More bad news… Brooklyn Night Bazaar is closing very soon


Well this sucks. Pretty soon the only place to see live music in New York will be Terminal 5.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s landlord let them know that a new tenant is taking over their Brooklyn space and they need to be out by June 1st. The Greenpoint music venue, food and shopping space, where shows are usually free, still has a few shows coming up though.

A few more shows are slotted including Skaters this Thursday.

UPDATE: There’s a silver lining as the team from the Bazaar will be taking their talents to Rockaway Beach this summer. From Gothamist:

The team behind the Brooklyn Night Bazaar has signed a multi-year lease with the National Parks Service to “re-imagine the beach experience at Jacob Riis Park” with “abundant activities, entertainment, shopping, food, and drinks.” Starting Memorial Day weekend, the newly-coined Riis Park Beach Bazaar will present rock shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, as well as offer beach chair rentals, games, food from vendors like The Brooklyn Star and Fletcher’s BBQ, and a variety of alcoholic beverages.

Check out more about the Beach Bazaar here.

UPDATE 2: BMW is the tenant taking over the Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s space. Gothamist spoke to the owner of the Bazaar:

“The building owner did offer us to match, but it was basically close to 8 to 10 times what we are currently paying, which is just a number not even remotely on our radar,” Klein wrote in an email.

“You do have to wonder how it’s even possible anymore to operate a venue that doesn’t have massive financial backing. Coming from a punk rock/DIY background personally, to see venue after venue basically fall victim to the same developer/price-you-out scenario is really depressing. And as a native New Yorker, it pisses me off even more to see how unrecognizable this city has, and continues to, become.”

Klein confirmed that BMW would be the new tenant, but couldn’t provide any specifics. A representative from BMW has not yet responded to our request for comment.

Forget the park we were promised…. suspicious CitiStorage fire site to be sold to developers


Norman Brodsky, Photo: Buck Enni

This is not a huge surprise — money talks in this town. But still, fuck this guy and the bureaucrats who will let it happen.

A partnership between the real estate investment groups Midtown Equities and East End Capital has secured an option to purchase the most closely watched development site in Brooklyn, according to sources. The two firms have signed a contract to acquire CitiStorage, an 11-acre parcel on the Williamsburg waterfront where they can build retail and office space. It wasn’t immediately clear what the two firms are negotiating to pay. Norman Brodsky, who owns the land and built the warehouses on it, told Crain’s earlier this year that he had received offers for more than $250 million for the site. [Read more...]

Initial line-up announced for the 2015 4Knots Festival


More to come, but thus far Mikal Cronin, Twin Peaks, Happyness, Meatbodies, and Heaters are slotted to perform. Pre-sale in available now with this password: 4KNOTSEM

4Knots Music Festival 2015
Saturday, July 11, 2015
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pier 84 in Hudson River Park
West 44th St @ 12th Ave
New York, NY 10036

Cacao Market – north Brooklyn has a second chocolatier

Cacao Market; credit Gothamist

Cacao Market; credit Gothamist

Mast Brothers has company:

Cacao Market, which opens in Greenpoint (across the street from Beacon’s Closet) today, seems modeled after Juliette Binoche’s sweet little chocolatiere in Chocolat… [Read more...]

Ryan Adams finally covers Bryan Adams


He played it! Summer of ’69! [Read more...]

Future Islands went on David Letterman yesterday to perform new song “The Chase”


Letterman’s favorite band returned to his show last night with a new song, dedicating the performance to their home town, Baltimore.

“This song goes out to the people of Baltimore,” their lead singer Samuel T. Herring said. “Let us not discount their voices.”
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2015 Kentucky Derby parties in Brooklyn – where to watch the Derby


It’s that time of year again. Let’s drink mint juleps, wear gaudy hats, and put on our best pastel suits and dresses.  The 141st Kentucky Derby is coming this Saturday, May 2!

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Video: burglar breaks into apartment by McCarren Park


He’s still on the loose. From the mailbag.

My apartment was just recently broken into and I caught everything on camera via my dropcam. [Read more...]