All Tomorrow’s Williamsburgs

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Earlier today, DNAInfo reported that Bay Ridge is the new Williamsburg. This is a ridiculous claim, obviously. Bay Ridge is like 2 hours from Manhattan.

But that did not stop literally every single local blog from penning 600-word essays speculating whether or not Bay Ridge is, in fact, the new Williamsburg. Speculation about the new Williamsburg/Brooklyn and pointless screeds about why X, Y, or Z neighborhood and/or city is absolutely not the new Williamsburg and/or Brooklyn keep bloggers’ families fed and warm at night.

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Saint Vitus celebrated their third anniversary with Spirit Caravan

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Saint Vitus turned three on Tuesday (4/15) and hosted Spirit Caravan to honor the occasion. Video below:

J.Crew, Apple stores likely coming to Williamsburg

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Last week, we reported that luxury condos will soon usurp the tumbledown je ne sais quos of Wythe Ave. from South Williamsburg all the way up to Greenpoint. Today we learned from Crain’s where the future residents of those condos will buy their flat-front khakis for $75: J.Crew. Full disclosure: I like J.Crew’s khakis, but I would not pay $75 for them. Maybe like $25 if they were on sale.

Crain’s also told us that Apple plans to open a store in Williamsburg. Great news if you don’t want to trek to one of the four Manhattan locations to get your $800 phone built by slave laborers fixed because INSTAGRAM ISN’T WORKING.

Our cartoonishly crankly billionaire ex-mayor finally doing something we can get behind

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When he wasn’t bending over to Wall Street fat cats or real estate moguls, Bloomberg was always an admirably outspoken crusader for gun control. For his first big project since leaving office, he’s decided to up the ante and take on the NRA and the Koch brothers directly with his own gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety. (We know, terrible name.) He’s tossing in $50 million of his own money and says “we’ve got to make [politicians] afraid of us.” If anyone can out-bully the NRA, its Bloomberg. He’s undoubtedly an expert on the matter — just ask Fran. [Read more...]

New Madrid at CAMEO on Saturday

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On the last leg of the tour supporting their sophomore album Sunswimmer, New Madrid is playing CAMEO this Saturday. Sunswimmer is the quintessential new sound of Southern rock. The album is not too hard hitting, but still has an edge, a little dreamy at times with a touch of drawl. The upbeat, distorted guitar riffs over a steady beat topped with melodic, echoing vocals feel like a drunken Sunday afternoon below the blue Georgia sky.

New Madrid formed in 2010, when most members lived in Tennessee. Finally, the band decided to end the long distance relationship and move in together in a converted barn less than five minutes from their recording studio, joining lead vocalist Phil McGill in the small college town of Athens, Ga. The band felt like it was a better fit for them than “Music City” Nashville, and I couldn’t agree more. [Read more...]

Northside Festival adds Beirut , The War On Drugs and more to lineup

beirutBrooklyn’s Northside Festival (June 12-19) has added Beirut and The War On Drugs their lineup. The shows will take place 50 Kent (the venue formerly known as Williamsburg Park). From [Read more...]

Whisk: a better on-demand car service app for Williamsburg and NYC

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If you’re looking for the best way to get around from Williamsburg, look no further than Whisk, the newest on-demand car service app in the city, which just added more than 100 app-activated cars in Williamsburg. This means that when you want a ride, Whisk has you covered.

New riders get $10 off any ride originating from Williamsburg. Use code WB10 to redeem.

With Whisk, you’ll be using a consumer-friendly interface with pricing displayed like in a cab ride; you’ll have real-time control; and you’ll be able to switch between personal and corporate profiles without having to log in and out. Rides with Whisk are generally within 10-20 percent of the cost of a taxi rides. Bonus!

And, Whisk regularly comes up with new innovations for its subscribers – from the Ride Pass, offering flat-rate weekly memberships for unlimited rides, to Priority Peak, a loyalty program that allows regular riders to jump the queue when demand is highest and bypass any surcharges related to peak travel.

Try it out by downloading the app at http://get.whisk.me.

Offer terms:
Riders should use code WB10 to register. Offer is valid for new riders only. Should a ride cost less than $10, the remaining amount is forfeited. Gratuity and tolls are not included. Offer is valid until June 1, 2014.

Greenpoint couple found dead in hot tub

hottubA Greenpoint couple were found dead in their hot tub at their Nassau Avenue apartment on Sunday. The 58-year-old Jacek Crockiewitz and his 66-year-old girlfriend Alicia Wieczorkiewicz were discovered with an almost empty gallon bottle of Tanqueray Sterling vodka nearby. From [Read more...]