The Heyward restaurant now occupying former Zebulon space in Williamsburg


The Heyward; credit: Eater

We’ll forever miss Zebulon, but clearly we need another overly-precious seafood restaurant.

The old Zebulon concert venue, which sat empty for over two years, reopened last night as the home of the Southern Atlantic restaurant, The Heyward. The newcomer, which is a project from one half of the team behind pseudo-secret West Village restaurant Hudson Clearwater, has what might be described as a classic Brooklyn look to it. There’s a tin ceiling, a large curving raw bar stocked with oysters, park bench-inspired wood banquettes, exposed white brick, and marble tables. The menu still isn’t official, but chef Derek Orrell, a Locanda Verde vet, had a chilled lobster salad with cayenne butter, a she crab soup, and grilled pork chop on the menu last night.

Eater has more pictures.

The Heyward
258 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249

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Top five shows of the weekend


Photo by Chad Batka

Photo by Chad Batka

5) The Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Show at the Town Hall 
In case you A. Happened to miss Ted Leo’s surprise appearance at DBA last month B. Have been lacking the jubilant holiday spirit, or C. All of the above (I feel your pain, Cs), then the Town Hall may have just what your looking for this weekend. Headlined by Aimee Mann and the aforementioned Jersey punk icon–who collaborated earlier this year as The Both–this holiday themed bash is sure to fill both your cheer and Leo quotas, as long as you’re willing to pony up $45 bucks (because, you know, it’s the holidays). If that’s your thing, then get out there and show your spirit. If not, well, bah humbug.

Saturday, doors at 7:30pm

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Video: Little girl starts dance party on the Bedford L train platform

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The gangs of North Brooklyn: the Dirty Ones, the Driggs Boys of Justice, and the Screaming Phantoms

Greg Young of the Bowery Boys blog has a great post up about North Brooklyn in the late 70′s and early 80s. As part of a promotion for the upcoming film A Most Violent Year — which looks fascinating and is about New York’s most violent year, 1981 — he discusses the street gangs of Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint, aka “The Killing Fields:”

The New York Times ran of list of several notorious Williamsburg gangs, including the Dirty Ones, the Driggs Boys Of Justice and the Screaming Phantoms. In 1981 Luis Garden Acosta, a prominent community leader, called northern Brooklyn (Williamsburg, with its neighbors Bushwick and Greenpoint) the “killing fields” for the number of teenagers killed in bloody gang conflicts. [Read more...]

Report: Brooklyn has the least affordable housing market in the U.S.


Yay! Say it together…..We’re number one! We’re number one! We’re number one!

One in five U.S. housing markets are now less affordable than their historic average as price gains outpace income growth from New York to San Francisco.

Of the 475 counties analyzed by RealtyTrac through October, 98 areas weren’t as affordable compared with the average level for the period starting in January 2000, the Irvine, California-based data company said in a report today. Brooklyn, New York, where a resident would need to devote 98 percent of the median income to afford the payment on a median-priced home of $615,000, was the least-affordable market, followed by San Francisco and Manhattan.

Ugh. I guess it’s time to move to Queens.

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup


Photo by Mark Jaworski

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