Williamsburg “Invades” Rockaway

Ruh-Roh. Guess who’s inevitably gonna get blamed for ruining Rockaway?

That’s right! New York Magazine is putting Williamsburg on blast.

Image c/o Raymond McCrea Jones/The New York Times

The recent addition of “hipster institutions” Roberta’s, The Meat Hook, Caracas, Vinegar Hill House, Babycakes and the “haughty” Blue Bottle Coffee (Hey! That’s my San Francisco-hometown coffee you’re fucking with) to the Rockaway Taco concession contingent are apparently bringing in the Chloë Sevigny look-alikes and debates on whether “steam­punk can be called a lifestyle.”

Although the working class locals have yet to complain about the temporary summer influx of irony and jorts, the article follows on the heels of The New York Times’ own report of the tattooed, Wayfarer masses.  With all this high-profile coverage, it is only a matter of time before one interviewee’s astute observation that “the boardwalk is the new Bedford Avenue” becomes less tourist attraction and more anti-gentrification assault.

Also, in general, do surfers qualify as hipsters? I haughtily think not.

Report of Violence in Williamsburg (Again)

New York Shitty reports receipt of an email from a reader detailing a violent incident near N. 4th and Kent. After confronting the individual who had moved her scooter to an illegal parking spot in order to park his own car, the reader alleges:

image c/o dosomething.org

These next events all happened very quickly, so I might not have them in the correct order.  After a few minutes and calls to 911 already rolling, he then pushed one of the men who had stepped in to defend me, and the man immediately restrained him.  When the man released him, the suspect went to his car and removed an aluminum baseball bat and went after the man who had hold of him.  Another bystander, managed to grab the bat from the suspect mid-swing.  Within moments, an SUV full of teenagers rolled up.  4 boys jumped out of the car, 2-3 girls remained in the back seat.  Had 20-30 bystanders not stayed close to my girlfriend and I, I have no doubt that this group would have turned the situation very ugly.

The reader added:

Meanwhile, my girlfriend was being circled and verbally assaulted by these teens.  Some of the comments were hate comments directed to our being gay.

Despite being able to identify the perpetrators and having witnesses, police officers called to the scene supposedly failed to pursue the accused or take a report.

And although this particular incident does not on face appear as one initially motivated by hate or anti-gay sentiment (rather, entitlement to a parking spot), other recent attacks in our parts involved homophobic exchanges, including a beer bottle thrown at a woman in Greenpoint and the brutal beating of Barie Shortell in Williamsburg.

FREE This Week: Beach Fossils, Javelin, Punches, and Booze

Our homies over at Death + Taxes and Ray-Ban know how to throw a party — and by this, of course, we mean that this Thursday at Santos Party House guests will not only be treated to grooves to make your butt move but that there’s also an open bar.

And since nothing goes better with free cocktails than tropics-infused musical libations, Beach Fossils, Javelin and Punches will be there to remind you why summer is better than, well, anything else.

In case you need a soundtrack to your walk through the perfectly sticky Chinatown streets Thursday night, grab Punches remix of “LightHouse” by NewVillager below — a band that has recently garnered a whole ‘nother level of recognition.

So take Ray-Ban’s words to heart like a new found “stay gold,” and never hide… RSVP, get there early, and save me a dance! NewVillager – LightHouse (PUNCHES Remix) by punchesbk

Make Music New York Fest is happening now

c/o Make Music New York

As one music festival ends another must begin…and so goes the circle of life.  Today is the fifth annual Make Music New York festival, an event that features free concerts in public spaces all around the city.  MMNY fest is today and today only –mind you it is the longest day of the year (and thankfully so because there is a lot to do).  Full Schedule over at MMNY’s site with many events going down in Williamsburg (including pop up pianos at the East River park!).  Check it out and jam on.

Was anyone up early enough to share the sun rise in Central Park with Yoko Ono?

Video: Fucked Up “Queen of Hearts”

I don’t know if this is a jab at the PS22 kids who sing indie songs, the coolest Kidz Bop  ever, or a thematic tribute to nostalgic young love that runs throughout Fucked Up’s David Comes to Life. But this video for “Queen of Hearts,” directed by Scott Cudmore, is amazing.

Love Is In The ‘Burg

Sorry Virginia, turns out it’s the other Williamsburg that’s for lovers.
According to a survey by online dating site HowAboutWe.com, Williamsburg ranks 5th in the 10 most popular New York neighborhoods to have a first date.
Unlike conventional dating websites, HowAboutWe.com lets you propose first date activities, and then matches you up with a prospective beau who shares your interests. Based on more than 100,000 date suggestions posted, popular Williamsburg destinations include the Brooklyn Brewery, Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Brooklyn Bowl and Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory.
Nothing says romance like organic pastries and PBR.


c/o Guest of a Guest

This Week Beyond the Burg: June 21 to June 26

image c/o The New York Times

This week, New York celebrates all you hotties of any sexual / gender / age / ethnic / time period / transportation / non-categorical orientation.  So go out there and exercise those fundamental freedoms!

Here are the prime picks for this week…

PrideFest: June 18 to June 26

Bicycle Film Festival : June 22 to June 26

Makers Market: June 24 to June 26

Jazz Age Lawn Dance Party: June 25 to June 26

And specifically check out these events…

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Beach Party at South Street Seaport

image c/o Seaport Music Festival

The Seaport Music Festival will now rock you on Sundays with their new music series dubbed “Beach Party.”  From July 10 through August 14, various bands will bring you some free end of the weekend delight at the Beekman Beer Garden. Shows begin at 3pm.

Current lineup…

July 10:  Cheeseburger

July 17:   Xray Eyeballs with Frankie and the Outs,The Babies

July 24:  Swirlies with Psychedelic Horseshit

July 31:  The Raveonettes with Eternal Summers

August 7 :  Mission of Burma

August 14:   TBA