Reality show boyfriend knifed at Output

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via TMZ

Welcome to the new Williamsburg:

The boyfriend of “Mob Wives” star Natalie Guercio got knifed in a Brooklyn nightclub last night … TMZ has learned. London Rene has a huge wound on the right side of his face after the attack in Output Club. He’s hospitalized, and from what he told cops … lucky to be alive.According to NYPD … Rene says a man walked up to him with a box cutter and sliced his face … and then cut his left arm and abdomen. The stabber fled the scene, but Rene told cops he knows the guy. Rene was taken to the hospital by ambulance. We’re told Natalie was standing by Rene’s side during the attack.

FREEwilliamsburg’s Top 25 Albums of 2014

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Photo via BK Mag

2014 will be a year bookended by loss in Williamsburg. When 285 Kent closed its doors in January, it was like a shotgun blast through the heart of the local music community. While it was true that Williamsburg had been condofying for years, and spots like Monster Island, Secret Project Robot, Zebulon and Galapagos had been long shuttered, it was first of the area’s “last stand” to fall. Death By Audio followed months later, and in a little more than a week, Glasslands will follow to close out the year.

“DIY” in Williamsburg may be a dead concept, but it’s important to remember that independent music venues are always transient. It’s particularly depressing that everything closed in the blink of an eye, but there are still lots of venues keeping it real in and around Williamsburg. Times change and places close, but great music never goes away, and the twenty-five albums below prove that.

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happn celebrates 1 million users

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happn celebrates 1 million users!

 Since its launch earlier this year, happn, a cool new app fresh out of Paris, has been taking New York by storm. The app helps you find the people you’ve crossed paths with, providing a solution to all those missed encounters. After barely ten months of connecting people around the world, the app has already reached 1 million users and to celebrate we caught up with Jenna, one of the app’s many success stories hailing from the Big Apple.

 Jenna, who downloaded happn when it was introduced in New York last September, explains how she took her chance on happn and hasn’t looked back since:

 “After a week of chatting with Tom on the app, we had our first date. We were both quite nervous at first, but the chemistry was there. After years of dating websites, speed dating and any other dating stuff I’ve tried, I’ve finally found someone who’s perfect for me. The funny thing is that he’s also been living on Bedford Avenue for years, two blocks away! We found out we both party at Output – how come we’d never met? If it wasn’t for I would never have found this absolute gem of a human being!”

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Concord Hill is now open in former home of Williamsburg’s Sel de Mar

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Angelo Romano at Concord Hill; credit BK Mag

We miss Sel de Mar, but this looks promising:

Angelo Romano, the Roberta’s alum who made his name with inventive plating and flavor combinations at Masten Lake and the Pines, found his new job in a rather pedestrian way: an ad on Craigslist. It was placed by Kate Grossheim and Szoke Schaeffer, former employees of the Westville mini-chain and residents of Williamsburg, who, with Westville partner Jay Strauss, have converted the former Sel de Mer space into an American restaurant called Concord Hill, which is slated to open by this weekend. [Read more...]

Top 5 shows of the weekend

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5) Lemuria, Slothrust, Aspiga, The Young Leaves, Prince at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Dating someone from Buffalo for three years gives you a certain appreciation for much of Western New York, including but by no means limited to Lemuria. The indie punk trio, in addition to putting on a tight live show, have been steadily cranking out overlooked LPs for years now, earning the right to more attention than they’ve received, but such is the nature of the music industry. Consider this weekend’s headlining slot at Brooklyn Night Bazaar then, a just due. It’s free as always and sure to be packed to the ping pong tables with holiday cheer, so make sure to get out there and have some fun before “quality” family fun comes calling.

Saturday, doors at 7pm

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REVIEW: Flosstradamus’s #HDYNATION Tour Misses the Point

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Five-Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six-Hundred Ratchets. Is that the set of Broadway’s beloved show RENT, or are these dudes in bullet proof vests going to attempt to get us more TURNT than LGBT issues and the AIDS crisis? (Seriously tho, doesn’t the #HDYNATION production legit look like HDYRENT?) Saturday night’s performance had me begging the question, “How do you balance an elaborate ‘Fuckthapolice-a-thon’ with a multi-level stage show?” When will the crowd get tired of you throwing water bottles at them? Did they really just launch a tiny pine tree into the crowd? Fuck, that really looks like RENT, except everyone here has HPV instead of HIV.

Several of the aforementioned elements had me wondering what’s truly important when it comes to putting together a fully realized tour. And I came to the conclusion that maybe when you’re a DJ duo that excels at playing singles, you should stick with that approach rather than attempting to grasp for a storyline that doesn’t exist. At the very least, avoid building a storyline about poverty, discrimination, corruption and adversity that is so far away from the truth for the target audience to which you’re playing. I’m just saying, what do a bunch of underage, rich white kids with Taylor Swift Disease know about being hood? I can guarantee you they know more about the hit musical RENT, so maybe that was the inspiration. Or maybe I should just get off my high horse and enjoy a silly EDM show for what it is: FUN.

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The Heyward restaurant now occupying former Zebulon space in Williamsburg

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The Heyward; credit: Eater

We’ll forever miss Zebulon, but clearly we need another overly-precious seafood restaurant.

The old Zebulon concert venue, which sat empty for over two years, reopened last night as the home of the Southern Atlantic restaurant, The Heyward. The newcomer, which is a project from one half of the team behind pseudo-secret West Village restaurant Hudson Clearwater, has what might be described as a classic Brooklyn look to it. There’s a tin ceiling, a large curving raw bar stocked with oysters, park bench-inspired wood banquettes, exposed white brick, and marble tables. The menu still isn’t official, but chef Derek Orrell, a Locanda Verde vet, had a chilled lobster salad with cayenne butter, a she crab soup, and grilled pork chop on the menu last night.

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The Heyward
258 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249

INTERVIEW: Josh Wink

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Josh Wink performs at the first-ever Time Warp US Festival (Photo by Jeff Thibodeau Photography)

Josh Wink doesn’t feel the need to have a photographer on stage with him to capture that standard DJ shot, with his hands in the air. He doesn’t care how hard you fist pump at his show (or “pogo” as he tends to say in European interviews because the phrase has sexual connotations overseas – you do the math). And call him old-fashioned, but he refuses to flood his Instagram with selfies. “I just don’t see how a picture of me sitting at an airport is interesting,” the house DJ and producer says. “I’m probably over thinking it.”

When Wink isn’t contemplating the self-important implications that come along with using social media, he’s playing sold-out clubs in Ibiza, signing artists to his electronic music label, Ovum Recordings, and spending time at home in Philadelphia with his 3-year-old son. Becoming a parent hasn’t taken the electronic legend off the road, but it has made going out on dates with his long-time girlfriend a bit more difficult. “We just went to our second movie since our son was born, and I guess that’s just part of our life as being 40-year-old parents,” Wink says. However, a recent trip to the cinema became a much more introspective experience than the musician had anticipated.

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