Tonight: Union Pool benefit for children of dead restaurateur

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Union Pool will host a benefit concert tonight for the children of Colin Devlin, the award-winning Brooklyn restaurateur who committed suicide last month.

The bands Eastern Hollows, Dead Stars and American Darlings will perform at the benefit, which opens at 6 pm, with musicians hitting the stage at 9 pm.

The funds raised will go to the college funds of Ludivine and Cole, the children of Colin Devlin, who police say shot himself on the side of a Pennsylvania road on July 25.

Devlin was the owner of the popular restaurants DuMont, DuMont Burger and the recently-shuttered Dressler. Media outlets have speculated that money woes led Devlin to take his own life, but his friends and family have refused to comment.

John Watterberg, the bassist for Dead Stars, organized the benefit. He and Devlin were acquaintances, but his wife, Melissa Klein, is a manager at DuMont.

“No one saw it coming,” said Watterberg. “Everyone is still reeling and everyone is numb.”

Watterberg encouraged Williamsburg businesses to donate goods and services for organizers to raffle them off before the show and in between bands. Businesses that contributed include Egg, Nitehawk Cinema and Rosarito Fish Shack.

Volunteers say the benefit shows that Brooklyn is really a tight-knit community in a big city.

“It’s nice to know we are a small-town-like community and family of artists and creative minds that bond together through thick and thin,” said Jason Maksymilian, guitar player and singer for the American Darlings.

Colin Devlin Family Benefit at Union Pool [484 Union Ave., between Conselyea Street and Meeker Avenue in Williamsburg,] Aug. 16, 6 pm.

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Updated 10:14 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

W from Wburg says:
Maybe he could have thought about his kids before he decided to kill himself.
Aug. 16, 2013, 10:08 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
very true w
Aug. 16, 2013, 1:30 pm
ty from pps says:
Why can't this guy's kids just get some of the millions collected for the "college fund" for that dead cop's daughters?
Aug. 16, 2013, 2:05 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
What dead cop is that Ty? The hero that died in the line of duty? Why should they get that? Their dad was a cook for hipsters that borrowed money from the wrong people, the cop died in the line of duty. Really big difference Ty, really big. Ty, does your douchebaggery have any limit? Really? I hope someday you need a first responder and a fry cook shows up. idiot
Aug. 16, 2013, 5:32 pm
ty from pps says:
I was being flippant... my comment was really about all of these fundraisers that seem to proliferate around people that really aren't desperate. The police officer that died in the line of duty (you can save the "hero" label) left his family a pension and, perhaps, a modest fundraising effort to support his daughters as a thank you for service would have been nice... but it was a non-stop effort. Even after they had raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Post was still pushing for more. Really?!

And guess what? This Dumont Burger guy's family is probably far worse off than the cop's family (both have dead dads -- the cop isn't any more of a dad than this guy), but a fundraiser? Come on.

Do you want me to start on the desperate fundraisers for the folks living on a sandbar, not getting flood insurance, and then crying when Sandy hit? There are *real* victims of the storm that need and deserve help... not irresponsible homeowners. (My dumb aunt in Florida was one of these idiots... "can't afford" the federal flood insurance, but cried when she had $30k in damage not covered by her homeowner's policy.)

Giving feels good... but think. Did the cop's daughters really need or deserve hundreds of thousands of dollars for their "college fund"? Or would that money have been better utilized by a soup kitchen? (just like this fundraiser at Union Poll tonight)
Aug. 16, 2013, 6:12 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Pardon me, but Dead Stars are quite good (if you don't mind my saying so). I hope that you will all be there.
Aug. 16, 2013, 6:27 pm
nyc from jay says:
seriously? On a Friday night, you guys are arguing whether over kids with deceased parents deserve a fundraiser? Wow, talk about trying to tell other people how to live their lives.
Aug. 16, 2013, 6:36 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
I'm sure the dead cops family feels like they won lotto and are so very happy that they "really aren't desperate" to use your words. your words Ty "really aren't desperate". a shattered family with a dead husband and father and you say the widow and fatherless children "really aren't desperate". Your words Ty....are you proud of them "really aren't desperate"
Aug. 16, 2013, 7:29 pm
ty from pps says:
Desperate for MONEY, you friggin' idiot. Oh, right, I forgot, a few hundred thousand dollar "college fund" is just the remedy for a deceased loved one.
Aug. 16, 2013, 7:41 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Ty, I cut and pasted your quote seemed to have forgot to put the "for money" part in your post. Please read your first post again and point out where your used the words "for money"....waiting right here..........seems the facts are, once again, hughley, crushingly against you. you simply did not post what you said you did. cop dies in the line of duty. left a widow and fatherless children and you said that they were "people that really aren't desperate" Spin, spin spin all you want. Your words are right there for all of us to read. you are heartless
Aug. 16, 2013, 7:53 pm
ty from pps says:
The whole comment was about the friggin' fundraising. Really? Fundraising is about money. They didn't need the fundraising. They weren't in desperate need of funds. Get it?

Yeah, it's sad. He was killed doing his job. They don't have a dad. Very sad. Guess what? Those girls were going to go to college and were going to be fine without hundreds of thousands of dollars. Like I said, there are much better uses for folks money other than this crap. Soup kitchens, after school programs, medical services/education, etc.
Aug. 16, 2013, 8:11 pm
ty from pps says:
(scratch that... over $2 million!!!)
Aug. 16, 2013, 8:44 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Cop killed in line of duty = hero

cook kills himself because of money problems leaving a wife & kids = coward

Ty = nitwit
Aug. 17, 2013, 8:24 am
ty from pps says:
Hero, coward or nitwit... still don't see the point of these fundraisers. You seem to be suggesting that the children of a cop are better/more deserving than the children of someone else. Hmm... I guess this explains a lot about your various "real Brooklyn" entitlements... like how your inherited house is somehow different than a trustafarian.
Aug. 17, 2013, 11:04 am
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
The cop got up in the morning and made a conscious decision to work and provide for his wife and kids.
The coward got up and made a conscious decision to no longer provide for his wife and kids.
If you are not going to look out for your own family how can you expect someone else too? Therefore, no, the cowards children are not nearly as deserving as the cowards.

The nitwit got up, probably sometime after 11AM, put on his skinny jeans, summer scarf, Woody Allen glasses and fedora and peddled off on his fixie to his part-time barista internship to work for an exhausting 2 hours so he could peddle on home and blog about his gritty urban staycation on his $4,000 Macbook
Aug. 17, 2013, 12:11 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
"Therefore, no, the cowards children are not nearly as deserving as the hero cop.
Aug. 17, 2013, 12:12 pm
ty from pps says:
Which children are the least deserving? You must have a category of children in mind that deserve to suffer the most.
Aug. 17, 2013, 1:08 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
the children of fathers and mothers who can die as opposed to blogging - ty you are such a total dick it really is beyond words

ty - what do you do to get paid - just answer - do not quip - what do you do to get paid

simple question - answer it
Aug. 17, 2013, 11:08 pm
ty from pps says:
Why old time? What does my profession add to this?
Aug. 18, 2013, 7:48 am
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
What's your f-ing problem Swampy? This is a terrible tragedy and this guy was very much beloved in the community. Go spew your hateful garbage elsewhere. People took the initiative and organized this benefit and it produced results, deserving results. Think about this guys family for christ sake and what if they were reading what you're writing!

I'm not saying that dead cops aren't deserving of the same type of collection/relief effort on behalf of a community. Why don't you try and organize something and do something productive next time something like this happens instead of criticizing a community and a dead friend of the community from behind your keyboard.

You're a sick, disgusting and hateful coward.
Aug. 18, 2013, 10:28 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
ty from Flatbush - answer - lol - I guess you cannot
Aug. 18, 2013, 10:37 am
ty from pps says:
lol, old time. lolz all the way. I could tell you exactly what I do for a living (i'm sure you'd be impressed), but I'm not going to. You have to tell me why you want to know and how it's pertinent to this discussion.
Aug. 18, 2013, 11:12 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
ty from Flatbush

you are passing judgment on the value of the lives of children dependent upon occupation. seems only fair to know yours - personally I'm a corporate whore who does financing for major companies. pays pretty darn well too (as I write rom the ponderosa. A cop , fireman etc puts his/her life on the line daily as opposed to a coward who deprives his kids of a father and has scarred tem forever.
Aug. 18, 2013, 11:54 am
ty from pps says:
You see, old time. You seem to be making the same value judgement about the kids that sweet ol' swampy is doing. When the parent dies, it's the KIDS that count, not the father. It's the kids that are *without* that deserve a helping hand... $2 million for a "college fund" for girls that already were going to college (2 for free) and the other two weren't going to have any trouble when the got to college age... they didn't need a fundraiser. These $2 million could have been much better spent on after school programs, sports, etc. etc. -- programs that give kids a chance to see alternatives other than a life a crime (i.e., the thing that caused the cop's death). Do you think the $2 million for these four girls on long island is going to help prevent the senseless deaths of other cops?! I'll answer for you... NO. It just made people feel good, regardless of how pointless (beyond 'being supportive') this gesture was.

So, yeah... I'm not judging the cop or the restauranteur's occupation. They were both good occupations. BOTH families don't have a dad now. It is Swampy that thinks the children of a cop are more deserving than children of a man who commits suicide. Is the *child* of a drug addict less worthy/valuable than the *child* of a firefighter? I wanted to know from Swampy, which other children are less deserving than a cop's children? Bus driver? Janitor? Banker? Why are these 4 daughters so much more deserving of a massive fundraising effort than the countless other children that lose a parent every day? Not to mention, it was even like this Officer Figoski was the first cop to die in the line of duty. What about all of the other daughters and sons that never got a multi-million dollar college fund?

My whole point was that these "personal" fundraising things are ludicrous. They are very similar to the food drives for local food pantries... they have them because people won't bother donating otherwise, but it makes them "feel good" because they get to unload their random canned goods. Food pantries could do so much more with a $20 cash donation than $20 worth of random food. Good intentions, just not that good.

(p.s. I'm middle management for an enormous not-for-profit organization... not a charity... been there for 7 years. I make a modest living for NYC, contribute to my retirement fund, pay my student loans, etc. I'm the furthest thing from a hipster you can imagine, regardless of what Swampy imagines while sitting in his inherited house.)
Aug. 18, 2013, 12:32 pm
ADAM from Totalitarian States of Conformica (UT) says:
Wow! I sympathize with the people fed up with the conformist / trendy hipster plague, but, really there is so much hypocrisy.

Despite sympathizing about the hipster thing, there are some very ignorant comments on here, such as what Swamp-Thing has said. You are judging the children of a certain person being less worthy because that person made a bad decision to end his life? That is really incredible-- not sure what else to say about it.

I tell you, perhaps at some point the underlying mechanism behind what goes on in this system should be realized; there is a perpetuating circle with the crime, law, power, money, and all of it. You people complaining about the changing neighborhoods- gentrification- have you read about what happened in Chicago some many years ago, and the displaced neighborhoods- working class, mostly (but not all) white, and disaffected Puerto Ricans- being moved wholesale in the name of 'gentrification'? Do you know what arose out of that upheaval?

People like this cop put their lives on the line, for sure, but they help support a system that has made a self-perpetuating cycle of misery and false reality. The thing is, those with influence and power have lived off the blood and fear for decades-- and perhaps a bigger monster is being prepared that will finally blanket everyone in the same boat.
Aug. 19, 2013, 3:22 am
gimme from yours says:
makes my next Dumont burger extra rare, extra bloody!
Aug. 19, 2013, 3:19 pm
ADAM from TSofC says:
How clever-- bloody because of his lost life! How clever- and how pathetic; You have proven a point.
Aug. 20, 2013, 4:23 am

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