Halloween EDM Shows

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Get your spandex and pink wigs ready because Halloween is just about here, y’all. There are some AMAZING lineups coming to the city this weekend, and if you haven’t made plans yet (rookie mistake) there’s still time.

If you’re not doing the BangOn NYC! Warehouse of Horrors (personally, I do think this is the place to be – Break Science, Twin Shadow, Space Jesus, Zebra Katz and Sleepy & Boo, just to name a few . . .  Get your tickets HERE), have no fear. There are plenty of other spooky options for the most creepy day of the year. Let’s get seriously weird, y’all.

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Top five Halloween shows

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I want to play a game. Your Halloween social life has been rigged to an industrial grade acetylene torch and suspended above a churning cement mixer in an abandoned warehouse somewhere in deep Brooklyn. There’s still time to save it, but first you have to choose: Do you attend a banging party or a heavy metal séance? A lighthearted covers show or a full-fledged costume contest? Pick more than one and what remains of your pathetic excuse for a weekend plan will incinerate, select none and it will drown in a watery concrete tomb. The choice is yours, but make it quick. The clock is ticking.

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FREEwilliamsburg reviews CMJ 2014

cmjAnother year has mostly gone by and another CMJ Music Marathon is in the can. We had four of our esteemed bloggers on the ground for this year’s festivites: Chris Quartly, Coleman Bentley, Carly McAlpine and yours truly. We drank many dranks, ate free pizza, stumbled drunkenly across bridges, fought the urge to get free tattoos and watched some pretty cool bands play some pretty great sets. For the most part. Here’s our takeaway: [Read more...]

Is Sweetwater haunted?

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Sweetwater, credit: NY Times

We already told you about a few haunted places in Williamsburg. We can now add Sweetwater to the list. Decades before the establishment morphed into its current incarnation as an American bistro, it was a restaurant and bar owned by Charles Szyjka that served up breakfast and booze to blue-collar workers. Szyjka lived upstairs, lost two wives to childbirth, and had a daughter named Anna who employees believe is responsible for the so-called haunting:

On a dark morning in September 2006, Miguel Vargas arrived for work at a Brooklyn restaurant called Sweetwater. He unlocked and lifted the security gate, took two steps inside and saw a woman in profile walking across the dining room toward a basement stairwell.

She was middle-aged with gray hair and dressed in white, like a wedding dress, he said, but not one from this century. And she appeared corporeal, “normal,” Mr. Vargas said, not nebulous or translucent like on television. [Read more...]

Haunted Williamsburg: Where restless souls still linger

The day of the dead is almost upon us and if you want to catch a glimpse of a friendly (or not so friendly) ghost, try one of these local spots:

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Photo courtesy St. Charles Cellar website

St. Mazie’s
The jazz music and cocktails conjure up more than just the living. The basement of St Mazie Bar & Supper Club was a speakeasy during prohibition, and some of the regulars refuse to leave nearly a century later. The staff regularly encounters paranormal activity, including breaking glasses and mysteriously moving chairs, and even caught some of the action on camera. If you want to check it out for yourself, stop by the Supper Club this Wednesday for a prix fixe dinner and screening the silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Calligaria. RSVP at reservations@stmazie.com if you dare.

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Citibike is expanding to North Williamsburg and Greenpoint

citibikeThe last I heard Citibike was struggling to stay alive, but now thanks to a group of new investors the program is flushed with cash. From [Read more...]

Where to celebrate Halloween in Brooklyn 2014 (UPDATED)

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Parties in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint

BangOn!NYC presents: “Warehouse of Horrors 2014″
When: Friday, October 31st, 2014, 10pm-6am
Where: Venue to be announced
What: Party promoters BangOn!NYC will be throwing a huge party in an undisclosed warehouse spot (likely in Bushwick and definitely in a former bread factory.) It will feature three stages with music by Twin Shadow (DJ set), Break Science (Live), Purple Disco Machine (USA Debut), Zebra Katz (Live), Random Rab, Space Jesus. There will also be a freak show, art installations, a haunted house, and other arty weird shit you see in Bushwick on Halloween.
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Diarrhea Planet

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Halloween at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Diarrhea Planet
When: Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st
Where: Brooklyn Night Bazaar; 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn NY 11222
What: Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Desert Sharks, and Banker$ all perform. Make a weekend of it, since the next night Free Williamsburg favorites So So Glos are performing!
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Frightful Cover Bands at Silent Barn
When: Friday, October 31st, 9pm
Where: Silent Barn; 603 Bushwick Ave, New York, NY 11206
What: Cover Bands at this Bushwick venue. Dear Leader (Brooklyn) does The Neptunes, Delicate Steve as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Heeney as Weezer, Banned Books (PA) as Pixies, Max Almario (Celestial Shore) + Mike Sheffield (Heaven’s Gate) + Kegan Zema (Journalism) as Blink-182, Adveata as Hole
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North Brooklyn Boat Club’s Haunted Canoe Tour of Newton Creek
When: Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM – Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Where: Broadway Stages Boatyard in Greenpoint; 437 McGuinness Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11222
What: If you’re not already terrified of Greenpoint’s superfund site Newton Creek you will be after taking this haunted canoe tour.
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Pat Kiernan was at The Gutter, de Blasio visited The Meatball Shop

So while Christie and Cuomo have panic attacks — residents remain unphased – and life returns to normal in Williamsburg and New York.

Pat Kiernan bowled at The Gutter on Saturday. He posted this picture on Facebook and said “Nice crowd at The Gutter tonight after a tough 48 hours. And I just bowled three strikes.”

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And here’s de Blasio at The Meatball Shop in Greenwich Village. He should have come to Willamsburg, but still…