Alright everyone, settle in and savor this one, because not only is there a Costco-sized of new sonic insanity on tap, but it’s also the last you’re going to get for a fortnight on account of my upcoming “summer vacation” (if you want call a long weekend in Cooperstown such a thing). Apologies in advance and, as always, take your time perusing the wares.
This weekend marks the return of the most ratchet party of the summer – Mad Decent Block Party! For the second year in a row, Coney Island’s MCU Park hosts the two-day booty fest featuring artists like Jack U, Tyler the Creator, Gorgon City and many more. And while those Sunday day passes are already sold out, it’s not like you wanted to get nasty in an 18+ crowd anyway.
I want to kick things off by rejoicing about the start of the football* season, which begins on Saturday (*translation: soccer, real football). I suppose some would say the MLS is currently in season already, but let’s be honest, the quality is about as good as my beloved Oxford United. The summer is a long and treacherous struggle without the beautiful game and come 7:45am our time on Saturday, the cold turkey is no more, and the inevitable heartache will ensue (again, Oxford Utd fan here…). Anyway, the humidity is supposed to drop, temperatures are going to be good, so enjoy the outdoors and a few shows!
Welcome to the neighborhood! A man thought to be a friendly neighbor helped a pair of roommates move into their apartment at Meserole St. and Union Ave. this weekend, but there was a catch. From DNAinfo:
The suspect began to help the roommates move their property from a U-Haul truck into the building, but then disappeared about 30 minutes later, police said.
When the roommates returned from getting food, they realized that a backpack containing $2,775 worth of property — including a MacBook Pro and Bose headphones — was gone, police said.
We all know there are only four types of people you should trust to help you move:
1. A paid mover with good reviews.
2. A family member.
3. A very close friend.
4. A somewhat close friend whom you have offered beer & pizza who finally responded to your 4th email about it only because they realized they also have to move soon and you will owe them one.
In case you missed the news, Citi Bike is coming to North Brooklyn and Long Island City this month.
Citi Bike expansion will begin in August with a first wave of new stations including the first Queens stations, in Long Island City, along with expansion further into Brooklyn with new stations in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bedford-Stuyvesant. The announcement is the first phase of a dramatic expansion plan that will double the size of the popular bike share network from 6,000 to 12,000 bikes over the course of two years as it grows across New York City… [Read more...]
If you follow this site, you’re likely familiar with the saga of Bushwick Inlet Park. The city promised to turn the 28 acre plot of land on the East River into a park, but now its in danger of being sold to the highest bidder for condos. On Sunday, come out by land or by sea to tell City Council that we want our park:
ALLING ALL PADDLERS & OPEN SPACE ADVOCATES!
Join (human-powered) boaters and fill the extraordinary Bushwick Inlet to show the City that we refuse to to let the promised park space become another doormat for skyscraper development. [Read more...]
Last Thursday was like Christmas in July for all of us ShipFam that traveled to Colorado for Hard Red Rocks. The stunning view, incredible lineup and turned up crowd were the recipe for a perfect evening, taking place just outside of the Mile High City. Option 4, Branchez and Destructo got the party started well before sundown, gearing the sold-out crowd up for a varied night of bass drops and feels from the likes of Porter Robinson who brought his live “Worlds” set to the scenic venue, Dog Blood, the Skrillex Boys Noize side project that’s rarely scene outside of a full-blown festival setting, and finally The Glitch Mob, whose new EP only fueled the fire behind their always incredible live stage show which featured the return of “The Blade”.
While arriving in a party bus full of shippers seemed the best idea ever, I was sorely mistaken when I realized that the will call stop had been by-passed completely. Red Rocks First Timer PRO TIP: Will Call is two miles away at the F*CKING BOTTOM OF THE MOUNTAIN. Somehow by the grace of God, I was able to grab a cab in my persistent altitude induced drunken state (like two beers and you are hella screwed in the Rockies seriously) and snagged my ticket in a matter of moments. Sure I was pissed about the $20 cab fee, but once I let it go, the universe took care of me when I managed to ground score $16. God Bless.
We’ve been meaning to try Diviera Drive, the new, slightly confusing restaurant on North 7th and Bedford, for weeks now but have been distracted by all the recent openings in North Brooklyn. Yelp reviews have been mixed and Gothamist just ran a largely adjective-free ‘review.’ Have you been? The space looks appealing. Let us know what you think.
It’s hard to miss the sailboat, out of place as it is blocks away from the water at the corner of Berry Street and North 7th in Williamsburg. It’s the touchstone piece of Diviera Drive, a multifaceted new dining venue that’s been evolving since quietly debuting a few months back. For now, the boat is just an interesting set piece in part of the restaurant’s outdoor patio; but soon, it’ll be gutted and repurposed with a special table, which can be reserved for a unique dinner….
The restaurant is divided into several sections, beginning with a coffee and liquor bar up front familiar to anyone who’s experienced Italy’s many espresso haunts. It’s an intentional nod by owner Oliver Strumm, who looked to recreate a Southern Italian motif and dining experience in the four years it took to bring the spot to fruition. The Vespa parked out front belongs to one of the kitchen staff and the wood-burning oven was flown in from Naples, but much of the decor and food is more local. [Read more...]