Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks in Brooklyn, 2015

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This year, Macy’s will be having fireworks at two separate locations: 1.) a double barge barge just south of the Brooklyn Bridge, and 2.)  at a series of barges between East 23rd and 42nd Streets. Unlike last year, where it was hard to see much of anything from North Brooklyn, the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront will be ideal places to see the big show.

WHERE TO SEE THE FIREWORKS

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As always, DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights will have fantastic views and most waterfront locations, including Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 and the Promenade, are open to the public. You can also head the Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar if you don’t mind shelling out $125. [Read more...]

Farm on Kent to host July 4th event and begin outdoor dinner series this month

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Starting this month, Williamsburg’s Farm on Kent will begin hosting events on the lot adjacent to the Domino Sugar Factory, at South Fourth and North Kent. The first event is this Saturday, as visitors are encouraged to come watch the fireworks beside the East River and Williamsburg Bridge:

We’ve been spreading soil and plants throughout a parcel of land along the East River, and this Independence Day it will be made accessible to the public for the time in over 150 years. Join us and your neighbors for an evening of fireworks, farm-to-table tacos and a slice of South Williamsburg history. [Read more...]

Forget poor doors, Greenpoint developers building segregated poor buildings

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Stephen Levin — who voted to sell Greenpoint’s air rights — and a crew of other dipshits breaking ground; credit Gothamist

The last time we checked in with the progress of the 10-tower Greenpoint Landing waterfront development — aka Stephen Levin Towers – we were hearing concerns from the community about the decision to dig in a polluted Superfund site. Now, that they’ve officially broken ground — don’t breathe until they’re done — they’ve released more details about the project.

The developer behind the massive 10-tower waterfront Greenpoint Landing project on Friday broke ground on construction of the first three buildings in the complex, which will contain entirely below-market-rate units. [Read more...]

Brooklyn Barge Bar finally opening for ticketed event on July 4

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Brooklyn Barge Bar, credit Inhabitat

After multiple delays in June, Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Barge Bar will finally open next weekend with a ticketed July 4th event. Tickets are pricey — a whopping $125. Um, welcome to the neighborhood. But at least that includes drinks, dinner, and a decent view.

Brooklyn Barge Bar will be hosting a ticketed event for fireworks viewing on July 4th. Below are all the details you’ll need about tickets and the event. Please review these details carefully. Because of crowd control and security there are very specific logistical items that need to be followed. Happy 4th All!

Adults $125.00
Kids under 12 $40.00

Tickets include Beer, Wine, Soda, Water, Juice open bar from 6 pm to 10pm (or when the fireworks stop) and a BBQ buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad and all the fixin’s.

Purchase tickets here.

JMZ rents by stop

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As a follow-up to their report on rent prices along the L line, Brick Underground has a handy guide to rent prices along the JMZ. Not surprisingly, rents closer to Manhattan are overall more pricey. Also, rents have risen a staggering 43.9 percent at the increasingly trendy Myrtly-Wyckoff stop:

As with the L train data, we asked Streeteasy to crunch the numbers, pulling the median rental price within a five-block radius of each stop based on active listings for May 2015. “Some of the highest rents along the JMZ lines are exactly where you would expect them to be: the westernmost points near Williamsburg,” Streeteasy data scientist Alan Lightfeldt tells us. “The Lorimer Street, Hewes Street, and Marcy Avenue stops have the most expensive rentals on the whole. However, rents in areas to the east are growing fast.” … [Read more...]

Storm King Art Center announces 2015 Concert Series

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Sounds like the perfect excuse to take a day trip:

In cooperation with Ground Control Touring, Storm King Art Center announced its 2015 Outdoor Concert Series today, featuring The Feelies, Lee Ranaldo, Porches, Frankie Cosmos, and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks. Each show takes place on a Sunday afternoon amidst Storm King’s rolling fields, celebrated sculptures and natural landscape. [Read more...]

Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe says he was bullied by Apple for opting out of Apple Music

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Sure, Newcombe’s a little bit, um, opinionated, but that shouldn’t discount the repulsiveness of Apple’s bullying. Especially since Brian Jonestown Massacre has a history of generosity — remember they posted their entire catalog online to be downloaded for free. This is pretty despicable:

Recently, we learned of Apple’s decision to not pay royalties to artists during their 3 month free trial of the new streaming service Apple Music. Now Anton Newcombe, frontman of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, recently shared some distressing details about his experience resisting that policy. [Read more...]

Eight new hotels coming to Miami Williamsburg, Brooklyn, plus more in Greenpoint and Bushwick

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55 Wythe Ave – holy shit is this thing HUGE

We’ve been covering North Brooklyn’s insane  hotel boom, but Brownstoner has a handy recap of all the construction in Williamsburg. In addition to existing hotels like The Wythe and McCarren Park Hotel, these seven are in the works: The Williamsburg Hotel at 96 Wythe Avenue, The Hoxton at 97 Wythe, The William Vale at 55 Wythe Avenue between North 12th and North 13th, Yotel at 280 Meeker Avenue, The Pod Hotel on 626 Driggs Avenue at North 4th Street,  The M500 just off the Lorimer stop at 500 Metroplitan Avenue, and The Williamsburghotel at 159 Broadway. [Read more...]