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Brooklyn’s Katy Perry, Gentrification Thoughts, & de Blasio on Colbert–The Hook Up 7/18

Catey Shaw is Brooklyn's own Katy Perry knock off #livinthedream

 

If you want to be irritated, watch this cringe-worthy music video, which is basically a knock off of California Girls, sung by a party girl who dances around Williamsburg in a Nets hat.

Bill de Blasio played it cool with Colbert this week and denied being a socialist (even though we all know he’s a communist spy infiltrating the city to spread universal pre-K).

Both GIRLS and Boardwalk Empire are shooting in the hood today.  Speaking of which, have you heard of Film Complaint 11222? Local resident, Rolf Carl, is Greenpoint’s own film shoot monitoring vigilante, removing tape from irresponsible crews and keeping 311 on speed dial.

The NY Times finally publishes a thoughtful piece on gentrification from a writer who has lived in Brooklyn since the 70′s.  Continue reading

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Democratic Convention Hosted by Brooklyn?

Whaddup BK

Mayor de Blasio proposed a fantastic idea last week– to host the next Democratic Convention in where else, but the hippest fucking place in America. Yes, I’m talking about Billy’s (and our) home borough.

The spot where the convention is proposed to be held is none other than the glossy monolith that signals shiny new Brooklyn, the Barclays Center.

The NY Times, which always likes to make sweeping generalizations about youth culture, called Brooklyn “a cradle of the resurgent left that has morphed from a symbol of the working class into a gritty, global arbiter of cool.”

Where not sure what “coolness” has to do with the DNC, but there are a hell of a lot of liberals here, perhaps too many, as some have suggested.  The location would be a departure from holding the convention in swing states like Florida and Colorado. Madison Square Garden has hosted 4 Democratic conventions and one Republican one, but this would be the first time that the major political event would be held in an outer borough, if selected. Continue reading

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Landlord Won’t Let Lulu’s Be Gay

This bar just wants to come out of the closet. © Lulu's

We found out over the weekend that John McGillion, the owner of Lulu’s, is suing his landlord, Guard General Merchandise Corp, for not allowing him to turn the establishment into a gay bar. McGillion told the Post that gay-ifying the bar would boost his customer base and raise profits, allowing him to survive in the now quite competitive Greenpoint nightlife market.

But apparently the lease has a specific homophobic clause forbidding this: “The leased Premises shall be used by Tenant as a restaurant and bar. It shall not be used for adult entertainment and shall not be operated as a gay or lesbian bar and/or restaurant.” Just the grouping of “adult entertainment” and “gay bar” is ridiculous/offensive, but so is including this level of discrimination in a legal document. What if the lease prohibited the bar from catering to blacks or Jews? Imagine that outrage that would cause. Continue reading

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Raekwon + Beard Transplants – The Hook Up (2/28)

Fox News Interviews "Hipsters" About Their Beards (this is real life)

This week in local news…..

Raekwon showed up at a Williamsburg fried chicken restaurant to rap abut ice cream.

Building owners are cheating the system by advertising “affordable” housing on obscure government websites that no one can actually find.  And the online applications are only in English, making it more difficult for non-native speakers.  The most recent case is at 59 Orient Ave in Williamsburg, the past home of the Kate Winslet’s character in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind (random trivia fact to keep in your back pocket). (The Brooklyn Paper)

A guy in Williamsburg built a 1600 sq foot home out of shipping containers and other found materials at 351 Keap Street. Another shipping container condo building, albeit a fancier “luxury” one is being assembled at 2 Monitor St.  (NY Times)

Would you drop $2 million for this “fisherman style” townhouse? (Curbed)

Brooklynites are taking over Berlin, one dance club at a time. (NY Times)

People paid $65 to do yoga and then eat silent dinner at EAT. That sounds all well and good but isn’t it a little pricey, not to mention sweaty before dinner?

The forthcoming Urban Outfitters in Williamsburg has been approved for its very own bar/restaurant, which Gothamist has dubbed “Urban Drunkfitters.”

Oh and you can pay $7,000 for a beard transplant. Yeah. Then Fox News picked up the story.

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C’mon James Murphy

© Byard Duncan

Dear James Murphy,

Your music’s swell and we know how much you enjoy a good cup o’ joe (yes, we did watch a feature-length documentary all about how f-ing cool you are and we liked it despite ourselves). But, listen James (can we call you Jimmy?), did you check the price tag on your own specialty coffee blend? It might not seem like a lot to you, seeing as how you sell out Madison Square Garden in like .5 seconds, but $26 is ABSURDLY overpriced for a bag of of coffee.  Anyone who spends that much on coffee doesn’t understand how commerce works and frankly, should retreat to their penthouse with a french press. Continue reading

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BEWARE the Gritty South!

My beard is more authentic. No, mine is!

 
Oh New York Times Style Section, how  you love to make generalizing statements about this mysterious land called Williamsburg, a mystical place where millennials and yuppies hold hands and dance on sparkling rainbows made of trust funds and artisanal cheese, where mustachio-d baristas mate with mixologists in industrial condos purchased with their parent’s pocket change.

First you dress up a reporter (a self-described “middle-aged avowed Manhattanite”)  in plaid and send him to purchase a $225 t-shirt and ride a fixed gear bicycle in search of the real Williamsburg experience (so real). Now you inform us that Grand Street is the Williamsburg equivalent of the Mason-Dixon line, cleaving the neighborhood into two: a sleek, moneyed “North Williamsburg” and a gritty, hyper-authentic “South Williamsburg.

Do you continue to publish these articles just to capitalize on the web traffic generated by people googling the word “Williamsburg”?

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RECIPE: SOUTHWEST SALAD REDUX

I love go-to recipes that are as easy as cutting out them of the newspaper. Growing up we always ate NY Times Stew, which was a stew recipe my Grandfather found in the 60s, which is still a weekly Sunday dinner item my Mom makes. Recently I came across this NY Times Southwest Sweet Potato Salad recipe and it’s now in the weekly meal rotation.

Any great recipe can be made with substitutions. It would be too complicated explain why, but we had 50lb of brussels sprouts and carrots that we were inventing ways to eat before they rotted. Instead of using roasted sweet potatoes in this recipe, I substituted roasted brussels sprouts and carrots and it was just as good, if not better! This is a salad that is hearty and you don’t get bored in the middle of eating it. Plus it is so easy to make!

Southwest Carrot & Brussels Sprouts Salad

Roast a bunch of carrots & brussels sprouts (or peeled sweet potatoes) in a pan coated in olive oil, salt and pepper at 425 degrees until tender. Set aside to cool.

Chop a red onion, a red pepper and a bunch of cilantro.

In a blender combine a few jalapeños, 1-2 limes, a few garlic cloves, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

In a big bowl combine the chopped red onions, red peppers, cilantro and roasted brussels sprouts and carrots, along with a can of drained black beans.

Cover in the jalapeño, lime, garlic dressing.

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