January may have felt a lot like Groundhog’s day, what with massive festival lineups dropping day after day. Among which is one of favorites, the nearby Governors Ball Festival, which takes place annually on Randall’s Island and continues to pull many of the seasons best acts. This year is no different, with the return of Kanye West and The Strokes in headlining slots, as well as a Governors Ball debut for The Killers. Beck is also back for the first time in five years, and if that’s not a reason to get excited, well then hell, I don’t know what is. You can experience all of the action June 3-5th, 2016. Sorry AEG, you can wait for your “new Coachella”.
From the Times:
For the new streetside kiosk attached to the 12 Chairs Cafe in Brooklyn, the chef, Shimon Maman, and his partners looked to Tel Aviv’s falafel stands. Pita bread comes with traditional stuffings like sabich (eggplant), kebabs, shakshuka and falafel, the last with fried potatoes in the sandwich. Mr. Maman said his fillings had “more finesse” than is typical in Israel. The stand is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; there is covered seating as well as takeout: The Kiosk, 12 Chairs Cafe, 342 Wythe Avenue (South Second Street), South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 347-227-7077, 12chairscafe.com.
Because Vampire Weekend co-founder Rostam Batmanglij left the band earlier this week, Ezra Koenig is performing with a makeshift band, made up of Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, comedic duo the Lucas Bros, and the University of Iowa’s Hawkapellas—an all-female a cappella group. (“Bernie can call that Vampire Weekend if he likes,” he said.)
Prior to the rally, they performed at the Java House in Iowa City. Watch some clips from the event (including “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “This Land Is Your Land” sing-alongs)
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Old-timers rejoice, because Verb Cafe is back and maybe even better than it was when it closed. Cisco Rodriguez, who had worked at Verb for 14 years, now runs and owns Verb 2.0 which quietly opened on Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint just after Thanksgiving… [Read more...]
It’s from the same people who operate the Hotel Chantelle. Eater has more:
The team behind Lower East Side restaurant Hotel Chantelle has taken over the space next to the Williamsburg Bridge at 163 Hope Street that housed Hope Garage. Seth Levine, Ravi Patel, Frank Alessio, and Kyle O’ Brien are partnering with Hope Garage’s former owner Delores Hoskins Auguet in The Regal, a 70-seat diner and [Read more...]