Brooklyn Electronic Dance Round Up: June 12-13

Trapped in the heat and you can’t get out? This weekend’s Northside Festival is due to be a hot one so make sure to stay hydrated! For those looking to keep the party going after the showcases, I’m back laying out the weekend’s finds for nightlife pleasure seeking. Starting with The Bunker tonight, presenting a heavy night of techno, celebrating the release of EPs on their label from both Løt.te and Mark Verbos. Then its off to Bushwick where you can find left field producer Willie Burns (L.I.E.S., WT Records) melding records together from years worth of collecting at Brooklyn’s The Thing record store. Cap it all off at the newly opened Black Flamingo for a classic night of Disco and House from Jacques Renault and Justin Miller. Saturday begins early with a daytime rooftop special at Output with Metro Area and local staples Kaviar Disco Club. For the pièce de résistance you can find Tigersushi honcho and french bred DJ/Producer Joakim at Cameo for an all night long DJ set with the legendary Justin Strauss! Go out and get some New York! – @evvnmichael

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May Openings: Faro in Bushwick and MP Tavera in Williamsburg

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MP Taverna, credit Grub Street

MP Tavera is open for business May 11.

Is there a neighborhood in the civilized world that doesn’t deserve a good Cypriot salad and lamb sausages? Not according to Michael Psilakis, chef-owner of MP Tavernas in Roslyn, Irvington, Astoria, and, as of this month, Williamsburg. [Read more…]

2015 Kentucky Derby parties in Brooklyn – where to watch the Derby

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It’s that time of year again. Let’s drink mint juleps, wear gaudy hats, and put on our best pastel suits and dresses.  The 141st Kentucky Derby is coming this Saturday, May 2!

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Where to celebrate Halloween in Brooklyn 2014 (UPDATED)

This is our 2014 list. See what’s happening in 2015!

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Parties in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint

BangOn!NYC presents: “Warehouse of Horrors 2014”
When: Friday, October 31st, 2014, 10pm-6am
Where: Venue to be announced
What: Party promoters BangOn!NYC will be throwing a huge party in an undisclosed warehouse spot (likely in Bushwick and definitely in a former bread factory.) It will feature three stages with music by Twin Shadow (DJ set), Break Science (Live), Purple Disco Machine (USA Debut), Zebra Katz (Live), Random Rab, Space Jesus. There will also be a freak show, art installations, a haunted house, and other arty weird shit you see in Bushwick on Halloween.
More Information: click here

Diarrhea Planet

Diarrhea Planet

Halloween at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Diarrhea Planet
When: Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st
Where: Brooklyn Night Bazaar; 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn NY 11222
What: Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Desert Sharks, and Banker$ all perform. Make a weekend of it, since the next night Free Williamsburg favorites So So Glos are performing!
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Frightful Cover Bands at Silent Barn
When: Friday, October 31st, 9pm
Where: Silent Barn; 603 Bushwick Ave, New York, NY 11206
What: Cover Bands at this Bushwick venue. Dear Leader (Brooklyn) does The Neptunes, Delicate Steve as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Heeney as Weezer, Banned Books (PA) as Pixies, Max Almario (Celestial Shore) + Mike Sheffield (Heaven’s Gate) + Kegan Zema (Journalism) as Blink-182, Adveata as Hole
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North Brooklyn Boat Club’s Haunted Canoe Tour of Newton Creek
When: Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM – Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Where: Broadway Stages Boatyard in Greenpoint; 437 McGuinness Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11222
What: If you’re not already terrified of Greenpoint’s superfund site Newton Creek you will be after taking this haunted canoe tour.
More Information: click here

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Where to watch the World Cup in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick

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The USA vs Portugal game is on at 6pm! Our vote is the Gutter since its spacious and they have an enormous screen set up. Iona will be fun too since they are showing it in their garden. Here are some other places where you can watch the World Cup:

Williamsburg/Greenpoint
Brooklyn Bowl
Banter Bar
Knitting Factory
Videology
Berry Park
Alligator Lounge
Spike Hill
Radegast Hall & Biergarten
Battery Harris
Mullholland’s
Red Star
Kent Ale House
The Mark Bar
Shayz Lounge

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Everyone is naming their kids Brooklyn except for people who live in New York

Brooklyn Decker and Heidi Klum on the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Decker and Heidi Klum on the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn as a girls name has climbed the popularity charts all the way to 28th for the year 2013. A whopping 6,600 girls were given the name Brooklyn in the United States last year and it has now been in the top 30 for three years in a row. One place where this name is not so popular happens to be our very own New York because [Read more…]

2014 Kentucky Derby parties in Brooklyn – where to watch the Derby

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The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, May 3. We’ve got our money behind Wildcat Red. And when we say ‘watch the Derby,’ we really mean ‘drink mint juleps during the day in a pastel dress or blazer.’ Hopefully, the lime shortage won’t put a damper on the festivities.

Pete’s Candy Store, Free from 3-7pm:

Whether you’re routing for California Chrome, Wicked Strong, We Miss Artie, or one of the other contenders, Pete’s Candy Store is an odds-on favorite to serve up a Derby good time. In addition to viewing the Run of the Roses with fellow enthusiasts, you can learn something new from Pete’s Paddock, enter the Idiot Stakes, or partake in the ladies millinery competition, which rewards the best-hatted with a beer tab. Mint juleps are of course the libation of the day and a bluegrass blue-plate special stocked with Bourbon Glazed ribs, Louisville Potato Salad and Derby Pie is available at an affordable price. It may not be Churchill Downs, but Pete’s always does an excellent job of summoning the equine spirit.

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L Train signs at Metropolitan/Lorimer accidentally switched

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Look closely at the picture above. Notice anything…out of place? That’s the passage leading to the L train in the Metropolitan/Lorimer subway stop in Williamsburg. Most of us don’t need the signs telling us which train goes to Manhattan and which one barrels out into Canarsie.

Some people do need those signs, however, which is why it’s notable that they’re switched in the picture. The left passage actually leads to the Manhattan-bound track, and the right to Brooklyn. Who switched them? Unclear, but it caused some commuter consternation. According to the observant photographer, Astrid Anderson:

I took the train at 830 AM, but I think it was up until the late afternoon. I went to the actual Manhattan side and waited for the train. Everyone was looking extremely confused. When the train came on my side, a bunch of people on the other side started freaking out and tried to run back to the other side.
My friend took another photo around 4 PM & someone had simple stuck a post-it on one sign saying “this is wrong”.

Here’s Astrid’s friend’s photo with the post-it note:

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The signs were fixed as of Tuesday evening.

@dogstoevsky