Is Sweetwater haunted?

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Sweetwater, credit: NY Times

We already told you about a few haunted places in Williamsburg. We can now add Sweetwater to the list. Decades before the establishment morphed into its current incarnation as an American bistro, it was a restaurant and bar owned by Charles Szyjka that served up breakfast and booze to blue-collar workers. Szyjka lived upstairs, lost two wives to childbirth, and had a daughter named Anna who employees believe is responsible for the so-called haunting:

On a dark morning in September 2006, Miguel Vargas arrived for work at a Brooklyn restaurant called Sweetwater. He unlocked and lifted the security gate, took two steps inside and saw a woman in profile walking across the dining room toward a basement stairwell.

She was middle-aged with gray hair and dressed in white, like a wedding dress, he said, but not one from this century. And she appeared corporeal, “normal,” Mr. Vargas said, not nebulous or translucent like on television. [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.
More Information: click here

Diarrhea Planet

Diarrhea Planet

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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Midnight Movies 10/24-10/26

Just like last week’s offerings, and like next weekend’s are sure to be, it’s all blood, guts, and horror this weekend at the movies. To prep you for Halloween, screenings include visceral violence, found footage, and classic creepshows. [Read more...]

Colin Meloy will be busking in Williamsburg at 11:30AM

colinIf you are in the Williamsburg area you might want to head over to Bedford and North 7th to see The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy:

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Hopefully he doesn’t get arrested by the NYPD.

- @joshmorrissey

The Gutter plans to reopen today

gutterAfter shutting down last night as a precaution due to Ebola, Williamsburg bowling alley/bar The Gutter plans to reopen today. From a statement on their Facebook page:

We voluntarily decided to close The Gutter yesterday evening as a precautionary measure while we gathered more information. We are working with the NYC Health Department to have the bar cleaned and sanitized under their supervision and expect to be open sometime today after that is completed. Doctors advising the Health Department have told us that our staff and customers were at no risk.

- @joshmorrissey

UPDATE: A man who has Ebola went bowling in Williamsburg last night

Pic via James Spencer's Facebook

Pic via Craig Spencer’s Facebook

33-year-old Craig Spencer recently returned from his Doctors Without Borders trip in Africa and now [Read more...]