It’s no secret that Vice Media is expanding and soon will take over every part of South Williamsburg not owned by or J Crew or Two Trees. Still, the owners of the clubs that have been displaced by Vice (Death By Audio, Glasslands, 285 Kent) have been very tight-lipped about why they are shuttering. We reached out to Glasslands yesterday and haven’t heard a peep. What’s with all the secrecy?
Gawker tracked down Ric Leichtung, the guy who ran the now defunct 285 Kent and got an answer:
The landlord’s been waiting for a pay day like this for years. The landlord’s made little headway on bringing the building up to code to host legitimate businesses, opting for these really short term 2 or 3-year commercial leases to illegal loft spaces and quasi-legal establishments like 285 Kent so that the landlord could easily kick them out or wait for their leases to expire and cash in when they found a buyer. [Read more...]
I love Paulie’s so I was happy to see this – even though Totonno’s and Roberta’s have a slight edge in my opinion. Hopefully, the foot traffic the rating is sure to inspire won’t be as annoying as what we see outside of that overrated tourist trap Grimaldi’s. From Gothamist:
The 30,592 diners who participated in this year’s Google-owned Zagat Survey have spoken and declared that Greenpoint pie purveyor Paulie Gee’s fires up the city’s top pizza. In the 2015 guide, which was released today, the eaters lauded the “destination-worthy”—that’s called “borough-shaming,” Zagat!—pizzeria’s “one-of-a-kind” toppings and Paulie’s hands-on service as their favorite pick of the city’s dense pizza population. Following closely behind Paulie’s funky pies were the offerings at Lucali in Carroll Gardens, Juliana’s in Dumbo, Totonno’s of Coney Island and then Bushwick’s Roberta’s.
If the Brooklyn theme was apparent in the pizza category, it’s with good reason. The borough saw a 28% increase in the number of eateries reviewed, with 340 establishments making this year’s list. Of those, Williamsburg’s St. Anselm was ranked best of the borough, calling the steakhouse “cool” but “unpretentious” and saying that it has some of “the city’s best” beef. Other top borough picks included SriPraPhai, a Thai eatery in Queens; Roberto’s Italian in the Bronx; and Denino’s Pizzeria, taking home top honors for Staten Island.
Yesterday, Radio Bushwick announced that it would be temporarily closing due to “landlordly legal-biz.” Their scheduled CMJ shows have been moved to Lot 45 in Bushwick. Brooklyn Mag speculates that the abrupt closure is a result of building violations and thinks the club’s future looks grim:
We took a peek at the building’s DOB records and found four violations from the past year that might have something to do with the venue’s closure.
The first two were issued back in July for an illegal conversion of a manufacturing building “to commercial bar and cabaret with music.” The DOB lists two more violations issued in September, both for “illegal occupancy.”
The latest one was dished out on September 24th by an emergency response team in conjunction with the super scary sounding NYPD-organized, M.A.R.C.H (Multi-Agency Response to Community Hotspots), AKA the Dance Police, Party Poopers, Dangler Death Dealers, et al.
Yeesh. Sounds like the party might be over.
Fingers crossed that they reopen soon!
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A woman returned to her apartment on Hope and Havermeyer last weekend to discover almost $3,00 worth of goods missing including her HP laptop and a pair of Tommy Hilfiger glasses. The thief, perhaps displeased that he robbed an apartment in Williamsburg and didn’t even get a Macbook or a pair of Ray-Bans decided to pay her back with #2 worth of goods in her bathroom. From [Read more...]