The most anticipated North Brooklyn restaurant openings of 2015 (thus far)


Camlin; credit: Zagat

Given the insane amount of growth underway it North Brooklyn, it’s hardly surprising that lots of new restaurants are opening in 2015. Hook & Cleaver opens today in Greenpoint and there’s lots more in store as the year progresses:

From Eater:

The Camlin
A new Williamsburg wine bar from Mandy Oser and chef Amorette Casaus, the team behind Manhattan’s popular Ardesia Wine Bar. It promises to be a casual neighborhood spot along the rapidly developing stretch of Kent Avenue, serving bar snacks like oyster and charcuterie, along with some larger shared plates. It will also serve cocktails as well as wine.
175 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg

From Zagat:

Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka of Williamsburg’s NOLA-inspired hit, Maison Premiere, will open a new restaurant in Greenpoint in 2015.
905 Lorimer St., Brooklyn [Read more...]

Dr. Dog Ticket Giveaway!

Mondays really suck. But you can make next Monday a little better with Dr. Dog. That’s right. We’ve got two hot tickets to the January 12th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg to turn that Monday frown upside down. Just comment below and tell us how mundane your Mondays are and we’ll give one winner two tickets to bring you out of your misery. Good luck!

Berry St. bump brings about bloody bout

berrystLast week two women on Williamsburg’s Berry Street bumped into each other on the sidewalk resulting in an altercation sending one [Read more...]

Cake Shop music venue seeking investors

cake shop

After the 2014 massacre which saw the loss of Death By Audio, 285 Kent, Glasslands and many more, Cake Shop is now my favourite concert venue in New York. With good sound, a welcoming vibe and mercifully bad phone reception downstairs which means less people disappearing up their own devices, there’s just always been something about the place that is more than simple endearment.

The venue’s Facebook page just posted a message calling for investment, please see below:

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Hook & Cleaver: “Chopped” chef opening steakhouse on Greenpoint Ave.

Chef Diane DiMeo

Apparently, you can’t open a restaurant anymore unless you’ve been on “Chopped” or “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” Hook & Cleaver opens on Thursday:

A chef who’s advanced on reality cooking shows like “The Taste” and “Chopped” will soon be bringing her talents to Greenpoint.

Diane DiMeo’s new steak restaurant and lounge, Hook & Cleaver, will open its doors at 68 Greenpoint Ave… [Read more...]

Bedford Ave pizzeria La Nonna closes, Parm to open soon

A pie from La Nonna

We love La Nonna, so we’re sad to see them go, but thankfully they have a location close-by on Kent Ave.

A call to a manager at the larger, flashier Kent Avenue location reveals that the lease was up at the low-key original, which had lately downgraded to serving just its thin-crust pies. A sign on the door reads, “We want to thank all our loyal customers who have supported us through the years. We will miss you all.”

One has to wonder what’ll happen to the storefront at 237 Bedford, between North 4th and 3rd Streets, as it’s on the same block as the incoming Apple and Whole Food stores.

In other food news, Parm will be opening soon at 162 N 4th Street to whet your palette should you miss La Nonna. They’ve already expanded to the Upper West Side, but now we won’t have to venture into Manhattan to enjoy their amazing Chicken Parmesan.

Governors Ball 2015 Lineup

Governors Ball Lineup

UPDATE 1/19/2015

Do you have questions about Governors Ball, the lineup or how this party is going down this year? Participate in the Reddit AMA, 2-hour Q&A this Thursday at noon EST to learn more.

Governors Ball is also offer discounted hotels for out of town festival goers. Do you have friends coming in to soak up the sights and sounds but 0 couch space? You can send them HERE for sweet deals on nearby hotels.

Also, Governors Ball says that tickets are expected to sell out sooner than last year with Payment Plans already nearly tapped out. Get your GA Tickets and Payment Plan tickets now, before it’s too late.

Original Post 1/7/2015

And the good news from festival land keeps coming. The folks at Founders dropped the lineup for New York’s own Governor’s Ball this morning, hot on the tails of Coachella’s announcement. I fucking love this season.

Top billed acts include The Black Keys (a fine foil to Coachella’s Jack White – plus we had him last year), Drake (also appearing at Coachella) and Icelandic lady legend Bjork. The lineup here includes a hefty helping of EDM as well with Deadmau5, Odesza, Big Gigantic, Flying Lotus, Big Gigantic and Chromeo all making the list.

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Interview: Robert DeLong


Just because LA-based singer/songwriter/producer/DJ/Drummer Robert DeLong uses Microsoft Sidewinder controllers, Wii-motes and joysticks during his live shows, doesn’t make him a video game nerd. “I guess I grew up playing Super Nintendo,” DeLong says. “The only game I ever got good at was Tony Hawk Pro Skater II, and now I don’t play video games at all.” You’d never guess that was the case when peering at his elaborate setup, which includes integrated video content, equipment fit to please a world-class gamer and enough tricks up his sleeve to support the idea that he may be the illegitimate child of Inspector Gadget. But then again, I assume DeLong is full of surprises. His calm demeanor and attentive gaze had me assuming he was the quiet kid in class – smart and thoughtful, but his frequent bursts of laughter show he’s bound to undercut with cunning wit when least expected. [Read more...]