A photo homage to North Brooklyn’s former DIY scene


Dan Deacon, 285 Kent. May 21, 2011; credit: Richard Gin

If you missed Cloud City’s homage to the (largely) defunct DIY scene in Williamsburg and Bushwick, Slate has posted a handful of great photos from Death By Audio, 285 Kent, The Shank and more:

In the last few years, skyrocketing rents and neighborhood changes have killed some of Brooklyn’s favorite DIY, or “do-it-yourself,” music venues. This month, they got one more celebratory send-off with an exhibit, “RIP DIY,” which was on display at Brooklyn’s Cloud City. Featuring the work of 20 photographers, it showed these independent venues during their glory days, when the bands were loud, the drinks were cheap (and often available for those under age), and the party seemed like it might never stop. Curator Nicki Ishmael, whose photographs were also included in the exhibit, lived in the Williamsburg venue Dead Herring for more than five years before it closed in January 2013. The shutdown followed a trend in the neighborhood, one that has since continued with the recent closings of Glasslands Gallery and Death by Audio. [Read more...]

Cards Against Humanity Brooklyn coming soon


The teaser card above isn’t giving us much hope that this won’t suck, but head over to Kickstarter to get the ball rolling. From Brooklyn Magazine:

The expansion is being funded through Kickstarter by Long Islander Michael Sarrantonio, who’s seeking $1000 for production. Backers will get first dibs at the new 54-card pack, which features questions like “What does the R train smell like?” and answers that include “the ghost of Biggie Smalls” and “Gentrification.” [Read more...]

Former motorcycle shop, BBQ joint, and music club mashup reopening in Bushwick


The Shop: credit Katarina Hybenova/Bushwick Daily

That odd spot with the confusing name and concept, The Shop, is slotted to open next month in Bushwick. Formerly in a garage on Metropolitan Ave. in Williamsburg, The Shop’s new focus will be on Texas BBQ and live music:

A shuttered motorcycle club turned barbecue joint will be fully revived next month, serving Texas-style barbecue and hosting live shows. The Shop Brooklyn, at 234 Starr St. in Bushwick, originally launched in an old parking garage on Metropolitan Avenue between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street in 2008. Owner and motorcycle buff Daniel Lyle, 40, who used to work as an investment banker, started out by letting other motorcycle fans park their bikes in the garage to make the rent. [Read more...]

Bushwick’s Rheingold Brewery development to have a rooftop hiking course

10 Montieth Street (credit: ODA New York)

No word on when construction will begin, but this thing looks as tacky as it is ambitious:

Plans for one of the buildings in the housing development on the former Rheingold Brewery site include amenities like an expansive green roof, urban farming areas and a library. The unique building — which is sloped and tiered in many areas — features a slew of amenities, with a focus on outdoor and green space.

The roof will offer 25,500 square feet of space, with a park, a running and hiking course, eating areas, yoga areas and places for urban farming, according to architect ODA. [Read more...]

Metropolitan Dental Arts Grand Opening – 380 Union Ave



Metropolitan Dental Arts is open for business in Williamsburg

Dr. Keith Heller, a Cosmetic/Restorative and Family Dentist, is proud to announce the grand opening of his new dental practice that will serve the residents of Williamsburg. He will be offering multiple deals and discounts for all new patients who come in for Exams, Cleanings and X-rays.  Every new patient will receive a free take-home teeth whitening kit.

Metropolitan Dental Arts accepts all PPO insurances.  For those patients who do not have dental insurance he will be offering a deal of $99 for an Exam, Cleaning and X-rays for the first month the office will be opened.  This deal will expire on April 30, 2015.

Also, for those patients looking to brighten up their smile, for $250 you can get both in-office and take-home bleaching completed.

This brand new state of the art practice is excited to treat and educate both the adults and children of Williamsburg.

You can visit the practice website at metropolitandentalarts.com or contact us at 347-758-5478.

Metropolitan Dental Arts
380 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
On the corner of Union Ave and Powers St

This weekend: Coffee & Tea Festival NYC comes to Greenpoint


It’s taking place this Saturday and Sunday at the Brooklyn Expo Center. Hopefully guest and vendors will stay off the damn sidewalks!

Join more than 60 exhibitors from around the globe as they pour tastings of their finest coffees and teas and introduce you to new and award-winning products – the 2015 lineup will surpass all years past and include more coffee, as requested! This international extravaganza celebrating all things coffee and tea will offer two days of programs from well-known industry pros and pioneers, pairings, tastings, and more! The 28,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall will also feature some of the most delectable sweet and savory foods to compliment the spectacular collection of coffees and teas.

More information at coffeeandteafestival.com.

This Friday: Greenpoint Gallery Night


Yes, Greenpoint has galleries. Not as many as Bushwick, perhaps, but that makes this annual crawl all the more manageable and fun. Plus, there’s an afterparty at Broken Land bar. Map below: [Read more...]

Restaurant Round-Up: Lucy’s Vietnamese Kitchen, Billet & Bellows and Tandoori Masala


Billet & Bellows; credit L Magazine

The Grand Street craft cocktail bar, Billet & Bellows, which opened quietly late last year just started serving small plates. From the owner:

Patrons can now compliment the flavors of their beverages with items like the Ploughman’s Plate with Cured Meats, Cheese, Cornichons, Radish and Bread; Deviled Eggs Benedict with Ham and English Muffin Crumbs; Baby Bliss Potato Skins with Dublin Cheddar, Pork Cracklins, Cream and Scallions; and Skillet Mac and Cheese with Cheddar, Gruyere and a Parmesan Garlic Crumb Topping. Additional menu items include Marinated Olives, a Jumbo Soft Hot Pretzel with Whiskey Mustard Dripping Sauce, and Chicken Liver Toast with Chutney and Cornichons.

Billet and Bellows, 177 Grand Street, Williamsburg [Read more...]