There’s nothing like your neighborhood coffee shop. Even though they all exist to do the same thing, which is to pump legally acceptable speed into your brain, each one does it a little differently. Whether one specializes in latte art, sourcing the most magical coffees from the far-flung corners of the world or they just always hire incredibly cute baristas, the neighborhood coffee shop is far from a homogenous enterprise. And now Williamsburg is getting themselves another independent operator to add to their collection of them, a new place called…Starbuck’s? Sorry, no, Starbucks. Williamsburg is getting a Starbucks, and they’re hiring. (more…)
The next best thing to living on a cargo ship! via Curbed
Whether or not the owners of Williamsburg’s first shipping container apartment were trying to be trendsetters, or they just really really liked the idea of taking to the sea, we’re now one more shipping container house away from getting an official trend piece in the New York Times, because Curbed has pictures of a new, and bigger one. If you were considering building one of your own, just remember: Barry Zuckercorn’s advice about all crime done at sea being legal does notextend to living in shipping containers. (more…)
Just another totally normal day in the universe of Phillip K. Dick
Who doesn’t love Dick?
Come hither, dystopian science fiction loving friends! The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival is back for it’s second year and it is jam packed with spacey, science-y goodness. The festival will feature a few Dick inspired feature films, as well as a slew of shorts from all over the world. If you’re thinking that you’ll just be seeing another screening of Minority Report or Blade Runner, you’re at the wrong festival. (more…)
Charles Bradley basks in the glow provided by Williamsburg. Photo by Mary Dorn
Indie record shops keep closing, especially in Williamsburg, and why not? You can instantly buy or stream any song you want digitally and Williamsburg’s rent is insane. But Rough Trade co-owner Stephen Godfroy decided to put faith in the demand for physical formats and in Williamsburg, opening a Rough Trade outpost there that only sellsnew music, no used or vintage vinyl. The famous London record shop, which became the iconic post-punk label launching the likes of Scritti Politti and The Smiths, debuted its US flagship store yesterday.
Rough Trade NYC (64 North 9th Street) is a 10,000+ square foot store inside a former film prop warehouse, with nooks for sitting and hanging headphones for CD sampling. It’s meant to serve as a hangout for music loving loungers who want to browse over 20,000 titles, play ping pong, and feel fancy paper from quirky books on their fingertips. (more…)
We are beautiful architecturally consistent with our surroundings, we are doomed. via Arch Daily
It’s become conventional wisdom that the Domino factory site was about to go through enormous upheaval, as luxury towers went up along the water and added thousands of new residents to Williamsburg. And don’t get it twisted, that’s still definitely happening. But now opponents at least have an alternate, no giant tower-plan for the Domino development to point to and say, “See what beautiful thing could have gone there instead?” Of course, it’s coming in so late in the game that buying the site from Jed Walentas and Two Trees would cost all of the money, so it will remain nothing but a beautiful, doomed dream. (more…)
What it is: Superficially still the former K & M Bar, the Roebling Sporting Club kept the interior design but added tons of TVs, for maximum game-watching ability.
Why we love it: Sometimes you just want to watch sports. A lot of sports. If you’re a Williamsburg resident who doesn’t want to pay for cable, you could pass plenty of time here making sure you keep up with all of New York City’s sports action. Beats finding choppy, virus-ridden pirate streams. (more…)
What it is: Brooklyn Brewery’s official tasting room. With eight to ten beers on tap and uber-friendly bartenders, it’s a place that gets loud but definitely not rowdy.
Why we love it: With its camp-style seating, the bar is unpretentious at its best- sit down, drink and be merry. With no food except for snack ‘ums like Peanut Brittle you can order out and tell the delivery guy to just bring it in to you. Or you can just nosh on a pie from the pizza truck outside. People have even been known to bring in cakes for birthdays. (more…)
Aliens invade a wedding in Green Death, one of the many short films you can see at Nitehawk. Courtesy Nicholas Bedo
In these gogo fast times full of personal brands and tweeting your way through breakups and movies, our attention spans just aren’t any good for carefully crafted two-hour feature films. Apocalypse Now? More like Apocalypse Zzzzz, grandpa. Tell your two-hour stories at the nursing home, we’re the short film generation! Nitehawk Cinemas knows that, so this week they’ll be honoring the best in the world of short films, with a three day festival featuring award winning-short films movies from local and international filmmakers. Not one movie longer than 20 minutes, guaranteed! (more…)
On this exceptionally warm and sunny mid-November day, NYC Parks and the nonprofit Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA) celebrated the opening of the McCarren Park ice skating rink – North Brooklyn’s first and only outdoor ice skating rink. The steel of the brand new skates shone brightly on the little feet of John Ericsson MS126′s and Citizens of the World Charter School’s students, excitedly waiting for the green ribbon to be cut by the senators and commissioners attending the opening. (more…)
The McCarren Park ice rink opens up today. And if there is anything we’ve learned from late-80s/early-90s romantic comedies, it’s that ice skating is the perfect place to take a date. If you’re good at it, you can show off. If you’re bad at it, you’ll have an excuse to hold hands.
When you’re done doing triple-lutzes (or falling on butt-ses), you can go warm up with a nice cup of hot chocolate. We found five great, cozy cafes within walking distance of the rink where you can cuddle up with your guy or gal and sip cocoa like kings. (more…)