A Year at Rooftop Farms!

Food, drinks, live music and an 8pm auction to raise funds for our friends at Evolutionary Organics, whose barn just burned down. A year’s worth of photos from the farm will be on display.

Sponsors include Brooklyn Brewery, Evolutionary Organics, the Goddamn Cobras, Red Jacket Orchards, and musical by Two Lost Turkeys.

Conveniently right off the G’s Hoyt-Schermerhorn stop!

New Bossasaurus Remix and download

They also put out a less club-y remix of a Wu-Tang track that isn’t half-bad. Download Mama’s Back here.

Loft Law Update & Tenants Info Meeting

Heard those horror stories about getting kicked out of illegal lofts and scared it could happen to you? This meeting is for you, helpfully organized by our one and only Ryan Kuonen (who represents some of you burg folks on Community Board 1):

Basement @ Lutheran Church of the Messiah
129 Russell St

Wednesday, December 8 · 7:30pm – 9:00pm

From the Facebook Event:

Things are heating up in the Loft world, whether it’s artist requirements in SOHO or landlord/tenant disputes right here in Bushwick, the city and the press are beginning to take real notice of loft tenant issues. It’s time for us to organizing our buildings in Greenpoint & Williamsburg and unite as a community to stand up for loft tenant rights.

There is A LOT of confusion and misinformation out in the streets about this law and its protections and machinations. The purpose of this meeting is to address the confusion and to start organizing.

Finally, we know that many buildings are working hard to organize a loft law application. Whether you are still searching for your three qualifying units or are looking for more people to join the application, take this opportunity to invite your neighbors to come learn about the loft law first hand.

For more info:

East Williamsburg

via josephx‘s flickr

New Streb

Like Streb’s Running up Walls that happened last spring, but sideways!

Falling Sideways
November 26 – December 19, 2010

Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 3pm & 7pm, Sundays at 3pm

Big New “Work In the Making” come witness the Poetry and Danger of Physicality, a Peak Explosion of Possibility in Hardware and the Fantastical Flight and Falls of STREB. And for part of the show, audiences Get In On the Action to find the Action Hero in themselves. You’re invited to share the performance area with STREB’s Action Faction to Experience and Create Essential Movement Moments.

Buy tickets here

Williamsburg circa 1910

There use to be trolleys and horses. And hey, after the Williamsburg bridge was finished in 1903, “the small village of Williamsburg” became the most populated area of Brooklyn. So morning commuters at the Bedford stop at 8 A.M. watching packed train after packed train go by, history knows your pain.

The new Duane Reade or How Williamsburg is the New Brooklyn Heights

According to the “I’m Boycotting Duane Reade to Save Williamsburg” facebook group, a Duane Reade will be opened on Bedford, directly across from Kings Pharmacy this Saturday.

First off, I need to state that I don’t really give a shit about saving small business in this case.

I do, however, give a shit when urban planning is totally disregarded and services are doubled up. We already have several pharmacies all of which are a stone’s throw from each other, reminding me of the Lewis Black sketch where he declares “the end of the universe” when he discovers a Starbucks across the street from another Starbucks. Duane Reade will be open 24 hours, which will probably end up being the downfall of Kings. This “perk” still does not justify its existence. Space is at premium on Bedford and needs to be utilized effectively.

You know what we could use? A Trader Joe’s. Or a Bank of America. Or better yet, how about some green space? Williamsburg and Greenpoint have one of the lowest people to park space ratios in all of Brooklyn at .06 acres per 1,000 residents, when the city planners recommends at least 2.5 acres per 1,000 residents. It’s only getting worse with the likes of the Domino Sugar development and Duane Reades among us.

Let’s face it, we are maybe 40 baby-filled strollers and one more high-rise away from being a perfectly lovely and totally gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood (read: Park Slope). Corporate outposts don’t spring up spontaneously in neighborhoods. They did their cost-volume-profit analysis and, bingo, Williamsburg looks good. Our consumption habits are bringing them in. But when corporate businesses have to waste our time with their march on independent business, we lose out.

So, instead of the hollow-sounding and vague argument of “Saving Williamsburg,” don’t forget that corporate greed is actually wasting our space for their purposes, not ours.

Happy Birthday in Wburg somewhere

Happy Birthday
by claykessack on flickr