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Hey Williamsburg: What The Hell Is That Place?

Updated: Jan 17, 2011 07:00
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Have you ever walked down the street in Williamsburg, for example, and been like: what the hell is that place? Those paper mache horses in the window and unwieldy name seem to indicate that it’s an art gallery, etc etc. Most of the time the answer IS art gallery, but other times….no.

Here’s a list of places that I’ve either finally discovered what they were or am still in the dark about and have yet to actually go inside:

1. That place on Grand St. near Huckleberry with the handpainted sign with a girl’s face on it, maybe with a name that references robots
The only reason it reminds me of robots is because something about it reminds me of Florence and the Machine. Or Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Or some other name that it’s taken me way too long to remember. But like, WHAT IS IT? Is it a thrift shop? I bet it’s an art gallery.

2. Alex’s Bodega on Stagg St. and Bushwick Ave.
Hopefully me saying this won’t get me murdered, but like, is this place a bodega or not? It seems like money laundering people aren’t even TRYING anymore. They seriously don’t even have toilet paper.

3. High Horse on Havermeyer
For some reason, the horse theme blinded me from actually looking at anything else that, actually very CLEARLY indicates that it’s a hair salon. Or maybe because I get it confused with the place next to it.

4. That place next door to High Horse
Probably an art gallery…or party space? Or both?

5. Summer Friday
I think it’s off the Lorimer stop, but it also might be an “idea”. It’s either a performance space or a comedy co-op at has no permanent space. Or neither of those things.

6. All those gardens/fenced-off areas with stuffed animals posed doing funny things
Is that like a public art thing? Is it just someone who has nothing else to do? Is it a modern-day Grey Gardens type? Why aren’t I allowed to go inside?

Got any mysteries? Or can you shed any light on any of these? Leave ’em in the comments.

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Anna G - Caliburg Contributor

Anna G - Caliburg Contributor

Anna G. is a Southern California native living in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn since 2005. Anna is constantly trying to unite her love of CA sunshine and the excitement of the New York urban jungle, all the while trying to keep her unwieldy credit card debt under control, and look fabulous at brunch, no matter how un-showered and hungover.


  1. January 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Ha ha. This is awesome. I always mistake that High Horse place for … something it’s not; I don’t know what.

  2. Anna G - Caliburg Contributor
    Anna G.
    January 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I know! That name is too distracting.

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  4. Nora
    January 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I’ve heard that the stuffed animals in the vacant lot on N.1 and Bedford are a tribute to a homeless man who died, and his friends go in and maintain it.