Top 5 shows of the weekend

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I can’t say there hasn’t been an air of complete normality this week, but what that really means is stuff like this, businesses treating staff like crap, a new music venue opening and anticipation of sandwiches. I’m going to keep this brief because I had an important exam today (it’s cool, I passed), but it’s the quality of the acts themselves that matter!

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Watch a 360 degree video of a Williamsburg Bridge bike ride

360Check out this video from Brooklyn Panorama that lets you watch a dude bike the Williamsburg Bridge in 360 degrees. You’ll [Read more...]

What store is coming to your street? You choose!

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DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler) Is Playing a Vinyl Set at LPR This Thursday

For those of your who are having full blown, post-Reflektor withdrawal, there’s good news. This Thursday, DJ Windows 98, better known as Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, is playing a two-hour vinyl set with live percussion at Le Poisson Rouge in the West Village. This is a huge opportunity to see Butler show off some of his lesser-known talents in an intimate space (and witness his ungodly height in person). Plus, Chrome Sparks opens with a DJ set – pretty cool Thursday, if you ask me.

Check the deets below!

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Here’s your next blind date dancing around Williamsburg

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Max has closed in Williamsburg, to be replaced by Portland sandwich joint with “best breakfast sandwich ever”

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We were fans of Max, but they never seemed to get their footing in Williamsburg after moving from the Lower East Side. We hear that Bunk will replace them in October or November. From Eater:

The psychic bond between Brooklyn and Portland grows stronger every day. One of the stars of the Portland, OR cheap eats scene, Bunk Sandwiches, is taking over the Max space at 740 Driggs Ave in Williamsburg. Max’s OpenTable and Seamless accounts are down, and nobody’s picking up the phone. An employee at the Tribeca location says the restaurant is just taking a vacation… Bunk is the brainchild of Lupa veteran Tommy Habetz and restaurateur Nick Wood. The duo currently operates five locations around Portland, plus a food truck and a ballpark outpost. [Read more...]

Macri Park brashly fires its staff and reopens as gay bar

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Williamsburg’s Macri Park closed quietly last week, but has already reopened as a gay bar. The owner, who also runs the very popular gay bar Metropolitan, previously tried to turn Greenpoint’s now-defunct Lulu’s into a gay club, but ran into issues with the landlord. From what we hear, many of the former staff at Macri Park are pretty pissed about the way things went down:

According to Polaroid photographer Nick McManus, a longtime regular who documented the Macri staff in the bar’s final hours, all bartenders, managers, and bouncers were informed yesterday at 3:00 p.m. that their jobs were about to be nullified. “Some of the staff was a little peeved,” he said. “Just because they’re changing the tone of the bar, why do they have to be fired?” He says that his friend Cheylene Sharkeye, who hosted her monthly Le Noize karaoke party at Macri, is also out of a gig.

A former employee who wishes to remains anonymous says the staff was wrongly fired “for being straight”:

Macri Park, a bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, just fired its entire staff for being straight and changed the concept to a gay bar. This is completely unacceptable. [Read more...]

New Williamsburg music venue National Sawdust announces initial schedule

nationalThe new Williamsburg music National Stardust located on North 6th (Wythe) and backed by musicians like The National’s Bryce Dessner has announced its initial schedule. From Brooklyn Vegan:

Three of the venue’s curators, The National’s Bryce Dessner, composer Nico Muhly and vocalist Theo Bleckmann, will team up for a concert on opening night. They’ll be joined by the ACME ensemble and violist Nadia Sirota. Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek) will open with a solo set. Tickets are on sale now. That’s a 7:30 PM show, and there’s also a late show that will have curator Jeffrey Zeigler teaming up with Cibo Matto and more.

Other upcoming shows include throat singer Tanya Tagaq on 10/2, a multi-day Terry Riley festival, Chris Thile’s band Punch Brothers on 10/8 , a John Zorn festival, Majical Cloudz on 10/21, and much more. The venue currently has shows booked through December.

See the full calendar here.