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Schimanski, New Club in the Old Verboten Space, Pre-Opens in Williamsburg Monday

unnamed-3 copyJust in time for Halloween, Eddie Dean of Pacha is pre-opening his new club in the old Verboten space on Monday, and it now has a name, Schimanski. That’s going to be a hard one to remember unless you happen to be a fan of German crime shows. Just remember it has nothing to do with Zablozki’s, nearby. 

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These Guys Installed a FREE COFFEE Sign Over a Starbucks to ‘Keep Williamsburg Weird’

The 65 Ainslie Street apartment "FREE COFFEE" sign from Union Ave. (Photo courtesy @chuckorcharlie)

The 65 Ainslie Street apartment “FREE COFFEE” sign from Union Ave. (Photo courtesy @chuckorcharlie)

Back in February, we noticed a FREE COFFEE sign hovering a few stories above the controversial Starbucks on Union Avenue and wondered if it was an olive branch to neighbors who were rankled by the corporate interloper’s bid for a liquor license. But a barista at the Starbucks told us there were no free Frappuccinos to be had, and it quickly became apparent that the glowing sign was either an art installation, an epic prank, or both. Curious to find out, we slipped a note under the door of one of the building’s top-floor apartments, requesting a word with the sign maker. 

Last week, we finally got a text: “This is the guy behind the free coffee sign.”

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Berlin Drag Scene Back in Williamsburg, Party by Ostbahnhof to Rage On

Marcus Likesit and Audrey Ropeburn at the first Party by Ostbahnhof (Photo by Nicole Disser)

(Photo by Nicole Disser)

I had high expectations when the Party by Ostbahnhof, the performance-centric circuit rager inspired by Berlin’s “trash drag” scene, kicked off in December at Verboten. Derek Marshall, ex-pat owner of The Club in Kreuzberg, was infectiously giddy upon his return to the States. And the Party was bound to be a hit if it was any bit as raucous as Olympia Bukkakis, a regular drag performer at Marshall’s underground hot spot for the arty queer scene in the Bushwick of Berlin. Which is why I’m not at all surprised to see the Party’s return to Verboten on January 15.

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SantaCon 2015: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Sweaters

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

Ridiculously balmy weather brought record numbers of Santas, elves, ugly sweaters, reindeer, Christmas trees, gingerbread cookies, and Hanukkah shout-outs to Williamsburg and the East Village on Saturday for that most notorious excuse for mass day drinking, SantaCon 2015.

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Berlin’s ‘Trash Drag’ Scene Invades Brooklyn Tonight

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From left, Taylor di Pasquale (aka Olympia kkakkkakis) and Derek Marshall (Photo by Nicole Disser)

“It resonated with me, completely,” said Derek Marshall, owner of the underground queer bar The Club. He was recalling the first time he’d seen his friend Taylor di Pasquale perform as his “trash drag” persona, Olympia Bukkakis. “Here is this person who gets up there and is in a position of great power, but decides to empower people with collective weirdness– by telling your own, authentic story it normalizes the experience of everyone else who’s in the audience.” Keep Reading »

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These Pop-Up Markets Are For the Ravers and Hip-Hop Heads

1364914171_MG_7643Whether you’re a hip-hop aficionado looking for a reason to day drink or a dance devotee looking for a reason to night shop, these two holiday markets have you covered.

Ibiza Love Child Pop-Up Weekender+
Nov. 28 to Dec. 3 and Dec. 14 to Dec. 25, from 4pm to midnight at Ibiza Love Child, 29 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
While it ramps up for a grand opening in February, Ibiza Love Child has been doing pop-ups at Verboten while quietly operating by appointment only on other days. But starting Black Friday, designer Mary Wagman will invite holiday shoppers into her 2,500-square-foot warehouse – a “warm, yummy environment,” she assures us – so they can check out her private line as well as the funky duds she imports from that party mecca of Ibiza.
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Photos: Everyone Had a Ball at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

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Rebel Rave at Verboten (All photos: Daniel Leinweber/Razberry Photography)

While half of Brooklyn packed into Dumbo’s Festival of Light over the weekend, the lasers were beaming over in Williamsburg as well, as the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival stormed venues such as Cameo, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Villain, Glasslands, Output, and Verboten. Among the highlights: Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow spinning vinyl from Afrika Bambaata’s personal 40,000-record-strong collection.
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Gazing at Wasabassco Burlesque’s Debut at Verboten

Mr. Gorgeous (All photos: Melody Mudd)

Mr. Gorgeous (All photos: Melody Mudd)

Sydni Deveraux and Amanda Whip

Sydni Deveraux and Amanda Whip

James and the Giant Pasty

James and the Giant Pasty

James and the Giant Pasty

James and the Giant Pasty

Trixie Little

Trixie Little

Sydni Deveraux

Sydni Deveraux

Doc Wasabassco

Doc Wasabassco

Stormy Leather

Stormy Leather

Peekaboo Pointe

Peekaboo Pointe

Evelyn Vinyl

Evelyn Vinyl

The crowd at Verboten

The crowd at Verboten

A couple of weeks ago we revealed that Williamsburg dance club Verboten was finally set to open. That Saturday night, we dropped into the massive new venue to check out the first edition of Wasabassco Burlesque, hosted by recent Seattle transplant Sydni Deveraux.
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Verboten, Williamsburg’s Newest Dance Club, Finally Opens This Weekend

(Photo courtesy of Verboten)

(Photo courtesy of Verboten)The speakers!

The recently announced Red Bull Music Academy Festival isn’t the only reason you need to unburn those raver pants: Verboten — the club long slated to join Output, Brooklyn Bowl, Kinfolk, Rough Trade, TBA and others in Williamsburg’s ever expanding Big Entertainment district — has announced that it will throw open its doors this Friday.
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