A man who potentially has Ebola went bowling in Williamsburg last night

Pic via James Spencer's Facebook

Pic via Craig Spencer’s Facebook

33-year-old Craig Spencer recently returned from his Doctors Without Borders trip in Africa and now [Read more...]

285 Kent booker/manager on Vice Media and the closing of Williamsburg’s clubs

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Vice Media, credit: Brooklyn Rail

It’s no secret that Vice Media is expanding and soon will take over every part of South Williamsburg not owned by or J Crew or Two Trees. Still, the owners of the clubs that have been displaced by Vice (Death By Audio, Glasslands, 285 Kent) have been very tight-lipped about why they are shuttering. We reached out to Glasslands yesterday and haven’t heard a peep. What’s with all the secrecy?

Gawker tracked down Ric Leichtung, the guy who ran the now defunct 285 Kent and got an answer:

The landlord’s been waiting for a pay day like this for years. The landlord’s made little headway on bringing the building up to code to host legitimate businesses, opting for these really short term 2 or 3-year commercial leases to illegal loft spaces and quasi-legal establishments like 285 Kent so that the landlord could easily kick them out or wait for their leases to expire and cash in when they found a buyer. [Read more...]

Zagat says Paulie has New York’s best pies

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Paulie Gee, credit NY Times

I love Paulie’s so I was happy to see this – even though Totonno’s and Roberta’s have a slight edge in my opinion. Hopefully, the foot traffic the rating is sure to inspire won’t be as annoying as what we see outside of that overrated tourist trap Grimaldi’s. From Gothamist:

The 30,592 diners who participated in this year’s Google-owned Zagat Survey have spoken and declared that Greenpoint pie purveyor Paulie Gee’s fires up the city’s top pizza. In the 2015 guide, which was released today, the eaters lauded the “destination-worthy”—that’s called “borough-shaming,” Zagat!—pizzeria’s “one-of-a-kind” toppings and Paulie’s hands-on service as their favorite pick of the city’s dense pizza population. Following closely behind Paulie’s funky pies were the offerings at Lucali in Carroll Gardens, Juliana’s in Dumbo, Totonno’s of Coney Island and then Bushwick’s Roberta’s.

If the Brooklyn theme was apparent in the pizza category, it’s with good reason. The borough saw a 28% increase in the number of eateries reviewed, with 340 establishments making this year’s list. Of those, Williamsburg’s St. Anselm was ranked best of the borough, calling the steakhouse “cool” but “unpretentious” and saying that it has some of “the city’s best” beef. Other top borough picks included SriPraPhai, a Thai eatery in Queens; Roberto’s Italian in the Bronx; and Denino’s Pizzeria, taking home top honors for Staten Island.

More information about Paulie Gees here. Oh and nice URL, Gothamist: burnt_ashy_pizza_ftw.

Radio Bushwick cancels all CMJ shows and closes (hopefully) temporarily

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Yesterday, Radio Bushwick announced that it would be temporarily closing due to “landlordly legal-biz.” Their scheduled CMJ shows have been moved to Lot 45 in Bushwick. Brooklyn Mag speculates that the abrupt closure is a result of building violations and thinks the club’s future looks grim:

We took a peek at the building’s DOB records and found four violations from the past year that might have something to do with the venue’s closure.

The first two were issued back in July for an illegal conversion of a manufacturing building “to commercial bar and cabaret with music.” The DOB lists two more violations issued in September, both for “illegal occupancy.”

The latest one was dished out on September 24th by an emergency response team in conjunction with the super scary sounding NYPD-organized, M.A.R.C.H (Multi-Agency Response to Community Hotspots), AKA the Dance Police, Party Poopers, Dangler Death Dealers, et al.

Yeesh. Sounds like the party might be over.

Fingers crossed that they reopen soon!

TOKiMONSTA’s CMJ Show is Tomorrow, 10/22

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In case you missed TOKiMONSTA’s show at LPR earlier this month, you’ve got a second chance to see the West Coast glitchhop turned trap artist tomorrow, 10/22. The amazingly talented Jennifer Lee will headline MeanRed’s AM Only CMJ Showcase at Williamsburg’s Output along with Ben Pearce, LXURY, Saint Pepsi and SPAZZKID. Hot off the release of her newest album Desiderium, TOKi is taking a break from her headlining tour with Skrillex to show a little love in the city. Her performance is energetic, fun and delivers all of the bass drops you need on a Wednesday night.

If you’re looking to get down with some of the best up and coming electronic artists, this is the CMJ showcase to hit. You can still snag tickets at the second GA release price of only $20!

AM Only CMJ Showcase | Ben Pearce / LXURY / Saint Pepsi / Spazzkid / TOKiMONSTA at Output
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 22nd / Doors at 10PM
Venue: Output - 74 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Age: 21+

New slasher just in time for Halloween

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Leaves are turning, apples are ripening, Starbucks is making tons off pumpkin-ish flavored lattes and endless amounts of retro horror films fills my Saturdays. The bountiful number of Halloween and Friday the 13th sequels make it easy to not repeat a gore-filled film lineup, but I have almost run out of classics. Now, a new old-school style horror film just might make my October rotation.

LAKE NOWHERE premieres this Saturday, October 25th, at Cinema Village at 11:15 p.m. The 80s style slasher showcases the ever-so predictable plot of a group of friends spending some time out in the seemingly desolate woods when they get *surprise!* massacred by a “Masked Maniac”.

 

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