Deals at Beacon’s Closet this weekend


One year ago, much-loved thrift store Beaon’s Closet left its home on North 11th  for a trek up to Greenpoint. The new location is bigger than before, meaning more rad vintage digs to sift through. To commemorate the move, the store is having a two-day sale. Details below!

Beacon’s Closet is celebrating the one year anniversary of its flagship store’s move to Greenpoint with a special promotion the last weekend of March. Come shop the racks at 74 Guernsey St. and save on everything you need for your spring wardrobe. It is our way of thanking all of our customers who have made our first year in Greenpoint such a successful one!

Saturday March 28 + Sunday March 29 at the Greenpoint Store only:

Spend $100 + get 10% off
Spend $150 + get 15% off
Spend $200 + get 20% off

Blue Tags are 50% off

Even Abbi and Illana love it.

Top 5 shows of the weekend


It’s already been a fine week for gigs so far, with neo-classical being the order of things until now (reviews for A Winged Victory for the Sullen and Max Richter coming soon!), but it’s time to swap bowed instruments for guitars, and a bit of brass, with the weekend choices.

5) The Budos Band at Brooklyn Bowl
Daptone Records’ The Budos Band returned last year with Burnt Offering, their first record in four years, the album captures their funk roots but adds some trippier, darker tones to their sound. It’s a fine marriage and Brooklyn Bowl will be grooving in a sea of bass and brass. Friday and Saturday (doors 6pm, show 9pm)

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“I Hate Being Single” – funny Williamsburg web series from original Broad City director


Are you watching I Hate Being Single? You should be because it’s funny and it takes place in Williamsburg. The director, Rob Michael Hugel, launched Season 2 in February and the humor will remind you of early Broad City webisodes. Here’s Episode 3 from the new season, starring Shalyah Evans of Girl Code and many local settings:

Catch up with Episode 1 of the new season below: [Read more...]

Over the Counter: This Week in New and Interesting Music

superunison“Over the Counter” is a column focused on new and interesting music that isn’t heavily featured on major music blogs. In this edition: Super Unison, Antwon, Föllakzoid, and Big Ups. [Read more...]

A photo homage to North Brooklyn’s former DIY scene


Dan Deacon, 285 Kent. May 21, 2011; credit: Richard Gin

If you missed Cloud City’s homage to the (largely) defunct DIY scene in Williamsburg and Bushwick, Slate has posted a handful of great photos from Death By Audio, 285 Kent, The Shank and more:

In the last few years, skyrocketing rents and neighborhood changes have killed some of Brooklyn’s favorite DIY, or “do-it-yourself,” music venues. This month, they got one more celebratory send-off with an exhibit, “RIP DIY,” which was on display at Brooklyn’s Cloud City. Featuring the work of 20 photographers, it showed these independent venues during their glory days, when the bands were loud, the drinks were cheap (and often available for those under age), and the party seemed like it might never stop. Curator Nicki Ishmael, whose photographs were also included in the exhibit, lived in the Williamsburg venue Dead Herring for more than five years before it closed in January 2013. The shutdown followed a trend in the neighborhood, one that has since continued with the recent closings of Glasslands Gallery and Death by Audio. [Read more...]

Williamsburg businesses are fighting the upcoming L train shutdown

In case you forgot, spring is basically being ruined by the fare-raising/surplus rockin‘ MTA, which plans to shut down L train service between Bedford and 8th Ave for SIX weekends beginning April 11. It seems like something like this happens every year, but this time around, local businesses are protesting the springtime service change.

The shutdowns, which will halt L train service between Bedford Avenue and Eighth Avenue from April 11 to May 18, will happen just as foot traffic picks up and revives cash flow, business owners said.

“Spring is like the height — that’s the peak,” said Joseph Franquinha, owner of Crest Hardware and Urban Garden Center at 558 Metropolitan Ave., who relies on the spring gardening season for business. [Read more...]

65-year-old Williamsburg man punched in the face for walking his ‘Pussy Dog’

A 65-year-old man was punched in the face while walking his dog on Grand Street by a much younger assailant. From DNA Info:

The victim was walking on Grand Street near Graham Avenue on Tuesday, March 17 around 12:10 a.m. when the suspect tried to pet his dog, police said.

The suspect, who was about 20 years old, said, “I got two pit bulls and your dog is a p—y” before hitting the victim in the face, causing swelling, redness and a bloody nose, police said.

It was unclear what kind of dog the victim owned.

Is there such thing as a dog hate crime?

- @joshmorrissey

Cards Against Humanity Brooklyn coming soon


The teaser card above isn’t giving us much hope that this won’t suck, but head over to Kickstarter to get the ball rolling. From Brooklyn Magazine:

The expansion is being funded through Kickstarter by Long Islander Michael Sarrantonio, who’s seeking $1000 for production. Backers will get first dibs at the new 54-card pack, which features questions like “What does the R train smell like?” and answers that include “the ghost of Biggie Smalls” and “Gentrification.” [Read more...]