Lately, it feels like you can't strut anywhere in this city without colliding nostrils-first into an aromatic haze of woodsmoke, but New York's barbecue culture has evolved as lowly and slowly as the heavily barked meats the beloved cuisine produces. From its '90s origins with Pearson's Texas Barbec ... More >>
The smell of blistered chiles and toasted nuts rides a current of wind blowing down Morgan Avenue in East Williamsburg. The aroma perfumes the air, fills the nostrils, and then is swept away by the thunderous trucks that rumble north. It comes from Xilli, a commercial kitchen in the basement of an i ... More >>
As rent rose in Williamsburg to match prices in Manhattan, restaurateurs pushed eastward, and they've spent the last several years colonizing Bushwick with unique offerings that run the gamut from vegan Ethiopian fare to Cuban sandwiches. Those businesses join a slew of already-established places, i ... More >>
For this week's review, I headed to the border of Bushwick and East Williamsburg to try Kedija Srage's vegan Ethiopian cuisine at Bunna Cafe (1084 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn; 347-295-2227). Her vegan interpretations of tibs and wots, using mushrooms in place of meat and olive oil in place of butter, ... More >>
It's Good Friday/Great Weekend! But it's good every day, isn't it? (Don't hate on our happiness.) Especially this weekend; aside from Record Store Day happening Saturday, it's Easter weekend, which means you're highly encouraged to go out parading in your weirdest outfits -- topped with the most glo ... More >>
There are so many ways housing in New York can go wrong: a Craigslist scam, a crazed roommate, a radiator that screams like a jet engine without heating the apartment, or, best case scenario, just an enormous rat king that takes up residence beneath the stove. But no matter how bad you think you've ... More >>
Break out the acid wash denim jorts -- it's downright summery outside. And no better way to celebrate a warm day (or pretend that it's swimsuit season) than with a frozen drink. Here are our 10 favorites around town.
On July 17, during a routine Wednesday night at the East Williamsburg performing arts space known as Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, co-manager Yoni David was shot, a bystander in a dispute unrelated to the venue. The bullet travelled through his left arm and into his torso, leaving his limb close to unusab ... More >>
Headed to the LIC Flea & Food this weekend? Bradley Hawks just penned a round-up of 10 great dishes he found at the event last weekend, and it's good guidance for tackling the dozens of vendors. But first, pour yourself a cup of weekend coffee and read up on our top stories of the week.
Grand Morelos on Grand Avenue in East Williamsburg is a 24-hour Mexican diner that specializes in quinceañera cakes and never-ending cups of 90 cent coffee. The restaurant does more business at 3 a.m. than at noon, and the waitresses here flip between Spanish and English in a snap. It is a true nei ... More >>
It's two o'clock in the morning on a Saturday night in Astoria. You've just left the bar with your friends and, because of the way the world works, the N/R/Q trains are running every hour and you just missed it. You try to hail a cab back to East Williamsburg, but to no avail, since, you know, you'r ... More >>
Reinvention is the new resolution. Ring in 2013 with eats, drinks, music, and more.
Anonymous asks: How do I get into food writing? I've wanted to be a food journalist since graduating from college. Dear Anonymous: It's a very tough market for food writers, as you know, with some universities barfing out large volumes of grads with MAs and MFAs in "Food Writing" and "Food Studies" ... More >>
Dumplings from Broken Rice (580 Grand Street, 718-302-8886)
In New York's chaotic do-it-yourself music ecosystem, nothing is a given. A venue might combust as suddenly as easily a new one might spring up, making this list obsoleteyet that volatility is part of the venues' inherent uncivilized appeal. Who's to say where the next bunch of longhairs migh ... More >>
Six months to the day after Mathieu Lefevre was killed by a truck driver who ran over his bicycle in an East Williamsburg intersection, his family's lawsuit against the NYPD will be argued in New York Supreme Court this afternoon. Judge Peter Moulton has denied a motion to allow Lefevre's mother, E ... More >>
In a rare oversight hearing on the New York Police Department's treatment of traffic accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians, Council members, advocates, and the relatives of slain cyclists expressed anger and frustration at what they say is the NYPD's reluctance to charge the drivers respons ... More >>
Don't come between a security guard and his breakfast. The New York Post reports of a struggle earlier this morning between a masked assailant and a security guard outside of East Williamsburg's Late Night Deli on Metropolitan and Olive Street (the Post incorrectly reported it as Oliver St, w ... More >>
FacebookMathieu LefevreGothamist has an interview today with the mother of Mathieu Lefevre, the 30-year-old Brooklyn artist from Canada who was hit by a truck and killed in East Williamsburg while biking last week. Lefevre's mother, Erika, said that the family was told to go to the NYPD Accid ... More >>
While the artist lofts on Kent St. in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn were buzzing with police activity this morning, their neighbors at the similar loft spaces on McKibbin St. had an unrelated run-in with the law yesterday. As part of the FBI raids that resulted in 16 arrests nationwide ... More >>
After a pretty lousy 2010 the concert-promotion crew JellyNYC has taken leave of the Williamsburg waterfront and announced Rock Beach, a summer series of concerts at the all-the-way-out-there Aviator Sports Complex kicking off with a July 9 show starring Penguin Prison, Wild Yaks, Janka Nabay and t ... More >>
kingscountydistillery.comWhiskey grows in Brooklyn.Brooklyn's first whiskey distillery since Prohibition, Kings County, released its bourbon earlier this month after just about a year of peddling nothing but an un-aged white whiskey. It looks like business is good, because the distillery is a ... More >>
For the second time, the Meserole Street warehouse that's home to an "artist community/trailer park called "The Nut Factory," has been shuttered by city inspectors, though residents still claim they're in the clear. "I don't know what the Fire Department considers unsafe now," one of the resi ... More >>
Some Monday morning awfulness from East Williamsburg:
Robert Sietsema Along with building a commissary in East Williamsburg, Xi'an Famous Foods is hoping to set up shop in the vicinity of Bedford Avenue.
Spicy and tingly lamb face for Brooklyn and beyond.Get ready for spicy and tingly lamb face to go mainstream. Xi'an Famous Foods, the Flushing hand-pulled noodle joint that expanded to Manhattan this past year with two new locations, has even bigger plans. According to the Wall Street Journal ... More >>
Via NYC Nomad on FacebookThe NYC Nomad, who was totally at our Web Awards last week, is starting to achieve a certain Internet fame, as evidenced by a recent piece on him in the New York Times. Ed Casabian, the nomad's real name, is a financial analyst for Outside.in during the day who goes h ... More >>
Seven alleged drug dealers were busted in Brooklyn yesterday for brazenly peddling heroin and crack in open view. Police say the suspects were caught following a four-month investigation that included an undercover sting and -- yes, seriously -- a Google street-view map that caught three of t ... More >>
It's an itchy week in New York. First bedbugs, now this: poison mosquitoes. City Room is reporting today that West Nile virus, which you'd probably forgotten about, is back in action. It's been found in Old Town on Staten Island, East Williamsburg/Bushwick (run, hipsters!), and South Jamai ... More >>
Sam Mason will stare deep into your soul.Although he told us that he was thinking of opening a restaurant in Park Slope, Sam Mason has gone and opened a bar in East Williamsburg. Eater brings word that Lady Jay's opens tonight, and will not -- repeat, not -- serve food. The bar, which sits ac ... More >>
Hurrah for Best Of the Best Ofs! What do you think? Is Mexico 2000, "a quaint shop under the J/M/Z line in East Williamsburg," New York's Best Bodega? Or McGovern of Brooklyn the city's Most Morbid Florist? Surely you have an opinion on our Best Yankee (Mariano Rivera), Met (Jerry Manuel) , ... More >>
The Iron Triangle of Willets Point isn't the only triangle that's got people up in arms. The Broadway Triangle, 31 acres of East Williamsburg in which are clustered a number of factories and other small, unsexy businesses, is being rezoned for affordable housing, and last night critics let t ... More >>
Magik Markers at Shea Stadium, photos Rebecca Smeyne So last night was the beginning of L Magazine's ambitious little festival that could, Northside Festival, and it is, by all appearances, cozier and far more endearingly starry-eyed than our old embattled, but lovable glue-bound horse CMJ, whose ... More >>
Starting today, intrepid Voice intern Michael Downes will offer a daily, highly biased digest of that evening's best NYC shows -- and the whole weekend's slate on Friday, which today is, mercifully, if you were not aware. Enjoy. FRIDAY Zaire-born Marie Daulne fronts Zap Mama at Joe's Pub. Foun ... More >>
Interesting item in the New York Observer about the tendency of Park Slope's imaginary borders to expand outward, especially when described by real estate agents. The Argyle Park Slope condo is on Fourth Avenue and 7th Street, which some people consider part of Gowanus. The building's website boasts ... More >>
Just a day after returning from the Olympics, mega-gold-medalist Michael Phelps came to the McBurney YMCA on 14th Street, reports amNY. Phelps presented a $20,000 check from Visa to the Greater New York Y to support its youth swimming programs, and gave swimming lessons to visibly excited kids in Mc ... More >>
Overhead last weekend: Two women, who graduated college this May, discussing "East Wiliamsburg" Woman 1: So, do you have a job now? Woman 2: I got a job, working at an investment bank. Woman 1: Oh, where do you live? Manhattan? Woman 2: No. I live in Williamsburg. Woman 1: Oh, How do you like it? ... More >>
I turned on to Bushwick, oh god. I don't want to live here. It's so ugly.
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