MAJOR House Fire on Devoe b/t Leonard and Lorimer [UPDATE: It's Out]

My hands are shaking as I type this…

There is a major, full-building fire going on right now in a 4-story building on Devoe b/t Leonard and Lorimer. This is directly behind my apartment. The firemen have worked through three floors so far, with no survivors or victims being removed. They are now breaking into the 4th floor from the windows and through the roof. They are so goddamn brave.

Video is uploading above…Updates, witness reports, & pics below the jump. Let’s really, really hope nobody was in that 4th floor. (ed: there wasn’t!)

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Walt Whitman Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park Right Now

It’s a beautiful day today; why not spend it in Brooklyn Bridge Park for the awesomely-titled event

I Do Not Doubt I Am Limitless: Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn.

The entirety of “Leaves of Grass” will be read aloud by various writers and artists, and concerts will coincide, including a set from Brooklyn buzz-generators Prince Rama.

See you there!

Ticket Giveaway: Cass McCombs & Lightspeed Champion at Bowery Ballroom

I don’t think I need to do much convincing for you to head over to our Twitter page and enter in this contest. Just watch the dreamy video for “You Saved My Life” to remind yourself how much you love Cass McCombs. And once you you do that, tweet this (it’s as easy as copy & paste):

I love @freedubya but I’d love them more if they gave me Cass McCombs & Lightspeed Champion tickets!

This is one of the few shows Lightspeed Champion will play with a full band this year, so it should be a real treat. Check out the video for “Marlene” after the jump.

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Apples To Apples To Your Local Bodega

Ever bought produce from your local bodega? Odds are, unless you’re very brave or very stupid, probably not.  If so, you’re painfully familiar with the all too typically limited old apples and wilted lettuce. What if your local bodega was the only option for food purchases? Sadly this is the reality for thousands of people in NYC. As a result, the prevalence of diet-related diseases is on the rise in those communities.

Luckily, Family farm Red Jacket Orchards has taken one big leap forward towards fixing this problem by joining The Healthy Bodegas Initiative.  Their goal? To make local food readily available to everyone.

Formed in 2005 by the NYC Department of Health, the initiative has focused on getting bodegas more interested in selling healthy food. The response from store owners has been positive, however there’s no distribution model in place to actually deliver the food to them. Another hurdle is that even if they’re able to physically get the food, most stores don’t have the proper refrigeration appliances to keep the produce fresh.

That’s where Red Jacket Orchards comes in. Their goal is to build a Healthy Bodegas network that stretches from Bushwick to Bed Stuy by providing produce from their farm (eventually including their neighbors’ farms and their products into the mix).

They’re off to a great start.  They’ve already partnered with a number of bodegas who are interested in selling local products and being involved in their project.  But they need help/funding to really get the Healthy Bodegas Project going. Any help they can get will go towards the purchase of refrigerators, since the soda and beer sponsored refrigerators typically found in bodegas can only hold the sponsors’ products.

Here’s the kicker: their project will only be funded if at least $20,000 is pledged by Tuesday August 3rd at 5:59 EST. Help them make every market a Farmer’s market!

To donate and read more about their project visit

Review [w/ PICS]: Edward Scissorhands at Bayard St. Theatre Through July 3

The Brooklyn Studio Lab Theatre group has done something awesome in bringing to life the stage adaptation of Edward Scissorhands here in Williamsburg at the Bayard Street Theatre.

The world stage premiere for the adaption of the now classic story began June 24th and wraps up this Saturday, July 3rd, with two final shows. Yep, it’s a shorty, but damn you guys if it’s not a goodie.

“The gothic fairy tale returns, this time on the stage, in New York. The classic story gets it’s world stage premiere at Bayard Studios. Edward is created and is incomplete. He has everything a human has, except his hands, which are scissors….”

Clocking in at 1hr and 40 mins of performance time, split by a 15-minute intermission, the experience could be seen on the longer side. But with such a talented and passionate cast, its immersive set design, and a story you probably know and love, the show is well worth the $15 price of a ticket.

The Theatre’s set design, conceptually developed by artist Tom Taylor to match director Richard Crawford’s interpretation of the story, is fantastically arranged for the experience. It’s economically-constructed from the mind of Edward – maniacal, mysterious – yet somehow overwhelmingly accessible.

You’ll notice this immediately after entering the two curtain-draped doors at the face of the warehouse on Bayard Street, where one enters under the guise of a caricatured Edward himself. Here, theatre-goers are greeted by the ghostly sounds of a sole harp player seated across from a theatre bar serving light refreshments. Guests sit at a series of white, cloth-draped numbered tables out in the center of the building’s floor. I was seated at lucky number 13…

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The 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time


Possibly (yep!) Fake NYC Jelly Pool Party Summer 2010 Lineup

7/11 – Les Savy Fav, Frankie Rose & The Outs, Dinosaur Feathers

7/18 – Murder City Devils, Obits, Jeff The Brotherhood

7/25 – Cap’n Jazz, No Age, Lightning Bolt

8/1 – Spoon, Blonde Redhead, Xeno & Oaklander

8/8 – Gang Gang Dance, Man Man, The Beets

8/15 – Titus Andronics, Crystal Stilts, Drink Up Buttercup

8/22 – Iggy & The Stooges, The Thermals, The Entrance Band

via Music Slut; Update: BrooklynVegan posts, “I just posted a Pool Party lineup that was posted to Twitter, but apparently it’s not real. Stay tuned for more info hopefully soon. Sorry! :(”

Say this was it. Would you be psyched?

"Vuvuzelas for BP" Sending 1,000 Vuvuzelas to BP's Headquarters in London: An Interview With the Project Creator

Adam Quirk is a Park Slope-based video producer behind “Vuvuzelas for BP,” a Kickstarter project that’s been getting some traction lately for its aim to buy a shitload of vuvuzelas, pass them out around BP headquarters in London, and have people blow on them all day, every day, until BP fixes the gushing oil spill in the Gulf. Quite frankly, it’s genius. His goal of raising $2,000 is nearly 75% complete, and with 7 days to go on the Kickstarter timeline, it’s looking quite likely that this will happen.

We reached out to Adam to get the story and ask a few questions after seeing a link to the project blow up on Reddit. Adam told us, “I’m very happy that people have gotten behind this. I think the response has been so positive mainly because it’s seemingly a fun mixture of memes, and the end result is a net positive in that BP gets real-world pressure, and the Gulf Fund gets real money.”

FREEwilliamsburg: What gave you the idea?

Adam Quirk: It was inspired by the incredible annoyance of millions of people by the vuvuzela drone on all the World Cup broadcasts, and the seemingly cold indifference postured by Tony Hayward in his Congressional hearings. I am a video remix artist, so it’s sort of my job to combine memes and current events to make new things.

FW: How has the internet community’s (namely: reddit) attention, feedback, and/or support affected your plans & expectations?

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