This Saturday: celebrate Brooklyn Groove’s birthday with free facials, discounts and more

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Celebrate our store’s birthday! Try our organic and natural cosmetics, all free of toxic chemicals. On Saturday November 15th we will offer free mini-facials from 12pm to 3pm. We will also host special beauty industry guest, Rachel Winard, the founder of the natural cosmetics line Soapwalla. Dearest customers, this is our big day and we want to thank you all for supporting us this past year! Because of you, we are now carrying an amazing collection of natural, non-toxic products — many can only be found locally at our store. From RMS Beauty, an amazing makeup line based on raw coconut oil, to the best working natural deodorant made by Soapwalla, we have an broad selection from which to choose. And on Saturday at 4pm Rachel Winard will talk about her organic cosmetics line. She quit her corporate job to develop organic skin care products — all initially created in the kitchen of her home — and has since transformed them into a successful natural product line. Learn more here.

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Bedford Avenue – a history of Brooklyn’s longest street

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Bedford Avenue; credit: Bridge & Tunnel Club

Curbed has an informative and interesting feature on the history of Bedford Avenue — Brooklyn’s longest street.

At nearly eleven miles, Bedford Avenue vies for the title of longest street in Brooklyn, running from Sheepshead Bay to Greenpoint. The avenue is actually a patchwork of older roads that ran through what were once independent villages in Kings County.

Though Two Trees is currently working to demolish Williamsburg’s history, much of northern Bedford Avenue’s history evolves around the sugar industry:

By 1852, the year Williamsburg was formally incorporated as a city, its population had skyrocketed from 1,000 to 40,000. Due to the favorable tax structure in King’s County, many Manhattan businesses and manufacturers moved to or were established in Williamsburg. [Read more...]

REVIEW: Brooklyn Electronic Festival 2014

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Photo: A woman prepares her dance moves for the upcoming night at Baby’s All Right on Friday, Nov. 7th.

It would appear that the rhythm finally got me, as I type this review to you in bed surrounded by tissues. That said, a head cold is a small price to pay for the music-packed weekend that this year’s BEMF delivered. Featuring more than 30 artists and 9 venues from across the electronic genre, there was truly something for everyone, and I did what I could to absorb the spectrum amidst spending time with my boyfriend who left for Vegas for a month on Sunday. (Spoiler alert: I came home around 6 AM both days, and he was pissed.) But we’re cool now, and besides, you don’t care about those details of my relationship. THIS IS ABOUT MUSIC.

For starters, I felt like the event had a certain maturity and class about it this year that I didn’t necessarily notice last year. Now, don’t get me wrong, I HAD A BLAST last year. Maybe it’s because I spent most of my time drinking tequila and smoking cigarettes at grungey, DIY venues like 285 Kent which no longer exist, or maybe it’s because I wasn’t as engulfed in the EDM scene as a whole. Whatever it was, things felt different this year, in a good way. I thought the Kinship headquarters (also a new Venue this year) was a great atmosphere in which to be welcomed to the festival. Staff was friendly, composed, and knew what they were talking about, which I’ve found is surprisingly rare at city festivals. The iPhone app was attractive and easy to navigate, and the push notifications definitely came in handy with the frequent announcements of which shows were sold out and where to find venues with free booze. Well organized pre-parties, Boiler Room events and daily Q and A panels made this event one that people will talk about for a long, long time. Bravo, guys.

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When in Robe Spa Party Sunday, Nov. 16

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When in Robe is back this Sunday with another steamy, hot-tub heavy, bass dropping installment at Body by Brooklyn. This time, DJ Gina Turner is bringing the feminine energy to the spa with a set that’s fit to kill. The yogi/disc jockey/certified badass is a veteran of Holy Ship and played a back to back set in NYC recently with her husband with whom you might be familiar, Laidback Luke. Talk about a power couple!

So what are you waiting for? Buy a ticket, grab a bathing suit and relax with an evening of bubbles and bass. You’ll be greeted with champagne and a robe upon arrival. Then it’s YOU TIME! Check out the wet lounge which features hot tubs, a cold plunge pool, steam room and saunas. Next, make your way to the dance floor! Grab a snack, get a cocktail at the bar and let the music take you away. After all, YOU DESERVE THIS, right?

What: When in Robe Spa Dance Party
When: Sunday, November 16 at 10 PM
Where: Body by Brooklyn, 275 Park Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Who: DJ Gina Turner, TJANI and Subset
Tickets: Only $25! Get them HERE!

 

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

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Finnish heshers, fake albums, and first shows from obscure French bands? Yep, it’s just another week in the world of This One Goes To Eleven.

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Five Leaves is expanding… maybe we’ll actually want to go there now

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We love Five Leaves, but holy fuck is it a pain in the ass to get in. Who wants to wait 2 hours for brunch? Luckily, relief is on the way:

Five Leaves, the perennially popular Greenpoint brunch destination, is expanding to the space next door. Greenpointers reports that the adjacent Sharkey’s Driving School has recently relocated to Norman Avenue, freeing up space for the Five Leaves team to move in. At the moment the space is hosting a pop-up art gallery, but that’s only until renovations begin. Co-owner Kathy Mecham tells Greenpointers that the expansion will make room for a “bigger kitchen, bigger room, bigger bar,” which should also give them the capacity to do more catering. Locals are surely just hoping it will make the wait not quite so long. But no word yet on exactly when those renovations will start, or how long they’re supposed to take, so keep an eye out.

Monument to the monuments…

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The times they are a’ changin’ on Graham Ave.  Infamous Grande Monuments shop (famous more for their window grave markers than the bread they sold) which had been a mainstay of the neighborhood since the early 1950s is officially closing.  As the sign above depicts, Jerry Ragusa is moving the store down to Bayridge.  While I’m sure we’re all curious what’s going in its stead, it’s truly a mournful day indeed for the Via Vespucci strip of Graham.  Goodbye Grande.  I’ll be pouring out a little Fernet Branca while the other local residents spill their PBRs…

For a little more on the history of this spot, check out this interview over at WNYC.org (with Jerry back in 2011).

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TICKET GIVEAWAY: Electric Youth at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Photo credit: Vanessa Heins

Photo credit: Vanessa Heins

In 2011, Drive hit the silver screen and gave us the best soundtrack since Titanic. Retro electro pop sounds filled car stereos everywhere, with Electric Youth’s “A Real Hero” topping the charts. Now, the Canadian duo finally releases a full length album, “Innerworld,” with more transcendent, cinematic tunes perfect for cruising.

We’re giving away two tickets to their upcoming show at Music Hall of Williamsburg Wednesday November 12. Comment below and we’ll pick a lucky winner on Tuesday.