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Since the news broke that the L Train's Canarsie Tunnel, which connects Manhattan to Brooklyn, could be shut down for years for repairs, folks have been wondering what this will really mean for commuters, business owners and residents who rely on the L every day. Well, the data company CartoDB have released some maps that are able to visualize what the transit situation will look like and, surprise, it doesn't look great. Via DNAInfo:

It would take 1,154 bus trips a day with departures every 1.5 minutes if the MTA is to come anywhere close to offering a reasonable alternative to the subway line, according to maps released by data company CartoDB.

They show that if the Canarsie tube is shut down for repairs -- an option being considered by the MTA -- the fastest a shuttle bus would be able to get from Bedford Ave., the last stop in Brooklyn, into Manhattan is under 20 minutes.

The research found that anyone living past the Grand Street stop -- the fourth Brooklyn station on the line -- would be better off using either the A train if they're near Broadway Junction or the M train at Myrtle Avenue than a shuttle bus.

"There's no way city streets can handle that much traffic," CartoDB map scientist Andy Eschbacher said.

"If there are shuttle buses, [the trip] isn't likely to be 20 minutes."

One of the maps, showing ease of access to alternate routes to manhattan, is below and there is a whole lot more dizzying detail over at CartoDB.

Unsurprisingly, business owners along the L line -- especially those near the now affluent Bedford Ave. stop in Williamsburg -- are upset. There was a Town Hall meeting last night (1/28) at Brooklyn Bowl, and Eater was there:

A large emphasis of the meeting, which was co-hosted by a slew of elected officials and local bar and restaurant owners, was the impact a potential shutdown would have on the economy. "The businesses, quite honestly, will shut down," says Carlo Scissura, president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. "The people will move out of this vibrant neighborhood." Like with previous L train shutdowns, the MTA will likely have contingency plans, such as increasing G and M train service, but more buses and ferries will not be enough to counteract the economic impact of no L train, some say. "Until we know that there are no other options, we shouldn't even entertain that option," one small business owner argued.

The people in the group organizing around the issue, called The L Train Coalition, say they will be moving future meetings further down Brooklyn to include people from across the L train, including commuters and residents. They'll be sending another letter to the MTA with requests for more information, in concert with many of Brooklyn's elected officials. The turnout for the event shows just how much people care about the issue, Rosen says. "People are going to fight for it," he says. "We're going to keep pushing."

If you're interested, the next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 24, at the Swinging Sixties Senior Center (just off the Graham Ave stop) at 6:30 p.m.

Needless to say, stay tuned.

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L Train stop with Craig Finn ad
Craig Finn

Well here's very bad news for anyone who lives on the L line and likes to travel between Brooklyn and Manhattan: Gothamist reports that proposed (and much-needed) repairs to the Carnarsie Tube (the tunnel between the 1st Ave and Bedford Stops), which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, may mean shutting down service between the two boroughs, a process that could last years. They write:

Like the R train's Montague Tube, the L train's Canarsie Tube was flooded with saltwater and severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The Montague Tube was shut down and repaired in 13 months--one month and $58 million under budget--while riders found other ways to get to work.

The project to repair the Canarsie Tube is projected to take three years, and the MTA is considering shutting down service between Manhattan and Brooklyn entirely to get it done, according to MTA sources familiar with the initiative. In this scenario, Manhattan-bound L service would terminate at Bedford Avenue, the line's busiest station.

There's still some hope for those whose commutes will be affected by this though: "The MTA is planning on increasing M train service, adding two cars to G trains, and running a system of shuttle buses; the sources say that the tunnel work is slated to begin in late 2017."

There's still debate over what the best way to handle these repairs would be, but it seems inevitable that it won't be convenient for subway riders.

photo: Coheed & Cambria at Saint Vitus - 10/9/15 (via Sam Valorose)
Coheed and Cambria

Like many bands in the surrounding NYC-area (or even from further away than that), Nyack proggers Coheed & Cambria recently made a move to Brooklyn. Frontman Claudio Sanchez and his wife settled into an apartment in Park Slope, and he tells Team Rock that dealing with the new setting is what caused their new album The Color Before the Sun to be the band's first non-concept album:

One of the places we found ourselves was in an apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn. And coming from a country house in upstate New York, I kind of fell out of my comfort zone. I like to wake up very early, usually around five o'clock in the morning, as that's when I tend to be at my most creative.

In a country situation, in a house of our own out there in the woods, I can do that whenever I want. But in an apartment it just doesn't work out that way, and I found myself writing these songs later in the day when my neighbours were home. And I knew they could hear me because I could certainly hear them. So this sense of exposure started to leak into the execution of both the music and the lyrics.

I ended up thinking I had some sort of writer's block, because none of these songs fit into the formula that I was accustomed to with Coheed. For a second I almost thought of this record as a solo album, because I couldn't see a concept around it and a lot of things were happening in my life.

In that same interview, he mentions how the first song on the album, "Island," is centered on his new hometown:
"Island" is very much the beginning of the record. It opens with the sound of the Q Train going into Brooklyn, and that's the train that I would frequent when going in and out of Brooklyn into Manhattan. It's very much the beginning of my identity crisis when writing this record, too. I had a hard time writing songs in this new apartment - or at least I thought I did. And it's basically a song to my wife, saying that she needed to hear me and understand that it wasn't working for me. I needed to leave and get back to the country, and that's essentially what "Island" is about - just the apartment being too small, and the exposure being too much for me. When I started the song it was all on acoustic, and that was the beginning of this idea of the album being a solo effort. But we transformed it into a rocker, and the guitar at the beginning claws into the idea of distance and landscape, which I really didn't have being in that apartment. I was longing for space, and the opening guitar line is supposed to resonate that. Then the band comes in, and everything becomes tight and crunchy. Again, that's meant to be a musical representation of the chaos I was experiencing inside the space of that apartment.
Some of the first people to hear the song were actually a group of Park Slope kindergarteners. Before the record was out, Claudio performed the song on a sidewalk for the children earlier this month.

That song now has a music video, and true to its theme, it was filmed inside two different Park Slope subway stations (the 7th Ave station and Grand Army Plaza). That video premieres in this post. You can watch it below.

Update: They're playing the Theater at MSG with Glassjaw and Silver Snakes.

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Jeffrey Lewis

As New Yorkers who ever need to commute between Williamsburg and Manhattan surely know, the L train hasn't been running between those two boroughs on nights and weekends since late March. Luckily, it finally ends this Friday (5/22), but the struggle has been real for almost two months and Jeffrey Lewis feels it too. He's recorded a new song called "Train Song" which isn't a Vashti Bunyan cover, but an ode to the pain inflicted on us by the MTA with a chorus of "No L, no L, no L, no L, the MTA fucked us and made our lives hell." Nod along in agreement below...

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Intrusions on the NYC Subway, be it acrobats, mariachi bands, panhandlers or somebody eating a full meal with knife and fork beside you, are usually met by looking the other way. When it came to a Subway evangelist spouting homophobic hatespeech on an M Train on Tuesday (11/5), Lea DeLaria -- aka Big Boo on Orange Is the New Black -- spoke up. Or specifically, began to sing, leading the car through a rendition of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall." When that didn't shut him up, she went shout-for-shout with him for several stops, telling the preacher "You're part of the reason America's in trouble." Check out video (via Gothamist) below...

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Recently in a NYC subway, British artist Chris Shen filmed a member of local dance group W.A.F.F.L.E. doing their thing in the middle of a moving Q train. Video of that has surfaced online and can be watched below without fear of getting accidentally kicked in the face. The song they're dancing to is actually an unreleased track by NYC producer FaltyDL (who you can spot watching them on the right by the door). Check it out below.

Meanwhile, FaltyDL also has a number of international dates coming up as well as a North American tour with Bonobo in September. Unfortunately no NYC shows scheduled for now, but it shouldn't be too long before he plays his hometown again. All dates are listed, with that subway video, below...

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by Wyatt Marshall


Perhaps you've seen him at the Bedford L stop, dragging a baby doll attached to a marionette control rod along the platform or shaking something that looks a whole lot like the remnants of a dead animal in the face of an unsuspecting straphanger. His name is Kalan Sherrard, and, as Gothamist's short documentary about him confirms, that that thing probably is, indeed, a dead animal.

Of all the bizarre things you can stumble across in New York's subways, Kalan's performance art is up there in terms of weirdness. It's also pretty fascinating -- I've only ever seen him at the Bedford L, and his act is a creepy, sexualized and nonsensical affair that Kalan describes as a "non-narative, nihilist, anarchist puppet show about literary theory." His performance relies heavily on found items and he makes things out of garbage and dead animals, and there's often contact between Kalan and the crowd that inevitably assembles around him. In the video, a woman pours a drink into his mouth and he makes mention of people making out with him.

The short doc is part of Gothamist's No Your City series and shows Kalan drinking from discarded cups in trashcans and performing his act down in the Bedford station. (Gotta commend him on what looked like a super smooth MetroCard swipe.) If you ever run into Kalan, enjoy the show, but the video provides a valuable piece of information -- Kalan basically hates photography and says he'll harass people who take a snapshot and then walk away.

Gothamist's short video isn't the first time Kalan's gotten press -- he's been on the cover of New York Magazine in the past, has been featured in the Village Voice, and he appeared in coverage of Occupy Wall Street both on The Colbert Report and in Bloomberg. He was also arrested on April 6 in Times Square and charged with disorderly conduct for creating a hazardous condition -- The New York Daily News has an account and video. The News put the arrest in the context of new Police Commissioner Bill Bratton's crackdown on subway performers -- at the time of his arrest, transit police had arrested 416 people for panhandling or peddling so far this year, compared with 154 during the same time period the year before.

Watch the Gothamist video and an older Village Voice video about Kalan below...

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David Bowie

There's already one video, made on the cheap, for the James Murphy remix of David Bowie's "Love Is Lost," and now, like James/David's pals in Arcade Fire did with "Reflektor," a second video has been made. This one, directed by Barnaby Roper (Futureheads, Moby), came out today (via VICE) and it can be watched below. It's on the NSFW side, mind you.

In other news, James Murphy wants NYC subways to be a little more musical. Reports Huffington Post:

In an interview with Chicago radio station WBEZ, Murphy explained a little about his thought process and why he thinks that incorporating music into the already very noisy subway is so important. "I want to make every station in New York have a different set of dominant keys," he said. "So that people when they grow up, later on in life, will hear a piece of music and be like, 'Oh that's Union Square.'"

Murphy wants a note to play every time a commuter walks through a turnstile.The most musical parts of the day would of course be rush hour when large crowds of people are walking through the turnstiles, causing many different chords to echo through the stations.

"Each line would be a piece," said Murphy. "The green line would go through different chords and when they intersected with other lines that would change that station."

Watch the new Bowie video below...

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Governors Ball 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Governors Ball

It's rare that a NYC music festival pulls it off, but Governors Ball may do just that this weekend (6/7-9) on Randall's Island (NOT Governors Island). The fest, already basically sold out (I say "basically" because it went back on sale last minute), will feature headlining sets from Kings of Leon, Guns N Roses (who also play Brooklyn Bowl first), and Kanye West, and the rest of the lineup is pretty impressive too (check out our Spotify playlist.) The weather for this weekend isn't looking so hot, but what I'm more concerned about is what is the best way to actually get there.

Events that take place on foreign lands like Governors Island and Randall's Island (this one is on Randall's Island, but is named after Governors Island, where it took place its first year) always present a challenge in terms of transportation. Driving wouldn't be such a bad idea (three-day parking passes are sold out, but single day passes are still available), but it'd be nice to take a more environmentally friendly route (and I don't have a car). So as a New Yorker who loves convenience, and loves to complain, I'm trying to figure out which mode of public transportation is going to cause the least amount of headaches.

Obviously the most environmentally friendly way is walking/bicycling, which you can do across the 103rd St. Footbridge, which re-opened in June 2012. You can easily get there from the 4/6 trains or the M15 bus, and it's about a 20 minute walk across (857 feet). You can also walk across the RFK bridge from Manhattan, the Bronx, or Queens. More info on both of those routes is at Randall's Island's website.

On a normal day, going to Randall's Island is probably pretty easy by taking the M35 bus which runs there from the NW corner of 125th St. and Lexington Ave. Though for this weekend, being that it's Governors Ball, you would instead take the X80 Special Events bus, which leaves from the same location and has an increased fare of $10. Transfer is available from the Lexington Avenue 4, 5, or 6 trains at 125th Street. But that might end up getting really crowded during a music festival - not to mention it's out of the way for many, which is why Governors Ball is also providing other (more expensive) ways of transportation for festival-goers.

One option they provide is taking the Manhattan Ferry, which departs from and returns to 34th St. and FDR Drive. The ferries run continuously throughout the day. If you're not walking distance, your best bet might be to get to the ferry terminal by bus. 3-day passes ($50) and single-day passes ($20) for roundtrip ferry tickets are available.

UPDATE: Maybe not that surprisingly,reports from rainy day one say the ferry and shuttle were long line disasters.

Another, slightly more expensive (but maybe more convenient?) option is the Brooklyn Shuttle, which leaves from Williamsburg venue Brooklyn Bowl. The best way to get Brooklyn Bowl if you don't live close enough to walk is probably the L or G trains. 3-day passes ($60) and single-day passes ($25) for the the shuttle are also available.

What do you think works the best? What's worked best for you in the past? Let's discuss.


Earlier this morning we posted that the MTA had planned for the L Train to be down during the weekend of The Northside Festival (June 15 - 17) and that a number of politicians -- including Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz -- had sent a letter asking them to reconsider. It worked, as the MTA has moved the L Train service outage to the following weekend (June 22 - 24). The L Train will still, however, be down (8th Ave to Lorimer Stop in Williamsburg) on Memorial Day Weekend (May 25 - 27). Shuttle buses across the Williamsburg bridge and augmented M14 bus service will be available.

UPDATE: The L Train WILL run during Northside Fest after all.

Grumpy Cat

As you may know, the Northside Festival is returning to Brooklyn from June 13 to 20, which is a great thing because it means tons of great bands like Swans, Kylesa, Merchandise, Solange, Phosphorescent, Mac DeMarco, White Fence, and many more will be taking over various Brooklyn venues making for one crazy week. But apparently for this year's Northside Festival, the sweet isn't without the bitter.

We already mentioned that Williamsburg venue Public Assembly will be closed most of this summer, forcing a handful of Northside shows to find new locations. And we've now just learned via Gothamist that the MTA is planning to shut down L Train service the weekend of Northside Festival for maintenance. It will also be closed Memorial Day Weekend (May 25 - 27).

A number of NYC politicians teamed up to ask the MTA to reschedule the shutdowns. You can read that letter in full below.

UPDATE: The letter was a success. The L Train WILL run during Northside Fest after all.

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Kaki King at MoMA in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Kaki King

As mentioned, Kaki King is about to go on a short tour that brings her to NYC for two shows (early and late) on April 25 at Mercury Lounge. For the early show, she'll be performing solo and playing her 2003 debut, Everybody Loves You, in full, and the late show will be a full band show. Tickets for both shows and full night passes are still available.

But even sooner than that, Kaki will celebrate her roots by busking at the 6th Ave & 14th St Subway station on the downtown F line on 3 PM this Saturday (4/20). If for whatever reason the location changes, she will tweet the new spot.

Kaki also recently posted a letter to her facebook about the upcoming Mercury Lounge shows, which is not only where she's celebrating the 10th anniversary of Everybody Loves You, but also where she did the original CD release party for it back in 2002. Kaki also worked there as a waitress that same year. Read the whole letter, along with the list of remaining tour dates, below...

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

MTA Headbanger

One of the great, but also terrible, things about NYC is the plethora of music that surrounds you... every street corner, bodega, blasting out of your neighbors earbuds and thumping through your walls. If you're anything like me, you have probably seen plenty of amateur vocalists and MCs singing along to songs on the train. But how many times have you seen someone RAGE OUT to a song, headbanging furiously, air drumming, singing, and guitar playing... and keep it up for ELEVEN MINUTES. (Probably even longer, this video is edited.) Check out video of that below.

Ah, the power of metal. Eat your heart out Waxahatchee.

UPDATED I guess the joke's on me... he's singing along to Black Veil Brides (thx Doug?)

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The L train earlier this week...(via MTA's Flickr)
The L Train

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.

L Train

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...

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photo via shaka_lulu
G Train

The MTA reports that "After working around the clock for days and testing systems all night, the first G trains for passengers started rolling at 8:55 am." Still no L though.

The Holland Tunnel is now also open to all traffic again.

Pumping out the L Train tunnels, 11/5/2012 (via MTA's Flickr)
Flooded L Train

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.

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]

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:
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.

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(via @yesidid70)

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the MTA's subway, bus and commuter rail services will be free for today and tomorrow, to encourage the use of mass transit as the region slowly recovers from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.

The free service began just after midnight Thursday and will last until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, and will allow for free rides on the NYC Subway and Bus network, Long Island Rail Road, and Metro-North Railroad. Free travel will also be available on Access-a-Ride.

"The gridlock we experienced yesterday shows that the New York metropolitan region is in a transportation emergency," Governor Cuomo said. "To get people out of their cars and onto mass transit, I immediately authorized the MTA to suspend transit fares through the end of the work week."

So buses and subways are today (11/1) and Friday (11/2), and all reports on TV show this system currently running smoothly.

Of course, it doesn't do you much good if you live (or need to get to) below 34th St in Manhattan as power is still out. But ConEd has just announced that they hope power in NYC will be restored everywhere by Friday or Saturday.

Some subway lines, like the G and the Q, aren't running at all. Buses, however, are up and running on a mostly regular schedule. A map of the current Subway situation is here and NY1 has details on the myriad MTA service changes.

And LaGuardia airport reopened (the last of the NYC airports to do so after Sandy hit) this morning after being closed since 10/29. Flights began arriving at 7 AM this morning.

Meanwhile a lot of events are still being cancelled. Check out our list of things not happening tonight (11/1).


Governor Cuomo is talking to press as we speak. The Daily News summarizes:

Gov. Cuomo announced that limited commuter rail service on Metro North and the Long Island Rail Road will begin at 2 p.m. today--and some subway service will follow tomorrow.

The subway service, he said, will be supplemented by a "bus bridge" from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

While he didn't specifically say which lines will be back up, he did explain that there will be no service in Manhattan below 34th Street because there is no power for that service.

Bus service is back up and running fully today in the city, he said.

Meanwhile, three of the seven East River tunnels have been pumped and are free of service.

More service will be up and running " on a day to day basis," he said.

Cuomo appealed for continued "patience and tolerance" from New Yorkers.

NY1 says the subways most likely to come back soon are 4, 5, 2, 3 and F. Least likely: R, A, C, L, and 7. But they also point out things will be rerouted, and we don't really know exactly what they'll do yet.

UPDATE, Pat Kiernan says Subways open Thursday:
1,2 train north of 42nd Street, 4 north of 42 and btw Borough Hall and New Lots
5 train in Brooklyn, 42nd St Shuttle
A train in two sections - 34th to 168th and Jay St to Lefferts
D train in two sections: 34th to 205th and Atlantic to Bay Parkway
F train in two sections: 34th/Herald Sq to 179th in Queens and in Brooklyn from Jay to Ave X.
J train between Jamaica and Hewes.
L train only between Broadway Junction and Rockaway Park.
M between Myrtle and Metropolitan, N between Ditmars (Queens) and Herald Square.
R in Brooklyn btw Jay St and 95th Street.
Special 'Bridge Buses" Thursday: Atlantic Ave to 57/Lex, Jay St to 57/Lex and Hewes to 57/Lex.
No service of any kind on Thursday: 3, 7, B, C, E, G, Q.

We'll keep you posted on all related NYC show cancellations (Halloween show cancellations here).

(via @johnboy201)

UPDATE: Mayor Bloomberg estimates that it will be a "good 4 or 5 days" before the subway system is back, according to CBS.

As you may have heard, it might be a while before the subways are up and running again...

"The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night," Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota said in a statement.

"Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region," he said. "It has brought down trees, ripped out power and inundated tunnels, rail yards and bus depots."

Access to Manhattan was crippled.

All seven subway tunnels under the East River are flooded. The Metro-North Railroad, which carried commuters to suburbs north of Manhattan, is without power. Service on PATH trains, which ferry commuters from New Jersey under the Hudson River, has been suspended. [CNN]

Pretty much everything in NYC was cancelled Sunday, Monday, and tonight (10/30), but now that Hurricane Sandy has left its effect on the city it's difficult to say when things will be running as usual.

Did everyone stay safe during the storm?


Whoever told you that jaded New Yorkers act cool around celebrties, lied. Watch the YouTube video of Jay-Z commuting from Manhattan to his final Barclays Center show on Saturday, below...

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Sunday is the 11th Annual No Pants Subway Ride. It starts at 3pm and more details can be found at Improv Everywhere's website. Video below...

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Faith No More @ Williamsburg Waterfront - Friday, June 2nd (via my phone)
Faith No More

**Due to MTA construction there is no L Train service between 8 Ave, Manhattan and Myrtle-Wykcoff Aves, Brooklyn**

Here are 3 alternate options to get to the Williamsburg Waterfront from Manhattan:

-Take the 7 Train to 45th/Court House Square and then transfer to the G Train at 23 Street-Ely Avenue, then take the Brooklyn Bound G Train to Nassau Ave.

-Take the J, Z, or M Train to Marcy and there are shuttle busses to Bedford Ave, or it is a short walk to the venue
-Take the E Train to 23 Street-Ely Avenue and Transfer to the G Train to Nassau Ave

In Brooklyn take the M to Marcy Ave, or take the G train to Nassau Ave. There are also shuttle busses running along the L line beginning at Myrtle-Wycoff and ending at Lorimer St. From the Lorimer stop, walk west down Metropolitan to North 6th St. (under the BQE). Continue west to Kent Ave. and go two blocks north to North 8th St.

That info via the MTA is important to note if you're heading to Williamsburg Waterfront tonight, July 5th, to see Faith No More, James Chance and comedian Neil Hamburger.

If you were at the same venue on Friday night, July 2nd, then you probably know that Faith No More played a 2-encore, 20-song set that ended with "We Care a Lot", included "Epic" but not "Falling to Pieces", "The Real Thing", "Zombie Eaters", "War Pigs" or "Edge of the World". It also included, like the rest of the tour, an opening cover of "Reunited", and unlike Coachella, their cover of "Easy".

One night later in Philly they switched things up a bit. Brooklyn got a Bee Gees cover on Friday. Philly, like Coachella, got the Jackson 5's "Ben". Both nights got Vangelis to kick off the encore, but Philly only got one encore (no "We Care a Lot" for them at all).

Not counting his little son that he brought up (aka embarrassed) on stage, Rahzel played completely solo during his opening set on Friday. Mike Patton didn't join him and he didn't later join Faith No More... like he did in Philly for "Chinese Arithmetic".

A full set of pictures from the Brooklyn show is coming soon. Meanwhile the Brooklyn and Philly setlists, and some videos, are below...

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photos by Ryan Barkan

freelance whales

They reportedly played 2 and 1/2 songs before being shut down by cops around 6:30pm on Tuesday. UPDATE: The cops actually just made them move near to the Driggs entrance where they played 4 or 5 more songs.

More pictures from the Williamsburg show below...

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Freelance Whales @ Bowery Ballroom - Feb. 18th (more by Sarahana)
Freelance Whales

Freelance Whales played last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Shout Out Louds. Pictures from that are on the way. Tonight (3/2) you can catch the Whales busking on the Bedford Avenue L train platform, where they plan to go on at 6pm.

Freelance Whales also have plenty of tour dates coming up, including SXSW, where one of their shows will be the Mom+Pop/Frenchkiss Records showcase (with Local Natives, Antlers and others) at Galaxy Room on Friday, March 19th.

They come back from the road for an April 13th show at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to that are still on sale.

A bit of their busking at Bedford Ave, recorded in 2009, is posted below...

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