First Renderings Of Williamsburg Park, Site Of This Summer’s Waterfront Concerts


We previously posted about the Open Space Alliance moving this summer’s Waterfront concert series from East River Park to an industrial lot on Kent Avenue between N. 11th and N. 12th. Now OSA has announced that the new space will be called Williamsburg Park and released the first renderings of what the venue will look like.

Granted, the images have graphics right out of a Nintendo 64 game. And a major change is that this season’s venue doesn’t have a waterfront view of Manhattan. But some changes are good, like how there will no longer be a restricted area for drinking beer.

OSA also made its first band announcement, Swedish punk band REFUSED, who will be performing on June 18th. The series begins on June 1st.


McCarren Park Pool Has Water And Will Reopen On June 28th

Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates

The long anticipated return of the McCarren Park Pool  – which opened in 1936, closed in 1983, and hosted some of the best summer concerts between 2005 and 2008 – is scheduled for June 28th with a ceremony at 11 a.m. According to Geoffrey Croft of the group NYC Park Advocates, the pool will accommodate 1,500 swimmers. Renovations to the pool, recreation center, bathhouse, and entry arch cost $50 million. Some of the rec center may even open in time for Memorial Day on May 28th.

Amenities at the new facility will include a volleyball court, beach, and spray showers. The rec center will have a basketball court, weight room, dance studio, cardio room, and “multipurpose community space.” Make sure to keep an eye out for decorative wood panels, which developers recycled from the Coney Island boardwalk.

As we previously posted, locals can enjoy the space year round, as the city has put out a call for proposals to turn the pool deck into an ice skating rink in the winter.

Take A Free Party Bus To See WORKOUT On Thursday


The band WORKOUT is performing at Desmond’s Tavern in Manhattan on Thursday night and instead of making you spend $2.25 and go through a couple of subway transfers to get there, the concert promoters are offering a free party bus stocked with free beer. The bus will make three trips from the corner of Havemayer and Metropolitan (9 p.m., 9:40 p.m., and 10 p.m.). Spots on the bus are first come first served and once onboard there will be plenty of Radeberger and party music by DJ Timmy of Call Box Lounge.

WORKOUT is described as Weezer/Ween-meets Queen and will be playing Desmond’s Tavern (29th St. and Park Ave.) from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Here Is The L Train Murder Suspect (Updated)

via Gothamist

After first releasing a sketch and then surveillance video, police have now identified the suspect in Friday night’s Bedford Ave. L train murder as Ryan Beauchamp. According to reports, Beauchamp is 33-years-old and homeless and had tried to start altercations with several passengers on the train that night.

Update 7:19 PM: The Daily News and The New York Post report that police arrested Beauchamp in Bushwick this afternoon.

New, Weird Cronenberg Film Trailer: Cosmopolis

Looks like Cronenberg is finally getting weird and perverted again, which needless to say is a good thing. I don’t know how many more times I could have watched The Brood.

Gillian Hills – Zou Bisou Bisou

This makes us even more uncomfortable than the version on last night’s Mad Men:

From The Daily Beast

Roughly translated, “zou” is a casual exclamation and “bisou” is a sweet kiss—a peck on the cheek to say hello and goodbye. So the lyrics hash out to:

Oh! Kiss kiss / My God, they are sweet! / …Oh! Kiss kiss / the sound of kisses /…Oh! Kiss kiss /…That means, I confess / But yes, I love only you!

La Sera – “Real Boy”/”Drive On”

New L Train Murder Suspect Video