Hillstock Went Off This Weekend, Despite a Landlord’s Last Minute Discovery That There Was a Festival on His Roof


Hillstock, the first ever installment of this permit-less backyard-and-rooftop festival, went off this weekend–though there was one hitch. The quieter Sunday singer-songwriter portion was supposed to happen on the rooftop of co-organizer Eric Williams, yet Eric’s landlord magically discovered, thanks to a New York Times nabe-blog post, that his property was about to be transformed into a venue. So at the last minute, the third show was relocated to a Bergen Street rooftop, where Rebecca Smeyne photographed the likes of Emily Brodsky, ACLU Benefit, and Elizabeth Butters. In the end, there were 44 bands in 55 hours and zero cops–apparently ACLU Benefits do go better than New School ones.