Bushwick Open Studios 2016 is this weekend

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And if you’ve never attended, it’s a must. As mentioned, the dates were pushed back from June to October with hopes that there would be less of a “frat vibe”. It’s Bushwick, so there will be bros, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying some great art!

Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) is an arts and culture festival hosted October 1-2, 2016 by the volunteer-run organization Arts in Bushwick. Most studios are open 11am – 7pm on Saturday and Sunday of the festival. [Read more…]

Brooklyn Star outpost now open in Greenpoint

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Williamsburg favorite Brooklyn Star now has an outpost in the former home of the Polonaise Terrace. Yep, that’s the same building that hosts the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. The restaurant is open every Tuesday through Sunday for dinner with baskets of fried chicken, burgers and more:

Williamsburg Southern restaurant The Brooklyn Star now has a fast-casual spinoff inside Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Bazaar, a permanent iteration of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. [Read more…]

Bill Murray will be bartending this weekend at the restaurant formerly known as River Styx

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The popular Greenpoint restaurant closed a few weeks ago and is now reopening as a more upscale Greenpoint 21. Murray’s son Homer is a partial owner:

Syd Silver and Homer Murray are transforming the Brooklyn space that housed their restaurant River Styx into 21 Greenpoint, a more upscale dining spot. “We wanted to change it up,” explains Murray. “We made it prettier, renovated the dining room, added a new bar, and updated the kitchen.” The food, he says, will be seasonal and exclusively from local farms. “We try to use seconds like tomatoes or carrots that farmers can’t sell because they don’t look as good but they still taste great and are high quality. Then we make them look pretty.” [Read more…]

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is this Sunday, September 18

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This annual event turns 7 this year with lots of new spots to sample:

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint is an annual outdoor celebration of North Brooklyn’s local flavor! Entering its 7th year, this block party style tasting event features sample tastes from over 50 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries, along with live music, demonstrations and much, much more. Participating restaurants below: [Read more…]

We paid a visit last weekend to the William Vale’s rooftop bar and pool

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The rooftop bar at the William Vale Hotel, Westlight, opened on Friday and we paid them a visit, largely to check out the view. Gazing down from the rooftop, The Wythe Hotel’s rooftop bar is dwarfed by the 22-story bar. As is to be expected, the crowd reminded us of what you’d find in the Meat Packing District as Williamsburg quickly transforms into Miami with manbuns. This was even more true at the Williams Vale’s cheesy “Burning Man Decompression” pool party – “a night of celebration, including Yoga, Soundbath, Meditation, Drums, Massage, Healing, [a] Giant Mirror Globe… Body Painting, Floating Mirror Globes and Poolside DJs.” You get the picture. [Read more…]

This Saturday: Rock the Pulaski benefit with bands, beer, BBQ, and a bonfire

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The 5th Annual Rock the Pulaski; credit: Ellen Lindner

It’s all part of a benefit to support the North Brooklyn Boat Club:

The 5th Annual Rock the Pulaski is here! We’ve decided to end summer again with bands, beer, BBQ, and bonfire under your favorite and ever-faithful bridge in Greenpoint. Awesome performances by: [Read more…]

Williamsburg’s Parm outpost is now open

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We don’t get the hype but other people seem to love this place. To each their own, but if you’re a fan they just opened on 162 N. 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216:

The Major Food dudes always add a few location-specific dishes to the menu whenever they open new branches of Parm. This one’s got tortellini with pesto, a veal parm entree, clams Casino, and sliced prime rib with peppers and mushrooms. Jeff Zalaznick tells Eater that fresh pasta will also be made in an open space behind the bar. All the sandwich favorites from the other locations are also available to dine-in or carry-out. [Read more…]

Westlight opens Friday in Williamsburg’s enormous ‘spaceship building’

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Westlight (credit: Eater)

The swanky new bar is set to open at the William Vale Hotel on Friday, serving fancy cocktails and small bites. Once thing is for certain: the views will not disappoint:

The highest rooftop bar in Williamsburg is about to debut its stunning views to the public. Big guns Noho Hospitality Group open the doors on Westlight at the William Vale Hotel — aka, the spaceship building — on Friday, with food from Andrew Carmellini and cocktails from Anne Robinson. It’s the first time Noho will be opening a project in Brooklyn, and it’s a statement piece. Westlight sits 22 stories above the ground, with an indoor bar and lounge area surrounded by glass doors that keep the room’s focus on the view. Just outside the doors lies a terrace, dotted with lounge chairs, tables, viewfinders, and a clear railing, again to keep eyes on the cityscape. [Read more…]