let’s just hope Lena Dunham doesn’t bring the Secret Service into any of our favorite dive bars. See more pics at The Daily Mail.

- @joshmorrissey

Graffiti wars in Bushwick as artist murals are replaced by corporate ads

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credit Bushwick Daily

Sadly, this is a fitting metaphor for what’s happening throughout Brooklyn.

On 247 Starr St., near the Jefferson L train stop, a billboard plastered with AT&T ads covers a mural where the “Bushwick Collective” signature can still be spotted in the corner.

Movie posters and more AT&T ads were recently put on the side of 427 Troutman St., covering the only work that a group of Russian artists did outside of their home country. [Read more...]

Top 5 shows of the weekend

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I guess something is happening this weekend, right? Something about independence day, I forget, I did watch that documentary with Will Smith all those years ago. There are some fireworks to see as well. If you’re just looking to rock out with hopefully an extra day off to enjoy, we’ve got you covered too.

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Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks in Brooklyn, 2015

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This year, Macy’s will be having fireworks at two separate locations: 1.) a double barge barge just south of the Brooklyn Bridge, and 2.)  at a series of barges between East 23rd and 42nd Streets. Unlike last year, where it was hard to see much of anything from North Brooklyn, the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront will be ideal places to see the big show.

WHERE TO SEE THE FIREWORKS

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As always, DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights will have fantastic views and most waterfront locations, including Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 and the Promenade, are open to the public. You can also head the Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar if you don’t mind shelling out $125. [Read more...]

Farm on Kent to host July 4th event and begin outdoor dinner series this month

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Starting this month, Williamsburg’s Farm on Kent will begin hosting events on the lot adjacent to the Domino Sugar Factory, at South Fourth and North Kent. The first event is this Saturday, as visitors are encouraged to come watch the fireworks beside the East River and Williamsburg Bridge:

We’ve been spreading soil and plants throughout a parcel of land along the East River, and this Independence Day it will be made accessible to the public for the time in over 150 years. Join us and your neighbors for an evening of fireworks, farm-to-table tacos and a slice of South Williamsburg history. [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

Mutoid-ManHappy early Independence Day, everyone. If you’re looking for a fireworks factory worth of new metal to help get you from here to wherever it is you’ll be watching Randy Quaid fly a fighter jet into the g-spot of an alien space station this weekend, then we have just what you need. Crack something domestic and give it a spin.

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