With its rustic wooden interior and breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, BIBA is one of Williamsburg’s best-kept secrets. Formerly a rubber factory, the vintage building has been repurposed as a beer hall with a luxurious outdoor patio bordering the East River Park. If you have yet to experience Williamsburg’s hottest new haunt, now is your chance.
Sunday, BIBA will host an unforgettable new event, the Indie Makers Market, a celebration of small independent businesses in the North Brooklyn community. Beginning with a boozy brunch and delectable food by Awkward Scone, the activities will run from noon to 7 PM and include a little something for everyone, from food tastings with star chefs to tarot readings.
Brooklyn Paranormal Society will be onsite, bringing the spooky vibe to the market with a psychic on-site. We’re thrilled to be on the roster of such an incredible event, and can’t wait to meet as many interesting Brooklyn residents as we can—living and dead.
We’re really excited to explore the old rubber factory and search for lingering spirits, ever since we learned that the location, 101 Kent Ave., has a seriously creepy history. Apparently, many years ago, a freemason named Harry Rybeck was reported to be saved from drowning by one Thomas Mooney, who developed a reputation as an infamous political activist bomber. Rybeck lived many years after his brush with death, surviving until 1998.
Now, we aren’t saying his ghost is hanging around the BIBA beer hall, but it’s a possibility we’re definitely willing to consider. After learning about the hidden details of the Rybeck story, initially described in a local paper as an act of heroism, we’ve certainly got some questions. Was Rybeck’s drowning really accidental—or was it an initiation of sorts? A promotion into the higher echelons of Freemasonry?
We enjoy sharing our passion for local history with a creepy touch. We’ll be on hand to answer any questions and to sign prospective members up for free. What’s more, we’ll be taking guests on free ghost hunts while the event is ongoing.
If you’ve ever considered coming out to a paranormal event, you’ll get a taste of what we’re all about. A peer-led collective consisting primarily of millennials, we’re an openminded yet skeptical group with an appreciation for good food, good hops, and weird stuff. We hope you’ll join us for this free event.