Greenpoint ferry may not be ready tomorrow after all


G trains stop going to Queens tomorrow at midnight…. FOR FIVE WEEKS. Adding insult to injury, hopes that the ferry would be up and running are more and more unlikely:

The city said earlier this month that the India Street pier would be repaired by the time G service ends for five weeks while crews repair Hurricane Sandy damage to the tube under Newtown Creek, but work on the dock that collapsed into the East River in February is still not done and Greenpointers are feeling the transit squeeze.

“Our options are getting a bit scarce,” said Kendall Kipnas, who lives near the Nassau Avenue stop and usually takes the G into Queens to catch the 7 to work in Manhattan. “This might be pretty miserable.”

One local elected official said he is waiting for the ferry to resume service just like everyone else.

“With the G train outage two days away, anything less than full service before the outage is unacceptable,” said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D–Greenpoint). “The ferry has become a part of Greenpointers’ and northern Brooklynites’ daily life, and it must be treated as such, especially with the outage looming.” [Read more...]

Good news Greenpoint… Ferry service will resume next week


Just in time for the impending G train clusterfuck! From DNA:

Greenpoint’s ferry stop may be back in service by next Friday. The India Street dock that shut down in February after a ramp suddenly collapsed is expected to be replaced in the next week, according to the city’s Economic Development Corporation spokesman Ian Fried.

RedSky Capital, which privately owns the pier, should be finished installing the new ramp by the time the G train suspends service for five weeks for Superstorm Sandy repairs next Friday, said Fried, whose organization is in charge of the ferry route and works with the landings.

Greenpoint riders have had to take a shuttle to the North Williamsburg stop for the past five months.

“The G train is a critical transportation link for people in the area,” Fried said. “We recognize the importance of making sure the East River Ferry is operating in Greenpoint prior to the G train shutdown. RedSky has always operated with this in mind.”

The gangway leading to the ferry’s landing detached in February during a snowstorm, giving away moments after riders had crossed. Noone was injured.

Preliminary reports indicated the gangway itself was safe, but the poles holding it up had problems, Fried said.

Dinosaur jr. headlined 4 Knots Festival


The Village Voice’s annual 4 Knots Music Festival drew thousands of spectators to the South Street Seaport yesterday. Split over 2 stages, the event was graced with the most beautiful weather. We got there just in time to bring you some impressions from Dinosaur jr.‘s, Mac Demarco‘s, Those Darlings‘ and Viet Cong‘s sets. Sorry for the poor audio quality of Demarco’s clip. The sound volume was generally very low and apparently it is true that in 2014 nobody pays attention to the bands on stage anymore but just chatters the day away. On the VIP ship docked right next to the stage, the twenty somethings seemed more concerned with ‘gittin some’ than with what the artists had to offer. Anyway, Dinosaur jr. destroyed as expected, low sound volume or not.

Dinosaur jr. – Freak Scene

Dinosaur Jr. – In A Jar

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Mike Judge joined Gorilla Biscuits for “New York Crew” cover at House of Vans last night

hovIn the history of perfect matches—Sonny and Cher, weed and brownies, Jeter and the Yankees—a free hardcore punk show at a Greenpoint skatepark ranks pretty damn high, especially when gratis booze is thrown into the tryst. No matter your feelings on hardcore/skaters/Heineken, ample supporting evidence was on display at House of Vans last night, when NYC hardcore legends Gorilla Biscuits set off the sometime-venue’s fourth free summer bash with a little help from their friends, including Mike Judge of (duh) Judge, who joined the band onstage for a encore rendition of Judge’s “New York Crew” that loosened every damn rivet in the warehouse. Check out the video below and then go smash your forehead off something solid.

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Littleneck Outpost now open in Greenpoint

littleneck outpost

Littleneck Outpost;  128 Franklin St., Greenpoint
credit: Daniel Krieger

We can’t wait to try it!

The all-day cafe is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, serving coffee, breakfast dishes like granola or arugula quinoa with a soft egg and boquerones, and sandwiches and salads that range from Littleneck classics like a lobster roll to a chicken confit sandwich with bacon jam. The space is big and bright, with plenty of seating and a little corner of retail items like books, aprons, and pantry items.

Here’s the menu, via Eater, below: [Read more...]

Martrydoom III kicks off at Saint Vitus tonight

martyrdoom-iii2Unless you’re one of the several thousand volts currently coursing into the skull of Brooklyn’s heavy metal Frankenculture at the moment, then there’s a very real chance that, even in its third year, you might not know much about Martyrdoom. One of New York City’s best music festivals (for lack of a better term), the five-day doom/black metal focused throwdown at Saint Vitus–curated by the good people over at Signature Riff and music journalist/founder of Catharsis PR, Kim Kelly—has remained relatively under the radar since its inception, and although that’s an injustice, it is by no means a valuation of success. This year, the fest has attracted hard-to-book bands from the deepest and darkest pits of the globe (see:Australia’s Mournful Congregation and the Czech Republic’s Cult of Fire) building out one of best metal lineups of the year and setting itself on course for a full five-day sell out. So whether you were smart and grabbed tickets early or are simply flying by the seat of your ripped black jeans, we have all the details you need to get up to Greenpoint and back this weekend.

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Where To Get $13 Tattoos for Friday the 13th in North Brooklyn

It’s Friday the 13th, which means you have no reason not to get inked up for the low, low price of $13. Lots of shops in Williamsburg and nearby are offering cheap tattoos today. Here’s a list of all the shops we could find that are offering $13 (in some cases $20, call for exact pricing) tattoos in honor of the occasion:

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Future Islands, Black Lips, Holy Ghost! and more announced for free Vans House Parties

houseofvansIt’s quite the day for free shows. Just this morning, we shared the July dates for Union Pool’s Summer Thunder series, which includes shows from The Men, Widowspeak and Ex-Cult. Now we’ve got the July and August House of Vans bills for ya, and they’re maybe even more impressive. The new dates feature headlining shows from Future Islands, The Black Lips (with Nightbirds!), Holy Ghost! and the Gorilla Biscuits. You’ll need to RSVP to each show for entry. Check out the full lineups below.

Vans House Parties Schedule:

6/12 – Charles Bradley, Mac Demarco, Benjamin Booker – (Sold-Out)
6/19 – STRFKR, Poolside, Chrome Sparks – (Sold-Out)
7/3 – The Black Lips, Nightbirds, Special Guest
7/10 – Gorilla Biscuits, The Bouncing Souls, Special Guest
8/7 – Future Islands with Omar Souleyman, and Mas Ysa
8/14 – Holy Ghost!, Kim Ann Foxmann, Dave P