Angel St Thrift Shop Benefit, Preview Tonight


The nice people at the Angel Street Thrift Shop will be throwing a Garden Party this weekend to benefit individuals and families affected by substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and Mental Illness. While the fundraiser, which features a 10% discount for individuals who print out the flyer (after the jump), isn’t set to begin until tomorrow at more…

The Morning Photo + Links


Hazy view of Manhattan. Photo: Mark Hulbert   A look inside Williamsburg’s first bowling alley/concert venue/restaurant/bar, aka Brooklyn Bowl. [NY Mag]   Gothamist takes a peek at the McCarren Pool renovations. [Gothamist]   NYC apologies to Greenpoint over Manhattan Ave park screw up. [Brooklyn Paper]

The BAG, for NAG


Weezer fans and NAG supporters packed the back room of Union Pool last night to hear The Blue Album Group cover the band’s eponymous classic. The BAG was note-for-note on ’90s alt anthems “My Name is Jonas” and “No One Else,” while “The World Has Turned,” a personal favorite, sounded a little fast. There were more…

Mayor and Local Politicians Win the Right to Run Again


The U.S. Court of Appeals yesterday ruled that a bill overturning term limits, passed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in November, is legal. The bill will enable the Mayor, as well as the Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough Presidents and members of the City Council, to serve three consecutive terms in office.

Public Art Coalition to Beautify India Street


The North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition was organized by council member David Yassky as a means to collaborate with community artists to beautify North Brooklyn through public art. The India Street Mural Project is the first of a number of upcoming projects working with Open Space Alliance and other organizations to commission five artists to more…

The Morning Photo + Links


  The Williamsburg Bridge from Hope St. Photo: Eric Ryan Anderson   Tom Potter, co-founder of The Brooklyn Brewery, plans to open NYC’s first post-prohibition distillery, possibly in Williamsburg. [Daily News]   Scottish post-rockers Mogwai wrap up a sold-out three night run at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. Are you going? [BrooklynVegan]   The Word presents a more…

North Brooklyn Story Fundraiser Tonight


Arguably one of the most effervescent neighborhoods in New York, residents of Greenpoint and Williamsburg have some great stories to tell. Whether it’s flying a kite in McCarren with a homeless poet or learning the history of the USS Monitor, these stories need to be archived. Enter the North Brooklyn Story Project. The goal of more…

Odara, You Will Be Missed


I saw the metal shroud hanging over Odara last week, and was hoping they were just keeping odd hours. Sadly, it looks like it’s permanent. The Mediterranean restaurant was one of the cozier, friendlier places on that stretch of Graham Avenue (which happens to be on my walk home), and I could never figure out more…

The Morning Photo + Links


A man watches the aftermath of a fatal accident on Manhattan Avenue. Photo:Sheryl Imperati   The Greenpoint Gazette has an eyewitness account of the arrest and photos of the accident. New York Sh*tty has some eyewitnesses in the comments as well.   On a less somber note, the guys who run the Bedford Avenue taco more…

Tragic, Possibly Fatal, Accident in Greenpoint


From Greenpointers, this photo and a report that earlier this afternoon, the driver of a stolen car hit a young woman on Manhattan Avenue, between India and Huron.  The Greenpoint Gazette reports that it received an e-mail tip earlier in the day of a shoot-out on Nassau Avenue.  Unclear for now how the two are related, more…

Tonight: Williamsburg Walks Meeting


Tonight The L Magazine and NAG will host an informational meeting for this year’s Williamsburg Walks. As with last year, every Saturday in June and July, between the hours of noon and 9 pm, Bedford Ave will become a walker’s paradise, with street vendors, sidewalk chalk artists and on-foot pedestrians making Williamsburg’s main street feel like more…

The Morning Photo + Links


Feels like summer. Photo: Eric Ryan Anderson A cyclist was hit at Roebling and North 11th on Saturday night. [Free Williamsburg]   NPR continues its local coverage by going to the pig butchering class at the Brooklyn Kitchen. [NPR]   Apparently, it’s South African Freedom Day, and Time Out New York says you should go more…

Bridgewalkers: A New Series

williamsburg bridge

There’s something addictive about walking over the Williamsburg Bridge. There must be, as every day, so many of your fellow neighborhoodies walk the 1.4-mile walk, a hundred feet in the air. The industrial latticework of red fading into Pepto Bismol may not be one of architecture’s greatest aesthetic accomplishments, but its quirkiness makes for a more…

Violent Bullshit at Death By Audio

violent bullshit

Clad in a green plaid shirt and black jeans and sporting an Aniston-quality mane and a rather dashing moustache, Violent Bullshit lead singer Jayson Green looked like a friendly pirate as he called out the Saturday night crowd at Death By Audio for standing too far from the stage.

Passing By, Passing Over

passover in temple

I first entered the Greenpoint Shul of Congregation Ahavas Israel last year, when the shul’s president plucked me off of Franklin Street on my way to buy coffee. The congregation was struggling to make a minyan — the ten-man quorum needed to hold a service, and I was enlisted as Congregant #10