Has this happened to you? Learn what your rights are if it does
You’ve got a lot in life to worry about, between work, relationships and the knowledge that one day the sun will implode and end all life on Earth. So why would you want to add not knowing your rights in a tenant/landlord dispute to that list, when you can get a free crash course in your rights as a tenant this weekend at the Silent Barn? Sorry, they won’t be able to do anything about that whole “extinction of all life” thing. But no one can! (more…)
Tax shelter. via Flickr user Elizabeth Nolan Brown
Old school vs. new school gentrifiers was a fight that was bound to come up at some point in neighborhoods like Bushwick, and according to a New York Post story, that fight is here. People who have lived in Bushwick for all of a few years are throwing around terms like “adult playground” and “subsidized by their parents” to describe the people moving into CastleBraid, an artist-friendly luxury building on Troutman Street. Which is funny, of course. What isn’t funny is a CastleBraid partner telling the Post that the building got an affordable housing tax abatement, but won’t be supplying affordable housing. (more…)
Hey, remember when we told you about Superchunk shooting a video at Shea Stadium? And you decided not to go because you didn’t want to be part of some shitshow? Well not only did you miss being part of a cool video that makes Shea Stadium look way nicer and brighter than we’ve ever seen it, you also missed the Jons, H. Benjamin and Glaser, in the same place, being Jon buddies. Also you missed a bunch of Brooklyn band cameos, like Becca Kauffman from Ava Luna singing on stage in place of Superchunk themselves. Our only complaint is that the video didn’t give the proper tribute to Shea Stadium’s enormous Mets logo mural, but that just means you’ll have to go there and see it yourself. Man, it’s gonna be such a bummer when this place gets turned into the headquarters for the Brooklyn Republican Party in a few years. (more…)
You guys like TV? Yeah, we do too, in theory anyway. We can’t afford one, nor can we afford cable. But we still keep up, thanks to DVDs and Netflix and The Pirate Bay Hulu. So that’s why we can be as excited about this TV news as people who own TVs will be: Michael K. Williams, previously known as Omar, future ODB and currently known as Albert “Chalky” White is coming to Bed-Stuy’s Bedford Hall (1177 Bedford Avenue) on Sunday night to watch the season finale of Boardwalk Empire. (more…)
Everyone has a theory for rising home prices in New York. Hipsters! Artists! A housing shortage wrought by confusing and onerous building regulations! NIMBYism! Greedy landlords! But why look at all those factors when we can just get xenophobic and point at a bunch of Australians buying 70 homes at a time, renovating them and charging goofy high rents? It’s the American way. (more…)
The scene at a previous Streetup in Manhattan. Let’s get even more people at this one, BK. via Facebook
Today is a good day for thinking about the kind of city you want to live in in the future. Of course, that can be depressing and overwhelming if you’re thinking about it on your own, especially if you’re staying sober while you’re doing it. So lucky for you then, that Transportation Alternatives is coming to Bushwick bar we love duckduck to gather activists in one place to meet each other and drink free beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery. (more…)
Yeah sure, just knock it all down and put up shitty boxy condos. via Flickr user Atom
Just when we thought the “X is the new Y” consensus for Bed-Stuy was that it was “the new (old) Lower East Side,” someone from the real estate brokerage Aptsandlofts.com had to go and upend that by telling Crain’s “I’m seeing in Bed-Stuy what I saw happen in Williamsburg in 2002.” And they are very similar! In that both places are neighborhoods in Kings County in the City of New York on the planet Earth.
So if you’re playing along at home, that makes the G train the new L train, the J train the new G train, Herbert Von King Park the new McCarren Park, Williamsburg the new uh, Kips Bay, and Bedwick still the stupidest neighborhood anyone has ever devised.
Get ready to draw, get ready to drink, all over again.
We all got bummed out when 3rd Ward closed. Not about your art that was either your livelihood or your work’s culmination, now stuck within the shuttered premises, or your recently purchased membership. No, nothing like that. It was the apparent demise of the weekly Drink N’ Draw class. Well all is not lost, for the Drink n’ Draw anyway: the alcohol-infused art class has found a new home – Bushwick’s Bat Haus (279 Starr Street) – and will set up there for the first time tomorrow at 8pm. (more…)
Yep, this is in New York City. Photo by Camille Lawhead
There’s nothing like finding a spot where, if you squint and hold your head at a really specific angle and ignore the wailing sirens, you’d swear you were deep in the wilderness—or at least in Jersey. Last month the Parks Department gave us back one of those rare sites when they reopened the Highland Park Ridgewood Reservoir after two year of reconstruction. The renovations included new stairs, fencing, repaved paths, and the addition of handicap accessible entrances.
Perched on a ridge on the border of Brooklyn and Queens, the reservoir was one of Brooklyn’s main water sources from the 1850s until it was decommissioned in 1990 and became a nature preserve. There’s a fence to keep you from bolting off the paved trail and skinny-dipping, but the reservoir has a pathway where you can get a closer look at actual non-pigeon birds. According to a spokesperson for the Parks Department, the pathway passes through an ecologically sensitive area and is only open during free tours. But there’s one coming up soon: if you want to make new friends and learn what those not-pigeons actually are, there’s a winter bird tour Saturday November 16 at 9am. And you can always ride or stroll along the bike path running around the reservoir. (more…)
Get outta here MTV at the Barclays trying to emulate that real Brooklyn vibe! If you want real, check out the Vine Film Fest tomorrow night in Bushwick proper. The first, and free, iteration of the award show lets you enter submissions by tweeting your Vine pièce de résistance with the hashtag #tinylittlevideos. Finally, another instance where tiny is a good thing. (more…)