07/31/15 5:28pm
Made you weekend a work of art. via Facebook)

Made you weekend a work of art. via Facebook)

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– If you’re a working artist, you’ll need this guide to cheap and free studio space in Brooklyn

Here’s how you rule every day in August

– Emily Elsen of 4 & 20 Blackbirds has a guide to what to see in Gowanus for you

– New map will show you the city’s most miserable subway stations

– Taylor Swift abandons her post as global tourism ambassador when we really need her

Jonathan Safran Foer and Michelle Williams have started dating and what?

– There are a whole bunch of great jobs for you to go out and try to get

– Go say goodbye to Montero’s while you can

– Whether they’re described as “indie R & B” or “pop”, Wet is fun to listen to

Another housing lottery opened, this one with cheap housing Downtown

– We love Nitehawk Cinema, we love Videology and we love Full Circle Bar

07/31/15 4:13pm
Hang out in a dark theater watching porn, and have it be totally cool. via Facebook

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…)

07/31/15 2:54pm
These people are all happy because they learned death is nothing to fear. via Morbid Anatomy Museum

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…)

07/31/15 12:26pm

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Nitehawk Cinema     
136 Metropolitan Avenue
(between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue)
Williamsburg
(718) 384-3980

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What it is: Nitehawk Cinema is independent movie theatre meets cozy local bar. It features three small theatres that show anything from new blockbusters to old cult classics. The upstairs theatres feature tableside food and drink service while the bar downstairs has plenty of events that keep it bustling throughout the week.

Why we love it: Beside the great atmosphere, Nitehawk’s bar has plenty of free programming such as Monday night Simpsons Club screenings, Movie Trivia Night, VHS Vault, and Artist Film Club. In addition to the usual specials, Nitehawk serves food and cocktails inspired by films shown at the theatre. In honor of August: Osage County, they served Eat the F*cking Fish (catfish, blackeyed peas, and kale) and hard Sweet Tea, while Dallas Buyers Club inspired Support Group Coffee Doughnuts and spiked Border Crossing Coffee.

Who to bring: The bar is dim and cozy, a great place to bring a date or small group. Movie trivia buffs and general Simpsons fans will particularly love it here.

What to order: Nitehawk has eight draft lines and a wide range of rotating bottle specials, with a focus on local breweries. The first weekend of every month is Country Brunchin’, which features Southern food, live country music, and a film set down south.

Fun fact: Nitehawk managed to get the New York State ban on serving alcohol in movie theatres overturned after its owner hired a lawyer and lobbyist to convince Governor Cuomo to repeal the law.

07/31/15 11:40am
You've still got time to be carried away by summer! via Flicker user  Lara Wechsler aka Shveckle Havameyer

You’ve still got time to be carried away by summer! via Flicker user Lara Wechsler aka Shveckle Havameyer

Yeah, I see you. It’s the dawn of August, it’s hot outside, and you’re ready to put a fork in your summer, ‘cause she’s cooked. Memorial Day weekend, so full of summertime promise, feels simultaneously like yesterday and a distant memory. You had a vision for summer 2015, and then, without fail, your weekends filled up as quickly as an affordable housing lottery. And now you’re already writing off those untapped activities as maybe-next-years. Surrender your utensil. I’m here to remind you that there’s still plenty of summer left– and you need to embrace it.

Sure, opening your door now feels like opening the Ark of the Covenant, but I also have a theory (rooted in no science or research) that most of us have been conditioned to feel a sense of dread in August regardless. Way back in your school days, this month meant the party was almost over, you’d be returning to another, older grade, your precious youth, assuredly slipping away. But the good news is that you’re old now, and summer ends when you say so! This time around, don’t get “excited for fall” like a chump when the weather turns ghastly hot for a week. Live in the freaking moment for once in your irreversibly smartphone-addicted life. Here are some pointers for using your summertime wisely, mitigating common regrets, and, as your roommate’s tattoo roughly translates to, seizing the day. (more…)

07/31/15 10:10am
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Maybe time to pull these off the scrap heap. via The Brooklyn Historic Railway Association

Time was, in the old Brooklyn, the really old Brooklyn, pedestrians didn’t just live in fear of being run down by horses or those newfangled electric horses that traitorous Hitler-lover and anti-Semite Henry Ford popularized. They also tried not getting run over by streetcar trolleys (this “trolley dodging” is where the beloved Brooklyn Dodgers got their name) that existed to move people around the borough.

As you know, we’ve got horses back on the street, so it makes plenty of sense to us that a coalition of transit advocates and developers now want to bring back our old-timey streetcars in order to bring more transportation options to the Brooklyn waterfront. After that? Maybe adding some pre-movie newsreels about our boys overseas and their brave fight against the hated Kaiser Wilhelm! (more…)

07/31/15 8:30am
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Blunderland (#5) mastermind Eric Schmallenberger, who probably woke up like this (pic by Sarah Stuve)

1. Think Brooklyn is the only place artists get displaced en mass for condos? Think again at UnionDocs’ screening of Tomorrow We Disappear, the story of India’s massive Kathputli artist colony. (Friday, $9)

2. Be swept away with Groupmuse‘s Symphonie Fantastique, featuring 70+ musicians performing Berlioz, accompanied by Muse Circus acrobats. (Friday, $20)

3. Travel to Stockholm to learn the complex story of a young transgender woman there at Pioneer Works’ screening of Something Must Break. (Friday, $10) (more…)

Medical marijuana still can't be smoked under our state law, FYI. via Flickr user Don Goofy

Medical marijuana still can’t be smoked under our state law, FYI. via Flickr user Don Goofy

Marijuana legalization in New York has been a long and absurd battle, tainted with restrictive legislation even as the state’s bans on medical use were slowly, haltingly lifted. Things are looking up, though, because South Slope News reports that pending approval, one of the state’s allotted medical marijuana dispensaries would be coming to the Slope, at 800 3rd Avenue. The news comes following a unanimous vote in favor of the dispensary’s presence, by the Slope’s community board.

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60,000 square feet goes a long way when all you need is a little corner of it. via Facebook

60,000 square feet at Industry City goes a long way, and all you need to be happy is a little corner of it. via Facebook

As coffee shops lose their luster for the cheaply-minded, ever-Skyping freelancer, coworking spaces are becoming more and more of an attractive long-term option. We want to know that we can go somewhere where there will always be wi-fi, where the coffee and tea is endless if we deem it so, and where no one will bother us if we need to have a quiet e-meeting.

Now, there are a few coworking spaces around Sunset Park, but nothing categorically useful in that neighborhood for laptop users. But soon, that’s going to change: Crain’s New York reports that courtesy of Milk Studios, Sunset Park will be getting a bonafide co-working space of its very own! (more…)

07/30/15 2:02pm
A water slide in the middle of the street in Manhattan is just one of the awesome ways to spend time in August. via Facebook

A water slide in the middle of the street in Manhattan is just one of the awesome ways to spend time in August. via Facebook

Holy sunburns and iced coffee spills Batman, it’s August! The summer has reached its halfway point, which means that we’re half a summer away from fall and the end of Daylight Savings. Soon we will wear shirts that go below our elbows and we won’t have to worry about stinking up an entire train car because we forgot to apply deodorant before leaving the apartment. While some of you may already be thinking that summer is over, it is not. To prove it, we have events for you every day of August, so you can still have some wonderful and hopefully not traumatic experiences around this wonderful, crazy city of ours.  (more…)