Idaho’s finest, Built to Spill, will be touring as a trio this Autumn which sees the band make two stops in New York. First off is a show at Irving Plaza on the 16th of September, and they’ll be back on the 5th October at Brooklyn Bowl. Both shows, rather tantalizingly, are with Alex G and Hop Along in what promises to be a fine triple bill. More details and video below the jump.
Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight has a new study based on thousands of rental prices that determined people are willing to to pay about $56 per one minute of a better work commute time. It includes a section specifically about the forthcoming L train shutdown:
Our findings suggest that residents of Williamsburg and other Brooklyn neighborhoods on the L train could soon be paying less in rent. That’s because the MTA plans to close the L train for repairs starting in 2019, adding about eight minutes to commutes from the Bedford Ave. station and about four minutes from other stations along the L. The shutdown should shave about $200 to $450 off the rent of the typical Williamsburg one-bedroom — until the repair work is done, anyway.
Check out the rest of the study here.
Leuca and Westlight
Andrew Carmellini and his NoHo Hospitality crew (The Dutch, Lafayette, Locanda Verde) have finally set their sights on Brooklyn, taking over food and beverage operations for Williamsburg’s sky-high William Vale Hotel. In addition to operating Leuca on the ground floor (a wood-fired, coastal Italian restaurant), the team will oversee the 22-story high Westlight bar, boasting small plates, craft cocktails and 360-degree views of the city.
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If you have walked through Greenpoint in the past six months or so you may have noticed one storefront on Manhattan Ave that looks out of place. In a neighborhood where places of business frequently are forced to leave due to rising rent prices a store full of seemingly outdated tye-dyed items appeared. When walking by with friends recently we joked that it must be a phony front for some nefarious activity, thankfully the New Yorker investigated and it is very real:
I also learned that, although Starhawk Design Studio might seem thrown together, Starhawk’s business outside the store is booming: he designed the backdrops for MOMA’s PS1 series over the summer and created two huge banners for High Times magazine. He makes bulk T-shirt orders on commission, and he said the demand is almost more than he can handle. And yet, during the day, he chooses to sit inside the store, at an easel he has set up near the front, making on-demand designs for customers who drop in.
Read more at The New Yorker.
We already loved Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Safehouse, but now they’ve gotten even better. That’s because this under-the-radar bar now has TACOS on Fridays from 7pm-1am:
The tortillas are handmade on site (and it’s actually pretty cool to watch them smash them by hand), which gives each one a unique texture. All their ingredients are sourced with care, to be as close to a legit Mexico City taco as possible. The pair were inspired by the colorful and tiny taco stands that are ubiquitous there… [Read more...]