What I Learned About Living In Williamsburg From Last Night’s 2 Broke Girls

I’ve spent years living in North Brooklyn but I really didn’t know anything about it until I was able to see how it was portrayed by 2 Broke Girls, a hackneyed, LA-filmed sitcom created by the “brain” behind Sex and the City and the “brain” behind Whitney. This column will keep track of all the knowledge dropped and questions answered, like: Why do hipsters wear knit hats? Because of Coldplay…of course (seriously, this was one of the first jokes of the series).

This week I learned…

Nothing But Lawyer Jokes

Can you believe it’s finally back? Yes? Good because it’s a very easy thing to believe, even with it being off the air for three weeks. You know what they say, time drags when you’re dreading the return of the show. Seriously, dread. Judge Dredd judged me to be dreading the judgment day that is this show’s return. If only I had a good lawyer.

Speaking of lawyers, this episode was all about them (transition transitioned). It starts with the blonde broke girl’s lawyer showing up at the diner, who she hugs because she wants to remember her life as a spoiled girl gallivanting around the Upper East hugging lawyers. The lawyer, who is a walking Borscht Belt punchline, informs the blonde girl that he has acid reflux and that she needs to give a deposition because something, something, boring, something. Sadly (well, sadly if anyone cared) lawyers be expensive – lawyers BEEEEEE expensive – and the show is not called 2 Can Afford Lawyers Whenever Girls. Good thing participating in a drug trial is a stock sitcom premise because lawyers won’t accept cupcakes as payment anymore.

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Alabama Shakes – Hold On

Shop, Drop & Drink Tomorrow

Shop, Drop & Drink is tomorrow, Saturday 4/7, a Williamsburg-wide shopping event and bargain hunt through local bars, shops, and galleries.

Participants will have access to discounts, performances, and special events at 50 businesses, including Bird, In God We Trust, Life:Curated, Jumelle, Shoe Market, Catbird, The Commodore, and Momofuku Milk Bar.

The event is centered around the Domino Smart Guide app, which lets participants view a map and target their favorite stores and bars. Taking a picture of a desired item and posting it to Facebook will unlock the special deal for that item. You can download the app from Domino here.

More info after the jump.

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A Night with Nicky Digital

You usually see him in a flash, but have you ever wondered more about the man behind the mustache? Check out a night in the life of Nicky Digital:

The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

Perfume Genius

I got out of the city for a bit this past weekend.  Every now and then, it can be refreshing.  New York really is like no other place in the world and it can take its toll on even the most wild of us all.

Well, not according to everyone.  Some places are JUST like New York.  I drove up to Binghamton on Friday to spend a couple nights with my girlfriend’s Mennonite cousins.  Absurdly nice, chill people.  Of course, the topic of the “bright lights” and “hustle and bustle” of New York came up.  They said they could relate.

“Lancaster is crazy too, just like New York.”

I smiled politely and nodded.  “Yup, just like New York.”

Anyway, it was a nice break.  Post-prayer homemade meals, alcohol-free nights over board games and casual strolls through foggy, mountainous farmland can be a nice change of pace, but by Sunday morning, I found myself thirsty for some booze and bloggable shows.  Thankfully, we come from the land of booze and bloggable shows, and there’s plenty of them to satisfy my thirst this week.

The MOST BLOGGED ABOUT SHOW (and EDITORS PICK) this week is Perfume Genius at Glasslands Gallery.  Sure to show up on pretty much everyone’s “album of the year” list, Perfume Genius’s second full-length, Put Your Back In 2 It finds the Seattle singer-songwriter again exploring familiar heart-wrenching territory, recalling the best moments of early Sufjan Stevens or Devendra Banhart.  I hope you got tickets early because this bad boy is sold out.  If you missed out, I’m going to make you feel even worse because Parenthetical Girls are also on the bill.  Score another one for Popgun.

Don’t worry… there’s still tickets for some top flight shows this week.  Black Dice are kicking off a tour in support of their upcoming EP Saturday at Living Bread Deli.  The “how the hell do you pronounce this band” electro of Oneothrix Point Never and Turn To Crime round out this “cutting edge” lineup out in “cutting edge” Bushwick.

Next up is one that hits close to home for me; Screaming Females are down in Gowanus for a show at the Bell House on Friday night.  As a New Jersey native… I gotta show some love for the first awesome punk band to come out of New Brunswick in a realllllllly long time.  Not forgetting their roots; they play Maxwell’s over in Hoboken on Thursday night, properly kicking off a tour in support of their latest release, Ugly.

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Gwynnett St. Gets A Rave in The Times

The latest Graham Ave. joint, Gwynnett St (which features a chef who formerly worked at WD-50) just got an adoring review:

Mr. Hilbert’s style of cuisine is not yet common in this pocket of Williamsburg. In fact, cooking this sophisticated would be a find anywhere in New York.

And while it is a restaurant in Brooklyn, Gwynnett St. is not really a Brooklyn restaurant. There are no butchers’ tools hanging from reclaimed barn doors. Under the eye of Carl McCoy, the proprietor, the dining room staff is calmly professional, utterly free of pretense and attitude. Nobody is the least bit likely to pull up a chair and offer to show you pictures of the sauerkraut the chef is currently fermenting inside a pair of Red Wing boots.

With Sel de Mer and Mesa Coyoacan just blocks away, Graham Ave is becoming an essential destination for fine cuisine. Even if we miss Motorino.

The Naked Heroes: “Pickin’ Up A Dime”

Smorgasburg returns to Williamsburg this Saturday!

It’s been a long not-so-cold winter, but with Spring officially here we’re excited to announce that Smorgasburg is coming back to us weekly beginning this Saturday, April 7th in rain or shine.

Changes this year include a new layout, and opening and closing an hour later (11am-6pm). New vendors this year include: Handsome Hank’s Fish Hut– Fried fish sandwiches from Danny Lyu of Cemitas. Vietnamese, Korean, and the classic “Nashville” styles, Mozz Shop – From Danny Lyu and Matt Lief of Landhaus BLTs. Fresh mozzarella, olive oil, and tomatoes as well as fried mozzarella balls and “Italian Corn Dogs” made with mozzarella and italian sausage, deep fried in a polenta batter, Best Summer – Vietnamese Summer Rolls from Dennis Ngo, the owner of Lonestar BBQ, La Casa De Camba – Bolivian food, King Leche Creams – Goat milk based ice creams with flavors such as buckwheat honey/Bourbon, spicy chocolate, sweet potato/pickled raisin, and cajeta habanero, Parantha Alley – A whole wheat roti stuffed with spicy fillings, Soy Hound – Home made soymilks with flavors such as orange chocolate, matcha green tea, cinnamon, and vanilla and many more.

Lastly, our favorite piece of news reported by Gothamist:

There is a very strong chance that soon enough you’ll be able to tipple while you table-hop! Smorgasburg’s Eric Demby tells us that, after having a vote on a liquor license for the food market tabled in February, the Brooklyn Flea offshoot is returning to the Brooklyn Community Board 1 SLA committee tonight and hope they can have a license up and running by May or June. “We’ve gathered about 10 pages of signatures in support of the application since our February appearance,” he tells us and they are “confident we’ll win approval both tonight and at the full board in a couple weeks.