Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks in Brooklyn, 2015

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This year, Macy’s will be having fireworks at two separate locations: 1.) a double barge barge just south of the Brooklyn Bridge, and 2.)  at a series of barges between East 23rd and 42nd Streets. Unlike last year, where it was hard to see much of anything from North Brooklyn, the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront will be ideal places to see the big show.

WHERE TO SEE THE FIREWORKS

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As always, DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights will have fantastic views and most waterfront locations, including Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 and the Promenade, are open to the public. You can also head the Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar if you don’t mind shelling out $125. [Read more...]

Farm on Kent to host July 4th event and begin outdoor dinner series this month

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Starting this month, Williamsburg’s Farm on Kent will begin hosting events on the lot adjacent to the Domino Sugar Factory, at South Fourth and North Kent. The first event is this Saturday, as visitors are encouraged to come watch the fireworks beside the East River and Williamsburg Bridge:

We’ve been spreading soil and plants throughout a parcel of land along the East River, and this Independence Day it will be made accessible to the public for the time in over 150 years. Join us and your neighbors for an evening of fireworks, farm-to-table tacos and a slice of South Williamsburg history. [Read more...]

Eyewitness gives gruesome details about the man beaten to death outside the Charleston

michael-sappLast week we were sad to report that 33-year-old Michael Sapp, who was an employee of Williamsburg’s The Bagel Store, had passed away. Details are still spotty, but an eyewitness related what he saw to Gothamist. He claims that bystanders stood idly by taking pictures of Sapp instead of calling 9-11. This story just keeps getting worse:

Christopher, who did not want his last name used because he lives in the neighborhood and fears retaliation, said he was just outside of the bar with a few friends last Saturday when two men approached, stopped just outside the fence around the outdoor seating area, and one of them, skinny and bleeding profusely through his white shirt, began yelling at the bouncer to let him in…
[Sapp is] like, “I’m gonna fucking kill everybody! Where the fuck is that guy? He needs to come out here right now. I wanna fight him!” He’s screaming at everyone and he’s cussing. The security guard was like, “Dude, you should leave. You should have never came back. Why did you come back?” [Read more...]

JMZ rents by stop

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As a follow-up to their report on rent prices along the L line, Brick Underground has a handy guide to rent prices along the JMZ. Not surprisingly, rents closer to Manhattan are overall more pricey. Also, rents have risen a staggering 43.9 percent at the increasingly trendy Myrtly-Wyckoff stop:

As with the L train data, we asked Streeteasy to crunch the numbers, pulling the median rental price within a five-block radius of each stop based on active listings for May 2015. “Some of the highest rents along the JMZ lines are exactly where you would expect them to be: the westernmost points near Williamsburg,” Streeteasy data scientist Alan Lightfeldt tells us. “The Lorimer Street, Hewes Street, and Marcy Avenue stops have the most expensive rentals on the whole. However, rents in areas to the east are growing fast.” … [Read more...]

Brooklyn Electronic Dance Round Up: June 19-21

Hello Summer! This weekend marks the start of the season and it’s evident in the sprinkling of daytime outdoor options. Celebrate today’s end to the work week with a happy hour in the sun on the roof of Output with Have A Killer Time presents John Barera & Will Martin, two of Boston’s finest up-and-coming House producers. At night, head into Good Room for the return of the Dope Jams DJs, an all night clubbing affair with Paul Nickerson and Francis Englehardt. Saturday continues at Bossa Nova with the leftfield techno party Down By Low featuring Alex From Queens. Then as Pride Week makes its way into Brooklyn, Club Shade hosts a secret warehouse fest featuring Hearthrob, Honey Dijon and more. By Sunday you’ll want to cap it all off on N6th street as CAMEO and Beats In Space close down the block for Make Music New York featuring the sweet and eclectic Disco sounds of WNYU’s Tim Sweeney, Tom Noble, and Ivan Berko. See you on the other side! -@evvnmichael

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2015 Northside Music Review

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The seventh Northside festival wrapped up on the 14th of June, with over 100,000 people spending time indulging either music, innovation, film, or a combination of the three. Free Williamsburg staff spent time at various shows from metal to pop acts, among thousands or sometimes only a dozen likeminded souls. The best sets and the ones that got away all feature below.

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Eight new hotels coming to Miami Williamsburg, Brooklyn, plus more in Greenpoint and Bushwick

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55 Wythe Ave – holy shit is this thing HUGE

We’ve been covering North Brooklyn’s insane  hotel boom, but Brownstoner has a handy recap of all the construction in Williamsburg. In addition to existing hotels like The Wythe and McCarren Park Hotel, these seven are in the works: The Williamsburg Hotel at 96 Wythe Avenue, The Hoxton at 97 Wythe, The William Vale at 55 Wythe Avenue between North 12th and North 13th, Yotel at 280 Meeker Avenue, The Pod Hotel on 626 Driggs Avenue at North 4th Street,  The M500 just off the Lorimer stop at 500 Metroplitan Avenue, and The Williamsburghotel at 159 Broadway. [Read more...]

Update: man beaten at the Charleston is brain-dead, details are confusing and still unfolding

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The details surrounding Sunday’s altercation in Williamsburg are confusing and conflicted, but the news keeps getting worse.

The sister of Michael Sapp, the man beaten into a coma at the Charleston on Bedford Avenue on Saturday night, said she is coming to terms with doctors’ pronouncement that he is brain-dead, but she is aggravated that police aren’t telling her anything about what happened. Ampora Yazdani flew to New York from Los Angeles on Sunday as soon as she heard from the mother of Sapp’s child that he was at Bellevue Medical Center.

Sapp, 33, suffered a fractured skull and contusions to the back of his head “as if he was hit from behind,” she said. He lost blood flow to his brain and doctors declared him unable to breathe on his own yesterday. Yazdani knows that the next step is to take him off life support but is holding out hope.

“I’m pursuing all of my contacts here to see if there’s a neurologist who could give a second opinion,” she said. “I know there’s probably no chance, but I’m hoping that there might be a miracle.”

Gothamist has patchy details about this ongoing investigation. Stay tuned.

Previously: Man suffers head trauma, in critical condition, following fight at The Charleston

Update: We’re sad to discover that Michael Sapp has died.