This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

DSC_0143There are few things on earth more metal than surgery. Take it from a guy who was too busy blowing black goo out of his sinus cavities last week to write this little column. With ten days of recovery time and the muse of recent trauma now in the ol’ psycho-emotional pocket, however, I’m glad to say we are now, thanks to one of the craziest, ballsiest, and baddest (in a good way) release slates of the year, back with a vengeance. So strap in and buckle up, because like a Phoenix from the–wait, hang on, come back! We were just getting to the good part!

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Sick of the L Train? Williamsburg could get its own gondola

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Sounds like a good idea to us, and its cheaper than expanding the subway lines:

A top real estate executive from Brooklyn is proposing a high-speed sky gondola between the Brooklyn waterfront and Manhattan — a back-to-the-future form of mass transit that could ease congestion on ferries, subways and bridges.

The so-called East River Skyway would be comprised of high-speed aerial cable cars, moving New Yorkers to Manhattan in less than four minutes. The cars could accommodate more than 5,000 people per hour in both directions.

“(It) would be a relatively inexpensive and quickly deployable solution,” said Daniel Levy, president of East River Skyway and real estate website CityRealty. “It is essential to adapt New York City’s transportation system to serve residents in these booming areas.” [Read more...]

No. 7 Sub set to reopen on Wednesday as a bar

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931 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-7775
no7north.com

 

We already love the food. Now we’ll be able to get boozy there too. They’re set to reopen this Wednesday.

The place is a mashup of the sub shop and the team’s Fort Greene restaurant No. 7, explains co-owner Tyler Kord. “We’re just trying to do a nice neighborhood bar where you can come and have broccoli tacos and a bunch of simple cocktails and feel really good about everything that’s going on in your life.” Read on for the full menu, which still has some subs, but also a whole lot more.

In addition to those double decker broccoli tacos, the menu includes a grilled Caesar salad, steak frites, and some tricked out “altered beast fries” topped with pickled peppers, mozzarella, feta, and roasted tomato mayo. A list of sandwiches ranges from No. 7 Sub classics like the zucchini parm (with fontina and barbecue potato chips) to a cheeseburger topped with muchim pickles and grape jelly mayo. The drinks menu offers borough-themed cocktails and some updated classics, along with three boozy desserts drinks like a root beer float made with Bailey’s and vodka. Plus, Kord adds, “we have a sweet pool table.” The shop will be open starting at 11.a.m. Wednesdays through Mondays.

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Weekend Shopping: Renegade Craft Fair and Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair

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Renegade Craft Fair

On the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront this weekend shop ’til you drop, or, well get rained on. On Saturday & Sunday, there’s The Renegade Craft Fair:

The Renegade Craft Fair will return to Brooklyn, NY for a top shelf, indie-craft explosion. RCF will bring movers and makers of all varieties to 50 KENT (between 11th and 12th streets) on September 13 + 14. Market hours are from 11 am – 6 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Just down the street in the just-opened Brooklyn Expo Center, there’s The Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair on Saturday and Sunday:

110 dealers from all over the eastern seabord selling their best antiques with an emphasis on mid-century, decorative arts, fine art, jewelry , art deco, folk art, Americana, arts and crafts, and some of the best book and ephemera dealers in the business presenting vintage and antiquarian books on every subject matter, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, prints, autographs, posters, and so much more.

Midnight Movies 9/12-9/14 Include The Crow and Taxi Driver

You talkin’ to me? Well I’m the only one here… so yeah then I guess you must be. Well it’s supposed to rain this weekend, so it’s a good time to get the movies! But hey, it can’t rain all the time, so be quick like a bunny and get through the maze by midnight to check out these late night screenings. (See what I did there?)

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Top five shows of the weekend

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

5) Deafheaven, No Joy, Indian Handcrafts at Music Hall of Williamsburg
While you’ll (spoiler alert) find another Deafheaven show ranked higher below, this is the 2013 critical lightening rod’s only headlining show of the weekend and should be treated as such. I have some qualms about the booking–why have Canadian shoegazers No Joy open when Brooklyn’s black metal scene is producing so many solid options at the moment–and Music Hall of Williamsburg can feel just as homogenized as its Manhattan siblings these days, but with a new writing/recording cycle looming, this could be your last (or first) chance to catch the Bay Area boys for quite awhile. If Sunday night isn’t like a tea/kittens/football affair for you, then there’s no reason not to be there.

Sunday, doors at 8pm

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Restaurant opening round-up: Humboldt & Jackson, Orleans, and Cow & Clover

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Humboldt & Jackson, credit (Daniel Krieger)

Humboldt & Jackson
434 Humboldt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222 (Williamsburg)
(718)349-3355
humboldtandjackson.com

Eater has the scoop:

This new bar from Brooklyn Star restaurateur Bill Reed offers an all-American list of wines and beers, plus bar snacks like beer cheese and chicken liver mousse. [Read more...]

Brooklyn Pour returns September 27, makes day drinking acceptable again

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My fellow functional alcoholics: the fourth annual Brooklyn Pour craft beer tasting festival hits the old Williamsburg Savings Bank in Fort Greene on September 27:

Featuring over 100+ craft brews from New York and beyond, The Village Voice is proud to present our fourth annual curated Brooklyn Pour craft beer tasting event. The event will take place at the home of the original Williamsburg Savings Bank in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Over 1,000 craft beer aficionados will sample the best seasonal, micro and reserve brews from breweries located in the country with a pinpointed focus on the tri-state area.

Like most who attend this glorious event, I always make it my personal goal to sample every beer the humble curators offer; and, to my best recollection, have always accomplished said goal. And have always been in bed by 8 p.m afterwards. This year should be no different.

Pick up a ticket and join me in the debauchery. General admission tickets are just $55, which is all kinds of cheap if you consider how much unlimited craft beer you can drink in 3 hours. VIP tickets will set you back $85 per head, but you get an extra hour of drinking before the GA people get in. Lines can get sorta long at some stations, so the head start can be worth it. Here’s a list of participating breweries.