Happy 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.
The last time we checked in with the progress of the 10-tower Greenpoint Landing waterfront development — aka Stephen Levin Towers – we were hearing concerns from the community about the decision to dig in a polluted Superfund site. Now, that they’ve officially broken ground — don’t breathe until they’re done — they’ve released more details about the project.
The developer behind the massive 10-tower waterfront Greenpoint Landing project on Friday broke ground on construction of the first three buildings in the complex, which will contain entirely below-market-rate units. [Read more...]
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!
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.
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.
Old 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.
Last 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...]
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
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...]