It’s Grand Street Restaurant Week

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Now in its second year, Grand Street Restaurant Week is already a Williamsburg tradition. From February 16th-22nd enjoy two course lunches from $8-$10 and/or three course dinners for $18-$30 at these Grand Street establishments: Chuvoys, Williams & Bailey, The Grand National, Dar, Le Barricou, Desy’s Clam Bar, Lily Thai, The Grand Bar & Grill, The Sandwich Shop, Bahia, Los Primos, Grand Morelos, Masha and the Bear, Lula Bean and Sky Bar and Grill.

For full menu listings and prices please visit grandstbklyn.com.

The Streetwork Project art show is opening tomorrow

streetworkThe Streetwork Project is a great organization that serves the homeless youth of NYC. The young artists involved in the organization will be presenting an art show called We Are Here starting tomorrow at 7pm at ABC no Rio on 156 Rivington St. Come on out and support some great young artists and a great organization. There will also be a community dialogue on art and social justice next Tuesday 2/24.

Metz releasing “Metz II,” tour coming to Music Hall and Bowery Ballroom

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I was pretty pissed off when I found out Metz were one of the secret bands playing Death By Audio’s swan songs a few months ago, because I couldn’t make it out that night. I wasn’t pissed for long though, because I knew it meant that they were probably working on a new record. Not that it meant that it’d be out anytime soon; the Toronto noisepunks played their first shows in 2007 and didn’t release their debut until 2012, but it inspired hope. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait five years for the followup, because earlier today, the band announced that Metz II is out on May 4 internationally and May 5 in North America via Sub Pop. You can stream the first single, the blistering “Acetate” below. [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

sumacAlright head count time, I just want to make sure everybody survived the one-two gut punch that was Valentine’s weekend and an Ulver-approved polar vortex. We all good? Hearts, minds, and frostbitten fingertips still intact? OK, alright, awesome. Now let’s get down to business.

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There was a fashion show on the L train

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In honor of Fashion Week Kim Mesches, a Brooklyn-based fashion designer, staged a guerrilla fashion show on the L train. Check it out below: [Read more...]

Australian band Twerps play Rough Trade and Mercury Lounge in March

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I suspect it’s not uncontroversial to say we’re all fed up of winter, but sometimes a record comes along that gives us hope for sunnier times (let’s conveniently forget it’s summer down under). Twerps’ latest album, Range Anxiety, is a spring record if ever I heard one and is out now on Merge Records. Needless to say, if you enjoy guitars set to jangle with an unabashed Flying Nun influence, have your wallet at the ready. Tour dates and songs below the jump.

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A new bar is opening on a boat in the East River in Greenpoint

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The above rendering is for Brooklyn Barge Bar, a new bar on a docked barge at 91 West Street. Its owner, the comically named Will Drawbridge, hopes to open (cast away?) on May 1.

Brooklyn Barge Bar is a seasonal bar and restaurant planned for the Greenpoint waterfront, at 91 West St., that would have picnic tables on land and seating on a docked barge.

The effect, said owner Will Drawbridge, is of a restaurant on a floating pier, similar to popular bar-on-a-boat The Frying Pan in Chelsea, where Drawbridge has done some consulting.

“It doesn’t move, hardly at all,” Drawbridge said. “It just offers an incredible view of New York City, frankly.” [Read more...]

Overhyped, overpriced kitchen for the nouveau riche will close Sunday

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Celebrity chef Paul Liebrandt’s much-hyped Williamsburg restaurant, The Elm is calling it quits:

It’s official: Two-and-a-half-year-old the Elm, inside the King & Grove Williamsburg hotel, will halt operations on Sunday.

Back in August 2013, just a month after the restaurant opened, chef Paul Liebrandt called the project a “gateway,” saying he wanted to “do a restaurant that would reach a clientele that would never, ever have come to Corton.” [Read more...]