Last night delicious Bedford Ave fried chicken spot Sweet Chick celebrated their 1 year anniversary. Wu Tang’s own Raekwon showed up and performed his Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… classic Ice Cream from behind the bar. Following the performance Raekwon enjoyed some chicken and waffles with owner John Seymour. Check out [Read more...]
Update: More vinyl getting dumped at 4 and 5pm according to Lindsey Rhoades who spoke to the cleaning crew:
Academy Records moved from North 6th and Berry to Greenpoint, but it looks like they may have left something behind. Gothamist points out that earlier this morning a crew came and put all the remaining records from inside the store into a dumpster outside. Throw on a pair of gloves and head on over now.
Brooklyn rocker Marco Argiro and his band Love take the stage Saturday performing their new album, also named Love, for Rough Trade’s showcase at The Knitting Factory. We caught up with him to ask a few questions about the album and his beachy old school style.
FREEwilliamsburg: Who are your influences musically?
Marco Argiro: Musically speaking, there are so many. To name a few: The Beatles, The Kinks, Tom Petty, and The Ramones have influenced me for a very long time. I’d say they’ve been instrumental in forming the core of my musical framework. More recently, Harry Nilsson and Gram Parsons have had a profound effect on me over the last several years. In fact, while putting together my latest live band I incorporated a pedal steel player like “Sneaky Pete” Kleinow from the Flying Burrito Brothers. [Read more...]
And no, using the word tragedy is not hyperbole. We love Glasserie and are dubious that it will be worth visiting once they lose their chef Sara Kramer. She says she’ll leave by the end of February at the latest. We’re just getting over Gwynnet St closing which, incidentally, is recovering nicely as Lachlan and still serving their beloved whiskey bread!
Grub Street has more on why Sara Kramer is splitting. She’s careful not to be incendiary, but this does not sound like a pleasant situation:
The owner [Sara Conklin] and I had never really met or worked together previously. It was a big leap of trust on both of our parts. As much as two people can say that they want something similar, you can’t ever know until you’re doing it in practice. She had different ideas for the direction of the restaurant. There will be some significant changes to the food. The whole trajectory of the restaurant is very different from what I would have wanted, so I think that it’s a positive move for both of us, even though it’s sad…. I’m looking forward to working on another project in an environment that feels more cohesive, holistic, cooperative… [Read more...]
Everything is better with its own soundtrack, even art. That is where Justin F. Valls comes in. This sound designer and photog combines his passions in a unique exhibition titled Peacock Farm, which strikes ears and eyes together telling the sequential story of a natural builder. Valls’ photography will stick around a while, but to get the full experience, you have to stop by Milk & Roses in Greenpoint tomorrow. The audio array “rises” at 6 p.m. and “sets” at 8 p.m.
Because, well, why not?
Brooklyn is about to get its very first Flemish “gastro-brasserie,” courtesy of Ivan and Joanna Kohut, the husband-and-wife owners of the popular Radegast Hall & Biergarten, which turns seven years old in November. The couple recently signed a lease for a 1,500-square-foot space (292 Bedford Avenue at Grand Street) in Williamsburg, and are aiming to open the as-yet-unnamed space by the end of May…. The forthcoming restaurant will be centered on Radegast’s executive chef, Eric Francou, who cooked in Brussels for eight years. “We felt he needed to spread his wings and showcase his talents, so we built the concept around him,” says Ivan Kohut, adding, “I also really enjoy Belgium breweries…”
According to Kohut, the format will be a “beer- and wine-centric spot” with a menu of “Belgian food with an eclectic twist.” [Read more...]