Williamsburg is officially getting an Apple Store

appleThe long rumored Apple Store at 247 Bedford Ave. (North 3rd) is officially going to happen. From [Read more...]

PHOTOS: Flight Facilities Played Webster Hall

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Photos by Tyler Etheridge

Australian EDM duo Flight Facilities brought their first-class show to Webster Hall last Thursday. A group that was previously known for mega club singles, are now touring in support of their debut LP Down to Earth. Party pilots James Lyell and Hugo Gruzman flew high during their sold out performance last week when they opened with their new hit Two Bodies and took us on a fully-curated flight with their vocalists, Owl Eyes bombshell Emma Louise (who covered vocals for Giselle on the groups popular hit, Crave You), and another strong male vocalist in tow.

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BangOn NYC! Time + Space NYE Party Returns to Brooklyn

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Holy crap! We’re already a week into December. How did that happen? Is someone screwing with the continuum? Well that means if you haven’t made New Year’s Eve plans, you better get on it. We all know anywhere near Times Square is a total nightmare, and places like Webster Hall become playgrounds for the barely legal bridge and tunnel bunch. Oof. Save yourself the headache (you’re going to have one of those the day after anyway), and make the right choice by into the wormhole this New Year’s Eve at BangOn NYC!’s annual Time + Space Party, taking place at a Brooklyn warehouse TBD.

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Video: Little girl starts dance party on the Bedford L train platform

Screen Shot 2014-12-06 at 3.10.43 PMDespite what you’ve heard there are still occasional moments of joy and happiness in Williamsburg. Brooklyn band Coyote & Crow was joined by an adorable little girl on the Bedford L a few weeks ago for a cover of the Greatful Dead’s Me & My Uncle. As the [Read more...]

Arrogant Swine to start serving brunch this weekend… with free bloodies!

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Arrogant Swine ‘cue and waffles, credit: Eater

Prohibition ended on December 5th in 1933 and to celebrate the anniversary Arrogant Swine has a couple of special events planned. Tonight they have beer specials, including $2 Six Point tall boys. Saturday and Sunday will be even better as they begin serving brunch with free bloody maries:

Redneck Kegs & Eggs! This Sunday Dec 7th we’re serving brunch!!
Our launch will include FREE BLOODY MARY’s from UBON Bloody Mix, Live music and a new menu!! Bushwick Redneck Brunch, come and get it! [Read more...]

The gangs of North Brooklyn: the Dirty Ones, the Driggs Boys of Justice, and the Screaming Phantoms

Greg Young of the Bowery Boys blog has a great post up about North Brooklyn in the late 70′s and early 80s. As part of a promotion for the upcoming film A Most Violent Year — which looks fascinating and is about New York’s most violent year, 1981 — he discusses the street gangs of Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint, aka “The Killing Fields:”

The New York Times ran of list of several notorious Williamsburg gangs, including the Dirty Ones, the Driggs Boys Of Justice and the Screaming Phantoms. In 1981 Luis Garden Acosta, a prominent community leader, called northern Brooklyn (Williamsburg, with its neighbors Bushwick and Greenpoint) the “killing fields” for the number of teenagers killed in bloody gang conflicts. [Read more...]

Top five shows of the weekend

Bongripper++Holy+Grail+From+Hel5) Chuck Ragan, Adam Faucett at Rough Trade
In case you’re not already hanging out with enough beard n’ flannel-clad dudes on a typical night out in North Brooklyn, Hot Water Music frontman and punk icon, Chuck Ragan, has just what you’re looking for come Saturday night, with an intimate show at North 9’s coolest corporate upstart, Rough Trade. All cultural target practice aside, though, this one is bound to be a classic, so strap on those boots and tighten the suspenders, because there’s bound to be a pit full of lumberjacks and Jills waiting for you (OK, OK, sorry).

Saturday, doors at 8pm

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Report: Brooklyn has the least affordable housing market in the U.S.

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Yay! Say it together…..We’re number one! We’re number one! We’re number one!

One in five U.S. housing markets are now less affordable than their historic average as price gains outpace income growth from New York to San Francisco.

Of the 475 counties analyzed by RealtyTrac through October, 98 areas weren’t as affordable compared with the average level for the period starting in January 2000, the Irvine, California-based data company said in a report today. Brooklyn, New York, where a resident would need to devote 98 percent of the median income to afford the payment on a median-priced home of $615,000, was the least-affordable market, followed by San Francisco and Manhattan.

Ugh. I guess it’s time to move to Queens.