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Jack Ridley III of Drowners Premieres ‘Never Sleep,’ Off His New LP With Threats

(Courtesy of Threats)

(Courtesy of Threats)

When I meet Threats frontman Jack Ridley III at his practice space on Rivington, he is drinking a Corona and smoking a hand-rolled cig. It’s a derelict building, decorated with haphazard graffiti, located adjacent to Welcome to the Johnsons, where Jack tends bar a few nights a week.
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Welcome to… The Johnsons, in Bushwick

(Photo: Erin Kelley)

(Photo: Erin Kelley)

After a long summer of waiting, The Johnsons (Bushwick outpost of Welcome to The Johnsons) finally opened this past weekend.

With its white tiled bar, fake plants, wood accents, and tribal art, The Johnsons bears little resemblance to the den of iniquity that is its Lower East Side sister. This feels more like an adult take on the tiki bar: a little funk, but no over the top kitsch.
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A Tour of Lady Gaga’s LES, Courtesy of the Guy Who Wrote the Book

Sullivan (and his book) on the Lower East Side (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sullivan (and his book) on the Lower East Side (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

If you caught Lady Gaga’s, well, Gaga-esque performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, you’d never think to describe her as “very short,” with a “very quiet voice.” But that’s how she was known to Brendan Jay Sullivan, author of a memoir out this week, Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, The Lower East Side and the Prime of our Lives.
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Welcome to Bushwick, Welcome to the Johnsons!

(Photo: Brando Skyhorse)

(Photo: Brando Skyhorse)

Max Fish isn’t the only Lower East Side bar that’s Brooklyn bound. Welcome to the Johnsons is opening a sister spot in Bushwick. Unlike the Rivington Street den of depravity, it’ll be called simply The Johnsons. But don’t worry – it’ll still be welcoming. More so than the scruffy original, it could be argued, since it’s about four times the size.

The offshoot, at 369 Troutman Street, will feature an open-air patio that’ll be in full swing till closing time, said owner Lisa Gartner, who also co-owns Sweet Paradise on the Lower East Side.
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