Are there floods of tourists between you and your gingerbread latte? Is the bitter cold preventing you from picking up breakfast in the morning? Suck it up and head out for brunch. Here are a few places to unwind with some booze and bacon while you avoid the hordes dressed like Jolly Old St. Nick.
The holidays are creeping in on us. And you know what else is? A freakish Christmas elf! Catch a screening of the 1989 B-movie Elves at Spectacle Theater. But before that let's figure out what films are actually doing to our brains at ArtLab's Film and the Unconscious.
Break out the skates for a holiday treat
Just got word the in-laws are coming into town early? Here's a look the best post-hangover options you'll want to explore if you're taking the news a little hard on a Friday night.
Free movies in McCarren Park
Attention Williamsburg: get your sepia-toned Instagram pics of the sepia-toned "Hipster Lake" while you can at McCarren Park. According to the Parks Department, they've started renovating the park, in part, to drain the infamous accidental pond, and expect to finish this summer. According to DNAin ... More >>
Come winter, New Yorkers love to ice-skate. They also love to hibernate for three months and watch Woody Allen movies (for whatever the reason, his flicks comfortably settle when it's freezing outside). However, I do not like to ice-skate - I tried my unbalanced luck at the rink in Central Park a fe ... More >>
Every week, we are offered another story from the scene at McCarren Park Pool. Ever since the Greenpoint/Williamsburg water venue re-opened last month, there have been a whole slew of fights with teeny-boppers beating the crap out of each other left and right. And, of course, we have heard ... More >>
Dirty Dancing w/Vaz, Prince Rama, Telepathe McCarren Park basketball court Wednesday, July 25 Better than: Watching at home. Somebody finally figured out how to get people to show up and sit through opening bands: just make the headlining act a free outdoor screening of a beloved movie. ... More >>
Hospitality, Crocodiles 4Knots Music Festival Main Stage Saturday, July 14 Better than: Waiting in line at McCarren Pool. Now are the times of heat. During Hospitality's set, the sun shone brightly. It was hot; shade was at a premium. The Brooklyn trio's brand of dreamy indiepop, which mixes child ... More >>
As mentioned on the newspaper front page in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," while Bed-Stuy burned in the 1989 summer heat, it looks like a helter swelter out there. And it's a damn bloody one.In the past five days, with temperatures averaging well over 90 degrees, New York City has seen a spree of ... More >>
That headline alliteration was hard for us to say, too.On Thursday, after three years of renovations that cost over $50 million, the "hipster playground" known as McCarren Park Pool re-opened with a cutting ceremony led by Mayor Bloomberg and hundreds of heat refugees. (We brought our camera&nb ... More >>
Williamsburg gets its pool back
Of Montreal w/Jens Lekman McCarren Park Friday, June 15 Better than: Listening to Diamond Dogs during your "Poststructuralism and Feminist Theory" seminar. Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman's loss was serendipitous curation's gain during the Northside Festival's biggest show. Onstage alone du ... More >>
Hop the L to 350 bands
In search of brains, beer
Sharon Van Etten gets cozy at WNYC
Here are the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. At long last, Shake Shack has opened in Brooklyn. The chainlet's newest store is located in the Fulton Street Mall. [Serious Eats] Ryan Skeen has officially taken char ... More >>
Lots of people have asked me how they can help farmers whose acreage has been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irene. In the coming months there will doubtlessly be a host of benefits for farms at restaurants, concert halls, and other venues, but there is something you can do more immediatel ... More >>
Glass Bandits Theater Company present The Little Mermaid
Matias Corral You're forgiven for wondering if the Sound Of The City is really just a gussied-up Ted Leo fansite, but we argue that's the only natural reaction to his glorious existence. Ted Leo is many things: insightful songwriter; leave-it-all-on-the-stage performer; great interview subjec ... More >>
Beirut w/ Sharon van Etten, Yellow Ostrich McCarren Park Friday, June 17 Better than: The rainout that at one point seemed likely. It was hard to see Yellow Ostrich through all of the umbrellas when they first took the McCarren Park stage on Friday. By the time the band finished their fir ... More >>
This week we're starting a new feature in which we give away Village Voice t-shirts to some of our esteemed commenters. We've judged this week's crop and have come away with some winners. If your comment was picked, email web editor Francesca Stabile to claim your prize. Because there's nothi ... More >>
Imagine our pleasure when we stumbled upon this delightful video in the "pets and animals" section of YouTube (the things we do for you!). Here is a dominatrix doing what she does best in McCarren Park. People around her range from moderately amused to completely oblivious. This summer is shaping up ... More >>
Hipsters. Zombies. Same thing.
This weather is really something! For everyone besides weekend bloggers. You're probably out frolicking already, aren't you. But if you're not -- if you're hungover and melting into a blob in front of Jersey Shore, mired in an existential crisis about what you're doing with your life -- it's ... More >>
Doing a lot better now, thanks. Pics by Jason Gross, more below.M.I.A. Terminal 5 Monday, September 27 Better Than: Getting drenched at her last gig. Listen, Maya, if you don't like this review, don't Tweet my cell. You're having a shitty year, but everyone else has, too. Yours is just more ... More >>
Riingo, the Japanese fusion restaurant once run by Marcus Samuelsson, no longer serves Asian food since Samuelsson left last year. Executive chef Jimmy Lappalainen has completed reworked the menu. [Crain's] Colby Spikes, formerly the sous chef, is the new head chef at Five Leaves near McCarr ... More >>
A choreographer takes advantage of the heat wave
Click to enlarge. We like the idea better than the execution here, but these fictional Office of Blame Accountability bills wheatpasted on Bedford Ave, along McCarren Park, take all sorts of well-known figures task: Bloomberg (for "being a douchebag"), New Yorkers (for "returning to the values of 9- ... More >>
The blogger behind the deliciously feisty Musings of an Irate Commuter has posted an open letter that gives us faith in a communing of spirits that have long held very different beliefs. (See "Hipsters Repaint Bike Lanes in Brush Off to Hasids," and "Clash of the Bearded Ones.") As it turns ... More >>
Mackenzie SchmidtKickstand sets up shop at McCarren Park.In our many caffeinated years, we've committed every crime known to coffee--making old hot coffee into iced, reheating in the microwave, and mixing vintages (making new coffee over yesterday's lingering leftovers in the pot). We're not ... More >>
Tomorrow at McCarren Park in Brooklyn the 2nd annual Punk Rope Games will ensue. They start at 10:15 a.m. (does anyone actually get up and into their skinny jeans/shorts with knee socks that early?) with a "procession of nations." The actual games -- throwing around rubber chickens and styrof ... More >>
Doesn't this sound fun? If it's free, it must be good!
Mackenzie SchmidtShow me your . . . drifts? The L Magazine put on what may very well be Williamsburg's first Mardi Gras parade last night amid confused, yet surprisingly festive revelers. An impressive purple, gold, and green float stocked with burlesque dancers in winter jackets, and the mag ... More >>
YYYs, by Rebecca Smeyne, of course.In the week in which death shrugged off the "summer of" appellation and kept right on killing people, we mourned the Death Set's Beau Velasco, a good man cut down too early, and Mr. Magic, whose work as a DJ in New York in the 1980s is an enormous wormhole d ... More >>
Sam HorineDirty Projectors Dave Longstreth . . . they are here. Sunday was the second week of Jelly NYC's Pool Parties, relocated this summer from McCarren Pool, and Dirty Projectors proved to Brooklyn for the first time since Bitte Orce's' official release that they've only begun to feel out the e ... More >>
In a blow to snake-handlers everywhere, Jelly NYC has posted this entertaining graphic of prohibited material for this year's slate of free Sunday-afternoon shows in Williamsburg. Banned items include grenades, machine guns, syringes, throwing stars, bald eagles, and--showing that the series is de ... More >>
Deerhunter at McCarren Pool last summer, photo by Rebecca Smeyne No Age, Deerhunter, Dan Deacon--the CMJ 2007 All-Star trifecta--just announced a summer tour, and the schedule includes an August 2 date at the Jelly Space 2009. Excellent news, since this officially confirms that Jelly NYC are throw ... More >>
Catch Wes Andersons very best
Ophelia loses it in McCarren Park Pool
Stock up on deodorant, and gird yourself for another trip down the ol Slip N Slide
No R.I.P. for the rock album just yetSonic Youth's seminal Daydream Nation lives again at McCarren Pool.
From free cookouts to urban beaches, the best in New York's summer scenes
Seasonal fare abounds at farmers' markets around the city
The heat is onand for a limited time onlyso get out of the house and soak it up before it's gone