Save The Brooklyn Star!

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Last month one of our favorite Southern food restaurants The Brooklyn Star was badly damaged by a fire and closed ‚”for a spell” pending reconstruction. The costs of the reconstruction are much higher than they had anticipated, and they’re not sure if they have the money to fund it.
That’s where The Brooklyn Star Hootenanny comes into play! This Friday Brooklyn Kitchen Labs will host a benefit for The Brooklyn Star. It will feature Beer from Brooklyn Brewery, whiskey from Whiskey Town and Wilfie & Nell, smoked meats from the Meat Hook, Momofuku Milk Bar sweets, and Brooklyn Star’s own brisket and shrimp and grits. All that, plus oyster shucking and hot-dog-eating contests, and the chance to fell an aggressively whiskered Williamsburger in a 350-gallon dunk tank, for $50 in advance, $75 at the door. To buy tickets click here.

Traffic Sign Near Atlantic Yards Reads "Fuck Ratner"

The title says it all, but here’s the Post’s cheeky take on it:

An opponent of the Atlantic Yards hacked into a digital traffic sign on Flatbush Avenue near developer Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-project on Tuesday, manipulating it to flash the message, ‚”F‚Äîk Ratner.”
Instead of warning motorists about traffic pattern changes from the construction of the Barclays Center a few blocks away, the sign, near the corner of St. Marks Avenue, flashed its obscenity from about 8 am until about 10 am, when it was disabled.

While they won’t show you the photo, we, of course, will! Major credit to duelin markers on Flickr for snapping this pic. And if you’re curious on how to do that to your very own street sign, here’s a step-by-step guide.

Commissioner Kelly Bowled an 86 at Brooklyn Bowl, as Mayor Bloomberg Partied On

Mayor Bloomberg, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly (code name: “Nowa”), FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano, and others boogied down at Brooklyn Bowl Monday night.
Commissioner Kelly bowled an 86!

The venue’s patrons trickled in toward the end of the event, greeted by a host of official city cars and several business-suited security staffers wired with earpieces.
Several top officials, including Kelly, stuck around past 9:30 p.m. to keep bowling, some of them picking up for players who had left earlier, as a small group of patrons watched and gawked.

Brooklyn Bowl’s website had previously noted the venue would be closed for a private event, but reopened at 9:30 for Karaoke Killed The Cat, a free karaoke dance party. No word on whether Bloomberg crept into his extra Justin Beiber skin to sneak around and rock out, but Chris Goldteeth, an organizer for the event, did tweet he was “about to try to convince Mayor Bloomberg to sing Empire State of Mind @brooklynbowl.” So, maybe!

Future of Williamsburg Walks in Jeopardy as Bedford Businesses React

The future of Williamsburg Walks is in jeopardy as testy merchants have begun criticizing the popular street festival, reports Courier Life. A number of business owners lining Bedford Avenue are “fed up” with the falling profits that Williamsburg Walks allegedly bring, the trash, and the unlicensed vendors that siphon away cash.
A&G Merch’s Jill Goldhand said there were a few Saturdays “when we had no revenue.”
Spoonbill and Sugartown Booksellers’s Miles Bellamy blames pedestrians who, the horror, tend to chill outside “instead of visiting stores.” He wants the street festival hacked back to just one day.
Other ways of fixing the supposed problem could mean moving the whole thing to a different street, which to me would take be like moving Times Square to the Financial District on Saturdays to help congestion. The whole point of Williamsburg Walks is to hang out on Williamsburg’s main strip — Bedford Ave — which on the 359 other days of the year is jam-packed with cars and buses.
What do you guys think? Support the Bedford businesses or give us a few summer Saturdays a year to play around in the street?
photo via nycstreets

WOXY.COM Suspends Operations Due to "Current Economic Realities"

With the passing of SXSW,, the awesome & popular web-based rock & roll music station has suspended operations as of this morning.
In a statement posted on its website, they blame “current economic realities and the lack of ongoing funding for WOXY’s operations.”
Here’s the full statement:

WOXY Listeners, Fans and Friends…
Due to current economic realities and the lack of ongoing funding for WOXY’s operations, we’ve been forced to suspend our live broadcasts as of March 23rd. We’re continuing to explore options to keep The Future of Rock and Roll alive. For business inquiries, please contact Bryan Jay ([email protected]) or John at Future Sounds ([email protected]).
Thanks for your years of dedicated support.
- Mike, Shiv, Joe, Paige, Brian and Bryan Jay

Bummer. Here’s hoping they find those options.

Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar Moving [Baking] Shop To Brooklyn

Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar have outgrown their East Village space and are planning to move their “baking operations” to Williamsburg off the Bedford stop towards Driggs. Once space is completed (it’s currently under construction) everything will be baked in the Williamsburg space, then trucked into to the Momofuku Milk Bar stores in the East Village and Midtown.
Eater reports: “While it will remain a production facility at the outset, there’s speculation that it will grow into a storefront in mid-summer. A worker relayed that it’s an idea they’ll consider after the opening of Ma Peche.”
We hope this speculation comes true.
[Image via flickr]

Assemblyman Joe Lentol Assisting with Google Fiber Optic Trial Application

Assemblyman Joe Lentol is reportedly “assisting with the application process” to tell Google we want their internets, but needs to hear some words of encouragement from you all so he knows people actually care. So listen up. If you have, or have once had, slow internet service around the ‘Burg, do us all a favor and call (718-383-7474), email his office, or post on his FB wall and express your support for asking Google to “hook us up.”
Also, there is a Facebook group for this cause now as well: “Greenpoint / Williamsburg for Google Fiber Optic.” I love you guys. Please go fan their page.
Update: A comment from Amy from Joe Lentol’s office:

Hi, this is Amy from Assemblyman Lentol’s office. Thanks so much for helping to get the word out on this. It is a really exciting project that could mean a lot to everyone in this community from all walks of life. We have had a huge outpouring of support from local businesses, artists, families, students, and everyone in between. To clarify, what we really need help on is words of encouragement from you to show Google that a project like this has the support of the community and would be appreciated and utilized by the community. I encourage everyone to join the Facebook group and to let Google know what this project would mean to Greenpoint and Williamsburg and to you personally. Our application doesn’t stand a chance without a major showing of community support! Thanks to everyone for your help!

Get Out the Vote: New Word for Hipsters

Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan asks, “What will we call Hipsters?” The field has been narrowed to Doucheoisie, Fauxhemians, Pabstsmears, Probos & Trendsluts. Go, vote & help reset the course of history for the sake of the American media 4eva.