Between global economic collapse, whispers of war in Korea, and other assorted chaos and destruction, this week began like it might just be the last. And although it now looks we will live to see another one, below lies a fitting soundtrack to apocalypse, should you want to keep one on hand. Plug in and enjoy.
I can’t say there hasn’t been an air of complete normality this week, but what that really means is stuff like this, businesses treating staff like crap, a new music venue opening and anticipation of sandwiches. I’m going to keep this brief because I had an important exam today (it’s cool, I passed), but it’s the quality of the acts themselves that matter!
Max has closed in Williamsburg, to be replaced by Portland sandwich joint with “best breakfast sandwich ever”
The psychic bond between Brooklyn and Portland grows stronger every day. One of the stars of the Portland, OR cheap eats scene, Bunk Sandwiches, is taking over the Max space at 740 Driggs Ave in Williamsburg. Max’s OpenTable and Seamless accounts are down, and nobody’s picking up the phone. An employee at the Tribeca location says the restaurant is just taking a vacation… Bunk is the brainchild of Lupa veteran Tommy Habetz and restaurateur Nick Wood. The duo currently operates five locations around Portland, plus a food truck and a ballpark outpost. [Read more...]
Williamsburg’s Macri Park closed quietly last week, but has already reopened as a gay bar. The owner, who also runs the very popular gay bar Metropolitan, previously tried to turn Greenpoint’s now-defunct Lulu’s into a gay club, but ran into issues with the landlord. From what we hear, many of the former staff at Macri Park are pretty pissed about the way things went down:
According to Polaroid photographer Nick McManus, a longtime regular who documented the Macri staff in the bar’s final hours, all bartenders, managers, and bouncers were informed yesterday at 3:00 p.m. that their jobs were about to be nullified. “Some of the staff was a little peeved,” he said. “Just because they’re changing the tone of the bar, why do they have to be fired?” He says that his friend Cheylene Sharkeye, who hosted her monthly Le Noize karaoke party at Macri, is also out of a gig.
A former employee who wishes to remains anonymous says the staff was wrongly fired “for being straight”:
Macri Park, a bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, just fired its entire staff for being straight and changed the concept to a gay bar. This is completely unacceptable. [Read more...]
It seems like a lot of the local news is on a bit of a downer this week, neighbourhood bars are closing while Starbucks gets an alcohol licence, and then of course, there is this; it’s enough to make you question humanity. However, just like the fact that we’re actually living in the most peaceful time in human history is a hard one to accept before looking at the cold, hard data, this city we call home still offers great excitement as opposed to a gloom of lost opportunity. With plenty of summertime left to enjoy/endure, make the most of it by catching some shows!
As the Morgan and Jefferson stop sprawl continues to grow, a chic new bar and restaurant by the Halsey stop recently opened:
The Halsey Stop is blowing up! If you’ve passed by in recent months, you probably noticed the transformation of the old party hall into one of the Halsey L stop’s first major restaurants. Industry 1332‘s opening has definitely been carefully paced and gradual, but it’s an opening that merits excitement and anticipation—the atmosphere is dope and the food is bomb. [Read more...]
NOT FEED THE ANIMALS!
Electric Zoo returns to Randall’s Island over Labor Day weekend for a three-day dance festival that’s sure to impressed. In addition to an incredible lineup featuring acts like Adventure Club, The Chemical Brothers, Above & Beyond, GRiZ and many more, Electric Zoo transformed is also bringing more than 30 gourmet food vendors, many of which find their home bases in our beloved Brooklyn. REMEMBER: always FUEL UP before you GET DOWN.
Check out the full vendor lineup below, and don’t forget to PURCHASE TICKETS now for what’s sure to be New York City’s biggest EDM event of the year!