We’re stuck with MetroCards until 2022

metrocardRemember when the MTA said they were going to replace the MetroCard with futuristic EZ-Pass-like technology? Of course you do. Anyone who’s ever been stuck in a line behind some idiot who can’t swipe their card correctly while the train is entering the station and AHHH you’re gonna be late (or worse, have been the red-faced idiot who can’t get the swipy thing to work – DeKalb stop people STAND UP) rejoiced. So in a word… everyone. This magical dreamworld where you don’t have to juggle your wallet, keys, coffee and iPod to fish out a little card while doing an irritated powerwalk to the turnstile didn’t even seem to be that far off in the future: 2019. Unfortunately, the MTA announced that plans have changed and it looks like the new tech won’t be rolled out until 2022. [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

nslcoverprenew2Happy belated MLK day, everyone. If you’re coming off a three-day weekend, welcome back to earth. If not, hopefully there’s something here to help. Before we begin, however, let’s just take a second to remember that metal, and it’s diverse, globe-spanning constituency—despite what a bigoted minority of artists and fans might spew—probably wouldn’t exist without the efforts of Dr. King. So next time you feel like vibing someone at a show or sneering at a subset other than your own, table it. Metal might not be for everyone, but it doesn’t belong to anyone, either.

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“Saturday Night Live” parodies Bushwick


Artisanal mayonnaise, dog walkers, pretentious artists painting landscapes, gelato… damn is Bushwick edgy these days: [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

EinherjerWith a barrage of killer new releases, more Brent Hinds weirdness, and a huge show announcement from This One Goes To Eleven, this week is by far 2015’s biggest yet. So sit down, strap in, and get ready for some whiplash, it’s going to be a good one.

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This One Goes To Eleven presents: Horrendous & Artificial Brain at The Acheron

HORRENDOUS_thumbnailAs we continue our collective slog through resolution season, This One Goes Eleven is proud to announce not only our first 2015 showcase but the perfect way to make good on that “more metal shows” pledge, bringing Horrendous, Aritificial Brain, Throaat, and Kosmodemonic to The Acheron for a face-meltathon of star-destroying proportions on Saturday, 1/31. Two of best bands currently operating under the American death metal banner, Philly-based Horrendous and local rippers Artificial Brain (featuring Revocation guitarist Dan Gargiulo and former Biolich vocalist, Will Smith) are set to put their stellar 2014 full lengths on mind-splattering display, living up to the accolades heaped on them in recent weeks.

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The most anticipated North Brooklyn restaurant openings of 2015 (thus far)


Camlin; credit: Zagat

Given the insane amount of growth underway it North Brooklyn, it’s hardly surprising that lots of new restaurants are opening in 2015. Hook & Cleaver opens today in Greenpoint and there’s lots more in store as the year progresses:

From Eater:

The Camlin
A new Williamsburg wine bar from Mandy Oser and chef Amorette Casaus, the team behind Manhattan’s popular Ardesia Wine Bar. It promises to be a casual neighborhood spot along the rapidly developing stretch of Kent Avenue, serving bar snacks like oyster and charcuterie, along with some larger shared plates. It will also serve cocktails as well as wine.
175 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg

From Zagat:

Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka of Williamsburg’s NOLA-inspired hit, Maison Premiere, will open a new restaurant in Greenpoint in 2015.
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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

WitchristWelcome to a whole new year in metal everyone. Those of you who followed along with us in 2014 already know the plot—we meet here every Tuesday to talk new releases, awesome shows, and the craziest heavy headlines of the week. Those of you who didn’t, well, welcome to the circus. It’s a little too soon to tell (just think, this time last year an At the Gates reunion was still a collectively held pipe dream) but I think we are in for one, uhh, hell of a ride.

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Trash Bar is moving to Bushwick

We were pretty bummed when we found out that beloved bar/music venue Trash Bar would join the long, long list of Williamsburg bar/music venue closings, but it looks like there’s some light at the end of the tunnel in Bushwick. Erm… meaning the folks behind Trash Bar will DEFINITELY be opening a new location in Bushwick, according to the bar’s Facebook.

The rumors are true. Trash Bar is temporarily closing its doors in March and we have definitive plans to re-open at a yet undisclosed Bushwick location. I, the staff, and a great many fans that have affectionately patronized The Trash Bar over the years have watched Williamsburg change firsthand. While these days the increasing rental rates are a well-known force to be reckoned with, the neighborhoods evolution has been exciting to watch and has, in many ways, been great both for business and for the nabe’s energy and action.

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