Fucked Up, Screaming Females, Man Man and More Added to House of Vans Shows

Coming up for the Vans House Parties series:

Image c/o House of Vans

Thursday, July 14

  • Superchunk
  • Off!
  • Lemuria

Friday, July 29

  • Fucked Up / Cro-Mags
  • Screaming Females
  • Pissed Jeans

Thursday, August 4th

  • Man Man
  • Glass Candy
  • Crystal Antlers

Shows on August 18 and August 25 still to be announced.

House of Vans is located at 25 Franklin Street in Greenpoint. All shows are free with RSVP. However, get there early as the venue has limited capacity and entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Lineups begin at 5:00PM.

The Hood Rep According to NabeWise

Image c/o NabeWise Media

NabeWise is a pretty cool website dedicated to the online exploration of various neighborhoods throughout the country.  The sharing of local experiences combined with basic neighborhood data such as school ratings, real estate values, photos, videos, etc. allow people to find their perfect life-space from the safety of a computer screen…like a little nerdy, nomadic Goldilocks.

But what is specifically intriguing is NabeWise users’ takes on our own home sweet home, which is divided in three sections –  Williamsburg, East Williamsburg and South Williamsburg. Here are some highlights illustrating slightly arbitrary distinctions and affiliations (i.e., East Williamsburg includes what many would proudly call Bushwick):

Nabe Reputation: lists the tags attributed to a neighborhood by NabeWise users; the bold italicized are funny

  • Williamsburg: cool, filthy, hazardous waste, Jewish, McCarren Park, musicians, trendy, Williamsburg Bridge, young, aggressively ironic, artsy, dives, gritty, hipster, indie, ironic, pbr, too skinny jeans
  • East Williamsburg: great graffiti, hipster, hipster families, industrial, more affordable than Williamsburg, Motorino, new condos, White Castle
  • South Williamsburg: Hasidic, Hispanic, JMZ trains, Jewish, diner, hazardous waste, L Train, McCarren Park, old breweries, Puerto Rican, trust fund, great food, indie, lofts, White Castle

High and Low Rankings: depicts the NabeWise calculations in various sectors

  • Williamsburg ranks…
    • #2 Hipsters
    • #3 Trendy
    • #5 Singles
  • East Williamsburg ranks…
    • #1 Hipsters
    • #3 Industrial
    • #7 Artists / Creatives
  • South Williamsburg ranks…
    • #1 Gays/Lesbians
    • #3 Hipsters
    • #5 Beautiful People

If you’re interested, also check out [HIGH CRIME!] Bushwick, [No Good Subways] Greenpoint and [Real New York] Bedstuy.

Red Bull Creation Comes to McCarren

Red Bull Creation challenged inventors to build something useful, imaginative and inspiring within 72 hours under the theme “Energy in Motion.”  Creations must move the weight of a 100lbs person from point A to point B, without the use of fossil fuels.

Check out a future (where apparently only skinny people will be mobile) for free at McCarren Park this Sunday, July 10 from 3PM to 7PM.

Image c/o Laughing Squid

Event Day Schedule

3:00PM – Doors Open

4:00PM – Team Creation Showcase #1

4:25PM – Team Creation Showcase #2

4:50PM – Guest Performance: That 1 Guy

5:20PM – Team Creation Showcase #3

5:45PM – Team Creation Showcase #4

6:10PM – Awards

5:20PM – Guest Performance: Eclectic Method

Insound’s Summer Concert Series Digital Mixtapes

The awesome folks over at Insound have teamed up with some of the most notable (free!) concert series of the Summer to provide you with an audible cheat sheet of what will be going down.

For more information on the shows and to download the mixtapes go here. But here is a general rundown of the events and the accompanying mixtapes:

The first mix comes from Hudson River Park’s RiverRocks series over on Pier 54 (at 14th St.) With shows from Tune-Yards and Austra on July 14th, Metronomy and Class Actress on July 28th, and Deer Tick and Dom on August 11th.  Doors for those shows are at 6pm with things kicking off at 7pm.

Mixtape Track Listing:

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Craft time with Sufjan Stevens

Last year’s The Age of Adz was inspired by Royal Robertson, an American artist/recluse/prophet (?), who Sufjan apparently became obsessed with. If you’ve been to any of the live shows on the Adz tour, you will recognize a lot of the imagery as being Robertson’s. In his newest video, Stevens painstakingly hand animated some cut-ups of the paintings that inspired him. It’s impressive to think of how long this stop-motion masterpiece actually would’ve taken to animate.

Sufjan Stevens is playing at Prospect Park on August 2 and 3, tickets for the latter are still available.

Bushwick Supermarket Sweep 2011

Image c/o Bushwick BK

Listen up readers to the east! Our kindred bloggers over at Bushwick BK just posted the results of their “Bushwick Supermarket Sweep 2011“.  The Bushwick BK team went on an investigation to compare the grocery price points of about 29 different supermarkets in Bushwick.  In each store they bought the same 5 items–Milk, Bread, Eggs, Bananas, and a can of beans and below are the average prices by neighborhood of that basket:

Average food basket prices by neighborhood

E Williamsburg (above Flushing): $10.08

N Bushwick (Flushing to Myrtle) $9.15

S Bushwick (below Myrtle) $8.60

Ridgewood $8.37

Junior’s Food Outlet off of the Halsey stop came out on top of the lowest total at $6.79 and, surprise, surprise, Brooklyn’s Natural was the most expensive clocking in at a whopping $16.25.

Take a look at this detailed map for price summaries of each visited store and Happy Grossing (grocerying?).

Beyond the Burg: July 6 to July 11

image c/o L magazine

As we all know, July is the for reals start to the summer season with its sudden spike in free concerts, outdoor movies and rooftop parties.  But truly it isn’t summer without a Jelly Pool Party, right?

Well, JellyNYC has forsaken its old Williamsburg stomping grounds and is resurrecting the slip n’ slide down in the Rockaways. The 6-series party kicks off this Saturday, July 9. And even though it is now set in this far away Brooklyn land, you can catch a roundtrip party bus for $20 from Manhattan and Brooklyn. Or a better suggestion: bike your bikini bodies down to add mobile access to nearby Fort Tilden beach.  This back and forth will undoubtedly tire even the best of us, so luckily the last three shows (August 20, September 3 and September 10) will feature urban campgrounds for us to sleep away our hangovers before the trek home. Um. Awesome.

• Rock Beach: Penguin Prison / Wild Yaks / Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang / Monogold
with slip n slide, beach volleyball, dodgeball, DJs and more
2:00 pm to 8:00PM
Aviator Sports Complex, 3159 Flatbush Avenue, Rockaway

And check out our other picks this week:

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Seedstock at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

From the inbox:

This Saturday, July 9th is Seedstock! a concert benefit for the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm’s farm-based education program. Now in our third growing season, we’ve sown seeds, turned compost, and learned about chickens, bees & bunnies with hundreds of school kids with Growing Chefs’ incredible staff of green thumbs, chefs and educators.

Tickets are $10 at seedstock.eventbrite.com and $20 at the door. 44 Eagle St in Greenpoint Map

The lineup –

Franz Nicolay
Soft Black
Elizabeth Devlin
The Shivers
My Gay Banjo
The Sharp Lads

The view at sunset alone is worth it if you haven’t been.