Interactive map plots every sex offender in NYC


Greenpoint and Williamsburg only have a handful of convicted sex offenders, but Bushwick is a different story:

New York State, like many states, allows you to search for a sex offender. The Empire State only lets you map individual sex offenders. You can’t plot a map of all of the sex offenders currently registered around your block or your neighborhood. For example, if you live on the Lower East Side, you can’t see all the offenders near you. In an effort to make this data more accessible, we’ve (literally) put every sex offender in New York City on the map. Just click on each point to view pictures, name, offense, and a link to the full rap sheet provided by NYS Criminal Justices…Anyone who uses this information to injure, harass or commit a criminal act against any person may be subject to criminal prosecution.

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BAM is playing basically every great 80s indie film over the next few weeks

bluevelvetBAM’s “Indie 80s,” a celebration of independent films from “the neglected decade between the golden age of 70s New Hollywood and the indie boom of the 90s” starts this Friday, July 17. The programming is pretty impressive, and basically reads like a shortlist of my all-time favorite films. Some notables include Stranger Than Paradise, Wild Style, The Evil Dead, My Degeneration, This Is Spinal Tap, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Blue Velvet, Blood Simple, Blank Generation, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Check out the full schedule here. I think they hit most of the decade’s touchstones but NO VIDEODROME???? Come on guys.

Acro-Cats! Cat circus hits Bushwick tonight


Clearly, you’re not going to want to miss this, starting tonight at The Muse:

The one-hour show features over a dozen fabulous felines (all former orphans, rescues, and strays) walking tightropes, pushing carts, skateboarding, jumping through hoops, ringing bells, balancing on balls and turning on lights. NOLA, our newest addition to the troupe, will be sure to delight and amaze you with her energy and ability. We also have a new celebrity in the troupe, Alley, who was just awarded Guinness Book World Records title for longest jump made by a cat – but wait there’s more! Tuna, the star of the show, is the leader of the ONLY CAT BAND IN EXISTENCE The Rock Cats. With Oz on guitar, Dakota on drums, Nue on keyboards, and Sookie on chimes – Tuna (who plays cowbell) and her backing band really strut their stuff with their own style of original music. Cluck Norris, a chicken on cymbal and tambourine, isn’t “kitten” around – she usually steals the show! [Read more...]

Roberta’s is being sued for unpaid overtime

robertasRoberta’s, Bushwick’s most famous restaurant is being sued by a long time employee for failure to pay overtime wages. From [Read more...]

Police rule Michael Sapp’s death outside of the Charleston a homicide


Cops aren’t saying whether or not they have any suspects in the Michael Sapp case, but no arrests have been made. From the Brooklyn Paper:

Michael Sapp of Bedford-Stuyvesant died of severe head injuries three days after someone knocked him out in front of the Charleston on Bedford Avenue between N. Seventh and N. Eighth streets on June 14, according to police. The Medical Examiner last Wednesday ruled the death a homicide, cops said. [Read more...]

You can order food from Smorgasburg on Seamless this weekend

Antica Pesa's Spaghetti Burger via

Antica Pesa’s Spaghetti Burger via

This weekend’s edition of the Smorgasburg food fest will have a new feature. Delivery! From 11AM-6pm on Saturday you will be able to fire up Seamless and order a number of Smorgasburg’s offerings from the Williamsburg and Queens locations. Here’s what will be available via Observer:


Goa Taco – Slow-roasted Pork Belly Paratha Tacos
Chickpea and Olive – Calexico Burger
Good Stock – Jambalaya
Imperial Egg – Scotch Egg
Antica Pesa – Spaghetti Burger


Kim Chi Smoke – Redneck Tacos
Patacon Pisao – Crispy Plantain Sandwich
Arepa Lady – Arepas
Celebes Bakar Grill – Beef Rib]

- @joshmorrissey

Win Tickets to GREATEST DAY EVER Featuring Shift K3Y, Trippy Turtle and More!

Greatest Day Ever

Hot town, summer in the city! Follow these sounds and you’ll find something Trippy . . . Trippy Turtle that is! Win a chance for you and a friend to experience the GREATEST DAY EVER, featuring electrifying performances from Shift K3Y, Trippy Turtle, Walshy Fire (of Major Lazer), Mija and many more. Even better, it’s taking place right here in Williamsburg! You’re not going to want to miss this. The proof’s in the name.

Enter for a chance to win below. You must be 18+ to enter, and winners will be notified on Thursday afternoon.

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Hit the Road for these Out of Town Festivals and Music Events


We’ve hit mid-July, which means if you live anywhere other than a basement, you’re sweating constantly. It’s just the way it goes in NYC. Sure, you could go to the beach, but that bus ride is long as f@$K, and who has the energy to plan a day-trip when you have to fit in time for three showers to regulate your body temp? It’s time for a break, and thankfully you’re in the high-point of music festival season. So you can have your cake, and eat it too! Whether you’re just looking to escape your oven-like apartment or cash in on those extra vacation days, here are a few good reasons to venture outside of NYC over the next few weeks. We’ve got festivals and music events from near, far and everywhere in between.

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