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Local Radar Williamsburg New Year’s Eve Guide 2018

You don’t have to go too far this year to bring in the New Year the right way. From lavish rooftop parties to Savory Dining experiences, we’ve got the lowdown on the best New Year’s Eve celebrations in Williamsburg Brooklyn!   

Dine, Drink & Celebrate

Celebrate New Year’s eve with Delicious food, good company and great tunes! The dining options will be: APPETIZERS: Coconut Shrimp or Scallops . ENTREE: Bone-In-Rib Eye, Pollo Al Limon or Tallarines a la Diavola Con Mariscos. DESSERT: Flan de Coquito. We will be offering complimentary party favors and champagne toast. There will also be a live DJ. We are currently taking reservations. Swing by or Call us at (718) 782-9477 for reservations.

Cafe Argentino is a restaurant which faithfully recreates the ambiance and authentic flavors of Buenos Aires Argentina. Our menus are true to the spirit of our country and are celebrated with an assorted selection of delicious meats and wines. We invite you to come in and experience our excellent service and great food.

Time: 7pm until …
Location: CAFE ARGENTINO | 499 Grand St | Brooklyn, NY
Call (718) 782-9477 for more info & to make your reservations

The brainchild of James beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly, Rider is a contemporary American bistro that serves sophisticated cuisine in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. From skate wing schnitzel to squash agnolotti to a hot fried chicken sandwich, Rider serves food that is simple and iconically American yet textured, dynamic and globally-inspired.

Join us for New Years Eve! Reservations are still available for our ‘Bar Party’. 10pm-2am $75 ‘Bar Party’ open bar and snacks. Our Prix Fixe Dinner is currently SOLD OUT. Call to get on the waitlist. Must be 21+ for this event

Time: 10pm-2am
Location: Rider | 80 North 6th St | Brooklyn, NY
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Join us at Delaware and Hudson Tavern to ring in the New Year! Ticket includes entrance, pig roast dinner, and a complimentary toast. All tickets exclusive of beverages. Artisan beer, wine, and cocktails will be available all night.

Delaware and Hudson is a 38-seat restaurant and a 35-seat tavern in Williamsburg, Brooklyn serving regional American food from the Mid-Atlantic states (from Baltimore to Buffalo). We feature farm-fresh carefully produced local and seasonal ingredients to craft good, wholesome food.

Time: 9pm-1am
Location:Delaware and Hudson | 135 North 5th Street | Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $45

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Sunday is a day that NYC restaurant veterans Todd Enany, Adam Landsman, and Chef Jaime Young never took for granted. After long work weeks, Sunday became a day to celebrate the city, the food and beverage industry, and family and friends. Living in Brooklyn for nearly a decade, it was about adventuring through their borough to satisfy their craving, whether it be the best breakfast sandwich, cocktails, dinner, wine, or cup of coffee. Now, they’ve turned those cravings into their next adventure. Sunday in Brooklyn!

Time: New Year’s Eve Dinner: 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM | New Year’s Day Brunch: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM Location: Sunday in Brooklyn | 348 Wythe Ave | Brooklyn NY

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Polo and Stephanie opened Meadowsweet together in 2014 and saw it as an extension of our home. They enjoy good food, friendly service and a comfortable atmosphere to dine in and that is exactly what they want their guests to experience when visiting Meadowsweet. When they are not at Meadowsweet you will find them upstate at Meadowsweet Farm with their pup Ella where they grow some amazing vegetables to serve at Meadowsweet.

This year they bring you a special New Year’s dining celebration. Click RESERVATIONS link to make a reservation for your New Year’s Eve Dinner!
• 1st Seating: 6pm-6:30pm seating times (table for 2 hours) | $75 per guest (20% gratuity and sales tax not included) | 3-course Prix Fixe Menu with a glass of sparkling wine.
• 2nd Seating: 7pm-8:30pm seating times (table for 2 hours) | $95 per guest (20% gratuity and sales tax not included) | 3-course Prix Fixe Menu with a glass of sparkling wine.
• 3rd Seating: 9pm-10:30pm seating times (bring in 2017 at Meadowsweet!) | $125 per guest (20% gratuity and sales tax not included) | 4-course Prix Fixe Menu & enjoy a champagne toast at midnight!

Location: Meadowsweet | 149 Broadway | Brooklyn, NY
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NYE Parties

Celebrate 2018 with live music and special New Year’s Eve menu. Make your reservation now! Live band and Dj!

Time: Starts at 8pm
Location: Miss Favela | 57 S 5th St | Brooklyn, NY
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BangOn!NYC and the Elements Festival are excited to the moon and back to announce our annual ‘Time & Space’ New Years Eve 2018 spectacular this December 31st, 2017. Warping through the galaxy, we’ll be landing inside our new home in the heart of East Williamsburg. Expect 2 full stages of music and an out-of-this-world silent disco. Featuring a massive spinning planetarium, psychedelic art installations, art cars, fire breathers, and so many more ways to travel through time and space straight into 2018. For inquiries please email: 21+

Time: 9pm-4am
Location: East Williamsburg Warehouse | 485 Johnson Ave | Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $75 – $145
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Join Bandits on the Run and their ever loving crew for what will surely be a memorable New Year’s Eve party. Amazing music, multiple bands, great drinks, lovely people, and NO COVER! We throw a great, fun party every year; where love is in the air and we leave last year’s baggage behind. This year it’s gonna feel extra good! 

Time: 9pm-2am
Location: Pete’s Candystore | 709 Lorimer St | Brooklyn, NY
Cost: NO COVER     

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We’ll get the night started with a DJ set from Brooklyn-based powerhouses Taela Naomi andRyan O’Neil. You don’t have to dance, but you may not be able to resist. Hit up the open beer bar featuring all of your favorites and some very special barrel-aged releases, and snag delicious sliders, bites and snacks from our friends at Stuf’d as we get ready to ring in the New Year. At midnight we’ll kick off 2018 with a toast of an unreleased Ghost Bottle, fresh from our Barrel Aging Facility. New Year, new beer, as the old saying goes (we think.)

Time: 10pm-1:30am
Location: Brooklyn Brewery |79 N 11th St | Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $115
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Round up your usual suspects and join us for a night of drinks, dancing, and boisterous fun at Brooklyn Winery as we usher in 2018! This New Year’s Eve, don your most elegant cocktail attire and raise a glass to the end of 2017 with a four and a half hour open bar (including Brooklyn Winery wine, top shelf liquor, premium beer, and a specialty cocktail), lavish antipasti spreads, and passed hors d’oeuvres that are sure to keep you kicking up your heels all night long.

Time: 9pm-1:30am
Location: Brooklyn Winery |213 N 8th St | Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $150
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Join us to ring in 2018 at Westlight, overlooking the Manhattan skyline, and the celebratory fireworks. The evening will include specialty cocktails, passed canapes, and live music from The Broadway Project. Don your most festive attire, and be prepared to cut a rug on the dance floor in the sky, as we welcome the New Year. Tickets guarantee access to Westlight, Open Bar, Food, and Champagne Toast. Table Bookings include all of the above, plus reserved seating, and additional surprises. All guests must be 21 or over. Blacktie Optional.

Time: 9pm-2am
Location: Westlight | 111 N 12th St | Brooklyn, NY
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Brooklyn’s original alternative rock legends return to the stage. TMBG’s dedication to keeping every show special is a big part of their longevity. Every show is a high-volume celebration of the band’s creative output from their 35-year career. With continuous surprises and rare tracks always coming into the rotation, They Might Be Giants’ live show is not to be missed.

Time: Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:30 pm
Location: Music Hall of Williamsburg | 66 N 6th St | Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $40
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Beach Fossils began in 2009 as the solo project of Dustin Payseur. Before and after the 2010 release of the S/T debut LP and 2011’s What A Pleasure EP, they performed around the world with a lineup that once featured Cole Smith (DIIV) and John Peña (Heavenly Beat). They quickly became known for their highly energetic stage show, bringing the recorded work to a volume and tempo that would make even the indie-est of crowds wind up in a frenzy. With the exception of drummer Tommy Gardner, that lineup dissolved to pursue their ambitions with the aforementioned projects. Wanting to bridge the gap between the live and recorded aspects of the band, Dustin began writing Clash the Truth determined to capture the urgency, human flow and spontaneity of the live performance.

Time: 7pm
Location: Baby’s All Right | 146 Broadway | Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $40-$45
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Guide To Halloween in Williamsburg Brooklyn

From Horror Film Screenings and Bar Crawls to Rooftop Day of the Dead Celebrations, we’ve got the lowdown on spooky Halloween fun in Williamsburg Brooklyn!   

Free Events  

You’re invited to our 2 day Halloween Festivities!! SUNDAY, OCT 30th: LIVE LATIN MUSIC and plenty of great energy to keep the party going. Starting at 5pm. Free pitcher of Sangria for the best costume. | MONDAY, OCT 31st: HALLOWEEN TANGO NIGHT, Starting at 7:30pm. (Don’t know how to dance tango? No worries, we’ll teach you)

Date: Sunday, Oct 30th: Live Latin Music. 5pm | Monday, Oct 31st: Halloween Tango Night. 7:30pm
Location: CAFE ARGENTINO | 499 Grand St | Brooklyn, NY
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Join Corona on the rooftop for “Day of the Dead”
With seasonal decorations decking out the rooftop, this festive event includes a live mariachi band and beats by LiveOnDj collective. Guests can also enjoy complimentary face painting and F&B specials throughout the night

Drink Specials: $5 Modelo, $8 Modelo + shot of Casa Noble Tequila, $12 Halloween cocktails Bad Moon Rising and It’s Hot In Hell featuring Casa Noble Tequila
Food Specials: $7 Crispy Blood Pops, $10 Spicy Chorizo Tacos, $10 Pig Head Bánh Mi, $8 Trick or Treat Bags filled with house made candies and sweets

Must be 21+ for this event

Date: Friday, Oct. 28th | 5pm-1am
Location: McCarren Hotel & Pool | 160 N. 12th St. | Brooklyn, NY
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“Attention boys and ghouls! Soon it will be the time of year to trick or treat and treat your tricks! Let’s get into the Halloween spirit together by enjoying some spirits on a themed bar crawl, and what better place to do it than New York City’s very own carnival of the damned, Williamsburg! We will be starting our procession at 9pm at The Woods and be making our way westward, hitting up some bars along the way for creepy cocktails, dreadful dancing, and things that go bump in the night. We encourage everyone to come in costume and beware, you’re in for a scare (but with flair)!” – Divya

Date: Saturday, Oct. 29th. | 9pm
Location: The Woods | 48 S. 4th St | Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: NO COVER

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Join NYC Parks for free, spoofy horror movies in our city’s parks!

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a scientist who cross dresses. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.” Rated R.

The event also features a costume contest and trivia!

Know Before You Go
You should come before 6:00 p.m. to get your spot. Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair, as there is a limited supply of chairs reserved for seniors or people with disabilities. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first served basis. Sign-up for pre-movie activities at the link below.

Date: Saturday, Oct 29th | 6pm-7:45pm
Location: McCarren Park Pool Deck | 776 Lorimer St | Brooklyn NY
Tickets: FREE 

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Don your costumes and grab your totes, it’s time for some seasonal fun and shopping at our Williamsburg market!

Stop by all day on Sunday, October 30th for Halloween fun for shoppers of all ages and inclinations – costume contests, happy hour, candy, and of course #marketfinds galore.

We’ll be serving BOOS courtesy of our friends at Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. during the All-Hallows-Happy Hour from 3 – 6PM.

Dress your frightful best for the Costume Contest (Shopper + Vendor Category) @ 4pm:
1st Prize winner – $100 shopping spree
2nd Prize winner – $50 shopping spree

Free totes for everyone who wears a costume!

Date: Sunday, Oct 30th | 10am-7pm
Location: Artists & Fleas | 70 N 7th St | Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: NO COVER
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On Monday, October 31st, as darkness overtakes the Brooklyn skies, and the Halloween delirium descends over New York, we gather at TBA Brooklyn for The Haunting. With ghouls, ghosts and all kind of freakish characters crisscrossing the city, explore the most gruesome depths of your soul – and embrace your most diabolic impulses. Music for this ceremony will be provided by Sleepy & Boo, Jordi Iven, and Lost in the Zoo – who will be summoning sets of phantasmal grooves for your dancing pleasures.

No Cover | 21+ | Costumes encouraged

Date: Monday, Oct 31st | 9pm
Location: TBA Brooklyn | 395 Wythe Ave | Brooklyn, NY
Cost: NO COVER W/ RSVP    

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Hey Kidville Family + Friends! Come join us for a NOT-SO SCARY and SAFE Halloween!

There will be music, dancing, fun snacks, crafts and playtime in our gym. Kidville Williamsburg wants to provide a safe and not so scary environment for you and your children to enjoy some ghoulish fun. Come in costume and get ready to boogey!

Date: Friday, Oct. 28th | 4pm-6:30pm
Location: Kidville Williamsburg | 184 Kent Avenue | Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $20-$25
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Join the Williamsburg Northside Resource For Families and Educators as they celebrate their Annual Halloween party with Refreshments, Photographers, Bouncy House, Face Painting + DJ Dance Party.

Date: Friday, Oct. 28th | 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Williamsburg Northside Lower School | 299 N. 7th St. | Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $20-$25
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We’re building a horror shop in Brooklyn and throwing a party in it. Make your way through, if you dare, there’s a Halloween bash waiting for you on the other side.

Date: Friday, Oct 28th | 8pm
Location: 50 N. 3rd St | Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $15-$30
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Nitehawk cordially invites you into our terrifying home as we host the ultimate classic old-school Halloween party this year, A NITE TO DISMEMBER: HOUSE OF HORRORS.Starting at midnight and continuing until after dawn, we’ll screen some of the scariest haunted house films past and present: The Exorcist, The Black Cat, The Legend of Hell House, and Night of the Demons (all presented on 35mm!) along with the best ghost story of 2016, Babak Anvari’s Under the Shadow!

As we do each year at A NITE TO DISMEMBER, there will be a costume contest and trivia (with prizes courtesy of Shudder) along with a some short horror films. Those who survive the nite with receive a complimentary Nitehawk breakfast (eggs and tots!), themed gift bags, and a discounted fare from Lyft. But wait, there’s more…there’s a photo-booth with The Bosco and we’ve got you covered on the drink front with complimentary coffee from Fazenda Coffee and sweets from our neighbor SweetHaus! Your official hosts for the evening, Shudder’s Sam Zimmerman and Nitehawk’s Kris King and Caryn Coleman, will protect you from the ghosts, demons, and devils that await your arrival. Films in order of screening: THE EXORCIST, THE BLACK CAT, UNDER THE SHADOW, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE & NIGHT OF THE DEMONS

Nitehawk will also host a haunted house pre-party in Lo-Res Bar before A Nite to Dismember (11pm – 12am) featuring Jameson Irish Whiskey. Attendees can present their ticket for a complimentary beverage treat. Forget trick-or-treating, spend the nite with us!

Date: Seating begins at 11:45pm on Saturday, October 29. Screening continues until 8am Sunday, October 30.
Location: Nitehawk | 136 Metropolitan Ave | Brooklyn, NY
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Something’s coming. Something hungry for blood. A shadow grows on the wall behind you, swallowing you in darkness. It is almost here.

This Halloween weekend, for one night only, journey with us to The Upside Down and party like there’s no tomorrow (because there very well might not be. We love you Barb!) We’re bringing back the ‘80s in a big way, with classic midwestern beer, Tab soda, Dungeons & Dragons, and… you guessed it: An endless loop of ’80s cinema that directly influenced the series.

The night will include:

  • Wafels from Wafels and Dinges! (1 Wafel included with each ticket)
  • Themed Goodie Bags for the first 100 guests!
  • Specialty cocktails
  • DJ + a “killer” soundtrack (we’re here all night)
  • Stranger Things Vinyl release with Rough Trade + a Survive LP giveaway!
  • + Much more TBA! (We have to keep the curiosity door locked for a little while, at least!)

Gather your crew and hop on your bikes for the strangest Stranger Things party around! Just make sure your compass is working. Buy your VIP Special Entry Tickets in advance to skip the line and guarantee entry!

Date: Saturday, Oct 29th | 6pm – 4am
Location: Videology Bar & Cinema | 308 Bedford Ave | Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $30
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“Last year, THIS WAS THE SICKEST HALLOWEEN PARTY IN ALL OF NYC!! People came out in costumes, acting crazy. You remember the Iron Man dude? In full metal outfit? When he got in the middle of the circle and started poppin’ and lockin’ and then clicked on that light on his chest?!?!?!?!?! So crazy.

The #80s VS #90s Freedom Party NYC hits #Brooklyn once again for all-night dance party!!! We’re bringing that golden-era classic “basement banger” love to everybody’s favorite #Williamsburgrestaurant/lounge, Diviera Drive! It’s funky as all hell with that Starfoods feel (remember????), they got a couple bars, food, indoor and outdoor space, lots of places to sit, lots of room to socialize, and ’nuff room to dance!! We had our New Year’s Eve and Halloween Party there last year–crazy fun!” – The Freedom Party

STRICTLY CLASSIC hip-hop, R&B, reggae, pop, house and rock form the 80s and 90s by Herbert Holler, DJ Cosi and Marc Smooth.

HOSTED BY artist/dancer/filmmaker Savior Elmundo!!!

Date: Saturday, Oct 29th | 11pm
Location: Diviera Drive | 131 Berry St | Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $15 in advance. More at the door.
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Williamsburg Brooklyn Weekend Roundup (Sept. 23 – 25)

From Clam Bake Soirees to Feasts for Bacon Lover, we have rounded up some of the best activties in Williamsburg this weekend.

Inspired by a fictional Southern town, Belle Shoals brings the soul of the South to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Centered around its prized Wurlitzer jukebox, the vibe and ambiance is set by a specially curated collection of blues and soul 45’s. The tunes are paired with yet another masterful cocktail menu from Beverage Director Pamela Wiznitzer (Seamstress) and a menu of Southern comfort food.

Belle Shoals’ Clam Bake Ticket includes: Admission to Clambake at Belle Shoals on Saturday September 24, 2016 | Clambake platter with seafood, fresh biscuits, signature slaw, & potato salad. | 2 Drink tickets for cocktails from the garden menu or canned beers and Live music performance by Alarke (electronic wondercore/danceable gypsy jazz).

Date: Sept. 24th, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Belle Shoals | 10 Hope St, Brooklyn, NY  | 718-218-6027
Cost: $30
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This year’s edition of VICE Magazine’s Photo Issue 2016 is filled with photos of Israeli female soldiersmembers of the National Women’s Soccer League, and the the town of Vallejo, the former capital of California, and so much more, from a veritable horde of incredible female photographers. As VICE’s photo editor, Elizabeth Renstrom, puts it in her introduction, “There is no such thing as an impatient photographer. Photography requires more than DMV-style endurance.” Indicative of a measured style and a willingness to wait around for photo development, the 186-page issue is coming to a quasi-gallery setting this weekend. The VICE magazine 2016 photo show arrives in Brooklyn for a proper showcase September 24th at Industria Super Studios.

Date: Sept. 24th, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: INDUSTRIA SUPERSTUDIOS: 39 S. 5th St., Brooklyn, NY

The Big Great Bacon Picnic returns to Williamsburg this weekend with over 100 chefs, restaurants, food trucks, brew masters, distillers, and culinary experts from all over NYC shower you with an unlimited supply of inspired bite-sized bacon dishes and the best in craft beers and spirits at this indoor/outdoor gourmet celebration of the most amazing food item ever created – bacon! 

Date: Saturday, September 24th (Brunch Session) 12:00pm – 2:30pm | Saturday, September 24th (Happy Hour Session) 5:30pm – 8:00pm | Sunday, September 25th
(Brunch Session) 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: The Old Pfizer Factory – 630 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY
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Playa to the Pool at the new William Vale Hotel

While discovering Brooklyn’s newest oasis, Patzo will transport you back to the Black Rock Desert.

On Saturday, September 10, spend your day floating between two visions of paradise: a desert retreat inspired by Burning Man and Brooklyn’s most luxurious watering hole, the pool at The William Vale.

On the playa, indulge in a day of wellness followed by a night of celebration, including Yoga, Soundbath, Meditation, Drums, Massage, Healing, Giant Mirror Globe and Playa DJs.

By the pool, explore an aquatic sanctuary in the heart of Williamsburg, featuring Custom Cocktails, Poolside Snacks, Jewelry, Fashion, Body Painting, Floating Mirror Globes and Poolside DJs.

Join Patzo at The William Vale for a truly unique decompression party.

Partners & Performers:

Heart Beat Movement

The Heart Beat Movement combines live drumming with elements of yoga and meditation to make for a tribal experience, linking us to the steadiness of our own beating heart while also connecting us to one another.

Rockstar Shaman

Changes are occurring, I know you feel them! So welcome yourself to the ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE hour. In order to bring forth what we want in life we must get clear on our intention and then allow new space for it to arrive! This Rockstar Shaman session asks that you come with your intention set! What are you ready for in life? You’ll step into this magical land that supports you on entering into “your new” and minute by minute, we will activate your goal more and more with the most powerful & fun energy methods & techniques. Including dancing it all alive! Let this be the birthplace of your dream becoming a reality.


For the past 3 years Nash’s music and events came second to completing a Masters in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. Now that he is done, the word on the street is that he is coming back… strong!

Miss Behavior Music

Jamie started DJing while working in finance, as a way to experiment combining a variety of sounds and genres that could be used to enhance thoughts, behaviors and overall performance in everyday life. Not only does her taste and love for music bring her frequently to the dance floor, but also she frequently works with brands to strategically curate music for specific events and other various uses. Bottom line, Jamie believes music is one of the most powerful energy sources, and the right music creates powerful results and optimal outcomes. This is at the forefront of Jamie’s work and mission in the music world…and the best is yet to come!

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WHEN: Sat, Sep 10th, 12PM – 10 PM
WHERE: The William Vale. 110 North 13th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Guide to Labor Day Weekend in Williamsburg

From posh pool parties to mouth-watering BBQs, Williamsburg is making sure the summer season goes out with a bang. Local Radar has rounded up the hottest events celebrating the extended Labor Day Weekend Brooklyn-style!   

Adults-Only Revelry  

The hippest pool party in town takes place at the McCarren Hotel, where you’ll be treated to complimentary beer tastings, drink specials on buckets of Coronas and a DJ lineup headlined by Jillionaire. Chill poolside with a seasonal feast prepared by Executive Chef Kevin Chojnowski and walk away with a cool Electric Beach swag bag. The party continues afterward on the rooftop with raw bar delicacies and live music.

Date: Sept. 5, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 160 N. 12th St.
Cost: $65
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Kick off Labor Day Weekend with this premier summer soiree on The Roof of Output. Chill out on the sleek rooftop lounge soaking up the skyline while vibing out to resident DJ Tara and special guest DJs. 

Date: Sept. 3, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: The Roof at Output, 74 Wythe Ave
Tickets: $10 

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Presented by Everyday People and Okayafrica, join over 1,400 guests to elevate the party experience on the rooftop with a rotating lineup of funky DJs in celebration of Africa Day.

Date: Sept. 5, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: The Roof at Output, 74 Wythe Ave
Tickets: $15 presale, $20 at door
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Say farewell to summer in style with a day of dancing and dining for the soul. Celebrating its ninth season, this grassroots community party features nine local DJs and a mouth-watering menu that will leave you feeling content as the sunny season gives way to fall.  

Date: Sept. 5, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: LP & Harmony, 683 Grand St.
Cost: No cover; Free food plate with beverage purchase    

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Named New York’s Best Oyster Bar by the New York Times, this upscale cocktail den is the perfect place to spend your respite from work. The Labor Day Party features live music, an assortment of chilled seafood, chef specials and a full bar serving up house specialities from the Absinthe Drip menu.

Date: Sept. 5, noon to 2 a.m.
Location: 298 Bedford Ave.
Reservations: Maison Premiere   

Family-Friendly Fun

Soak up the final rays of the summer season with a refreshing dip in McCarren Pool before it closes Sept. 11th. Recently renovated in 2012, this triple Olympic-sized outdoor pool is free to the community. Cap off your day by playing in picturesque McCarren Park next door. The 35-acre oasis in the middle of the city offers endless green grounds for picnicking, sunbathing, strolling through the lush Green Dome Garden or a game of baseball, basketball or handball. Plan your trip for Saturday so that you can browse the outdoor farmers Greenmarket for seasonal produce, fresh floral bouquets and baked goods.

Pool open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Greenmarket open Saturday, 8 am. to 3 p.m.
Location: McCarren Park, 776 Lorimer St.
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A stacked lineup of DJs will spin hot beats from mid-afternoon until late evening as visitors of The Farm on Kent enjoy a catered meal, craft beers, boozy pops and a jamming dance party. Framed by the Williamsburg Bridge on the iconic East River and sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, this urban waterfront farm is fondly known by local foodies as the city’s “Secret Garden.”

Date: Sept. 3, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: 320 Kent Ave. and S. 4th St.
Cost: $22.50
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Call on Williamsburg’s acclaimed BBQ joint to cater your Labor Day celebration with a sumptuous party pack. The deeply discounted meal feeds up to eight guests and is filled with delectable brisket and tender pulled pork, rich potato salad and slaw, housemade pickles and freshly made rolls.

Date: Orders due by noon on Sept. 1, Pickup Sept. 3 between noon and 6 p.m.
Location: BrisketTown, 359 Bedford Ave.
Cost: $69, Add $25 for delivery
Reservations: Delany BBQ


Get a fresh look from stylists Takashi & Toru, who are offering free haircuts in McCarren Park on Monday. This non-profit event is open to all youth and adults in the community on a first-come basis.

Date: Sept. 5, noon to 7 p.m.
Location: McCarren Park, 776 Lorimer St.
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Williamsburg Brooklyn Summer Guide

We have curated our SUMMER GUIDE to highlight the best in Williamsburg Summertime fun! Including outdoor dining, bars, concerts, film screenings, rooftop parties and much more.

  • Saturdays (11am – 6pm) | Williamsburg Smorgasburg (All Food Market) More Info
  • July 6th – July 17th | Annual Giglio Festival (Food, Live Music, Games, Rides) More Info
  • July 6th | SummerScreen: Scream  (Film Screening, Live Music, Food) More Info
  • July 13th | SummerScreen: Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle  (Film Screening, Live Music, Food) More Info
  • July 20th | SummerScreen: The Fast and the Furious  (Film Screening, Live Music, Food) More Info
  • July 27th | SummerScreen: 10 Things I Hate about You  (Film Screening, Live Music, Food) More Info
  • Aug 3rd | SummerScreen: The Royal Tenenbaums  (Film Screening, Live Music, Food) More Info
  • Aug 10th | SummerScreen: Audience Pick  (Film Screening, Live Music, Food) More Info
  • Sept 10th | El Puente Southside Connex Street Festival (Live Music, Festival) More Info
  • Contact us below to recommend your favorite Williamsburg “Outdoor Event”
  • East River State Park (90 Kent Avenue) More Info
  • McCarren Park (Bet. N. 12 St., Nassau Ave., Lorimer St., and Bayard St.) More Info
  • Northside Piers (Williamsburg Waterfront, bet N. 4th & N. 5th) More Info
  • Grand Ferry Park (Grand St. at River St.) More Info
  • McCarren Park Outdoor Pool (776 Lorimer St.) More Info
  • Contact us below to recommend your favorite Williamsburg “Park, Pier or Pool”
  • Caracas Arepa Bar (291 Grand St) More Info
  • Santos Anne (366 Union Ave) More Info
  • Rabbithole (352 Bedford Ave) More Info
  • Maison Premiere (298 Bedford Ave) More Info
  • DuMont Burger (314 Bedford Ave) More Info
  • Contact us below to recommend your favorite Williamsburg “Outdoor Dining”
  • Juliette  (35 N 5th St) More Info
  • The Ides Bar (Wythe Hotel Rooftop) (80 Wythe Ave) More Info
  • Night of Joy (67 Lorimer St) More Info
  • Berry Park (4 Berry St) More Info
  • McCarren Hotel & Pool (160 N 12th St) More Info
  • Contact us below to recommend your favorite Williamsburg “Rooftop Restaurant / Bar”
  • Don Panchito Food Truck  (Bedford and Metropolitan Ave) More Info
  • Rhong-Tiam Thai Truck (Bedford and Metropolitan Ave) More Info
  • Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck (Bedford Ave and North 8th) More Info
  • Tacos Morelos Food Truck (Bedford Ave and North 7th) More Info
  • Contact us below to recommend your favorite Williamsburg “Food Trucks or Food Carts”

We would like to thank our sponsors for supporting our vision and helping to make this project a reality!

  • Ozzie’s Fresh Market / Associated (639 Grand St. | (718) 388-6938) More Info
  • BRD Car Service (Tri-State Area | (800) 349-9598) More Info
  • Transfiguration Credit Union (429 Broadway | (718) 388-0729) More Info

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Your Guide To Free Events at The Northside 2016 Festival

WED, JUN 8 3:30 PM
Northside Content Happy Hour Presented By Reelio
Venue: Skinny Dennis

WED, JUN 8 7:30 PM
Northside Innovation Opening Night Party Presented By MailChimp
Venue: Brooklyn Brewery

THU, JUN 9 10:00 AM
Northside Innovation Expo 2016 – FREE RSVP
Venue: Brooklyn EXPO Center
#Business #Expo

THU, JUN 9 12:30 PM
Innovative Entertaining: Brooklyn Backyard BBQ Presented By Douglas Elliman
Venue: Jungle Design

THU, JUN 9 6:00 PM
WOLF PARADE | LAND OF TALK at Northside Festival 2016
Venue: McCarren Park
#FilmMedia #Festival

THU, JUN 9 7:30 PM
Perkins Coie Founders Dinner at Northside Festival 2016
Venue: ESH

THU, JUN 9 8:00 PM
Northside Innovation Party Presented by THINX
Venue: Wild Brooklyn

FRI, JUN 10 12:30 PM
Northside Innovation Lunch Presented by the Norwegian Consulate
Venue: The Bedford
#ScienceTech #Seminar

FRI, JUN 10 12:30 PM
Northside Innovation Lunch Presented By NYU Tandon
Venue: Oleanders

FRI, JUN 10 2:30 PM
How I Sleep at Night: Entrepreneurs Talk at The Yard
Venue: The Yard

FRI, JUN 10 3:00 PM
Swiss Startup Innovation Pitch Competition and Happy Hour at Northside Festival 2016
Venue: Brooklyn Brewery

FRI, JUN 10 5:00 PM
Northside Innovation Happy Hour Presented By SoFi
Venue: Xanadu (McCarren Hotel Rooftop)

FRI, JUN 10 6:00 PM
Venue: McCarren Park
#FilmMedia #Festival

FRI, JUN 10 6:30 PM
Northside Innovation Happy Hour Presented By Dutch Culture USA
Venue: Wythe Hotel Courtyard
#Community #Party

FRI, JUN 10 10:30 PM
Northside Innovation Closing Night Party Presented By Huge
Venue: The Paper Box

SAT, JUN 11 3:00 PM
Northside x GODMODE Presents: Music for Bodies, Part 1
Venue: Brooklyn Athletic Club
#FilmMedia #Festival

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Brooklyn Flea Record Fair returns to Smorgasburg in Williamsburg for their 9th annual spring edition

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair returns to Smorgasburg in Williamsburg for their 9th annual spring edition on Saturday, May 14, in East River State Park. Including 50+ record labels, collectors and stores, this is a perfect opportunity to freshen up your vinyl collection with both new releases and vintage finds. In addition to longtime fair participants like MatadorWarpJammylandAcademy RecordsOther Music, and Minimal Wave, there will also be some newbies coming out for the day including Astro NauticoPIASRelapseBlankstairsYoungbloods and UNO NYC.

You’ll also get to enjoy DJs curated by our partners Red Bull Music Academy, 1pm-5pm, and a beer garden overlooking the East River.

DJ Lineup

1-1:30pm: Sam Valenti (Ghostly International)

1:30pm-2pm: MR UNO NYC

2pm-2:30pm: Caleb Braaten (Sacred Bones)

2:30pm-3pm: Veronica Vasicka (Minimal Wave)

3pm-3:30pm: Dre Skull (Mikpak)

3:30pm-4:15pm: PT(Styles Upon Styles)

4:15pm-5pm: Yale Evelev (Luaka Bop)

Here’s who you’ll find at the Record Fair this spring:


Academy Records

Ancient Records

Astro Nautico

ATO Records

Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records


Captured Tracks / Omnian Music Group

Captured Tracks Shop / Sideman Records

Carolina Soul



Dais Records

Dead Oceans / Jagjaguwar / Secretly Canadian

Debacle Records / MOTOR

Disco De Facto

Fool’s Gold Records

Ghostly International

H&L Vintage


HPRS Records


Jesper Eklow (Endless Boogie)

Kanine Records

Knitting Factory Records

L.I.E.S. / Styles Upon Styles Records

Lost Pipe Dreams

Luaka Bop


Mexican Summer / Software Recording Co.

Minimal Wave




Other Music

Partisan Records 


Raelian Raecords

Rasslin’ Records



Revilla Grooves and Gear

Rough Trade

Rough Trade Shop

RVNG Intl. / Beats In Space / Commend

Sacred Bones Records


Sepiatone Records

Sweat Equity Records

Temporary Residence Ltd.

True Panther

Unbreakable Records


VDSQ Records

Vinyl Mike




Young Turks

Z/Z Records

SXSW bands coming to Williamsburg

For its 30th anniversary, Austin’s SXSW festival got the biggest headliners possible, with President Barack Obama delivering a keynote at the interactive portion and First Lady Michelle Obama speaking at the music portion. It concluded with Drake making a surprise appearance the final night.

But SXSW has never just been about star power. The heart of the festival is the more than 2,000 acts that perform around the city, from grizzled veterans to artists hoping to get discovered. Here are a few that are making their way to Williamsburg.


It's easy to figure out why Låpsley inspires

It’s easy to figure out why Låpsley inspires comparisons to Adele. She’s young, British and goes by one name. The surprising thing is that she has the voice to back up those comparisons, belting out songs about heartbreak over electronic soundscapes. (May 11-12, Music Hall of Williamsburg) (Credit: Jeff Colchamiro)

Beach Slang

It may seem out of step in 2016,

It may seem out of step in 2016, but somehow Beach Slang has managed to pull off creating an album of songs testifying to the power of guitar rock. It won’t be everyone’s thing, but if you’re a fan of bands like The Replacements and The Gaslight Anthem, it’s hard not to be moved. Lead singer James Alex summed up the band’s appeal before its last song, telling the crowd, “Thanks for remembering that rock ‘n’ roll is supposed to be sloppy and dangerous.” (April 20, Music Hall of Williamsburg) (Credit: Jeff Colchamiro)

Little Simz

British rapper Simbi Ajikawo has earned comparisons to

British rapper Simbi Ajikawo has earned comparisons to Kendrick Lamar and Lauryn Hill. In a truncated set, she showed off her technical ability and her writing chops, offering songs that are both crowd-pleasing and introspective. Her debut album, “A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons,” finds her coping with her ambition and her burgeoning fame. (March 23, Rough Trade NYC) (Credit: Jeff Colchamiro)

The Kills

The British-American duo previewed songs from its upcoming

The British-American duo previewed songs from its upcoming album, “Ash & Ice,” which will come out June 3 and is the group’s first in five years. Their onstage charisma and compelling mixture of booming electronic beats, bluesy guitar and simmering vocals hasn’t aged a day. (April 12-13, Warsaw) (Credit: Jeff Colchamiro)








White Lung

White Lung has been a great punk band

White Lung has been a great punk band since the start of the decade. Now it’s aiming to be more than that. The band’s new songs have been given the slightest hint of a pop sheen without losing any of their power. It doesn’t hurt that their intense singer Mish Way absolutely owns the stage. (May 7, Baby’s All Right) (Credit: Jeff Colchamiro)

Source: Am New York

New Year’s Eve in Williamsburg Brooklyn

Williamsburg  has a New Year’s Eve celebration for every taste and every budget. Here are some of the best New Year’s Eve parties in Williamsburg this year.

  • End of the Year Shenanigans #TurnUpNYE | Venue: Muchmore’s — 2 Havemeyer St Bklyn, NY 11211  | Price: FREE |  | More Info
  • NYE Latin Party at Viva Toro | Venue: Viva Toro — 188 Berry st, Bklyn, NY  | Price: $25 in Advance  | Time: 4pm-4am  | More Info
  • New Year’s Eve in Williamsburg w/ DJ Prostyle & Norie from Power 105.1 | Venue: The 1896 — 592 Johnson Ave, Bklyn, NY 11237  | Price: $25-$75 | Time: 9-5am | More Info
  • Knitting Factory NYE Party | Venue: Knitting Factory — 361 Metropolitan Ave, Bklyn, NY 11211  | Price: $10 Tixx available at the door after 1am | Time: Doors open at 8pm| More Info
  • NYE 2016 @ BEMBE with DJ BETO! Spinning Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Reggae & Tropical Bass  | Venue: Bembe — 81 South 6th St, Bklyn, NY   | Price: $25, reduced after midnight | Time: 8:30pm-Close  | More Info
  • New Year’s Eve Party 2016 @ The Xanadu Rooftop | Venue: McCarren Hotel & Pool — 160 North 12th Street, Bklyn, NY 11249  | Price: $107.79-$256.46 | Time: 10pm-2am  | More Info
  • NYE w/ Motion Studies, DJ Preskool & DJ Matt Ca$h! | Venue: Union Pool — 484 Union Ave, Bklyn, NY 11211  | Price: $10  | Time: Doors open at 10pm | More Info
  • presents NYE 2016 w/ The Horrorist, Alex From Queens, Andi & Facets | Venue: The Graham — 151 Meserole St, Bklyn, NY  | Price: $20, $25; $30 at doors (all tixx incl champagne toast) | Time: 10pm-5am  | More Info
  • Tiki Disco x Good Room NYE | Venue: Good Room — 98 Meserole Ave, Bklyn, New York 11222  | Price: $100 (Tickets include five hour open bar from 9pm – 2am)  | Time: 9pm-6am  | More Info
  • NYE with Kaviar Disco Club & Discovery | Venue: Black Flamingo — 168 Borinquen Place, Bklyn, NY  | Price: $20 at doors  | Time: 9pm-3am  | More Info
  • NYE Latin Party at Viva Toro | Venue: Viva Toro — 188 Berry st, Bklyn, NY  | Price: $25 in Advance  | Time: 4pm-4am  | More Info
  • BangOn!NYC presents: New Year’s Eve 2016 “Time & Space” w/ Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, and Brenmar | Venue: Brand new secret warehouse | Price: $64.29–$159.24 | Time: 9pm-4am | More Info

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National Sawdust, a New Concert Hall, to Open in Williamsburg in October


The transformation of a century-old sawdust factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, into a new music center is nearly complete: organizers said Friday that the hall, National Sawdust, would open this fall and host three concerts in the New York Philharmonic’s Contact! series.

The new venue — which is envisioned as a concert hall, nightclub and recording studio and musical hangout — will work with contemporary composers and establish partnerships with some of the city’s top cultural institutions, including the Philharmonic.

Esa-Pekka Salonen will be the host of the first Contact! concert held at National Sawdust, on Nov. 16, which will be called “Salonen’s Floof and Other Delights.” The second, on Feb. 1, will feature works by young American composers including Adam Schoenberg, Nathan Heidelberger, Caroline Mallonée and Kate Soper. The last, on March 7, will feature chamber music by Olivier Messiaen and composers he influenced, and be hosted by Mr. Salonen.

The concerts will bring wide attention to the new venue, which was known during the planning process as the Original Music Workshop. It changed its name to the decidedly less-generic sounding National Sawdust to reflect the origins of the Brooklyn building it is transforming into a 13,000-square-foot music space as part of a $16 million project.

While the rest of the first year’s programming has not been announced, the artists in residence for the inaugural season give an idea of the scope of its eclecticism. National Sawdust said that it first class of artists in residence would include veterans of New York’s music scene including Beth Morrison Projects and Brooklyn Rider; as well as 1b1, a Norwegian string ensemble; Hotel Elefant, the new music group, and Netsayi, a Zimbabwean singer-songwriter.

Paola Prestini, a composer who is the creative and executive director of National Sawdust, called the chance to lead the space “a dream come true.” She will develop programming along with a lineup of advisers that span many genres, including the composers Anna Clyne, David T. Little and Nico Muhly; musicians including the pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo; and musicians from the worlds of rock and pop including Bryce Dessner of The National and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire.