As everyone mourns the passing of Bereket, it’s heartening to see another old-timer celebrating its 25th anniversary — with bells on. On July 19, Paul’s Da Burger Joint will rewind its prices (and music selection) back to 1989, when it opened near the corner of Second Avenue and St. Marks. More →
After Anthony Bourdain visited Laut, Salil Mehta hoped more foodies — rather than the usual after-work crowd — would flock to his well-regarded Union Square restaurant. “So I started keeping pig intestines on the menu,” he told us. “And three weeks went by and only one person ordered it.” More →
As expected, Dunkin’ Donuts has plunked down on Cooper Square, in the former home of Norman’s Sound & Vision — because apparently the one thing that was missing from Latte Row was cookie-dough coffee. It remains to be seen whether No 7-Eleven will form a splinter group called Dunkin’ DoNOT.
It’s been 10 years since the inaugural Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, and this time around the crew at Brooklyn Bodega—the hip-hop advocates that produce the festival—promise it’ll be the freshest yet (their words, not ours). More →
Here’s to hoping you don’t have plans for the weekend of July 26th/27th, and if you do cancel them because Bird Dog, Super Crush Studio, and Scott Bowman (Radio Bushwick) are bringing a killer lineup to a wide open two-acre plot o’ land in Ridgewood for Out in the Streets 2014. More →
Nitehawk’s highly anticipated (by us, anyway) screening of Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies drew a crowd that may or may not have ever seen Todd Phillips’s subsequent films (Old School, The Hangover, etc.) In front of us was a guy in a Mohawk, brazenly smoking a vaporizer. Then there was the guy in the Plato’s Retreat shirt. More →
It took me three passes before I could bring myself to open the unmarked black door on East 4th Street, the one an older man had entered after trying to cruise me near a rack of Citi Bikes. Inside was a steep staircase, painted deep orange, leading down into a basement lobby. There was a framed poster on the wall: Eyes Wide Shut, the Stanley Kubrick film in which an overcurious New Yorker stumbles into an orgy of anonymous, Bacchanalian sex. More →
Attention all Greenpoint dwellers who aren’t yet sick and tired of talking gentrification. Longtime Greenpointer Tony Wolf is putting the neighborhood’s urban renewal woes on (virtual) paper and in cartoon form, for “the world’s first webcomic centered entirely around #greenpoint” (per Wolf’s twitter). The author is an actor, voiceover guy, singer, host, writer and illustrator, and has been living in the hood for 17 years. More →