Before, it served two purposes. You came to Sunshine Laundromat and Pinball because you either wanted to do your laundry, or you wanted to play a machine from the incredible collection of pinball. Or, of course, you wanted to hang out with the owner Peter and his awesome lab Choco.
Now, you’ll have so many more reasons. Sunshine, in case you haven’t noticed while walking past on your bleary-eyed morning stumble to Upright, has got a brand new bag. Continue reading →
There’s something about the segment of Driggs Avenue between N 10th and N 11th streets that attracts a different type of business from other blocks in the area.
First came Fushimi, a super-sized, super-shiny sushi joint that boasts the lingering spirit of a 90s lounge bar. Now, on the opposite side of the street there has sprung up a new mega-restaurant called MP Taverna, the fourth in a string of Greek establishments of the same name, spear-headed by celebrity chef Michael Psilakis.
Psilakis has become known for his appearances on a host of cooking shows such as Iron Chef America and Ultimate Recipe Showdown, but his real kudos came about in 2008 when a Michelin star was awarded to Anthos, an upmarket restaurant he started in midtown Manhattan.
Seven years on and Psilakis is bringing his celebrated Greek food to Brooklyn. Less high-end than Anthos, MP Taverna aims to provide a contemporary take on the traditional Greek tavern, with a focus on mezze dishes that can be shared family style.
Next door to MP Taverna is Psilakis’ next venture called ‘The Hall Brooklyn‘, a giant events venue whose recent opening heralded a flashy party, complete with cordoned-off entrance line and bouncers with earpieces. Continue reading →
We are very excited to announce that the Brooklyn Night Bazaar will open at it’s new location in Greenpoint, beginning Friday, November 1st at 6PM. Admission is free!
Inspired by the night markets across Asia, Brooklyn Night Bazaar is back and now it has a permanent home! The Brooklyn Night Bazaar will bring together more than 100 of New York City’s most creative independent vendors, musicians, chefs, artists, breweries and wineries. The combined night market, art fair, food festival and music venue will take place every Friday and Saturday night starting November 1st. The Night Bazaar will be held at 165 Banker Street, between Norman and Meserole Avenues at a 24,000 sf warehouse with large-scale light installations and an A/V performance venue designed by Nuit Blanche New York (NBNY).
This year, a host of media, music blogs and record labels will take the reigns of music curation, including Gothamist, BuzzFeed, BUST Magazine, Paste Magazine, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Panache Booking, Scenic NYC, Impose, MyFreeConcerts.Com, The Deli, T-Presents, Insound, Kanine Records, FatCat Records, Bunce, Bad Blood Records and Songza. Some of this year’s featured music acts include: Spank Rock, Bear Hands, Kitty Pryde, Frankie Rose, Slow Knights (feat Del Marquis of SCISSOR SISTERS), Small Black, Psychic TV, and more to be announced shortly.
The Bazaar will feature multiple activity spaces, including a 9 hole mini golf courseand table tennis room. PUMA flew in Brazilian graffiti artist SILKS to canvass the table tennis space in a former enormous walk in freezer.
For the 3rd year in a row, the Bazaar will again be open and free to the public.
Remember to get your tickets early! (4 day pass and single day passes available)
We interviewed Luis and Gabo and picked a few shows we are extra excited about:
GP: Can you tell us how Brain-Cave Festival came to life and how the festival is structured? Luis: I started Brain-Cave with Justin Stivers (former member of the Antlers) back in April 2011, at Shea Stadium in Bushwick. I wanted to bring-out and pay respect to Brooklyn’s artists from all mediums that represent the culture of this neighborhood. Gabo: This year, we’re planning a 4-day multimedia experience, that includes most forms of art and entertainment. We want people’s senses to be stimulated at all times.
GP: Explain the partnership with Carabella and Supercrush. How do you guys know each other and why are you working together? Gabo: We met by chance but, one might say it was fate. Luis is part of the art collective, Art Pussy. They were planning a 2-day festival in Puerto Rico, his mother’s native homeland. They contacted me for one of the artist I book for, and we started talking about the festival. I’m also Puerto Rican, so I was really interested in the festival they were trying to produce. Being that we both had the same interests in producing something beautiful for the island, we both decided that it would be a good idea that I go help out. I did, and from then on we’ve been working together! Luis: I think we’re both honest and true to ourselves when we do something. That’s an important quality to have when you’re trying to create any type of art.
GP: Brain-Cave moves to different hoods ever year. Why Greenpoint this year? Did you have any other parts of Brooklyn in mind? Luis: We chose Greenpoint because, similar to the festival, it’s a neighborhood that’s always changing. Greenpoint has a lot of history. Also, my brother was born in Greenpoint, so there’s a lot of personal history there, as well.
GP: Europa?! What should we expect? Luis: A dark cavernous space that will mess with your senses.
GP: The flyer artwork is rad. Who is the artist? Luis: The artwork was done by Abbey Ley. She’s an amazing illustrator, with a lot of history in the indie-DIY scene.
GP: How did you curate the bands? Luis: We both did a list of all the artists that we respect and would love to see live. We combined them, and saw which ones would do great together. It’s definitely a work of collaboration.
GP: How many people are you expecting? Gabo: We hope the whole neighborhood shows!
GP: Who are some of the big headliners of the festival? Gabo: We consider all the artists headliners, and we’re excited to see all of them! Here are links to most of the artists! – Check-out the full Brain-Cave Festival 2013 Line-Up, here!
GP: Where will you be grabbing a beer when you are done working? Luis: Beloved is definitely like a second home to me. They treat me like family there. Gabo: Diamond Bar is definitely great for a chill beer spot. But, I’ll probably be hanging with Luis all weekend, so, Beloved it is!
Of all places, The Place Bar & Lounge (269 Norman Ave) on “this side” of McGuinness, aside from being in the middle of nowhere and offering brick oven pizza, is also an outdoor rooftop music venue. All summer long, on certain evenings clearly live and very loud music was coming from somewhere and all my neighbors on Kingsland Ave were stumped until we followed the sounds down the block and realized they were coming from the bar on the corner, a bar I’ve never ventured into.
Even though the bar is surrounded by mostly commercial buildings and lots, I can hear the concerts from my kitchen window half a block away, but I don’t mind, it’s usually pretty good. Apparently this was brought up at last week’s CB1 meeting, contributor Stephanie told me (more to come from her on that.) Surprise, suprise, CB1 has a problem. If I lived next store, I might be singing a different tune, though.
Last Sunday Jon and I rolled up there and checked it out. For $8 we saw a pretty decent Pop Punk band sing their hearts out for a decent sized crowd on a gorgeous late summer evening with views of the Kosciusko Bridge. Not too shabby. On Tumblr I came across this poster, so if you want to see what it’s all about tomorrow, Thursday September 20, 2012 at 8pm Scammers, Denver Highes and Idaho Joe Winslow will perform.
Have you heard music coming from The Place? Have you attended a show there?