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The Fascinating and Tragic History of The Wythe Hotel

The Weidmann Cooperage before its renovation
The Weidmann Cooperage before its renovation

The Wythe Hotel at North 11th Street and Wythe Avenue is a symbol of cool in trendy Williamsburg. The building is a combination of old and new, with a three story sleek glass tower rising out of the remnants of a 1901 industrial building. The hotel’s L-shaped rooftop bar The Ides has stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, attracting people from around the world to the 72-room boutique hotel. People use words like chic, trendy and ultra-modern in describing the building, but it has a fascinating and tragic past that stretches back to the 1890’s—and that past is still evident in today’s hotel building.

The Wythe Hotel today, image via Morris Adjmi Architects
The Wythe Hotel today, image via Morris Adjmi Architects

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Kundalini, Dark Side of the Rainbow, Too Many Zooz — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (1/3–1/9)

WEDNESDAY 1/3

♫ Momentum/Rite of Wed: Bodywork / Hunter Vita / Nathan Kersaint @ TBA Brooklyn (395 Wythe Ave), 6pm, FREE, More info
* Kokrobitey Institute Talk @ Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave), 7pm, FREE, Elise McMahon and Sekou Neblett discuss their work together in Ghana surrounding how art and design play a role in the midst of a global discourse around sustainable development, RSVP
* Kundalini Flow with Dani Katz @ Root Mamma (236 Richardson St), 7:30pm, $20, Exercise your body, mind, and spirit, open your channels, and live in a state of flow, RSVP
♫ Limited Resources 13 @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St), 9pm, $6, Our one year anniversary show! Featuring the soothing sounds of Chris Pitsiokos (Sax Destroyer), Tim Dahl (Bass Wrangler), and Kevin Shea (Drum Machine), More info

THURSDAY 1/4

^ “The Woman in the Window” Book Launch @ Space Ninety 8 (98 N 6th St), 6:30pm, FREE, “The Woman in the Window” is a twisty, Hitchcockian psychological thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house, More info
 Branded Content Presents: PETCO @ Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan St), 8pm, FREE, We’ll be wearing Louis Vuitton Leashes, serving complimentary milk bones, and presenting comedy, More info
♫ Frendzone! // Dorisburg (live) / Octo Octa / Kellam Matthews @ Good Room (98 Meserole Ave), 10pm, $10, Buy tix
♫ The Juan MacLean & Friends January Residency @ Rose Gold (96 Morgan Ave), 10pm, $10, Buy tix
♫ An All Star Tribute to ACDC at Brooklyn Bowl @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave), 8pm, $12, Buy tix Continue reading

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Nightmare Fuel: Brooklyn Horror Film Fest/Mexico Barbaro II at the Wythe Hotel

Mexico Barbaro II screening at the Wythe Hotel
The Mexico Barbaro II screening at the Wythe Hotel as part of the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. Photo via Bk Horror Film Fest

The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival creeped the hell out of the neighborhood last weekend (Oct 14-15), and I had the sick pleasure of attending a screening of Mexican indie horror anthology Mexico Barbaro II, at the Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave). Inspired by demented classics Creepshow and Tales From The Darkside, the second installment of Mexico Barbaro included shorts from eight Mexican directors who delved deep into personal nightmares to share their most terrifying inner thoughts with an audience. Friday night’s screening included a Q&A with director Sergio Tello, and one of the directors of photography. Throughout the shorts, there were some religious elements present, whether it was a cross in the background, a demonic character, or a retelling of a fable. Some of the refs were specific to whichever part of Mexico the film took place, as different regions of Mexico have different religious traditions. “Each segment has its own religion,” Sergio remarked. Continue reading

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Review: Brooklyn’s 11th Annual Korean American Film Festival

cast and directors of shield and the last tip at kaffny 2017
Cast and directors of Shield and The Last Tip with Fest Directors Chung and Mark © KAFFNY

In its 11th year, The Korean American Film Fest’s Infinite Cinema, headed up by Chung Tsang and Mark Anthony Singh, was held this past Saturday, October 14th in the Wythe Hotel Screening Room (80 Wythe Ave).

A passage on the fest’s website reads, Embracing the motto of CONNECT. FUSE. REPEAT. KAFFNY Infinite Cinema challenges its audience to discard notions of cultures as separate, discrete and insular, instead exploring the infinite possibilities of contact, fusion, and creation born from the mixing of different backgrounds.”

True to that directive, KAFFNY’s collection of films, which crossed multiple genres and mediums, maintained an impressive cohesiveness in its focus on shared experience, exploring distinct cultural backgrounds within the global context. Cleverly divided into five thematic segments, the fest included 25 short films and two feature length films, as well as moderated panel discussions with many of the filmmakers and actors. Continue reading

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The Korean American Film Fest Comes To North Brooklyn This Weekend (Oct 14) + 50% Off Tix!

After the Fyre Festival of pizzas, Brooklyn is very close to reaching peak festival—but The Korean American Film Fest, now in its 11th year (so you know it’s legit), is happening this weekend in Williamsburg on Saturday, October 14th and it’s set to be a full day of fascinating and entertaining cultural talks and film screenings. From 1pm till midnight the fest will take over the Wythe Hotel Screening Room (80 Wythe Ave) and is digging into the topic of Infinite Culture through specific lenses: Food, Fashion, Worldwide Korean Connection, Migration, and Crazy, Rich Asian Americans (yes, that’s a real category!). In addition to screening 25 short films and 2 feature length films, the audience will also get the opportunities to engage in meaningful discussions with the filmmakers during moderated panel discussions. Plus free food samples following the food film screening at 1pm!
Tickets are only $15 for the entire day, when you use the 50% off code WEB50.

 

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Brooklyn Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary Kicks Off Tomorrow Night at Wythe Hotel

Thomas Middleditch in Entanglement, Dir. Jason James
Thomas Middleditch in Entanglement, Dir. Jason James, showing at the Brooklyn Film Festival 2017

This Friday, June 2nd kicks off the 20th annual Brooklyn Film Festival, which will screen over 122 narrative features, documentaries, narrative and documentary shorts, animated and experimental films from 32 countries spread over six continents. Two of the festival’s venues are in Greenpoint: Windmill Studios NYC (300 Kingsland Ave) and the Kickstarter headquarters(58 Kent St)—also the site for the BFF Exchange—a day of free panels, and a happy hour sponsored by Stella Artois on Saturday June 10th. Continue reading

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Geeks Who Drink, Overnight Sleep Concert, Greenpoint Film Festival — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/3–5/9) – The Dirty Derby Edition

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

WEDNESDAY 5/3

* Geeks Who Drink @Bar Schimmi (60 North 11th St) 6pm, FREE, A homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK. Quizzes cover everything from celebrities in trouble to wordplay to bad television, More info
=) The Juice Comedy Variety Show @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $5, The Juice is a comedy variety show including some of the best stand up, improv, & sketch, hosted by Carmen Christopher, Buy tix
♫ Talib Kweli LIVE with full band! @Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $17-20, Buy tix
Greenpoint Film Festival (Thursday, May 4th- Sunday, May 7th) @ Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave), various times from 5/4-5/7, passes from $10, Buy tix


THURSDAY 5/4

# Spring Spirits: Mezcal and the Taste of Oaxaca @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St) 6:30pm, $60, An evening of Oaxacan food and drink to usher in Cinco de Mayo. Learn more about the production of mezcal, its diversity of flavors, and the important role insects have played in Mexican cuisine long before guacamole with grasshoppers appeared on American restaurant menus, Buy tix
♦ The Art Party 
@ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $50, A wonderful evening of art, music, online art auction, drinks and hors d’oeuvres supporting the arts for children at PS 34, Buy tix
♦ Saving Jamaica Bay Screening @ North Brooklyn Boat Club (437 McGuinness Blvd) 7:30pm, $5, A great movie about nature and a wildlife refuge in NYC you have to see, More info Continue reading

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The Greenpoint Film Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow!

Greenpoint is a hub for filmmaking, boasting countless production companies and film facilities, in addition to the oft-maligned and very frequent film shoots that tend to clog our slender sidewalks and historical streets. We would argue that Greenpoint’s been culturally interesting and relevant for many years, but some have said that Girls being filmed here helped put Greenpoint on the map. Our neighborhood’s own Greenpoint Film Festival returns for its sixth year,​ from this Thursday May 4th through Sunday May 7th, presenting a diverse range of shorts and feature-length films, many with a local slant. A panel of six judges curated the fest after receiving hundreds of submissions in set categories: Narr​a​tive​, Documentary, Experimental and Animation. The GFF’s ongoing mission is to show the imperative ties between art and the public. All the screenings will be held at the Wythe Hotel Screening Room (80 Wythe Ave). Continue reading

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Spring Is in the Air: Outdoor Gardens and Rooftops

Northern Territory in Greenpoint
City views from Northern Territory’s rooftop

I don’t know about you, but my favorite part of spring is being able to finally emerge from the dark and the cold to sit outside in the sun, preferably sipping on a nice saison and surrounded by greenery. I don’t ask for much. Luckily, Greenpoint is chock-full of great places to eat and drink outdoors, either in magical green gardens or on rooftops with stellar views. Here are a few places worth the trip.

Northern Territory
12 Franklin Street
Good for: Gorgeous semi-panoramic rooftop views and large groups.

This Australian-themed bar features an expansive rooftop with its own bar and wooden bench tables that channel something of a summer beach vibe. Gaze across the East River to watch the sunset over the city or to ponder the Empire State Building’s color of the day. Add a Beer & Shot into the mix for $10 during happy hour, grab an Aussie burger, and you’re set.
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Tonight: Dance At Enid’s For Planned Parenthood + Win A Night At The Wythe!

Dance the night away at Enid’s (560 Manhattan Ave.) tonight (2/11) starting at 8pm to support Planned Parenthood, and enter the raffle to win a night’s stay at the Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave.). Featuring DJ Angel Favorite, DJ Cambot, DJ Zooey Gaychanel, DJ Kitty Wizard.
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