Happn: The first app that helps you find the people you’ve crossed paths with in real life



Just when you thought you would have to spend yet another winter lonely and single – enter happn, a new app with a exciting promise: find the people you happen upon at the coffee shop, Central Park or on your street.

It’s the first dating app that uses geolocation in real-time, drawing up a timeline of all your real-life encounters. Remember Craigslist’s missed connections section? Happn is better. You lock eyes with a hot stranger but don’t have the courage to approach him/her? The opportunity is not lost if you both have happn.

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People actually prefer the shuttle to the G train

credit: Greenpointers

credit: Greenpointers

We griped and griped, but many commuters actually preferred the shuttle to taking the awful G train. Enjoy it while it lasts. Service resumes on Tuesday:

“It’s faster,” said George Huarotte, 22, who works in Greenpoint. “I prefer the shuttle.”

“The shuttle is always there,” said Tiffany Elisca, 25, who also works in Greenpoint. “And it’s free.”

The G train has been shut down between the Nassau Avenue and Court Square stops since July 25 to allow workers to make “extended repairs” after 3 million gallons of salt water flooded the line during Sandy, according to the MTA… [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal update

pallbearer-0414Hello and welcome to This One Goes To Eleven loyal pawns, hooded torch-bearers, fallen apostles, and mildly curious passerby. It needn’t take a hot-air balloon diatribe on the recent explosion of extreme music into the indie-verse for you to quickly glean why we are here. The reason is simple and the purpose is clear: We are gathered today, and each Tuesday for the foreseeable future, to pay pilgrimage to the coming week in metal, and–with the world headed to hell in a hurry–assemble a soundtrack for the ensuing roadtrip. Eyes front and Dio horns up. Now someone, count me in.

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Black Wine and Brick Mower are playing at Death By Audio on Friday 22nd of August

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Black Wine have just released their latest album, Yell Boss, on Don Giovanni Records and are playing a record release show at Death By Audio this Friday (22nd of August). The record hits a bit harder than 2012′s Hollow Earth though as usual the trio split songwriting and singing duties between them.  The album artwork is by Screaming Females‘ Marissa Paternoster and you can listen to lead single, Rime, below the jump.

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Another man down- The Brooklyn Ale House closes August 27


I wasn’t even half way finished moving into my Northside apartment when I first sipped a cold one at Brooklyn Ale House. Sad news.

Here is the official statement:

The Brooklyn Ale House under current ownership, is announcing that it will be closing its doors on the 27th of August, 2014.   It’s been an amazing party and one hell of a ride.

From the day Adam’s Grocery was transformed into the “new bar” in 1997, the Brooklyn Ale House has stepped up to the plate and has been serving the locals of Williamsburg, New York City and world drinkers with a fiery passion for fun.  We were often copied but never duplicated, and through it all, you were never on camera.

From the end of the Clinton era, through the horror of 9-11, the Blackout and the gentrification, we never stopped believing in the old neighborhood.  The solid blue collar workers and builders, the firemen, pool and dart players, the rock freaks, art freaks, and freaks in general, along with the new-comers who knew how to behave in a bar and tip properly, we thank you.  You all became family and again, we thank you.  Regardless of complaints about noise, music, or the city laws regarding dogs, we stuck to our guns and continued the party.

The Brooklyn Ale House has always supported a dog’s right to accompany its owner into an adult drinking establishment, even as we paid the fines.  We look to always be remembered as the original “Dog Bar,” with the best free chili cook-offs, fried chicken-offs, corned beef & cabbage and the best Kentucky Derby party in the city.

Sean Connelly, George Wright, Dave Moore and the entire staff of the Brooklyn Ale House, wish to thank you for the incredible highs and lows of the past 17 years.  We maintain that our old-school approach to drinking and running a bar will always be remembered.  The Brooklyn Ale House is expected to reopen under new ownership, in the very near future.  The dog bone will be passed to the new owners, as we all transition and step into a new era.  So for now, enjoy our bar.  Drink and remember all the great times.  Thank you for coming back again & again.  BAH

What are your fondest Brooklyn Ale House memories? Tell us in the comments and stop by BAH for one last cheers.

Uber offering a free ride for commuters f*cked by the G


We’re saving this for a sweaty day:

Whether you’re a weekday commuter, Greenpoint or LIC resident, or frequent neighborhood visitor, we’re sending some Uber Love your way for the next five weeks. While the MTA does their thing, we’re here to bridge the gap with one free transfer between the Nassau Av and Court Sq G train stops.

Enter promo code FREETRANSFER – Then ride anywhere between the Nassau Av and Court Sq stops from July 25 through August 31 and get one free trip (up to $30)

In other commuter news, thankfully, the ferry is back too!

Shake Shack coming to Williamsburg?


We have not been able to officially confirm this, but a tip came in this morning and we’re keeping our fingers crossed:

Just talked to the construction workers outside N4th & Berry (next to Viva Toro) and the head construction guy said that Shake Shack signed a commercial lease for the space!!

We’ll keep you posted when we hear more.

Joanna Gruesome share “Jerome (Liar),” playing NYC next month

joanna gruesome 12inNoisy pop punks Joanna Gruesome are following up their awesome debut LP, last year’s Weird Sisterwith a gold split 12″ on their own label Reeks of Effort with Trust Fund (it will be released in the US on HHBTM). Each band are contributing 3 tracks, and you can listen to Joanna Gruesome‘s first below. It’s just what you’ve come to expect from the band: brief yet exhausting twee goodness.

You can pre-order the record here (no link for US yet); it’s out September 22nd.

The Welsh band are on tour starting this weekend, and it hits NYC twice. First, an incredible bill at Shea Stadium August 26th, where they play with indie darlings Perfect Pussy, plus alt-punks Potty Mouth and Love of Everything. Tix for that are on sale now, and I’m sure they won’t be for long.

That Friday the 29th, they hit the South Street Seaport with Big Ups for what is sure to be an awesome end of summer (never end, summer) concert. Even better, that one’s FREE.