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Amongst Brooklyn’s famed bars, Sunny’s has achieved almost mythic status: a magical den of bluegrass and whisky, hidden down by the harbor in Red Hook, where long nights roll into pink-hued mornings looking over cobblestone streets, as the last of the musicians leave for the night, their instruments tucked under their arm and a skip in their step. But while many of the bar’s disciples recognize its charismatic namesake—the late Antonio “Sunny” Balzano, with his...
As the bone chilling cold of December sets in, parched throats thirst for hot toddies and weary souls long for cozy bars to find refuge in. We talked to local musicians and put together a list of the best places in Brooklyn to sip something hot while taking in the finest live jazz, soul, hip-hop, bluesy folk rock, electro-pop, and R&B music the borough has to offer. From an old timey general store turned...
With this year’s Northside Festival fast approaching (June 6-12), we figured it was a good time to check in on the local music scene, to get more in tune with the community we’ll be celebrating come June. We’ll be rolling out lots of great music-related content this week, including our picks for the 9 NYC bands you need to hear, a look at Brooklyn's best recording studios, and much, much more. Check out the Northside...
A girl walks into a bar. I’m the girl, and the bar is called Fort Defiance. It’s the place where I’ll try a Bloody Mary for the first time, goaded on by my brother’s soon-to-be ex-wife. The drink is spicy and thick, like a slightly scary snack, and it’s speared with pickled okra. It’s my second time visiting New York City, the first time since high school. I’ll live inside my brother’s breaking marriage...

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