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Inside The Heyward, Now Serving Shrimp and Grits in the Former Home of Zebulon

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Williamsburg has more than its share of down-and-dirty Southern grub (Brooklyn Star, Pies n Thighs, Sweet Chick, The Commodore, etc.) but the team that took over Zebulon’s former home and opened The Heyward there earlier this week is aiming for something a little less defined and a little more refined.
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Call It a Metal Bar: A Williamsburg Blacksmith Opens Billet & Bellows

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For years, Kristina Kozak‘s wispy metal security grills have graced the windows of Williamsburg nightspots like Bembe, Iona, and Trash Bar. Now she’s getting ready to forge a metal sign to put over her own bar, which quietly opened on Grand Street a few weeks ago.
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Inside Williamsburg’s ‘Super High-End’ Colombian Cafe-Roastery, Devoción

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

A few weeks ago, Williamsburg’s newest coffee roaster and café quietly opened on the western fringes of Grand Street. But even if Bogota-based Devoción’s expansion hasn’t been as hyped as, say, Blue Bottle’s arrival from San Francisco, it’s attempting to do something equally — if not more — ambitious in a grand, gorgeous space.
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Williamsburg Dance Destination TBA Tries to Bounce Back From Shutdown

(Photo: TBA's website)

(Photo: TBA’s website)

TBA Brooklyn, a stripped-down South Williamsburg bunker for house and techno music that operated away from the flash of the Northside’s clubbing district, has been closed by the city, but it’s trying to bounce back via a fundraising party and campaign.
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Meet the Kitties of Meow Parlour, NYC’s First Permanent Cat Cafe

16-month-old Marty, pigeon hunting in the window. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

16-month-old Marty, pigeon hunting in the window. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Liza and Spot, pigeon hunting. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Liza and Spot, pigeon hunting. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Bottom bunk: 13-month-old Lucky Lemon.

Bottom bunk: 13-month-old Lucky Lemon. "Dislikes: thundersnow, hyperbole." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Spot, Squinkles's sister.

Spot, Squinkles's sister. "Dislikes: chillwave." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Owners Christine Ha and Emilie Legrand. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Owners Christine Ha and Emilie Legrand. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Seven-month-old Squinkles.

Seven-month-old Squinkles. "Dislikes: wet umbrellas." (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Eight-month-old Liza. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Eight-month-old Liza. (Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

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Just minutes from now, at precisely noon today, New York City’s first permanent cat café will open its doors, and your Instagram feed will look something like the slideshow above. We got a sneak peek at Meow Parlour this morning and can confirm that this isn’t a sick social media experiment: this cat café is 100% real.
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A 134-Year-Old Italian Gelateria Is Coming to Williamsburg to Serve Salmon Sorbet

Francesco Cataldo and his gelato making machine. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Francesco Cataldo and his gelato making machine. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Salmon gelato, anyone?

Antica Gelateria Gentile will be serving up just that – plus Italian coffee and savory Puglian specialties like focaccia-style pizza – when it opens in Williamsburg in the next few weeks.
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Michael C. Hall and the Hedwig Gang Pay Tribute to Soon-to-Be-Rebooted Don Hill’s

Don Hill. (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Don Hill. (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

There are more signs of life at the onetime home of Don Hill’s. No, it isn’t being zombified CBGBs-style. Rather, the club’s soon-to-open replacement, The Hills, will host a tribute to Don himself, featuring Michael C. Hall and other cast members of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which got its start at the rowdy rock-and-rave dive of yore.
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Regulars Remember De Robertis, Closing This Week After 110 Years

(Photos: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photos: Frank Mastropolo)

Last week John De Robertis broke the sad news that his family’s 110-year-old East Village pasticceria would close on Dec. 5. It might be even sooner — when we called De Robertis Caffé today, an employee told us “anywhere between Dec. 3 and 5.” With a goodbye message now up on the window and the beloved bakery about to serve its last cannoli, we rounded up some of the sweet memories commenters shared with us last week. They’re paired with a few more photos from Frank Mastropolo’s shoot.
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