by Sean S. on
oh boy, it's not everyday that you get to write a review about the oldest and most underground of brooklyn warehouse parties... You've all been to brooklyn I hope... this one used to be situated on south 5th street in williamsburg, beneath the williamsburg bridge, back oh since the late 90's... i know i know. In those days it was a bit sketchy south of grand, but all the cool kids wanted to go there cause it was far enough afield that the c0ppers wouldn't bother nobody. you remember dancing is illegal in nyc right? so is packing a few thousand drug fueled revelers into a multi-room kaleidescopic party warehouse! RUBULAD the name comes from the phone number actually. It was an acronym for their digits. back when 718 was the only area code in brooklyn, you know, when cellphones were new! So what about the party itself? It is very burning man inspired, I guess when a few hapless newyorkers stumbled upon burning man in the mid-nineties, they learned a thing or two from those mad hatters out in San Francisco, and brought the insanity back to our find metropolis. And the rest is history! Sweaty dance floors filled with costumed hipsters, students, brooklyn bedlam, old rockers, and people who just never got enough! an authentic absinthe bar from before it was legalized, and ganga smoking on occasion... I'll also point out the lovely brownies on hand, and even mac + cheese! If retro 70's ecclectic mix a la KCRW isn't your style, the second dance floor room has a slightly different mix, usually more funk styled... You can also enjoy the upper level for bands, performance, and even mini film screenings. on the rooftop there is your usual flirting, and merriment and some bbq in the summer time. All-in-all it's an experience, so you should definitely go at least once. I think it's $15 these days maybe less with a costume. Get on Jeff Stark's list to get updates. RUBULAD has an email list too, chris at spill dot net. Happens every three weeks, and I think the next one might be the 23rd... Best way to get there is to share a cab with 3 friends. It'll cost you $15 from the village, and probably $20+ to return via black cab late at night (there is a line of them all nite, trying to rip off drunk partiers...) bring your PJs, this party goes until sunrise! and if you can't get enough there, you better go to the big one: http://www.burningman.com
by Judy Lamarca on
There might be better Ethiopian food places in the city but If you haven't tried Ethiopian food yet, start with Club Waziema. Waziema's is family run, so the staff is friendly and will gladly describe the food items. Great happy hours and a good place to grab food with a small group of 2-4 people. For a drink, try the honey wine. The food is above average and would recommend the vegetarian, the spicy chicken, and/or lamb combo. The lamb is done especially well.