Coming off the L train and walking onto Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg you immediatly feel the Brooklyn vibes. Chic and modern apartment buidings blend in with the old school warehouses and brownstones, making for a truly diverse neighborhood. This diversity was also found at the sixth annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival.
We had the opportunity to attend the festival this weekend. Held prodominately on N 6 street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival took place at different venues over 3 nights.
Taking after its neighborhood, Williamsburg, this candy store craftily combines vintage candies with unique, somewhat avant-garde confectionery selections. Handsome Dan’s serves up homemade, all-natural snocones and old-school sodas like Moxie, Nesbitt’s and Dad’s Root Beer.
In old-fashioned glass jars (so hipster!) you’ll find gummies, salt water taffy, Pop Rocks, jawbreakers, sour yummies, delectable chocolates and much, much more. If you want to go all-out-original with your candy selection, Dan’s offers Japanese Candy kits, local Brooklyn Sweets, and crazy cotton candy flavors like Earl Grey, Chocolate, Cherry and Peppermint. Don't worry, though, they wouldn't dream of leaving out classic Original Pink.
The third of Zeb Stewart aka Mr. Williamsburg’s impressive drinking and feeding hole portfolio, (think Union Pool and Hotel Delmano), Cafe Colette is the perfect mix of a polished yet informal aesthetic. The bistro, which adopts a mix of French inspired American cuisine, combines painted floors with cement tables and brightly colored walls adorned with quirky black and white photographs, to create a space that feels equally appropriate for lunch, brunch, dinner or drinks.
Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasburg must’ve brought out the spring weather when they set up for the first day of the weekend food market. This past Saturday kicked off the Smorgasburg season at the new Saturday location, an empty gravel lot next to the East River State Park in Williamsburg. Due to the move, SmorgasBAR won’t be returning on Satrudays until at least June because since it’s a new location, Brooklyn Flea organizers need to reapply for a their liquor license. Annoying, right?
St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, meaning it's time to whip out all your green, stock up on beers, and snag some luck o' the Irish. Since St. Paddy's is the ultimate drinking holiday, we've rounded up some of the best bar crawls happening in the city -- even the non-Irish may participate!
St. Paddy's Kick-Off Party: For just five bucks, you can attend the St. Patrick's Day Kick-Off Party, taking place at Midtown favorite, Public House. The party will take place on March 15th from 5pm until 4am. All sorts of debauchery will ensue.You can purchase your tickets here.
It’s always nice to see a business grow, especially when that business is brewing beers.
Long Island City’s Rockaway Brewing Company, a microbrewery which opened in June, is now expanding its distribution to cover the LES and Williamsburg.
Formerly, the brewery only sold their ESB and Summer Ale to Low Tide Bar on 96th and the Boardwalk on Rockaway Beach, literally on a bicycle built by Recycle-A-Bicycle.
Sweetleaf Williamsburg opened back in May after the success of its sister location in Long Island City --a bean lover's staple since 2008.
The new Sweetleaf is located on the corner of Kent Avenue and North 6th Street, a fine location for people to stroll down, window shop, pick up a coffee and then head down to the water. If they want a coffee to stay, the interior of Sweetleaf is quite spacious and relaxing. They have decorated this café with antiques, such as aged scales and fans, along with old doors used to support many of the wooden structures, like the counters and tables. Customers can relax in one of the lounge chairs, small tables or stools set up on counters. If they have not carried their own reading material, Sweetleaf provides a basket full of magazines and newspapers they can access.
Ever sipped on some red wine and looked in the mirror an hour later, horrified at your creepy stained mouth? Kimberly Walker knows the feeling and that's why she created Wine Wipes, the perfect solution to wine-stained teeth.
Borracha Wine Wipes were created four years ago and now they have a sleek new look. Carefully concealed in a black 12 wipe compact, complete with mirror, this handy product is small enough to carry around in a pocket or purse. Kimberly worked with dentists and sommeliers to come up with the perfect combination of stain removing, teeth protecting, and flavors that don't compete with your wine.
On June 16th, head to the Brooklyn waterfront for the summer installment of Hand Crafted Tasting’s Co.’s beer tasting festival. Held in Williamsburg, overlooking the East River, The Brooklyn Waterfront Beer Festival will feature summer seasonals and specialty beers from across the United States as well as from international breweries. Similar to their event, the NYC Craft Beer Festival, held in March, there will be two separate sessions (12:30 p.m.‑4 p.m. and 6 p.m.‑9:30 p.m.) to ensure that everyone in attendance gets the maximum beer tasting experience possible. Different level ticket packages are also available in order to enhance the festival for true beer aficionados.
Never stale, New York’s atmosphere is always changing. Clubs, restaurants, and venues are evolving, revolving and dissolving at such a fast pace, sometimes you need a little held pinning down what’s actually going on. Here to help, browse this list of newly opened and soon to be opened hot spots within the Five Burroughs.
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