10/07/16 10:02am
Enjoy a cheap drink outside at Bed Vyne brew. via Michael Semensohn / Flickr

Enjoy a cheap drink outside at Bed Vyne brew. via Michael Semensohn / Flickr

The weather is finally cooling down, which means it’s out with the jorts and in with the jackets. Mmm, sweata weatha. ‘Tis the season to wander outside, enjoying equal parts cool air and warm sun. And here’s your excuse to do it: The Bridge Street Development Corporation is hosting a foodie crawl through Bed-Stuy!

In step with Spike Lee’s Netflix comeback, Bed-Stuy is getting another day in the sun with “Feast Bedstuy,” a 2.5-hour smorgasbord of shopping discounts, food & drink specials and good vibes along Tompkins Ave. between Halsey and Quincy Sts.

Making the most of a neighborhood crawl is all about timing, mapping and planning in advance. Luckily, we did that part for you: (more…)

A star actress flees her crimes in 'You Can't Escape Lithuania.'

A star actress flees her crimes abroad in ‘You Can’t Escape Lithuania.’

For a while there, Bushwick’s reputation as a Brooklyn neighborhood was mostly infamous, its personality largely reduced to reports of cultural appropriation and brutally unfunny SNL skits. But that game has tired, and so Bushwick has made it out of the (Heavy) woods of Brooklyn-mocking to reemerge in its pupal form as a hub for creativity and culture.

A prime example of the aforementioned is the annual Bushwick Film Festival, a juried three-day festival that showcases the work of independent filmmakers, the majority of whom hail from Brooklyn. From Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, you can catch all kinds of exciting cinema that covers contemporary issues: otherness, reproductive freedom, gang violence, entrepreneurship and more. This year’s festival also features a Women in Film Day on Saturday, which includes brunch, a panel discussion on women in film & television, plus films directed by women.

The festival kicks off tonight at 7pm at Bushwick’s Lot 45 (411 Troutman St.) with a conversation between filmmaker Ira Sachs (Love is Strange, The Delta) and festival director Kweighbaye Kotee.

It’s a juried festival, so everything you see is bound to be at least baseline enjoyable. But here are our topic picks of a few special flicks to look out for this weekend: (more…)

11/30/15 11:04am
Some of Bushwick's famous street art beckons new office buildings to its garbage-y shores. via Flickr user Shawn Hoke

Some of Bushwick’s famous street art beckons new office buildings to its garbage-y shores. via Flickr user Shawn Hoke

It seems like eons ago, but was actually just a couple years ago, that Vogue sent a reporter to Bushwick to tell us how it was a bombed out wasteland that would never escape the shadow of Manhattan. It was the place where Hannah and the gang smoked crack at a party before another emotional epiphany. Then the SantaCon threats started coming and the same Vogue called Bushwick cool, actually. And now Bushwick is so cool that the coolest population of all has their eye on it: office developers who see it as the next hot neighborhood for white collar workers. Cool! (more…)

Cynthia sings out about blacking out. Photo by Dustin Drankowski

Cynthia sings out about blacking out. Photo by Dustin Drankowski

Generally, autobiographical shows tend to err on the whiny, self-serving side, where the performer secretly just wants to use the audience as a kind of therapist. Not so in Cynthia Hopkins’ The Alcoholic Movie Musical, running thru November 6 at The Bushwick Starr, one of BK’s premier performance venues for live theatre.

Dubbed “an experiment in live musical filmmaking,” The Alcoholic Movie Musical is a multimedia romp through performance artist and musician Cynthia Hopkins’ struggle with her lifelong dependence on the drink. See it, and you might think twice about getting sauced. You might also decide to have a free cocktail at Heavy Woods afterwards (it’s included with your ticket).

Point is, this show doesn’t prescribe anything, and it doesn’t make you hate the person onstage. It just makes you feel better.  (more…)

Pay what you can, wear what you can plank in. via Sacred FB

Pay what you can, wear what you can plank in. via Sacred FB

Boy, it’s a good time to love yoga. Last week we told you where you could find classes on the cheap, and now this week Sacred Brooklyn (197 Clifton Place) is offering pay-what-you-wish classes all week long! Today thru Sunday, October 19-25, drop in to the studio to break a sweat, and pay as much or as little as you like.
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Stop waffling, don't be chicken, etc. via Brooklyn Beso

Stop waffling, don’t be chicken, etc. via Brooklyn Beso

Ah, brunch. That age-old institution of midday eating that leads to an afternoon and evening of napping, and then more eating. If you love this fictional, all-day meal as much as I do, then get excited, because Bed-stuy is getting another brunch crawl, courtesy of the Bridge Street Development Corporation as part of the Bed-Stuy Alive! festival. The crawl will move along Lewis Avenue, stopping off at some of the greasiest, rib-sticking ma n’ pop shops this side of the bridge. Start stretching your stomachs for Sunday, October 11.

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10/02/15 9:23am
You've seen Abbi destroy one grocery store, now see her try to work at one

You’ve seen Abbi destroy one grocery store, now see her try to work at one

Very soon (February to be exact so maybe not that soon), our long national nightmare will be over, and we’ll have more Broad City episodes. Until then, we don’t know, watch the shorts that are being slowly released before Season 3 starts. Or, you could get an up close and personal view of everyone’s favorite misadventuring Brooklyn girls by heading to Bed-Stuy on Monday, because the show will be filming at a food co-op in the neighborhood. NOTE: Do not actually try to get up close and personal, that’s creepy as fuck. (more…)

10/01/15 4:35pm
Better sate that itchfor SCRATCHbread while you still can. via instagram user amyrbutler

Better sate that itchfor SCRATCHbread while you still can. via instagram user amyrbutler

It’s rare we post two closure notices in one day, but that’s because it’s rare that there are two to report. But here it is: SCRATCHbread, the long-adored coffee outpost and purveyor of heavenly grits on Bedford Avenue, will close its doors for keeps on October 11.
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09/21/15 11:14am
BPL brining knowledge to the masses. Via Flickr

BPL brining knowledge to the masses. Via Flickr

Exciting news from the BPL this morning.

Today, Brooklynites will gather at Bedstuy’s Macon Library to receive free MiFi hotspots. The 4G, wireless devices are part of the Library HotSpot Program, which is dedicated to “bridging the digital divide” for patrons without at home internet capabilities.

In a press release today, Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library said: “The internet has changed the way people learn, seek employment and engage with their community.We are proud to offer Brooklynites free internet access not only in our 60 branches, but, with the Library HotSpot program, in their own homes.”

With grants from Google, The Knight News Challenge, and The Robin Hood Foundation, the program intends to put internet in 10,000 households and the BPL will loan around 3,000 of those 10. Twenty-two Brooklyn library branches currently participate, and the BPL has already distributed nearly two-thirds of the MiFi hotspots.

The devices will allow families to connect their desktops, laptops, tablets and up to ten mobile phones to the internet; and Sprint hooks the families up with free, unlimited data for a year.

Users of the BPL without access to internet at home are eligible to borrow devices for one year if enrolled in an adult education or inclusion program offered by the Brooklyn Public Library. Programs include: ESOL, Adult Basic Education or a Citizenship Preparation Class.

08/17/15 2:18pm
If this is the kind of thing that happens at a normal Macauly Culkin Show, imagine what will happem at their big festival

If this is what happens at a normal Macaulay Culkin Show, imagine what will happem at their big festival.

Last year, we were privilged to be able to see 19 of Brooklyn’s best comedians jump on stage for five minutes at a time at the world’s first Macaulay Culkin Show Summer Comedy Fest. Of course, that was last year, and everyone knows that the summer is made for sequels. Lucky for us then that yet another Avengers-like lineup of Brooklyn comedians is converging on Shea Stadium this weekend for the Macaulay Culkin Show Summer Comedy Fest 2, another star-studded comedy Event. With any luck it’ll avoid Age of Ultron‘s missteps, particularly the way they handle the use of Black Widow. (more…)