Articles by

Gabrielle Westfield

12/01/16 3:25pm
Get your hoilday kicks, en croute, at the 'Shwick.

Get your hoilday kicks, en croute, at the ‘Shwick.

Holidays also mark the peak season of DIY, and people are scouring staples like Etsy and Pinterest to see what they can make, bake, gift or thrift for the upcoming holidays. If you are lacking inspiration needed to get those creative juices flowing, (because hey, aren’t we all) or if you just want a quick one-stop shop for all of your holiday shopping, head to your nearest holiday market.

Oh, what’s that? You need help finding one that close to you? As per usual, we’ve got you covered, with the borough’s finest in local gifts and crafts–enough to make even a scrooge splurge. (more…)

08/30/16 11:40am
Get stuffed at Taste WG for a good cause. Photo by Farrah Chamseddine;

Get stuffed at Taste WG for a good cause. Photo by Farrah Chamseddine;

Everyone in the borough knows that North Brooklyn is a hub for good eats and endless booze. Innovative cocktails and delicious food flood the neighborhood with festivals like Smorgasburg, boasting only the latest in culinary trends and taste stylings in the region. However, it’s not often that you get to exercise your stamina for food gluttony while feeling like you are giving back to the community.

The seventh annual Taste of Williamsburg Greenpoint strives to do just that. Showcasing 40 of the neighborhoods’ best restaurants on the gorgeous frontier of East River Park on Sept. 18, Taste of W/G flaunts foods and cocktails to hungry patrons, while all proceeds from the festival go to the Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center. So essentially you are satisfying your cravings while helping a local effort to promote community engagement (aka two birds, one biscuit). Nestled in Williamsburg, The Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center is located in the former Engine 212 Firehouse at 134 Wythe Avenue and describes itself as “a neighborhood hub for civic and cultural engagement, community gatherings and original arts programming, and provides space for local social justice organizations.“

These neighborhood havens are obviously vital in instilling a stronger sense of community and fostering progressive social action. While funding may be hard to source for the upkeep of these centers, Firehouse North Brooklyn has turned to the area’s hip network of restaurants and bars to exhibit their delicious staples, while having ticket sales funnel back into the center’s development. The Firehouse is home to the Arts Happening Series that include exhibits from local artists from various disciplines, among other programs. And we’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway! Find out how to enter below. (more…)

06/29/16 12:04pm
Photo by Gabrielle Westfield.

Photo by Gabrielle Westfield.

When I was first asked to cover a press preview of the eats at the LIC Flea & Food this year, I assumed that I would just get to try a couple of different food vendors that grace the Queens region and call it a day. After all, other than having a few friends who live in Astoria, my only real connection to Queens is falling asleep drunk on the G train and finding myself in Long Island City with a half-eaten slice in hand. Sleep training aside, no one prepared me for the food marathon I was about to endure, with some of Queens’ finest vendors itching for you to try their latest culinary creation that you can find at the LIC Flea every weekend. They include innovative food mashups (mac-n-cheese waffle sliders), refreshing summer treats (masala chai-flavored ice pops) and seasonings that traveled all the way from the Dead Sea.

Queens is one of the most ethnically diverse urban areas in all five boroughs, so naturally its foods reflect this. From now until October, locals get to taste how some of these different cultures cross-pollinate their menus. (more…)

04/22/15 9:59am
Scorsese called for the punks, and the punks answered. Photos by Kitty Ramona

Scorsese called for the punks, and the punks answered. Photos by K.R.

Characters from near and far (Jersey) gathered Tuesday afternoon at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Hell’s Kitchen fabricating a beautiful contrasting scene of edgy aesthetics to a Catholic backdrop. However, they were not coming to find religion. Instead, close to 400 punks, rockers, metalheads, Warhol geeks, hippies, cross colours and disco enthusiasts adorned the church steps in hopes of being featured in HBO’s upcoming rock and roll drama.

The drama, backed by big hitters including Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter and George Mastras, will follow the life of Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) who was Head of A&R for American Century Music in the late 70s. The period drama follows Finestra through exploits of the drug/sex-fueled music scene in NYC, as he attempts make a career in finding the next biggest sound in a time and place that fostered a sonic myriad of post-disco, angst-y punk, thriving rock and roll and emerging hip-hop. Between the big names and the era that’s still capturing imaginations, it’s obvious to see why people would be excited about the project and eager to be a part of the series, even if that means just being a background fixture.  (more…)

04/10/15 1:52pm
No need to be sad, you don't have to miss Game of Thrones if you don't have a TV

No need to be sad, you don’t have to miss Game of Thrones if you don’t have a TV

So winter is no longer coming, with more promising forecasts are on their way. One thing that should be on your cultural relevance radar though is the Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere this Sunday. And whether you are a Lanister lover, Stark supporter, Dinklage devotee, or just want to creep on that fine ass piece of dragon tail, Khaleesi — you along with the majority of people will be tuning in Sunday at 9pm to see the debut. Oh, but is there a looming Northern Wall that is getting in way? Say, no TV? We’ve got you covered with a list of places that will be showing the premiere in true Iron Throne style. (UPDATE: Please check individual locations before going in case HBO has shut down the screenings.) (more…)

02/04/15 2:41pm
tinder live

Now with more prison! via

It seems that you can’t even have a conversation without the mention of Tinder, the seedy characters involved and the bizarre narrative that usually follows. You may have also seen Lane Moore tear it apart on the site in a web-based version of her cheap comedy show, Tinder LIVE. If you haven’t made it out to the actual show though, this time around she is bringing you a version of it that could really kindle your flame, by doling out love advice and Tinder zingers with the all-star cast of Orange is the New Black including that trigger-happy Yoga Jones (Connie Shulman, who is also the voice of Patti Mayonnaise!) and nun-gone-bad Sister Jane (Beth Fowler).  (more…)

01/20/15 9:29am
Don't touch the floor, because the floor is lava

Don’t touch the floor, because the floor is lava

Admit it, you’ve totally watched Ninja Warrior (or the watered down American version) on cable and thought, “I could tooootally do that.” Well now’s your opportunity to try it and be humbled as an audience of actually fit people look on, because this weekend Brooklyn Boulders will be hosting their own Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course, Lava Monster. Oh, now that you’ve got the chance to prove you’re a ninja warrior you’re suddenly busy? Convenient. (more…)

12/11/14 1:24pm
Do these don'ts. Illustrations by Shaylyn Berlew

Do these don’ts. Illustrations by Shaylyn Berlew

The holidays are here, which means office parties are here too. You’ve put in some good hours and stuck it to the man, so it’s time to celebrate and get loose with some colleagues. What could go wrong? Well, A LOT can go wrong actually. Stakes can be high when socializing with co-workers and they get even higher when the booze becomes a factor. Here are a few pointers on what to avoid in order to maintain your office party etiquette, and not get too holiday ratchet. (Of course, you can always drink with the employed, but not your co-workers, tonight at the No Office Party at Littlefield where you can ignore all of this advice!) (more…)

07/08/14 10:03am
brooklynettes audition

You thought you could dance, until you wound up here. Photos by Gabrielle Westfield

When I originally heard about the Brooklynettes open tryout I knew immediately I had to see what it was like. I also wanted to see how far my background in gymnastics and collegiate cheerleading, and the 3.5 hip-hop dance classes under my belt, would get me in the process. My preparation for this tryout was simple: nothing but salads for the 2 days prior, attend Chelsea Piers adult gymnastics class to see if I could still tumble (flip), and watch videos of the Brooklynettes’ routines on YouTube the night before the tryout. This was about the most preparation I’ve ever done for a personal endeavor… and I felt like a well-oiled machine (cue the Rocky theme song).  (more…)