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Dissent Over a Clown, a Magic Show, and ‘Hangouts’ in Hasidic Williamsburg

Moishe's Place (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Moishe’s Place (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

If you were deep in the heart of South Williamsburg Monday night, you might’ve come across a baffling scene: four Hasidim stood outside 868 Bedford Avenue, chanting loudly in protest against the grand opening of Moishe’s Place, a kosher take-out and delivery restaurant that — in addition to falafel, soups and salads — serves a Shabbos menu on Thursdays.
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The Great Brisket Race: Can You Beat the Mighty Quinn’s Line By Crossing the River?

The weekend is almost upon us, which means it’ll soon be time to hit Smorgasburg for some Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque. Except for one thing: the line, always the line! It’s safe to say Mighty Quinn’s is the Shake Shack of Williamsburg. In fact, we’ve often found ourselves queuing for ‘que at East River Park and wondering if it’d be quicker to just hop on the L and get a brisket sandwich from the East Village location.

One day, we actually decided to find out, by donning some power-walking gear and challenging a hapless soul at the end of the line to a race. A race for brisket. Watch our video to see who got fed first.

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Skater Joel Meinholz Grabs Sloppy Cemitas En Route to Slappy Sundays

There’s a good chance that before you’ve finished watching the video above, professional skateboarder and event promoter Joel Meinholz will have hatched five new ideas.

As we followed the Milwaukee native around on a humid Sunday, he schemed something on each block – everything from a skateboarding play based on “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” to an initiative that would turn boring blocks into obstacle courses by adding transitions to existing architecture.
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Nick Suarez, Conqueror of Bobby Flay, Has Quietly Fired Up a Grill in Iona’s Backyard

Nick Suarez and his backyard stand at Iona

Nick Suarez and his Backyard stand at Iona (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

All Nick Suarez, founder of the wildly popular Food Experiments, ever wanted to do was hang out in a backyard, wear shorts and grill stuff. And now he’s living that dream every Thursday through Sunday night behind a Williamsburg pub.

Suarez has quietly launched “Backyard at Iona,” a charm-filled shanty with a tin ceiling, running water, walls that double as chalkboards and a utensil rack attached to a tree. The grill menu may change weekly depending on the chef’s mood, but he’ll always offer the basics: burgers, brats, sausages, and side salads, like potato and cucumber.
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Reel Psyched: Feminism, Punk Rock, Bloodshed and Free Pizza

Here’s what we’re really excited to see this week in local theaters (or, for that matter, at local bars and rooftops).

Sarah Jacobson was an independent filmmaker who believed wholeheartedly in feminism and punk rock, and fully embraced a DIY method of filmmaking. Before cancer cut her life short at age 32, she made some of the most influential underground films of the ’90s, including “I Was a Teenage Serial Killer,” “Road Movie (Or What I Learned In a Buick Station Wagon),” and a feature film, “Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore.”
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Motor City Bar Threw Itself a Going-Away Party

Image(3)Last night Motor City Bar celebrated “17 years of sex, drugs and rock n roll,” as the invite to its going-away bash put it. We stopped by the Lower East Side dive and got a few photos of the packed, humid room, presided over by the gyrating Anna CopaCabanna and — in the DJ nook — Dion Lunadon of A Place to Bury Strangers.

If you missed the official sendoff, don’t worry: the whiskey will be flowing for another week.

Welcome to Berry Hill, Where Williamsburg Looks More Like Murray Hill

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Whiskey Brooklyn (Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Whiskey Brooklyn (Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

Spritzenhaus

Spritzenhaus

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery

Spritzenhaus

Spritzenhaus

Berry Park

Berry Park

Spritzenhaus

Spritzenhaus

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

Berry Park

Berry Park

Whiskey Brooklyn

Whiskey Brooklyn

On the G train to Nassau Avenue, a guy in a backwards baseball cap and a “Most Dope” t-shirt tells his friends, dressed in button-downs and popped collars, that their stop is next.

“I love Brooklyn!” he yells, getting off the train.

Their destination is Berry Park, where on the rooftop strung with Christmas lights there’s a view of the invisible line dividing Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

The night scene around Berry Park doesn’t exactly fit with either of those neighborhoods. In fact, it’s much closer to a certain neighborhood in Manhattan.

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Bye Bye, Blarney Cove: An Irish Holdover Packs Up the Shillelagh

Bartender Lisa Ramsay (Photo: JP Grace)

Bartender Lisa Ramsay (Photo: JP Grace)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photos: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photo: Scott Lynch)

Blarney Cove (Photo: Scott Lynch)

(Photo: Scott Lynch)

Sometime around 1977, Father Time ducked into the Blarney Cove on East 14th Street and never bothered to start the clock back up when he left. A gnarled shillelagh, or “Irish whuppin’ stick,” hangs on the wall beneath the television, which is typically tuned to baseball or horse races. There’s a working payphone and a video poker game by the tables in the rear. A faint odor of stale beer floats around.

Sadly, there are just a scant few days left to grab a cheap domestic draft at this sliver of old New York. The Cove will close its doors for good at the end of this month. It’s “going the way of Mars Bar and CBGB,” says bartender Lisa Ramsay.
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Secret Project Robot Opens a Happyfun Hideaway

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Happyfun Hideaway (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The secret seems to be out about Secret Project Robot’s new sister establishment. “Yesterday, I made a batch of vegan pulled pork and it sold out in about three hours,” Rachel Nelson told Bedford + Bowery.

Happyfun Hideaway’s early success after just a few weeks in business seems to have come from a combination of word-of-mouth and a straight-up irresistible atmosphere (just look at our slideshow). The bar offers mixed drinks and reasonably priced beers, plus what the owners describe as a “slightly healthier version of Americana bar food” (so far, offerings have included jackfruit with barbecue sauce, mac and cheese, Frito pie and cheeseburgers).
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100 Bottles of Beer On the Wall (Literally!) at Bushwick’s New Growler Den

100 bottles of beer on the wall.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

100 bottles of beer on the wall. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Mmm, beer.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Mmm, beer. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Pegas growler filling machine carbonates the beer so that it'll last in your fridge longer.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Pegas growler filling machine carbonates the beer so that it'll last in your fridge longer. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

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The room.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The room. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

"Musicians, actors, and other artists are welcome." (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Cold ones.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Cold ones. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Growlers are $6 for the bottle, around $20 for the fill.  (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Growlers are $6 for the bottle, around $20 for the fill. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Sampler has 18 draft beers. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

The Sampler has 18 draft beers. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Tasting notes. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Tasting notes. (Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photos: Lauren Carol Smith)

For all the new bars that have opened up in Bushwick in the past year or so, the craft beer scene has remained woefully underrepresented. That changed this weekend when Jorge Arias opened The Sampler just steps off the Jefferson L.
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Members of Hold Steady, Spoon Bring Minneapolis to Manhattan Avenue

Bobby Drake in Lake Street's bathroom. (Photo: Jesse Sposato)

Bobby Drake in Lake Street’s bathroom. (Photo: Jesse Sposato)

What do a bunch of band dudes from the Midwest, who now live in Greenpoint, do when not making music together? Easy: they open a bar. Bobby Drake (The Hold Steady, w/o.), Frank Bevan (w/o.), Rob Pope (Spoon), Eric Odness (The Wanted, Primitive Weapons) named Lake Street after a major thoroughfare in Minneapolis, and they want it to be reminiscent of the bars they used to hang out at back home – “kind of old-man divey but cool bars, you know, where they could be sketchy, but not really,” Drake told Bedford + Bowery during a chat at the nearly finished space at 706 Manhattan Avenue, near Norman.
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