Report: Brooklyn is the most unaffordable place to live in America


Yay! We beat San Franciso and Manhattan. There’s really no news here for anyone trying to buy in Brookyn, but at least we’re number one! Ugh:

A person earning the average salary in Brooklyn cannot afford the average home there — even if he or she could spend his entire salary (and then some) on housing, [Read more…]

We paid a visit last weekend to the William Vale’s rooftop bar and pool


The rooftop bar at the William Vale Hotel, Westlight, opened on Friday and we paid them a visit, largely to check out the view. Gazing down from the rooftop, The Wythe Hotel’s rooftop bar is dwarfed by the 22-story bar. As is to be expected, the crowd reminded us of what you’d find in the Meat Packing District as Williamsburg quickly transforms into Miami with manbuns. This was even more true at the Williams Vale’s cheesy “Burning Man Decompression” pool party – “a night of celebration, including Yoga, Soundbath, Meditation, Drums, Massage, Healing, [a] Giant Mirror Globe… Body Painting, Floating Mirror Globes and Poolside DJs.” You get the picture. [Read more…]

Curbed assesses a “new, post-gentrification era for Bedford Avenue”


Now that there’s a Whole Foods, a Starbucks, an Apple store and gaggles of bros on Bedfod Ave, Curbed took the time to do a block-by-block assessment of the gentrification. They’re still serving drinks at the Turkey’s Nest and slinging slices at Vinnie’s. Still, it’s hard not to lament all that has changed:

The William Vale Hotel, located at the corner of North 12th Street and Wythe Avenue, is clearly visible when standing near the McCarren Park tennis courts. The oddly-shaped lodging is due to open this year. [Read more…]

Saturday: go camping in Bushwick Inlet Park for a sleep-in protest


As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Norm Brodsky recently rejected the city’s measly $100 million offer for Bushwick Inlet Park. Days are numbered to make a deal, so this weekend bring your tent and join the protest.

This Saturday July 9th at 7pm, join Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn and Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park at Bushwick Inlet Park (1 N12th St @ Kent Ave ) for a Sleep-in Protest Teach-in. [Read more…]

Grand Victory is closing, Secret Project Robot is moving

Grand Victory

Grand Victory

Another day, another round of shutdowns. This time, its Williamsburg’s Grand Victory:

Since the cat has been let out of the bag I’ll make it official. [Read more…]

Other Music skit from 2006(ish) with Aziz Ansari


In case you hadn’t heard the depressing news, Other Music is closing:

As sales of physical music continue to plummet, a no-frills independent record store makes increasingly less sense as a business: Other Music will shut its doors and mail-order service on June 25, more than 20 years after its debut in this once artistically vibrant neighborhood. (Other Music Recording Co., a label associated with the store since 2012, will continue.) [Read more…]

Greenpoint will soon have its own BMW-owned, tech-brotastic, start-up incubator / “world class” restaurant / asshat palace



As we reported last year, the space that used to host the Brooklyn Night Bazaar was purchased by BMW.  As details emerge about what BMW plans to do with the 23,000 square-foot warehouse, we’re beginning to think an automotive showroom would’ve been preferable. Reporters talked to the designer, Nate Pinsley, about the space and it sounds, well, just horrible. As DNA reports, its going to be called A/D/O — awkward shorthand  for the already-pretentious Amalgamated Drawing Office — and it will be a “place for design professionals to work, develop and play.” Ugh. You just know there’s going to be skateboard racks. Gothamist has more:

In fact, the BMW-owned MINI is building a 23,000 square-foot restaurant / retail design store / co-working space that the company hopes will become a “hotbed for future ideas and innovation.”
It’s called Amalgamated Drawing Office, which is “an homage to the team that designed the first MINI,” according to Nate Pinsley, ADO’s managing director. The warehouse’s renovations are being designed by nARCHITECTS and ADO is scheduled to open late this summer. [Read more…]

Brooklyn Brewery looking to leave Williamsbug, “our ability to renew [the lease] is zero”


With monstrosities like this moving in next door, we’re not surprised they can’t compete. From Crain’s:

Brooklyn Brewery is looking at the Navy Yard and Industry City as a potential spot for its brewing operations. The firm has been searching for space in the borough to relocate its manufacturing facilities there.

The brewery, famous for its namesake lager, currently has space in Williamsburg. According to Eric Ottaway, the company’s chief operating officer and general manager, it is searching for as much as 60,000 square feet. [Read more…]