Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks in Brooklyn, 2015


This year, Macy’s will be having fireworks at two separate locations: 1.) a double barge barge just south of the Brooklyn Bridge, and 2.)  at a series of barges between East 23rd and 42nd Streets. Unlike last year, where it was hard to see much of anything from North Brooklyn, the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront will be ideal places to see the big show.


DUMBO & Brooklyn Heights

As always, DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights will have fantastic views and most waterfront locations, including Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 and the Promenade, are open to the public. You can also head the Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar if you don’t mind shelling out $125. [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

Mutoid-ManHappy early Independence Day, everyone. If you’re looking for a fireworks factory worth of new metal to help get you from here to wherever it is you’ll be watching Randy Quaid fly a fighter jet into the g-spot of an alien space station this weekend, then we have just what you need. Crack something domestic and give it a spin.

[Read more...]

Brooklyn Barge Bar finally opening for ticketed event on July 4


Brooklyn Barge Bar, credit Inhabitat

After multiple delays in June, Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Barge Bar will finally open next weekend with a ticketed July 4th event. Tickets are pricey — a whopping $125. Um, welcome to the neighborhood. But at least that includes drinks, dinner, and a decent view.

Brooklyn Barge Bar will be hosting a ticketed event for fireworks viewing on July 4th. Below are all the details you’ll need about tickets and the event. Please review these details carefully. Because of crowd control and security there are very specific logistical items that need to be followed. Happy 4th All!

Adults $125.00
Kids under 12 $40.00

Tickets include Beer, Wine, Soda, Water, Juice open bar from 6 pm to 10pm (or when the fireworks stop) and a BBQ buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad and all the fixin’s.

Purchase tickets here.

Eyewitness gives gruesome details about the man beaten to death outside the Charleston

michael-sappLast week we were sad to report that 33-year-old Michael Sapp, who was an employee of Williamsburg’s The Bagel Store, had passed away. Details are still spotty, but an eyewitness related what he saw to Gothamist. He claims that bystanders stood idly by taking pictures of Sapp instead of calling 9-11. This story just keeps getting worse:

Christopher, who did not want his last name used because he lives in the neighborhood and fears retaliation, said he was just outside of the bar with a few friends last Saturday when two men approached, stopped just outside the fence around the outdoor seating area, and one of them, skinny and bleeding profusely through his white shirt, began yelling at the bouncer to let him in…
[Sapp is] like, “I’m gonna fucking kill everybody! Where the fuck is that guy? He needs to come out here right now. I wanna fight him!” He’s screaming at everyone and he’s cussing. The security guard was like, “Dude, you should leave. You should have never came back. Why did you come back?” [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

VanumAfter a brief deviation from the script last week, This One Goes To Eleven returns to regularly scheduled programming today with yet another batch of soul-crushing, life-affirming heavy. Needless to say, don’t touch that dial.

[Read more...]

Death of 2-month-old child in The Edge condos ruled a homicide

edgeThe death of a 2-month-old child in The Edge condos this past October has been ruled a homicide. From The Daily News:

The death of a baby who perished seven months ago in his parents swank Brooklyn condo has been ruled a homicide, authorities said Tuesday.

Hudson Dipede was just 2 months old when he died at The Edge — his family’s multimillion-dollar waterfront condo on N. Sixth St. in Williamsburg — on Oct. 17, officials said.

First responders found the baby with trauma to the head, officials said. He was also bleeding from his nose.

The baby was rushed to Woodhull Hospital, but doctors were unable to save him, officials said.

The death is believed to be due to shaken baby syndrome. No arrests have been made at this time.

Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe says he was bullied by Apple for opting out of Apple Music


Sure, Newcombe’s a little bit, um, opinionated, but that shouldn’t discount the repulsiveness of Apple’s bullying. Especially since Brian Jonestown Massacre has a history of generosity — remember they posted their entire catalog online to be downloaded for free. This is pretty despicable:

Recently, we learned of Apple’s decision to not pay royalties to artists during their 3 month free trial of the new streaming service Apple Music. Now Anton Newcombe, frontman of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, recently shared some distressing details about his experience resisting that policy. [Read more...]

A potentially depressing “90s fest” is coming to Williamsburg featuring Smash Mouth and Pauly Shore

90sMy interest was immediately piqued when I saw the logo (above) for the recently announced 90′s Fest on September 12th at Williamsburg’s 50 Kent. I was a teenager in the latter half of the 90′s and I love music/nostalgia! I was not so pumped after seeing [Read more...]