Where did the mysterious tie-dye store in Greenpoint come from?

starhawkIf you have walked through Greenpoint in the past six months or so you may have noticed one storefront on Manhattan Ave that looks out of place. In a neighborhood where places of business frequently are forced to leave due to rising rent prices a store full of seemingly outdated tye-dyed items appeared. When walking by with friends recently we joked that it must be a phony front for some nefarious activity, thankfully the New Yorker investigated and it is very real:

I also learned that, although Starhawk Design Studio might seem thrown together, Starhawk’s business outside the store is booming: he designed the backdrops for MOMA’s PS1 series over the summer and created two huge banners for High Times magazine. He makes bulk T-shirt orders on commission, and he said the demand is almost more than he can handle. And yet, during the day, he chooses to sit inside the store, at an easel he has set up near the front, making on-demand designs for customers who drop in.

Read more at The New Yorker.

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

cover_Inquisition_BloodshedAcrossBelieve or not, the final release week of August—and ostensibly, the summer—is upon us, so let’s send it out with bang shall we?

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Have you seen this sick bastard who stole a puppy in Bushwick?

The incident happened on Monday at Knickerbocker Laundry Station in Bushwick:

A man was caught on video stealing a 4-month-old puppy named Pippen from a locked room in a Bushwick laundromat Monday afternoon, police said. [Read more...]

Taculito pop-up serving tacos at Brooklyn Safehouse

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We already loved Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Safehouse, but now they’ve gotten even better. That’s because this under-the-radar bar now has TACOS on Fridays from 7pm-1am:

The tortillas are handmade on site (and it’s actually pretty cool to watch them smash them by hand), which gives each one a unique texture. All their ingredients are sourced with care, to be as close to a legit Mexico City taco as possible. The pair were inspired by the colorful and tiny taco stands that are ubiquitous there… [Read more...]

One of Greenpoint’s most iconic dive bars is closing

(credit Joe Kowalski)

(credit Joe Kowalski)

If you haven’t been to the Palace Cafe, which is on the edge of McGolrick Park, swing by before they close on September 3. This 83-year-old gem is truly a slice of history. We’re going to be very sad to see them shutter, but thankfully we’ll still have jello shots at Capri Social Club to ease the pain — at least for now. From Gothamist:

The bar began life in 1933 and has been owned by the same family since then. It’s more of a dive in spirit than in cracked linoleum and stale beer odors, timeworn though many of the features may be. [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

STARSPAWN-CD1Remember all those mean things I said about August last week–how the pickings were slim, there weren’t many shows, and so on? Well I take it all back. This week makes up for it and then some, so let’s thank the almighty law of averages and get on with it.

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The Acheron is Back…as the Best Punk Bar in Brooklyn

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We’re all familiar with the ghost stories of NYC venues past. CBGB gets co-opted by John Varvatos — CBGB-ish peddler of Billy Joe Armstrong-approved looks and wares. North 6th is snatched up and scrubbed down by Bowery Presents and Ticketmaster’s hamster-powered server farm. 285 Kent and DBA finally slip into Murdoch’s yawning cultural detritus, with lines of former and future Vice employees lining the South 2nd sidewalks in those final weeks to glean Snapchat capital/”say goodbye”/covertly peruse their new cubicle spaces.

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This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

deadringers_3000-1024x1024Welcome to our first transmission from planet August, where the shows are drying up, the records are coming in drips, and we are still here, on hands and knees, lapping at the interstellar riverbed.

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