‘Luxury’ Williamsburg building formerly owned by murdered slumlord issued order to vacate


Landlord Menachem Stark was murdered earlier this year

What terrible news for the tenants, delivered just before Thanksgiving:

The residents of a pricey Williamsburg apartment building with a history of unpermitted construction were forced out last week after the Department of Buildings found that the building “has questionable structural integrity.” The Bedford Lofts complex was taken over in 2014 by the brother-in-law of landlord and developer Menachem Stark, after Stark was kidnapped and his burned body was found in a dumpster in Long Island. A studio in the building at South Fourth Street and Bedford Avenue was listed for $5,250 until this afternoon. [Read more...]

Dear Brooklyn: Get Your Free Guest Pass to Crunch



In this season of gratefulness and food comas, what better to be thankful for than your body? It’s happily gotten you through a Thanksgiving meal and even the desserts you thought you didn’t have room for. At Crunch, we believe in making serious fitness fun. So come as you are with a free 3-day guest pass and soak up all the awesome you can for that body of yours!

While you’re at it, we’ve got everything you need to get pumped to get pumped: cool stuff like personal trainers, badass group fitness classes like Zumba ® and Yoga Body Sculpt, top-of-the line cardio machines, and weight training equipment. If that doesn’t cut it, HydroMassage® and tanning beds are also available to help get you through a bleak winter of trekking for take-out (no judgments).

With Crunch gyms throughout the borough, there’s no need to worry about the cost of your membership. You can join Crunch at our Bushwick, Crown Heights, or Greenpoint locations for as low as $9.95/month by clicking here. Or, snag this free 3-day guest pass to try out our other Brooklyn clubs.

See you on the gym floor!

Brooklyn Electronic Dance Round Up: Thanksgiving Weekend Edition

It’s an unseasonably warm weekend and I hope you’re all making the best of it! Now that Thanksgiving’s a wrap, we can all celebrate that great American pastime, Black Friday. Yes, we’re all going to stock up on things we don’t really need, but after what’s done is done, there’s the release of good times and good music tonight in the burg. Starting up north we’ve got Wolf + Lamb regulars, No Regular Play performing their signature live jazzy, electronic set alongside pals Slow Hands, Justin Miller, and Tom of England. Then, on Saturday it’s off to N11th where the brash electronica of Tiga sets the stage with Shaded and Contakt. Head into Bushwick where The Long Count presents the deep and moody sounds of Dekmantel’s Joey Anderson. Just down the road, locals Volvox and Divorce spin a mash of techno and house at the intimate Trans Pecos. Then for those riding late into after hours, there’s a secret Soultek party where NYC regular, Willie Graff plays uplifting house music into those early hours. Enjoy your weekend Brooklyn!

- @evvnmichael


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Bun-ker Vietnamese outpost coming to East Williamsburg


Bun-ker-Vietnamese, credit offMetro

The local Community Board was being very cautious about its tenants at 99 Scott Avenue, but have approved Bun-ker’s application. This is very good news since the restaurant’s current location in Ridgewood is routinely too crowded to even get seated:

The Williamsburg panel’s liquor license committee okayed a Vietnamese restaurant’s bid to open inside an industrial building at 99 Scott Ave. on Monday — but warned it better not see a repeat of the late-night raves that took place at the same property earlier this year, which members claim were rowdy and poorly regulated.

“Ninety-nine Scott is a big problem,” said committee member Tom Burrows.

The committee unanimously approved hip Queens restaurant Bunker Vietnamese’s application to open a new outpost at the site on the corner of Randolph Street, but only after the eatery’s owners — who are leasing the space — distanced themselves from the location’s party-hearty history. The full board subjected a winery applying to open on the site to a similar grilling in August, though ultimately approved that license as well.

Locals are still smarting after building owner Bushwack Capital rented the then-vacant space out over the summer to party promoters Reynard Productions — which runs a restaurant at Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel — and City Fox, now notorious for its thwarted attempt to hold a rave at a toxic Greenpoint factory last month. [Read more...]

Turkey’s Nest is pretending to turn into a sushi restaurant

Photo via John Maceda/Gothamist

Photo via John Maceda/Gothamist

As seemingly all of our favorite local establishments are closing due to rent increases, Turkey’s Nest decided to have a little fun by posting the above sign in their window. I appreciate their [Read more...]

Lantern Hall, a new craft beer joint, is coming to Bushwick in December


Lantern Hall, credit Eater

New beer spots are always welcome! Looking forward to trying some British suds soon:

A new beer bar called Lantern Hall is slated to open in early December at 52 Harrison Place., right by the Morgan Avenue L stop. A British expat with fine dining experience is running the bar, while a New Orleans-taught chef is running the kitchen. Will Sperling, 29, used to be a manager at Craft Beer Co. in London and came to the U.S. to work in the hospitality industry — ultimately in the front of house at Gramercy Tavern and then The Clocktower. And chef Philip Immekus, also 29, takes inspiration for the American bar food menu from growing up in Southern Missouri and working in New Orleans. [Read more...]

REVIEW: Time Warp US Brought Techno and International Talent Back to Brooklyn


Photos by Steve Liskiewicz

Techno fans had plenty to be thankful for when Time Warp US returned to the sprawling 39th Street Pier for its second installment over the weekend. On November 20 and 21st, an excess of 10,000 attendees and 30 artists came together to experience more than just music. Starting at 10 PM each night, thousands of the genre’s most devoted fans made the lengthy trek to CELEBRATE – and mind you, this was a celebration that pulsed well into the break of sunlight each day. The seamless audio/visual experience delivered by Time Warp’s German production company went off without a hitch as techno’s biggest names brought their most driving sets to Brooklyn.

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Plan Your Pre-Thanksgiving Rager


Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all through the club, everybody was dancing to trap and to dub . . . We all know the night before Thanksgiving is a joyous experience. For one, it’s the much deserved beginning of a glorious four-day weekend. Add the built in hangover cure of Thursday’s pig out/nap sesh, and you’ve already convinced yourself it’s time to go hard AF. I can say with certainty that Thanksgiving eve is one of my favorite days of the year, and this one really puts the gravy on the turkey. There are some stellar shows happening right here in NYC, ensuring that your holiday is stuffed full of fun. [Read more...]