Esme Brings Tap Cocktails and Outdoor Dining to Greenpoint

Owner Nathan Ricke behind the bar. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Owner Nathan Ricke behind the bar. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

“How’d you find out about us?” Brandon Chamberlain wondered. After all, the new restaurant he owns along with Matt and Nathan Ricke (with whom he also shares a bar in Williamsburg, The Exley) had its soft opening on Tuesday with little fanfare.
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Here’s How You Throw A ‘Badass and Forward-Thinking’ Party in the Woods

(Photo: Erez Avissar)

(Photo: Erez Avissar)

Aurora Halal (of Mutual Dreaming) and Zara Wladawsky took their underground parties upstate this past weekend as they launched the Sustain-Release electronic music festival. With over 20 performances by DJs from Brooklyn (Bossa Nova Civic Club curated a stage with acts like their resident DJ Analog Soul) and beyond (XOSAR from Berlin, MGUN from Detroit), the inaugural two-day event must have been an intense one.
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Greenpoint Film Festival; Meet the Creffle (Crepe + Waffle)

Monsieur André

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Police say this tattooed, 5-foot-7-inch guy used fire escapes to loot four Greenpoint apartments Monday afternoon. [Gothamist]

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation claims that new oil deposits are being dumped into Newtown Creek. [The Brooklyn Paper]

The city told landlord Ben Shaoul that he has 60 days to remove the problematic penthouse at 515 E. 5th Street. [Curbed NY]
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‘Looking For Wild Party Partners’ In Billyburg? So Are These Guys!

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Turns out, fliering isn’t just for people looking for girlfriends, it’s also for those seeking, er, party partners? When we spotted the above masterpiece of Comic Sans outside of Kellogg’s Diner in Williamsburg, we at first shrugged it off as the work of some lame party promoter trying to get hip with new guerrilla DIY tactics.  But then we spotted the e-mail, wearesohigh1@gmail.com, and thought maybe this was the work of some earnest stoners after all. So against our better judgement we dropped these flier boys and girls a line. To our pleasant surprise, we received a friendly reply.
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Manhattan Ave Gets Octopus Balls, Tapioca Balls, Meatballs

(Courtesy of Ria Bella Pizza)

(Courtesy of Ria Bella Pizza)

Greenpoint’s gradually gentrifying Manhattan Avenue got a couple more newcomers in recent weeks. But don’t worry, they aren’t serving trendy kale salads. Well, actually, one of them is, but it assures us it’s authentically Sicilian. Here’s what’s new on the strip.
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(At Least) 5 Rad Shows Happening This Week


Wand and Honey at Death By Audio (and possibly, maybe Ty Segall)
Wand, the garage-psych outfit from California that’s been opening for Ty Segall just before he absconds the Land of The Free for the Eurozone, will play a show of their own on Tuesday night at DBA. Oh yeah, and rumor has it Ty Segall might actually show his face as well. Ty’s appearance isn’t completely out of the question — after all, his video for “Goodbye Bread” was shot inside the DIY venue, and DBA is closing soon, meaning this could be his last chance to play a venue he’s clearly pretty fond of. Definitely joining Wand are the local dudes from Honey.
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Three Chances to Live the Yacht Life, On Land or at Sea

(Phone: Daniel Maurer)

(Phone: Daniel Maurer)

After peeping this peculiar poster on Bowery, we can add another one to our list of parties in unusual locales. The poster points to a website for Cocaine Yacht Disorder, which afflicts 1 in 10,000 people, “everywhere from the shores of Australia to the West Side Highway.” Another click takes you to info about a boat party, on Sunday, that will raise funds for “victims of coke yacht and other drug related yacht catastrophes.” There’ll be “absolutely no cocaine” aboard the boat, but if you bring your own, we double the folks at RINSED will blame victims of this unfortunate disease.  
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Villagers Ask Cops to Do Something About Cyclists and Squatters

Lt. Patrick Ferguson (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Lt. Patrick Ferguson (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

After a summer recess, the Ninth Precinct’s community council resumed its monthly meetings last night, drawing a large turnout of locals to the East Fifth Street station house. Deputy Inspector Peter J. Venice announced that crime in his precinct was down overall by 4 percent with declines in all categories except felony assault during the last 28 days. But residents still griped about everything from loud music at rooftop ragers to rats scurrying out of “filthy” apartment buildings.
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A Subterranean Steampunk Party, Plus Brouhahas in a Bathhouse and Boathouse

Tired of getting your wrist stamped at the same ol’ boring clubs? Check out these parties in some very far-out locales.

poster-2Rock the Pulaski Benefit Concert
Sept. 20th from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Broadway Stages Boatyard, 437 McGuinness Boulevard, Brooklyn; entry $5
The Brooklyn Blowhards, Semi Femme, and Twin Wave are among the bands that will be jamming atop shipping containers alongside Newtown Creek — which, in this instance, Justin La Mort of the North Brooklyn Boat Club describes as a “superfun(d) site.” He promises the fun(d)raiser for the boat club will involve “grilled delights, cold beer, and joyous dancing.”
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Comic Tries to Find Affordable Housing in Williamsburg LOOOOOLZ

Scott Rogowsky, the UCB fixture last seen attempting to feed the “homeless (hipsters)” of McCarren Park and the gym bunnies of the East Village, is back with a new hidden camera video. This time the setup is pretty simple: he goes into some of the newer luxury buildings off of Bedford Avenue and asks doormen and sales agents how the hell anyone can afford to live in them. Needless to say, they’re at a loss for an answer — and no, they don’t let him crash in the yoga room.