From large outdoor clubs to medium-sized rock n’ roll bars to tiny DIY venues to neighborhood staples that hosted local DJs, 2016 saw a lot of great spots disappear—and in an ultimate emo gutpunch, the closures happened right alongside the deaths of music legends David Bowie, Prince and George Michael. WTF 2016?!
If you’ve exited the Graham Avenue L station recently, a tiny newcomer tucked away next to the corner bodega and behind a knockout set of art deco doors may have caught your eye. Little King (749 Metropolitan Ave.) has been quietly open for the past several weeks, nestled inside an elfin den that actually feels like it’s just the right size. It’s perfectly cozy, and to those nearby should become a favorite neighborhood spot. Given Graham Avenue’s recently changing landscape—late October saw the closure of Oak Wine Bar, soon Daddy’s is shuttering (and we hear Mother’s is not far behind)—in addition to a handful of empty storefronts, the area could use an additional post-work friendly local joint to wind down in and meet up with friends. Or even a good place to meet a Tinder date—Little King’s style is dressed to impress yet worn and approachable, so it fits the first date bill.
Inside Little King—the timeless vintage interior impeccably designed by partner Christina Salway—you’ll find a careful selection of all natural and biodynamic wines, a full bar with classic-sounding yet original cocktails (The John Henry, The War Horse, The Stoddard, among others), and a tight bar food menu. Continue reading →
Northside Festival Showcase at Bar Matchless brought to you by Greenpointers, Supercrush, and Carabella! June 10th, 8PM, $7 @Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave)
Check out live performances by some of our favorite artists at one of our favorite local haunts! Line Up: Heliotropes, Very Fresh, Los Bronson, Secret Crush, Friend Roulette. Preview here and RSVP.
[sponsored] Northside Festival Presents: Unit J Record Label Launch Party June 9, 7pm, $5 House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave) Celebrate the launch of Unit J records with 19 different cool artists & videos made at Unit J.
WEDNESDAY 6/08 * Trans in the Indie Theater Scene @ Brick Theater (579 Metropolitan Ave) 5pm, FREE, A panel discussion led by Charles Battersby with Maybe Burke, Arrie Davidson, Francis Weiss Rabkin, and Kit Yan, More info ^ ASS: Antagonist Storytelling Series @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 8pm, FREE, Hear Calvin Cato, Justin Auslander, and Adam Selbst tell true stories of the worst things they’ve ever done on purpose, RSVP
THURSDAY 6/09 # Cleavage & Po-Pos Pop-Up @ Daddy’s (437 Graham Ave) 7pm, FREE, Diane Chang will be cooking Sichuan dishes while DJs Nina Bower Crooke, Ashlyn Ace, Kristin Malossi, and Nicole Nicole operate the decks, RSVP ♦ Macrame Wall-Hanging Workshop @ Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $100, Learn the basic knots necessary to create a wall hanging to take home, More info ♫ Gimme Tinnitus Northside Showcase @ Aviv (496 Morgan Ave) 7pm, $10, With Yonatan Gat / Grooms / Crown Larks / Zula / THICK, and more, Buy tix
* Handmade Treasures Pop Up @ Daddy’s (435 Graham Ave) Saturday 3/8 at 1pm, Free, shop knits, jewelry, ceramics, and scarves, plus get a custom Tim Harrington (of Les Savy Fav) illustration of your spirit animal, there will also be custom pet portraits and custom knit patches (bring your fav digital image to be converted into a knit), with wares from Glitterlimes (real fruit and candy jewelry!) / Muffy brandt (hand-printed leggings, tops, and bags) / Andrew Almone (a.k.a the KNIT MASTER) / Juniortown Knits (hand-dyed yarn) / Jule Van Such (digital prints on silk scarves) / Jena Derman (Executive Sous Chef at Momofuku Milk Bar who creates amazing pastry-like ceramics) / Wowch, with DJ Knife Fight spinning 45s, RSVP
♦Illustration Workshop @ The Living Gallery (1094 Broadway, Bushwick) 4-6pm, Free, Learn the core basics of buildling shapes, images and characters, this week the theme is the classic Greek tale, RSVP
* Steampunk Tea Party @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, $15 suggested donation, Join author Gail Carriger for a reading, discussion and book signing from her Protectorate literature series, prizes awarded to best steampunk costume, RSVP
♦ Artists’ Reception and Ash Wednesday Worship @ Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St) 7-10pm, Free, Explore this local collection of artwork modeled on the Stations of the Cross, RSVP
* Seasonal Home Store Pop-Up @ Home of the Brave (67 West St, #416) 6pm, Free, Have a drink while previewing the home store of independent designers, curated by Wolves Within, RSVP
♦ 60, The Collective Part 2 Art Show @ The Walk Way, Rebar (147 Front St, Dumbo) 7pm, Curators Frankie Velez and Craig Anthony Miller gather 60 artists to create 12” x 12” works, DJ’d by AnaMated, More Info
On Saturday 3/8, venture over to Daddy’s (435 Graham Avenue) for a pop-up shop curated by Debbie Tuch, creator of the jewelry line Glitterlimes. Shoppers can find artisanal goods such as Muffy Brandt printed leggings and tops, Tim Harrington (of Les Savy Fav) illustrations, Andrew Salome knits, Jena Derman ceramics, Julie Van Such digital print scarves, Junior Town Knits hand-dyed yarn straight from Los Angeles, Wowch clothing, and of course, Glitterlimes.
DJ Knife Fight will be spinning pre-Beatles rock and there will be drinks on hand.