04/05/17 10:01am
Photo via StreetEasy

845 Grand St. Photo via StreetEasy

The dream of affordable living in Brooklyn is just an application away, in theory. Those who apply for the two currently open subsidized apartment lotteries in East Williamsburg will likely be raindrops in an ocean of other hopeful applicants, but for the winners at least it’ll have been worth it. And those who aren’t chosen can live on the fantasy of affordability until they’re rejected – rather, not contacted. (more…)

01/10/17 2:00pm
Suit up for Trump's America. via Evil and Love on Instagram

Suit up for Trump’s America. via Evil and Love on Instagram

The dead of winter isn’t exactly a time when you’re looking to take your shirt off in public, but that’s all the more reason to get in on everyone’s favorite deal: Friday the 13th tattoos.

Yep, the best sale in Brooklyn is back, and covering up your ink now means it’s far less likely to peel and scab in the hot sun as it heals. By the time you unveil it to friends during beach season it’ll be as black as the heart of our presidential administration!

Also, not to alarm you or anything, but there are only two Fridays that are also the 13th in 2017. Will you even be alive by the second one? Who knows! Hashtag Trump’s America. Hashtag ink again. So go to any of these fine tattoo parlors to get yourself some ink for $13 plus a lucky $7 tip (unless otherwise noted). (more…)

01/08/16 4:21pm
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Image via Interstate Projects

An art gallery in East Williamsburg is offering free studio space for three months to one lucky artist out there. The gallery, Interstate Projects, is offering applications for all you artists to a studio they have right next to their 66 Knickerbocker St. location. According to DNAinfo, you have until Feb. 15 to submit your application, with each applicant being judged by a panel consisting of artists, writers and curators. If you are too established, well you can’t apply, or you could, but you would be rejected immediately and also questioned as to why you need free studio space. (more…)

12/22/15 11:59am
Say goodbye to 2015 in style at any of these great parties. via Facebook

Say goodbye to 2015 in style at any of these great parties. via Facebook

There are only a few more days of 2015 left! Whether you are filled with hope, melancholy or dread for the upcoming year, don’t let the old one go out with a whimper. Even if you didn’t get invited to any killer house parties this year, you don’t have to schlep into Manhattan to find an awesome party. From booze to burlesque and food to fireworks, there are plenty of Brooklyn New Year’s Eve events and activities in every neighborhood to fit any-sized budget. (more…)

07/22/15 1:00pm
Matt Torrey's.

Matt Torrey’s.

Matt Torrey’s
46 Bushwick Ave. (Ainslie St.), East Williamsburg,
(718) 218-7646

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What it is: An elegant and casual hideaway (think candlelight and frozen pizzas) nestled between the Graham Ave. and Grand St. L train stations.

Why we love it: Matt Torrey’s balances quieting down and turning up among the late 20s to mid-30s set in East Williamsburg and Bushwick. Whether you’re in the mood for a slow-sipped cocktail or a few frothy pints, Matt Torrey’s has your back.

The bar boasts 15 New York State craft beers on tap along with a variety of bottles and cans, food until 3am (meat and cheese plates, pressed sandwiches) and sleek decor that’s good for a meeting, a date or a group outing. Wooden accents lend to the sophisticated atmosphere, with floors made of antique oak reclaimed from a 100-year-old Virginia farm house and floor-to-ceiling windows providing a corner view of the street where no one’s looking in.

What to order: On tap, you’re likely golden with a Sixpoint, Empire or Southern Tier–the draft selection features new brews from around the state, so you’ll want to check the menu for the latest offerings. A worldly bottle selection includes several Hitachino ales hailing from Ibaraki, Japan and Innis & Gunn’s Oak-Aged Ale from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Regular tip: The bar serves free bagels on Saturdays and Sundays, along with $4 bloody Mary’s and mimosas.

05/13/15 1:44pm
You can eat it, but you won't be able to Instagram it. via Flickr user intdev

You can eat it, but you won’t be able to Instagram it. via Flickr user intdev

Eating alone is sometimes frowned upon by those who can’t seem to understand that sometimes people just want to eat alone. We who go solo to restaurants are tired of the silent, yet obvious judgement from the hosts and servers who see you as being some lonely sad human being who couldn’t get a date or a friend to come wait 45 minutes for a table and drop a bigger tip. For those of us who can’t get a date, or a friend to come eat out with us, or just don’t want to deal with people while we eat. Ichiran Ramen, a popular Japanese ramen chain is reportedly coming to Brooklyn.

This isn’t the first time news has come out that the ramen shop will set up shop here. Reports of a Ichrian opening in Greenpoint have been around since 2007, with the shop still not opening in Greenpoint or anywhere else in the city. Now, eight years later, it seems as if it’s finally going to happen. According to Eater, job listings for both a general and assistant manager position have appeared on Craigslist, where it states that East Williamsburg will host one of two NYC Ichiran locations.  (more…)

02/16/15 12:28pm

reclamation bar

817 Metropolitan Ave. (Bushwick Ave. and Olive St.), East Williamsburg,
(718) 387-5178

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What it is: An ornate but not ostentatious watering hole coupling the air of antique with New American food, cocktails and an ample craft beer selection.

Why we love it: Walking into Reclamation is like looking into the face of the past, if the past had a facelift. Much of what you see is reclaimed (hence the name), with everything from the door frames to the ceiling found in salvage yards and demolition sites. The bar you’re bellying up to? Barn wood from upstate New York.

Besides balancing the modern with the old-fashioned, the bar is spacious and accommodating for large groups and events, offering out different sections for events when requested. Weeknight events include sports nights with Michael (Mondays) and movie nights with Britney (Tuesdays), bringing a little activity to those post work Brooklyn nights.

What to order: Anything from a beer and shot deal to a craft beer to a classic cocktail is good here – take the time to try a few. Couple your drink with a fancy panini (fig and bacon on sourdough, spicy turkey on ciabatta, vegan white bean puree) or cheese plate—food is offered until 4am.

Regular tip: The bar houses food pop ups from time to time—this year, there will be a series of ramen months, so use your noodle to plan out the right time to visit.

12/05/14 10:33am
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This, but free. You don’t have to pay for this. No money down, no money at all actually. via Facebook

Love yourself some brunch but think it should be available as early as brunch, social “norms” be damned? That’s cool, we understand, and we’re thrilled to inform you that you can finally have the fat-laced barbecue brunch you’ve been waiting for. More importantly, the fat-laced brunch comes with FREE BLOODY MARYS.

According to DNAinfoArrogant Swine (173 Morgan Avenue), East Williamsburg’s new barbecue joint that was previously giving you free pig tattoos, is going introducing a brunch menu this Sunday. Brunch goes from 11am-4pm, and to celebrate the achievement, they’re featuring live music and yes, giving away free bloody marys courtesy of UBONS. As if brunch wasn’t enough of a drunken disaster. (more…)

10/29/14 2:35pm


After the anomalous smattering of reasonably-priced 2- and 4-bedroom apartments these past months, BK real estate seems t0 have settled back into the nice-and-easy 3-bedroom setup. You know what that means: no having an impromptu threesome with your roommates and no coupling and forcing one of you to be the third-wheel renter. Seriously! Good things come in threes, (except for a magical rent-stabilized 2-bedroom we found) as long as you don’t fuck it up. And these apartments are totally worth not fucking up for. (more…)

08/14/13 3:45pm
BEER BEER BEER BEER (via flickr user tophermurphy)

BEER BEER BEER BEER (via flickr user tophermurphy)

It is an undeniable truth that beer is something to be celebrated, both in party form and in heavy drinking form. And the New York City Brewers Guild, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting local brewers, will be doing just that this month; they’re hosting a fundraiser for NYC Beer Week in East Williamsburg, and there will be unlimited beer. (more…)