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."
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.
Sheesh, what a roller coaster these past few days have been. Last week, word got out that the MTA had scheduled maintenance shutdowns on the L during Memorial Day Weekend and our very own Northside Festival, June 15-17. Needless to say, not ideal. At all.
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.
Remember those two weeks in 2012 when a frankenstorm left lower Manhattan without power for several days, the military was rolling through the streets, Halloween happened despite it all, Barack Obama won his second term, gay marriage and weed were legalized in a few more states, and then there was a blizzard? Oh and Grimes played? That was pretty weird.
If NYC were a party (which it often is), Sandy's the chick who you don't want to invite because she's going to drink all your booze, get too sloppy, and leave without cleaning up. So with that threat in mind, New Yorkers felt the need to go extra hard in the earlier, safer portion of Halloweekend in case of emergency, which I present to you in all its .giffed out glory. See more at Hyperrealitv!
Alli Coates is a photographer who happens to take photos of nightlife. Whatever 4evr is her new photo column, starring her cast of whimsical and attractive friends and the divey locations that host them. Enjoy.
Museum staff cite local complaints about excess noise and foot traffic, while internet commenters, per usual, blame factors including "debt-fueled gentrification."