Sure, your hood drinks. But who drinks the most? Via flickr user Chris Goldberg
Remember last week at the bar, when you were fighting with someone about whose neighborhood would be most likely to win in a WWE cage match? We sure do. So when Brokelyn alum Sharon Lintz launched a comprehensive statistics directory called Investigate NYC, we took it for a test spin to find out how BK neighborhoods really stack up against one another when it comes to things like sexual promiscuity and alcohol tolerance. Our (very scientific) findings are provided here below.
Around this time of year, when it feels like all hope is lost because winter’s icy grip won’t let you go (which is a lie because winter ends and there’s never any hope), the idea of just packing up and moving somewhere warmer can sound appealing. Of course, just picking your whole life up can be difficult, unless you’re fabulously wealthy like say Lena Dunham, who’s done with this Brooklyn bullshit and is decamping to L.A.(more…)
There was a lot to learn. All photos by Kelly Murphy
“I hope this isn’t too academic,” is how Rutgers Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, Whitney Strub, opened his presentation Sunday afternoon at the first NYC Porn Film Festival. No one objected.
The mission of this Pornhub-backed festival reads, “We aim to give credit to adult film as a significant and socially/culturally relevant art form.” Before the event, I rolled my eyes at this, assuming it was yet another Brooklyn-y attempt to add a layer of pretension to an otherwise bawdy topic. I was wrong. Of the dozens of attendees I talked to at Secret Project Robot this weekend, the resounding answer to why they paid $69 for a ticket was, “I like porn!,” followed by a reasoned argument for why they think it’s of societal importance:
“In general, there’s becoming less of a boundary of what constitutes art and what constitutes porn. I support anything that expedites that transition.”
“Sex positivity! But seriously. Fuck negativity, this is a part of every human experience.”
“I’m here to see Barbara Hammer because there wouldn’t be a way to talk about lesbian sex without her.”
“I think it’s beautiful.”
“It’s not even about sex. It’s about how we interact with each other on a grander scale.”
“There’s so much to learn [giggles].”
And indeed there was, through a series of talks curated by artist Richard John Jones, screenings of archived period pieces, and contemporary amateur films that told a story of where we were and where we are now. Read on for our five takeaways from what will hopefully become an annual event. (more…)
Headed for the drink? via Flickr user Andrew Wiseman
Ever since it was revealed that Vice was the company taking over a chunk of real estate that houses DIY venues and other small businesses, there’s been a little bit of anger from the creative class towards Vice. Even given the temporary nature of DIY venues, it seems getting pushed out by a media company so closely affiliated with alternative culture was a bit much.
Even this lot is probably overpriced. via Flickr user georgia
There are few things we appreciate more than cool interactive features and complaining about rent. We’re pretty riled up right about now thanks to a map that confirms all your suspicions that the rent is in fact too damn high. It’s all thanks to a map that Curbed released, via StreetEasy, today that reminds us all Brooklyn is the least affordable borough in the city and that rent is outpacing income like it’s The Flash and our paychecks are regular humans. (more…)
Can the Gotham Girls win the hearts, minds and votes of Brokelyn as well? Derby photos by Sean Hale
Editor’s note: When we heard that Jay-Z and Beyonce were packing it in for LA recently, we ran a post seeking a new king and queen of Brooklyn. This is clearly a topic that arouses our readers’ passions because, at last count, 1,666 people voted in this vitally important election, which is a very democratic way to choose a monarchy if you think about it. So after weeks of counting chads and paper ballots and weeding out dead people’s votes, we are down to two finalists, the Halkiases, the owners of Grand Prospect Hall, and the “couple” (loosely) comprised of King Henry, the Cyclones’ mascot, and the lady on the logo for Gotham Girls, who is not technically human (though the Gotham Girls appear to be). There will be a runoff next month, after all parties have a chance to make their case. The Halkiases had their moment to tell readers why they deserve to be the next king and queen, not the least of all because they’re promising a big fancy party for hundreds of Brokelyn readers. What will the Gotham Girls do if they win? Here, Eva McCloskey, the captain of the Brooklyn Bombshells wing of the league, antes up. Stay tuned to hear King Henry’s stump speech next week, then be prepared to cast the final vote, oh, sometime really soon.
In the campaign for King and Queen of Brooklyn, are you going to vote royal or are you going to vote for some of the most determined, passionate and real women living and working in Brooklyn? The Gotham Girls Roller Derby work extremely hard to bring the aggressive and exciting sport to New York, and they have won more international titles than any other sports team here. (Knicks? Dodgers? Puh lease!) The 15-person Brooklyn roller derby team, called the “Brooklyn Bombshells,” are skating to win your hearts (and your votes) as the queens of Brooklyn. You’ve probably seen them skate or work all over Brooklyn, whether you’ve been to a game or not. (more…)