Maison Premiere has been the Belle of the Brooklyn Ball since it opened in 2011– the Williamsburg oyster bar is perpetually brimming with enraptured guests and hovering, perspiring would-bes waiting for a seat at the horseshoe bar. Earlier this month, their off-the-chain booze operation earned them the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Bar Program.” I mean, where else can you find a classy, non-diabetes-forming answer to the tiki trend, an unrivaled selection of absinthe drips, and a $20 martini that looks worthy of Macaulay Culkin’s character in a sorely needed Richie Rich Redux?
Residents of 95 E. Seventh Street claim that they’ve been without cooking gas in their building for almost 200 days. [EV Grieve]
Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital will relocate from its Gramercy Park home of nearly nine decades to a smaller space on 14th Street. [Town & Village Blog]
On Friday evening in Greenpoint, a thief tricked a man into hugging him in order to nab the victim’s phone. [Brooklyn Paper]
Per a survey by advocacy group Riders Alliance, 77 percent of L train riders would prefer a complete shutdown of their subway line lasting 18 months over a piecemeal closure stretched out over years. [Gothamist]
Sebastian Junger in conversation with David Epstein
Wednesday May 25, 7 pm at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street.
Over the last decade, Sebastian Junger has been on an ongoing quest to help civilians understand the world of modern warfare, with a humanistic approach to the lives of American soldiers in the Afghan war (see: documentaries like Restrepo and the book War). Now he wraps things up with a book examining what happens when the platoon returns home.
Police are circulating the photo of a man and a woman who allegedly assaulted and robbed a taxi driver in Williamsburg around 3:20 a.m. Sunday morning. [DNA Info]
This weekend in Williamsburg, pop-up nightclub Brooklyn Mirage was busted for serving booze without a liquor license. [Brooklyn Paper]
New community gardens will spring at both 9 Moffat Street in Bushwick and 375 S. Fifth Street in Williamsburg. [DNA Info]
Perhaps your idea of a night out at Greenpoint’s Bar Matchless includes drunkenly windmill punching your way through the crowd, loudly sighing when you realize that literally every seat in the house is taken, then dodging skeevy dudes who try to buy your drinks, and having to resort to physically batting them away when they throw money at the bartender anyway, apparently having misinterpreted your “shove off” through the loud din of god-knows-what kind of music to mean “let’s shove” (or maybe you’re one of those skeevy fellows– in which case, uh, sorry).
If all this sounds scary-familiar, then maybe it’s time you see another side of Matchless. Actually, there’s no better time than the present (i.e. tonight, at 8 pm) to get your foot in the door on a night when that foot is much less likely to get groped.
It was a long, hard winter which, honestly, now that I’m looking back on it, I managed to block most of it out. But dare I say that spring has perhaps been worse, and not necessarily because of the fits-n-starts weather that teased all of us into thinking life was about to go our way (yeah right). Instead, it was the uncertainty of whether or not the Barge Bar was ever going to reopen along the Greenpoint waterfront.
Plenty of upscale diners have hit the food scene as of late– for one, there’s Juno, the Bushwick restaurant that John Barclay (founding dude at Bossa Nova Civic Club) recently pulled out of– and there was even a short-lived spot called Amancay’s Diner that was, well, a bit more of a downscale kind of place, with a spin-the-bottle setup and an owner who was better known for throwing jello-wrestling parties than his food.
But Hail Mary– a new Greenpoint restaurant that opened on Wednesday night in the former home of 68 and then subsequently (briefly too) Hook & Cleaver which was run by Chopped chef Diane DiMeo– is pushing the diner concept even further with their avant-garde take on the American everyman classic.
It’s forecast to rain all weekend (boo), but today the weather gods are giving us a pretty tantalizing taste of the summer vibes around the corner. And we all know what that means: soaking up drinks, drinks, and more draaanks galore.
The Passport Program is a not-too-shabby way to make your summer imbibing a little bit cheaper, especially if your #goals this summer include expanding your cocktail repertoire and hitting new bars on the drink scene.
A 19-story apartment building will rise at 275 South Street on the Lower East Side. [Bowery Boogie]
Yesterday the funeral for Isaac Rosenberg was held, the 67-year-old developer and Williamsburg Hasidic community leader who drowned this week while on vacation. [DNA Info]
According to a real estate rumor, Soho House is in the process of purchasing Ludlow Street’s Comfort Inn for a pretty price. [Bowery Boogie]
At 25 Bleecker Street, a nearly 200-year-old building will be torn down and replaced. [NY YIMBY]
Williamsburg-based developer Isaac Rosenberg drowned yesterday while swimming in North Miami Beach, Florida. [The Real Deal]
Next month, a 100-bed men’s shelter will open at 1154 Dekalb Avenue in Bushwick. [DNA Info]