03/03/15 11:08am
nyc porn film festival

There was a lot to learn. All photos by Kelly Murphy

“I hope this isn’t too academic,” is how Rutgers Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, Whitney Strub, opened his presentation Sunday afternoon at the first NYC Porn Film Festival. No one objected.

The mission of this Pornhub-backed festival reads, “We aim to give credit to adult film as a significant and socially/culturally relevant art form.” Before the event, I rolled my eyes at this, assuming it was yet another Brooklyn-y attempt to add a layer of pretension to an otherwise bawdy topic. I was wrong. Of the dozens of attendees I talked to at Secret Project Robot this weekend, the resounding answer to why they paid $69 for a ticket was, “I like porn!,” followed by a reasoned argument for why they think it’s of societal importance:

“In general, there’s becoming less of a boundary of what constitutes art and what constitutes porn. I support anything that expedites that transition.”

“Sex positivity! But seriously. Fuck negativity, this is a part of every human experience.”

“I’m here to see Barbara Hammer because there wouldn’t be a way to talk about lesbian sex without her.”

“I think it’s beautiful.”

“It’s not even about sex. It’s about how we interact with each other on a grander scale.”

“There’s so much to learn [giggles].”

And indeed there was, through a series of talks curated by artist Richard John Jones, screenings of archived period pieces, and contemporary amateur films that told a story of where we were and where we are now. Read on for our five takeaways from what will hopefully become an annual event. (more…)

03/03/15 9:45am
vice hq

Headed for the drink? via Flickr user Andrew Wiseman

Ever since it was revealed that Vice was the company taking over a chunk of real estate that houses DIY venues and other small businesses, there’s been a little bit of anger from the creative class towards Vice. Even given the temporary nature of DIY venues, it seems getting pushed out by a media company so closely affiliated with alternative culture was a bit much.

Not content with just ripping up old copies of Vice, a musical collective is planning on a concert/public demonstration outside Vice’s current Williamsburg headquarters today, with the stated aim of levitating the building into the East River. And just when we thought Williamsburg was getting boring. (more…)

03/03/15 9:23am

Bat Haus is just one of Brooklyn’s many options for your home away from home office

It makes sense that Brooklyn — with its large creative class and outsized rents for small apartments — is seeing a boom in coworking spaces, a concept that was unheard of just 10 years ago. Neighborhoods all across Brooklyn now have their own places to rent a desk, or sometimes a spot at a communal table, alongside other freelancers, startup hatchers and gig-hoppers. To keep track of all the options, we compiled a list of every Brooklyn coworking space we could find, along with answers to the most basic questions (sorry, we can’t tell you whether you’ll bump elbows with your soulmate at the coffee machine.)

Each place has a different personality, from living-room casual to corporate, which is summed up in the “vibe” section. Under “perks” you’ll find what they offer beyond a desk and an electrical outlet, and here they really vary, with amenities including everything from copy machines to backyards, event spaces, bring-your-pooch-to-work policies, free ZipCars, receptionists and more. (more…)

03/02/15 4:31pm
Even this lot is probably overpriced

Even this lot is probably overpriced. via Flickr user georgia

There are few things we appreciate more than cool interactive features and complaining about rent. We’re pretty riled up right about now thanks to a map that confirms all your suspicions that the rent is in fact too damn high. It’s all thanks to a map that Curbed released, via StreetEasy, today that reminds us all Brooklyn is the least affordable borough in the city and that rent is outpacing income like it’s The Flash and our paychecks are regular humans. (more…)

03/02/15 3:14pm
Oh  captain our captain

Oh captain our captain

It’s slightly warmer outside today, but you know where it’s actually warm? Florida, which usually we have no use for, but for a few weeks we do, because our beloved Metropolitans have their spring training there. Speaking of the Mets, as has become an annual Brokelyn tradition, it’s time to tell you to buy some cheap Mets tickets again because the team just tweeted out an offer for $5 tickets. $5 tickets for a professional baseball game? Hot damn, let’s all go meet the Mets. Especially because this could be their year! (more…)

03/02/15 1:34pm


The Saint Catherine
660 Washington Avenue (at Bergen), Crown Heights
(347) 663-9316


What it is: Neighborhood bar and café with offerings-a-plenty, like weekend brunch with two-for-one cocktails, $1 meatball sliders at Happy Hour and a kitchen that stays open late night.

Why we love it: It’s a great spot to stop in on any day or night of the week, but they keep it fresh and fun with weekly activities, like trivia on Tuesdays and the new cocktail series “Wednesdays.” A projector screen comes in handy for the occasional movie night.

What to order: Pick from 8 rotating craft draft lines and a food menu of snacks and sandwiches, like a Dogfish Head pickle plate with mustard, or their take on the BLT, the “SALT” (speck, avocado, lettuce and tomato).

Regular tip: Grab a seat by the window for some prime Crown Heights people watching.

03/02/15 12:49pm
free pancake day

Can’t beat not paying for this. via Facebook

Whether you think pancakes are the best, heartiest way to start your day or you fall more on the Hedbergian side of the debate and think they’re good but a bit of a slog, Americans can all agree on one thing: not paying for pancakes is much better than paying for them. So in that spirit of “Give us the pancakes for free, dammit,” tomorrow is the 10th annual National Pancake Day, or as it’s more commonly known, Free Pancake Day. Show up, get a short stack and head into your day in a buttermilk and syrup-soaked haze. Which can’t be that different from your normal Tuesday, right? (more…)

03/02/15 12:00pm

Mayor Tall’s East New York rezoning is getting a slowdown [DNA Info]
Two Trees is relocating Front Street’s art galleries [Hyperallergic]
Remembering when hardcore ruled New York [The New Yorker]
Woman commits suicide by jumping off a Williamsburg ferry dock [New York Post]
There are 8 million stories in the Naked City, here’s some of their filming locations [Scouting NY]
Qatar, David Geffen, other rich people wanna buy the Nets [CBS]
Brooklyn Bridge repairs are just a teensy $100 million over budget [Daily News]
Here’s some art mashing up the LES’ gentrification with its gritty past [Gothamist]

Beer and flowers and then more beer sure sounds like a nice way to spend a day.

Beer and flowers and then more beer sure sounds like a nice way to spend a day.

Hey there, winter weary homebody who’s just dying to get out of the house. Have you listened to our frequent entreaties to go to Ditmas Park and have some fun there because it’s a really nice neighborhood full of great places to eat and drink and cool houses to stare at when you’re kind of tipsy and sad you’ll never own a house? If you still haven’t, March is the month to do it, because March is Eat and Shop Your Heart Out Cortelyou, which means Cortelyou Road will be home to both pub AND sandwich crawls this month. (more…)

03/02/15 9:48am

Sex toy savant. Photo via Mary Hoffer

What do you do with that gender studies degree? You might not think it’s going to lead you into a cool spot in the world of commerce, but that’s exactly what it did for Mary Hoffer, who’s in charge of the pleasure center that is the Babeland Park Slope shelves. As retail director, Hoffer helps make sure what sold at Babeland won’t hurt you and also has to be thinking of what you’re going to want to buy  before you ask for it. If that sounds fun, Hoffer says it is, so read on to find out whether you might be good behind the scenes at a sex shop and whether there’s such a thing as a typical day there. (more…)