Brooklyn Barge Bar finally opening for ticketed event on July 4


Brooklyn Barge Bar, credit Inhabitat

After multiple delays in June, Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Barge Bar will finally open next weekend with a ticketed July 4th event. Tickets are pricey — a whopping $125. Um, welcome to the neighborhood. But at least that includes drinks, dinner, and a decent view.

Brooklyn Barge Bar will be hosting a ticketed event for fireworks viewing on July 4th. Below are all the details you’ll need about tickets and the event. Please review these details carefully. Because of crowd control and security there are very specific logistical items that need to be followed. Happy 4th All!

Adults $125.00
Kids under 12 $40.00

Tickets include Beer, Wine, Soda, Water, Juice open bar from 6 pm to 10pm (or when the fireworks stop) and a BBQ buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad and all the fixin’s.

Purchase tickets here.

Top 5 shows of the weekend


Looks like we’re in for a rainy weekend in parts, but that’s ok as you can spend plenty of time indoors at various concerts. If we don’t have anything blue (skies) then at least I can recommend something old, something new, and something borrowed, in this week’s column.

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Bushwick Bar Old Stanley’s backyard opens next week

oldstanleysOld Stanley’s has been my go-to bar since it opened about eighteen months ago. There’s nothing gimmicky about it like a lot of the other watering holes that have opened in the Bushwick/Ridgewood area over the past year or two. It’s staffed by and frequented by friendly folks who are down to watch hockey and, judging by the posters on the walls, dig B-level Rodney Dangerfield movies. Jets to Brazil, Government Issue and Mercyful Fate records are in the jukebox. Their cheap bottle is Labatt Blue. If there’s Bushwick bar that the late, great “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes would drink at, it’d be Old Stanley’s. I almost don’t want to write about it because I don’t want to ruin it.

But I am, because I’d be remiss to not FINALLY give them a long overdue Free Willy shoutout, and I’d be doing everyone in the outdoor drinking-deprived DeKalb and Myrtle/Wyckoff area a disservice by failing to share the fantastic news that their backyard is finally opening next week.

If you’ve never been, Old Stanley’s is located at 226 Wyckoff Avenue, in between Menahan and Grove. Protip: stop by Cholula Deli next door for some of the best tacos in the hood, sans the crazy crowds typical of Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos.

Photo via Facebook.

Eyewitness gives gruesome details about the man beaten to death outside the Charleston

michael-sappLast week we were sad to report that 33-year-old Michael Sapp, who was an employee of Williamsburg’s The Bagel Store, had passed away. Details are still spotty, but an eyewitness related what he saw to Gothamist. He claims that bystanders stood idly by taking pictures of Sapp instead of calling 9-11. This story just keeps getting worse:

Christopher, who did not want his last name used because he lives in the neighborhood and fears retaliation, said he was just outside of the bar with a few friends last Saturday when two men approached, stopped just outside the fence around the outdoor seating area, and one of them, skinny and bleeding profusely through his white shirt, began yelling at the bouncer to let him in…
[Sapp is] like, “I’m gonna fucking kill everybody! Where the fuck is that guy? He needs to come out here right now. I wanna fight him!” He’s screaming at everyone and he’s cussing. The security guard was like, “Dude, you should leave. You should have never came back. Why did you come back?” [Read more...]

Nicolas Jaar drops surprise album, download it for free now

Last night Nicolas Jaar ended his post-Darkside silence with the surprise release of an alternate soundtrack to Sergei Parajanov’s 1969 avant-garde Soviet film The Colour of Pomegranates. You can download it for free here. In addition to the album, the file contains artwork and a note about the album from Jaar. Apparently, some of it was intended for A&E’s zombie show “The Returned.”

Maybe Oneohtrix Point Never will do a score to Holy Mountain next.

Photo by Callie Barlow

Review: No Joy at Baby’s All Right – short but sweet (or sweat?)


Last night I caught No Joy at Baby’s All Right. It was a steamy evening, and I headed to South Williamsburg after getting caught in a monsoon in Bushwick. The rain didn’t help the heat, though, so upon entering the back room of Baby’s, I felt sticky and so did the atmosphere in the relatively small space.

That atmosphere, however, added to the beautiful din that No Joy brought to the stage. If you’ve heard their new record More Faithful – and are familiar with the loud shoegaze grunge that was 2013′s Wait to Pleasure (one of my favorite records of that year) — you know that it has an abundance of lighter, more ethereal moments than its predecessor. If you haven’t heard either of them, get on it here and here. Jazamine White-Gluz’s vocals also tend to be more in the forefront on Faithful, whereas on their other albums and EPs, they are obscured in reverb and haze. I admit it took some getting used to, but it’s grown on me, and what really sealed the deal was hearing the new tracks live.

They went back and forth between tracks from Faithful and Pleasure at Baby’s. Their set was sadly brief (about 35 minutes) but still sounded really great. The three guitars were loud and dissonant, but the layering of their sounds made the overall effect rather dreamy. The smoke machines and warm, neon-pastel (and pass out) lighting aided this. [Read more...]

JMZ rents by stop


As a follow-up to their report on rent prices along the L line, Brick Underground has a handy guide to rent prices along the JMZ. Not surprisingly, rents closer to Manhattan are overall more pricey. Also, rents have risen a staggering 43.9 percent at the increasingly trendy Myrtly-Wyckoff stop:

As with the L train data, we asked Streeteasy to crunch the numbers, pulling the median rental price within a five-block radius of each stop based on active listings for May 2015. “Some of the highest rents along the JMZ lines are exactly where you would expect them to be: the westernmost points near Williamsburg,” Streeteasy data scientist Alan Lightfeldt tells us. “The Lorimer Street, Hewes Street, and Marcy Avenue stops have the most expensive rentals on the whole. However, rents in areas to the east are growing fast.” … [Read more...]

Ooh Dream Weaver… DIY this weekend

Photo courtesy of Freeheart Project

Photo courtesy of Freeheart Project

Craft away your nightmares with a Dream Weaving workshop hosted by Freeheart Project, a Brooklyn-based alternative bridal shop, this Sunday, June 28 in Greenpoint. Hurry, sign-up ends soon. [Read more...]