03/24/15 4:39pm
Your signature might just save the Williamsburg businesses you rely on. via Travelers Today

Stop the L train closure, save the Williamsburg businesses you rely on. via Travelers Today

The hurricane of pure despair L train shutdown is now arriving: weeknight closures between Bedford and Eighth Avenue as of midnight tonight, and hellfire six straight weekends without service starting April 11. While that’s inconvenient for you as a commuter, it’s potentially catastrophic for the small businesses of Williamsburg, many of whom were counting on the spring weather to bring in more traffic after the brutal winter. DNA Info reports that Williamsburg businesses have started an online petition, as a last-ditch attempt to postpone the shutdown until August. ”To transport the humans here, the L train is our main artery,” Crest Hardware owner Joseph Franquinha told DNAinfo. “You cut off this artery, you’re cutting off our livelihood.” If you like local businesses that aren’t Starbucks or Urban Outfitters, you should consider signing it. (more…)

03/20/15 4:18pm
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Sorry, you’ll probably be waiting for a while. via Flickr user Chris Ford

The L train stirs some mighty special feelings inside us. Part of us loves it for the tremendous people watching potential. Williamsburg and Bushwick have some of the most fascinating creatures we’ve encountered, and we feel like there are many anthropology dissertations to be written on it. A bigger part, though, wants to curl up into a ball and cry and roll and cry whenever we think of the L train, especially now that it’s undergoing some sort of dramatic rebirth and not running at night for the next nine weeks. Annoyance Theatre hears our wimpers though, and they’re betraying their name by helping sooth your L train troubles. From now on, tickets to their shows will be buy one get one half off whenever the L train isn’t running. (more…)

03/20/15 2:51pm
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Feel free to incorporate any of these moves into your dancing

25 years ago Depeche Mode released Violator and we all got the personal Jesus we’d desperately needed. We still Just Can’t Get Enough of this this early electro masterpiece, and to commemorate it Feeling Gloomy is throwing 25 Years Vio-Later, the Depeche Mode party where you can take a break from enjoying the silence and dance to your favorite dark synthpop cuts. (more…)

03/19/15 2:46pm
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We’re also thrilled

Adolescence. It’s hard. And confusing. And it produces lots of 20 and 30 somethings with residual existential angst, because what is this whole life thing supposed to be about, really. The only thing we can think of that’s even angstier than being a teen is pretty much everything about the 90s. Forget the whole grunge thing. How are we supposed to feel about Russia without the Cold War? How do we define sexual relations anyway? Is age really nothing but a number? The whole damn decade was just a long listless sigh. So it follows that if you’re looking to get your angst fix, My So-Called Life is what you’re seeking: a show about 90s teenagers that unfairly got cancelled just as it started to get going, because what’s more anguishing than getting chopped down just as things start looking up? Life, man.

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03/18/15 4:00pm
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Here be cheapness (and charity). via Facebook

Despite the fact that we’re a blog that encourages people to do things like saving money through the power of cooking your own damn food, we understand it’s nice to go out sometimes. We also get that it’s nice to feel like you’re doing a good deed. Also it feels good to drink a lot of beer. Tonight, you can do all of those things, because Williamsburg Japanese spot Cherry Izakaya (138 North 8th Street) is rolling out $1 beers and complimentary food just for you. Well, you and whoever else shows up. (more…)

03/18/15 11:15am
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George and Jacks via Facebook

George and Jacks
103 Berry St. at N. 8th, Williamsburg
718-302-9811

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What it is: The casual dive-style taproom that took the place of Brooklyn Ale House last year, brought to you by the folks behind Rocka Rolla, Lucky Dog and Skinny Dennis.

Why we love it: A nod to a Brooklyn of yesteryear, George and Jacks isn’t your typical Northside trend-spotting jaunt haunt. Subsequent to Brooklyn Ale House closing after 17 years in business last year, the spot’s new owners took over in the most decent way possible; they preserved the down-to-earth vibe, even keeping the old Brooklyn Ale House sign, which now hangs on a wall inside; they renovated the interior without disrupting its character, lengthening the bar and making room for pinball games; and, best of all, they upgraded the beer selection bigtime, without turning the space over to beer snobiety.

What to order: Hot cider with a side of free wifi in chillier months, but first, use your Beer Book for a White IPA from Braven Brewing.

Regular Tip: Happy hour happens frequently; come prepared to drink.

03/17/15 9:29am
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Goodbye to all this. via Flickr user All-Nite Images

The Trash Bar.

I realize that there are only a couple of dozen or so people to whom the name evokes something more than a mild nostalgia, or else a wrinkled-nose pang of disgust, if it evokes anything at all.  Say you’re new to town, a fresh face out in Bushwick or Bed-Stuy, you’ve likely never been. And that’s fine, too. Never hip, always dirty, perpetually falling apart, it’s the place with the name tourists giggle at, sticking out like a sore thumb in 2015 Williamsburg. But if you’ve been around, say, the last decade, and been at all into music here in Brooklyn, or karaoke or free alcohol, then chances are you feel one way or the other about it.

I’m a bit different. Trash is closing at some point this year, sometime before August, and after working and hanging out there for eight years, I’m still having trouble wrapping my head around what this means to me and has meant to my life. (more…)

03/13/15 2:24pm
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Some people just don’t get it

As beret-toting creatives, we take ourselves pretty seriously–and rightly so. We’ve read Proust, we’ve listened to Bitches Brew, we’ve seen Wild Strawberries, we know Art. We’re inspired dammit! and we have thoughts on the nature of truth and beauty and darkness that have never been thought before, nope not even remotely. Videology is snickering at us for some reason though, probably because their taste is manufactured and not a channel to seek a higher intellectual purpose. They claim we’re passing through some phase, that they had a pretentious artistic past as well. Phase? Past? We and our Art believe in eternalism, thank you very much. And we and our art believe in commanding respect and a lot of attention, which is why you’ll see us showing up to their Bullshit Olympics in protest. Because it is only by reading our latest brilliant existentialist musings that we will enlighten these poor, lost souls. (more…)

03/13/15 1:54pm
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Sugarburg is so sweet, they’re serving coffee and pastries now. Photo via Facebook

What’s better than a bar that has curated craft beer and whiskey, great food and cool art on the walls? A bar that has all of that plus good coffee, and as of this week, Sugarburg is it. Better yet, they’re giving it away for free next week. (more…)

03/11/15 9:59am
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Stop in at the country club on the bar crawl, they’ve got a hot dog tree. via Flickr user Chris Carella

In case you’re not a fan of the Shamrock Shake, or you think you’re too cool to look at a calendar like some kind of confident weirdo, you probably didn’t realize that St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. That’s right, next Tuesday it’ll be time once again to avoid getting pinched by just giving in and wearing green, and it’s also once again time for the Grand Street BID’s 4th annual Saint Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. (more…)