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…)
What you see in the above picture is an “upcycled ladder shelf” made of two burlap-covered boards laid across the rungs of an old ladder. “Oh, that’s cool I guess, if you have room for it,” is what you’re saying. That’s before we tell you that someone is selling this thing for four hundred goddamn dollars. And it doesn’t even come with the globe! So maybe we all can figure out, together, why this costs so much money. Our theories after the jump. (more…)
Think about all the great things that books and libraries have done for you in your life. Been there when no one else was. provided free, mind-expanding entertainment (provided you don’t miss the due date), provided a place to hide from bullies. Bushwick’s Mellow Pages Library does all that and they have beer-soaked literary gatherings. So since they’re in the midst of a fundraising drive, come out on Saturday to help give them a push, as Brokelyn writers talk about their love affair with books and you sip cheap beer. (more…)
35 Ingraham St. (Bogart & Morgan)
What is it: This spacious, Twin Peaks-loving dive didn’t let something silly like “a big fire” stop them, bouncing back as if nothing ver happened. Alaska offers a well-stocked and eclectic bar with tap beers ranging from the damn cheap and damn tasty $4 Narragansett to slightly less inexpensive selected IPAs and stouts from local breweries and bastions of quality such as the Victory Brewing Company.
Why we love it: The interior and ambience are incredibly removed from the gritty exterior and the (for now) industrial wasteland of the surrounding blocks; walk inside and you’re greeted by lots of wood finishings, vermillion stag head wall paper and animal heads mounted on the walls. It toes a balanced line between kitsch and garish and lands instead on a laid back and rustic vibe. This is complimented by the always friendly and efficient staff and the great music (provided by DJs Thursday-Saturday) which will soundtrack instead of sabotage your conversations. (more…)