08/16/13 2:44pm
We're not about subtlety here, and we're not about backing down from any stupid storm either.

We’re not about subtlety here, and we’re not about backing down from any stupid storm either.

For six years now, the Red Hook Film and Video Festival has been doing the work of bringing international talent to Brooklyn to showcase their stuff. Often the festival has a loose Brooklyn theme. This year will different: they’re pulling together a tighter theme, “The Wake of Hurricane Sandy,” which is, of course also exactly what it sounds like. They’re also asking for submissions right now, so if you’ve produced a film, video, animation, video artwork, or commercial product in the last two years, now is the time to let it shine. (more…)

08/16/13 1:36pm
Slave Theater back in the day. Via Flickr user universalhiphopparade

Slave Theater back in the day. Via Flickr user universalhiphopparade

The historic Slave Theater on Fulton has been the focus of many hopes and dreams as of late. Since last September, New Brooklyn Theater, a local non-profit theater company, has been raising funds to purchase the dilapidated building and restore it to its former glory, waking it from its 14-year sleep and filling it with a huge main-stage, a state of the art sound system, projection capabilities, an orchestra pit, and a revamped lobby. However, in a sad – and yet somehow totally familiar – turn of events, the Daily News says Slave Theater has been purchased by a real estate developer and will probably be turned into luxury condos. (more…)

08/09/13 2:42pm
The walk-ups are too damn high!

The walk-ups are too damn high!

Tax return season may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still reap the fun, fun, fun benefits of tax lot data! The PLUTO dataset takes tax lot level data from the NYC Department of Finance Tax. Programmer Andrew Hill took that data and turned it into interactive maps. Combining history, geography, and curiosity, Hill tells the story of when, where, and how New York was built – and how many flights of stairs had to be  climbed to get there. (more…)

08/09/13 12:32pm
Sure you could bike there, we suppose. via Facebook

Sure you could bike there, we suppose. via Facebook

Was anyone else aware the Brooklyn didn’t yet have its own comedy festival until just this year? I know, it’s crazy, right? It seems like you can get almost anything without leaving the borough, especially festivals. We got concerts, food, film, and art. And it’s Brooklyn, so of course we got jokes. This year, said jokes will be organized into a weekend-long festival under the appropriate header, “Brooklyn Comedy Festival.” It’s the only one there is. (more…)

08/02/13 12:30pm
But really though. Via Tatyana Fazlalizadeh.

But really though. Via Tatyana Fazlalizadeh.

It’s been a pretty great year for street harassment in Brooklyn…unless, of course, you’re the one doingthe harassing. From Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s much-discussed “Stop Telling Women to Smile” street art series, the Catcalls NYC Twitter, to the Harlow Project, a video campaign dedicated to telling stories of street harassment from around the world, women pretty much everywhere are making it clear that this street harassment bullshit ain’t cute. So instead of doing that whole pretend-to-be-on-the-phone-with-someone thing, we’re actually talking to each other about it and doing something. The Brooklyn Movement Center, who also brought you Anti-Street Harassment Week this past April, is trying to chart street harassment incidents in Bed Stuy, but they need your help. (more…)

07/22/13 12:40pm
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People get ready…to get messy. Photo by Katrina Casino

This past Saturday, thousands rolled into Floyd Bennett Field by to participate the first of what we hope will be a grand tradition – the Tomato Battle. Inspired in part by La Tomatilla, a tomato fight that’s been dominating the streets of Buñol, Spain for the past 50 years, the Tomato Battle has taken ye olde Spanish tradition and brought it stateside with beer, music, and hot dogs. This is America after all. (more…)

Atlantis ain't got nothing on this. Via Celsias.

Atlantis ain’t got nothing on this. Via Celsias.

Well, it finally happened, summer is in full swing, and boy is it unpleasant and relentless. Between the Gowanus and the Hudson, it’s easy for Brooklynites to feel like there’s water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink, unless you buy it at a bodega and it’s imported from some far off land. But as it turns out, that’s not true, and there’s lots of stuff to do on the water right here in our own borough. To celebrate this, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is putting on City of Water Day this Saturday, July 20. City of Water Day is a whole day of free events celebrating the waters of New York City and letting them be the summertime oases they never thought they could be. (more…)

07/12/13 4:28pm
Items acquired from the World's Longest Yardsale. Can probably be found at significantly shorter yardsale, but that's not important. Via Kickstarter.

Items acquired from the World’s Longest Yardsale. Can probably be found at significantly shorter yardsale, but who’s keeping track. Via Kickstarter.

Kickstarter: it’s the field of dreams of the Internet. If you build it, they will come and give you money. Unless your project is terrible, in which case you’ll just sink to the bottom with all the other dredges of would-be Internet glory. But that’s what it’s about, right? It’s about making a project so good that other people will want to pay for it before it’s even started. Here’s a few Brooklyn-based projects that might be worth your spare change. Think about it as buying the bragging rights to knowing these folks before they got famous. (more…)

07/12/13 2:04pm
Girls just wanna kill rock stars. Via Nitehawk.

Girls just wanna kill rock stars. Via Nitehawk.

You know what this city needs? More feminism! I’m not kidding, that stuff can be really rad. Inspired by the legacy of 90s riot grrrl culture, Nitehawk is putting on Grrrls on Girls, the latest installation of their Artist Film Club. On Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17, riot enthusiasts and their friends (also probably riot enthusiasts) can catch a series of short films directed exclusively by women. It’s gonna be great, and just like your new liberated mind, it’s totally free. (more…)

07/12/13 12:23pm

There may or may not be lots of New Jobs in BK and BX [Village Voice]
The Nets are livin’ large and gettin’ taxed about it [USA Today]
Tell the cops about your house party before someone else does [Brooklyn Daily]
Williamsburg parents bring crib to restaurant [Death and Taxes]
Bar with difficult name serves beer in wine glasses [Wall Street Journal]
Andrei Kirilenko joins Nets [Washington Post]
Everyone hates NY Times trend pieces and feels compelled to write trend pieces about it [Flavorwire]