The Brooklyn Barge reopens Wednesday in Greenpoint

Brooklyn Barge Bar, c/o Greenpointers

Brooklyn Barge Bar, c/o Greenpointers

From Gothamist:

Moored off Milton Street with views of darling Transmitter Park, the Barge offers some pretty enticing vistas of Manhattan and the East River. [Read more...]

The Lot Radio – a Williamsburg radio station and coffeesop in a shipping container

The Lot Radio - 17 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (credit: Kellylouise Delaney / Gothamist)

The Lot Radio – 17 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (credit: Kellylouise Delaney / Gothamist)

The Lot Radio has been open for a few months, and you can listen live now. The coffeeshop kiosk that shares the space helps to fund the project.  Now that it’s getting warmer, The Lot Radio’s outdoor space is an especially nice addition to the neighborhood:

Over the past few months, visitors to the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border may have noticed the gradual appearance of a shipping container, church pews, recycled furniture, and lawn flamingos in the distinctive triangular lot situated between North 15th Street, Banker Street, and Nassau Avenue. Before this, a camper had occupied the gated-off space for years, intriguing locals who wondered how a developer hadn’t yet claimed the unique plot of land for a mega-tall condo. [Read more...]

Restaurant openings: Cherry Point, Emmy Squared, Don Muang Airport and more

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Cherry Point in Greenpoint

We already told you about Rider (Williamsburg), Barano (Williamsburg), The Rosemont (Bushwick), Hail Mary (Greenpoint), and The Dromedary (Bushwick). Here are a few other new places to try.

Cherry Point just opened in Greenpoint:

Julian Calcott, formerly the executive sous-chef at the Spotted Pig, [Read more...]

Bushwick’s Northeast Kingdom to serve its last meal on May 28th

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Nooooooooooooooooooo! We miss you already! From the owners:

“Dearest Friends & Neighbors of Bushwick and Beyond,

It has been the greatest honor to be part of this dynamic and generous community for over 10 years. [Read more...]

At least there’s one bright side to the impending L train shutdown…

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credit: gtrain.nyc

The MTA is finally going to improve service on the G. Given the inevitable surge in ridership it will face when the L gets shut down, we’re going to need the improvements:

Metropolitan Transportation Authority honchos will finally give the G train the attention straphangers have been demanding for years when they stop L train service to Manhattan for repairs in 2019. The agency will shower the green-eyed bullet with longer trains that come more frequently and free above-ground transfers during the upheaval, officials announced last week, and transit activists are riding high on the news.
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House of Vans announces 2016 line-up with Sleep, Battles and more

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Beginning May 19, they have six shows planned for their location in Greenpoint. Personally, we can’t wait to see Sleep. Brooklyn Vegan has more:

It kicks off on May 19 with an electronic show featuring a good bill all around: Jon Hopkins, The Black Madonna, The Field and FIXED DJs. RSVP for that one is open now. Like with all HoV shows, entry is first come, first served. [Read more...]

Other Music skit from 2006(ish) with Aziz Ansari

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In case you hadn’t heard the depressing news, Other Music is closing:

As sales of physical music continue to plummet, a no-frills independent record store makes increasingly less sense as a business: Other Music will shut its doors and mail-order service on June 25, more than 20 years after its debut in this once artistically vibrant neighborhood. (Other Music Recording Co., a label associated with the store since 2012, will continue.) [Read more...]

Sietsema reviews the new Williamsburg Algerian restaurant Bar Omar

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And he loves the tajines saying they are “so damn good.” He also says Bar Omar offers the best french fries in Williamsburg:

The cooking of the Maghreb is among the most exciting in the world, though vastly underappreciated in New York City. Once known as the land of the Moors, this region of North Africa includes contemporary Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, and Tunisia. [Read more...]