04/28/15 2:34pm
bartolo colon

See smirking baseball demon Bartolo Colon and the rest of the Mets for so cheap you’ll be able to afford two beers at the game. via Facebook

Well, it finally happened. After years of posts about cheap Mets tickets talking about how maybe if everything went right things could okay, or at least justifying bad baseball with the fact that it was affordable, the Mets are good. The Mets are so good in fact, that they’re currently the best team in baseball, both on the field and on Twitter. Fortunately, their newfound success hasn’t meant tickets are more expensive (yet), and the Mets’ latest ticket deal has managed to lower prices for Thursday night’s game against the hated Washington National to an astounding $4 in some sections. We’re not talking cheap seats either, we’re talking seats so close that you can holler at the coward Bruce Harper and he’ll hear you. (more…)

04/28/15 1:20pm
The microphone is more scared of you than you are of it. Test your open mic chops but check these tips first.

The microphone is more scared of you than you are of it. Test your open mic chops but check these tips first.

Jerry Seinfeld once made a joke about how people fear public speaking more than death: “This means to the average person,” he says, “if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” But what does he know? People tell you all the time how funny you are! You should do stand-up comedy! But before you go plotting your own Netflix special, you need to hone your craft at some open mic nights, because, as you’ll soon learn, the act of being funny and the art of being funny aren’t exactly the same thing. Open mics are a necessary step on the road to finding your comedic voice, developing a network of funny friends and refining your material.

This is where I can help. I had long nursed a burning desire to be on the stage, sort of like Lauryn Hill in Sister Act 2, just waiting for a Vegas showgirl turned inner-city parochial school teacher to come give me my big chance. I knew I wanted to try stand-up, but wasn’t sure where to start. A year later, I’m no expert comedian, but I can tell you what I know about getting up there for the first time. So, if you want to be somebody, if you want to go somewhere, you better wake up and pay attention. Here are five tips to help get from big-time comedy aspirations to awkward, blinded-by-the-stage-lights reality. (more…)

04/28/15 12:41pm
Work like a king for a day at Dumbo Startup Lab. via Facebook

Pay-what-you-can to work in luxury for a day at Dumbo Startup Lab. via Facebook

If you’ve been reading the news lately, you know that Nepal’s in pretty bad shape. Natural disasters in faraway places tend to make us feel helpless, especially when relief efforts bifurcate into smaller and smaller arteries of support. If you have dimes to spare and work you can do remotely, consider lending your work hours to the cause by renting a coworking space next week.  According to Technical.ly, work spaces all around the city will be pay-what-you-can on May 6, to help relief efforts in Nepal.

The coalition allows you to donate any amount directly to a relief fund of your choice, and then simply show proof of your donation to gain access to your chosen co-working space for the day. Pretty cool, huh? (more…)

04/28/15 12:22pm

The story of the man behind the stories of Humans of New York [Crain's]
Gas leaks are a big problem that isn’t being solved [WNYC]
Repeatedly trying to buy out tenants might become illegal [Daily News]
What caused the Baltimore riots [City Lab]
McDonald’s keeps fucking that (artisanal) chicken [Grub Street]
Finally, some good old fashioned congestion pricing obstructionism [Observer]
Bay Ridge is getting some new bike lanes [Streetsblog]

04/28/15 12:00pm

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You know the drill: you’ve planned to cook dinner once you (finally) get home from work. Going through your cabinets you realize that you need to slog back out (in rush hour), and hit up five stores for the six ingredients you don’t have. The recipe only requires seven. Your significant other staggers through the door and asks “What’s for dinner?” Once again, you give in to the siren call of Seamless and your bank account groans in protest.

Tired of this scenario?

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04/28/15 11:12am
worstpothole

Not even hazard fences could weather the gulf of this pothole (at New Lots & Jerome). Submitted by Rachel Bishop.

We put out the call, and boy, did you ever answer it! Thanks to everyone who submitted gruesome pothole pics for the “Worst Pothole in Brooklyn” photo contest.  You showed us a whole range—from tiny dimensional voids in the street, to wide swaths of hideous, crumbling asphalt. It was a hard call, to be sure—but we ended up going with the one that had the most trash in it.

Of course, that’s not the only reason Rachel Bishop’s pothole (seen above) made us cringe. It’s also the fact that it managed to swallow the city’s attempts to warn bikers and pedestrians against it. So congrats, Rachel! You’re about to get your hands on a fancy new bike tire from the folks over at Bike Slug(more…)

04/28/15 10:06am
brooklyn zine fest

Don’t let the streamers fool you, plenty of Zinefest attendees had political issues on their mind. Photos by Nicholas Mancall-Bitel

This past weekend, the Brooklyn Historical Society played host to the annual Brooklyn Zine Fest, drawing zinesters and their fans from around the city and across the county. The event this year continued to be so popular that it spilled into a second day, with 75 zine publishers tabling each day. As in past years, event organizers Matt Carman and Kseniya Yarosh have combined this gathering of the zine community with several panels that investigate the current state of the zine medium. One panel, “Black Lives Matter: Zines and Activism,” sparked interest, and generated conversations (and controversy) around zines that engage in political or social commentary.

While zines as a form are rooted in political commentary, modern zine publishers engage with these issues in a variety ways. In the 1990s, the internet seemed to sound the death knell for zines, with many zinesters moving online to blogs. But the medium has seen a resurgence in recent years as an alternative to digital media. This resurrection has recast community norms. As zines have taken on new roles and new readers, politically minded self-publishers have adapted and transformed. In order to learn more about these modern social commentators, we asked some of the zine publishers at the Zinefest about the ways they engage social and political issues. (more…)

04/28/15 8:00am
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Team Spirit knows how to stay fresh and clean this summer, and you can too

Unless you live somewhere that I’m not currently thinking about because I don’t live there, it’s getting humid out.  When it’s humid out people tend to walk around looking one of two ways: 1) Oddly comfortable or 2) Crazy seeming. One of the quickest ways to overheat in high humidity, other than just being alive, is to jump up and down repeatedly while playing music. Brooklyn’s Team Spirit, being a jump up and down kind of band, make sweaty look good though. Which is cool.

The band recently recorded a Buzzsession for The Wild Honey Pie and included “Teenage Heart” and “Satisfaction” off of their most recent album, Killing Time, which came out on VICE Records last fall.  We’d love for you to check out those videos here. (more…)

04/27/15 4:46pm
We've mastered the very nature of time itself! via Flickr user Nicole Lee

We’ve mastered the very nature of time itself! via Flickr user Nicole Lee

We give a lot of support to people who ride their bikes around here, but we don’t want to come off as being hostile the humble pedestrian. Walking, after all, is the ultimate broke form of transportation, more so than even a bike. If you’ve walked in New York for long enough, you’ve probably (hopefully) developed a form of ownership over our streets and sidewalks, as that attitude denoting that you’re in fact walking here is the best part of being a pedestrian around here. We wait for no car and no walk signal. In face, according to an anecdote in a Times Magazine story about how to make the intersection of Atlantic Avenue, Washington Avenue and Underhill Avenue safer, we step off the curb so quickly we’ve broken the usual metrics for timing crosswalk signals and possibly even time itself. (more…)

04/27/15 3:44pm
The best disaster you'll see all week

The best disaster you’ll see all week

The Late Night Disaster is a new variety show dressed up like a traditional late night talk show helmed by Rob Blatt (“The internet’s favorite person” – Uproxx). For tomorrow’s inaugural show, Rob is joined by:

Jon Glaser (Girls, Parks and Recreation, Delocated) for something weird
• opera-singing burlesque performer Sarah Screams (Operotica)
Ginny Leise and Soojeong Son from The Shame Game for fun and awkwardness
• Comedy Central “Comic to Watch” Julio Torres for stand up
• and band leader Leslie Goshko (Sideshow Goshko, Time Out New York “Critics’ Pick”) (more…)