Times says Bushwick Inlet Park could cost another half billion in “ransom” money


Better late than never, the Times has finally tackled the Bushwick Inlet Park controversy. Adding up the numbers, they write that the city — which has already spent $225 million on the park — is a “textbook study in civic entropy and how public developments go awry.” And $225 million is just the beginning. The owner of the CitiStorage site (which lies at the center of the projected park and recently suffered a very suspicious fire) now wants a reported $500 million for his 11-acre lot. “The city will not, and should never, pay that kind of ransom,” says the Times:

Unsurprisingly, the first turn toward the absurd involved a lawsuit. Through eminent domain, the city offered $12 million for the rental truck lot. When the owner found a sympathetic judge, the price tag leapt into the stratosphere, to more than $90 million. The owner of CitiStorage, next door, Norman Brodsky, naturally assumed he had also hit the jackpot. Crain’s reported recently that he now wants $500 million for his 11-acre site. If the city won’t pony up, his site will cleave the prospective park in two…. [Read more...]

Gov Ball and Nitehawk present Weird Al’s UHF Film Feast


As you may know, Nitehawk Cinema, the best (in my opinion) movie theater in NYC, loves to pair the movies they’re showing with delicious, thoughtful and eclectic dishes to match. Building on that, they also have FILM FEASTS, where they create an entire menu for one movie (food AND drink). It’s usually a classic, like previous picks Pulp Fiction, Christmas Vacation, or Big Lebowski. Or it’s one that is relevant to the now, like the upcoming Wet Hot American Summer screening which is sold out (the Netflix prequel series is out July 17).

But what does this have to do with Governor’s Ball Music Festival (next weekend), you ask?!

This Tuesday, June 2nd, before Weird Al Yankovic himself takes the stage on Randall’s Island on Sunday June 7th, Nitehawk is teaming up with Gov Ball to show his wacky, absurd Wayne’s World-one-upping cult classic UHF (1989). It’s the only movie Weird Al’s ever made, and it features Fran Drescher, Michael Richards, and Kevin McCarthy, among others.

Check out the crazy and unpredictable menu (including the infamous Twinkie Wiener Sandwich) below and grab tickets HERE. They’re sure to go quick.

“Waiters of the Lost Ark”
Big Edna burger & Twinkie Wiener Sandwich with “just about done” Fries
Drink Pairing: Rolling Rock Golden Idol – Rolling Rock Extra Pale, Mango Pureé, Fresh Lemon Juice

“Philo’s Chemistry Set”
Prickly Pear Limoncello Shot

“Mr. Butterfingers’ Red Face”
Finger Sandwich – Prosciutto, Arugula, Parmesan, Red Pepper Coulis
Drink Pairing: Blood and Sawdust – Bulldog Gin, Clarified Fresh Vegetable Juice, Pimento Dram

“What’s it gonna be, Weaver?”
Wheel of Fish Ceviche – Red Snapper, Avocado Pureé, Pineapple, Paprika, Mystery Box
Drink Pairing: Blueberry Daiquiri – Flor de Caña 4 yr. Rum, Blueberry Syrup, Fresh Lime

“Good Watermelon”
Avua Cachaça, Fresh Watermelon

“Cuz They’re Real Fishy”
Margherita Pizza with White Anchovies
Drink Pairing: Something Orange – Prosecco, Aperol Infused Orange Wedge

“Fifth Blood Part 1″
Classic Bahn Mi – Country Pork Paté, Ham, Pickled Carrot, Cucumber, Cilantro Mayo
Drink Pairing: Supplies! – Junmai Nigori Sake

Vinnie’s Pizza gives new meaning to the slogan “pizza, pizza”

“I’ll have a slice pizza with slices of pizza please.” #HotPizzaOnPizzaAction #meta #pizza #vinnies

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If you’re not already, follow Vinnie’s on Instagram for other amusing specialty pizzas. More of our favorites below:



Jason VorCHEESE and Vinnie’s Pizzeria wish you a Happy Friday the 13th! #fridaythethirteenth #jasonvorhees #vinnies

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Farewell, Mad Men. #madmen #madmenu #vinnies #joan #dondraper

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Oleanders: retro preppy restaurant coming to Williamsburg


A new restaurant is opening in the former home of The Elm that’s sure to please all the Biffs and Muffys in Brooklyn. It’s called Oleanders and it’s set to open June 10. Bring on the Harvey Wallbangers!

Flo Fab also reports that the replacement for the Elm at the McCarren Hotel now has a name: Oleanders. [Read more...]

Top 5 shows of the weekend

The Men

The last week has served as a reminder for the value of live music. I go to a lot of shows, but when you see something really mindblowing it just changes your mood for the better. I’m still riding on a high from seeing Follakzoid on Saturday and topped that up with the reliably brilliant METZ, who played last night at the Music Hall. METZ are never less than a 9.5/10 live band. As with most addictions, it’s always a case of looking for the next fix, and the outlook isn’t disappointing.

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REVIEW: Mysteryland 2015 Returns to Bethel Woods Bigger and Better


Photos by Steve Liskiewicz

Mysteryland returned to Bethel Woods, NY over Memorial Day Weekend for it’s second annual USA installment. Last year’s rainy weather and excessive mud put a damper on some people’s first visit to the three-day electronic festival, however you wouldn’t have known based on the lively, ambitious audience who showed up in full force to watch artists like Porter Robinson, Empire of the Sun, Dillon Francis and Diplo on the original Woodstock grounds. The attendees more than tripled with 50,000 people in attendance throughout the weekend. Holy Ground camping was also sold out this year at 10,000 people, which was a much larger number actually staying on the premises than last year. This year rain was exchanged for extreme cold (32 degrees on Friday night with a wind chill on the hill that dipped much lower), but this didn’t seem to discourage folks from committing to the party. In fact, I’d say they came out even harder. (But for real, who else froze their ass off that night? That was some next level Discovery Channel I Shouldn’t be Alive shit.)

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North Brooklyn Pride Festival coming in June


From their Kickstarter:

Local North Brooklyn businesses have come out in a big way to support this idea. A volunteer event committee was assembled from representatives of the East River Ferry, Saint Vitus, Brooklyn Bowl, The Brooklyn Brewery, The Wythe Hotel, VICE Media, Rough Trade, Broadway Stages, Two Boots, The Water Table, Brooklyn Roasting Company, The Camlin Restaurant & Wine Bar and more, to book our entertainment, food vendors, organize volunteers, make sure we have representatives from local pride community organizations, get the word out, and do community outreach. [Read more...]

Governor’s Ball 2015: Reasons to get to the island early

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Well folks, we are officially only NINE DAYS out from this year’s Governor’s Ball weekend on Randall’s Island, so it’s time to start planning. Although… you probably already have your outfits picked out, don’t you? Schedules, food vendors, transportation options, the festival grounds map and more have been released by the Gov Ball team, and we’re here to help you make the tough decisions easier.

P.S. can’t make it the whole weekend, but still want to come for a day? Well you’re in luck! They’ve re-released a limited number of single day tickets - GET ON IT HERE.

So one of our favorite things to do is entice you to get there EARLY. There are so many fun and amazing smaller acts playing this year that are well worth your waking up a little bit earlier, and really get your wristbands’ worth! Plus this is not to mention the food options curated by The Infatuation. Those are probably well worth it on their own…

Keep reading to find out what acts we think you should check out every day of the festival before 5. Plus our choices of food vendors, which may or may not depend on how many 24 oz Foster’s you’ve consumed by that time.

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