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?”

RSVP for Writing in 2025: bitly.com/writing2025

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 NYStudioFactory.com

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.

Plan A! dance party and Planned Parenthood fundraiser

Looking for a unique, fun way to donate to Planned Parenthood? Check out Plan A!, a dance party and art auction, open bar and fundraiser. Continuing a program of cultural events at Dobbin St., this party is a collaboration with Tickled HOT Pink and Medium Rare, presenting an array of local food and drink vendors including Sixpoint Brewery and The Meatball Shop.

Previous events raised over $150,000 for the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai and this year’s benefactor, Planned Parenthood, couldn’t be more timely or important, looking down the barrel of this weekend. So whether you’re making the trip to DC or hunkering down in NYC this weekend, next weekend be sure to check out this “cathartic evening of dancing, art-making and a 4-hour open bar.”

Plan A! Dance Party and Planned Parenthood Fundraiser at Dobbin St.
Saturday, Jan 28th, 8pm – 1am

Attention North Brooklyn, Thai Direct delivers authentic Thai meals and ingredients to your front door

Authentic Thai Meal Kits: Make Cooking Authentic Thai Easy & Affordable

Authentic Thai Meal Kits: Make Cooking Authentic Thai Easy & Affordable

Thai Direct, an authentic Thai meal kit company, delivers fresh authentic Thai ingredients (some of which are pre-prepped) with simple recipes for cooking homemade Thai meals. Authentic Thai ingredients are not available at typical grocery stores or supermarkets. Thai Direct aims to bridge that gap and ride the food disruption trend by offering the authentic Thai cooking option. Their initial products include two-person meal kits with seven different gluten-free meal options as well as freshly made frozen Thai rice. Their recipes, curated by authentic Thai chefs, will be provided in the form of hard copies as well as online recipes and videos. The meal kits’ price is $19.99 for two people. Customers can choose to buy one meal at a time or subscribe for 4 meals on a weekly or biweekly basis. In addition, Thai Direct will offer their own original chili sauce and spice powder sometime during the first half of 2017. Thai Direct is currently selling their products in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods of Brooklyn, NY. Use this discount code “FREEWILLIAMSBURG” for a 10% discount valid until 1/31/17.

Check out Thai Direct at http://www.thaidirect.co/

Police Captain apologizes for flippant remarks about Greenpoint date rapes

Captain Peter Rose, head of the 94th Precinct in Greenpoint

Captain Peter Rose, head of the 94th Precinct in Greenpoint

As DNA reported a few days ago, there has been a very troubling uptick in rapes in Greenpoint. Reports of assaults in the neighborhood were up 62% last year.

Police Captain Peter Rose got himself in a lot of trouble after the article ran by saying he wasn’t “too worried” since most of the rapes weren’t committed by strangers:

“Every rape should be investigated. I wish we could do more,” Captain Peter Rose, head of the 94th Precinct, told DNAinfo New York.

“It really becomes a balancing act for the investigators. Some of them were Tinder, some of them were hookup sites, some of theme were actually coworkers. It’s not a trend that we’re too worried about because out of 13 [sex attacks], only two were true stranger rapes,” he explained.

Following the much deserved criticism, he has since issued an apology: [Read more…]

Bunker Vietnamese opens tonight in Bushwick

Bunker-Vietnamese, credit offMetro

Bunker-Vietnamese, credit offMetro

We mentioned last year that Ridgewood’s fantastic Vietnamese restaurant, Bunker, was opening in a larger space in Bushwick. Well, the grand opening is tonight at 99 Scott Avenue. The menu, [Read more…]