Vice had over $16,000 worth of laptops stolen from their new Williamsburg office

 Photo by Spencer Heyfron for Newsweek

Photo by Spencer Heyfron for Newsweek

Vice had their new office (in the former Glasslands location) on South Second robbed of over $16,000 worth of laptops last week. From Brooklyn Paper:

sometime during the evening of July 14, and made off with 11 laptops worth over $16,000, according to a report.

The thief entered the building at S. Second Street and Kent Avenue through a second-story window that was left open overnight, police said.

Staffers realized they had been ripped off the next morning when they discovered the MacBooks had vanished and some of the office’s furniture had been disturbed, cops said.

Top 5 shows of the weekend


Good news everyone, NASA just discovered Keplar-452b, a bigger, older cousin to Earth, I can’t wait for the tripadvisor reviews. A little closer to home, so far this week we’ve talked craft beer pubssmelly Greenpoint, and the Forecastle music festival, and some of the FW music team will be heading out to a ballgame. Well, it seems like a good excuse to drink outside. In any case, the weekend is going to be scorchio, so once again, stay hydrated, remember sunscreen, and avoid direct sunlight by drinking beer indoors when the opportunity presents itself. Here are the top 5 shows of the weekend…

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REVIEW: Forecastle Festival 2015

My Morning Jacket

Jim James of My Morning Jacket brought plenty of hometown energy at this weekend’s Forecastle Festival in Louisville.

Photos by Steve Liskiewicz

Lovers of music, bourbon and all things Kentucky came together over the weekend for a 3-day arts and music festival that proved once again that Louisville is rocking some VERY COOL VIBES. Competing with other major festivals in close proximity like Bonnaroo and Bunbury, organizers of Forecastle Music Festival had plenty of work cut out for them in terms of booking quality acts and convincing ticket buyers that this was the festival in which to commit. Landing headliners like British soul/pop singer Sam Smith, hometown natives My Morning Jacket and longtime jam staple Widespread Panic, certainly didn’t hurt.

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Win Tickets to Full Moon Fest at the Brooklyn Mirage!


The 5th Annual Full Moon Fest is back for another day of gourmet food, dancing and craft cocktails at a brand new venue in East Williamsburg! This year’s festivities, brought to you by MATTE, will take place at The Brooklyn Mirage, an urban oasis surrounded by 10 foot walls and decorated with tropical foliage and sand. This will feel particularly good between your toes while you’re listening to house acts like Yelle, Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, JDH & Dave P, Oliver Nelson, Tensnake, MXTHER and more. Even better yet, the new venue means that this year the party goes  from 3 PM until sunrise. Aww hell yeah!

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Battles release mini-documentary about new record


Their latest, La Di Da Di is out September 18 on Warp. Check them out at Saint Vitus next month!

New Bushwick restaurant Okiway dishes out savory Japanese pancakes


1006 Flushing Avenue (Morgan Avenue)
Bushwick, Brooklyn

Recently opened in Bushwick, Okiway is a new restaurant serving up Japanese okonomiyaki :

Pronounced OH-KOH-NO-ME-YAK-I, okonomiyaki is a savory grilled pancake that translates literally to “grilled as you like it”. Though the earliest records of Japanese pancakes date back to the 17th century, okonomiyaki is attributed to the World War 2 era, where this creative and inventive dish sprung from a rice shortage. Today there are many variations of Okonomiyaki, but we focus on the Osaka (our traditional) and Hiroshima (includes yaki-soba noodles) styles. We want you to enjoy your okonomiyaki ‘as you like it’ (with lots of kewpie mayonnaise). [Read more...]

Bill Baker’s craft beer gastropub now open in Williamsburg


Bill Baker’s (credit: DNA)
364 Grand St. (at Marcy Street)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

A new gastropub with a great craft beer menu just opened on Grand Street.  Bill Baker’s menu features lots of small plates including deviled eggs, duck pierogis, creole shrimp and grits, steamed clams, mac & cheese, squash blossoms, and something called bacon puffs (bacon brioche and mushroom cream). For dinner, they have the obligatory burger, a roasted duck, and chili cheese dog. But, we’re primarily excited about the beer menu. They have twenty drafts including four they make themselves. Sure, they have the most hipstery website we’ve seen in years, but we’ll cut them some slack. This is Williamsburg after all. From Epoch Taste:

Named after one of the owners’ grandfather, a banker and sportsman with a reputation for being forthright, Bill Baker is a new restaurant and bar in Williamsburg that takes a page right out of his occupation and time. An antique banker’s clock and glass teller’s counter complement the marble bar top and brick walls, which date back to 1887. [Read more...]

Greenpoint Landing developers paid $400,000 to the city to cut down three trees

Photo via Stefano Giovanni for Brooklyn Paper

Photo via Stefano Giovanni for Brooklyn Paper

How bad do developers want to take over the Greenpoint waterfront these days? Bad enough to pay the city $400,000 to cut down three elderly trees that were in their way. From Brooklyn Paper:

The department said it is not in favor of felling mature foliage, but five trees at Newtown Barge Park — at the corner of Commercial and Dupont streets — were blocking the forthcoming Greenpoint Landing 10-tower mega-development, so it gave the real-estate company the green light to topple the topiary and slugged it with a $414,000 penalty for the privilege.

The city claims it will use the money to plant new trees nearby. Read more at Brooklyn Paper.