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Footlight Equinoxio

Ridgewood, Queens already has Trans-Pecos, and Gothamist reports that a new rock venue is set to open in the neighborhood later this year. The venue will be called Footlight, which co-owner Laura Regan tells Gothamist will be "a small venue and neighborhood bar" that she hopes "will successfully integrate into the community and help maintain it's integrity." The other co-owner is Gabriel Rodriguez.

Footlight is taking over the Equinoxio Bar & Lounge at 465 Seneca Ave, the corner of Harman St and Seneca, which closed a few years ago. It's walking distance from both the Seneca M stop and the DeKalb L stop. That's a photo of the exterior above, and there's a couple more below.

They also launched an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund the project. They write:

OuterBoroughArts is proud to present The Footlight! We hope in early fall 2015 to bring to the Ridgewood community a beacon of music, art, and entertainment. The Footlight will function as a bar and multi medium venue that will include local music of all genres as well as independent film, theater, and community events open to neighborhood families as well as providing a much needed nightlife cultural institution.

We are asking for a little financial push from our community to build an elite sound system that can facilitate any type of event. From the smallest emerging act to international touring talent, we want our patrons and our artists to feel like the had the best sonic experience in their life!

You can donate here.

Continue reading "new rock venue and bar, Footlight, to open in Ridgewoood"


After 5 years of business on North 7th, and just when it finally became the only bar with that name in the hood, Williamsburg bar D.B.A. Brooklyn posted the following message to Facebook this week:

We're very sad to say d.b.a. brooklyn will be closing at the end of the month. It's a special place for so many special people. Please come out and have a drink before we go!
The Saints face the Steelers @1 Sunday 11/30 so the game party will be on as usual & following we will have a send off (drink the inventory and say goodbye) bash...The facebook page will remain active and we will use it to let everyone know next steps (new location if possible??) or next place to meet as a group for a drink (or a few!)
p.s. - We're open Thanksgiving @5pm - George will be behind the bar serving up turkey (wild) & cranberry (juice). It's delicious!
Have a good holiday!
d.b.a. brooklyn crew
Gothamist points out that "The bars stayed open after owner Ray Deter died while bicycling in Manhattan in 2011 and it appears the East Village location will stay that way."


In another sign of the times, the Odessa Cafe Bar will close its doors for good, its last day being Saturday, August 31st, notes EV Grieve. The bar has been an East Village staple for more than 33 years on Ave A, falling victim, like so many others, to the rising rents and gentrification in the neighborhood. Odessa, the restaurant which is next door, is staying open and you can continue to get your pierogi fix.

Word is that the space will house an brasserie/cafe once the Odessa vacates.


Only two days left until Bar4 says goodbye forever, and now comes word that...

It's last call for beloved Park Slope dive bar Jackie's 5th Amendment. The old saloon, which has been owned and operated by the same family since the '50s, will close next month on September 14th, bartender Tony Ferrara tells us. "The owner's health is deteriorating," Ferrara explains. "It's going to be taken over by the pharmacy next door."

Jackie's, known for its cheap drinks and mini beer buckets, was beloved for being a no-frills sanctuary in a sea of all-consuming yupsterfication. (Last November, employees of the bar petitioned President Obama to allow the bar to secede from Park Slope.) "I'm just sad," Ferrara says. "We open up at 8 a.m. for people getting off the night shifts. Back when it was Costello's in the '60s my parents used to come here to drink. It's a shame to see these kind of bars leave the area, because once they're gone they're gone forever."

News of the closing [was] first reported by Brooklyn Magazine" [Gothamist]

Meanwhile, still time for one last drink at Bar 4.

TGI Fridays, you give bars a bad name, a bad name...

TGI Fridays

"State authorities this morning raided 29 bars and restaurants across New Jersey on suspicion that they have been re-filling empty bottles of their most expensive liquors with cheaper alcohol.

Dubbed "Operation Swill," the year-long investigation found the establishments fooled customers so they could charge higher prices and bolster their profits, according to a statement released by the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control." [NJ.COM]

Check out the list of busted places below...

Continue reading "Cops raid TGI Fridays, Applebee's, Ruby Tuesday & other NJ bars for selling cheap alcohol as 'top shelf'"

Jackie's 5th Amendment (photo via Here's Park Slope)
Jackie's 5th Amendment

That East Williamsburg petition has started a trend:

Allow the bar Jackie's 5th Amendment to secede from the neighborhood of Park Slope in Brooklyn, NY.

Due to the changing nature of the neighborhood and the fact that we are beginning to take offense when potential customers come into the bar, look around them with disdain, and leave, immediately, we the people of Jackie's 5th Amendment at 404 5th Avenue request the permission of the United States Government to peacefully secede from Park Slope and become our own neighborhood, to be tentatively known as "Brooklyn".

They only need 24,972 more signatures. Not too bad.

DNA Info points out:

Jackie's is one of the few remaining dive bars in the neighborhood, and drinkers who wander in looking for high-priced artisanal cocktails poured by "mixologists" will be disappointed. The bar's specialty is a $10 ice-filled bucket of six "ponies," or 7-ounce domestic beers.

"The neighborhood is changing," [bartender Rebecca McCarthy who started the petition] said. "People walk in and they're like, 'Oh no, not this.' We don't even have vermouth. We couldn't make martinis if we tried."

They should get in touch with the Old Carriage Inn on 7th and make it a movement!

For further reading, check out an interview with Linda the bartender at Here's Park Slope.

Court Tavern

Stickers covering the wall tell some of the story.

Bold letters and designs shout out names such as Spredhaus, All Eyes West and Dinosaur Eyelids -- as well as dozens of other bands who performed there.

"People have told me, 'Don't take down that wall,' " said Mike Barrood, new owner of the Court Tavern, the legendary New Brunswick bar and music venue that closed in January.

Barrood, 33, is renovating the place and hopes to open within a month.

"A lot of the old customers called and offered to help and work for nothing," he said.

"Actually, people don't want it fixed up," he said of patrons who affectionately remember the scruffy-grungy atmosphere at the Church Street venue that gave bands their start.

Drummer Benny Horowitz remembers playing at the Court Tavern with six bands.

"I celebrated my 21st birthday there," said Horowitz, now with the Gaslight Anthem, a New Brunswick-based group that tours internationally. The band's first show was at the Court Tavern. [NJ.com]

Previously: Court Tavern RIP

The Gaslight Anthem's song "The Diamond Church Street Choir" is about the Court Tavern. They play Webster Hall tonight, and talk about the club and its booker Andy Diamond, in the video clip below...

Continue reading "Court Tavern renovating and reopening with new owner"

Mars Bar

Sad news you may have read back in December:

As the [LES] became gentrified -- a Steve Madden shoe store and the posh Rivington Hotel have helped bring a commercial sheen to the artsy quarter -- Max Fish and Pink Pony remained popular.

But [in December], the two Ludlow Street colonizers announced they will shutter Jan. 30 because of a steep rent increase. And nearby, Mars Bar, at First Street and Second Avenue in the East Village, is also set to close as plans to redevelop the site into a mixed-income condo move forward.

Mars Bar -- a dingy saloon famous for cheap brew, punk rock and its lack of toilet paper -- could reopen in two years but would have to negotiate a market-rate rent with the developer. The community board is scheduled to vote on the proposal later this month.

"The Lower East Side felt like it was over a while ago, but [Max Fish] is a very symbolic closing," said author Richard Price, who used the neighborhood as a backdrop to his best seller "Lush Life."

"There are no neighborhoods in Manhattan anymore. South of Harlem, it feels like a bunch of districts where rich people can crash." [NY Post]

That said, the LES still remains the best neighborhood for live music outside of Brooklyn thanks to Cake Shop, Pianos, Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, Arlene's Grocery, Mercury Lounge, the Delancey, and the new Tammany Hall to name a few.

And as far as Mars Bar... I'll be sad to see it go, but like CBGB before it, does it even matter at this point? No disrespect to the owners, but Mars Bar sticks out like a sore thumb now that everything around it has already changed. It hasn't felt the same for a long time, even if it still looks exactly the same on the inside.

Johnny T

Black Book: What bars do you claim as your own these days?

Johnny T: Black & White, Niagara, Bowery Electric, Cabin Down Below, and Pizza Shop.

Continue reading "spotlight on Johnny T (recently opened Cabin Down Below)"

Bowery Electric

I didn't even realize Remote Lounge closed.....

NEW The Bowery Electric The latest in a series of bar openings along the Bowery includes this 2,000-square-foot drinkery from nightlife entrepreneurs Johnny T (Black & White), Mike Stuto (HiFi) and Jesse Malin (Niagara). Located in the former Remote Lounge space, TBE features a wenge (dark African wood) bar, custom-made mohair couches and vintage trunks that serve as extra seating. Old Speckled Hen and Sapporo are among the dozen beers on tap, and house cocktails include the eponymous Bowery Electric (vodka, Midori and lemon juice) that ought to be a hit with the ladies. 327 Bowery between 2nd and 3rd Sts (212-228-0228) [Time Out]