One of Greenpoint’s most iconic dive bars is closing

(credit Joe Kowalski)

(credit Joe Kowalski)

If you haven’t been to the Palace Cafe, which is on the edge of McGolrick Park, swing by before they close on September 3. This 83-year-old gem is truly a slice of history. We’re going to be very sad to see them shutter, but thankfully we’ll still have jello shots at Capri Social Club to ease the pain — at least for now. From Gothamist:

The bar began life in 1933 and has been owned by the same family since then. It’s more of a dive in spirit than in cracked linoleum and stale beer odors, timeworn though many of the features may be. [Read more...]

This Saturday: Beer and BBQ at North Brooklyn Farms


We’re hoping it cools down a bit, but either way Beergarden sounds like a lot of fun. Starting at 5pm this Saturday (Aug 20) sample beers from Threes, Other Half, Finback and more at the riverfront greenspace beside the Williamsburg Bridge:

Join us at North Brooklyn Farms, an urban farm and public greenspace on the footprint of the iconic Domino Sugar Factory [Read more...]

Maison Premiere wannabe The Heyward has closed


The restaurant that took over the former Zebulon space in Williamsburg has closed. We were always lukewarm on the establishment, but admittedly never tried the french toast sandwich. From Eater:

[The Heyward] was known for South Carolina dishes like a hoppin’ John, shrimp and grits, and a ridiculous but highly regarded breakfast sandwich that featured ham, eggs, and fig jam on two slices of French toast. Eater critic Robert Sietsema called it “one of the best things we’ve tasted all year” in 2015, and in a review, he awarded the restaurant two stars — making it stand out in a neighborhood flush with “cleaned-up Southern” restaurants. Eater has reached out to the team and will update with more information. [Read more...]

Greenpoint’s River Styx is closing on Sunday

River Styx Nachos; via Village Voice

River Styx Nachos; via Village Voice

We’re going to miss their nachos — which were some of the best in the city. Maybe there will be a Bill Murray spotting at the closing party – which happens on Sunday. His son is a partial owner, after all. From their website:

We regret to inform our beloved guests that after 3 years River Styx will be closing its doors. [Read more...]

Brooklyn Night Bazaar line-up announced


We told you about the Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s new location on Greenpoint Ave at the Polonaise Terrace. Now the initial line-up has been announced. There are lots of TBDs, but highlights include Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Pissed Jeans and Ted Leo. Full list below:

9/9 Gothamist presents: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah [Read more...]

Williamsburg institution Moto has closed


This closing is going to break a lot of hearts. Moto was an institution — unpretentious, beautifully designed and one of the few remaining “neighborhood” places to survive the rent hikes. [Read more...]

Aska reopens and at $359 per person it’s still WAY too expensive


Hopefully the overrated food has improved:

Last week, Fredrik Berselius reopened his critically acclaimed Nordic-influenced restaurant Aska in a former warehouse on South 5th Street near the Williamsburg Bridge. [Read more...]

Curbed assesses a “new, post-gentrification era for Bedford Avenue”


Now that there’s a Whole Foods, a Starbucks, an Apple store and gaggles of bros on Bedfod Ave, Curbed took the time to do a block-by-block assessment of the gentrification. They’re still serving drinks at the Turkey’s Nest and slinging slices at Vinnie’s. Still, it’s hard not to lament all that has changed:

The William Vale Hotel, located at the corner of North 12th Street and Wythe Avenue, is clearly visible when standing near the McCarren Park tennis courts. The oddly-shaped lodging is due to open this year. [Read more...]