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Northside 2014 Mini Guide: Williamsburg and Greenpoint

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on June 11, 2014

Greenpoint by Leonard Zhukovsky

Brooklyn, New York -- Northside Festival will take over Williamsburg and Greenpoint for the sixth time this June 12-19 to answer "what's next?" in Brooklyn and beyond. The festival - divided into Music, Film, Innovation, and Trade Show components - takes place at multiple venues in the borough that always has its finger on the pulse of the next big thing. 

During Northside Music, festivalgoers can jump between venues to see acts like The War on Drugs, Beirut, CHVRCHES, Sharon Van Etten, Fuck Buttons, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Courtney Barnett, Omar Souleyman, Dan Croll, Eagulls, Mas Ysa, and so many more (peep our most-anticipated acts to help you decide). Tastemakers Captured Tracks, AD Hoc, NYC Popfest, The Deli Magazine, and BrooklynVegan are just a few of the brands that'll put on their curation hats during the festival. 

We've had various guides covering New York City (Gov Ball, CBGB, CMJ), but we thought Northside deserved its own as well. Read on for a few of our favorite recommendations in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, including the spots to eat late at night, where to buy the records of Northside artists, the convenient hotels to rest your head, and a few day time explorations to fill in set gaps. When you're done, scroll all the way down for the festival's full lineup - and make sure to download the app to customize your schedule.






Calexico (645 Manhattan Avenue)
As is the town of its namesake, Calexico is on the border of Mexican and Californian. Watch out for their Chipotle “Crack” Sauce - it’s addictive. 11:30-2am Mon-Wed; 11:30-3am Thurs-Sat.

The Meatball Shop (170 Bedford Avenue)
The build-your-own-meal menu and 6 kinds of balls - a veggie option, too - make for unlimited options. Don't deprive yourself of the daily jello shot or ice cream sandwiches. 12pm-2am Sun-Thurs; 12pm-4am Fri-Sat.

Vinnie’s Pizzeria (148 Bedford Avenue)
Vinnie’s offers delicious, out-of-the-box pies that are as delicious as they are unusual. Try the avocado quesadilla pizza or play it safe with a plain cheese slice. 10-12am Sun-Thurs; 10-3am Fri-Sat.


Northern Territory (12 Franklin Street)
As one of Greenpoint’s most recent additions, this Australian restaurant is giving neighboring rooftop bars a run for their money in both view and food quality. 5pm-12am Mon-Fri; 5pm-2am Sat-Sun.

Cafe Colette (79 Berry Street)
Treat yourself to a classic cocktail, full meal, sharable appetizers, or weekend brunch at Cafe Colette, where you can dine in the cozy garden, dining room, or at the bar. 11-12am Mon-Thurs; 10-1am Fri-Sun.

Smorgasburg (East River State Park)
Foodies congregate on Saturdays at this outdoor market to sample offerings from some of the area’s best food trucks and vendors. Saturdays 11am-6pm.






Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Avenue)
This converted factory has open, airy, loft-style rooms with exposed brick and striking Manhattan views. It also features a sixth floor bar, The Ides, which is quickly becoming a go-to drinking destination in Brooklyn.


King & Grove (160 North 12th Street)
King & Grove features a pool area with private cabanas, a 360-degree rooftop bar with views of the Manhattan skyline, and a sleek architectural design to pair with its bright, spacious, and modern rooms. Stop in the lobby for a meal or to rent a bicycle.






Rough Trade (64 North 9th Street)
UK's Rough Trade is a new addition to Brooklyn's record store scene, and a welcomed one at that. In addition to records, the store has quite an extensive collection of music books plus an attached venue.

Species By The Thousands (171 South 4th Street)
Cult Admirers have followed this brand from retail outlets like Urban Outfitters to its first brick and mortar shop, where sterling silver and brass handcrafted jewelry is displayed among apothecary items and folk craft-inspired home wares.


Artists & Fleas (70 North 7th Street)
This indoor treasure trove, only open on weekends, features a rotating selection of vintage and artisan items. Often seen as an extension of Brooklyn Flea's Sunday market, Artists & Fleas has a lot more to offer - and is open year round.

Permanent Records (181 Franklin Street)
This record store may have a smaller selection than surrounding stores, but they definitely prove quality is more important than quantity. With a vinyl-listening station, prepare to take your time at Permanent Records.






The Gutter (200 North 14th Street)
This 21+ vintage bowling alley offers 12 craft brew taps and is open nightly until 4am, should you want to indulge in a late-night game of bowling. At only $7 per game and $3 for shoe rental, The Gutter is a welcome change from the usual barhopping.


Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th Street)
While the Brooklyn Brewery's primary purpose is to make beer, at the end of the week it opens its doors to visitors who come to enjoy cheap brews and the lively atmosphere. Take a tour of the brewery while learning about the beer-making process.

Full Lineup:

Adam Brodsky, Adeline Hotel, Advaeta, Akua, Ajnabi, Albert Hammond, Jr., Alien Trilogy, Alvvays, Alvvays, Amanda X, American Royalty, Ancient Sky, Andy Shernoff, Animal Collective (DJ set), Anni Rossi, Appomattox, Aquarian, Arms, Assembly (feat. members of Grizzly Bear, Ava Luna, Axxa/Abraxas, BADBADNOTGOOD, Baked, The Barr Brothers, The Battery Electric, Beach Fossils, Beacon, Beat Radio, Beirut, Bell's Roar, Belle Mare, Benjamin Booker, Bent Shapes, Big Muff Radio, Big Quiet, Bluffing, Big Ups, Bird Courage, The Blind Shake, Body Language, Boytoy, Bound & Buried, Braille, Brambling, Bridget David and The Viking Kings, Brothertiger, Bugs in the Dark, The Bushwick Hotel, C-Sick, Caitlin Harnett, Cannonball Statman, Canon Logic, Cassandra Jenkins, Catfox, Cathy, Celestial Shore, CFCF, Chalk and Numbers, Chandos, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Chimes, Christopher Tignor, Chrome Sparks, CHVRCHES, Clouder, Comfy, Contact, Container, Corbu, Cosmonaut, Couch Slut, The Courtesy Tier,  Courtney Barnett, Courtship Ritual, The Cowmen, Craft Spells, Crazy Pills, Creepoid, Crush Distance, CTZNSHP, D'nt, Dan Croll, Dances, Daniel Rossen (of Grizzly Bear & Department of Eagles), David Pollack, Daytona, Dead Leaf Echo, The Dead Milkmen, Dead Sexy Sheila, Dead Tenants, Dead Waves, Dear Georgiana, Deville, Diamond Bones, Diane Chittester, Dinowalrus, Dog Bite, Donovan Blanc, Drowners, Dutch E Germ, E-603, Eagulls, Eastern Hollows, Eastern Midwestern, Ejecta, Eleanor Friedberger, Empty Chairs, Entro Senestre, Eskimeaux, Eula, Everything Forever, Exocomet, Fasano, Fitness, The Flag, Flagland, Flexh Wounds, Fort Lean, Frankie Cosmos, The Freaky Baby Daddies, Friend Roulette, Fuck Buttons, Gameday Regulars, Gingerlys, Girls & God, Golden Grass, Glass Ghost, Golden Teacher, Gondola, Gone Quite Mad, The Goodnight Darlings, Grand Pantry Men, Graph Rabbit, Graveyard Lovers, Great Caesar, Great Woods, Gringo Star, Grooms, Guerrilla Toss, Gymshorts, Gypsy George, Half Moon, Half Waif, Hannibal Montana, Happy Lives, Harrow, Harvey Sid Fisher, Haybaby, Heliotropes, Herzog, Hey Anna, Hiromi Suda, Holychild, Homeshake, Honduras, Honey Wild, Hop Along, Hot Blood, Hull, Hunters, I Am Oak, Ian Isiah, Incan Abraham, Infinien, Ishamel,  J.A.C.K., JP & The Gilberts, Jake Falby, Jake Levine (of The Howler Weary), Javelin, Johnny Aries (of The Drums), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Joshua Garcia, Journalism, Juan Wauters, Julianna Barwhick, Juniper Rising, Jus Post Bellum, Ka, Karen & The Sorrows, Kate Vargas, Kevin Morby, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Klingande, Kosmodemonic, Kiesza, Klingande, Krill, Kuhrye-oo, Las Rosas, Late Cambrian, Laura & Greg, Laurel, Leapling, Lemonade (DJ Set), Let's Be Loveless, Leverage Models, Lichens, Life Size Maps, Limited, Lip Talk, Literature, Little Big League, Little Racer, Little Sur, The Living Kills, Loose Buttons, Lost Boy?, Low Fat Getting High, Luas Brode, Ludwig Persik, Luke Temple, Lushes, Lust For Youth, Lydia Ainsworth, Lynette Williams, Ma, Mac DeMarco, Mach 22, Malang Jobarteh, Mannequin Pussy, Manors, Marissa Nadler, Marnie Stern, Mas Ysa, Mattress Financial, MC Breath, The Meaning of Life, Midnight Foolishness, Miniboone, Misterwives, Mitski, Monica Lionheart, Monogold, Montgomery Streets, Montreal Sex Machine, Motion Studies, Mount Sharp, MTT, My Midnight Heart, My Teenage Stride, Mystery Lights, Nao Katafuchi, Napoleon, Nat Baldwin, Nature Cruise, Neon Indian (DJ Set), NICHOLAS NICHOLAS, Nick Waterhouse, Nightbitch, Nightlands, Niko Is, Nite Jewel, No Shoes, Nømads, Nooka Jones, Oddlogic, Odonis Odonis, Old Monk, Oliver Duncan, Omar Souleyman, Operators, Osekre and the Lucky Bastards, Ovlov, Owel, Pallbearer, The Party Faithful, Penicillin Baby, Pep, Perfect Pussy, Pharmakon, Phoebe Novak, Piers, The Planes, Planning For Burial, Pleasure Leftists, Porches, Pre War, Prince Rama (DJ Set), Psychic Twin, Pussywolf, Pyrrhon, Radiator Hospital, Radical 2, Radio Jarocho, The Range, Rasputina, Rathborne, Ratking, Retail Space, Rice Cultivation Society,  Riot Fox, The Rosewood Girl, Ruby The Hatchet, Saint Pepsi, Salinger, Sateen, Sexores, Shamir, Shark?, Sharkmuffin, Sharon Van Etten, Shenandoah & The Night, Shilpa Ray, Ski Lodge, Slim Wray, Slonk Donkerson, Slothrust, Small Wonder, Sofa Club, Soft Lit, Solar Year, Sons of an Illustrious Father, Sorcha Richardson, Space Meow, Speakerbot, Spirit Plate, Stargazy, Starlight Girls, Steel Phantoms, Step Rockets, Steve Summers, Such Hounds, Sucker, Suicide Dolls, Sun Castle, Sun Looks Down, Sunflower Bean, Sunset Hearts, Swaai Boys, Swearin', SWF, Syd Arthur, Syphilitic Lust, Talib Kweli, Team Spirit, Teen, The Teen Age, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, Thee Oh Sees, Tiers, Titus Andronicus, Torn Hawk, Traumahelikopter, Turbotax, Tweens, Twintapes, Two Seconds to Midnight, Tyburn Saints, Unicycle Loves You, Uniform, Vampirates, The Vandelles, The Venetia Fair, Video Daughters, Vilkacis, Villians, Violent Bullshit, Vomitface, Vulture Shit, Walter TV, The War on Drugs, Washer, Watain, Weekend Money, Weekender, Weird Womb, Weyes Blood, Whale Belly, What Model Citizens, Whiskey Bitches, White Mystery, White Prism, White Rabbits, Wolvves, Woods, Wyatt, Wyldlife, X Ambassadors, Yellerkin, Yellow Eyes, Your Friend, Yours Are the Only Ears, Youth Code, Ziemba, Zula, ?uestlove (DJ Set)

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