The Grand Street BID throws a holiday party on Saturday


Lights are up on Grand Street, and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, thanks to the Grand Street Business Improvement District (BID). And this Saturday, they’re throwing a holiday party and everyone is invited.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen the BID’s signs on Grand Street, but never really thought about what it meant. Well, turns out life can be tough in the city, and BIDs help make it a little easier for the neighborhood. The Grand Street BID formed in the 80s to help out small businesses between Union and Bushwick Avenues. Their goal, according to Executive Director Artineh Havan is to “improve the quality of life for the community” by keeping the areas clean, attracting new businesses, doing things like lobbying for new sidewalks, roads, lights and trees, which by the way can take YEARS. [Read more…]

A Hip Holiday Gift Guide


Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve done zero shopping. It’s a super busy time of year as it is, and putting the task of shopping for friends, family, loved ones, dogs, landlords, bosses, teachers, the cute girl you see at the coffee shop on Tuesdays, your favorite bartender and, ugh, your step mom, can be daunting. We get it. Lucky for you, we’re taking the guesswork out of your holiday shopping with a number of fun and unique items for everyone on your list this year.

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Seasons Greetings From Grizzly Bear

Chopped and Scrooged: Sufjan Stevens Christmas Rap Remix


Because a five-EP box set is simply not an adequate celebration of Christmas, Sufjan Stevens has corralled a group of rappers for a Christmas-themed hip-hop mixtape featuring music from the box set. It’s called– wait for it– Chopped and Scrooged. Stream it via Soundcloud below, and download it here. Rappers on the tape include Heems, Kitty Pryde, Nicky Da B, and Busdriver, with production by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, Fol Chen, Son Lux, and more.

Holiday Craft Markets In Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint

3rd Ward Craft Fair (c/o Lock and Spoon)

Brokelyn has a great list covering many neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Here are the highlights closest to us, including our favorite holiday market at 3rd Ward:

The Sixth Annual Handmade Holiday Craft Fair at 3rd Ward
195 Morgan Ave
Dec. 15th 12-6pm.
First 200 people receive a limited-edition tote bag. Featuring over 100 Brooklyn-based vendors, and drinks and snacks from Boerum Hill’s Rucola.

Greenpointers Holiday Market
69 West St.
Dec. 8th, 12-6pm
Featuring gifts, art, crafts and food from Greenpoint and Brooklyn makers. Also a DIY holiday Photobooth and Gift Wrapping Station, and a bar with festive holiday drinks.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar
45 N. 5th Street (enter between Wythe and Kent Ave.)
Through Dec. 22, Friday and Saturday nights, 6pm-Midnight
The Night Bazaar was inspired by markets across Asia, and features vendors (like hand painted skateboards from A Little Beast), art and music (such as Kyp Malone from TV On The Radio). Probably the most anticipated market of the season (and my suggestion as a not to miss!)

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend Holiday Market
Bird River Studios, 343 Grand St.
Dec 15th and 16th
This market features clothing and other types of wearable art by such designers as dresses by Brittany Erb and bags made from recycled materials by Himane Sustainable Designs.

Brokelyn’s full list is here.


Roberta’s Holiday Market
Sunday December 9, 12 pm – 9 pm
Shop local from 20+ vendors, then grab a drink and have your pitcture taken in our “Bad Santa” portrait studio!!!

Jewlery * Clothing * Art * Pizza * Beer + Boozy Cider * DJ’s
Goodie bags for the first 50 shoppers!
Happening in the Roberta’s Garden, 261 Moore Street, BK, NY

Christmas Polka

Since it’s too warm out to be in the mood for Christmas (what’s up with this weather?) this will help you get in the spirit:

(Thanks McFlurry)

Stream Sufjan’s Three New Xmas Albums

Its cold and rainy, so maybe we need a little Christmas…

McGolrick Trees & your holiday playlist

So you think Christmas cheer is for squares? Wrong.

Greenpoint’s McGolrick Trees is not only your one stop shop for a fresh Carolina Fraser or the perfect holiday wreath, but now they’re providing the soundtrack to your Christmas Party too.

Started last year by Charlie Poekell, the McGolrick tree stand is open 24 hours for late night carolers, and is manned by a steady staff of neighborhood friends and fellow artists.

“We sell Christmas trees and accessories to locals, by locals,” says the slogan on their Tumblr.

I imagine hanging out all night slinging trees gets cold and maybe a little boring, so with a group of stand workers like Woodsman‘s Trevor Peterson, Edwin white of Tonstartssbandht, Ari Stern of Underwater Peoples Records, Family Portrait‘s Evan Brody, Nate Grace of Pure X, and Jamie Granato of Group Tightener, it was only a matter of time before a compilation of previously unreleased Christmas tree mood music was born.

The comp features holiday tunes from Dent May, Woodsman, Eola, Ava Luna, Family Portrait, Dead Gaze, Flower Orgy, Low Praises, and Samurai Buck.

Oh come all ye faithful, and get a free limited edition recording  at the tree stand starting this weekend. Pick yourself up a copy, get one as a gift, or check it out here

To get you in the spirit, here’s a new take on a classic:

Family Portrait – All I Want For Christmas Is You by firetalk

Now, go buy a tree.