With the L-pocalypse nearly a year away, the MTA and DOT have assured those living along the L train line that they’ll boost service on the G and JMZ lines, create a “busway” on 14th Street, and make cycling between Brooklyn and Manhattan safer. But that hasn’t quelled the fears and frustrations of those living in either borough; anger has been directed toward MTA officials at public meetings, and a federal lawsuit has even been filed.
There are some New Yorkers, however, who stand to benefit as a result of the closure, which may come as a surprise to negatively-affected residents. Of the approximately 250,000 who are going to be impacted, the L train shutdown is providing rare and exciting opportunities for a lucky few. Play our video to meet the lucky few.
Last night’s Brooklyn town hall about the L train shutdown drew a smaller and generally more supportive crowd than last week’s contentious meeting in the West Village, but some sparring with city officials still revealed a lack of trust in the MTA and DOT on both sides of the East River.
While you’re checking out Artists & Fleas and all the other usual suspects, don’t miss these pop-up markets coming to Williamsburg in the coming weekends.
(Photo via Brooklyn Flea)
Brooklyn Flea Record Fair Sat, May 19, 11am-6pm at East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Williamsburg.
Crate-diggers and foodies unite! Smorgasburg gets an upgrade this weekend as the Brooklyn Flea’s recurring record fair joins the food fest in East River State Park. The lineup of 60-odd vinyl vendors includes local shops (Academy, Halcyon, Captured Tracks, Rough Trade, even shuttered St. Marks Place shop Rocket Science Records), local labels and distributors (Knitting Factory Records, Mexican Summer, Nublu Records, Sacred Bones, Domino Recording Co.), collectors whose stuff you’d normally have to buy off of Discogs, and more. To complete the dream record store experience, tastemakers from some of these fine places (including Nublu, Mexican Summer, Academy, and Greenpoint’s The Lot Radio) will be manning the decks as you shop.
Patrons outside Legion bar on its closing night, 5/13/18 at 12am. (Photos: Nick McManus)
Williamsburg’s Legion Bar closed its doors early Sunday morning for a legion of regulars. The closing was bittersweet for Merle Chornuk, who opened Legion in 2005 with the hopes of it being a busier bar than it turned out to be. “It’s the end of an era,” he told me. “I’m moving on to other things.”
Elsewhere’s new rooftop isn’t the only outdoor spot making a summer programming announcement today. That old standby, Union Pool’s Summer Thunder series, just announced its lineup of free shows, and it’s a good one.
This year’s program, presented with the good folks over at Academy Records, leans distinctly toward jazz and African music, with some real heavy hitters in the mix: Sun Ra Arkastra on June 28, Songhoy Blues on July 7, Jemeel Moondoc on July 21, Mamadou Kelly on July 28, and Joe Bataan on Aug. 25. The Sadies will add a twang of country-western on June 30. On the obligatory indie rock front, Drag City outfit Wand will play songs off their forthcoming EP, Perfume, on June 16. And it all starts off with the eerie, mystical vocals of ex Dirty Projectors member Deradoorian on June 1.
West Village residents voiced their concerns last night about the city’s plans to deal with the effects of the L train shutdown, but MTA and DOT officials held firm in their belief that the current plan to mitigate the upcoming L-pocalypse will cause the least amount of pain for all involved.
Looks like Williamsburg is getting a new rooftop hang. The William Vale, where the Mister Dips burgers and ice cream truck just reopened on the elevated park, is opening a weekend rooftop lounge called The Turf Club.
Gorilla Manners / Atlas / Coffee Cup Conundrum Wednesday, May 2 at Dixon Place, 7:30 pm: $15 advance, $18 doors
Tonight, you can get not one, not two, but three shows in the same night. The first is Gorilla Manners, a play by Andrew Hardigg directed by Jordan J. Baum, which includes a character called Vaseline and a gorilla who does not like being stared at for too long (hence the “manners” portion of the title, I suppose). The second is Atlas, a show by The Red Lines that explores how communication can be distorted by the artifice that we create. The third, Coffee Cup Conundrum, not only works well as a tongue twister or vocal warm-up, but will likely also remind us about the massive amount of plastic we throw away and how we’re only going to be able to ignore it for so much longer. So, there’s something for everyone!More →
Hot on the heels of rooftop programming announcements from Output and Our Wicked Lady, East Williamsburg venue Elsewhere just dropped the lineup for its own rooftop, which will open for the first time on Memorial Day weekend. The club, which opened in November and may or may not have an orgasmic stage, is promising rooftop “happy hours, frozen drinks, local DJs, art programming, weekend food pop-ups, and much more.”
Luxury apartment amenities tend toward the ridiculous, as if a wine tasting room is going to justify paying $3,000 for a studio. (And what exactly is an “arts and crafts atelier,” anyway?) But this one is admittedly pretty sweet. Residents of Williamsburg’s Level bk tower are getting access to e-cars. Hey, at least someone will survive the impending L-pocalypse.