If you only read Vogue magazine, you’d think Bushwick is a nightmarish hellscape, where packs of feral beards roam the streets preying on unsuspecting tourists. (And maybe some of us in more southern Brooklyn feel that way too when trying to get home at 3 am THE BUS DOESN’T EXIST ANY MORE). But it turns out, hey, it’s not so bad in reality, and is presently full of smarty pants people who read books and like to talk about them.
DNAinfo today goes so far as to call Bushwick a “literary Mecca,” thanks to the five (five!!) independent book shops and libraries that have opened there in the past year. And what goes well with books? Coffee! Our friends at Bushwick Daily point out that four (four!!!) new coffee shops have opened in ol Boswijck in the past five months. (more…)
Grown Ups 2 was hard on everyone. The first wave of people who saw it opening weekend are still in the hospital after having poured bleach in their eyes, and even the stars of the film being forced into the only thing lowlier than starring in Grown Ups: real estate. It turns out Chris Rock, who grew up in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights, has been sitting on a sweet townhouse in Clinton HIll that he bought in the early days of his career; now CelebBuzz reports he’s renting out the three-story two-car garage, 4,480-square foot spot for a cool $7,950 a month! (more…)
One of these guys is doing this wrong. Do you know which one? via Flickr’s Kilgub.
Despite the heat wave that makes this feel like living in the hell’s new bbq restaurant, and the Royal Baby fever that is making it feel like we never won our independence from those Brits in the first place, this is still gershderned America. And in America, in summer, you want to be drinking outside, all the time every day. That is of course not legal, and there’s nothing like an open container ticket to ruin an otherwise great summer vibe.
BUT … did you know there is an incredibly easy, two-step process to avoid getting busted by Sgt. Buzz Killington? It’s true! Follow this guide below to power up your summer, smartly: (more…)
Two of the top 10 highest earning comedians of 2013 are ventriloquists, according to Forbes. No. 2 (that’s the second highest, as in right below Jerry Seinfeld) is Terry Fator, who made $24 million doll hairs this year; No. 4 is Jeff Dunham, who made $19 million proving that racism doesn’t count when your hand says it. The guy at No. 5, btw, is some schlub who presently has zero puppets in his act, and therefore is a failure. Do with this information what you will. [Via Kaitlin McGlynn.]
The stage at The Knitting Factory, as seen from the front bar. Via BrooklynVegan.
“Sold out show” is the micro-concert-economics version of a caste system. The Haves get in, thanking their lucky Favstars they were smart enough to buy tickets months ahead of time. The Have Nots crowd around the entrance, hoping someone will throw them some scraps of extra tickets, most times resigning themselves to having a sad Spotify concert for one at home. A few weeks ago, some friends and I were attending a sold-out Foxygen show at Knitting Factory, rocking along to the band’s awkward stage banter. If you’ve been there, you know the front half of the Knit always has a particularly fishbowl feel, with wide windows behind the bar showing off the stage behind.
I popped out to the front bar for a breather and was surprised to find that, while we were all cramped in the sell-out crowd in the back, the front bar not only had its window blinds open, but was broadcasting the entire concert over its loudspeaker. Which was a shock to me. Is this fair to the ticketholders who paid full price? Is it fair to the band even? (more…)
Old timers took over Black Rabbit for the latest Improv Everywhere prank. Photo via Improv Everywhere.
Black Rabbit Bar 91 Greenpoint Ave. (Manhattan Avenue & Franklin Street)
What is it: An old-world pub with a solid beer selection and a laid-back, friendly vibe that makes a great date spot.
Why we love it: The key feature of the bar is its classic wooden booths with swinging, saloon-style doors. Once inside, you can flip a light switch to signal for service. And they make great spots to cozy up with your date with some of the bar’s board games or snacks such as Frito Pie and mini cheeseburgers. (more…)
Remember a year ago when you used to look at boring old bike racks around town and think to yourself: “man, I wish these said something.” Then last August, beloved Brooklynite and head that talks David Byrne came along and waved his magic wand of whimsy in front of BAM and poof! these bike racks appeared spelling out words, and everyone loved them, because it confirmed that BAM is pretty cool in general. Last week, the words got rotated out for the first time, thanks to this contest. Originally, they said “micro lip” and “pink crown;” now they spell out “mo vinyl” and “wry romp.” It’s just the first of planned word changes into the future. Portland has had a year to commission some Brian Eno racks but still none are in sight, so I think we’re winning, Brooklyn. (more…)
Hey cats, fire up the Instagrands, pop open your Fourscores and prepare to make some videotape on Vine dot com, because Coney Island will soon be bursting with “hip” spots, according to this story about the new chains coming to Coney Island. I know, finally, right?? God that place was boring before. I am going to apply for one Kickstarter to afford all this hipness. Chains such as:
Oh but wait, the Applebee’s has a shark tank in it, so that’s pretty cool, because you can choose the fresh food you want to eat and they make it right there. LOL no, that would be more accurate if there were a Dumpster full of microwaves with boil-in-bag frozen vegetables swimming in trash juice, their natural habitat. (more…)
Happy little electronics on the wall of the warehouse. Photos by Tim Donnelly.
I recently found my old Nintendo 64 back in my possession after my mother finally vacated our house in New Jersey and forced me to reclaim all my old crap I stockpiled as a kid. But there were no controllers, which means my desire to eradicate my friends with green turtle shells in MarioKart was thwarted! Since this is not exactly 1999, you can’t just roll down to your neighborhood Toys R Us and pick one up. The options were: 1) buying a new, pricey but off-brand one out of one of those dicey little used game shops near Fulton Mall; or 2) buy one on Ebay for a better price of $15-25, though you never quite know how much the previous owner’s jam hands have gunked up the joystick.
That’s when someone told me about the Lower East Side’s Ecology Center E-waste warehouse in Gowanus. I originally pictured a mountain of old wires and broken keyboards; instead, it’s more like a cross between the robot junkyard of Wall-E and an outdated Best Buy. The space is filled with an almost museum-like mix of technology from the past 20 years, from computers to Apple TVs, a lot of which is still perfectly usable and totally cheap. The idea here isn’t to make money; it’s to get as much life out of this stuff as posible. Here are some treasures you’ll find inside: (more…)
What it is: Named after Ireland’s oldest bar, Brooklyn’s version is a spacious neighborhood place with an outdoor space for the warmer months. Fifteen beers on tap and one cask, but no judgment if you want to stick to cheap can + whiskey shot combo.
Why we love it: Brazen Head is many bars in one: On a regular weeknight it’s a casual, relaxed local with the friendliest bartenders for a wide radius. They open early and have free wifi, so during the day it’s perfect for some freelancer day drinking. Then, for drinking occasions, they always throw a rollicking fun party for major sporting events and drinking holidays and Atlantic Antic. (more…)