Happy Friday!

Try to stay cool, and rock out to this awesome Sesame Street-Beastie Boys mashup via Gizmodo.

Sesame Street breaks it down from Wonderful Creative on Vimeo.

UPCOMING: New rooftop party, PENT UP!

If you’re reading this, that means that you’ve somehow managed to prevent your eyeballs from melting into your skull. Good for you! Reward your resilience this weekend at PENT UP!, a brand-spankin’-new rooftop party in Long Island City (only 2 blocks from PS1).

Featuring cheap drinks, early drink specials, and killer DJs spinning from 4pm to 4am (seriously…), there’s no better way to spend a summer Saturday. Plus, it’ll be a whole 5 degrees cooler than it is today, so don’t forget to bring a sweater!

PENT UP! launches tomorrow with special guests Beni, Dominique Keegan, Rok One, The DKDS, and Kaviar Disco Club!

Click here to RSVP!

Yorba Linda played Union Pool

Last night at Union Pool, Yorba Linda.

Bushwick Block Party this Saturday

Wanna go to a block party this weekend? Come out to Moore St between Bogart and White.
Wild Yaks
Team Robespierre
MCTodd &Bobreezy
The Netherlands
Gang Signs
Alex Drewchin
+Super Secret Special Guest and more!
Also featuring:
Deth Killers
Deth Wrestling
Hose Down
Water World Dunk Tank
Arancini Eating Contest
Ryan Slack Photo Booth
& Meatballs by Best Pizza
Location: Party In the Streets!
Moore St (between Bogart and White)

FREE SHOW AND FREE PIZZA featuring: Wild Yaks Team Robespierre MCTodd &Bobreezy The Netherlands Gang Signs Papertwins Alex Drewchin +Super Secret Special Guest and more!
Also featuring: Deth Killers Deth Wrestling Hose Down Water World Dunk Tank Arancini Eating Contest Ryan Slack Photo Booth & Meatballs by Best Pizza
Location: Party In the Streets!

The Most Blogged About Shows Of The Week

Twin Sister

Saturday, Saturday, Saturday! If you want to see one of our top 3 most blogged-about shows this week, get them on your calendar now. Get to PS1’s Warm Up for one of their best lineups of the season: Gang Gang Dance, Lunice, Syd tha Kid (Odd Future!), Laurel Halo and the Miracles Club. Your free option for Saturday (if Warm Up’s $15 cover is too steep) is The Feelies, Real Estate and Times New Viking at the Prospect Park Bandshell. After you’ve finished with either of those shows, check out some new buzz bands at 285 Kent; we’ve heard great things about Pictureplane and Teengirl Fantasy.

Prefer to chase your free shows with classic 80s films? Check out Twin Sister and Your Youth at McCarren Park with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (the movie, not some indie band with a clever name) on Tuesday night. We promise to be there, and if you can find us in the crowd we’ll buy you a Sixpoint can.

Unfortunately, the “on sale this week” feature of this column is on vacation (in Amsterdam!) this week, we will be back next week as regularly scheduled.  Still want more options? Check out My Social List’s database of FREE & OUTDOOR concerts.  


10. Real Estate @ Maxwell’s w/ Mike Viola
Sunday, July 24th at 9pm – All Ages, $12 -> tickets

9. Julian Lynch @ Glasslands Gallery w/ Dent May and Prince Rama DJ set
Tonight, July 21st at 8pm – 21+, $10 -> tickets

8. Twin Sister @ McCarren Park w/ Twin Sister and Your Youth
Wednesday, July 27th at 6pm – All Ages, FREE!

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Endless Summer Taco Truck Still Missing in Action

Has everyone else been missing the Endless Summer taco truck as much as we have?  While its only been a week since the truck mysteriously disappeared it feels like years since we’ve salsa verde’d ourself into a mid afternoon coma and  let’s just say that the void left on Bedford and Metropolitan is almost as big as the one left in our hearts.  Not really but, we certainly have  been wondering, What gives? But now,  thanks to some very astute investigatory journalism from Gothamist, we are finally getting some answers.  Gothamist’s hunt went as such:

“…we called up the number on their website, which according to our caller I.D. connects to Riker’s Island!…Even more disconcerting, an email to the Endless Summer got what seemed to be an auto-reply of ‘Transmission failure.’ But further sleuthing turned up a Twitter account connected to Endless Summer explaining that this wasn’t an e-mail transmission failure but an actual, you know, vehicular transmission failure thingy…A representative of Endless Summer tells us the bummer isn’t endless, but guesstimates that it will “probably be another 10 days” before the truck returns. They’re currently ‘taking the opportunity to pimp out some things and have a vacay.’…”

Pimp away Endless Summer friends, but don’t be gone too long, those taco’s won’t drunkenly eat themselves over a trash can on a Tuesday night.

Bushwick Inlet Park Probably Not Happening

Brooklyn Paper and The New York Daily News report that City officials revealed on Tuesday that they had no money and no timetable to continue buying private properties on Kent Avenue and N. 11th Street for the further development of Williamsburg’s largest waterfront park. Politicians and advocates are calling Mayor Bloomberg out after local residents agreed to a 28-acre Bushwick Inlet Park spanning Williamsburg and Greenpoint in exchange for rezoning the area in 2005 to allow luxury condo towers.

According to Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park:

The community vision for the park includes a boat launch, a museum dedicated to the Civil War era battleship USS Monitor, picnic grounds, athletic fields, volleyball courts, wetland preserves, gardens, performance spaces, a dog run and a two mile bicycle and pedestrian path along the East River.

Despite some progress with the institution of a soccer field between N. 9th and N. 10th along Kent, the City has only managed to purchase two properties. Two-thirds of the park remains privately owned.

Raids (Again) at 475 Kent and McKibbin Lofts

Image c/o Gothamist

According to Gothamist, FDNY was ordered to forcibly enter 475 Kent owner Nachman Brach’s office at around 7am this morning, bringing in a sledgehammer and other serious equipment. A resident reportedly said that Brach was “hiding in the loading dock” and refusing to open the office; another told Gothamist that he saw officials from the tax department at the scene. While official information is yet to be released by authorities, the Village Voice reports that the Department of Buildings was also present, inspecting apartments, checking plumbing, outlets, etc. Luckily, officials claim that “no one was under any threat of eviction” but that Brach had not dealt with prior violations. Uh-oh. As you may recall, 150 residents, many artists and other creatives, were unceremoniously evacuated in winter of 2008; and a subsequent report revealed that 475 Kent was in violation of over 25 fire and building codes.

The waterfront wasn’t the only one getting a sweet summer raid.

Image c/o New York Daily News/Robert Mecea/AP

Brooklyn Paper reports that the McKibbin lofts across town experienced a more high-profile bust yesterday when the FBI came in search of an “elusive global hacker collective that has allegedly coordinated large-scale attacks on corporate and government websites, including PayPal, MasterCard and Visa.” After officials discovered that the suspected tenants had already moved on from the “transient” residency, it was determined they no longer had probable cause to continue the search. However, they did seem to enjoy their visit. According to resident Meaghan Ralph:

They cracked jokes about how the whole building smelled like weed and that they were going to get a contact high. They said we had a really cool apartment and that they would want to live there if they were 22 or 23.