Entries tagged with: Williamsburg
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: email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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...
Pumping out the L Train tunnels, 11/5/2012 (via MTA's Flickr)
While Irene had brought the water within a foot or two of flooding the subway entrances and ventilation gratings, Sandy's fourteen-foot surges brought the water gushing in. Half of the subway system's fourteen under-river tubes flooded. A few filled up end to end, much like the MTA's Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. They couldn't even send workers out to assess them until after the second surge at the next high tide Tuesday morning.While service to most MTA subway lines, miraculously, has been restored following Hurricane Sandy, there is still no L train service to or in Manhattan which involves a whole lot of commuters (like NY1's Pat Kiernan and at a couple BV staff members). If you're wondering why it hasn't been restored yet, pictures from the MTA's very active Flickr account tell the story: they're still pumping flood waters out of the East River tunnel. Says the MTA:
Pumping began soon after -- or "dewatering," as the pumping industry calls it. Other city agencies had to rely on outside contractors to pump their tunnels. But it happens that the subway system already had its own toys. Each of the system's under-river tunnels has a sump to deal with everyday seepage, and each also has a tube fixed to the side called a discharge line. Starting Tuesday, the system sent in its "pump trains" -- diesel powered trains with five or six cars, run by just five or six workers. Underneath the trains are pumps, moving hundreds of gallons of water back into the river every minute. "You take the pump train and you bury the first car up to the floor level so it's underwater," Prendergast says, "and you hook it up to the discharge line and you start pumping the tunnel dry." -[NY Mag]
MTA employees using a pump train are working around the clock to pump seawater out of the L train's tunnel under the East River. The tunnel was flooded during the unprecedented 13-foot storm surge of Hurricane Sandy. This photo shows activity on the afternoon of Monday, November 5.After the tunnel is pumped dry of water, work will begin to inspect tracks, signals, switches, electrical components, and third rail. If any repairs are needed, employees will make them as quickly as possible to get service restored.
Meanwhile, there is still no G service at all. The tunnels are dry, however, and signal fixes are on their way, says the MTA. In the interim, the MTA is running more B62 buses (which have been crazy packed). More pictures of the work on the L train East River tunnel are below.
tree down near Prospect Park on PPW - 10/30/2012
"In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which left a trail of deadly destruction, devastating power failures and extensive flooding, millions of people in the New York metropolitan region spent Tuesday assessing the damage and preparing for the possibility that it could be days or even weeks before life returned to normal.As a quick perusal of our "hurricanes" and "Hurricane Sandy" tags will prove, we've been keeping busy this unprecedented hurricane. One glance at our "pictures" category and you'll see that we also like to post pictures taken by an assortment of BrooklynVegan photographers. Here's another post about the hurricane and some more original pictures. They continue below...
Throughout the day on Tuesday, there were reports of daring rescue operations as people began to grasp the magnitude of the damage done by the violent winds and lashing rains that transformed the landscapes of New York City and the wider region into tableaus of destruction both stark and unprecedented..." [NYTimes]
'Zombie Hipsters' asserting their civil rights on Halloween (more by Amanda Hatfield)
When you think of an outlet with its finger on the pulse of "what's next," it might not be Forbes Magazine. Nevertheless the rag has compiled its list of "hippest hipster neighborhoods" in the US, which lands Williamsburg Brooklyn at #3:
1. Silver Lake, Los AngelesJust as interesting, and hardly surprising, is the magazine's comments on the changing face of Williamsburg:
2. Mission District, San Francisco
3. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
4. Wicker Park, Chicago
5. Pearl District, Portland
6. H Street Corridor, Washington D.C.
7. East Austin, Austin
8. Capitol Hill, Seattle
9. The Uptown, Oakland
10. Warehouse District, New Orleans
Williamsburg may have spawned the hipster craze, but the neighborhood is evolving in a direction that's far less hospitable to the patchily employed, fedora-wearing crowd. "The more successful neighborhoods like Williamsburg become in attracting people, the real estate prices go up and a lot of the urban pioneers end up moving on," says David Morley, a research associate with the American Planning Association, a nonprofit educational group for community developers.There you have it folks. The Williamsbur hipster apocalypse according to Forbes.
Real estate prices in the north Brooklyn neighborhood have been steadily rising...his firm reports that Williamsburg rents in July were 23% higher than a year ago ... [and] the mean rent for a studio apartment in Williamsburg was $200 higher than for a comparable (albeit smaller) apartment in Manhattan's Greenwich Village
photos by Ryan Muir
New Williamsburg outdoor concert venue Williamsburg Park opens for business with three shows this week. We stopped by this afternoon to check out the progress and take some pictures while they were busy getting ready for tonight's Counting Crows show (7/17). We won't be back tonight, but we are looking forward to Refused & Off! on Wednesday, and for the free comedy on Thursday. Check out more pictures of the giant space, pretty sky-painted ground included, below...
"These kids were the first to jump in the newly
renovated McCarren Park Pool" - @NYC Mayor's Office
Yesterday was the last day of public school, so today NYC's public pools open, just in time for the second heat wave of the summer with temperatures in the 90s expected through Monday. That includes the highly-anticipated reopening of the McCarren Park Pool, which originally opened in 1936 but fell into disrepair and closed in the '80s.
Of course more recently the abandoned pool became the setting for the hugely popular Jelly NYC Sunday Pool Parties and other concerts, which spurned interest in the facility again... and the city decided in 2008 to turn it back into a pool again, a $50 million project that we'll finally get to see in action today. The McCarren Park pool will be open daily from 11AM - 3PM and then from 4PM - 7PM. Admission is FREE.
Learn more about McCarren Pool's opening from Williamsburg resident Pat Kiernan over at NY1.
Update: Check out the line!
photos by David Andrako
I know what you're thinking. "I love Steve Martin. I wish he'd play with bluegrass group The Steep Canyon Rangers in a Williamsburg loft!" Well, he did and we've got the exclusive, never-before-seen video to prove it, and you can watch it below. BV photographer David Andrako happened to be there too, and you can check out more pictures from the event below too. You might spot members of indie type bands in the crowd too.
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers are heading out on tour next week and all tour dates are listed below (no NYC dates, though they did recently play Staten Island.) They're supporting their most recent album, Rare Bird Alert, which came out last year on Rounder Records, a title that tied in nicely with Martin's 2011 birdwatching comedy The Big Year.
Video of the loft performance, photos and a list of all tour dates are below...