04/24/15 4:36pm
Swim away from the week. Photo by David Colon

Swim away from the week. Photo by David Colon

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-Where were you when Man swam in the Gowanus?

-Never be bored, never miss with a laugh, with our ultimate guide to Brooklyn’s cheap and free comedy

-You can be NYC’s Instagram Ambassador if you snap a good picture of spring (if spring ever comes)

-We now live in the age of the Game of Thrones speakeasy

-Stoner survey says: Vaping can probably keep all your money from going up in smoke

-Oh there are so many jobs for you, from the The Frick to the New York Post

-Field Mouse would like to get better texts when they’re on tour

-These are the best ways to behave if you’re spending all day in a coffee shop

-HBO wanted punks to show up to a casting call, and they got them

-Those nuts from the Smallest Penis in Brooklyn pageant said they’re coming back in June

-This Bay Ridge couple’s loud boning has led to the most sex-related 311 calls in the entire city

-We love Midwood Flats, we love Hamilton’s and we love St. Gambrinus

04/24/15 2:31pm
l train

You’ll get more of this, in December. via Flickr user Juha Uitto

We give the MTA a lot of shit around here, and while we’d like to say we’re sorry, we can’t in good conscience do that. One thing we can do is give them props for doing something good, so we’ll gladly share their announcement that a bit more L train service is coming in December. The MTA is ADDING service and not cutting it? Now we’ve seen everything. (more…)

04/24/15 12:57pm
fuller house

See how it all went wrong

As all you 90s kids out there know, Netflix is reviving/rebooting/sequelizing Full House, because 90s kids love the slow comforting death of nostalgia. Some of you out there are probably already chomping at the bit for Fuller House, and while we can’t get Netflix to work on it any faster, we can help you a little bit. Next Friday at Videology, a crew of comedians will be performing an “unauthorized” stage reading of a Fuller House script, with the twist is that the show is now about Kimmy and DJ being a pair of casino-robbing bandits on the run from the law. (more…)

04/24/15 12:09pm

An oral history of Big Terrific [Gothamist]
Gowanus swimmer Christopher Swain is alive, has showered many times since the swim [WSJ]
Park Slope has a new sex shop, but it looks like a gift shop [DNA Info]
View-loving activists are suing the developer of Pierhouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park [Brownstoner]
The spot where Robert Moses got the first chink in his armor [NYT Mag]
Our express busses are getting bogged down in the muck. The traffic muck [Capital]
The story of how Tony Bees’ and the NYPD had a falling out [ANIMAL]

04/24/15 11:25am
red hook crit

They go fast. via Flickr user Eric Konon

Usually when it comes to packs of speeding lunatics going around and around in circles for hours, you’ve gotta go find New York’s closest NASCAR track (which is upstate in Watkins Glen). Fortunately, you’ve got a free, somewhat similar, bike-based option here this weekend. Want to watch packs of cyclists speed around a street track at upwards of 35mph on brakeless bicycles? Come watch the Red Hook Crit on Saturday. (more…)

04/24/15 9:30am
St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe.

St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe.

St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe
533 Atlantic Ave. (3rd and 4th Ave.), Boerum Hill/Downtown Brooklyn,
(347) 763-2261

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What it is: A beer lovers’ haven for the latest local brews, domestic favorites and international imports, named for the patron saint of beer himself.

Why we love it: Whether you’re searching for something unusual or a tried-and-true craft favorite, St. Gambrinus is ready to serve you the beer you were looking for, or the one you didn’t know you wanted. The bar and bottle shop supports local New York area self distributing breweries like Other Half, Barrier, Finback, Singlecut and Transmitter, available fresh from 16 taps, as well as from an extensive collection of bottles to go.

Exercising their Brooklyn street cred, the shop hosts periodical detox-and-retox yoga and beer tasting events on some Saturday afternoons (check the Facebook page to find out when the next one might be), along with a series of regular tastings highlighting different brewreies and beer styles.

What to order: We recommend trying a flight of your bartender’s current favorites, mostly because they serve them in cupcake trays, and also because they are always gracious and knowledgeable about beer questions here.

Regular tip: In the warmer months, St. Gambrinus is a heavenly kingdom for day drinking. Grab a couple of pints and enjoy them under a big tree in the secret garden-esque, gravel-and-grass backyard.

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If you know Basquiat, skip the paintings for the notebooks. If you don’t, enjoy both.

Text plays a crucial role in the work of Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, often overwhelming visual aspects with a mass of black scribbles. From his initial work as a graffiti artist in Lower Manhattan with which he announced his creative voice as SAMO©, Basquiat engaged in a discourse on race, wealth, and art in America. Had his whirlwind life been slightly different, Basquiat may well have achieved fame as a poet.

Given the importance of text to Basquiat’s work, it should come as no surprise that he kept copious notes. He preferred cheap, marble composition books, some of which you can now see on display at the Brooklyn Museum in a new exhibition “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks,” or as the exhibition’s synopsis puts it “#basquiatnotebooks.” While this much hyped exhibit offers the opportunity to see Basquiat’s famous textual artistry on a smaller, more concentrated scale, the exhibition’s mixed messages could lead some visitors astray. (more…)

04/23/15 3:11pm
Tim Robbins' character in Noise was more of a hero than we realized.

Tim Robbins’ character in Noise was more of a hero than we realized.

Living in New York City, we put up with a lot of pollution. Water pollution (which is conquerable for some), air pollution, trash just flying around in the spring winds. There’s also the issue of noise pollution, which can come in many forms: neighbors doin’ it real loud, construction next door, living above a bar, big-ass trucks driving by at all hours of the night. You might think you can just shrug it off, grit your teeth and get through it, but now it turns out that like so many other things around here, all this noise pollution is killing us. (more…)

04/23/15 1:59pm
heems

Maybe he’ll pull up in his Lexus with custom HIMANSHU plates. via Facebook

Have you had a chance to listen to Heems’ new solo album from this year, Eat Pray Thug? You should go listen to it right now, it’s great. Before you run to Spotify to load it up though, run to a new tab to RSVP for the free Heems show going down at Northside this summer. And then prepare to run to McCarren Park to see the show, since we imagine that it’s gonna be one of the more popular free shows of the whole festival. (more…)

04/23/15 11:59am

Inside the life of a true crime re-enactment actor [Hopes and Fears]
Free concerts at Coney Island are back this summer, which is nice [Coney Island Blog]
This giant Wahlburgers will be there to see them, which is…eh [Eater]
Mayor Tall takes bold stance that running over pedestrians is bad [Streetsblog]
The Statue of Liberty will be gracing Budweiser cans this summer [Daily News]
State Assembly race gets some good old fashioned poster-trashing action [The Q at Parkside]
Colony 1209 got a whole protest devoted to its existence/qualification for a 421-a abatement [Bedford + Bowery]