Brooklyn Electronic Dance Round Up: March 28-29

Looks like we’re in for another jam packed weekend in the northern side of the borough. Tons of options ranging from large rooms to small space, no cover bars and beyond. Starting off Friday, Jamie xx and John Talabot play Verboten to an already sold out crowd (select tickets at the door). Then it’s to Cameo where Midnight Magic kicks off their monthly residency featuring a 3D animated laser installation. On Saturday, I’ve selected a few choice parties scattered towards Bushwick like Willie Burns at Wreck Room with the Lost Soul crew, a curated event at The Graham, and lastly an epic 8-hour set from techno legend Silent Servant at Todd P’s former Silent Barn space, Trans Pecos. Check out all the listings below for your maximum night out.


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The Wick is finally hosting shows starting tonight: Keiji Haino (plus full schedule)


Tonight’s the night. The Wick has been teasing us since 2012 but tonight the 4,000-square-foot beer hall and concert space will finally have music! Check out Keiji Haino at 260 Meserole Street in Bushwick:

Keiji Haino (Haino Keiji) born 1952 in Chiba, Japan, and currently residing in Tokyo, is a Japanese musician whose work has included rock, free improvisation, noise, singer-songwriter, solo percussion, psychedelic, minimalism and drone styles, and covers. He has been active since the 1970s and continues to record regularly and in new styles. His main instruments of choice have been guitar and vocals, with many other instruments and approaches incorporated into his career’s work. Haino is known for intensely cathartic sound explorations, and much of his work bears an insular singularity, but his output has been so varied as to not always be recognizable as him. [Read more…]

Have you seen this man? Bushwick fashion designer missing since Saturday.


Jay Ott, a fashion designer who lives in Bushwick, has been missing since Saturday, March 22, 2014. He was last seen at the McKibben Lofts, where he lives. If you have seen him, call Detective Thomas Pisano at (718)-963-5368.


Here’s how Roberta’s makes their delicious pizza

robertasArguably Bushwick’s most famous establishment, Roberta’s Pizza has put out a great little video documenting the philosophy and process that goes into creating [Read more…]

The Department of Homeland Security raided an East Williamsburg apartment building this weekend

credit: Gothamist

credit: Gothamist

Early Sunday morning, agents of the NYPD and the Department of Homeland Security conducted a raid on the apartment building located at 221 Devoe Street in East Williamsburg, Gothamist reports.

The DHS arrived in a heavily-armored MRAP (“mine-resistant/ambush-protected“) vehicle emblazoned with “HSI SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM.” HSI stands for Homeland Security Investigations, which is a subdivision of DHS’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division. According to its website, “HSI investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues.”

Serious shit!

According to one resident of the block, an NYPD officer claimed that the raid turned up “kilos of heroin.” The DHS told Gothamist that the raid was part of “an ongoing investigation.”

Moral: don’t run a heroin smuggling operation out of your Williamsburg apartment, because the DHS will come wake up your whole block on Sunday night and your neighbors will not like you very much.


[via Gothamist]

BBQ maestro opening enormous NC-style whole hog restaurant in Bushwick

Tyson Ho. [Photograph: Josh Bousel & Serious Eats]

We’re looking forward to this new pork palace coming soon to Bushwick. (Or is it East Williamsburg?)

Tyson Ho, the Flushing-bred, North-Carolina-trained pit master, has confirmed that he’ll be setting up a beer and barbecue hall at 173 Morgan Avenue to open this summer.

The restaurant is meant to emulate the experience of a communal pig picking, the format of his Hog Days of Summer pop-up meals last year… The communal experience will also allow Ho to turn whole hog barbecue, a lower-yield process compared to smoking single cuts like brisket or shoulder, into a financially viable restaurant. He’ll be digging into Carolina barbecue tradition by serving west Carolina-style outside brown, and the menu will also include a selection of country ham from around the U.S. “to establish ourselves as a church of pork….” [Read more…]

1 Knickerbocker – lovely new gastropub now open in Bushwick

1 Knickerbocker Bar, credit: Gothamist

1 Knickerbocker Bar, credit: Gothamist

This looks like a great addition to the ever-expanding Bushwick culinary scene. They just opened on the Morgan L stop:

The eatery is the pet project of Jesse Levitt and Aimee Arcuiolo, veterans of fellow Bushwick spot Kings County Bar; it’s modeled, as required by law, in the style of a turn-of-the-century speakeasy, a nod to the address’s storied past as such, in addition to stints as a dance hall, brothel and textile factory. The restaurant is spacious and offers two rooms, with an elegant bar and intimate tables up front in addition to an area with more dining space in the back. [Read more…]

House of Yes reopening in Bushwick with restaurant, bar, and theater

House of Yes - new location at 408 Jefferson in Bushwick

House of Yes – new location at 408 Jefferson in Bushwick

House of Yes closed unexpectedly in 2013, but the good news is they’re coming back, this time in Bushwick:

Creative directors Anya Sapozhnikova, Kae Burke and Elena Delgado have teamed up with restaurateurs and bar owners, Ilan Telmont and Justin Ahiyon to take the House of Yes you know and love to the next level. The space will host a full bar and smokehouse restaurant complete with organic and vegetarian options. Having a liquor license and restaurant will make our theatre space and circus programming sustainable, allowing our audiences to enjoy world-class live entertainment for an affordable ticket price. We are also very excited to have a space that can include children’s performances and family events! [Read more…]