10/24/14 12:10pm

The Waco Kid didn’t drink switchel. He drank whozzle

In case you hadn’t heard, the hot new drink in Bushwick that all the cool kids are drinking is switchel, a cocktail made of apple cider vinegar, ginger, water and maple syrup. Since farmers and frontiersmen used to drink it, it has a lot of old timey cachet for the kinds of people who love fetishizing the simple farm life but inexplicably live in a major metropolis. Well, it used to be cool and have that old timey cachet, but now that it’s been reported on, switchel is totally over. What’s the new drink that Bushwick will be chugging? We looked around in a dusty old file for old forgotten drink recipes, and we found all of these. (more…)

10/23/14 2:58pm

You wanna live in Bed-Stuy, you gotta get a pixie cut now

If your lease is up in Bed-Stuy soon and you like living there, you might wanna call your landlord and beg for a two-year lease. Hell, even if you just signed your lease yesterday, you might wanna take that tack because Bed-Stuy isn’t just being boldly re-imagined as the next Williamsburg, it’s apparently bewitching famous Hollywood types like Michelle Williams. Why doesn’t she just buy Zosia Mamet’s house in Bushwick though? Keep it in the famous person family. (more…)

10/08/14 11:09am
arrogant swine

You certainly won’t regret any of these in oh, let’s say, a day. via Instagram

If you’re going to open a restaurant in Bushwick, now the neighborhood of restaurants, you’re going to have to stand out in some way to get people to notice you. Arrogant Swine, a new BBQ spot opening on Morgan Avenue, is offering the chance for patrons to come get marked for life at their opening party with free tattoos from Gnostic Tattoo. Free tattoos of pigs, as seen above. Hey man, its your life. (more…)

10/08/14 9:00am

Just what will they spend it on? via Flickr user Mr Seb

After watching as DUMBO and Red Hook and Flatbush get to play around with $1 million in participatory budgeting money, Bushwick residents might have been feeling a little jealous and left out. Well, feel left out no longer, because next week, Bushwick gets a piece of the direct democracy action, with the neighborhood’s first participatory budgeting meeting to discuss how to spend some City Council fun money. Not on a giant cocaine party, get your mind out of the gutter. You spend the money on things that are actually helpful for the neighborhood. (more…)

10/06/14 4:16pm
105 Lexington Avenue #4G stairs

Grit. via BK to the Fullest

Hey remember the people who moved to Bed-Stuy from the Lower East Side and paid one million dollars for the privilege because Bed-Stuy had “grit?” Apparently Bed-Stuy’s grit didn’t have enough staying power for the couple to resist uh…South Carolina, and they’re selling the previously record-setting condo for $1.4 million, according to Brownstoner, which we imagine they’ll get. God’s judgement indeed. (more…)

10/03/14 1:12pm
the outsiders

Whatever face that is that Patrick Swayze is making, that’s how you’ll feel if you miss this

If you grew up in the American public education system, you’re probably familiar with The Outsiders, the classic novel of class war told through the lens of teenage feels and sock hops. It made enough of an impact on America to get banned a few times and remains controversial because it’s about gangs and bad teens, but the folks at the Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Avenue, Bushwick) found a way to make squares uncomfortable with the book even more uncomfortable by hosting a marathon reading of the book done by drag kings this Sunday. Will it be better than the traveling play version of the book some of us had to see in middle school? Definitely. (more…)

10/03/14 9:59am
michael avila bushwick coffee shop

So you had a bad day

Two days ago, Michael Avila, the owner of The Bushwick Coffee Shop, decided he had some things to get off his chest about “the Jews” and how they were bad. Yesterday the comments were brought to light and as is the case when these things hit the internet, a shitstorm ensued. Despite Avila telling the Daily News that he was just being a bold truth teller and he didn’t see what the big deal was, the rest of the internet wasn’t convinced, flooding the shop’s Facebook page (and the wrong Yelp page) with negative reviews. (more…)

10/02/14 8:27am
the bushwick coffee shop

Got a decent amount of likes though

Some people use Instagram to post interesting pictures or promote their business. Other people use Instagram to promote the fact that they don’t care for “the Jews.” Whoever is running the Instagram account for The Bushwick Coffee Shop (203 Wilson Avenue), most likely owner Michael Avila, who posted the same rant to Facebook, took time out of posting selfies, inspirational image macros and coffee pictures to post a picture of the words “greedy infiltrators” and then commented with a long screed about Jews buying Bushwick and how glad he was his neighbor didn’t sell to Jews, who “function via greed and dominance.” The screenshots are captured below, but we know someone who isn’t being invited over for latkes this year. (more…)

ticket oak

You can’t get a Ticket Oak, but that might be for the best…

It’s fall, but that’s no excuse for you to hole up indoors binge-watching old episodes of The Office with a sexually compatible person you barely tolerate (that’s what winter is for). Right now though, you should be out there enjoying nature, and you can do it by bringing nature to you by grabbing a free tree at Bed-Stuy’s Restoration Plaza (1360 Fulton Street) this weekend. This is a great way to branch out and meet your neighbors, even if you’re not sure whether you’re putting down roots or leaving in just a couple of years. (more…)

09/30/14 2:55pm
3rd ward

3rd Ward, the way it appears in most people’s minds now.

When we first checked in on Robin Grearson’s project to try to tally up the debt that 3rd Ward owed teachers and students and members, she had guesstimated that the total would come out to somewhere between $20,000 and $50,000. Well, if you were betting on it, you should have taken the over, because Grearson’s total is already up to $70,503. It’s a good thing we live in a society that quickly repays small debts, otherwise the indebted might never see their money! (more…)