10/08/15 4:44pm
Hungry March Band will leave you wanting more—much like hunger itself. via website

Hungry March Band will leave you wanting more—much like hunger itself. via website

Boy, oh, boy, October just keeps getting better. It’s as if the Fun Gods—I don’t judge your religion, so don’t knock mine—looked down at all the fun we weren’t having in September and said, “Oh, okay. Here you go. Here’s some fun.”

Next week’s fun comes in the form of HONK NYC!, a week-long street music festival extravaganza with an emphasis on brass and percussion. Bands from around the globe perform in parks, bars and other public spaces across metropolitan New York. And as luck—or the Fun Gods—would have it, we rounded all the performances that are happening in Brooklyn! (more…)

10/08/15 3:15pm
BYO vampire teeth. Please control yourself if you're a real vampire

BYO vampire teeth. Please control yourself if you’re a real vampire

New York Comic Con is almost upon us again, and among the standard convention panels, previews, cosplayers, and what we can only assume will be an overabundance of Star Wars exclusive trailers, comes an event that perfectly marries NYCC to the spookiest month of the year. BBQ Films, the folks behind this past April’s sold-out, multi-night Empire Records phenomenon, are bringing Marvel’s pre-Phase 1 cult classic, Blade, to life with a no-kidding vampire blood rave at Terminal 5. Yes, you heard right: There Will Be Blood.

The tribute to 1998, or as I like to call it, the year of Stephen Dorff (not counting 1987’s The Gate), will happen on October 9, and will feature a screening of Blade, but anyone who knows BBQ Films knows it doesn’t end there. They specialize in interactive movie experiences, which in this case means an actual rave headlined by The Crystal Method, among other electronic artists, actors roaming the floor re-enacting scenes from the movie, sword fighting demos, raffles, and mystery special guest appearances. Oh yeah, and there’s going to be a “splash zone.” The best news though, is that you can be there for free! (more…)

10/08/15 2:31pm
Carrie Bradshaw has nothing on these ladies

Carrie Bradshaw has nothing on these ladies. Photo via Facebook

Hey, remember when a group of dummies said we should defund Planned Parenthood? We sure do. Help smash the Patriarchy—and anyone else who says women shouldn’t get to choose what to do with their bodies—by heading into Manhattan tomorrow night, for Awkward Sex and the City, Natalie Wall’s recurring comedy show featuring some of New York’s best comedians retelling their most hilarious, interesting or just plain-old-weird sexploits inside of a sex shop. A portion of the proceeds from this show will go to Planned Parenthood.


Stop waffling, don't be chicken, etc. via Brooklyn Beso

Stop waffling, don’t be chicken, etc. via Brooklyn Beso

Ah, brunch. That age-old institution of midday eating that leads to an afternoon and evening of napping, and then more eating. If you love this fictional, all-day meal as much as I do, then get excited, because Bed-stuy is getting another brunch crawl this year, courtesy of the Bridge Street Development Corporation. Start stretching your stomachs for Sunday, October 11.


10/08/15 1:23pm
via Seleni Institute

“Look at all of these Tweets” – you, as the new digital media assistant at Seleni Insitute. via website

It’s the first week of October and so far, the month is going pretty damn well. The long weekend is swiftly approaching us, and the weather this past weekend was fairly decent (no thanks to Joaquin). In doing our part to help you live your best life this October, we are once again giving you some fresh job ideas. Feeling lackluster about your current income situation? Dig those resumes out from your desktop, and start applying! (more…)

10/08/15 12:00pm

The Orthodox Jews may not have crazy sex, but they’re certainly writing about it [Forward]
U.S. economists predict “full employment” by 2016 – well ok, let us know [WSJ]
There’s a big difference between micro-units and just small apartments? [Curbed NY]
Google bought a domain name that nobody is ever going to take the time to type out [Consumerist]
Downtown BK got an Asian rooftop beer garden, and we probably can’t afford it [NY Mag]
If you let Brian Blessed deliver your baby, he might use unconventional methods [Mashable]
Can’t we all agree that Metropolitan Avenue should have a bike lane? [Gothamist]
It’s autumn, so people in New England are selling their leaves for $20/bundle [CityLab]

10/08/15 11:31am
The Bushwick Notebook is back!

The Bushwick Notebook is back!

Looking for Bushwick in all the wrong places? Look no further, brokesters: Bushwick Daily just put out their second edition of their quarterly mag, the Bushwick Notebook, and it’s everything you wanted to know about Bushwick without having to ask: guides to the neighborhood, cheap eats, interviews with local entrepreneurs, and secrets of the dating scene.

The magazine is free, and that’s not even the best part. The best part is that you get first dibs on a free copy tonight, at a launch party with cheap beer and a live DJ.  (more…)

10/08/15 10:06am
Big Brother is watching, and you should, too. via Securocam 3000

Big Brother is watching, and you should, too. via Securocam 3000

It’s certainly a sign of the times when we can boast an entire festival dedicated to the art of the webseries. But there you have it, because BK really has become a hub for makers of online content and digital storytelling, albeit with a little help from Netflix-and-chill. Now, by this point you already know how to make one of these series yourself. But lucky you, the Brooklyn Web Fest is this weekend, and you can get a refresher!

The festival takes place this Friday & Saturday, October 9-10. We rounded up the best panels and screenings to check out on each day. Panels range from the how-I-did-it to the basic how-to. You can attend single events for $10, or buy a full-day pass for $30. You can also buy the full weekend for $50. All events take place at the Made in NY Media Center (30 John Street). You have to RSVP for anything you’re going to, so once you check out our picks, start making your itinerary. Happy binge-watching!


10/08/15 9:43am
clench and release

Maybe Charla will tell you about her struggle to live without arms

You made it to the unofficial end of the week, again! Congratulations, blast fax kudos all around. Your coming weekend will be full of New York Mets playoff anxiety (or at least it should be), so this is the day to get out there and really cut loose. Good thing the Brokelyn Events Calendar exists and has such great stuff listed on it. Pick a night out, any night out I’ve got for you below, you can’t go wrong. (more…)

10/07/15 1:19pm
As you can see, Downtown Maplewood is the spitting image of Brooklyn. via Flickr user Jazz Guy

As you can see, Downtown Maplewood is the spitting image of Brooklyn. via Flickr user Jazz Guy

We all have fun with the “X is the next Brooklyn” trope, despite the fact that it’s silly and mostly done as an attention-grabbing act by desperate real estate reporters or people looking to get some cheap heat for their city. Here’s the thing though: At least it’s usually done in service of pumping up a city, as opposed to today’s attempt at crowning a new Brooklyn, in which the far away New Jersey suburbs Maplewood and South Orange are somehow just like our borough:

Maplewood and South Orange have been unofficially dubbed “Brooklyn West.” Realtors throughout the area say the towns are attracting hordes of new residents from the NYC borough, and some have started capitalizing on the trend.

“It doesn’t seem to be a financial factor driving them (out of Brooklyn),” Keane said. “It’s a lot of young couples looking to start families or with young kids. I think it’s the family aspect (drawing them here).”