By Gina

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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The New Kosciuszko, Lobster Crack Rolls, & Greenpoint-Inspired Tunes– The Hook Up 7/11

Kosciuszko of the FUTURE

The new Koscuiszko Bridge renderings have been released and they look pretty goddamn sleek. For a cool $770 million, they very well should.  Meanwhile there’s some concern about crossing the current bridge, which has been deemed “structurally unsound,” with a lifespan of only 3 more years.

In foodie news, a new crepe shop just opened on Manhattan Ave. The owner chose Greenpoint because, in his words: “They were asking me to pay $25,000 a month to rent a space in Williamsburg,” said Grzedzica. “You’d have to make cocaine in your basement to afford that kind of rent.”

Maybe that’s what the folks at Littleneck are doing to fund their new outpost at 128 Franklin… lobster rolls are almost as expensive (if not more so?) than crack/cocaine.

And the new restaurants keep on comin.’ Pasar Malam, a new Malasian “night market-inspired” restaurant is opening at 208 Grand Street, adding one more cuisine variety to North Brooklyn.

And in other edible content, the Daily News has some mouthwatering local breakfast recommendations. Continue reading

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Public Pools, Church Condos, & VICE’s $$$ – The Hook Up (6/27)

Head on over to your nearest swimmin' hole, 'cause all 55 New York City pools open today.

 
A 21-year-old jumped off the Kent and N. 1st Street pier around 5am on Thursday and was immediately carried away by the current. Police are continuing to search the water for him. Although the East River often looks calm, it has deceivingly fast moving currents and swiftly changing tides that can push swimmers north at a rapid rate of approx. 1.5 nautical mph.

The recent White Lung show at St. Vitus witnessed a pretty epic mosh pit, complete with beer throwing, flower smashing, and some “undirected air punches” from the crowd.

Is it sacrilegious to convert your local historic church into a condo? WNYC & DNA Info investigate. See St. Vincent De Paul on North 6th, which is now the “Spire Lofts.”

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Sinkholes, L Train Rents, & the Invasion of the Chain Gyms– The Hook Up 6/20

It’s like India Jones out there, guys. A 6-foot sinkhole opened up on Driggs and Metropolitan on Wednesday, to the horror of passerby’s. Thankfully, CBS had a live chopper that had no where better to be.

Audi has installed a massive LED scoreboard on the shores of Greenpoint, using the World Cup as an opportunity to make their company more appealing to hip Brooklynites…has anyone seen this thing?

On the subject of the ol’ waterfront, more affordable housing was just approved at 145 and 155 West Street, as part of a new 39-story mixed-use development.

The New York Post says that “hipsters” are “hijacking” Brooklyn juries because they are well-educated and confident (serious over generalization??). They’re calling it the “Williamsburg Effect,” which leads juries to rule against defendants, and place more trust on police.  Continue reading

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Shrunken Heads, Quooklyn, & More G Train – The Hook Up 6/13

Just another neighborhood skull collector, © Time Out NY

This bone collector lives just around the corner, as does his creepy collection of deformed cats. He also has a preserved monkey, a 2,000 year old mummy head, and an a “two-bodied pig”, which he “pickled” himself. Still have your appetite?

WTF is Quooklyn? One New York Times writer ventured to Ridgewood and coined a horrible new term.

Good (and rare) transportation news. G train service will increase by 25% during afternoon rush hour. Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Weirdly Awesome Indie Band Names

Unicorn Hard-on, catalogued in the dirty weird sex category, obviously.

Over many months of cataloging North Brooklyn concerts for our weekly event round-up, I began to notice some trends in band naming. Now I’m certain there are many a list of popular and/or obscure baby names, but I have yet to see one quite like this.

So in honor of Northside Festival and Brooklyn indie music in general, I decided to break down the weirdest band names I’ve come across into some helpful encyclopedic categories. All of these bands have passed through Brooklyn at some point in their careers and each and every one have something else in common: a really bad ass/bizarre or just plain disgusting name. Bon appetite! Here are the winning bands:

MYSTICAL FUSION ANIMALS
Dinowalrus
Shark Muffin
Shark?
Desert Sharks
Pussywolf (This wolf either lives in a vagina or is part worlf/part vagina. Both are gross.)
GOASTT i.e. Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
Exclamation Pony Continue reading

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Catch the World Cup at Picture Farm!

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Every four years, Williamsburg & Greenpoint come alive in microcosmic fashion. Its residents, from all over the planet, ritually watching and enjoying, arguing and dancing, crying and screaming, for one very intense hot-summer month, consuming every single game of the World Cup.

If you’re still in search of a perfect spot to watch the battle in action, we have just the place. Picture Farm is showing every single game for the entire month. Hand-painted flags of all 32 countries already line the gallery walls, which will also be home to an inetractive wood team bracket, to measure the race to the goal.

So come one, come all! Rsvp here and check the official 2014 World Cup schedule for viewing times.

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Fantastique French Film Screenings in Transmitter Park this Summer

Still from Le Magnifique

 

Good news for all you francophiles out there– Films on the Green, the classic free summer movie series from the French Embassy and Parks & Rec, is hosting two nights of cinema in Transmitter Park this Summer. So get ready for some subtitled drama au Francais. What could be better than some French wine, cheese, and films on a balmy summer evening? C’est superb!

Here’s the sched: 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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Go Green Greenpoint! This Saturday 6/7

Go Green Greenpoint was the first Earth Day Festival to stake its ground in North Brooklyn back in 2008. The festival works with schools, community groups, and environmentalists to spread awareness about green space.  This year, the event will also feature recycling for electronics, books, clothes and toys, as well as yoga, wellness/fitness classes, enviro-friendly merchandise, live music and dance performances.

It’s all going down this Saturday 6/7 from noon-5pm in McCarren park. More info here!

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