Massive fire blazes on Kent Avenue

A 7-alarm fire consuming a warehouse on Kent Ave is giving firefighters a major headache today. The flames broke out  around 6:30 a.m. and continued to rage ever since. CitiStorage, the site of the fire, houses documents, only adding to the growing blaze. Frigid temperatures aren’t making it any easier for firefighters either, causing water to freeze around the scene.

Here are some pictures from Instagram:

Williamsburg fire #fire #williamsburg #brooklyn

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Saturday morning waterfront warehouse fire #Williamsburg. Be safe #FDNY

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#Williamsburg warehouse fire

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More than 270 firefighters have been on site. One civilian injury has resulted from smoke inhalation, but no firefighter injuries have been reported.

 

 

Six week L train shutdown coming soon to a weekend near you

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Well THIS sucks!

Ah spring, season of rebirth, season of hope and coming soon, season of godawful L train shutdowns that will prevent easy access from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Yes that’s right, after already breaking your spirit in the winter, we got a tip, later confirmed by an MTA spokesman, that L train will put you back on the rack in spring, with nine straight weeks of weeknight track work starting March 24 that will shut it down between 8th Avenue and Bedford Avenue. Plus, you get six straight weekends of no L train between 8th Avenue and Bedford Avenue starting April 11. At least the weekend track work might keep Manhattanites out? [Read more...]

Uphoric: A New Global Festival TV Station Launching This Spring

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Our bodies may be dealing with the snowpocalypse, but our minds are already in sunnier, happier places. Despite the sub-zero temperatures, music headlines constantly remind us that festival season is right around the corner. As lineups continue to drop and festival-goers pick and choose their trajectory for this summer, a new development has entered the mix. For the first time ever, a digital TV station entirely focused on the global festival circuit will be spreading fest news this spring. Uphoric (from UG Strategies) is a place where festheads can tune in for live festival performances, exclusive interviews, behind the scenes content and much, much more. If their trailer doesn’t get you excited for 2015′s festival season, you’re probably not a very fun person.

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Williamsburg now has the country’s only bar dedicated exclusively to Matcha

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Credit: Melissa Hom, Grub Street

Whatever the heck that is. Luckily, Matcha Bar explains this mysterious concoction to newbies like us:

1. A Japanese powdered green tea, historically used to enhance one’s focus, energy, and alertness.
2. The stone-ground powder derived from the topmost leaves of the first harvest of a green tea crop. [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

Napalm-Death-Apex-Predator-Easy-MeatFor metal fans, today isn’t just grocery shopping on an empty stomach, it’s Ghandi walking into a goddamn Wegmans. After a couple of lean weeks, hell has officially risen on earth and, with it, a salivary gland-stimulating roster of new releases and wicked shows just begging to be devoured. So grab the cart and get at it, because much like bananas (fucking bananas, man) this stuff won’t last.

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Video: Zola Jesus played open air in a blizzard

During the second night of her sold out stint at Greenpoint’s Saint Vitus, Zola Jesus took to the streets and performed Nail outside the club in the developing blizzard around 9pm on Monday night.

 

Graffiti artist Xerorocks tagging Bushwick Collective’s murals, blames them for gentrifying

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In the last several weeks, Xerorocks has been tagging — and sometimes painting over — many of Bushwick Collective’s murals:

ZEXOR, a graffiti writer born and bred in NYC, has been on a rampage lately, defacing (or beautifying, depending on who you talk to) one mural after another with spray paint. His main target? The Bushwick Collective, an ongoing street art project that facilitates the painting of scores of walls by urban artists. [Read more...]

We’re stuck with MetroCards until 2022

metrocardRemember when the MTA said they were going to replace the MetroCard with futuristic EZ-Pass-like technology? Of course you do. Anyone who’s ever been stuck in a line behind some idiot who can’t swipe their card correctly while the train is entering the station and AHHH you’re gonna be late (or worse, have been the red-faced idiot who can’t get the swipy thing to work – DeKalb stop people STAND UP) rejoiced. So in a word… everyone. This magical dreamworld where you don’t have to juggle your wallet, keys, coffee and iPod to fish out a little card while doing an irritated powerwalk to the turnstile didn’t even seem to be that far off in the future: 2019. Unfortunately, the MTA announced that plans have changed and it looks like the new tech won’t be rolled out until 2022. [Read more...]