Entries tagged with: Williamsburg
Julian Casablancas at Shea Stadium last night (image via thetourist07)
Though details about what exactly will be happening at 8pm today (9/23) are limited, "Julian Casablancas + The Voidz spend a night at the [Diesel] pop-up for their record release party. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and the sounds of the new album, Tyranny." That's the album that came out today. Julian and band played a secret show at Shea Stadium last night with Dev Hynes to start the celebration that continues at the Diesel Pop-Up at 101 Bedford today from 8pm-11pm. "You must be 21 with valid ID to enter--no exceptions. Admission is first come, first serve." You also need to RSVP.
In case you forgot that 'Funeral' is turning 10 this month, Merge Records posted a reminder on a Brooklyn wall at N. 10th and Driggs in Williamsburg. Is there something more to this mysterious Arcade Fire marketing campaign? Merge Records won't say yet. They have been reissuing classic albums as part of their 25th anniversary. Stay tuned?
When you walk around Williamsburg you see a lot of these orange signs for movie shoots, they're practically omnipresent. But I did a double-take when I saw this one on N. 6th and Berry today. I have no idea what this is or if it's real (Update: somebody's pranking the neighborhood), but free to offer up a pitch in the comments.
As we mentioned, Northside Media Group, the people behind the Northside Fest and The L Magazine, will be booking the concerts at 50 Kent (fka Williamsburg Park) this year, but concerts is not the only thing OSA is putting there as part of the "2014 50 Kent Festival":
OSA is pleased to announce the 2014 50 Kent Festival at the North Brooklyn waterfront - the ninth consecutive season of OSA's outdoor summer programming series. This year's series will have live concerts produced by Northside Media Group, including just-announced performances by The War on Drugs and Beirut on June 13 and 14. Free outdoor movies will be provided by Nitehawk Cinemas and each Sunday will feature an open-air market operated by Brooklyn Flea. Bike New York will install a Community Bike Education Center to offer free learn-to-ride and bike skills classes for children and adults, and Gotham Girls Roller Derby partners with Five Stride Skate Shop to set up a pop-up roller rink to host classes and free public roller skating one evening in July and August. Finally, in September, Renegade Craft Fair will operate a festive weekend-long craft market.Meanwhile, tickets for the two announced concerts are on sale.
The Festival will operate May through September with programming every Sunday and concerts throughout the season. A full calendar will be available on OSA's website in the coming weeks. Proceeds from the 50 Kent Festival will go towards OSA's mission of maintaining and improving North Brooklyn parks.
Itinerant dance party Verboten opens its permanent Williamsburg home tonight at N 11th St between Kent Ave and Wythe Ave. The space joins an already buzzy area of the neighborhood, around the corner from Output and Brooklyn Bowl. The space opens up with Rebel Rave: Damian Lazarus, Francesca Lombardo, Fur Coat, Ida Engberg and Pattern Drama. Check out their full schedule here.
"People want live in Fort Greene. People wanna live in Clinton Hill. The Lower East Side, they move to Williamsburg, they can't even afford fuckin', motherfuckin' Williamsburg now because of motherfuckin' hipsters. What do they call Bushwick now? What's the word? [Audience: East Williamsburg]" - Spike LeeListen to Spike Lee say that and much more like it at Pratt last night, below...
One of the partners behind the Bowery Ballroom, Terminal 5 and a string of popular music venues plans to open a massive 2,000-capacity venue in Brooklyn's hipster haven.If this happens, that would give Bowery Presents Mercury Lounge---> Bowery Ballroom--->Webster Hall (sort of)--->Terminal 5 in Manhattan, and Rough Trade-->Music Hall of Williamsburg--->Brooklyn Classic in North Brooklyn.
The gigantic live music space would open as Brooklyn Classic, taking over a red brick factory building currently home to a steel fabricator at 319 Frost St., according a liquor license application to the local community board.
The application from Frobo LLC ties back to Jim Glancy, a veteran of promotional giant Live Nation and partner in The Bowery Presents, a powerhouse in the indie music scene.
(thanks Hiro for the link!)
Yellow Dogs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
In the statement from Yellow Dogs' manager (who was previously identified as a publicist) on the murder-suicide that killed "two" of the band's members, it was revealed that the shooter, allegedly Raefe Ahkbar, was not a member of Yellow Dogs, contrary to initial reports. USA Today and many other sources mention that the shooter was actually a former member of Yellow Dogs' "sister band" The Free Keys, who also came over to the US from Iran, and were also featured in Baham Ghobodi's film, No One Knows About Persian Cats. Arash Farazmand, the Yellow Dogs drummer who was murdered, was also once a member of The Free Keys.
Meanwhile, it's still not clear who from the Yellow Dogs was killed. The band's manager's statement said that only two of the victims were in the band, Sourosh "Looloosh" Farazmand (guitarist) and Arash Farazmand (drummer), while the third one Ali Eskandarian was a friend and fellow musician. However, in a March 2013 interview with SO Magazine, Yellow Dogs mention that Ali had been their new singer for four months. He's also pictured with them in this photo on their Facebook, and was with the band when we caught them at Music Hall of Williamsburg in December 2012. Yet, the band's Facebook still only lists the other four members sans Ali. An AltSounds interview from 2011 points out that Ali had been living with Yellow Dogs and The Free Keys in the same Brooklyn loft for years.
Yellow Dogs manager Ali Salehezadeh said the shooter hadn't spoken to the victims in months due to "a very petty conflict." Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that detectives suspect it was over a money dispute, but that they were still investigating. Update: The NY Times now points out that "There were accusations that [the shooter] had stolen money from the Free Keys, who forced him to leave the band last year, said John J. McCarthy, the Police Department's chief spokesman." Initial versions of the story mentioned he was kicked out of the band, but now it seems it was The Free Keys, and not the Yellow Dogs, he was kicked out of .
In a January 2012 interview with Yellow Dogs' Siavash "Obash" Karampour, Popgun asked:
You've been asked a lot about your Western influences and what sort of American stuff is big in Iran. Which Iranian artists, aside from Yellow Dogs of course, should the US airwaves be expecting, or does the censorship make that impossible?Many articles, like a feature on the Free Keys Filter did in 2007, bring up the DIY space that the two bands ran together in Iran.
Although it's censored and there are restrictions with high internet speed, artists still have a chance to get their music heard. You should definitely look out for our best friends and "sister band" the Free Keys, as they arrived to BK yesterday and will be calling Brooklyn home. This Glasslands show will be very exciting because it will be the first time for them to see us play since the two shows we did together back in the DIY illegal space we built together in Iran. Also be on the look out for the talented street artists and skater brothers ICY and SOT.
The Free Keys, though Ahkbar was not a member anymore, played as recently as 10/12 at Arlene's Grocery. Yellow Dogs played 10/23 at Brooklyn Bowl.
Earlier today the Black Lips released a statement on the killing
A musician furious over being thrown out of a rock band extracted bloody revenge in an early morning attack in Brooklyn Monday -- using a military-style rifle to fatally shoot three people believed to be bandmates, wound another person and then take his own life, law enforcement sources said.Speculation after the story first broke and has since been confirmed by The New York Times that the band in question was Brooklyn/Iranian band the Yellow Dogs who we recently called "constants in the NYC indie circuit". We last caught them with !!! at the end of last year at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
The triple-homicide took place at 318 Maujer St., a Bushwick building where at least some members of the band are believed to live.
The killer, brandishing a Century Sporter .308-caliber semi-automatic weapon with a 20-round magazine, showed up around midnight and opened fire on a person standing outside.
That person was wounded.
Then he stormed into the building and kept firing off round after round...
...The band is made up of Iranians who have been in the country for a while and were seeking asylum here, law enforcement sources.
A neighbor, who identified himself only as Frank, said the building has been hosting boisterous parties.
"During the summer it was ongoing, really loud parties with the street blocked off by gypsy cabs,'' he said.
"It was the usual hipster rave scene.'' [NY Post]
UPDATE (1:44 PM): Yellow Dogs' manager has released a statement that says the assailant was not in Yellow Dogs but in another Iranian band, and that two of the three victims were in Yellow Dogs: Sourosh Farazmand (guitarist) and Arash Farazmand (drummer), along with a friend of theirs, fellow musician and author Ali Eskandaria.
UPDATE 2: Actually all three killed may be in Yellow Dogs as originally reported, and the killer was in their sister band The Free Keys.
An ABC news report video is below as is a 2009 interview CNN did with Yellow Dogs on the underground Iran rock scene.
Our thoughts go to the victims' friends and families.
Gawker has posed the question we've all (or nobody has) been wondering: "What's the Williamsburg of Your City? Responses so far include:
"Isn't Williamsburg just full of non-arty assholes now though? It has douchey thump-thump nightclubs and drunk guys yelling "Greg! Did you fuck her?" at one another down the street."Another says:
"Chicago. Wicker Park is Williamsburg and Logan Square is Bushwick... Although Logan Square is probably just past the development tipping point and is giving way to places like Pilsen & Avondale for the poor cool kids."And:
"in Austin, I'd say that Eastside is our Williamsburg. I could of course kill the hipness if I were to move there. :-)"And:
I'd say in Philly that "Fishtown" is where you will find the most amount of people sporting thick-rimmed glasses and flannel shirts. The Barbary is probably you go to place for a hipster-scum dance party.and more fun ones like:
Williamsburg is the biggest neighborhood in Brooklyn, it has a lot of different sub types of douche. There's still hipster douche, the burgeoning waterfront banker douche, and even the longstanding Hasidic douche.Get in on the conversation at Gawker, or just check out the new guest-filled Yoko Ono video, below...
"Here's a Williamsburg real estate story to end all Williamburg real estate stories: Hip used clothing purveyor Beacon's Closet has been priced out of its North 11th Street storefront, where it has resided for eleven years.... The new inhabitant of the space won't be a Chase Bank or even an Urban Outfitters Lifestyle Center (Williamsburg deserves at least two, after all): It will be the expanded headquarters of Vice magazine, which flies in the face of everything we thought we knew about the media industry--can the publication really afford to pony up the $60 per-square-foot rent? With Rupert Murdoch, the sky's the limit." [Gothamist]
Notice any new art near McCarren Park recently? This press release explains:
Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo's stirring soundtrack for David Gordon Green's meditative new film, Prince Avalanche, was released last week. To accompany its release, a beautiful panoramic mural was painted on a wall across from McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.The mural painting, pictured above, is on the side of Turkey's Nest Tavern in Williamsburg. Temporary Residence were also the ones responsible for that recent Pinback mural in Williamsburg, the documented creation of which became the "Proceed to Memory" video (which we posted with news of Pinback's upcoming tour).
Jeremy deVine, founder of the band's longtime label Temporary Residence Ltd., documented the painting of Esteban Rey's signature artwork. The film documents the 3-day painting process from color mixing to final brush strokes, and features the painters wearing the same iconic overalls and hard hats worn by Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch in the film (and listening to the same vintage boom box). The video is scored by soundtrack's closing song, the standout "Send Off".
Watch the videos of both murals being created, along with all upcoming EITS tour dates (we recently caught them at Osheaga), below...
could this be the new Brooklyn wing of Amazon?
Williamsburg is now fully established as a choice place to live and play and even to work. Vallywag reports:
According to a source, Amazon may have settled on a location for the mammoth office space the company began seeking in February: the Williamsburg waterfront.Rumors that Amazon's new Brooklyn address could be the old Domino Sugar factory are mostly refuted in the same article. Also mentioned in there is this tidbit about something we've been wondering about the status of: the NYC branch of beloved UK indie store Rough Trade Records that was supposed to open last year. Says their source:
Back in February, both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg reported that Amazon was seeking up between 250,000 and 500,000 sq. ft. of office space in New York City, greatly expanding its presence here beyond its Midtown outpost. Williamsburg was thrown around as a possibility, along with One World Trade and Brookfield Place.
This past November, Amazon announced it was leasing a 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse at 35 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg to serve as a photo studio to shoot images of products/"mecca" for "creative talent." But the source told Valleywag that the waterfront deal is "bigger and hush hush." - [Valleywag]
Rough Trade is in the middle of a 30,000 retail renovation on N9 and NO ONE knows about it because they did the deal with a warehouse owner and are doing a complete renovation on their dime."In the middle"?
There's another new megaclub coming to Williamsburg:
Verboten (German for "forbidden") -- a popular dance party company that throws techno and house DJ events around the city -- is applying for a liquor license for its soon-to-open nightclub on North 11th Street that will hold more than 700 people, company representative Jen Schiffer said at a public meeting this week.Verboten, which will be located at N. 11th and Kent (which puts it right by Output) and can hold 700 people across two rooms, is also promising lessons for kids during the daytime and a full kitchen.
"It attracts a discerning crowd of music fans, Europeans, hipsters, freaks, party girls and industry types," the company's website explains of its "techno programming."
Schiffer said the new venue would include two rooms -- one that could accommodate 411 people and another that could hold 321 guests. The venue has applied to remain open until 4 a.m. on weeknights and 6 a.m. on weekends. - [DNA Info]
TBA interior (via)
Run by a gaggle of nightlife veterans from Blkmarket Membership, Porch, and Deep, the democratic space (there's no door policy) has a pumping sound system, stiff tequila drinks (try the Habla Habanero, made with Espolon Reposado and mango purée; $10), and room for up to 150 bodies. Still, it's the rarefied techno, electronica, and house programming-- a lineup that includes heavies like Stimming, Pig&Dan, and Butane.TBA's schedule includes "ARTIFACT 001: Latency Recordings Showcase" tonight with Joey Anderson, Suleiman & Sidney, Taimur Agha, and Jordon; and Billy Caldwell & Justin Strauss on Friday (5/17). Anybody been yet?
by Bill Pearis
When it opened in 1989, Max Fish was an outpost in a down-and-out neighborhood, but it became a relic in what one former customer called today's "fratified" Lower East Side.We've known for a while that longrunning bar Max Fish's days on Ludlow St. have been numbered, but the end is in sight and looks like they'll be moving to Williamsburg. Here's text from their online liquor license petition (via Bowery Boogie):
Word of the probable move hit the blogs on Wednesday, though the current bar's death rattle began over two years ago, when the owner, Ulli Rimkus, announced it would close at the end of January 2011, the victim of soaring rent. Hand-wringing and eulogizing quickly ensued, but a last-minute reprieve arrived in the form of an extended lease.
This time, though, the end seems nigh, with Ms. Rimkus confirming in a text message: "We are trying to move to Williamsburg. Nothing certain, except that we have to move." She declined to answer more questions -- or her phone -- and later shooed a reporter out of her bar. - [NY Times]
'We'll Take the Spirit and Everything Else With Us' -UlliI hope "everything else" includes that melty Julio Iglesias picture that used to fascinate me in the early '00s. The address puts the new location right beside Nitehawk Cinema, and with the country-themed Skinny Dennis on the corner of Berry it's becoming a hot block.
The Lower East Side institution and cultural icon Max Fish will be moving. We are seeking a 2pm - 4am liquor license for the following address:
132 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
If you've enjoyed time at The Fish please sign and share this petition. And if you live or know anyone that lives within 500 Feet of either 132 Metropolitan Ave or 99 North 1st St in Brooklyn, please contact me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your support.
Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Williamsburg Waterfront aka East River State Park, was a hoppin' but short-lived outdoor Brooklyn venue back in 2011 that was replaced by Williamsburg Park right down the street in 2012, but Williamsburg Waterfront
may be making a musical comeback. Mad Decent have double confirmed that their NYC 'Block Party' this year will take place at the "Waterfront" and not the "Park" where they sort of had it last year.
UPDATE: Mad Decent got it wrong. Despite what their announcement said, and what their people double confirmed for me, AEG has just confirmed to us that the Mad Decent Block Party will in fact happen at Williamsburg Park again (and NOT Williamsburg Waterfront).
No word yet on whether this will be a trend of a one-off event in the "Waterfront" space.
Emmy Winning Reality TV Production Company - Seeking Real Life "Girls" (Manhattan/Brooklyn)Via Jezebel.
REALITY TV--SEEKING REAL LIFE "GIRLS"
Ever feel like life in the big frantic city is just too much? Are you a twenty-something young woman seeking fame, fortune, love or even a hookup with potential? How do you get from here to there when you can't even get a seat on the L train! Come to a casting call with our Emmy-winning production company and tell us your dreams and woes, your highs and lows, your tales of *** in the city and the outrageous opportunities that have come your way. Is your circle of friends bound together by not just the parties, fights, and brunches but frequent bouts of commiserating over your struggles? It isn't easy taking the road less travelled, but making it as a writer, designer, entrepreneur, actress/model or glorified dog walker never is!
The real life television show we are making follows the trials and tribulations of an ensemble of wise-beyond-their-years young ladies. We are with you living the dream in hipster Brooklyn and lower Manhattan. Only well educated and cultured extroverts need apply. Are you thinking about that show--"Girls?" Well we didn't say it but. . ..now that you mention it.
So just send us an email at email@example.com with your name, clear attached photos, a short, informal resume, cell phone, and a brief note about why you think you'd work in the show. We'll be scheduling meetings this week, which will generally take place in midtown Manhattan, but we'll get back to you with the specific time and place. So drop us an email today!
In related news, the show "Girls" recently came out with a soundtrack featuring the likes of Fleet Foxes, Lia Ices, Robyn, Santigold, and more.
"Girls" the TV show, is not to be confused with "Girls" the band whose frontman recently went solo and is in the middle of a two-night run in NYC as I type this.
Todd P has been keeping busy. Among other things he has announced:
AN AS-YET-TO-BE-NAMED "NEW MUSIC" PERFORMANCE SPACE + BAR IN THE BUSHWICK AREAYou might remember that in 2011 Todd was working on opening a similar type of venue in the old Mo Pitkins space in the East Village. That didn't work out, so it's great to hear that the dream is still alive. Todd is also still working on reopening the Market Hotel.
I have a new lease on a familiar space off the L train, with legal certificate-of-occupancy and other paperwork baked into the deal, at no cost to the space. This space will open as an all ages music venue for "new music" (aka noise, avant composition, deconstructed rock, etc) - with an onsite (licensed) bar for the grown ups. Doubles as a neighborhood bar on nights without performances, and a gallery. Separate gallery space within, to open at a later date.
The picture at the top of this post is the art you'll find on the new issue of Showpaper, another Todd P project that is now nearing its 150th issue.
by Bill Pearis
Videology's new screening room
I started working at Videology in Williamsburg a month or so after it opened back in December 2003. My apartment's proximity to the store and the general fun vibe (and, yes, free rentals) kept me there since, and I worked the last night of its existence as a video store proper, one day after Hurricane Sandy hit (it was a busy weekend). The DVD business ain't what it used to be and about a year ago the owners decided to refashion Videology into a bar/cafe with a screening room while still renting DVDs.
This new incarnation opened on November 9 with a full bar in the front, and the screening room in back that seats about 40 people give or take. It's pretty nice, if I do say so myself. The events calendar is a mix of ticketed exclusive runs (like First Winter which screens this week), and free screenings, like the R. Kelly "Trapped in the Closet" marathon that happens on Friday (11/23). You can check out all upcoming screenings here.
This Saturday marks the debut of DAVE THE SPAZZ MOVIE CLUB which is "a new monthly series at Videology that will present the strangest, weirdest and wildest movies, short subjects, and forgotten ephemera with the occasional guest hosts and various surprises!" This Saturday (11/24) they'll be showing Phil Tucker's z-grade sci-fi classic Robot Monster (the one with the gorilla with a diving helmet) and it is also doubling as a benefit for Norton Records who lost so much of their vinyl stock in Hurricane Sandy. Tickets are $8 and are on sale now. And if you can't make it to the screening, you can help Norton Records in other ways.
Meanwhile, Videology is not the only new movie theatre in the neighborhood. Williamsburg Cinemas, a multiplex located at Grand St. and Driggs, is set to open early next month:
The final touches on Williamsburg Cinemas, Elgart's long-planned seven-auditorium movie hub on Grand Street and Driggs Avenue, will wrap up this weekend for the 1,000-seater theater to open in December, he said.This is in addition to Nitehawk Cinema, indieScreen and Spectacle, all of which are in five or so blocks of each other.
"We were planning on opening Nov. 2...then Sandy hit," said Elgart, the theater's owner and operator.
The Department of Buildings' final inspection of the space has been delayed by post-hurricane demands on the agency's time, Elgart said.
"We were going to start with the 'Life of Pi' and the new James Bond movie," he said. "Now we're shooting for Christmas titles."
Elgart, who already owns Cobble Hill Cinemas and Kew Gardens Cinemas, touted the theater's 3D screens, 7.1 surround sound, "rocking chair seating," and mix of indie and blockbuster movies.
"We'll be showing 'The Hobbit' in 3D," he said of one of the first planned films. - [DNAinfo]
Filmmaker John Mattiuzzi writes:
When I set out to film my neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn the night of the hurricane, I did not anticipate the footage I was about to film. My main goal was to make a short film of whatever I captured that night. A small art film was the idea. But after the explosion, things quickly changed for me. Two weeks later, I finally had time to edit this film together, and show a small perspective of the storm: "A One Block's Story."Watch below...
This film is an emotional response of what it actually felt like to be out in hurricane Sandy, amidst all the immense energy, that eventually consumed parts of ours.
Fans at Pitchfork, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The founding hipsters first arrived on Bedford Avenue two decades earlier convinced that the East Village was "overpriced" and that more generally, Manhattan was "so over."The petition is currently 12 deep into its 25,000 required signatures.
In recent years, the trustifarians have turned the Bedford Avenue area into a disneyland of fashionable shops and expensive cocktail bars. The baby-bankers living in the glass, waterfront towers have pushed out the smack junkies and complain to the police about "noise" from rock musicians.
As such, the grittier East Williamsburg would prefer to disassociate from Williamsburg as a fully separate and independent neighborhood. The people of East Williamsburg actually have real jobs. Their shops are not particularly fashionable. Some of the bars are genuinely dangerous dives. Please allow the neighborhood to secede.
Since opening in March, the Flat has been a haven for edgy music and affordable drinks. "It's amazing how many people we know live within blocks away," said Max Brennan, the owner. A decade ago, he founded Lit, a bar, gallery and performance space on Second Avenue in Manhattan. "It's sort of how Lit used to be before all the 'shirts' invaded the East Village," he said." - [NY Times]The Flat, owned by Lit's Max Brennan and The Deathset's Johnny Sierra, opened this spring at 308 Hooper St, just off the Hewes St stop on the J/M line. While it's mainly a bar they do hold the occasional show, like Azar Swan's live debut which happens Saturday night (11/10) and is the official afterparty to the Tamaryn show at Knitting Factory earlier that night (Tamaryn's tour meanwhile hits Mercury Lounge tonight).
On Wednesday (11/14) The Flat is hosting a show presented by Self-Titled, Mishka and Greedhead Music, with HEEMS, LE1F, Big Baby Gandhi, and Meyhem Lauren. It's early (7 - 9 PM) and is FREE. Flyer is below.
The day before that (Tuesday, 11/13) they've got the release party for Fat Tony's "BKNY" music video with DJ sets from the man himself, plus Tom Cruz, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, DJ Sicksentz, Kitty Pryde, Lakutis, Cities Aviv, and Dapwell from Das Racist. Also free, 9 PM start.
The L train earlier this week...(via MTA's Flickr)
The long nightmare is over: The L Train is back. Says the MTA, "service between Broadway Junction and Manhattan resumed this afternoon, following repair work to components inside the Canarsie Tube, which connects the line between Manhattan's East Side and Brooklyn's Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods."
Woohoo! Glad to have you back. Expect delays today, though.
P.S. Manhattan, this means you can come to our free screening of the Comedy at Knitting Factory on Sunday.
The G train is back, and the L is getting much closer. The MTA just announced that the subway tunnel "has been pumped dry." Don't believe it? Watch the video that accompanied their announcement, Bedford station shots included, below...