South Williamsburg’s Passenger Bar is closing

passengerPassenger Bar (located at South 3rd and Roebling) will be closing next weekend, although according to their owner [Read more…]

Hooker aficionado, Eliot Spitzer, plans to screw South Williamsburg with three enormous high rises


Future plans for 420-430 Kent Avenue

That’s right, Client 9 is building these three enormous towers, described as “molded iceberg, sculpted to create the maximum number of views,” just blocks from the HUGE Domino Sugar complex in South Williamsburg. What’s more, he’s doing it quickly to dodge laws that would force him to provide more affordable housing:

In customary fashion, Mr. Spitzer — who once, as governor, famously threatened to roll over a state lawmaker — has tackled his new career much like a steamroller, in overdrive. He signed a contract to buy nearly three acres on the Brooklyn waterfront last August, closed on the deal in February and got his building permits on June 8. [Read more…]

No, The Average Resident of Williamsburg Is Not Rich

Yesterday, Matt Buchanan of The Awl wrote,

Whether the Williamsburg you know ended with Diner in 1998-1999 or Marlow & Sons in 2004 or the Wythe Hotel in 2012 (or whichever milestone you prefer!), the average human living in Williamsburg is now, officially, a rich person—and a young one, at that.

Buchanan bases his post on a June 12 article from The Wall Street Journal (which, incidentally, referenced a post of ours).

[Read more…]

S. Williamsburg Hasidim Assist NYPD in Grafitti Crackdown


The NYPD arrested five individuals on Saturday night over the course of four hours for graffiti vandalism in Williamsburg, The Jewish Political News and Gothamist reported. The NYPD was tipped off to the crimes by the WSPU, or Williamsburg Safety Patrol Units, part of the Williamsburg Shomrim (Hebrew for “Guards”). Most neighborhoods in New York with large Hasidic populations field Shomrims, which function as neighborhood watch organizations and often work in close concert with police to report and prevent crime.

[Read more…]

Randolph Brooklyn – beautiful retro bar and restaurant now open in South Williamsburg

image c/o Eater

image c/o Eater

From Time Out:

The industrial 2,500-square-foot hall—operated by the crew behind the Randolph at Broome and Randolph Beer—is loosely inspired by ‘70s punk, with red-leather banquettes, retro televisions and collages of era-appropriate album art. Find 12 draft lines at the distressed-wood bar, with craft beers like Peak Organic Fresh Cut pilsner, Greenflash Hop Head Red ale and Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ ale. For spirit seekers, cocktails include the Old Roman (rye, rhubarb aperitivo, absinthe and bitters) and a Randolph Paloma (pepper-infused tequila, grapefruit, strawberry, agave nectar and smoked salt). Balance the booze with grown-up bar bites, such as pulled-lamb sliders with coriander-feta yogurt, seared striped bass with clam dashi, and panfried chicken with confited potato and grilled garlic chives.

More information about Randolph Brooklyn in our listings.

Good In The Hood: Bia

bia-5Good in the Hood: In this feature we take a further look at the restaurants around the neighborhood.

67 South 6th Street
New York, NY 11211
view map

The Scene: Feels like a Vietnamese countryside shack, only transported to industrial Williamsburg. Bia gives off a fun feeling that would never scream fancy date, but is the perfect place to meet good friends, have a great time and eat well for a low price. The food comes from the family recipes of those responsible for the Village’s Duke’s Bar. These recipes amount to a bunch of some small plates and a few entrees that are filling for a low price. The soundtrack is heavy on Steely Dan and Robert Palmer instead of the Brooklyn bands who imitate them, but I’m sure this works for anyone who has heard that Disclosure record twelve-too-many-times around town.

Who It’s For: If you like to walk over the bridge and need a place to meet for a good drink and a snack, Bia is just blocks from the foot of the bridge. With the majority of the menu being under $10 and a few dishes for $2 and $3, allowing you to meet up for a drink and a meal with both broke friends and that ever-present friend who “just isn’t that hungry (Remember: now is not the time for an intervention, this is a fun spot),” even when you are ready for dinner. Conveniently, the pho and other bowls come in large and small sizes. They have sake, wine, tons of microbrew beer, and cocktails. Most dishes are for carnivores,  but many dishes can be ordered vegetarian. This makes it an ideal place to meet up with a diverse set of friends with finicky needs and disparate spending habits.

[Read more…]

South Williamsburg’s Modesty Mafia

They painted over bike lanes to keep their neighborhood “modest” so this comes as no surprise:

The Brooklyn shopkeeper was already home for the night when her phone rang: a man who said he was from a neighborhood “modesty committee” was concerned that the mannequins in her store’s window, used to display women’s clothing, might inadvertently arouse passing men and boys.

In many neighborhoods, a store owner might shrug off such a call. But on Lee Avenue, the commercial spine of Hasidic Williamsburg, the warning carried an implied threat — comply with community standards or be shunned. It is a potent threat in a neighborhood where shadowy, sometimes self-appointed modesty squads use social and economic leverage to enforce conformity.

The owner wrestled with the request for a day or two, but decided to follow it. “We can sell it without mannequins, so we might as well do what the public wants,” the owner told the manager, who asked not to be identified because of fear of reprisals for talking.

In the close-knit world of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, community members know the modesty rules as well as Wall Street bankers who show up for work in a Brooks Brothers suit. Women wear long skirts and long-sleeved, high-necked blouses on the street; men do not wear Bermuda shorts in summer. Schools prescribe the color and thickness of girls’ stockings…..

The groups have long been a part of daily life in the ultra-Orthodox communities that dot Brooklyn and other corners of the Jewish world. But they sprang into public view with the trial of Nechemya Weberman, a prominent member of the Satmar Hasidim in Brooklyn, who last week was sentenced to 103 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing a young girl sent to him for counseling.

Mr. Weberman, an unlicensed therapist, testified during his trial that boys and girls — though not his accuser — were regularly referred to him by a Hasidic modesty committee concerned about what it viewed as inappropriate attire and behavior.

The details were startling: a witness for Mr. Weberman’s defense, Baila Gluck, testified that masked men representing a modesty committee in the Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel, N.Y., 50 miles northwest of New York City, broke into her bedroom about seven years ago and confiscated her cellphone.