01/20/17 3:21pm
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tfw you’re not sure what the job you’re applying for is exactly but your buddy says he’ll get you in.

The most unqualified person ever to be elected president has officially been sworn in and he’s carrying with him into Washington a quiver of cronies. It’s hard to distill a lesson from all this other than failing upwards is becoming the only exercise some Americans get any more. We’ve seen Trump’s nominees flub their interviews, showing up wholly unprepared or revealing they don’t not actually know what the job they’re applying for is, exactly. So let’s take a minute to consider those of us who still fail the regular, downward way, especially when applying for jobs.

The single worst job interview I ever gave started going downhill in a wind tunnel. I was applying for a job at a legal newswire, had aced the first few rounds of the process and was called in for an in-person interview at the Soho office. I was new to the city and with about a month’s rent to my name, so I donned my one good outfit, one of my dad’s old ties, a way-too-shabby corduroy blazer and headed into the city. The February day was brisk and windy, and I hadn’t been able to afford a haircut, so once I stepped out of the subway, I was immediately harassed with the full force of the Broadway wind tunnel that immediately turned my combed hair into an anarchic rat’s nest, all volume and jagged angles, unable to be tamed with hands alone. (more…)

01/20/17 12:00pm
From the brunch offerings, a perfectly crispy bird that’d have Colonel Sanders himself lickin’ his digits. Photos by Ally Spier.

From the brunch offerings, a perfectly crispy bird that’d have Colonel Sanders himself lickin’ his digits. Photos by Ally Spier.

If you’re one of those lucky people with the luxury of time for a sit-down daytime meal during the typical work week (or just someone who’s underemployed, a la this girl) you now have another great option for your weekday #firstmeal.

Rider, the light-filled Williamsburg spot attached to non-profit music venue National Sawdust, has been serving dinner since it opened last March, and weekend brunch for almost as long. This past week, it debuted two new daytime menus, available Monday through Friday so you can snag award-winning chef creations no matter *when* you are.

Menu offerings are pricey, albeit deservingly so. But $1 gets you a cup of bottomless coffee (!) and a donut is just $2 (!!), so there’s something for every bank balance. Hey, every girl’s gotta eat.  (more…)

01/20/17 10:52am
Look familiar? That's because it's every bar in Brooklyn. Photo by Maria McClure

Look familiar? That’s because it’s every bar in Brooklyn. Photo by Maria McClure

What makes a Brooklyn bar?

Is it the wood? Is is the draft list that features only craft beer and local breweries? Is it the bartender, whose surly, I’ve-seen-it-all disposition seems out of sync with his youth? And which of these things explains why you find yourself so hopelessly drawn through the door, night after night, to pull up a stool at your neighborhood joint and order the same thing you can’t nearly afford?

These questions form the partial premise of [PORTO], a new play by Kate Benson running at the Bushwick Starr through Feb. 4, as part of the Exponential Theater Festival. “A neighborhood bar in a gentrifying outpost of a major American City,” reads the play’s tagline. “I know this will end badly, but for now, it tastes really good.”

The “city” turns out to be a borough: The narrator eventually admits that we are in fact in Brooklyn, albeit only once, as if the city name could be supplanted were the show picked up for a run in Portland or Chicago. But Brooklyn is an easy sell for [PORTO]; the bar is a cliché so self-serious that it almost feels new again.

“Edison lights glowing,” Benson narrates. “Serious food. Serious beer. Serious booze. … You know the place.” (more…)

01/19/17 3:59pm
These are the 2016 winners. You wanna be one in 2017? via BCF on FB

The 2016 winners. You wanna be one in 2017? via Brooklyn Community Foundation FB

Artists aren’t the only ones who deserve a leg up to do what they do. A similarly underrepresented body politic in Brooklyn, at least where funding is concerned, is its nonprofit sector. We’re talking community organizers, advocacy groups and other 501(c)-3 organizations whose purpose precedes their paycheck.

Micro-leadership rarely receives macro budgeting, which can make it hard to afford the space you need to organize. But you should know that the Brooklyn Community Foundation sees you, and wants to help: They’re now accepting applications for their second-ever Incubator Project, an 18-month long residency that helps small nonprofits, community groups and community leaders by offering rent-free coworking space in Crown Heights, plus a $5,000 stipend and capacity-building support.

Does your organization qualify? Read on to find out. (more…)

01/19/17 3:12pm

President Obama (god, that feels good) held his last press conference yesterday, and it may be the last of those we have in a while, considering who’s coming in to replace him. Many of us watched glassy-eyed as the POTUS made his final address to the nation last week. Some of us teared up. Some of us broke down. And some of us sang tributes to Obama to the tune of “On my Own” from Les Misérables. 

Or maybe that last one was just Brooklyn-based comedian Marybess Pritchett. In the video above, titled “Please Don’t Go” and sung to the tune of Éponine’s “On My Own,” Pritchett eulogizes Obama and shares her fears for the future after him.

“Without him, the world around me changes/
It’s not fair, get out of there, your house is full of racists!” (more…)

01/19/17 1:38pm
Just one of the light-filled studio spaces awarded to 17 Sharpe-Walentas artists per year. via website

Just one of the light-filled studio spaces awarded to 17 Sharpe-Walentas artists per year. via website

In case you thought Trump wasn’t going to come for the artists, think again. The president elect’s proposed sweeping cuts include a total elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, which means we’ll need to rely more than ever on funding and support from local arts organizations and cultural groups. And each other, obviously.

Lucky for us, we live in New York City. No matter your medium, there’s a nonprofit somewhere in NYC with the resources and mission to help you flex your creativity and get your art out into the world. We’ve rounded up twelve artist opportunities for 2017 — with deadlines! — to help keep you accountable, motivated, and compensated in dollars as well as exposure bucks.

This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, but we focused on opportunities with hard deadlines and obvious perks so you don’t feel like you’re art-ing into the void. Which you aren’t, by the way. So check out the opportunities below and see which one speaks to you. (Make sure to read them all, since some include multiple art forms: (more…)

01/19/17 12:37pm
Such a gloomy bunch (#8) (pic by Chris Polinsky)

These folks are clearly very gloomy (#8) (pic by Chris Polinsky)

[Ed note: Before making your plans this weekend, check out our anti-inauguration events roundup, which includes a slew of protests, fundraisers, Obama farewell dance parties and the like throughout the weekend. But if you just need a diversion from all that, there’s plenty of apolitical fun to be had too.]

1. Take a deep breath at A Day of Unity and Healing, a full day of donation-based stress-reduction sessions including reiki, card readings, acupuncture, and more. (Friday, Minka Brooklyn, by donation)

2. Explore the art of a great hood at the opening of “East New York: Not the New Frontier,” an art show celebrating the voice and beauty of the neighborhood’s artists. (Friday, ARTs East New York, FREE)

3. Booze to a beat at Wine & Rhyme, a free wine tasting with hip-hop musician Sadat X and producer Will “Tell” Davis, aka the True Wine Connoisseurs. (Friday, High Point Wines & Spirits, FREE)

4. Get lost in Le Medea, a reimagining of Euripides’ tragedy combining elements of a dance-theater performance and a Latin disco-pop variety show. (Friday & Sunday, BRIC, $20) (more…)

01/19/17 9:46am
Neat, you can do this without dealing with a disgruntled agent who's had to meet with 1000+ people that day. via screenshot

You can do this without facing off against a disgruntled agent about whether you brought the right documents. via screenshot

The NYC ID is your all-access pass to free museum memberships and discount movie tickets. You can even use it to open a bank account. But applying for it used to be a minor pain in the ass; it meant waiting on line, for one, something few New Yorkers have the patience to do.

But as of today, you can apply for your NYC ID without even putting on pants. The IDNYC program has just debuted its new online application portal, where you can apply for a new card, update the information on your current card, replace a lost, stolen or damaged card or re-apply if your previous application wasn’t approved.

You’ll still have to go into an IDNYC enrollment center eventually to show them your documents, but this vastly reduces wait times, paper waste and the possibility of screwing it up (which happens, I did.)  (more…)

01/18/17 5:02pm
Art from the Nasty Women art show at the Knockdown Center last weekend, via @lindsaynyc on Instagram. Find more pics from the event here.

Art from the Nasty Women art show at the Knockdown Center last weekend, which raised $50k for Planned Parenthood. Via @lindsaynyc on Instagram. Find more pics from the event here.

If you’ve got student loans through Navient, you better read this [Consumerist]
You ever do NYC … on acid? [Broke-Ass Stuart]
You ever spend $53.3 billion … on weed? [HuffPo]
Is your super slacking off? Important winter building rules in NYC [BrickUnderground]
Dystopian action thriller Bushwick is debuting at Sundance this year [Bushwick Daily]
Gov. Cuomo wants you to be able to get drunk in every movie theater [Gothamist]
Hey look, it’s a new story about most people you know [The Onion]
Finally, someone is opening the inevitable gigantic sports bar by Barclays [DNAinfo]
This app game could cause you to eat less junk food [Munchies]

01/18/17 2:00pm

In case you missed it on the FAQ page for the Women’s March on Washington this weekend, there are serious restrictions on what you can carry while you march. Most irksome of these is the restriction on backpacks and large bags, which have to be transparent.

Backpacks are not permitted unless they are clear and no larger than 17″x12″x6″ (colored transparent bags are not permitted).

The DCPD *may* not get around to enforcing this in Washington proper since there will be so many people there, but why take the risk if you don’t have to?

Clear bags do exist in NYC, though it’s unlikely you’ll find one before Saturday: both Target and K-Mart say they’re all out, and single-day delivery for any of the bags on Amazon requires a $35+ purchase. Who wants to pay to protest?

If you’re fine just having your phone/wallet/keys/ID in DC, tucked into your pockets, that’s great. But if you were banking on carrying food, tampons or any other emergency supplies, then you may want to watch the video above. Youtube user RYAN IDK made this neat video showing you how, with a little duct tape and elbow grease, you can re-purpose plastic packaging into a sturdy clear backpack — with adjustable straps! — for the Women’s March. (more…)