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Now You Can Have Your Liquid Dinner and Eat it Too, Food Returns to Tørst

(Photo courtesy of Tørst)

(Photo courtesy of Tørst)

When Tørst opened along Manhattan Avenue back in 2013, as the official bar but not exactly brew pub of Evil Twin brewery, the brewmaster Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø attracted a lot of attention for upping his beer game even more. Known for its extensive and ever-rotating selection of beers, some rarely seen in the States, and many made by the kind of high-end microbrews that Jeppe was experienced in making himself, Tørst topped itself shortly after with the addition of an in-house restaurant.

At first glance Luksus– an extension of the bar’s overly-lit, Nordic minimalist setting– inspired a lot of gaggy, knee-jerk, and not so glowing reactions. But like frowny Nordic people themselves and, say, Ikea furniture, the restaurant grew on critics and customers, who seemed to get used to the stiff, hardened outer layer. That is, until chef Daniel Burns peaced out and Luksus abruptly closed, Michelin star and all. But, as of this week, Tørst is back in the restaurant biz, and a new chef seems to have taken notice of the initial criticism.

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Pixies Playing New Williamsburg Venue; Best Mac and Cheeses

Hugh A. Reid, proprietor of the eponymous Greenpoint funeral home, died last week at age 89. [Greenpointers]

Portland-based pizzeria Sizzle Pie will start serving up slices and puns (ex: “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon”) Monday at their new Williamsburg outpost. [Gothamist]

Kimchi Grill, specializing in Korean-Mexican fusion, will open its third Brooklyn location this summer in Bushwick. [Bushwick Daily] Keep Reading »

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Blue Bottle and Van Leeuwen Expand; Tour Williamsburg’s Priciest Apartment

Yesterday, the MTA board voted to keep the price of a single subway ride at $2.75 during 2017, but raise the price of each unlimited pass option. The fare increased go into effect on March 19. [Gothamist]

Blue Bottle Coffee opens for business tomorrow at 279 McKibbin Street in East Williamsburg. [Bushwick Daily]

Through Monday, 107 Norfolk Street will host a pop-up installation of “Subway Therapy,” the multitude of affirmation Post-Its New Yorkers left in the Union Square subway station after Election Day. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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L Train Repairs Running Late; Greenpoint’s Fireplace Bars

Yesterday Josie “Fresh” Tavera, 26, pleaded guilty to running his family’s Williamsburg-based heroin ring. His associate Jason Collazo also submitted a guilty plea. [DNA Info]

In the midst of labor contract negotiations, B&H Photo announced that they will close their Bushwick and Brooklyn Navy Yard warehouses, relocating their employees to New Jersey. [Hyperallergic]

The MTA and Department of Transportation will host February and March meetings in the East Village, Williamsburg and Bushwick to discuss travel alternatives with L train riders who will be inconvenienced during the 2019 shutdown. [Gothamist] Said L train repairs are reportedly over budget and behind schedule. [DNA Info] Keep Reading »

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Richard Gere’s Place Going for $20K/Month; Star-Shaped Pizza Pies

Eswin Gramajo, 27, was arraigned Saturday for allegedly stabbing two brothers during a Williamsburg soccer game on December 11, one of whom died from his injuries. [DNA Info]

Bushwick-born actress Rosie Perez gave a speech at the NYC’s Women’s March this weekend. [Bushwick Daily]

While a bevy of construction will soon happen around Shapiro Hardware on Lafayette Street, the shop opened a “new and improved” location at 7 Great Jones Street. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Week in Music: Resistance Raffle & Riot, No Shame in Tear Jerkers, and More

(Flyer via Alphaville)

(Flyer via Alphaville)

Scully, B Boys, Decorum, NOIA, The Christian Peslak Band, Milk Dick
Friday January 27, 8 pm at Alphaville: $12

The Trump opposition movement continues with more benefit shows extending well beyond Day 1, including this Friday-night gathering in support of Planned Parenthood. Tunes will be provided by Scully, a dream pop/cloud rock trio by way of Oakland (née The Splinters) still drifting on the bleary vibes running through their most recent release, No Sense.

Also newgaze from Decorum, and the music of NOIA (aka Barcelonian musician Gisela Fulla-Silvestre), which, if you can imagine such a lovely thing, is the sonic equivalent of knee-buckling onto a stack of 50 body pillows. And two just-announced acts– Milk Dick (foot-stompin’/milk-and-cookies-style garage punk, a la The Black Lips) and a “special secret band” B Boys (think: Goo-era Sonic Youth) have been tacked on to the lineup too.

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Porsche Strikes Teen in Greenpoint; Subway Fare Hike in Play

A 14-year-old boy was hospitalized in serious condition after a Porsche struck him on a Grenpoint sidewalk early yesterday evening . The driver was arrested for reckless endangerment. [NY Daily News]

Kenneth Bryan was found guilty Friday of shooting and killing Demetrius Mayo, then 28, inside a Bushwick nail salon in October 2014. Sentencing will take place in Brooklyn Supreme Court on February 8. [DNA Info]

Village Voice columnist Wayne Barrett died Thursday at the age of 71. [NY Times] Keep Reading »

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Protesters Sound Off About LES Skyscrapers; ‘Stay Nasty’ Show Raises $50K

Bushwick Economic Development Corp., the non-profit that oversees the Bronx property where twin sisters died last month because of an errant radiator, had as many as 185 open violations at a separate Bronx site it operates. [The Real Deal]

Police arrested a 22-year-old man for burglary last Friday, alleging he stole a $400 bicycle from a Clinton Street apartment last month. [DNA Info]

Residents of the Lower East Side met with developers for a second time Wednesday to voice concerns about a series of planned waterfront skyscrapers. [Curbed NY] In addition, protesters interrupted the meeting. [Bowery Boogie] Keep Reading »

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Week in Film: Stanley Kubrick, Egyptian ‘Disco Vampire,’ and More


S is for Stanley 
Friday January 20 through Thursday February 2 at IFC Center: individual screenings, $14

To celebrate the premiere of the S is for Stanley, a documentary that takes a rather unique approach to the life and work of Stanley Kubrick, IFC Center is throwing a two-week retrospective for the director, and it’s starting this Friday. Which is actually perfect timing, really, because if there’s one day this year that you’re desperately going to want to hide from the world, Inauguration Day is probably it.

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‘Thanks Obama’ Dance Party; Bushwick Thriller at Sundance

A 22-year-old man was arrested last Thursday night inside the First Avenue L train station for possession and trespassing. [Town & Village]

Check out a rendering of the forthcoming 68-room Williamsburg Hotel on N. 13th Street. [NY YIMBY]

Greenpoint tavern Northern Territory will host a free “Thanks Obama” dance party tonight beginning at 7 p.m, while Williamsburg’s Call Box Lounge will host a $5/person one tomorrow (proceeds benefit Doctors Without Borders). Also tonight, a Planned Parenthood benefit called, “Trump, Keep Out” will take place at Broken Land. [Greenpointers] Keep Reading »

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Week in Shows: Teen Dreams Abound, Discover Digipoetics, and More

(Flyer by Alec Lambert)

(Flyer by Alec Lambert)

The Night Before: Retail, White Rope, Deli Girls
Thursday January 19, 8 pm at The Gateway:$5 in advance/ $8 at the door

Well, there’s a super compressor of shows happening this week between now and, as The Gateway calls it “the inevitable.” And we can’t think of a better way to keep your spirits up and get the ol’ body machine moving than a Retail show. You’ve probably seen retail, since they’re one of the hardest working bands in Brooklyn, a borough full of musicians who churn out records, shows and, in Retail’s case, self-replication by way of march, at a grind-till-death pace.

The question is whether that has been in the form of a sticker stuck to a dive bar bathroom door, or at an actual show— but if you know, then you know. If you don’t, you gotta go. The band’s new record Dead cranks it up by nearly every measure, with face-blasting screams that have the kind of sharpness shaped only by scar tissue. It’s majorly fast, unadulterated hardcore. In other words, total catharsis.

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New One From El Cortez; Egg-Waffle Cones Hit LES

Members of the Williamsburg Montessori School community are advocating for a crossing guard, speed bump and school zone signs on Kent Avenue, where a 21-year-old man died in December after he was pulled under the wheels of a tractor-trailer. [DNA Info]

In Williamsburg’s Hasidic enclave last Tuesday, police say two Yiddish-speaking men in a van attempted to entice a 12-year-old boy and then a 10-year-old girl with a lollipop. [Patch]

On E. 2nd Street, Houston Street Beer Distributors recently encountered the wrecking ball, making way for a seven-unit residential building. [EV Grieve] Keep Reading »