2016 is a great time to be alive thanks to PAX

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Last week San Francisco’s PAX Labs paid a visit to Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel to demonstrate their forthcoming line of vaporizer products. Those new products are a result of [Read more…]

The NYC Cannabis Film Festival is coming to Williamsburg next week

nycNew York City’s first weed themed film festival is coming to the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg on September 26th. From [Read more…]

Wythe Hotel hosting a pop-up wedding chapel during NYC Pride

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Tom Fruin’s MAXIKIOSCO

From T Magazine

During New York’s Pride Week at the end of this month, gay couples looking to get married will find a church in the unlikeliest of places: on the rooftop of the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Andrew Tarlow, one of the hotel’s founders, came up with the idea of putting a pop-up wedding chapel on the sixth-floor terrace as a tribute to the members of the L.G.B.T. community who live in the neighborhood, especially those who had worked with him for many years at his nearby restaurant Diner.

Peter Lawrence, Tarlow’s business partner, figured the ceremonies would benefit from a structure for attendees to congregate around. He immediately thought of his friend, the artist Tom Fruin, who is known for his sculptures made from reclaimed objects, like his now-iconic stained-glass watertower in Dumbo. Fruin, who also created the Wythe’s sculptural “Hotel” marquee from salvaged tin signage, had just completed a stained-glass house, titled “Maxikiosko,” that struck Lawrence for its ecclesiastic quality. So he asked to borrow it. “Sometimes you have to go searching for the right piece,” he says, “and sometimes the talented people you love make it easy for you.”

The hotel, which will begin taking bookings for the chapel this week, hopes to marry four couples a day over three days (June 27-29) in front of 20 of their nearest and dearest, as well as a hundred or so perfect strangers, since the bar will remain open to the public during the festivities. In addition to providing the space for an hour, the Wythe will offer a secular or non-secular officiant (couples can also bring their own), a private hourlong Champagne reception and a wedding portrait, all for the low, low price of $1500, making this about the most affordable way to get married in New York outside of City Hall.

Craft Brewers Show Off Their Beer at Wythe Hotel

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This Sunday, more than 25 NYC-based homebrewers descended on the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. Part of the Food Book Fair, the event, called Brew Pub, is a “project by Portland-based artist Eric Steen [which]…explores home brewing as a form social activism.” Whatever you say, dude. Mostly it’s just an excuse to taste lots of really good beer.

While most of the brewers we spoke to said they would enjoy making brewing a full-time career, by and large they earned their livings in other ways. Among others, we talked to a chef, a law student, an environmental consultant, an artist, a budget analyst, and a programmer.

The beers on tap were as diverse as the people brewing them. Notable standouts included Chris Harris’s Rock rock y’all, freak freak y’all, to the beets y’all, a beet-infused kolsch, Travis Collins’s and Matt Joyce’s Janszoon van Salee Moroccan Ale, a “a rich and dark porter with a spicy Moroccan charm from ginger, dates, cinnamon, and cloves,” and Brandon West’s Bushwick Fig Dubbel, made with figs from a tree in Bushwick.

 

Wythe Ave. will soon be all hotels and condos

A new report by The Real Deal reveals that Wythe Ave., currently home to the Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn Bowl, two nightclubs, and various other bourgeois nightmares, will soon be inundated with expensive condos.

From the report:

Sparked by the area’s sweeping 2005 rezoning, the long-time middle-class manufacturing district traded its warehouses for glassy apartments and became the go-to neighborhood for post-college arrivals. First Bedford Avenue got a makeover, and then the waterfront. Now, the once-gritty Wythe Avenue is having its moment, with new rentals, hotels and restaurants popping up — and in a sign reminiscent of the Meatpacking District, black town cars line some blocks on weekend nights.

But the 20-block heart of Wythe Avenue — from the Williamsburg Bridge to the Greenpoint border — reveals that the transition hasn’t always been smooth. Some projects that stalled during the recession are still empty pits, even as others have resumed. “What’s happening is incredible,” said Andrew Barrocas, the CEO of brokerage MNS, which has two offices nearby. “Wythe is filling in the gaps.” Below is a look at some of the properties that are transforming the stretch.

So…the recession is over? Doesn’t seem that way to me, but hey, I’m just some idiot blogger, not a New York City real estate developer.

Now, you might be thinking that the influx of more Wall Street bro/part-time DJ/trust fund types (or whoever can afford to pay $2,600 a month for a studio) would be a bad thing. And you’d be right! But try to look on the bright side. At least with so much new housing opening up, they’ll be able to drunkenly stumble back and forth between their apartments and the shitty bars and clubs where they hang out without having to call for car service, which means you can drunkenly bike around with less risk of being hit by a black cab. Small victories.

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Kevin Spacey and Willem Dafoe premiered a film in Williamsburg last night

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Last night Kevin Spacey and Willem Dafoe convened in Williamsburg for the premier of Love’s Routine for the Jameson First Shot competition. This year the Kevin Spacey fronted project offered three up-and-coming directors a shot at having Willem Dafoe star in their short film. Last night’s premiere at Wythe Hotel was for NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia MFA candidate Shirlyn Wong’s film Love’s Routine, which won for the United States (the other two winners/premieres were in Russia and South Africa). After a short photo session all [Read more…]

Kanye debuts new song via Williamsburg building projections

kanyewytheKanye West debuted his song New Slaves last night by projecting a video on buildings throughout the world. In Williamsburg the projections popped up at N. 7th and Bedford, and on the side of Wythe Hotel. You can see [Read more…]

“Dinner With Friends” Series at the Wythe Hotel To Host Guest Chefs

Reynard’s Andrew Tarlow on the dinner series (via Eater):

Some of the thought behind this was obviously that having a hotel, we can attract our friends and have them stay with us for a week. It’s the idea of cooking with friends and inviting them to our home. We’re trying to offer up an experience that you can’t get in New York.

We’re thinking about doing it monthly, and doing a series of like four to six of them, and then we’ll take a little break and figure out how we want to do it after that.” He plans to eventually host acclaimed chefs from outside the country. Reservations for the first three dinners can be made by calling 718-460-800

Here’s the menu for the first three events:

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