It’s the first day of summer, in case ya hadn’t heard. Make Music New York (above) is winding down over on Astor Place, but don’t get your Brooklyn Surf Shorts in a bunch: there are plenty of after-parties, and the weather’s going to be glorious all weekend. If you’re too lazy to make it to the Mermaid Parade (King Neptune = Judah Friedlander this year) here’s where to soak up some sun locally. (All events are free unless noted.)
SATURDAY Hillstock Festival Block Party
This Brooklyn-wide festival by the Never Break Down music collective features dozens of bands. Their block party on Saturday on the outskirts of Williamsburg is free and lasts all day. Afterparty at The Bishop at 8 p.m.
106 Emerson Place, nr. Myrtle Ave.
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Last week, after Petit Noir’s performance during the Northside Festival, Scott Stedman was lounging poolside at Williamsburg’s King & Grove hotel. Tanned, oiled legs circled the deck. Waiters brought menus to the white-cloth umbrella tables.
“In many ways, the essential player for our entire festival is the geography and psycho-geography of Williamsburg and Greenpoint,” he said.
By psycho-geography, he meant that Williamsburg is no longer just a place — it’s a brand. And it’s safe to say Stedman’s Northside Media Group — which owns L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine, and produces the Northside Festival — has had a lot to do with that. “The entire goal of our company is to define and showcase Brooklyn as a national adjective for ‘what’s next’ through media and large scale events like the Northside Festival,” he said. More →
Every day around 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump.
(Photo: Pierce Pics)
Lower East Side resident and author Royal Young releases an excerpt from his debut memoir “Fame Shark”, chronicling his search for identity (sexual and otherwise) and fame in NYC in the ‘90s. [The Lo-Down]
A newer, bigger (and more alcohol-rich) Motorino – Mathieu Palombino’s beloved pizza-pie eatery — will open at 139 Broadway, Williamsburg. The deceased outpost had shut down after it began to sink into its own swampy base. [Eater]
It’s almost 6 a.m. and Matt Koshak is playing slow melodies on a two-tiered keyboard, in the small studio where he and his girlfriend practice, record, and sometimes live. Liza Thorn, the other half of the shoe-gaze/drone duo known as Starred, lounges on a couch debating with friends whether the two young boys cuddling in the mixing booth are gay or just fucked up.
All around them: beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, McDonald’s, and a few things we probably shouldn’t mention. More →
“To hear 15,000 people booing at one time, it’s an incredible sound and it’s an incredible energy to play into.”
Martin Rev — of the proto-punk, 1970s duo Suicide – is talking about opening for the Cars, whose fans didn’t exactly care for his stripped down, repetitive synth riffs and his bandmate Alan Vega’s haunting, spoken vocals.
It’s unlikely Rev (born Martin Reverby) will get trash hurled at him when he performs solo at Bowery Electric tonight — his first New York show in five years. Suicide has influenced untold scores of synth pop, new wave, industrial dance and techno sounds, not to mention The Boss himself. More →
There’s a shipment of hot sauce on its way to Williamsburg from Angola Prison in Louisiana. Alana Campbell discovered the fiery tobacco-style sauce made by the inmates while filming a television show about the prison in 2011. Now, she and her sister, Erin, will be selling it at Campbell Cheese and Grocery, officially opening on Monday. More →
Whelp, it’s official: the city’s Rent Guidelines Board, as expected, just approved rent hikes of 4 percent for one-year leases and 7.75 percent for two-year leases for rent-stabilized apartments, according to Fox News.
Among the usual protesters who turned up outside of the meeting at Cooper Union’s foundation building was Jimmy “The Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan.
An expansive new development project may be on its way to Bushwick. Read Property Group, a Borough Park-based developer, is looking to build nearly 1,000 new apartments at the former home of Rheingold Brewery. More →
Every day at 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump.
(Photo: Courtesy of History Channel.)
Via the B +B tip line: next Tuesday, the History Channel’s Cross Country Cookout tour is bringing its 80-foot barbecue smoker and grill to Union Square. There’ll be free food from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. This beast can grill 1,000 hot dogs or 500 burgers at one time, so start fasting now. [Bedford + Bowery]
In other meals-on-wheels news, Red Hook Lobster Pound, a beloved stable of Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea, was voted the best food truck in the U.S by the Daily Meal. [Brooklyn Flea]
Some real-estate news for really tall people: a super-sized East Village home originally built for a 6-foot-9 man hit the market today for a neat $6.5 million. [DNA Info]