10/22/14 4:26pm
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They’ve got spirit, how about you? via Facebook

So you read about what it’s like to try out to be a Brooklynette, and you decided it’s not for you. But you still have so much excess spirit in you all the time! You could dull it with drugs and alcohol, but you could also try out to be a different kind of cheerleader this weekend. One who wears fishnets and causes a ruckus. If that’s the kind of thing that might sound up your alley, you should try out to be a Gotham Girl Roller Derby jeerleader on Sunday. If not that, we just don’t know what you can do with that extra cheer you have. (more…)

10/22/14 2:32pm
comix zone

New York’s weirdest video game

Selling nostalgia back to you at a jacked up rate is a not nice thing that people do. So isn’t it nice when you sometimes come across something like this Groupon for a Sega console that comes loaded with a bunch of games (good games even), and because the price is knocked down some, manages to come out to just $40. That comes out to just $1/game, before you even factor the system in to the whole thing. Hey you know what 90s kids fucking love? Really good deals. (more…)

10/22/14 1:10pm
Photo by Tim Donnelly

Salute your city. Photo by Tim Donnelly

The New York media varsity internet outrage squad was in full effect this week declaring the new Taylor Swift song “Welcome to New York” as alternately the gentrification anthem no one asked for and the wispy blonde straw that finally made loving New York “basic.” But for us, arguing that a song by a 20-something white pop lady ruins a city of 8 million diverse people seems about as useful as declaring that Disney’s Frozen has slandered the Norwegian blue collar labor market beyond repair. It’s an empty, pretty thing by a lady who makes empty, pretty songs.

So this is not going to be your New York City anthem, unless maybe you’re a 22-year-old college grad whose visions of moving to the city are all frozen yogurt shops and Chop’t salad lines. But it brings up a good point: we all do have a New York City or Brooklyn anthem of some kind. Whether you grew up here or moved here to do the dream-chasing thing, everyone’s got a song they cue up on the iPod for that tracking shot while your plane is pulling back in over the city skyline after a particularly torturous family or business visit in some Other State, the song’s refrains drilling into your head the question with no good answer: “why did you ever leave in the first place?” So what’s your anthem? (more…)

10/22/14 12:00pm

City Hall journalist has boyfriend [Daily Beast]
Just a guy, walking down the street, on fire [Daily News]
If you think NYC’s housing problem is bad, try reading about San Francisco’s [Vox]
The Statue of Liberty could have wound up in Central Park [Failure Magazine]
Woman steals watch, hides it in her vagina, still gets caught [DNA Info]
Here are the most Instagrammed restaurants in the city [Refinery 29]
MTA fare hikes could get even hikier [Daily News]

10/22/14 11:13am
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How freaking romantic. Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

Dating is hard. It’s difficult to meet new people, whether in “real life” or online, and the process of dating itself can be exhausting, traumatic, heartbreaking, demoralizing…oh yeah, and expensive. You’re already (potentially) wasting time on a new date; don’t waste your money, too! While splitting the bill is usually the way to go, sometimes one party wants to treat the other.  Get creative without breaking the bank; do something other than stare blankly at each other while sipping overpriced cocktails. Need suggestions? Here are 20 Brooklyn date ideas that will keep both of you entertained/fed/watered/etc. for $20 or less. Who ever said a cheapskate couldn’t be romantic? (more…)

10/22/14 9:13am

The Hungry March killing it (Photo courtesy of Mary Dorn)

School’s out once again! We were so stoked to bring Brooklyn back to a simpler time at the Brokelyn High Homecoming Dance. Last Thursday harkened back to the era of bake sales, swirlies, hand holding in the quad, and egging the science teacher’s Prius. You know, the golden years.

All students on campus at The Bell House had some good clean fun thanks to $1 beers from the beloved Brooklyn Brewery, some seriously funny principalin’ around by Running Late’s Scott Rogowsky, and an e-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-t Brooklyn words spelling bee hosted by Danny Tamberelli of Pete & Pete infamy. (more…)

How you'll feel if you miss this party

How you’ll feel if you miss this party

It must be because it’s fall that everyone is stuck on school stuff, that or we’re caught in some kind of inescapable nostalgia trap Still, here it is, because we’ve taken you to homecoming and now Mary’s Bar in Park Slope wants to take you to prom. Mary’s Bar isn’t having just any prom though, they’re having a prom on Halloween itself. A Carrie-themed Halloween prom. Wear something nice, but not so nice that you can’t get it covered in blood or burnt up in it. (more…)

popcorn machine

Your path to popcorn moguldom beings today

One of the difficult things about living in New York City is that you have to settle for popcorn from either a microwave or a stovetop, because no one owns a popcorn machine except for movie theatre owners. You can finally stop eating popcorn like a goddamn caveman though, because someone on Craigslist is letting the world know there are two free popcorn machines sitting out on the curb in front of the Bell House today. Truly, this is the land of opportunity that Taylor Swift sang about.

Not only do these two popcorn machines work, but they’re also said to be “in perfect condition,” by whoever is leaving them out on the curb. This is the perfect opportunity for whoever hosts a lot of movie nights, has a lot of popcorn kernels for some reason, or is ready to take their first step on the road to being a popcorn mogul. Pick these up and one day when Fortune asks you how you got your start, you can proudly tell them, “I got two popcorn machines out of the garbage in Gowanus.”

10/21/14 12:30pm

Greenpoint Landing just keeps on happening [Brownstoner]
Domino Sugar just keeps getting torn down [Curbed]
El-P tries to find some cat collaborators at a Brooklyn animal shelter [Pitchfork]
Hudson Yards will be a data city [City Labs]
Papaya King is starting a hot dog cart turf war [Daily News]
Former lunatic John McEnroe afraid of bikes [New York Post]
Sheepshead Bay buildings hosts suicide pact [Sheepshead Bites]

10/21/14 12:00pm

bric-arts-media-control-room-bk-live-brooklyn-independent-mediaThe view from the control room

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“Frack. Frack frack frack. Frack me.” It’s a little less than an hour before showtime, and anchor Brian Vines is warming up in preparation for an upcoming segment on hydraulic fracturing and its impact on Brooklyn. He’s one of a rotating cast of hosts on BK Live, Brooklyn Independent Media’s hour-long news show that tapes live at BRIC Arts | Media House every Monday through Thursday at noon.

An interdisciplinary team of producers, technicians, journalists and directors is responsible for putting together BK Live, covering Kings County in all its variety—everything from community news and politics to culture and sports. “Our audience is all of Brooklyn,” explains TV news director Gama Ramos. “We have to be as diverse as the borough itself.”

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