Top five Halloween shows

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I want to play a game. Your Halloween social life has been rigged to an industrial grade acetylene torch and suspended above a churning cement mixer in an abandoned warehouse somewhere in deep Brooklyn. There’s still time to save it, but first you have to choose: Do you attend a banging party or a heavy metal séance? A lighthearted covers show or a full-fledged costume contest? Pick more than one and what remains of your pathetic excuse for a weekend plan will incinerate, select none and it will drown in a watery concrete tomb. The choice is yours, but make it quick. The clock is ticking.

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FREEwilliamsburg reviews CMJ 2014

cmjAnother year has mostly gone by and another CMJ Music Marathon is in the can. We had four of our esteemed bloggers on the ground for this year’s festivites: Chris Quartly, Coleman Bentley, Carly McAlpine and yours truly. We drank many dranks, ate free pizza, stumbled drunkenly across bridges, fought the urge to get free tattoos and watched some pretty cool bands play some pretty great sets. For the most part. Here’s our takeaway: [Read more...]

Citibike is expanding to North Williamsburg and Greenpoint

citibikeThe last I heard Citibike was struggling to stay alive, but now thanks to a group of new investors the program is flushed with cash. From [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

AtTheGatesAtWarWithRealityWelcome heshers, hellions, hessians, and hellraisers to the biggest metal week of the year. Stuffed with 2014’s most anticipated releases from bands both old and new—as well as a line-up of wild Halloween-themed bashes—today is one for the elder scrolls. So strap on the combat boots and smear on the corpse paint, we are going to war.

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Where to celebrate Halloween in Brooklyn 2014 (UPDATED)

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Parties in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint

BangOn!NYC presents: “Warehouse of Horrors 2014″
When: Friday, October 31st, 2014, 10pm-6am
Where: Venue to be announced
What: Party promoters BangOn!NYC will be throwing a huge party in an undisclosed warehouse spot (likely in Bushwick and definitely in a former bread factory.) It will feature three stages with music by Twin Shadow (DJ set), Break Science (Live), Purple Disco Machine (USA Debut), Zebra Katz (Live), Random Rab, Space Jesus. There will also be a freak show, art installations, a haunted house, and other arty weird shit you see in Bushwick on Halloween.
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Diarrhea Planet

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Halloween at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Diarrhea Planet
When: Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st
Where: Brooklyn Night Bazaar; 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn NY 11222
What: Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Desert Sharks, and Banker$ all perform. Make a weekend of it, since the next night Free Williamsburg favorites So So Glos are performing!
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Frightful Cover Bands at Silent Barn
When: Friday, October 31st, 9pm
Where: Silent Barn; 603 Bushwick Ave, New York, NY 11206
What: Cover Bands at this Bushwick venue. Dear Leader (Brooklyn) does The Neptunes, Delicate Steve as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Heeney as Weezer, Banned Books (PA) as Pixies, Max Almario (Celestial Shore) + Mike Sheffield (Heaven’s Gate) + Kegan Zema (Journalism) as Blink-182, Adveata as Hole
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North Brooklyn Boat Club’s Haunted Canoe Tour of Newton Creek
When: Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM – Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Where: Broadway Stages Boatyard in Greenpoint; 437 McGuinness Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11222
What: If you’re not already terrified of Greenpoint’s superfund site Newton Creek you will be after taking this haunted canoe tour.
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Zagat says Paulie has New York’s best pies

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Paulie Gee, credit NY Times

I love Paulie’s so I was happy to see this – even though Totonno’s and Roberta’s have a slight edge in my opinion. Hopefully, the foot traffic the rating is sure to inspire won’t be as annoying as what we see outside of that overrated tourist trap Grimaldi’s. From Gothamist:

The 30,592 diners who participated in this year’s Google-owned Zagat Survey have spoken and declared that Greenpoint pie purveyor Paulie Gee’s fires up the city’s top pizza. In the 2015 guide, which was released today, the eaters lauded the “destination-worthy”—that’s called “borough-shaming,” Zagat!—pizzeria’s “one-of-a-kind” toppings and Paulie’s hands-on service as their favorite pick of the city’s dense pizza population. Following closely behind Paulie’s funky pies were the offerings at Lucali in Carroll Gardens, Juliana’s in Dumbo, Totonno’s of Coney Island and then Bushwick’s Roberta’s.

If the Brooklyn theme was apparent in the pizza category, it’s with good reason. The borough saw a 28% increase in the number of eateries reviewed, with 340 establishments making this year’s list. Of those, Williamsburg’s St. Anselm was ranked best of the borough, calling the steakhouse “cool” but “unpretentious” and saying that it has some of “the city’s best” beef. Other top borough picks included SriPraPhai, a Thai eatery in Queens; Roberto’s Italian in the Bronx; and Denino’s Pizzeria, taking home top honors for Staten Island.

More information about Paulie Gees here. Oh and nice URL, Gothamist: burnt_ashy_pizza_ftw.

Infamous developer Robert Scarano planning another hotel in Greenpoint

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One of Brooklyn’s most notorious developers, Robert M. Scarano, has filed paperwork to open a hotel on 214 Franklin Street in Greenpoint. His latest projects in Greenpoint include the Box House Hotel and the Henry Norman Hotel (which incidentally is open now and has a penthouse room that costs $600 per night with a lovely view of the sanitation plant just blocks away). [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

oozing-wound-joe-martinez-640Alright, time to level with you guys: With a week full of CMJ insanity in front of me and a month’s worth of half-listened to records sitting in my inbox, the feeling today’s bare-bones metal line-up has kindled deep in the pit of my being is one of relief, not disappointment. String my cred up by the lamp posts, hurl your disdain down from on high. Do your worst. Ill just be here catching my breath…

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