Organizers And Parks Department Pull Plug On Electric Zoo

Around 8:45 a.m. this morning, the Mayor’s Office announced the cancellation of the third and final day of Electric Zoo. The City cited the deaths of concertgoers and other hospitalizations that took place at the dance music festival on Randalls Island earlier this weekend.

The website for Electric Zoo now redirects to a message from the event’s organizers. “The founders of Electric Zoo send our deepest condolences to the families of the two people who passed away this weekend,” the statement reads. “Because there is nothing more important to us than our patrons, we have decided in consultation with the New York City Parks Department that there will be no show today.” The statement from the Mayor’s Office is more specific about the reasons for canceling the event, citing “health risks” and MDMA. The drug, a form of ecstasy also known as “molly,” is becoming more mainstream, with even Miley Cyrus singing about taking it.

Some of the musical acts scheduled to perform today expressed sympathy for those concertgoers who were hospitalized or killed.

“My thoughts go out to families and the people who died at Electric Zoo in New York,” tweeted performer Sebastian Ingrosso.

Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren tweeted, “I feel really sorry for everyone that was looking forward to my show today. I’m really sorry but this is beyond my control.”

Event organizers have yet to post about refunding tickets, but a “disclaimer” page for general ticket conditions stated that in the event of cancellation, the value of the ticket will be refunded, excluding fees and service charges. That page now redirects to the message about the event’s cancellation.

Tequila and Art This Friday at REVERSE

This week, the REVERSE art space in Williamsburg is celebrating its inaugural exhibition, Uncharted Waters, with an event on Friday, April 12th at 7pm. The event will feature new work by emerging and established artists. Herradura Tequila will provide cocktails.

REVERSE also participates in “EVERY 2:ND,” a recurring event on the second Friday of each month when local art spaces and galleries stay open until 9pm. The monthly events “showcase cutting-edge exhibitions, performances and conceptual soirees,” a REVERSE organizer tells FREEwilliamsburg.

REVERSE is at 28 Frost Street, ground floor. Press release after the jump. [Read more…]

Workout Carry A Coffin Through Williamsburg In New Video

Workout just released the new video for their song “Bon Voyage,” which they recorded at Converse’s Rubber Tracks studio in Williamsburg.

Here’s What The L Train Looked Like Before It Returned

Rejoice north Brooklynites, the L train is back! In case you’re wondering what kind of work goes into restoring a subway line, the MTA released this video on Wednesday of its crews hard at work.

More on the video over at Gizmodo.

Brooklyn Vintage Crawl Returns This Weekend

This Sunday marks the return of Vintage Crawl, a shop and bar hop through Williamsburg and Greenpoint. This year’s crawl is unique, as they’ll be helping with the Hurricane Sandy relief. From the organizers:

The Brooklyn Vintage Crawl is officially back!  The first shopping experience of its kind to hit the New York scene, is hosting its Fall Crawl on Sunday, November 11th from Noon-8pm. Last year’s inaugural event drew nearly 1,000 shoppers and thousands of dollars in single-day sales–overall, a neighborly great time!

This premier event will feature a self-led bargain hunt through the best vintage shops in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.  Our map featuring all discounts and promotions throughout the neighborhood is available through the mobile platform,  Domino Street, which makes The Vintage Crawl accessible to mobile smartphone users before and during the Crawl at

Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts will be a suggested $1-$5 donation added to each purchase.  All proceeds will be donated to New York Cares, specifically for Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts in the NYC area.

More after the jump. [Read more…]

No, Con Ed Isn’t Reimbursing You For Thrown Out Food

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Forget what you may have heard about Con Ed reimbursing you for the food you threw out when you lost power during Hurricane Sandy. Con Ed does allow customers to file a claim for spoiled food and medication, but it turns out this doesn’t apply to last week’s hurricane.

“Because the severe storm was beyond our control, Con Edison is not responsible for property damage or other losses,” the website states. This includes people who lost power due to the pre-emtive shutting off of electricity as opposed to the actual outage. The site continues to list the amounts you can get back (up to $450 for residential customers and $9,000 for commercial ones) and how to go about doing so, but reminds you “the information below does not apply to outages resulting from Hurricane Sandy.”

Here’s Some Actual Local Hurricane Sandy Damage

You’re probably looking out your window right now and thinking, well it sure is windy, but were all these precautions necessary? Time will tell, but it looks like the storm has already taken a casualty in Williamsburg. Here is a construction site on Union and Frost that didn’t survive the high winds, via Thought Catalog’s liveblog.

via Thought Catalog's flickr

City Announces Frankenstorm Precautions, Possible Subway Suspension (UPDATED)

Though you’re probably dressed up as a binder full of women at some Halloween party right now, you may want to consider stocking up on goods and emergency supplies. (By goods and emergency supplies, we mean whiskey, Scrabble, and a candle or two.) There is now a 90% chance that Hurricane Sandy, a.k.a. the “Frankenstorm” will hit the East Coast in the coming days.

Earlier this evening, the mayor’s office announced that this city is not ordering any evacuations, but there will be 65 shelters open where people can sleep and eat. (That sounds like the last place we would ever want to go.) The mayor also said, “Although we’re expecting a large surge of water, it will be a slower pile-up and not a sudden wall of water.” So don’t expect a Day After Tomorrow-type of scenario.

According to an MTA announcement hours ago, the city is preparing to suspend subway service if necessary. “MTA has begun planning for an orderly suspension of all subway, bus & commuter railroad service, if Hurricane Sandy continues to bear down on the area,” the announcement states. MTA will make the call on Sunday and the suspension would take effect at 7 p.m. Sunday night. This would be only the second weather-related suspension in the subway’s 108-year-old history, the first time being for Hurricane Irene last year. Metro-North and LIRR would also suspend service Sunday night, so, yahtzee! No work on Monday!

Update 10/28/12 10:45 a.m.: It’s official: MTA will suspend all subway and railroad service beginning at 7 p.m. tonight.