This is the end of Williamsburg (part 2394827639484692374)

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[Drinking Brooklyn]

If it wasn’t re-zoning, American Apparel, The Edge, Monster Island, Duane Reade, Whole Foods, 285 Kent, Dunkin Donuts, “Space Ninety-Eight,” Death By Audio or that Apple Store that is probably opening, then THIS is surely the end of Williamsburg:

A rumored real estate deal could cause trouble for some of Williamsburg’s most successful eateries, meaning not even the neighborhood’s bougie gentrifiers are safe from…the effects of gentrification. A possible $100 million deal to purchase several properties on North 3rd Street has been dished to the Real Deal, which reports that Waterbridge Capital could pay around $1,000 per square foot for the space at 103-119 North 3rd Street. Current tenants of said properties include beer hall Radegast, brunch dominator Egg, Mexican spot Viva Toro and hirsute chocolatiers Mast Brothers.

The deal gives Waterbridge about 110,000 total buildable square feet, including more than 50,000 square feet of residential space with 41 rental units that are ripe for repositioning, sources said. The properties generate about $4 million in annual income, a source said. [The] businesses are likely paying below-market rents, and will be repositioned over time.For its part, Radegast doesn’t see itself going anywhere, with the owner telling us he had four and a half more years on his 12-year lease plus an option for 10 more years after that. He hadn’t been approached by anyone about the sale of the building, but said he “knew what he had” and would negotiate with his current landlord, Olga Sosa of Berry Enterprises Uses, LLC. We reached out to Egg and Mast Bros. and we’ll update if we hear back.

These properties are just a stone’s throw from 76 North 4th Street, the site of Williamsburg’s rumored Shake Shack. At the time, a Radegast worker told us he heard that “Marshall’s and TJ Maxx’s [were] going in and subterranean parking lots,” and that given the “state of Williamsburg” he wouldn’t be surprised if the rumors were true. Whether these businesses will be ousted and replaced with gleaming new condos or some other monstrosity remains to be seen. At least whatever moves in will probably go well with Whole Foods.

[Gothamist]

Whatever.

Fraud or philanthropy? Art and Craft film review

Fraud, it seems, without any monetary benefit to the forger, is not a crime. And this is known best by Mark Landis, who has duped some of the most prestigious art museums in the country with his copycat pieces for more than 30 years. The new documentary Art and Craft, opening this Friday, peers into the life of Mark Landis and follows him as he deceives museum registrars and aggravates the one man always on this case, former registrar Matt Leininger. [Read more...]

Video: Whirr, Cloakroom, and Sannhet at The Studio at Webster Hall

whirr-04Pop quiz, hot shot. What do you get when you pack three of the loudest post-rock bands on earth into a glorified broom closet in the basement of a creaky old theater in lower Manhattan. Answer? Tinnitus, you idiot. As well as one hell of a show from heavy shoegazers Whirr, Cloakroom, and our favorite blackened post-rock (or lightened black metal?) trio, Sannhet. Check out the video from the epically claustrophobic show below and also keep your eye for anyone playing/selling a black Gibson RD bass, as some degenerate slug stole one from Sannhet after the show on Tuesday.

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Top five shows of the weekend

uninvited5) Andy Stott, Demdike Stare, Millie & Andrea, Miles, and more at Output
While you’re never going to hear me expound on the cultural importance of Output (nor ever find me there), I must say, this one caught my attention. Every now and then Output books itself a name in the electronic music world, but Manchester dub pioneer Andy Stott is by far their highest concept yet. A deviation from the Wythe mega-club’s usual (MDM)A + B(ro step) = C(oitus in the bathroom) Pythagorean, Stott is sure to bring some artistic gravitas to the grind this weekend, so if you’re looking to get down with your dignity intact, this is the place to be.

Friday, doors at 10pm

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Taste Talks All-Star BBQ = food coma

Chefs at the All-Star BBQ, courtesy of Taste Talks

Chefs at the All-Star BBQ, courtesy of Taste Talks

This past weekend cult-status chefs descended upon North Williamsburg, taking over the Wythe Hotel, Kinfolk Studios, Colossal Media and the East River Park for Taste Talks Brooklyn.

Saturday, I was lucky enough to grab a seat at Mario Batali’s panel on “What is Buzz?” with Christine Muhlke, Executive Editor of Bon Appétit; Kate Krader, Restaurant Editor at Food & Wine magazine; Ken Friedman, Co-owner of several restaurants, including theThe Spotted Pig; and Craig Kanarick, CEO of Mouth.com. All of the panelists have years of curating and influencing tastes. [Read more...]

REVIEW: GROUPLOVE and Portugal.The Man Played Rumsey Playfield

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A barrage of upbeat music and colorful lights took over Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield as Typhoon, Grouplove and Portugal.The Man closed out their summer tour. The venue was full of drunk girls who would rather talk about their Instagram accounts than take in the show, but I guess that’s pretty much the norm these days. Real fans stood up front, throwing their hands in the air and joyously singing along to the headlining acts’ stacked playlist.

GROUPLOVE brought their signature energy, playing a relatively short, yet full set, complete with all of their infectiously fun hits. I walked up to the closing chords of Itching on a Photograph (they started a lot earlier than I realized) as roars of applause emanated from the Summerstage. Frontman Christian Zucchoni wore an XXXL T-Shirt making him look like some kind of hobo shaman as he jumped and danced wildly on the stage. The show was a full blown love fest as members of each band spoke of the bond they had formed with each other over the last seven weeks. “We smoked a lot of weed,” said a leotard wearing Hannah Hooper. “And this is a song about best friends,” she added before launching into Grouplove’s 2012 hit Tongue Tied.

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Peaking Lights to share their Cosmic Logic with new album, listen to two tracks

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Wisconsin married duo Peaking Lights have long excelled at their brand of poppy psych-tinged dub. And with their newest studio album, fittingly titled Cosmic Logic, they further expand upon this sound. Both singles so far, “Breakdown” and “Everyone and Us” find Indra’s voice boldly at the forefront, where on their last albums 936 and Lucifer it was found under layers of synth and sunny haze. These songs are definitely brighter than we are used to from these two. For lack of a better “cosmic” joke, shine on you crazy diamonds.

Listen to the singles below, as well as check out the psychedelic tracklist.  [Read more...]

10,000-square-foot MP Taverna coming soon to Williamsburg

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Michael Psilakis credit: Joe Hume

The opening date is still TBD, but celebrity chef Michael Psilakis will open his latest version of MP Taverna at 470 Driggs Avenue. We sure miss the days when the closest thing we had to a celebrity chef was Andrew Tarlow.

Often referred to as the “Godfather of Greek Cuisine,” [Michael Psilakis] made his name at upscale restaurants like Onera and Dona; he’s received James Beard Award nominations, as well as Chef of the Year distinctions from Bon Appétit and Esquire; he’s published a top-selling cookbook, and has banked enough television appearances (BBC America’s No Kitchen Required, Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate) to cement his status as a bona fide celebrity. [Read more...]