Pat Kiernan was at The Gutter, de Blasio visited The Meatball Shop

So while Christie and Cuomo have panic attacks — residents remain unphased – and life returns to normal in Williamsburg and New York.

Pat Kiernan bowled at The Gutter on Saturday. He posted this picture on Facebook and said “Nice crowd at The Gutter tonight after a tough 48 hours. And I just bowled three strikes.”

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And here’s de Blasio at The Meatball Shop in Greenwich Village. He should have come to Willamsburg, but still…

 

Video: Colin Meloy debuted some new The Decemberists tracks on Bedford Ave.

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As mentioned, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists was on Bedford Avenue over the weekend playing a few new songs from his just-announced record with The Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. In addition to a Morrissey cover and some older Decemberist tracks, he debuted ‘Make Me Better’ and ‘Lake Song’ from the new album:

‘Make Me Better’

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285 Kent booker/manager on Vice Media and the closing of Williamsburg’s clubs

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Vice Media, credit: Brooklyn Rail

It’s no secret that Vice Media is expanding and soon will take over every part of South Williamsburg not owned by or J Crew or Two Trees. Still, the owners of the clubs that have been displaced by Vice (Death By Audio, Glasslands, 285 Kent) have been very tight-lipped about why they are shuttering. We reached out to Glasslands yesterday and haven’t heard a peep. What’s with all the secrecy?

Gawker tracked down Ric Leichtung, the guy who ran the now defunct 285 Kent and got an answer:

The landlord’s been waiting for a pay day like this for years. The landlord’s made little headway on bringing the building up to code to host legitimate businesses, opting for these really short term 2 or 3-year commercial leases to illegal loft spaces and quasi-legal establishments like 285 Kent so that the landlord could easily kick them out or wait for their leases to expire and cash in when they found a buyer. [Read more...]

Zagat says Paulie has New York’s best pies

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Paulie Gee, credit NY Times

I love Paulie’s so I was happy to see this – even though Totonno’s and Roberta’s have a slight edge in my opinion. Hopefully, the foot traffic the rating is sure to inspire won’t be as annoying as what we see outside of that overrated tourist trap Grimaldi’s. From Gothamist:

The 30,592 diners who participated in this year’s Google-owned Zagat Survey have spoken and declared that Greenpoint pie purveyor Paulie Gee’s fires up the city’s top pizza. In the 2015 guide, which was released today, the eaters lauded the “destination-worthy”—that’s called “borough-shaming,” Zagat!—pizzeria’s “one-of-a-kind” toppings and Paulie’s hands-on service as their favorite pick of the city’s dense pizza population. Following closely behind Paulie’s funky pies were the offerings at Lucali in Carroll Gardens, Juliana’s in Dumbo, Totonno’s of Coney Island and then Bushwick’s Roberta’s.

If the Brooklyn theme was apparent in the pizza category, it’s with good reason. The borough saw a 28% increase in the number of eateries reviewed, with 340 establishments making this year’s list. Of those, Williamsburg’s St. Anselm was ranked best of the borough, calling the steakhouse “cool” but “unpretentious” and saying that it has some of “the city’s best” beef. Other top borough picks included SriPraPhai, a Thai eatery in Queens; Roberto’s Italian in the Bronx; and Denino’s Pizzeria, taking home top honors for Staten Island.

More information about Paulie Gees here. Oh and nice URL, Gothamist: burnt_ashy_pizza_ftw.

Arrogant Swine opens tonight with live music, free tattoos and boobs

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Arrogant Swine, Credit Scott Lynch

After teasing us for months, Tyson Ho’s whole-hog, North Carolina-style BBQ joint and beer garden is finally opening tonight in Bushwick. (We refuse to call it East Williamsbug.) The opening party will be a carnival of silliness featuring live music, free tattoos and boobs.

Bushwick Burlesque will be performing, as will musician and Bushwick resident Reverend Vince Anderson. Some artists who work with the Bushwick Collective will be on hand to finish up their murals. A representative from Founders Brewing Co. will be there with giveaways.

And an artist from Gnostic Tattoo, a parlor at 1089 Flushing Ave., will offer a free tattoo, featuring a pig, for those who are interested. There will be three options for the tattoos, which will range from “mild” to “slightly racy” to “oh my God,” Ho said.

“I haven’t looked at them yet,” he said. “I believe heavily in allowing artists to have full creative bandwidth.”

Here’s how Ho describes his 3,000 square foot beer hall:

The Arrogant Swine is an American Beer Hall nestled in the quaint little artistic village of Bushwick in Brooklyn. Bushwick is an enchanted land filled with dancing gnomes & frilocking nymphs. [Read more...]

Robert Plant playing Brooklyn Bowl this Thursday

81-elgThe good news is the Led Zeppelin frontman and cultural icon is playing a very small venue. The bad new is tickets are $125. Oh and he’ll be performing “radically refigured takes on the Led Zeppelin classics” and new music that “melds blues, Celtic folk, West African music, Arabian elements and stone cold rock” — which sounds awful.

Still, it is Robert Plant, so it’s ALMOST worth it if you have a spare $250 bucks laying around.


Tickets go on-sale today at 3pm.

This Sunday: TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint food fest

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The annual event is September  7th from 1pm – 5pm at The East River State Park.

And this year, it’s for a good cause too so you can feel guilt-free about stuffing your face. All proceeds go towards the building of the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center:

 

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Twin Peaks are playing tonight in Williamsburg

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Pitchfork didn’t give it much love, but we’ve been thoroughly enjoying their latest, Wild Onion. They play Baby’s All Right tonight with The Lemons and Winston. Here’s their latest single, “Flavor”:
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