This year’s Crest Fest is upon us! The festivities run from 1pm to 7pm on Saturday, June 30th. The event will take place at Crest Hardware, located at 558 Metropolitan Avenue and will be filled with art, life music, food, drinks and local vendors. Details and more information can be found by visiting the website.
For swimmers who don’t mind water with a lot of salt, a Williamsburg hotel has just opened the city’s only saltwater pool to its patrons. Brooklynites are flocking to King & Grove on N. 12th St., where admission to the 20-foot-wide, 40-foot-long, 4-foot-deep pool is ordering something off the hotel bar’s menu.
“I don’t know why people don’t know about this,” said sunbather Bridget Balliett, 24, as she sipped a $7 Blue Moon ale while lounging on one of the five poolside daybeds with three friends. All work at a nearby Bedford Ave. clothing store, and had come over on their lunch break to eat, drink, and tan.
“It’s better than a rinky-dink public pool,” said Balliett’s pal Katie McDermott, 19.
The King & Grove lodging chain acquired Hotel Williamsburg earlier this year. Shortly afterward, staffers found saline and chlorine filters attached to the outdoor first-floor swimming hole, which sits just a few feet from the lobby bar.
Management decided to open up the pool to the public during Memorial Day weekend, turning the deck into a full-blown serving area that can accommodate up to 149 visitors. Besides beds, patrons can book a seat at one of the 10 tables or on one of the 18 bleachers.
“We want to be part of the neighborhood,” said food and beverage director Christopher Dorsey. “We don’t want to be pretentious.”
Still, Dorsey said officials are debating whether to charge a $45 cover as the pool’s popularity grows.
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Despite the name, the handsome boys behind new Williamsburg seafood and cocktails spot Extra Fancy aren’t wearing bow ties or suspenders or shiny shoes. They’re just kicking ass making good drinks, pouring rad beers and endearing themselves to the neighborhood. It’s a quiet spot now, but once people figure out it’s there, it’s sure to be overrun with pretty hipsters, cocktail fiends, and late night degenerates looking for something fried (fancily, of course).
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From the Brooklyn Brewery:
Brooklyn Brewery is exporting some of the best Brooklyn bands to Debaser in Sweden this Labor Day weekend. But you don’t need no credit card to ride on this train. To one talented songwriter and music lover, Brooklyn Brewery is giving away BROOKLYN, SWEDEN festival passes, airfare and hotel accommodations for two. You’ve read this correctly. It’s a biggin’.
BUT HOW? WHAT ARE THE RULES?
+ Write a song with lyrics about or inspired by Brooklyn’s beloved/infamous G train – although sometimes sluggish, from Greenpoint to Kensington this stalwart people mover is a staple of transportation in Brooklyn.
+ Submit the song via YouTube, Vimeo or similar video platform and email the link to [email protected] (including lyrics might be wise).
+ Contestants must be an amateur or unsigned songwriter. No pros!
+ Submissions must be original. No covers.
+ There are no style or instrument restrictions: songs can be acoustic, electronic, bluegrass, hip hop, etc.
+ Entries will be accepted until 5pm on July 24.
+ The top entries will be posted to our Facebook page for public voting from July 25 to August 1.
+ The song with the most votes wins, and will be announced August 2.
+ The winner will be flown to Sweden from New York City and be put up at Story Hotel from Aug 30-Sep 2. The winning song will be featured on Debaser.se and BrooklynBrewery.com.