Biggie, Biggie, Biggie, we can see, all these photos this guy finally found. Photo via David McIntyre
Before riding on speedboats, luxury cars and before his daughter got five karats put on her ear, Christopher Lee Wallace was in front of fashion photographer David McIntyre’s lens, in DUMBO, photographing the soon to be named “King of New York” for Interview Magazine. The photos show a pre-Ready to Die Biggie Smalls, before fame, beef and tragedy. Some photos were featured in the magazine, but most of them have never been seen, because McIntyre lost the negatives. As luck would have it, McIntyre just found the pictures recently, and is now trying to raise $28,000 to print these never before seen Biggie pictures for a photo exhibit in Brooklyn. (more…)
What is it: A Brooklyn staple nestled in the South Slope, boasting both cult celebrity and a history stretching back to Prohibition. Freddy’s, with its trademark comfortable and casual flavour is friendly and endlessly interesting.
Why we love it: Whether you’re there for the acid-tavern experience (TVs run award-winning video montages 24/7) or to see a free music, comedy, or art show show in the back room, Freddy’s always has something to revive a sleepy night. This neighborhood favorite hosts a welcome mix of locals and far-flung visitors, thanks to its beautiful other worldly decor, bustling vibes and charming staff. Just a few reasons why it was voted one of the best bars in the country by the likes of Esquire and others.
What to order: Aside from the whiskey and craft beers, Freddy’s offers a solid menu of what it calls “Pan-Brooklyn.” This includes burgers, fish tacos, local Polish kielbasa (meaning that they’re actually made across the street by two great Polish butchers), a curious twist on a BLT sandwich, and much more. All tasty and cheap as hell.
Regular tip: The intoxicating video collages you’ll see all over the bar are actually edited/created by co-owner Donald O’Finn.
For nearly all of July, I thought I was going insane: I kept seeing a guy on a horse riding down the Franklin Avenue bike lane. It happened around the same time every day, like clockwork. I’d watch this horse emerge from the north and stare from my window, mesmerized, as the horse’s easy rider trotted down the street with a self-satisfied smile on his face. Somehow, his expression offset the absurdity of it all.
I wasn’t the first or the only one to spot the horseman; this guy’d been all over the place, popping up on Instagrams and making the local news. Now, I know we’ve all had our theories. But either this was just one of those New York characters you eventually get used to — the pigeon guy in Washington Square park, the Nutcracker salesman on the A Train, etc — or this guy had rhyme and reason to his constant to-and-fro. Now, though, we’ve caught up with the mystery horseman to ask him what the deal is.
So meet Walker Blankinship, president of Kensington Stables. He’s the guy who’s been riding a horse named Tonka through the streets. And as it turns out, he’s got a pretty good reason for doing it. (more…)
Another Monday. Used to be you could come out of the weekend saying “Well, at least this is one more day closer to retirement.” Now, we’re never going to retire ever, because CEOs need your pension money for gold-plated bathtubs and bribes. Sorry, we mean “lobbyists.” Anyway, think less about that and more about enjoying yourself tonight, with these fun nights out found on the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (more…)
Hang out in a dark theater watching porn, and have it be totally cool. via Facebook
Hey there, person who misses the Old New York. We know you miss the cheap rent and Ed Koch looming over your bed every morning to scream “How’m I doing?” as a wake up call. Do you also miss watching porno in a movie theater with other perve- uh we mean “sex positive humans”? Great, because you’ve got a chance to do that soon, as Dan Savage’s ordinary folks porn film festival HUMP! is coming to Brooklyn in August. Even better, if you use our new cheap tickets portal that we have on the top of the site, you can even get tickets to it cheaper than usual. (more…)
These people are all happy because they learned death is nothing to fear. via Morbid Anatomy Museum
As we went over on Monday, death permeates everything surrounds us, and will eventually befall you and everything you love. In that sense, it’s nothing to fear, but it’s also such an abstract concept full of unknowns that rote acceptance is hard. So, the Morbid Anatomy Museum is here to help with Death Cafe, an event where British funeral planner Louise de Winter, a kind of Mary Poppins of death, will chat with you about any topic on death you’d like to talk about. (more…)