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Nestled away on Williamsburg's South 4th Street between the bustling Bedford Ave and Driggs Ave, Pokito has a vibe that has made it a favorite hidden gem among locals. The Latin-Asian fusion bar and restaurant just celebrated one year of being open, and it’s been quite the year for co-owner Alex Kleinberg and his team. “The concept is about the cultures we grew up in, being honest to what we grew up eating and where we...
After many years of restorative work, Los Sures—a 1984 documentary filmed in a pocket of South Williamsburg with the same name—is receiving a long-anticipated week-long re-release at the Lower East Side's wonderful Metrograph Theater. Los Sures was originally filmed by Diego Echeveria, who captured rare and intimate footage of the Pureto Rican and Dominican community—more than a decade before artists began arriving in the 90s—contemplating what the future held for its youth. Drugs and gang violence plagued the streets,...
Duff’s Brooklyn is not the sort of place you’re likely to forget. Located just off the BQE on Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg’s Southside, the bar is reminiscent of New York’s bygone eras. The dim red glow of the bar’s interior is literally covered floor to ceiling in metal and horror memorabilia and music from the likes of Black Sabbath, Slayer, Judas Priest and Alekhine's Gun blasts from the jukebox that sits adjacent to the...
An aspiring drug counselor and a Midtown Community Court employee were among the 25 people arrested Thursday as part of a $1.5 million-per-year family-run heroin ring run out of a South Williamsburg apartment. The operation fueled a growing heroin epidemic in New York City, selling up to 25,000 $10 bags of heroin a month--often hiding stashes in boxes of Apple Jacks cereal--in neighborhoods like Prospect Heights, Astoria, and Ridgewood, and on Staten Island, which is especially plagued by heroin. The ringleader, 25-year-old Josie "Fresh" Tavera,...

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