12/09/14 12:59pm

Last night at a benefit for 826NYC at the Bell House, Fred Armisen continued his crusade to keep New York City accents alive, one wacky improvisation at a time. Instead of having an audience just shout the accents they wanted to hear at them, Armisen had people walk up and suggest accents, as he ran through  Richmond Hill, Stuyvesant Town, Kips Bay, Murray Hill, the Lower East Side, Tribeca (no accent), East Village, The Bronx, Park Slope, Roosevelt Island, Morningside Heights, Astoria, Bay Ridge and Crown Heights in six minutes of improvised accents. While the bit is funny, Armisen should watch his back, because you never know the day that the Brooklyn Historical Society forces him to be a permanent, accent-spitting exhibit. (more…)

12/05/14 11:18am

Bangs. Sure you might think experimenting with them might make you look unique, in a “cute hipster girl” way, but the fact of the matter is that they probably won’t. The good news is you’re not alone if you’ve taken that regrettable step to grow hair over your forehead and possibly down into your eyes. The Partnership For A Bangs-Free America is here to help, whether through emotional support for bangs survivors or providing the strength to say “No,” for someone wavering on choosing bangs. If you need help, don’t be afraid to call. (more…)

12/02/14 2:09pm
knicks nets

Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams both come to the realization that they have to play this game

Coming into their second matchup tonight, the Knicks and Nets are bad in all sorts of ways. Despite having the two highest paid “Big Three” combos in basketball, they’re a combined 10-23, each team only has one win against a team with a winning record and they play the kind of basketball only a blind person could love.

Given the sad state of affairs of this “rivalry,” is there anything worse you can do with your time than watch $200 million worth of disappointment battle for fourth place in the Atlantic Division? We’ll leave that up to you with our “Would Your Rather: Knicks vs. Nets” edition. (more…)

12/02/14 12:39pm

Gasper & Son – Official Documentary Trailer from freckless productions on Vimeo.

When it comes to the bright lights of New York, it’s easy to forget that someone has to make the damn things. Especially in the case of fragile neon signs, which are sadly not as popular as they used to be, even though the look cool. Making the signs is a dying art, but one that was captured by Greenpointers’ Jennifer Galatioto and some friends for their documentary Gasper & Son, which looks at the life of the family that owns Queens’ Artistic Neon as they struggle to keep doing a handmade craft in a world of cheap mass-produced options. It’s a story anyone who likes handmade items or New York accents will appreciate, which would mean pretty much everyone, right? (more…)

11/21/14 4:07pm

BK Live 11/20/14: Dick & Dave from Brooklyn Independent Media on Vimeo.

It’s Friday and uh-oh, you’re not sure what you want to do this weekend. Never fear, we were on BK Live with Dick Burroughs from the Brooklyn Reader, and we both told you about some cool stuff to do, like see the last Death By Audio show ever, see some comedians do some bits, hit some stuff, play with some flip books and a Gilmore Girls party. Plus you can also find out what our favorite Thanksgiving side was, just in case you’ve been building a file on us. (more…)

11/12/14 7:00am

Street harassment is an ongoing issue currently being experienced by women all over America, including our fair borough. Recently catcallers have had their overdue moment in the media spotlight with Hollaback’s “10 Hours Walking in New York” video, which brought the immediacy of the issue to the forefront of the national dialogue. Everyone has an opinion on catcalling, and Brooklyn’s own Shanthony Exum – who raps under the handle Miss Eaves – is no different. But instead of writing a heated Facebook status or lamenting with her friends over drinks, Miss Eaves decided to lay down a track calling out catcallers, and now she has a paradigm-shifting music video (which she co-directed with roommate Sal Caino) that makes a man the object of unwanted sexual attention. We caught up with Miss Eaves to find out what exactly inspired her to rap about the least favorite part of any woman’s commute. (more…)

11/11/14 9:42am

We’re not gonna beat around the bush here: we don’t think it’s at all coincidental that the trailer for season 2 of Broad City dropped around the same time that Mayor Tall said the city would stop arresting people for pot. It’s kind of like the “Welcome to New York”/tourism ambassador Taylor Swift news, except no one will ever admit to it. Anyway, what can you expect this season? Panache, spunk, jizzy-jazz, titty chips, Ilana has a dick maybe, Abbi still can’t catch a break at Soulstice and she also yells at a kitten. So, your typical Broad City stuff. (more…)

11/10/14 12:47pm
girls season 4

Maybe Hannah will write one of those “Leaving New York” personal essays

The seasons are changing, and with them brings the cool chill of millennial Brooklynites fucking up, fucking each other, and…moving to Iowa? That’s right, Girls may not be back until January, but the season four trailer dropped over the weekend.

Hannah looks happy writing about herself and frolicking in cow country, Adam seems apathetic and tortured about it (per usual), Marnie’s getting laid by her taken bandmate (which totally won’t backfire), Shosh is about to get bitch slapped real hard by “The Real World,” and by the end of the season Jessa will be dead with four midgets in an opium den in Saigon. I jest – but who knows? I wouldn’t put it past Lena. If anything, this season looks like it will be a nice departure from the very dark, grim, and ultimately depressing tone of the last. Hopefully things are on the upswing for these twentysomething tropes, because Girls is basically a Farmer’s Almanac for how well us millennials will weather the ensuing year.

11/05/14 1:04pm

If you hadn’t heard, there have been a rash of stores in Harlem, Fort Greene and Bed-Stuy putting up signs stating that people wearing hoodies or masks in the store would be charged with trespassing. Masks are on thing, but people seemed a little annoyed by the idea of criminalizing hoodies. ANIMAL New York took the ban to it’s logical conclusion though, and sent a nice young man out in front of a bodega with one of the signs to act as a coat check of sorts, but for hoodies instead of coats. At the very least, it’s an accommodating gesture. (more…)