Free drinks at The Good Room tomorrow — aka that spot formerly known as Europa

05C3A415-466B-471F-AD66-92F9219053ECJust passing along the good word.

Tomorrow night at Good Room, we’re launching our cocktail menu and celebrating with select complimentary Absolut cocktails and beers from Coney Island Brewery from 10pm-11pm!
Eric ‘Dunks’ Duncan DJ (Know Wave // Rub-N-Tug)
Justin Van Der Volgen (My Rules // Golf Channel Recordings)
Bad Room featuring music by Sammy Jo$15 at the door // $10 with RSVP


Previously: Two new music clubs open in Greenpoint: Aviv and The Good Room

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

bulbsI want to begin this week by saying goodbye to Death By Audio, which, after many years serving as Kent Ave’s BEST venue, has now entered its final days of existence. Although a punk haven by trade, DBA hosted its share of metal weirdos in the past, so please, when you’re cracking a PBR at Vitus or The Acheron this week, make sure to pour a little out for the DIY icon. As the condo plague continues to spread north and east over the coming months, you’re going to want all the karma you cant get.

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Two new music clubs open in Greenpoint: Aviv and The Good Room


Aviv, 496 Morgan Street in Greenpoint

DIY club Aviv has already had a show or two, but officially opens this Friday. Brooklyn Vegan has more:

Some of the folks behind now-closed Bushwick venue Emet (and who ran Showpaper for a while) have opened a new place in Greenpoint called Aviv. Located at 496 Morgan Ave, you may have seen a show there on Halloween (it was just called 496 Morgan at the time) with Pop. 1280, Voidvision and Pawns. The all-ages spot has its official Grand Opening on Friday (11/21) with Painted Zeros, Turnip King, Shadow Walker, and Ritual Howls.

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Brooklyn Electronic Dance Round Up: Nov 14-15

There are some mighty fine options for your dancing feet this weekend in Brooklyn. Starting tonight way over yonder in Bushwick at the Body Actualized Center where local festival curators, Sustain-Release are having a reunion party with a handful of techno talent. Then it’s off to the newly opened good room (former club europa) in Greenpoint where Golf Channel Records is hosting a showcase. For those wee hours in the morning, Resolute has flown over Paris’ Bass Culture Records honcho, D’Julz at a secret location. On Saturday, Tim Sweeney hosts the 15th Anniversary Party for Beats In Space at Cameo with Tom Noble and a live performance from Palmbomen. Then cap the whole thing off at Bossa Nova with Justin Miller and Tunnel Signs for Have A Killer Time.

viva la weekend!



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Top five shows of the weekend


5) Sludgefeast feat. Naam, White Hills, Blackest, Blackout, Mountain God, and more at The Paper Box
While festival season wilted with CMJ, The Paper Box brings us one last gasp in Sludgefeast, a thoroughly stacked bill of local metal cretins that kicks off 12 straight hours eardrum destruction on Saturday afternoon. Local psych rockers Naam headline what is to be their final show, with killer support from the likes of Blackest (last seen opening for High on Fire’s Rubber Tracks rager), Chimpgrinder, No Way, and the very awesome dudes in Mountain God. If you’re into all things heavy, this one offers the best bang for your weekend buck.

Saturday, doors at 2pm

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The Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive


Tis the season for giving! Verboten along with the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce, East River Ferry and other local organizations are hosting The Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive from November 14 through December 15, capping off with a party at Verboten on December 11.

As if you needed a reason to donate, Verboten is offering free entry all night to those bearing new, unwrapped toys to the show this Friday, November 14 with Eric Volta, Bedouin, and MC&Hammer [live/DJ]. AND to keep your giving spirits high, through December 15, anyone bringing a toy for the drive will get in cheap at the door.

Closing out the drive on Thursday, December 11, Verboten is throwing a party with an open bar, food and raffles. Proceeds from the tickets and raffle sales are going straight to the cause and buying more toys for local kids in need. Find more information at

This Saturday: celebrate Brooklyn Groove’s birthday with free facials, discounts and more



Celebrate our store’s birthday! Try our organic and natural cosmetics, all free of toxic chemicals. On Saturday November 15th we will offer free mini-facials from 12pm to 3pm. We will also host special beauty industry guest, Rachel Winard, the founder of the natural cosmetics line Soapwalla. Dearest customers, this is our big day and we want to thank you all for supporting us this past year! Because of you, we are now carrying an amazing collection of natural, non-toxic products — many can only be found locally at our store. From RMS Beauty, an amazing makeup line based on raw coconut oil, to the best working natural deodorant made by Soapwalla, we have an broad selection from which to choose. And on Saturday at 4pm Rachel Winard will talk about her organic cosmetics line. She quit her corporate job to develop organic skin care products — all initially created in the kitchen of her home — and has since transformed them into a successful natural product line. Learn more here.

See you on Saturday!
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Bedford Avenue – a history of Brooklyn’s longest street


Bedford Avenue; credit: Bridge & Tunnel Club

Curbed has an informative and interesting feature on the history of Bedford Avenue — Brooklyn’s longest street.

At nearly eleven miles, Bedford Avenue vies for the title of longest street in Brooklyn, running from Sheepshead Bay to Greenpoint. The avenue is actually a patchwork of older roads that ran through what were once independent villages in Kings County.

Though Two Trees is currently working to demolish Williamsburg’s history, much of northern Bedford Avenue’s history evolves around the sugar industry:

By 1852, the year Williamsburg was formally incorporated as a city, its population had skyrocketed from 1,000 to 40,000. Due to the favorable tax structure in King’s County, many Manhattan businesses and manufacturers moved to or were established in Williamsburg. [Read more...]