The Art & Craft Fair At The Night Owl


Looking for something to do December 5th? Come to an Awesome Art & Craft Fair in Williamsburg! Tell your friends! Handmade items by local artists. Great Gifts for everyone on your list. Grab a drink and shop. I would love to see you all! We’ll be there from Noon to 7 pm.
The Night Owl is a bar located 3 blocks from the Bedford Ave L stop and 6 or so blocks from the Metropolitan Ave G stop. Grab some Brunch in the Area before or after shopping. The Night Owl also has foosball and Skiball. It will be a fun day.
Support The Night Owl for hosting our event. They’ll have Spiced Cider and Drink Specials for shoppers.
The Night Owl / Noon- 7 pm
170 N. 4th St between Bedford Ave and Driggs.
Bedford Ave L stop Or Metropolitan Ave G stop.

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

Via Flavorwire

Arrested Development fans will rejoice at the first glimpse of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, a show written exclusively for Channel 4 UK by comedian David Cross. The show, which aired its pilot for British eyes only on November 27th, stars AD alums Will Arnett and Cross as well as wild thing Spike Jonze. From what we gather, the show is based on Todd Margaret (Cross), a class-A wiener who, by yelling obscenities about banana stands in Kazakhstan, fumbles his way from measly temp at a U.S. office to class-A wiener with a company credit card across the pond. All he has to do is hawk several thousand Thunder Muscle Energy Drinks before his psychotic, potty-mouthed boss (Arnett) shows up to collect in a week’s time.

The December 2009 Movie Preview

by Dave Thomas
While nothing this month stands out as an awards season frontrunner, there’s lots of potential Oscar suitors to choose from, and isn’t it more interesting that way?
Armored truck guard (Columbus Short) agrees to inside heist with his co-workers (Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Jean Reno, Skeet Ulrich), but changes his mind when someone (Milo Ventimiglia) gets hurt.
All eyes on Kontroll director Nimrod Antal, who failed to impress with his American debut, Vacancy. Also not encouraging, the let’s-reveal-everything trailer. A little more pressure added since Antal’s directing Predators, until you remember that Predators probably isn’t a good idea to begin with.
Not much action to compete with. $57mil.
Maybe if Sidney Lumet directed.
Guy (Jake Gyllenhaal) comforts his recently widowed sister-in-law (Natalie Portman) like, you know, Biblically. Then his brother (Tobey Maguire) returns from the war. Turns out he wasn’t dead after all. Awk-ward.

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NY Votes No On Same-Sex Marriage

As expected, our state Senate is filled with a bunch of cowards pandering to a backwards constituency. Thankfully, we have Senator Savino, one of the few not afraid to speak the truth. [via]

These are the Democrats, many of whom have received gay money, who voted Nay on equality: Carl Kruger, Bill Stachowski, Ruben Diaz Sr., Joe Addabbo, Darrel Aubertine, Hiram Monserrate, Shirley Huntley and George Onorato. [via]

3rd Ward Specials

Just got an e-mail from 3rd Ward with their specials for this month and there are some doozies.
Introduction to MIG Welding // In this workshop each student will create an imaginative sculpture in steel. While making the sculpture, students will learn the fundamentals of how to mig weld, fabricate, and use other shop equipment and tools. All materials and safety gear will be provided. This class comes with a two day shop pass to work on your projects outside of class time.
Class Duration: 3 Sessions ◊ Time: 7-10p ◊ Wednesdays December 2, 9 & 16 ◊ Register by Nov 27
NOW // Member Price: $180 Nonmember Price: $200 Equipment Fee: $35
After Effects Intro // Open a veritable Pandora’s Box for enhancing artistic projects across any digital medium. Create dynamic text, composite imagery and animate photographs and still imagery. You leave class with an original Quicktime movie for your portfolio.
Class Duration: 3 Sessions ◊ Time: 7-10p ◊ Wednesdays December 9, 16 & 23 ◊ Register by Dec 6
NOW // Member Price: $150 Nonmember Price: $180
Intro to Dreamweaver // You will learn the basics of web design using Dreamweaver; the industry standard software for web design. You will build your own website by the end of the class.
Class Duration: 6 Sessions ◊ Time: Noon-3p ◊ Sundays December 13, 20 & January 10, 17, 24 & 31 ◊ Register by Dec 10
NOW // Member Price: $295 Nonmember Price: $360

Liars Debut Sisterworld

It may be too late by now, but…

Seminal Brooklyn band Liars will release their next record Sisterworld in early 2010. Are you in New York and want to catch a sneak preview of the record tomorrow evening? You’re in luck: We’re giving away 25 tickets courtesy of Mute Records.
The first ones to e-mail win; just drop us a line at with ‚”Liars Contest” in the subject heading and we shall provide, granted you were quick enough on the draw. (We’ll let you know the location if you’re a winner.) Go for it!

One man’s take. Good luck! Let us know how it was.

Schumer: You Gotta Fight For The Right To Pool Party

(image c/o Michael Rusch)
Senator Schumer is fighting hard for the hipster vote to ensure that the Williamsburg Pool Parties return in 2010. Here’s the latest press release from his office:

Schumer: The FREE Jelly NYC Pool Parties Are A Big Part of Why Summers in NYC are So Great And I Will Do Everything In My Power to See They Return
Today, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced he is pressing officials to iron out remaining concerns to see that the JELLY Pool Parties are saved from being shut down. Schumer is meeting with state and park officials and organizations to get the ball rolling on a permanent solution. The JELLY Pool Parties, a very successful free summer concert series started in 2005, were held at East River State Park in 2009. Unfortunately, the New York State Parks Department and the Open Space Alliance (OSA) indicated that the Jelly Pool Parties may not return for a 2010 season. No final schedule has been set for the 2010 season and Schumer is committed to seeing the JELLY Pool Parties remain a fixture for next summer and beyond. Schumer, a Brooklyn native who attended two of the Pool Parties this past summer, was struck by the quality and popularity of the concerts and the enthusiasm of the crowd. Schumer has already met with the NYS Parks Department and OSA and has pledged to do whatever it takes to see the Pool Parties return 2010.
‚”Summer in Brooklyn without the JELLY Pool Parties simply would not be the same and I will do everything in my power to see that they return in 2010,” Schumer said. ‚”As I was riding my bike through Williamsburg this summer, I came upon the Pool Parties and was inspired and energized by the huge crowds who came to see the concerts. People came from far and wide to enjoy the Brooklyn concert series, and when I heard they were in danger I just could not sit idly by and let the JELLY Parties get cancelled. Events such as the JELLY Pool Parties are what New York’s parks are made for ‚Äì they are lively and exciting and build energy and enthusiasm for people to stay and live and play in NYC ‚Äì and I will fight to ensure they are back in action in 2010.”
“The Brooklyn music scene exploded over the last decade, drawing hordes of new bands and artists to the borough and making Williamsburg the epicenter of some of the best new music in the world. The recent East River events have been the culmination of it all, showcasing VICE bands and other artists to thousands of music junkies across New York. VICE salutes Brooklyn native Chuck Schumer ‚Äì a man who clearly knows his music ‚Äì for going to bat for countless New York City concert -goers,” said VICE founder Suroosh Alvi.
JELLY NYC is the biggest summer concert series to hit New York City in decades. The Pool Parties were originally held at the McCarren Park Pool but were recently moved to the East River State Park due to construction. Within just a few years, the concert series experienced a huge jump in popularity, with audience traveling from across the country, and even the world, to attend the concerts. The 2009 season featured 8 weeks of free performances featuring Mission of Burma, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Dan Deacon, Deerhunter, Simian Mobile Disco, The Black Lips, and Girl Talk.
But the future of the concerts was put in jeopardy as the New York State Parks Department and the Open Space Alliance indicated that the East River State Park may not be available for the 2010 season. In August, Schumer, took the stage on the last night of the Pool Parties and pledged to the cheering crowd that they would be back on the waterfront in 2010.
Since Schumer spoke to the excited audience, he has led the fight to save the JELLY Pool Parties. Schumer is meeting with the New York State Parks Department, the Open Space Alliance, and local elected officials to work on a deal to ensure the Pool Parties return to the East River State Park next year. Schumer and JELLY NYC hope to have all the necessary papers signed in the near future so the Pool Parties will be back in Brooklyn for a 5th year.
Schumer’s office has received over 200 e-mails from concerned constituents urging him to help bring back the JELLY Pool Parties.

Bike Lanes 86ed On Bedford

Needless to say, this is bullshit:

Just when it seemed like the hoopla over bike lanes in Williamsburg had come to a close, Gothamist has learned that the Department of Transportation is planning to remove a 14-block section of the Bedford Avenue cycling route.
A spokesman said that the agency will remove the “small portion” of the bike lane between Flushing and Division avenues in South Williamsburg “as part of ongoing bike network adjustments in the area.” The agency will install new signage directing bikers two blocks west to the bike lane on Kent Avenue, which earlier this year became an issue of contention particularly in South Williamsburg’s Hasidic community.
Some Williamsburg residents protested the Kent Avenue lane over concerns it took away parking spaces, hurt local businesses, and was used by badly-behaving bikers who purportedly fail to yield to stopped school buses. The city then reconfigured Kent Avenue, prompting complaints about truck traffic being diverted onto residential streets.
2009_11_bedfordbike.jpg While the dispute over the cycling route on Kent Avenue turned heated, the bike path on Bedford Avenue has been relatively noncontroversial — though some have called for its removal due to the number of “schools, stores and religious institutions” on the street. The Bedford Avenue lane was also one of the cycling paths where scantily clad cyclists were first spotted.
The Department of Transportation’s decision to eliminate a section of bike lane from the borough’s longest street is a surprising move, considering the agency’s recent efforts to bolster the city’s cycling network under the leadership of bike-loving Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.