Basically everything is shutting down in north Greenpoint


Hail Mary; credit Grub Street

As Gothamist reports, Hail Mary is the latest casualty in a mass number of shutdowns in the past six months.

Hail Mary, the cute gourmet “diner” on Greenpoint Avenue, closed over the weekend after less than a year in the neighborhood. This is sad news for mac and cheese lovers, funfetti fanatics, and anyone who enjoys high quality comfort food in a cozy, welcoming environment. If you love a restaurant, go there frequently, or risk saying farewell.

Reached via email, owners Ham and Sohla El-Waylly told us they “tried their best” to keep their Greenpoint dream alive. “We made something we loved and that completely represented us through and through,” they told Gothamist. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. We’re happy we got to try and that this experience has made our relationship stronger.”

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Why This Dating App Will Make You Delete All The Others In 2017



Are you in a dating-app rut? Do you have a nauseating number of Tinder nightmare experiences piling up, but aren’t a celebrity with the red carpet resume to make it into the highly exclusive Raya app?

Enter, The Inner Circle. This Amsterdam-born “selective dating app” promises to “connect ambitious, like-minded people.” Since its launch in 2013, it has been met with a large amount of publicity and success, and with that, a large amount of criticism due to its perceived exclusivity. [Read more…]

Where, how often, and with whom are people doing ‘it’ in Bushwick

Infographic by Jacque Medina at Bushwick Daily

Infographic by Jacque Medina/Bushwick Daily

Bushwick Daily has provided a very helpful public service by polling their readers about, what else, SEX! (It is Valentine’s Day after all.)

Turns out 27% of those polled have hooked up in a bar or restaurant bathroom. One person even fessed up to fucking on top of a smashed avocado at Hana Food. Here are a few choice quotes from the article:

“I have slept with a lot of Manhattan men, but Bushwick men have better beards anyway, and what a girl wouldn’t want that extra fluff around her vagina.”

“I’ve hooked up with at least 4 bartenders from the same bar. Hard to remember how many exactly…” [Read more…]

Threes Brewing opened a pop-up in Greenpoint in the former home of Cassette

Craft beer drinkers rejoice. Threes Brewing is visiting Greenpoint in the former home of Cassette! Now you don’t have to make the haul to Gowanus to sample their suds. The pop-up is located at 113 Franklin Street and they’re open Wednesday – Sunday at 5pm. They set up shot last week and will be in Greenpoint for at least a month.

From Greenpointers:

Hallelujah! Something’s happening in the old Cassette space, making Franklin Street a little less sparse. [Read more…]

Writing in 2025: panel discussion at Pratt


One of Free Williamsburg’s contributors, Andy P. Smith, is hosting a panel discussion at Pratt Institute tonight with four incredible writers/editors working in digital publishing. The event is free, and Andy tells us they’ll be giving away “a ton of Moleskine notebooks and swag, so get there early.” It’s first come, first served with the giveaways.

WRITING IN 2025: The Future of Digital Publishing
A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, January 31
at Pratt Institute, Engineering 306

Ultimately, Andy hopes to spurn a conversation between experienced and novice writers on how best to write and get published. “We all wanna get published,” Andy says. “But we gotta eat too. And if we can eat while exploring options for battling our nation’s patriarchal oligarchy, primarily through writing and journalism, well… that’s the the goal, isn’t it?”

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Weirdo Stuff! Gutboy: A Badtime Story Screening



A dark comedy marionette musical made in Williamsburg will be screening at 9:00 this Sunday at Planeta (295 E. 8th St., Manhattan, just off the 1st Ave L.)

Gutboy is the weirdest movie you’re liable to see this year. In an age of over-serious assembly-line blockbusters it’s refreshing and fun and unexpected. It’s about a guy who accidentally sells his skin, and the fun he has enacting revenge on his oppressors. Along the way we meet mermaids, witches, corrupt cops, and a singing chorus of sex-workers.

Before the film, psychic services will be provided by the Canarsie Board of Community Standards. Card readings of various occult decks, as well as an obscure Bohemian form of divination will be practiced, as well as the buying and selling of nightmares.

Free wine and cookies will be available while they last! [Read more…]

Local studio space for audio professionals

nysf_williamsburg177For 13 years, New York Studio Factory has provided workspace and studio space for creative professionals in Williamsburg and Bushwick. Maybe you’ve seen their blue buildings, but have you been inside?

With custom-built studios for audio producers and mixers like The Submarine Studio and DJ Statik Selekta, the New York Studio Factory has a solid membership of creative professionals, not to mention a community of startups like EasyTigerApps and Rhythm Necklace.

NYSF Studio Space Williamsburg

For January (or the last week of it, at least!) New York Studio Factory is running a discount promotion: save $300 on your first month’s rent! If you’re looking for work space, or music writing/production room, book a tour at

Interactive map shows how your neighborhood will be affected by ‘luxury condos’


DNA has put together a very useful – albeit troubling – interactive map that helps New Yorkers visualize the construction that’s underway, or planned, in their neighborhoods. Looking at Greenpoint is especially frustrating given the amount of out-of-scale construction that’s happening along its waterfront. A tower called The Greenpoint, which is on the West Street between India and Huron, stretches an entire square block and will be 39 stories. (Thanks Stephen Levin.) And many more buildings are underway. Williamsburg is a tad less alarming since the waterfront has already been dramatically altered. At least Bushwick Inlet Park seems like a done deal at this point. Check out what’s happening in your neighborhood here.