Williamsburg

The Evolution of Jazz with Angela Morris

Angela Morris at Legion, photo by Peter Gannushkin.

If you’ve heard live music in Brooklyn, there’s a good chance you’ve come across the multi-hyphenate and chameleon performer Angela Morris. She often performs around North Brooklyn, playing places like Silent Barn, Trans Pecos, and Legion, among others, and also frequented the now-closed Sunview Luncheonette and Manhattan Inn. Blurring musical genres and marrying avant jazz with pop, her music is at once whimsy but wise, stirring yet relaxing. But labeling Morris’s style may be futile; her timbre shifts depending on the night and her role. Morris plays across various venues with almost as many bands — including Rallidae, TMT Trio, and Pep Talk — all the while conducting, singing, or playing the saxophone or violin. Here, she discusses her move from Toronto, Brooklyn’s evergreen music scene, and — despite the unspoken truths of an instrumental’s injury — what continually motivates her to share her music. Continue reading

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Parade On Grand Street Today!

Williamsburg Sports League
Williamsburg Sports League

If you’re wondering why a bunch of parents and kids are strutting down Grand Street today (4/29), the Williamsburg Sports League is kicking off the summer baseball season with their fourth annual parade. Players, coaches, parents, and local neighbors will participate in the parade, flaunting their team spirit to the max. The parade will start at 9am at the Grand Street Campus(850 Grand Street @ Bushwick) and will end at Lindsay Park (Montrose & Lorimer) with a special First Pitch. Check out the parade’s Facebook event for more info.

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Williamsburg’s New Fancy Doughnut Shop, Du’s Donuts

Greenpoint will always have our beloved Peter Pan, and on Wednesday, Williamsburg got its own doughnut shop. Du’s Donuts and Coffee, at the base of Williamsburg’s new William Vale Hotel, is easily one of the year’s most anticipated openings in the New York City food world. It marks the return of chef and molecular gastronomy poster boy Wylie Dufresne to the kitchen, after the closing of his world-famous wd~50 and Alder. Now, instead of edamame ice cream and freeze-dried corn, he’s putting his genius towards unique doughnut flavors alongside his pastry chef Colin Kull. Rest assured, the crowds will come. Continue reading

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Brooklyn Artists Open House @ Bushwick Inlet Park Wednesday (4/19)!

The Park House, bushwick inlet park

Are you an artist working and living in Brooklyn? You can become a NYC Parks featured artist at the park house at Bushwick Inlet Park. Attend the open house this Wednesday to tour the space, meet fellow artists and get guidelines for submission.

Call for Artists: NYC Parks/Brooklyn Recreation
Deadline: May 20, 2017

Open House: Wednesday, April 19  | 6:30pm – 8pm
Where: Bushwick Inlet Center | Kent Avenue & North 9th Street

RSVP Here

This program is open to all Brooklyn artists and arts organizations. However, emergent artists with a strong sense of community engagement or community focused practice are encouraged to apply. For more information and/or to RSVP: [email protected]

 

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Get Spunky: VERAMEAT 2017 Spring Picks

VERAMEAT (132 N 5th St.) is my go-to shop for pieces that are a little sassy and pack a mean punch. The North 5th Street boutique merges humor and playfulness with an eye for design. So if you have some denim jackets and moto vests that need some fresh pins, or a few cheeky rings and necklaces for your jewelry game, then you need to check out the latest from this Williamsburg jewelry studio.

Check out these 10 Spring-worthy picks for some ultra style vibes.
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Manhattan Ave Ticket Trap, Bearded Burglars, & Williamsburg Hate Crime — The Hook-Up 4/17

14th Street Reimagined - via TransAlt
14th Street Reimagined – via TransAlt

The L Train shutdown could totally transform 14th Street as we know it.

Think twice before you try parking on Manhattan Avenue between Huron and India. It’s a “ticket trap”.

Shooting so many movies and TV shows in Greenpoint and Williamsburg is both a blessing and a curse. It makes our restaurants and shops more popular, but isn’t always the most convenient. Continue reading

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Get Dirty: FREE Soil Testing For Three Weekends!

Graham stop, Williamsburg, circa 2005. My mid-20s Brooklyn newbie roommates and I had a garden in our backyard, and we grew tomatoes, sunflowers, peppers and zucchini. But after one of our zucchinis grew to be three feet long*, we started to wonder whether our dirt was actually safe enough to grow anything. Maybe we should have thought about that before we planted. So before you buy any seedlings to get your summer garden going, you should probably find out whether your soil is home to a family of toxic chemicals. This Saturday (4/22) from 10am–2pm you can get your soil tested for free at the Greenpoint Reform Church (136 Milton Street), and NAG (Neighbors Allied For Good Growth) is hosting free soil testing workshops for three upcoming weekends. Here’s the schedule: Continue reading

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Local Non-Profit Los Sures Turns 45 on April 26th at Freehold!

Los Sures Fundraiser

Southside United HDFC-Los Sures—a local non-profit committed to affordable housing, community development and advocacy in South Williamsburg—is celebrating their 45th anniversary this year, and kicking it off with a fundraiser on Wednesday, April 26th at 6pm. Freehold (45 South 3rd Street) will host the event. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, contact [email protected].

“We hope that the community members will come out in large numbers to support our 45th anniversary fundraiser because it is through their involvement that we are able to provide the menu of services that we do,” said Los Sures’ Executive Director Ramon Peguero, Esq.

Over the years, their their mission has broadened, and now they not only help to develop and manage affordable housing units, but they also operate a weekly food pantry, hydroponic farm, and senior center and provide a variety of social services. They also run a local museum, El Museo de Los Sures (120 South 1st St.), which hosts artworks that celebrate diversity and the history of the neighborhood. Their next exhibit’s opening reception is on April 20th at 6pm.

If all of this sounds like a pretty cool way to support Williamsburg’s cultural heritage, you can also volunteer for Los Sures—click here to find out more.

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Harnessing the Power of Children’s Imagination with Performing and Visual Arts at CAMP! Open House this Sunday (4/9)

Williamsburg’s Creative Arts and Music Programs – CAMP – a performing arts day camp now entering its ninth season is having an open house for its 2017 season this Sunday, April 9th from 10am to 12pm at 361 Manhattan Avenue. The Center For Performance Research, CAMP’s home since its inception, is a beautiful dance theater with full multi-media and LED lighting system set on the ground floor of a LEEDs certified building in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


Teaching Artists Seth Ginsberg, Terence Murren, Rozz Nash, and Villi Vilhjalmsson created CAMP in 2009 to provide an enriching and fun arts experience for young people in Williamsburg and the nearby neighborhood of Greenpoint. Campers ages 4-11 participate in dance, music, visual arts and theater classes and learn alongside working artists. Each session has its own script developed by Camp with a professional script writer and theater director. CAMP culminates in a unique, multi media performance presentation with costumes, sets, songs, dances, and video. Continue reading

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LCD Is Playing At My House, And I Can’t Get In

Brooklyn Steel Opening Night LCD Soundsystem Crowd
A crowd starting to form as the venue opened its doors on opening night (4/6)

“Unfortunately we’re not having press at these dates,” is what I was officially told when I inquired about covering the LCD Soundsystem shows at new local venue Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost Street). Additional requests to the venue and their PR firm were returned with radio silence. If Brooklyn Steel wanted to hype up their grand opening, what better way to do it than having a local band in comeback mode break in the stage with surprise performances? Might as well add a press blackout to the mix to pump up the mystique.

When the five shows were announced just a couple weeks ago, my heart fluttered. The new venue, by far the biggest in the neighborhood, is just a few blocks from my house. Plus, LCD Soundsystem is sacred to me, with James Murphy being an inspiration for me to start DJing at the ripe old age of 35. Last year, I traveled across the globe to see them play (after losing my wallet just 36 hours before, breaking out in hives due to a newly acquired shellfish allergy and leaving my laptop at the Ibiza airport), and I often reminisce about the first time I saw the band live in 2005, gracing the legendary Fillmore’s stage in San Francisco. I’ve seen the band perform live several times, and James Murphy DJ sets about the same amount. So you could call me a superfan. Continue reading

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