Beyond the Burg: June 28 to July 4

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks in NYC c/o Steve Kelley

Hey guys! We’re still free from colonial power. Sorry US-installed puppet regimes and imperialist satellites we call “territories.”

This is awkward.

ANYWAYS, next weekend is our favorite (and only) summer holiday – the Fourth of July. So here are some picks on where you should shake that sexy freedom all week long.

Featured pick is a four-day electro dance party because dance parties are so United States right now:
Governors Island
Dance.Here.Now Festival: July 1 to July 4
Featuring Paul Van Dyk / Fat Boy Slim / and more
Ticket prices vary $36 to $350
And here are more picks for this week:

[Read more…]

Drink Williamsburg Greenpoint-Tomorrow!

Celebrate Edible New York’s Eat Drink Local Week with Drink Williamsburg Greenpoint tomorrow night at The Brooklyn Brewery from 8-11pm. Enjoy “Sips” of signature cocktails created for the event from the neighborhood’s best including Dram, The Drink, Maison Premiere, The Richardson, Rabbithole, Manhattan Inn, Saint Vitus, Brooklyn Winery, 285 Bedford, and sample The Concoction, Brooklyn Brewery’s latest reserve, based on The Penicillin cocktail. Bar snacks to compliment the cocktails will be provided by local restaurants and food purveyors.

Tickets are $25 advanced purchase, $35 the day of and can be bought here.

All proceeds will benefit the building of the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center a joint project of two longtime North Brooklyn neighborhood non-profits, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) and The People’s Firehouse, Inc (PFI.) Located on the site of the former Engine Company 212 firehouse, the redesigned building will provide a permanent home for the two founding non-profits to continue to serve, organize, and advocate for the community, a flexible cultural exhibition and community meeting space on the ground floor and serve as a place for all to celebrate and build community.

Greenpoint has a Lobster Shack!

lobster joint

image via Yelp

From the mailbag

Serving up Lobster rolls, Hamburgers, Fish & Chips, Full Raw bar, Full Liquor and much more. Justin Ernsberger (former Executive Chef, Walter Foods & Mermaid Inn; consultant at Lure Fish Bar) and Thomas Chabrowski (owner of Lunchbox and The Mark Bar) Bring you Lobster Joint.

Lobster Joint is dedicated to serving great seafood in a casual atmosphere. Lobster Joint’s menu features classic New England-style comfort food, as well as other traditional international seafood offerings. Our menu specials rotate based upon supply, emphasizing freshness, quality and seasonality. Our cocktail list utilizes simple, quality ingredients that would be typically found in any seafood shack, and our service style is based on traditional window service found at many seaside seafood restaurants. Additionally, we offer bar/counter service for fast and casual dining and cocktails. Lobster Joint is open until 2am for late-night dining!

More information here.

Listen to the new Washed Out record

Ernest Greene is kind of like the electronic version of Justin Vernon. While Vernon retreated to the woods to record his first record as Bon Iver, Ernest Green took to his bedroom in his parents’ house to record Life of Leisure, his first EP as Washed Out. As you can tell by the title of that EP, Greene is into just chilling. And putting out synth on top of synth vibes that make for a perfect summer listen.

He is back with his first LP release, titled Within and Without (which will be officially released July 12 on Sub Pop). NPR has the record streaming, and if you are just relaxing in a backyard or stoop this summer, it is the perfect thing to throw on. Here’s what NPR had to say about this release compared to Life of Leisure and Washed Out’s other EP High Times:

For all of the leaps forward that Greene has taken on Within and Without, it’s still unmistakably his work — all of the changes here are just iterations of his established sound. At the core of Washed Out is a push and pull between electronic dance music and pop music, between songs based on slowly shifting and building textures and those built on a more traditional verse-chorus-verse structure.

Washed Out is playing a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom on July 11 with Grimes and Blood Orange.

Brooklyn Rod and Gun

via NY Times

I guess this explains why the youngs are wearing fishing lures.
“I’ve lived in this neighborhood since the 1980s, when there were a lot of Polish and Italian social clubs, and I was always inspired by that idea of creating your own community center,” said Chris Raymond, 48, a fly-fishing enthusiast and the information-technology director for Abrams Books. His signature accessory is a worn red baseball cap stitched with the words “Fish Pimp.”

So two years ago, when he was between jobs, Mr. Raymond organized a weekly hangout with 11 other mostly unemployed, musically inclined fathers in a two-story, 800-square-foot former warehouse they rented on an industrial stretch of Kent Avenue near North 11th Street.

The agenda? Listening to records, drinking beer and talking about the great outdoors. They built their own furniture and tacked up fishing maps of the Catskills and Newtown Creek. They jammed on their guitars or headed to the ragged shore nearby to catch moss bunker and bluefish.

Check out their calendar at

Rooftop Films Busted For Some Reason

image c/o L Magazine

Gothamist reports that on Thursday, June 23, cops shut down a Rooftop Films screening on Wythe and South 2nd for public drinking despite having a valid liquor license.

Calling the incident a “permit misunderstanding,” Rooftop Films issued a statement saying:

If any patrons received summonses at the event, we will be more than happy to provide a copy of the valid liquor permit that covered the event, and Rooftop Films and the owners of the establishment will assist those patrons in dealing the NYPD in any way we possibly can. Please email Lela Scott MacNeil at

Rooftop Films will also refund ticket sales from that night and offer two additional tickets to another show. Simply email

Ventana244 Brings the Intensity

On a random meandering through the hood Friday night, we were charmed by a little light show emanating from Ventana244. The boutique art space located on North 6th is currently hosting Intensity, an interactive project experimenting with sound, poetry and movement.

One of the featured artists, Tisch student Mimi Yin, combines her professional software experience with dance training  in ‘Hangman’s Jig.’ Light bulbs move mechanically to specialized algorithisms creating a shadow dance party. Yin hopes to expand the piece to a larger performance art production.

Check out Yin’s work as well as the others (one of which involves screaming at a very timid tree) at Ventana244 now.  The show runs until July 10.

Ventana244 –  244 North 6th Street (Between Roebling and Havemeyer)

The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger played the Seaport

The Seaport Music Festival Season kicked off last night with performances from The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger and Blood Orange. Video of both artists is below.

Upcoming shows:
July 1 Lower Dens and Dirty Beaches 7pm.
July 8 The Wake with special guests Weekend 7pm
July 15 The Radio Dept. and Asobi Seksu 7pm.