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October 4, 2013

NO ALCOHOL

It looks like some people's dreams of being able to shop for vintage leather jackets and throw rugs while soused will probably have to happen somewhere besides the planned new Urban Outfitters in Williamsburg. The chain's liquor license request was denied by the local community board's liquor license committee last night (10/3), reports DNA info:

The chain store, which is proposing a three-story center in a converted North Sixth Street warehouse, was denied its liquor license by the local community board's liquor license committee Thursday night after an hour-long exchange between impassioned Urban Outfitters staff and perturbed local residents.

The staff insisted the booze was part of a way to become "an integral part of the community" with a restaurant, pop-up booths and a rooftop space, but the committee didn't buy their pitch.

"I get the kumbaya moment, but why do you have to be blasted to do that?" asked board member Rob Solano. "I go to Ikea and have a sandwich with meatballs, and I don't need a drink. I have no idea where the alcohol fits in." - [DNA Info]

It still comes down to a full board vote next week but they almost always follow committee recommendations. The State Liquor Authority makes the actual decision.

October 3, 2013

GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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This may not come as a giant surprise after a rainy, not-so-sucessful 2013 event (and big lines in 2012) and myriad complaints from nearby residents, but music and food fest, Great GoogaMooga, will not return to Brooklyn's Prospect Park in 2014. Reports A Walk in the Park (via Gothamist):

The Great Googa Mooga event will not be returning to Prospect Park after a disastrous two-year run according to a Parks Department official...

...The news was revealed this afternoon, ironically by Michael Bloomberg family friend Besty Smith, head of revenue and marketing for the Parks Department at a City Council oversight hearing entitled, The Private Use of Public Parkland: Do Large Scale Events Benefit Parks.

AWITP also reports Smith saying GoogaMooga organizers are looking for a new location.

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Here's something you can see at CBGB Festival next week that you may not have expected: the inside of the club itself. When the legendary Lower East Side club closed back in 2006, owner Hilly Kristal and club talent booker Louise Staley carefully dismantled the interior and have had it in storage ever since. "Hilly wanted them to live on. He saved them for exactly this type of occasion," said Staley in a press release.

So, the original CBGB walls and the original sound system will be reconstructed - no, not at the Varvatos store, but at Landmark Sunshine Theatre on October 10 for the CBGB Fest keynote address which will be given by MTV President, Van Toffler and Duff McKagan whose band, Duff McKagan's Loaded, played the fest last year in Times Square. You can't make this stuff up.

Two days earlier (10/8) at Sunshine, CBGB: The Movie will make its NYC premiere. Tickets are still available. You can also win tickets to CBGB Film Fest screenings at the Wythe Hotel.

Other CBGB Fest events: My Morning Jacket and Grizzly Bear are playing for free in Times Square; Judge will be at Saint Vitus, and many BV photographers (and others) have work in a free photo exhibit.

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The 2013 CBGB Festival is coming up next week (Oct. 8 - 13), and in addition to the many shows, movie screenings and panel discussions, there's also going to be a photography exhibit. The "Never Again" Photo Show will be on display at Wooster Street Social Club from October 9 - Nov 1 and explores "the lexicon of the New York music scene, documenting the moments that can never be re-created, and continuing the tradition championed by music-photographers of the past: creating new legacies of moments that might otherwise be overlooked." Photographers include many BrooklynVegan contributors: Chris La Putt, David Andrako, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, Greg Cristman, Jason Bergman, Jacob Blickenstaff, Abbey Braden Raymonde, Guy Eppel, Jen Maler, Ryan Muir, Gabi Porter, Kyle Dean Reinford, Tod Seelie, Rebecca Smeyne, Loren Wohl, and Ebru Yildiz.

The opening night party (10/9) goes from 7-10 PM and features DJ Justin Collectorscum, complimentary beverages and "Rock n' Roll manicures by NQ."

Meanwhile, win some tickets to a film screening and don't forget My Morning Jacket and Grizzly Bear are playing for free in Times Square and that Judge will be at Saint Vitus.

October 1, 2013

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Bad news for NYC folks who were looking forward to the Alamo Drafthouse's planned Upper West Side "Metro" theater -- it isn't happening:

An often-stated priority for the Alamo Drafthouse has been to open a venue in New York City. While that still stands true, the reality of the upper west side Metro is that too much has changed since we initially began work on the location. Construction costs have risen tremendously since engaging in the project back in early 2012 (due in some measure to ongoing Hurricane Sandy reconstruction efforts) and ultimately the location is no longer financially viable for us. We would love to make the upper west side location our next neighborhood theater in New York, but we cannot see this particular location as sustainable under current conditions.
Well that's a bummer. Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas is still planning to open a location in downtown Brooklyn in 2015 and the Yonkers branch opened in August.

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It is curtains for New York City Opera. The 70-year-old company, long a star in the city's cultural firmament, announced on Tuesday morning that its emergency fund-raising appeal had fallen short, and that it would begin the process of dissolving itself and filing for bankruptcy.

"New York City Opera did not achieve the goal of its emergency appeal," Risa B. Heller, a spokeswoman for the company, said in a statement. "Today, the board and management will begin the necessary financial and operational steps to wind down the company including initiating the Chapter 11 process." - [NY Times]

The NYC Opera had needed to raise $7 million by the end of September (including a $1 was to have been via Kickstarter) to stay open. Saturday night's performance (9/28) of Anna Nicole at BAM looks to have been its last. The fat lady has sung, so saying goes, and it's a sad day.

September 25, 2013

Fredia onstage / twerkin' granny (photos via @nonformat & @weineversleeps)
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As you may have heard, today in Herald Square, Fuse helped Big Freedia set out to break the World Record for Most People Simultaneously Twerking and needed at least 250 participants to do so. She broke the record with Guinness officials on hand counting 358 people shaking their booty for two minutes straight -- including at least one septuagenarian.

We'll have more pictures from the record-breaking/shaking event soon (UPDATE: Here they are), but there are a few videos via instagram, plus the rules for breaking the record, below.

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September 17, 2013

by Bill Pearis

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Coming about a year later than expected, record store Rough Trade NYC is finally set to open in Williamsburg on November 25, reports Billboard. That's the Monday before Thanksgiving, opening just in time for the crucial Black Friday and holiday shopping. The space is a "15,000 square foot repurposed film prop warehouse" at 64 N. 9th St. which is between Wythe and Kent, the first for the UK retailers, and will also be a music venue booked by Bowery Presents. More from the Billboard article:

"New York and London are similar in many ways -- they're kaleidoscopic celebrations of global differences and similarities," Rough Trade co-president Stephen Godfroy tells Billboard of expanding across the Atlantic. "They enjoy an open-mindedness, a deep respect for the past, a voracious appetite for the future, which all combines to produce a climate that suits our individual approach to music retail."

The Williamsburg store was originally announced in April of 2012, with plans to open its doors at an unspecified date later that year. But what Godfroy describes as "numerous obstacles in the construction planning and building process" left those plans in limbo until now.

Rough Trade N.Y.C. will sell all new music -- no used -- in multiple formats in addition to serving as a "healthy-sized place to hang out" for music lovers. A portion of the space has been sectioned off as a performance venue for free in-stores as well as after-hours ticketed concerts booked by The Bowery Presents.

In other Brooklyn record store news, Captured Tracks' new retail space is now open at 195 Calyer in Greenpoint. Academy Records will close its N. 6th space by the end of the month and be moving to Greenpoint too.

You can watch an animated announce video for the Rough Trade NYC store below.

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September 16, 2013

by Bill Pearis

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Not so long ago, North 6th Street in Williamsburg was home to a long line of meat processing facilities, Tops grocery store, punk bar Sweetwater, Coyote Recording Studio, and not much else. These days, it's kind of become/becoming the new Meatpacking District, with a glut of foot traffic on Friday and Saturday nights, and bars and clubs opening left and right. (And a few good music venues too.) Retail chains too, with a planned multi-story Urban Outfitters opening at 98 N. 6th, right next to where Coyote used to be. The NY Daily News reports that in addition to fashion and furnishings for young folks, Urban Outfitters wants to sell booze there too:

The chic threads shop is one of a whopping 37 new applicants for a liquor license in North Brooklyn. A total of 106 spirit-slinging establishments were before the community board Monday, most to renew existing permits.

But the head-turner was Urban Outfitters, which many residents don't even want to open.

"The whole point of bars in this neighborhood is that they are owned by people who live here, they are small local businesses," said Alicia Cantor-Palm, 29. "It doesn't make sense for (Urban Outfitters) to be here anyway."

The store's corporate offices did not respond to repeated requests for comment

Doesn't it risk wine stains from sloppy shoppers?

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As mentioned, the annual NYC Village Halloween Parade will be back for its 40th Anniversary this year and is in need of some financial help due to last year's 11th hour cancellation in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Their Kickstarter went live today which has until October 21 to meet their $50k goal. You can watch the parade's Kickstarter video and read a little bit more about where the money will be going below.

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