Even though the official start to summer is still a few weeks away, the annual festivals, concerts and outdoor cookouts are starting to gear up. If you're looking for some fun weekday or weekend activities, check out our round-up of some of the best events coming up that Brooklyn has to offer.
Hotel BPM Brooklyn is a finalist for the "Most Intriguing New Hotel Award" for the 2013 Readers' Choice Awards on about.com! A few people have asked, "what makes us so intriguing?", and we'd love to tell you.
1. Hotel BPM is a luxury 4 star hotel (one of only 2 in Brooklyn) that is centered around the music experience.
2. It starts with booking: guests can request a song that will play throughout the hotel and in the guest rooms (including speakers in the bathrooms).
3. The rooms are stocked with the latest issues of music mags including Elektro, Vibe, & more, and our TVs have Hulu and Netflix to keep you on top of your favorite shows.
4. Weekends: there's often a LIVE DJ playing in the hotel lounge, and an open bar with beer and wine.
5. We're only one subway stop away from the Barclays Center, which hosts all the best music events.
You won't be able to stop moving your feet with this week's Spotify Weekend Mix. Do the Harlem Shake with Bauuer, Jump with The Bilz & Kashif, and keep the party going with our upbeat mix. Enjoy!
Last night was another big night for music, as all the greats came together to the 2013 BRIT Awards. Like the Grammys a few weeks ago, this event brought out the best in music. Frank Ocean once again grabbed the spotlight when he won International Male Solo Artist. The always popular Adele won Best British Single, while Mumford and Sons continued their Grammy night success by winning Best British Group.
On Saturday, Beyonce's documentary "Life is But a Dream" premiered on HBO, revealing intimate moments about the star's life, including when she let her dad go as her manager, her miscarriage, and her journey with Blue Ivy. It also includes more public moments like performance footage and scenes from her in the recording studio. The biggest shock of the night came when Blue Ivy was shown—the first clear picture since she was a baby. "Life is But a Dream" focuses on her challenge of balancing her public and private life and really lets you see what life as Beyonce is like, and how sometimes, it's not that much different from someone's life who isn't a global sensation.
Keep the Valentine's Day love going this weekend with our Valentine's Spotify Weekend Mix. There's 60 minutes of romantic songs, like "Valentine" by Lloyd and "Thinkin Bout You" from Frank Ocean - all you're missing are the roses and dinner!
It's official: Lady Gaga has canceled the rest of her tour due to a severe injury in her right hip, meaning surgery, down time, and no amazing performance at the Barclays Center. Because of this, we are having to close down the "Gaga for Gaga" contest. We want to thank everyone for entering, and as a thanks, we are giving the entrants a complimentary Hotel BPM t-shirt.
Make sure you keep an eye out for our next contest, a pair of tickets to the Golden Gloves's first day of finals at the Barclays Center and a night at Hotel BPM in the Jr. Deluxe King.
Hotel BPM is giving away 2 FLOOR tickets to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way Ball" at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on March 6, 2013-these are amazing seats! There's no reason to worry about where you'll stay, as you also win a night at Hotel BPM Brooklyn, meaning you can get ready for the concert in style. Hotel BPM is only one subway stop away from the Barclays Center, making traveling to and from her concert a breeze. If you're all Gaga'd out after her concert, feel free to sleep in late with complimentary 2pm late checkout.
Entering is easy, simply go to our Facebook page and upload a photo of your Lady Gaga fan stash - a picture of you and your CDs, posters, fan art, costumes, or anything Gaga related! Contest ends February 19, 2013, so enter today!
Our weekend Spotify Mix is all about Lady Gaga! While you're enjoying tracks like Monster and Just Dance, make sure you enter our Facebook contest to see Lady Gaga LIVE at the Barclays Center in "The Born This Way Ball"
At Hotel BPM, we like to listen not only to music, but to our fans as well. We noticed that DJ Jazzy Jeff was the overwhelming favorite DJ, so we've made a list of our top 10 favorite DJ Jazzy Jeff tracks. Enjoy!
This month Brooklyn is playing host to some great music artists and we've picked some of our favorites-check them out:
Mumford & Sons at the Barclays Center
Feb 6 & 12
Their second Album "Babel," debuted at #1, became the biggest selling debut in the US for 2012—what more is there to say?
Verboten Presents: Jamie Jones with Russ Yallop, Corey Baker, Rami Deejay
This Friday, Jamie Jones, Resident Advisor's world' #1 DJ, will be creating amazing electronic music at SRB Brooklyn. You'll have a hard time not moving your feed as he plays his best hits.
Today's Spotify Weekend Mix is perfect for kicking back with your friends. Enjoy your weekend by blasting hits from Contrakids, Imagine Dragons and Maroon 5.
Hotel BPM is proud to sponsor the 86th Annual Daily News Golden Gloves, which had its opening night last night at the B.B. King Blues Club. The Golden Gloves is America's oldest amateur boxing tournament where several big hits have gotten their start including Sugar Ray Robinson, Riddick Bowe, and Mark Breland. Last night celebrities including Tony Danza and Chuck Zito, champions, and fans came to watch Chayanne Rivera stop Nashad Clark in just over a minute in their first round. The best fight was saved for last as Oscar Moreno got a 4-1 victory over J.J. Gonzalez after several knockdowns. The Golden Gloves will continue with preliminaries at Brooklyn’s Bishop Kearney High School on Friday. The exciting finals will be held at the Barclays Center in April. Be sure to book now at Hotel BPM before rooms sell out—remember, we're only one stop away from the Barclays Center.
There's only a few days left of Hotel BPM's "Be a DJ" Facebook contest, where you can win the ultimate DJ experience—getting a chance to spin with Hotel BPM founder, DJ Bijal, AND spend one night at Hotel BPM. The final day to enter is January 31st, so enter soon if you don't want to miss out on this awesome opportunity. If you've already entered, be sure to spread the word, and don't forget to vote! Good luck!
Get all the details and enter now
Hotel BPM is proud to have partnered with Scratch DJ Academy for our first-ever Facebook competition. Scratch DJ Academy is co-founded by Jam Master Jay of Run DMC and has over 10 years of experience with world-class instructors. Their classes cover every skill level from DJ 101, to the DJ certification program which offers bundled course packages that will take you from a beginner DJ, to live performance-level professional. Scratch DJ academy is the place to learn how to DJ and is the perfect match for Hotel BPM's first contest. Enter now and to learn more about Scratch go here!
This past weekend, Hotel BPM played host to video vixen Gloria Velez as she held her photo shoot throughout our hotel. Gloria Velez is a heavy hitter in the entertainment world who's modeled for Maxim and Playboy, as well as appeared in several music videos for hip-hop heavyweights including DMX and Jay-Z. We were pumped to have her at Hotel BPM - check out some of the pics!
Today starts our first Facebook competition and you can win big! If you've always wanted to be a DJ, but don't yet have the skills, this competition is for you. To enter, simply upload a You Tube video of yourself telling us why you want to be a DJ and you could win a semester of complimentary admission (pending availability) to a DJ 101 course at Scratch DJ Academy, co-founded by Jam Master Jay of Run DMC. Once you've completed the course, show off your skills with a DJ gig at Hotel BPM alongside founder, DJ Bijal. Finish off your epic night with a complimentary night's stay at Hotel BPM. Hurry, the last day to enter is January 31, 2013.
This week's Spotify Weekend Mix is an upbeat and chilled mix, perfect for relaxing this weekend. Sit back and enjoy the hits from Ellie Goulding, Justin Timberlake, and Wiz Khalifa!
Nothing says NYC like the Subway; we use it to get everywhere - you get on and one stop later you're at the Barclays Center watching a Net's game. So what could be more fun than the very first underground trivia night at the New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn tonight from 7-9. Brooklyn Brewery will be providing the drinks as you test your knowledge of music, culture and movies all centered around a transit theme. Don't miss out on this underground first.
2013 is looking to be a great year in music. We're only halfway through January and already there has been a lot of great new music to hit the airwaves. We've picked out our top 5 new releases of 2013 - have a listen:
Justin Timberlake just announced a new upcoming album, so to celebrate, we've put together a Spotify list of some of our favorite JT jams including SexyBack, Cry Me a River, and What Goes Around…Comes Around.
One year after the birth of Blue Ivy, Beyonce was named GQ's sexiest woman of the century, and in their interview, we get to see what living as "Miss Millennium" is like.
Not only does Hotel BPM have a fresh new look with the new bar and DJ booth, we also like to keep things fresh in the kitchen with our complimentary breakfasts. We've noticed a lot of the great reviews on TripAdvisor hailing Angel, our cook, so we got the inside scoop on what makes Hotel BPM breakfasts so delicious.
One of our simple, but favorite dishes are the scrambled eggs. Every day, delivered fresh, our master chefs crack and scramble them by hand - much different from other hotels who reheat pre-scrambled eggs.
This week's Spotify Weekend Mix is all about Brooklyn. Turn up the music with BK hits from Jay-Z, M.O.P., and Danger Mouse.
Every time January comes around, everyone always makes New Year's Resolutions, and let's face it, usually we end up keeping those resolutions for a few weeks and thats it. We're here to help you by offering up some suggestions of what to do and where to go in Brooklyn to help make keeping your resolutions a breeze.
Resolution: Stay in shape
Part of staying in shape includes eating right, and Brooklyn offers up several delicious organic and vegan restaurants including the Clementine Bakery in Fort Greene, and The V-Spot in Park Slope. Brooklyn also has several parks which are great for a leisurely walk, including Sunset park right by Hotel BPM.
The New Year's resolutions have begun! If you're one of the many who are wanting to get in shape but need a little motivation, we've put together a fun Spotify fitness workout mix for you including Ellie Goulding, Calvin Harris, and Maroon 5. Working out has never been so much fun.
Before we give the boot to 2012 we're taking one last look at the best of the best. This was a tough list of albums to put together which, we think, is a sign of a great year. Have a listen below and see what favorites might be rocking at this year's Hotel BPM NYE Party.
Tired of the same old holiday songs? We've got a contemporary Spotify Holiday playlist to blast at all of your holiday gatherings. With music from Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Run-DMC, and the Jackson 5, your holidays will be upbeat and festive!
If you've been to Hotel BPM lately, you'd notice that the dining area is looking a little different. We've upped our game and made it the ultimate hang-out spot. With a new and soon-to-be finished DJ Booth and bar, the space will be yours to grab a few drinks while you party all Friday and Saturday night with our live DJ sets. Book now to soak it all in.
The space is also set to host the BPM New Year's Eve party - complete with DJ Bijal spinning beats. We will also be serving up beer, wine, and champagne. (RSVP only, call 718.305.4182 for tickets).
One of the best parts of the holiday season is the music, and Hotel BPM has you covered. We've got our contemporary holiday playlist streaming throughout the hotel (and the guests can't help but sing along!). We've picked some of our favorite holiday tunes to share with you this season:
1. All I want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey feat. Justin Bieber
It's Monday and the last week before Christmas. We know some of you are needing some extra energy at work, so we're delivering! Our Music Monday Spotify Mix features hits from Big Sean, T.I. and Frank Ocean. Turn up the mix and it will be Friday before you know it!
TOP 5 FESTIVE HOLIDAY COCKTAILS
The holidays are quickly approaching and that means that it's holiday cocktail time! We've got Hotel BPM's 5 favorite holiday cocktail recipes:
The Grasshopper Cocktail
1 ounce green crème de menthe (don’t use the white/clear variety)
1 ounce crème de cacao (use the white/clear — not the brown variety)
1 ounce heavy cream
a small candy cane as garnish (optional, but attractive)
Combine all ingredients (except garnish) in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds or so, until the drink is cold. Be sure to shake well! This helps increase the foaminess of the cream, which creates a more attractive drink.
Strain into a cocktail glass (preferably one that has been chilled).
Add a candy cane garnish if desired, and serve
Tomorrow at 7:30, the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief will be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden with the money donated going towards the Robin Hood Relief Fund. This unforgettable event will feature some of the biggest names in music including Alicia Keys, The Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, and Chris Martin. The concert will be streamed live to over 2 billion people worldwide over radio, tv, and will even be shown free in theaters in hurricane-affected areas. Make sure you tune in tomorrow and be sure to donate - the night will be legendary!
This week's spotify weekend mix features hits from will.i.am & Britney Spears, Pitbull, and 50 Cent & Eminem. Crank it up and get your dance on!
Music in Brooklyn this month will not disappoint. Not only are The Rolling Stones (being joined by Mary J Blige) at the Barclays Center this Saturday, but all throughout December, great artists will be performing throughout the borough. 2012 is going out strong!
Seth Troxler, Matt Tolfrey, Clarian and Davide Squillace
Tomorrow in Gowanus, SRB will bring us worldwide electronic sensation Seth Troxler. The night will also include music from DJ and producer Matt Tolfrey, Clarian North, and Circoloco's David Squillace. That amount of talent in one room shouldn't be missed!
There's a whole lot going on in the music world this week. Take a look at our top 5 picks:
1. Rolling Stones At Barclay Center this Saturday
And just announced: the addition of Mary J Blige
The Rolling Stones are already putting their new official app to good use, announcing that R&B superstar Mary J. Blige and rising guitar slinger Gary Clark Jr. will join the group on stage for their upcoming show at the Barclays Center. The December 8th concert marks the Stones' first U.S. concert for their set of "50 and Counting" shows celebrating the group's 50th anniversary.
Today's Spotify Mix is fun and upbeat - perfect for the weekend! Enjoy some tunes from Bruno Mars, Wiz Khalifa, Alicia Keys, and Icona Pop.
It's been one month since Sandy hit and there's still places that could use our help. We've got a list (via Brokelyn) of upcoming events where relaxing with some good drinks and friends can actually help benefit Sandy's victims:
Sailor Jerry Presents Surf Bar’s Hurricane Benefit
Open bar will include Sailor Jerry Hurricane punch (or SJ with your fave mixer), beer and wine.
When: Thur. 11/29 7pm-10pm
Where: Surf Bar, 139 N. 6 St., Williamsburg
Cost: $25 includes open bar (all proceeds go to help Sandy victims)
After the long holiday weekend, we're thinking you may be needing some great tracks to get you through the week, so we're delivering! We've got a special Spotify Mix with tracks from Swedish House Mafia, Rihanna, and DEV. Turn up the tunes and get pumped!
This Monday November 26, for one day only, Hotel BPM will be having an exclusive Cyber Monday special where you can save 40% off your booking for 2013 by using the promo code 24CYBER - don't miss out on this amazing deal!
This year marks the first Thanksgiving holiday at Hotel BPM...we're thankful for all the support from our guests and the industry, we've had over the past year and we're looking forward to many great things in the future. As part of tomorrow's festivities we'll be be serving a delicious, complimentary Thanksgiving meal for all of our guests.
Tomorrow's Menu includes:
Roast Turkey with all the trimmings including; Gravy, Stuffing and Cranberry Sauce, with sides that include: Fluffy mashed potatoes, Sweet Corn and Green Beans and a light Fruit Salad for dessert.
From all the team and staff at Hotel BPM we hope you have a great Thanksgiving holiday!
This week's Spotify Weekend Mix has beats that you just can't stop dancing to, with tracks from Anjulie, Flo Rida, and Calvin Harris. Bring on the weekend!
The holidays are almost here and there's no doubt NYC is the place to be for these next few months. Make Hotel BPM your home away from home this holiday season -- we're right in the middle of all the action.
There's plenty to do and see in Brooklyn and Manhattan. You can watch Wicked, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, or any other great show on Broadway, or in Brooklyn, the American Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker. Nothing says the holidays like heading out to the Rockefeller Tree Lighting, or skating at The Rink at Rockefeller or the Abe Stark Rink in Brooklyn. December is always a great time to go window shopping in NYC as all the Christmas window displays are lit up at stores including Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Barneys. If you want to do some early gift shopping, your Brooklyn holiday markets are perfect for that. Brooklyn Flea's Annual Gifted Holiday Market and the Brooklyn Craft Central Annual Holiday Market are great places to go if you're looking for some good food, drink, gifts for friends, or maybe even a little something for yourself!
Instagram has debuted its very own web profiles, which are set up similar to Facebook, including a cover photo which rotates your images through. Now you can see all of your friend's Instagram photos, and even comment and like them. Check out the Hotel BPM profile page and be sure to follow us! Be sure to share your Hotel BPM experience with us by using @HotelBPM and #HotelBPM--we'd love to see your pics!
This weekend we have a fun and upbeat mix featuring Lupe Fiasco, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Hot Chelle Rae. Relax, turn the beats up, and enjoy!
The East Coast has been through a lot lately between Hurricane Sandy and last night's Nor'easter. For those who have been lucky enough to escape the damage, it's certainly time to kick back, relax and finally have some fun. This weekend marks the 5th Annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival in Williamsburg.
Some of the many artists who will be there include Nick Catchdubs, Gold Panda, Uproot Andy & Geko, and Body Language. With over 40 DJs and 6 venues it's going to be a killer party.
Hotel BPM has partnered with Spin the Vote to try to get as many people to vote in this year's election, and today is voting day. We strongly encourage everyone to go out and vote today - go on your lunch break, go after work, whenever! As long as you get out there and make your voice count. The election is so close this year and your vote can help make the difference. Encourage anyone else who is unsure of whether or not to vote that they should. Show America we do care!
In light of Sandy we've put together a list of storm themed tunes from artists including Kanye West, Missy Elliot, and Lil Wayne. If you're reading this and you've got power, enjoy the weekend - for those of you that don't - stay strong.
— From the Team at Hotel BPM
Halloween is here! We thought we'd see what some music artists are dressing up as for Halloween this year.
Happy Halloween! New Yorkers are staying strong after Sandy, and for those who are at home and in need of some good tunes, we've got some upbeat releases to keep your energy up!
It's Halloween weekend and Hotel BPM has put together a frightening Halloween Spotify mix with some of your favorite tunes including Thriller, Time Warp, and the Monster Mash. Blast these ghoulish tunes and get thrilled!
Sensation is finally here! This weekend, Sensation Innerspace will be making its debut in the US at none other than the Barclays Center. This electronic dance music spectacular will be an unforgettable night as lights, music, and performance collide to form one amazing party. Everyone is required to wear all white, maximizing the light and sound experience. If you don't have tickets yet, some are still available, but hurry as they're close to selling out. If you still need a room, there's a few available at Hotel BPM, which is only one stop away from the Barclay's Center-book them while they last! There will also be a live stream Friday at 10pm here. Don't miss your chance to be part of this amazing show!
CMJ 2012 finished on Saturday, and now it's time to find out who stood out amongst the hundreds of performers. We've found a few who we think will go far:
This self-described music addict has a right to brag. Having written and composed her own music since a teen, she's written some amazing tunes for some of the biggest artists, including Nicki Minaj and Cassie's "The Boys." See the pic below of Anjulie this weekend at BPM.
CMJ has gotten off to an incredible start - with reviews pouring in from the New York Times, Paste, NPR, Examiner, Billboard, and more. Start off your weekend with our top picks and get a taste of this year's greatness with the Hotel BPM Weekend Mix - CMJ Edition! Check out the the track Ghost by Sumeet which was produced by Hotel BPM founder — DJ BIJAL. Enjoy!
If you're looking for a party this Saturday where you can dance the night away and maybe even get paid, check out the Soul Clap & Dance Off at the Brooklyn Bowl. Andrew W.K. and Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls) will judge the dance off which will leave the winner $100 richer and DJ Jonathan Toubin will be playing some of the best rare soul around. Get your dancing shoes on!
The CMJ music marathon has kicked off today and there are plenty of Brooklyn-based artists hoping to leave their mark on NYC. Also In the mix at CMJ is our favorite non-BK artist Anjulie - Check out her video below along with our local picks to keep your eye on.
Babs is back in Brooklyn and as fabulous as ever! To celebrate, we've got this week's Barbra Streisand inspired Weekend Spotify Mix.
Tonight's going to be a loud one - From Prospect park to the Hudson River, NYC we couldn't resist giving you the heads up on tonight's events. BPM Guests, it's not a far trip to the Barclays for a last minute hitch with Barbara (if you could find the tickets) - but if not, check out the roaring list below to see SBTRKT and The Growlers in NYC tonight. GET THE DETAILS BELOW.
Fall is here! Brooklyn is known as being New York's style borough, full of trendsetters with a unique sense of fashion, and this Fall is no exception. We've looked through some of our favorite Brooklyn Blogs to see what's in and found there's two big themes: Military and Big Scarves/Layering.
This week we bring you a mix that will leave you wanting to rock out with a crowd big enough to fill the Barclays Center. Turn it up, close your eyes and let loose!
If you're a beer fan, you should get yourself down to the former Williamsburg Savings Bank this Saturday, where the 2nd Annual Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival will be going down. You'll be able to sample over 100 beers from 65 makers and importers, and if you want, you can even learn how to brew your own beer at home thanks to the Brooklyn Brew Shop. There will also be food from Der Schwarze Kolner, Lucky 777 Chili, and Chez Lola. Beer and food - sounds like a good day!
Who doesn't appreciate good food and excellent music? Brooklyn rules again this Saturday in Williamsburg at the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair. Here, you'll be able to find records from familiar labels including: Merge, Mexican Summer, and Warp and plenty of rare finds, too. There's good news for Flying Lotus fans, as well, because he'll be signing copies of his new album, "Until the Quiet Comes," at the Warp Records Booth. Best of all, you'll be in Smorgasburg so you can enjoy your music with a side of some of Brooklyn's finest food, wine, and beer.
We are yea I said it we are, Hotel BPM, all Jay-Z everything!
For one of the BIGGEST AND BEST WEEKENDS TO DATE, we've got the beats to celebrate Jay-Z's big Barclay's Center debut and the BPM official ribbon cutting. Get in on the BKLYN vibe with the Weekend Mix playlist on Spotify.
Hotel BPM’s biggest weekend to date has arrived!
Photos via Rob White
The festivities kicked off early on Thursday, with the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Attending the ceremony were BPM Supporters, press, locals, and Brooklyn borough president — Marky Markowitz, who presented the proclamation and whose opening remarks included;
“If you don’t want a cookie cutter hotel then Hotel BPM is for you.”
In case you've been hiding under a rock all week (it happens), it’s the much anticipated opening of the Barclay’s Center. Brooklyn’s own Jay-Z returns to officially kick off the proceedings and will continue to “bring it home to BK” with 8 sold-out shows. If you don’t have Jay-Z tickets, however, don’t worry as Hotel BPM will be having their own DJs this weekend to rock the house and truly make this weekend in Brooklyn a momentous one.
DJ David S starts the weekend off right, with a set starting tonight from 5-9 pm, with DJ Bijal taking you right up til midnight. (See the full weekend schedule below)
Hotel BPM has been lucky to share it's pre-opening days with some of the best guests in the world. We're proud to offer them nothing short of an exceptional experience from the DJ's in the lobby (Listen to their mixes after the jump) to the signature Sound Sleeper mattress. But don't take our word, check out what some of our guests are saying about an experience that's simply "Excellent":
SImply "Excellent" - "I stayed here this past week, an all I can say is that I loved it. I highly recommend this place, and look forward to staying here again."
"Our experience was awesome. The room was brand new, spotless and stylish. The bed was oh-so-comfortable and the shower was heavenly."
This weekend mix is all about energy - inspired by some of the latest hits from today's top talents. Get it going with Danza Kuduro (Never gets old), the Scissor Sisters, DEV, Klass, and more. Have a listen below!
This is why we love Brooklyn - every time you turn around, someone's got a free drink to hand out. From wine to whiskey - the best of the boroughs has got it covered. Start the weekend right with a Balvanie scotch whiskey tasting (to get that acquired taste) in Prospect Heights. Get the full scoop below and read on for the full dig on the best of Brooklyn-made brews.
Missed the action at Hotel BPM? Soundcloud has got the complete recap from DJ DAVID S - Get the streaming mix HERE.
Taking a road trip? Need some tunes for the subway? Just want to party? Get the latest Hotel BPM Weekend Mix to pump up your weekend jams. Check it out on Spotify!
There has been a glorious, long awaited fall breeze sweeping through the city this week - but summer is NOT over. Not until you've hit up the grand finale of this season's Tiki Disco at Roberta's Pizza.
Dubstep producer Skrillex and Damian Marley have teamed up for a slick new track "Make It Bun Dem" - But the magic doesn't really begin until you've seen the music video. Directed by Tony T Datis, (visionary behind Bangarang and Wide Awake) the video drums together a native family, local police, and beat-inspired supernatural storm. Check it out.
It might be September and fall fashion week might have just kicked off - but it's still hot and there's still time to live it's summertime. Keep the heat alive with the latest Hotel BPM Weekend Mix with Grouplove, Outasight, Martin Solveig, and more.
If you haven't been to Hotel BPM to hear the air-shaking, heart-pumping beats of DJ LEXX - Here's your chance to get some BPM for yourself. Listen to the FutureFM Mix right here.
Electric Zoo starts TODAY in NYC! We've rounded up some of the highlights of the world famous festival to stream through your speakers via Spotify. Hotel BPM guests can also expect a weekend jam-packed with the electrifying beats from David Guetta, Pat Deville, Nero, Cascada, Swedish House Mafia, Benny Benassi, and more.
ONLY LESS THAN 24 HOURS TO GO, and the Electric Zoo kicks off in NYC. The three day event slams through New York with sets from Tiesto, David Guetta, A-Trak, Axwell, Benny Benassi, Skrillex, Knife Part, Diplo, and so many more of the biggest DJ's in the world.
Hotel BPM has been blasting with the beats of DJ Billy Gotit this month - Get the complete streaming mix HERE.
Ready for the free Afro Punk Fest this weekend in Brooklyn? Catch up on the latest from Gym Class Heros, Janelle Monae and more - then see them LIVE Saturday August 25, and Sunday August 26th.
Erykah Badu, Das Racist, and Janelle Monae, Ninjasonik, and Reggie Watts, all on one stage. And guess what, it's totally free.
Hotel BPM has opened it's doors to raving reviews. Guests have been thrilled about the "intelligent, stylish design" and "attention to detail." We've also wasted no time in bringing in the beats with DJ Lexx, DJ Billy Gotit, and founder DJ Bijal. Check out the photo recap of our opening days and get in on the action.
It's been a week! We're celebrating Hotel BPM's latest partnerhip with Spin the Vote with fresh new tracks from Wynter Gordon, Inna, Deadma5, & more. Listen in!
From the pre-opening (you can now book a room!) to the coverage in BlackBook and Time, this week has been jam packed at Hotel BPM Brooklyn. It's Thursday and we're showing no signs of slowing down, as we're pleased to partner with Spin The Vote for the 2012 Election!
Fedoras and bandanas are everywhere - but they're no longer the only headpiece topping the streets. Say hello to the turban comeback: the wrapped cultural alternative to hat's and scarves. The resurgence owes some credit to Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld in their latest runway collections, and of course Brooklyn renaissance man Waris Ahluwalia. Check out some shots from the street at the BPM PINTEREST BOARD.
Owner DJ Bijal get's it into full EDM gear with this weekend's mix. Listen up!
Take a trip to Germany via the N train. In the latest and greatest of Park Slope leisure, the new beer hall Die Koelner Bierhalle has just opened. Inspired by the German city of Cologne, the huge venue features the classic long wooden tables, a coat of arms, and of course, beer. Die Koelner boasts over 40 bottled beers and 30 on tap (some locally brewed right in Brooklyn).
As part of Celebrate Brooklyn's Summer Fest, Swedish Electro-Soul group, LITTLE DRAGON are coming to Prospect Park this Friday. Best known for their track Wildfire with SBTRKT and the even bigger Drake remix, they'll be supported by Brooklyn indie scene veteran FRANKIE ROSE and special guest DJ’s VOICES OF BLACK. If you're new to Little Dragon - check out some of their best hits below.
The dream of Hotel BPM is fast becoming reality - get into the feeling with these tracks from Mos Jay-z's New Day to Run This Town to Swagger Like Us.
Hotel BPM is more than happy to share the borough with innovative movie theater, Nighthawk. Movies are a good reason to go to the theater, but now so is beer, great food, and custom cocktails. Nighthawk in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has been at this for a little over a year now, and they're THE place to go to for this all-in-one night out. They're also the sole reason for a change in New York State liquor laws.
Check out Fader's Interview with El-P and Nighthawk visionary Matthew Viragh.
Jay-Z proves he's not just a rapper anymore - but a business mogul. The part-owner of the Brooklyn Nets and official face for Duracell's power mat has even more up his sleeve: A video game.
Skip the lessons and expensive equipment, your music career starts here. Check out these sites featuring easy to use sequencers and start making your own dynamic beats in seconds. Warning: This might get a little addictive.
Maybe you've heard of Jay-Z and the Beastie Boys hailing their genius from Brooklyn - but let there be no doubt, Brooklyn is teeming with plenty of artists you might have not yet dug up. We've put together some of our picks of Brooklyn's newest rising stars for you to check out while you're Here.
With a little over a week left till we open, @DJBIJAL has put together the perfect day dream playlist to imagine yourself experience the lifestyle that is Hotel BPM.
After over 70 mind-blowing events around the world, Sensation, the world's biggest dance event is coming to the US. And not just anywhere in the USA - it's coming to BROOKLYN...in fact right around the corner from Hotel BPM at the Barclays Center.
While Hotel BPM is set to see it's first birthday on August 1st, neighbor Brooklyn Bowl is celebrating it's third. And to celebrate, they've released a comprehensive, interactive, absolutely brilliant infographic. The long scrolling, clickable piece shows the venue's highlights as "Best Music Club," surprise shows from Kanye, and more. Check it out Here and go take a scroll!
Hope you're feeling lucky this Friday the 13th - We've got the latest BPM Weekend Mix to get you through another hot summer weekend. Check it out on Spotify.
NYC Restaurant Week is upon us next week - serving up affordable dishes for the all the foodies throughout the city. Brooklyn resident's and BPM Guests need not leave the borough however to enjoy the normally Manhattan-only event.
Jay-Z is breaking in the Barclay's center with a serious bargain. The center has announced 3 nights (Sept 28-30) for the official opening act and the partial Nets owner has priced roughly 7,000 of the seats at only $29.50.
Grab some friends, get your suits ready, and don't forget your sunscreen. While you're at it turn up the Hotel BPM weekend mix to dance along with Neon Trees, Karmin, Gym Class Heroes, & more. Get it Here!
J Dilla changed everything. His talents and influence transcended the underground hip hop scene and transformed the entire scene throughout the 90's and early 21st century. Working with acts like "A Tribe Called Quest, Brooklyn native Busta Rhymes, Common, and more - He's spread an indefinable legacy, celebrated several summers ago at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival.