After a week off, we are suddenly waist deep in fall releases and an assortment of other sonic terrors that seemed almost inconceivable last time I checked in. Thus, before we get too far behind—and because I’m on new kitten duty (metal, I know)—let’s get at it before it gets away.
In the sea of cynicism, sarcasm, and post-whatever irony that is New York City, LVL UP’s latest opus, Return to Love, possesses an endangered quality: Earnestness. A neo-biblical tale of finding a reason to wake up in Brooklyn circa 2016, the band’s third LP—which drops Friday via Sub Pop—provides the focused indie-pop answer to their previously sprawling rock n’ roll rabble, capturing in its 10 hook-stuffed tracks the true bleary-eyed spirit of LVL UP.
A sweltering day on Governors Island was the setting for the 12th annual Vendy Awards, coined as “the oscars of street food”, with over 20 vendors, 1000+ attendees and 7 awards to be had, it was a gastronomic utopia that even the wasps couldn’t detract from.
There really is a fantastic run of events this weekend, and what made the cut was put ahead P.S Eliot/Ought at Market Hotel, Allah-Las at Baby’s All Right, and The Album Leaf at Littlefield to name a few. Slightly out of town is the excellent Don Giovanni-led New Alternative Music Festival out in Asbury Park. Finally, the 2016 Vendy Awards are at Governor’s Island on Saturday, and there are still a few tickets available at the time of writing, it’s always a great event, especially if you’re a fan of street food (2015 review here).
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…]
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…]