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Nachos Return To Post-Fire Commodore, Illegal Gas Hookups, Homeland — The Hook-Up 1/20

Construction on West St. between India and Java
Bless this mess—Construction on West St. between India and Java

Today—Inauguration Day 2017—you’re either donning a red baseball cap and poppin’ some champagne or silently crying at your desk and mustering up the guts to join a march tomorrow. Yesterday we published a list of politically-charged events in our area this weekend that embrace diversity. We should mention that we didn’t receive any details about pro-Trump celebrations; if we had, we would have published those too. Whatever your views on the incoming administration may be, here are some local news events from this week that had nothing whatsoever to do with PEOTUS—–>POTUS.

A sham utility company was found to be illegally installing gas meters so building owners could get the buildings finished and certificates of occupancy faster. Some of the buildings were reportedly in North Brooklyn.

The Commodore‘s kitchen is closed for a few weeks after a fire about a week and a half ago. But they just started serving nachos yesterday!

The Nasty Women art exhibit and Stay Nasty festivities last weekend at Knockdown Center raised more than $50k for Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Girls for Gender Equity, the New York Immigration Coalition, SisterSong, and Planned Parenthood.

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It’s Always Sunday in Brooklyn

Sunday in Brooklyn’s Grain Bowl $12, Charred Avocado Toast $9, Spicy Roast beef Sandwich $12 Photo by Graham E. Burns

Sundays normally bring brunch to mind for any New Yorker. Sunday in Brooklyn (348 Wythe Ave.) is much more than that. Open daily for brunch, lunch and dinner this tri-level restaurant is like a fashion house of food. At “Sunday” there is creative use of fresh ingredients—even the scraps are utilized in new dishes, drinks and marketplace items. The restaurant opened for dinner in November, rolled out brunch shortly after and opened the marketplace in December. So yes, something good did happen in 2016. The marketplace features a takeout menu and pantry items to make any home chef take their game up a notch. Chef Jaime Young is passionate about sustainability at Sunday: “The marketplace gives us the opportunity to utilize everything that we’re buying…it kind goes with our whole ethos of trying to utilize as much as we can in this restaurant.”

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‘What A Joke’ Comedy Festival to Raise Money for ACLU

OK. Tomorrow is the inauguration. We have all kinds of feels. And if this past election has showed us anything, it’s that we can and will strategically come together to support, defend, edify, forgive one another, and even laugh out loud in the midst of heartbreaking confusion.

Brooklyn comedians Emily Winter and Jenn Welch are doing just that with What A Joke – a national comedy festival which spans across 34 US cities, includes 86 shows, and gives all the ticket sales proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Like the hat? 10% of the sales proceeds go to ACLU No joke.

The NYC shows are happening right down the street at the Annoyance Theatre (367 Bedford Ave.) and Rough Trade (64 N. 9th St.) on Friday and Saturday. And the festival kicks off in Manhattan tonight at The Stand, and includes a happy hour and silent auction. The lineups are full of a number of headliners like Nikki Glaser, Dave Hill, and ‘Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch’ sketch team, the Astronomy Club, among a whole lot more. (Side note: Rough Trade is having another benefit for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood tonight with a nice little music lineup).

We got the chance to ask Emily Winter (co-founder), a few questions about the festival and discuss why good comedy is no joke. Continue reading

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North Brooklyn History: Creating McCarren Park

McCarren Park site images, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle - May 5, 1901
McCarren Park site images, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle – May 5, 1901

We take the green space that today is McCarren Park for granted, but it was not always a park. Once the ground that the park now occupies had its own streets and factories. A May 5, 1901 article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle showed the buildings that were to be condemned to create the park, but it was not just buildings that needed to be condemned. The whole street pattern of the neighborhood had to be changed. Some streets like Jane Street were forever wiped off the map. Others like North 12th, N.13th, N. 14th and Dobbin and Guernsey were cut. Continue reading

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Today’s Friday The 13th Tattoo Shop Specials!

Evil & Love Tattoo Friday The 13th Jan 2017

If you’re tatted up at all, you probably know about the Friday the 13th tradition shops have for offering relatively cheap flash (pre-designed) artwork. I’ve met a few people who only have tattoos from Friday the 13th flash sales—it’s a look that either says “I’m too cheap for a sleeve,” or “I don’t give a fuck what you think.” Honestly, though I appreciate a beautifully-designed back piece, I’m a fan of the miniature bodyart form that is flash. Here’s some local shops who are offering deals today. Be prepared to wait in line.

Evil and Love | 211 Franklin St.
$30-$100 tattoos from 1-9pm. Come by for cheap tattoos, $200 raffle and good company. Re post and tag us to enter the raffle. We’ll be taking walk-ins all day and have tons of flash to choose from!

Adam J. Machin's flash specials at Three Kings Tattoo
Adam J. Machin’s flash specials at Three Kings Tattoo

Three Kings Tattoo | 572 Manhattan Ave.
@dave_ball will be tattooing special designs from his Black Book, as a “Black Friday the 13th” special! Stop by our Brooklyn shop and check out what Dave’s got in his spooky Black Book! Also @adamjmachin will be offering some special flash designs from 1pm til 10pm! Each piece is $130 and are sized as is. Tattoos will be done on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to get here early! Continue reading

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Bad Boys of the Past: The Notorious Gangs of North Brooklyn History

A 1924 mugshot from Australia. Credit NPR, NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive, Justice & Police Museum, Historic Houses Trust of NSW

Think that North Brooklyn was a safer place back in the good old days? Think again! In the second half of the 19th century, North Brooklyn had many notorious gangs and hard-core hoods. Here are some of the most infamous local gangs of yesteryear.

The Battle Row Gang – This gang, which had an almost two-decade-long life starting in 1870, was in the words of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle “composed of the scum of the Fourteenth Ward (Williamsburg).” known as “fighters and rowdies,” they lurked at “Crow” McGoldrick’s saloon on Union Avenue and North First Street. They became notorious in July of 1871 when gang member Henry Rogers killed Brooklyn Police officer Donoghue and was hanged for the murder. In June of that year, two factions of the gang fought with “pistols, knives, fists and slingshots. The battle raged,” furiously and unrestrained” for thirty minutes. One dying member, Patrick Cash, asked to name his assailants, replied “I’d die with the name of the fellow in my throat, before I’d give him away.” You can read more about these scumbags in the Daily Eagle archives here and here. Continue reading

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Q&A With Stephen Levin on Tuesday, January 10th At Pete’s Candy Store

Stephen Levin
Stephen Levin

Join new local podcast The Hook next Tuesday, January 10 at 7pm at Pete’s Candy Store for their inaugural episode of a new, live, one-on-one talk show. The first episode will kick off with NYC City Council member Stephen Levin for an intriguing sit-down with questions like:

“Is there hope in politics?”
“Are there other cities you are envious of, politically?”
“What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?”
And… “When you played bass for an indie- rock darling of college-radio, named after a $10 toy synthesizer, was it awesome?”

Levin is one of the city council’s youngest members and part of the 33rd District which includes Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Recently, Levin was a key player in the city’s acquisition of the final parcel of land to complete Bushwick Inlet Park, a victory which took years of hard work and collaboration between residents and local government. Though, it should be noted that the process isn’t over, and we still have a long way to go until the day we see the park fully realized on our waterfront land.

According to The Hook, it is “a new political speakeasy, in which people of idealistic distinction are interviewed before a live audience, with ample space for interaction, surprise, and discovery. Moderated by former Open City Dialogues host Jamie Hook in the venerable back-room of Pete’s Candy Store, The Hook is an experiment in the politics of the local, an incubator for new community ideas, and a subscriber to the notion that all you have to do to belong is participate. Join us!”

Audience members will have ample opportunity to ask questions and participate, so bring your best inquiries for a chance to find out what’s what from a local politician in this era of political uncertainty.

The Hook at Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer Street)
7-9pm, Tuesday January 10th

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Mulchfest: How To Dispose of Your Christmas Trees!

Mulchfest - Transmitter Park - Christmas Tree Dropoff
Trees dropped off at Transmitter Park. Someone left theirs in a plastic bag – please don’t do this!

As of last week, we started seeing trees pile up at McCarren Park, some with lights and stands still attached, which is a big no-no. Here’s what you need to do to get your tree ready for recycling!

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation , and GreeNYC are hosting the annual MulchFest this Saturday and Sunday January 7th and 8th, where trees are turned into mulch for the city’s parks and plantings. You can drop off your Christmas trees to recycle them into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree. More than 30,000 trees were recycled last year.

You can bring your tree to McCarren Park at Lorimer and Driggs on January 7 and 8 from 10am to 2pm. They’ll chip your tree, and give you your very own bag of mulch! McGolrick Park (at Monitor and Driggs) and Transmitter Park are both operating as tree drop-off sites, so you can bring your tree there but it won’t be chipped there (so no free bag of mulch). Please remember to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, stands and netting before bringing the tree to a MulchFest chipping or drop-off site. Bags will be provided if you wish to take some free mulch home. Continue reading

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So Long, Farewell… The 2016 Venue Graveyard

Thankfully one of our favorites, Good Room, is still rocking!

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?!

So, after the jump, here’s our list of who in the neighborhood bit the dust this year. It’s worth mentioning that we’re hopeful about 2017; Brooklyn Steel will be opening in East Williamsburg this coming April, this past year Brooklyn Bazaar opened in the old Polonaise Terrace banquet hall, The Lot Radio opened in May and has quickly become a neighborhood fixture, and Secret Project Robot just signed a lease on a new space, and there are still plenty of great venues in the neighborhood to catch some great music. Continue reading

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17 Frost Hosts Celebratory Exhibition on 12/22 Prior to Major Renovation

This Thursday evening December 22, local multi-use art space 17 Frost presents its last show before shutting its doors for renovation and expansion. Curator Ellis Gallagher affectionately framed the event as a “celebration of community and art by cohorts and codefendants.” The show will feature well over 200 works by more than 100 artists including former Basquiat collaborator and graffiti icon Al Diaz, the vandal collective Poster Boy, the Iranian-born duo ICY and SOT, as well as Mr. Toll, Skewville, Choice Royce among other street art luminaries.

On January 1, the exhibition space at 17 Frost will shut down for six to twelve months, according to Gallagher. Plans include adding three to four floors to the existing one story structure, as well as a bar and small café. The theater and recording studio, located behind the gallery, intends to stay open save for a couple months during the renovation. In its augmented incarnation, 17 Frost will remain not-for-profit.

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