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Williamsburg’s Cocaine Bar of the 90’s, Kokies is Back—and it’s Fitting

photo via Kokie's
photo via Kokie’s on Bigcartel

Depending how long you’ve lived in North Brooklyn, you may have heard tale of the legendary bar Kokie’s, which, about 20 years ago sat on the corner of Berry and North 3rd Street. In a true twist of hipster irony, the name Kokie’s really said it all—for $20 you could actually buy small baggies of cocaine out of a closet tucked away at the back of the bar. A longtime Williamsburg resident who wishes to remain anonymous says, “I heard about Kokie’s from friends. They filled me in on the protocol and a few times I was asked to tag along. I was kinda young and pretty intimidated by the place. So, I declined, preferring to rely on the bravery of friends. By the time I finally got up the nerve, it was gone.” The bar closed in 2001 after being raided by the cops, and then turned into a short-lived bar called Antique Lounge, and then the space became The Levee (212 Berry Street). Our anonymous source says, “A frito pie doesn’t compare to Kokie’s special. I heard a rumor that Luxx on Grand [where Trash Bar used to be and where Overthrow boxing gym is now] sorta picked up Kokie’s mantle. But that’s all heresay.” Continue reading

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Northside Music Festival Thursday: Paradise Day One

Batala NYC
Batala NYC

Editor’s Note: While there are some great guides to the North Brooklyn festival out there, most favor the big name bands. Those are the bands that you’re most likely to already be familiar with, and also the shows that are most likely to sell out or have long lines to get in. That is why we are proud to present you with our comprehensive, day-by-day recommendation guide to the music festival, organized in chronological order, and streamlined with just enough information for you to discover the perfect shows for your very own musical tastes and moods.

You will hear your new favorite band at a local club during the Northside Festival this long weekend. That is our claim. Welcome to heaven.

How can we support such a statement? Start with an amazing set of bands (recommendations below). Add McCarren Park shows and some bookings in romantic backyard spaces, then include some distinctly easy-going and non-judgmental locals, i.e. you, fueling the scene.

Then remember how you rarely need to wait in line at Northside. Here are our favorite acts playing tomorrow. Continue reading

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In conversation with: Loving You (Tuesday show @Trash Bar)

Chris Lancaster & Alison Clancy of Loving You ©All images courtesy of Loving You

Starting March 1st, Trash Bar will be no more. “We can’t afford to stay in Williamsburg,” the bar’s booking agent, Walter Stack, has said. “Our rent is going to quadruple and that’s out the question.” One of the last bands to play at the legendary venue this month is extraordinary duo Loving You, comprised of composer-cellist Chris Lancaster and dancer-vocalist Alison Clancy. Greenpointers caught up with both in their Williamsburg apartment this weekend as they fried bacon for lunch… Continue reading

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Okey-Panky Launch Party, Force Majeur Vaudeville, Trashy History – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (1/07–1/13)

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WEDNESDAY 1/07
* Zombie Night @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, John L. Campbell launches Drifters, the final book in his Omega Days trilogy, with Roger Ma, author of The Zombie Combat Field GuideRSVP
☺ Meditation Guided by Laughter @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 9pm, FREE, With Brett Davis / Eliza Hurwitz / Scott Nossen / Joe Pera and more, RSVP
♫ Le Noize
 @ Macri Park (462 Union Ave) 10pm, FREE, Sing your heart out at this new monthly karaoke party, RSVP

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No Office Holiday Party, Big Brooklyn Toy Drive, Misfit Dickens – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (12/10–12/16)

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WEDNESDAY 12/10
* Misfit Dickens @ St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (334 South 5th St) 7pm, $18, A new take on the beloved classic for all people, but especially for misfits, Buy tix
* How to Host a Creative Holiday Party
@ Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave) 7:30pm, FREE, With party attire by Local Creative, DIY card-making by Kingsland Printing, holiday décor and a DIY tassle station by Little Knitty Things, and more, More info
♫ Percussion Lab Holiday Party @ Cameo Gallery (93 North 6th St) 10pm, FREE, With Braille / Dave Q & FunaFuji / Seafloor / Nooka Jones, RSVP

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The Lottery Band Show Sunday at Trash Bar

There’s a very cool-sounding event happening Sunday at Trash Bar (256 Grand Street). It’s called The Lottery Show, and what that means is more than a dozen local bands will be combining their members to create five all-new bands. Continue reading

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Tiki Disco, Flux Factory Homecoming, Vegan Cook-Off – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (7/30–8/05)

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WEDNESDAY 7/30
♫ Rhythms of Africa @ Golden Drum (97 Green St, #G1) 7:30, $15, Roots trance / dance music with the Peace Department, featuring Kevin Nathaniel, Evan Worldwind, and special guests, RSVP
* Entranced: Comedy Hypnosis Show @ Standard Toykraft (722 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $15, Watch volunteers from the audience act out hilarious situations based on Max Kovins hypnotic suggestions, More info 
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Nicholas Nicholas @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm, $7, With Will Stratton / Kieran Blake / M A R T H A, RSVP 

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“Shots & Tots Communion” Church Night at Trash Bar Tonight (2/11)

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Tonight, there’s an interesting event at Trash Bar called Church Night. It’s variety show and satire on a church service that features burlesque, music, comedy, an organist in drag, sing-a-long hymns, and a “shots and tots communion.” It starts at 8:00 and it’s FREE. The group that puts it on is based out of DC, click here for more about them.

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Isle of Rhodes EP (2/8) + Driftless Recordings (2/6) // Mutual Benefit (2/8) // Unlocking The Truth (a band of 12 yr olds!) (2/9)

This week, I’ve been enjoying the forthcoming EP from Isle of Rhodes: Affirmation Caravan. The band will play a release show at Spike Hill 2/8. Also, I have a few other shows you might want to check out.

It’s always impressive when you discover what you thought had to have been the work of at least three, if not four or five, individuals is actually the work of a duo. Isle of Rhodes is the most recent band to provide me with this pleasant surprise.

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