“I Hate Being Single” – funny Williamsburg web series from original Broad City director

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Are you watching I Hate Being Single? You should be because it’s funny and it takes place in Williamsburg. The director, Rob Michael Hugel, launched Season 2 in February and the humor will remind you of early Broad City webisodes. Here’s Episode 3 from the new season, starring Shalyah Evans of Girl Code and many local settings:

Catch up with Episode 1 of the new season below: [Read more...]

On Our Radar: Ezra Furman and Sam Cohen

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We’re not sure how Ezra Furman is not a household name in indie circles by now. He’s been making music since 2006 and in 2013 recorded not one but two of our favorite releases that year, Day of the Dog and The Year of No Returning. Thankfully, he is returning this summer with a new album and recently released a teaser, “Restless Year.” We’re hoping he finally gets some love. Pitchfork has never even mentioned him.

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Roberta’s owners in bitter fight – try to have one partner arrested

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Our friends over at Roberta’s aren’t playing nice. The restaurant, which has a net worth in the millions, is looking to expand and one of its three partners Chris Parachini isn’t happy. With a “pending deal” in Asia and plans to open a restaurant on the premises of a new Ace Hotel on the Lower East Side,  partners Brandon Hoy and Carlo Mirarchi tried to buy Parachini out last year over financial disagreements. It didn’t go well:

The food fight started in December when partners Brandon Hoy and Carlo Mirarchi fired the co-founder of the Bushwick pizza mecca, Chris Parachini, over disagreements about expansion that led to buyout negotiations.

The talks broke down when Parachini turned his nose up at a $2 million offer to purchase his 25 percent share in the company. Parachini’s counter-offer was $2.9 million for Roberta’s and its spinoffs including a restaurant in the Rockaways and another $2.5 million for intellectual property. [Read more...]

Pete Wells gives Williamsburg’s Semilla a rave

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Semilla, credit NY Times

In this week’s review of the “vegetable forward” cooking at Semilla, Wells was pretty glowing, though he conceded that the newish Williamsburg establishment could be a tad niche:

“The crowd reminded me of the audiences, small but intense, who showed up to hear underground bands in the ’80s and ’90s, when that was one of the few ways to hear music that didn’t get played on the radio.”

Here are some other highlights:

Semilla had taken two cabbage leaves, then flattened and dried them until they were as crisp as a cracker. This was the bread. In between were a bundle of unusually delicious coleslaw and some grains of buckwheat groats….The flavors woke up old memories of the Polish and Ukrainian restaurants that are mostly gone from the East Village… [Read more...]

Williamsburg’s oldest bar, Teddy’s, sold to new owner

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If you lived in Williamsburg in the 90s, you likely have warm memories about Teddy’s bar. Before other, more-trendy establishments took over it was the place to get a drink in the neighborhood – a welcoming home to artists and locals alike. The owners were evidently choosy about who purchased the bar, wanting someone who would keep the “classic vibe intact.” Fingers crossed that the buyer doesn’t turn Teddy’s into another generic drinking hole that pays no tribute to its history.

The three owners of Teddy’s Bar and Grill sold it last week, ending their nearly-three-decade claim on the more-than-a-century-old watering hole. In shopping it around, they made a point of picking a buyer who pledged to keep the classic vibe intact, they said.

“We were very eager to find an owner-operator who would cherish what was happening here and not turn it into a luxury steakhouse or an obnoxious chain,” Felice Kirby said. “We had some crazy offers from people, but we did not think those would be a smart move…” [Read more...]

New Sun Kil Moon record takes a snarky dig at Williamsburg

Sun Kil Moon; credit: The Quietus

Sun Kil Moon; credit: The Quietus

The king of snark Mark Kozelek has apparently moved on from poking fun at War on Drugs. He’s got a new record coming out in June, Universal Themes, which contains a track hilariously titled “Cry Me A River Williamsburg Sleeve Tattoo Blues.” From Stereogum:

The Benji follow-up was recorded over this year and last in San Francisco and Hoboken, and features percussion from Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth. The album will contain last year’s one-off “The Possum,” and its B-side “Cry Me A River Williamsburg Sleeve Tattoo Blues.” And the tracklist also contains some more Kozelek gems like “With A Sort Of Grace I Walked To The Bathroom To Cry” and “This Is My First Day And I’m Indian And I Work At A Gas Station.” Thankfully, no War On Drugs diss tracks made the cut. The album artwork appears to be of a payphone in the middle of nowhere.

Here’s the first track, “The Possum:” [Read more...]

There was a fashion show on the L train

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In honor of Fashion Week Kim Mesches, a Brooklyn-based fashion designer, staged a guerrilla fashion show on the L train. Check it out below: [Read more...]

Overhyped, overpriced kitchen for the nouveau riche will close Sunday

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Celebrity chef Paul Liebrandt’s much-hyped Williamsburg restaurant, The Elm is calling it quits:

It’s official: Two-and-a-half-year-old the Elm, inside the King & Grove Williamsburg hotel, will halt operations on Sunday.

Back in August 2013, just a month after the restaurant opened, chef Paul Liebrandt called the project a “gateway,” saying he wanted to “do a restaurant that would reach a clientele that would never, ever have come to Corton.” [Read more...]