Williamsburg

Classical Piano Concert at The Mission This Thursday (8/30)

solo piano
via The Lot Radio

The San Damiano Mission (85 N 15th Street) has the past few years not only been a church with some cool-as-heck Friars, but also they’ve been the home for a popup BBQ joint, been a community gathering spot, and they’ve hosting concerts of all genres of music in collaboration with The Lot Radio across the street. And if you don’t know The Lot by now, they’re an everyone-feels-welcome outdoor cafe/bar/DJ booth and hang spot.

On Thursday, August 30th, the Lot and The Mission are collaborating to bring talented pianist Hans H. Suh to the Mission for a classical concert. He’ll be playing Schumann – Arabesque; Liszt – Sonata in B minor; and Ravel – La Valse. Tix are $15 and you can get them here.

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DOT Upgrading Williamsburg Bike Network This Summer

Projected bike lanes in Williamsburg, via the DOT

As L-Pocalypse draws near, the DOT sees bike lanes as one way to offset the crush of commuters on the G and J/M/Z lines. With that goal in mind, the agency will begin upgrading Williamsburg’s existing bike lanes this summer.  Continue reading

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Save Money and Fight Food Waste With End-of-Day Deals on Food

Bread via Marlow & Daughters
You can now get deals on Marlow & Daughters gourmet breads and fight food waste with the YourLocal app. Image via Marlow & Daughters on Instagram.

If you’ve ever worked in a cafe, you’ve likely seen first-hand the large amount of food that gets dumped straight into the garbage at the end of the day. If you haven’t, then you’ve definitely walked by piles of trash bags on our neighborhood sidewalks, and maybe not realized that many of them contain still totally edible food. Around 20% of trash in NYC is actually, and unfortunately, food waste.

Now, a new app has launched in North Brooklyn to help connect everyday people to day’s end food at cafes, gourmet grocers and more—the app alerts you daily at the exact moment food is up for grabs at a much lower price. In our neighborhood, you can get discounted Polish home cooking from Polka Dot (726 Manhattan Ave), fancy donuts from Du’s (107 N 12th St), pastries and sandwiches from Woops! (both Williamsburg and Greenpoint locations), gourmet bread from Marlow & Daughters (95 Broadway), pizza from DiFara (at N 3rd St Market), and coming soon, even grocery items from the Key Food on McGuinness. There’s at least a dozen more shops and restaurants participating in the area, and lots more are signing on every day. Continue reading

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L-Pocalypse Pre-Show Countdown: L to close for 15 weekends prior to “official” shutdown

How is this weekend like Christmas? No L!

In fact, the MTA announced on Saturday, The L train will not run between Manhattan and Brooklyn for 15 weekends between now and April, when the agency plans to usher in L-pocalypse.

While North Brooklyn has been aware of, and preparing for, April’s planed 15-month suspension of service through the Canarsie Tunnel with a litany of enterprising, madcap solutions, commuters were entirely unaware of the MTA’s pre-show closure countdown.

Now, purveyors of L-ternatives will have to fire up their tanks earlier than expected, because the first of the 15 weekend closures will take place this weekend (from 11:30pm Friday, August 10 – 5am Monday, August 13th). 

The other 14 weekend closures will take place throughout October, November, February, March and April.

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FREE Movies & Music in McCarren: Summerscreen is Here (7/18)

summerscreen
via Summerscreen

Get ready to schlep your blankets, lawn chairs and snacks to McCarren on Wednesday night, for a FREE Summerscreen viewing of the NYC classic When Harry Met Sally. Doors are at 6pm, live music starts at 7pm and the film will start around 8pm. The free film series has been around for 13 years (!) and is Brooklyn’s longest running film series. Set up your spot in the basketball courts between Bedford and Berry.

summerscreen july 18 2018

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Catch the World Cup Finals at Humboldt & Jackson this Sunday (7/15)

World Cup Finals Humboldt and Jackson

The madness is coming to an end. The World Cup finals are this weekend, and you can watch France vs. Croatia on the big screen at Humboldt & Jackson (434 Humboldt Street). The game kicks off (literally) at 11am, and the cozy American bar/restaurant will be showing it on their massive screen in the back room, for FREE. Expect cold AC, cold beer and warm and tasty burgers. If you want to bring a huge crew, you can email them for reservations ([email protected]).

Here’s some more of our favorite spots in the neighborhood to watch the big game.

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This is Your Last Weekend to get Pheasant’s Amazing Sticky Buns (for a while)

Sticky buns at Pheasant
Sticky buns at Pheasant. Photo: Sarah Schenkkan via Pheasant

Pheasant (445 Graham Avenue) has been delighting us since the beginning of the year with their caramel sticky buns at brunch, but sadly this weekend is your last chance this summer to taste these sweet heavenly pillows. The Banana & Date Caramel Sticky Buns with Whipped Cinnamon Labneh ($8) are seriously the stuff dreams are made of. If you haven’t had them yet, go go go. And try to go early, because they often sell out of the buns before brunch ends. This weekend’s brunch from 11am-3pm will be their last brunch service until they revisit it in the Fall.

But, starting this week they will be open seven days a week for dinner from 5pm onward (and, happy hour from 5-7pm). On the dinner menu, you really can’t go wrong with anything, but we love the Baby Gem Caesar and the Ricotta Dumplings.

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24-hour Climbing Gym Coming to Greenpoint Next Year

1 Nassau Avenue. Rendering via Cayuga Capital
1 Nassau Avenue. Rendering of the new climbing gym via Cayuga Capital

An old warehouse on the corner of Nassau Avenue and North 14th Street is slated to become a climbing gym, according to real estate site The Real Deal. Vital Climbing Gym, a chain based in California, has signed a 15-year lease on the 31,000 square foot space and plans to build it out and extend the square footage with a working rooftop. Apparently they are planning a 24-hour full-service gym, and expect it to be open by next summer. This will be the gym’s first location on the East coast.

The building was built at the turn of the 20th century, and originally housed a metal manufacturing company. Continue reading

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Pete’s Mini Zine Fest is This Saturday! 7/14

Pete's Mini Zine Fest

The next installment of Pete’s Mini Zine Fest is coming up this Saturday, July 14th from 2-7pm! This zine-fest-in-a-bar has been going strong for eight years. Head on down to Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St), drink some booze, meet the talented lineup, and check out some zines!
As always, admission is FREE.

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The 5th of July: Abolitionist Williamsburg

African School WIlliamsburg
The African School in Williamsburg via the Brooklyn Historical Society

The Weeksville Heritage Center, a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of Weeksville, a self-supporting 19th century free black community in what is now Crown Heights, has a “5th of July Resource Center for Self-Determination and Freedom.”

This 5th of July, I’d like to honor that project by taking a look at Abolitionist Williamsburg. In the 1840s and 1850s, Williamsburg was home to Brooklyn’s second largest African American community, and was a hotbed of the Abolitionist movement.  Continue reading

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