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And, just as outrageous rent hikes in Williamsburg have actually been sort of good for Greenpoint's record store options, it's also absorbed a few priced-out art galleries, a welcome addition to an already solid art scene. Yashar Gallery and Greenpoint Gallery are two of the area's most reliable, and Rawson Projects is hosting J. Morrisons series of "Escape from New York" performances through September first (it's free, but space needs to be reserved in advance).
It hasn't gained too much on Williamsburg in terms of venues, but the neighborhood is home to Europa (which doesn't have shows as often as it should but is worth going to just for a beer and a look at the odd layout), Warsaw, which is a bit more traditional and reliable as a Brooklyn venue, and St. Vitus, which has rightfully become iconic as one of the best venues for metal in the entire country. If you have even the slightest metalhead inclination, worth making the pilgrimage.