Williamsburg

Review: Crystal Jukebox Hymn at Glasshouse

"Crystal Jukebox Hymn" at Glasshouse ArtLifeLab ©Anthony Farina

“I consider myself a poet first and a musician second,” said Bob Dylan, “I’ll live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.” Through a captivating performance of Crystal Jukebox Hymn, which was devised from Dylan’s book of experimental prose and poetry Tarantula (1966), his words found new life this past weekend at Glasshouse in Williamsburg. Continue reading

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Happening Now: I Fell in Love With “Summer Love” at The Front Room Gallery

"Summer Love" on view now at The Front Room Gallery ©The Front Room

It all started with Frida and Diego, Burton and Taylor, Lee Miller and Man Ray. Artists influence each other, destroy each other, love passionately. Out of all this, creating is born. Partners in crime. Partners in life. Dali signed his paintings with his and his beloved’s name. It is said that she saved him from his own misery, “it is mostly with your blood, Gala, that I paint my pictures.” That’s what immediately came to mind when I saw the The Front Room Gallery group show “Summer Love”—a sudden, sensual, and very intimate feeling. Butterflies or maybe cramps, soft knees and sweaty lips, blurred vision & intoxication. Continue reading

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New Must-Try Spot: Cherry Izakaya Opens in Williamsburg

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Cherry Izakaya Bar

A new Japanese restaurant opened in Williamsburg on Friday. And pay attention because it’s most likely going to be one of the hottest dining spots of the summer.

Cherry Izakaya, (138 N 8th) is the hip younger sibling of the swanky Cherry at Dream Downtown. The ‘Izakaya’ part of the name comes from the term for a Japanese bar serving small plates of food usually meant for sharing. Continue reading

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A Sidewalk Sale to Benefit Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue – Tomorrow (7/19)

Local dog rescue, Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, is hosting a fundraising sidewalk sale this Saturday, July 19th from 11am to 4pm outside of the Shoe Market at N. 6th St and Bedford Ave. Badass Couture will feature a curated selection of vintage and gently-used clothing, Badass merchandise, and of course adorable and adoptable doggies. All proceeds go towards the rescue, who rescue dogs from high-kill shelters in the southern U.S. and get them adopted into loving, New York homes.

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Happening Now: “Automonuments” at Simon/Neuman² Gallery

Untitled (close up), 2010, Digital C print, 30 x 45 © Niv Rozenberg

Writing of Manhattan at the end of the 20th century, the architect Rem Koolhaas described a new kind of monument, one “available for meaning as a billboard is for advertisement:” Continue reading

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Let’s Go Running: North Brooklyn Edition + Cannolis!

Path Into Newtown Creek Nature Walk

If you live in Brooklyn and run, chances are you spend quite a bit of time exploring the streets. If you’re new to the area, need a new running route or want to compare notes, here are a few of my favorite running routes in North Brooklyn.

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Music Review: Adidas “Final Draft” Party ft. A$AP Ferg

A$AP Ferg performing at The Villian for The Final Draft Party ©Laura Weyl

This past Monday, June 23rd, a massive line assembled in the middle of the day, coiling around a seemingly abandoned warehouse by the water on North 3rd Street in Williamsburg—a crowd so colorful, stylish, and vociferous that bystanders couldn’t help but take photos and ask what was going on, to which they were answered with too-cool indifference. Continue reading

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The Art World Near You—A Weekend Adventure in Brooklyn

Art by New York Graffiti Artist Col Wallnuts ©Stephen M. Kelley, Jr.

Brooklyn has the art that will move you this weekend. Or, at least get you out of the apartment. This Friday, June 27, head over to Beloved for the opening party of the next Concrete Canvas art & photography series (6pm), featuring artists Col Wallnuts and Choice Royce. On Saturday, June 28, artist Dan Springer will be present for the opening of his show “Sketchbook Stuff” at Tar Pit Coffee Shop (7pm). And, Sunday, June 29, is your last day to catch “Frequencies” at Rekover Projects, a solo show with Brooklyn painter Christopher Dunlap. Go! Go! Go!

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The Art World Near You—A Weekend Adventure in Greenpoint

Monte Antrim: promotional card for group art show "Both Sides of the Pulaski," 2010.

Summertime in the city, and Brooklyn is full of places to explore. Today, go to Brouwerij Lane to have a beer and check out Monte Antrim‘s neighborhood-friendly opening (6pm).  On Friday, stop by Java Studios Gallery for Katerina Ganchak‘s opening of delicate glassworks & paintings, “Just Feel” (6pm). On Saturday, drop by the Brooklyn Artists Alliance for Jason Roy‘s first solo-exhibition opening “NO (A Masterless Universe)” (7pm). Or, have a conversation with Jean-Pierre Gorin at Light Industry (7pm). Get lost in the streets but find yourself in the art.

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Assembly Passes Series of Tenants’ Rights for Out Of Control Rents in Brooklyn

Greenpoint Waterfront © Wikipedia

The rent is too damn high! We hear this phrase as a catch-all these days, ad nauseum, to describe New York City’s hostile housing situation. But cost of living in this city is no joke – the rent really is just too damn high for most of us. And there’s no end in sight, with rents averaging over $3,000 per month while the average income is dropping. Continue reading

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