Well, we could look at this a couple different ways. "Cool" as in "something that's considered socially acceptable and does not explicitly violate any rules," in which case, this'll need to be a case by case basis: per this Businessweek article probing New York chefs for their thoughts on in-house e-smokes, a few places (namely Momofuku) have already banned them outright.
Where were you when irony died? I was in bed. I didn't know what had happened. I was sound asleep when irony died. I didn't know that a dozen years later, people would still be talking about the death of irony, that the death of irony would still be a thing. I didn't know that twelve years later I'd be sitting on a subway with a tiny computer in my hand, reading Joyce Carol Oates's thoughts (in under 140 characters) on the death of irony in public and private discourse. Oates made no mention of the eradication of private discourse, but I guess that didn't fit in under the 140-character limit.
Truly sad news for anyone who enjoys cheap buckets of tiny Budweiser bottles, or just has appropriate respect for neighborhood history: after several decades as a neighborhood cornerstone (and a good amount of time as the Last Dive Bar Standing in Park Slope), Jackie's 5th Amendment will be closing.
After a fire last month temporarily shuttered the place, it looks like Alaska is already to open back up—owner Skyler Insler emailed this morning to tell us that the bar will be having a grand re-opening this Saturday and Sunday, featuring, among other things flaming shots.
Well, this isn't news we're too happy to hear: Bedford and Bowery reports that a fire broke out around 10 last night in Bushwick bar Alaska (of boozy milkshake fame, lest we forget), forcing patrons to vacate the bar while firefighters got the blaze under control, which took about an hour. Naturally, there's a Vine of the incident.
Confirmation of what we've all sort of known to be inevitable: Lower East Side mainstay Max Fish will be shutting down their original Ludlow St. location and moving to Williamsburg this summer, most likely some time in late July.
Well, this has been sort of an emotional 12 hours or so! Last night, news started circulating that Williamsburg mainstay (and probably the first Brooklyn bar I ever went to regularly) The Levee had closed its doors, never to return. Eater NY reported that "owners Howard Hunt and Susan Surdacki let their liquor license expire last month and stopped operating as of this week without telling anyone why."
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Sure, why not. Well, "why" is also a pretty valid question, but regardless, this is happening. And happening in a surprisingly, uh, thorough fashion, thanks to Kings County Bar in Bushwick.
Earlier today, Christine Quinn proposed legislation that would raise the legal cigarette-buying age to 21 from 18, in a bid to keep smokes out of the grubby, nicotine-stained little hands of teenagers.
As we sort of assume you already know, tomorrow is
four twuntaaaaaaay 4/20. It is also record store day, and a Saturday! This is the adult equivalent of Halloween falling on a weekend, and should not be taken for granted.
Festival season is in full swing, which means at least a couple of things. Ideally, it means that you'll get to party a lot, travel a little, and see bands you like (or new bands that you're going to like). But, more assuredly, it means that throngs of hyper-intense PR people will be doing a lot of crazy shit to get your attention for a few minutes longer than whatever other sponsored tent is right next door.
We'd been hearing rumblings about this over the weekend, and a report today from DNAinfo confirms that Wreck Room, a Bushwick boozing staple, was closed down by the Department of Health late last month due to so-called "rodent activity."
So, there's not that much to be said about this. Trendy bar-slash-club-slash-hotel Soho House is maybe thinking of opening up a branch in also-trendy Brooklyn, according to a post on Out's website.
Because, you know, Bedford Ave. Williamsburg. That, my friends, is where the party is at. And now it's been statistically proven, sort of.
If there's one thing social media is good for, it's definitely not "staying connected with friends and loved ones." Nope. It's systematically learning every single thing about yourself that is uncool and insufficient, and trying, through artful self-representation, to fix it. Fun, right?
On most days, I'm inclined to make fun of (or just not read) the Metropolitan Diary section of the Times, because well, have you seen most of the letters? Usually nonsense, sometimes racist! Just not the best. Today, though, it is perfect.
Among other things, this set explores the debauchery of Trip House. This Bushwick mansion has gotten many a pair of organic cotton panties in a twist for "vandalizing" a possibly historic building. Personally, I'll take DJ sets from Pictureplane, Ultrademon, Lil Internet, and Work TVK over preserved wainscoting. Plus the graffiti makes my pictures look better.
elvis costello perfomance link (the published one here is not working) http://videos.mediaite.com/video/Elvis-Costello-Radio-Radio-1977
I need a sweet baby
Here's another good drinking song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1CULMYgUfc