Massive fire blazes on Kent Avenue

A 7-alarm fire consuming a warehouse on Kent Ave is giving firefighters a major headache today. The flames broke out  around 6:30 a.m. and continued to rage ever since. CitiStorage, the site of the fire, houses documents, only adding to the growing blaze. Frigid temperatures aren’t making it any easier for firefighters either, causing water to freeze around the scene.

Here are some pictures from Instagram:

Williamsburg fire #fire #williamsburg #brooklyn

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Saturday morning waterfront warehouse fire #Williamsburg. Be safe #FDNY

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#Williamsburg warehouse fire

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More than 270 firefighters have been on site. One civilian injury has resulted from smoke inhalation, but no firefighter injuries have been reported.



Free Beer and Factory Records dance party at Passenger Bar tonight

factory You probably know Ballentine for its bodega 40 ubiquitousness (me, it’s the beer my dad always drinks), but did you know they brew an IPA? I sure didn’t, but apparently it’s one of the first IPAs distributed here in America. It was discontinued for years, but the ol’ Newark brewery is bringin’ it back, and you can try it for the price of “on the house” at the Passenger Bar’s Factory Records dance party tonight.

There’s no cover and the beer is free between 10-10:30pm and 2-2:30am; plenty of time to get wasted enough on high-alcohol content brew to not care about looking like Ian Curtis out on the dance floor. More details below. [Read more...]

Six week L train shutdown coming soon to a weekend near you


Well THIS sucks!

Ah spring, season of rebirth, season of hope and coming soon, season of godawful L train shutdowns that will prevent easy access from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Yes that’s right, after already breaking your spirit in the winter, we got a tip, later confirmed by an MTA spokesman, that L train will put you back on the rack in spring, with nine straight weeks of weeknight track work starting March 24 that will shut it down between 8th Avenue and Bedford Avenue. Plus, you get six straight weekends of no L train between 8th Avenue and Bedford Avenue starting April 11. At least the weekend track work might keep Manhattanites out? [Read more...]

Top 5 shows of the weekend


With almost the entire city having a “snow” day on Tuesday, the feel of the week is skewed. Thursday feels like Tuesday, which will feel pretty good when the realisation hits. Here are some ideas for the impending weekend that don’t involve watching oversized men throwing a ball around for about 3 seconds then taking a break for 2 minutes, and people have the temerity to call it football.

5) Big Muff Radio, Slonk Donkerson, Sofa Club at Baby’s All Right
Big Muff Radio will be celebrating their latest offering, the synth-tinged Life is Easy, which you get on cassette for free with the cost of admission ($8); not a bad deal even if I’m suspicious of anyone who plays cassette tapes. Also be sure not to miss the rather criminally underrated Slonk Donkerson,if you like power trios and don’t know Slonk Donkerson, check them out and thank me later.

Saturday 11:59pm (Sunday then…)

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Williamsburg now has the country’s only bar dedicated exclusively to Matcha


Credit: Melissa Hom, Grub Street

Whatever the heck that is. Luckily, Matcha Bar explains this mysterious concoction to newbies like us:

1. A Japanese powdered green tea, historically used to enhance one’s focus, energy, and alertness.
2. The stone-ground powder derived from the topmost leaves of the first harvest of a green tea crop. [Read more...]

Video: Here’s what the Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront looked like in 1992

williamsburg1992Check out this short video that was recently uploaded to YouTube by photographer Roland Andrijauskas of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront in 1992. The clip shows the rawness of the early 90′s waterfront (try to ignore the weird alien transmissions in the audio) when the twin towers were visible behind smoke stacks. Watch below:

- @joshmorrissey

Related: Zach Galifianakis’ 1993 student film set in Williamsburg

Top 5 shows of the weekend


I’ll be taking over this column from Coleman, who has admirably been handing you better plans than you had for the weekend for quite some time now. Your ears might get a bit more of a break from time to time (please, always bring earplugs), but as someone who goes to 150-odd shows a year, I’m hoping you will find the quality of recommendations remain high.

5) Dave Gorman at Subculture
I’m throwing a bit of a curveball to start things off, with a comedy show at Subculture. Dave Gorman is a British comic, and I’m always a bit wary of our humour getting lost in translation (as the saying goes, “a common language separated by two countries”), but Gorman is nerdy and niche enough to hopefully pull in more than just an expat crowd. I went last night and thought he was hilarious. There will be a powerpoint presentation…

Friday and Saturday, 7pm and 9pm both nights (and another 6 performances at the same venue next week).

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Rudy’s Barbershop – on Williamsburg, drug-induced freak-outs, and wasted beauty



Rudy’s Barbershop officially opened its doors to Williamsburg last month, offering quality haircuts and a dedicated pop-up shop from leather goods manufacturer and retailer, Tanner Goods. The ten-chair barbershop is also home to a stunning wall mural by New York-based artist, Romon Yang.

Rudy’s Director of Store Design and native of Brooklyn, Marshall Ryan, had this to say about the beautiful building that now houses our shop, “There’s a strange grime on the façade that I want to believe is some byproduct of the millions of pounds of sugar that was refined daily by our late neighbor, the Domino Sugar Factory. Under all of that soot is an unusual 1890s Neogothic structure that stands out from the bulk of building types in the neighborhood. 33 Grand Street was originally Northside Bank, later a chemicals storage warehouse, followed by an assortment of tenants from the 70s to now. I’ve been told that one tenant, in the 90s, ran something kind of like a speakeasy, but for hard drugs and prostitution – that tenancy allegedly ended in a drug-induced rampage in which all the original 1800s casework was destroyed and left on the curb for collection. We’re going to throw some pretty cool parties… but maybe not that cool.” [Read more...]