01/31/14 10:09am
black artstory month

Work from the likes of Laolu Senbanjo will be highlighted in Fort Greene, so there’s at least something to look forward to in February. via Myrtle Avenue Brookyn’s Flickr

February kinda sucks, what with Schmalentine’s Day and the whole Arctic winter of endless sorrows. Even if you are into Valentine’s Day (LAME), we all know the only love songs/slow jamz/heartbreak anthems you’ll ever need are from Motown and Ms. Lauryn Hill, which is one of many reasons to celebrate Black History Month, February’s one redeeming quality. This month, you can do that with Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership through their second annual Black Artstory Month, featuring art exhibits, mural painting, music, spoken word, storytelling, and a film screening. (more…)

Brooklyn Cafe, in very very very East Williamsburg.

Brooklyn Cafe, in very very very East Williamsburg. via Daily Record

Earlier this week we learned a Brooklyn native is planning to install New York’s first bitcoin ATM machine in an East Village bubble tea shop. So far Bitcoin is accepted at Lean Crust and Greene Avenue Market, both in Fort Greene, and today Scotland’s STV reports Glasgow’s Brooklyn Cafe is now the first shop in Scotland to use Bitcoin. Is Brooklyn leading the Bitcoin revolution? Probably not, but we’re still gonna go with it. We imagine the interest in Bitcoin by Brooklynites/Scottish cafes that use the Brooklyn brand comes down to Brooklyn hipsters really wanting to bite their thumbs at Manhattan bankers.  (more…)

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Just hook it to our veins! via Brownstoner

Habana Outpost is awesome, with just two middling negatives to it. One, it closes when it gets cold out, depriving us of a place to get delicious Cuban sandwiches. Two, in the summer it can get so crowded that even if you want to just pop in for a delicious Cuban sandwich, the insane line makes you change your plans. So aren’t we just beyond delighted to read that right across the street from the original restaurant, Habana Outpost is opening Habana To Go, a takeout and delivery spot that will offer delicious Cuban sandwiches you can take with you. (more…)

What you see above is someone who stole some packages from a Clinton Hill apartment building. The footage is sped up, but you’ll notice the thief spent a bunch of time just hangin’ out, twerking, in preparation for the thievery. Or maybe she was just there twerking, as you do, and her and her dude decided to steal stuff out of someone’s packages. Either way, the victim, Lindsay Riddle, told Gothamist that she was out there doing this for an hour before coming in from the cold to steal some stuff. That must be one warm fur coat. Anyway, welcome to de Blasio’s New York, Lhota was right, etc. etc. (more…)

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They look ready for Christmas. via Facebook

Christmas music, and holiday cheer, and Christmas in general isn’t anything we get too excited about around these parts. Enforced cheer and goodwill towards man just isn’t our thing, and we do holiday party-level drinking every day of the year. But even our Grinch-sized hearts are warmed by this news: The Simpsons and This Is Spinal Tap‘s Harry Shearer, and his wife, songwriter Judith Owen, are coming to BAM on December 7 to put on a free holiday sing-along. Finally, a holiday event that isn’t fa-la-la-la-lame. (more…)

When will you stop going in circles?

When will you stop going in circles?

Need a different way to exercise but still don’t want to pay for the gym? Or do you need a conversation starter for when you bring a date home that doesn’t begin “Yes, those are Star Wars action figures handmade out of potatoes”? Well good news, we suppose: a Clinton Hill resident is giving away the above gigantic hamster wheel on Craigslist. Giant hamster not included. (more…)

Ready to lobby

Ready to lobby

The government in Washington might be a broken, dysfunctional joke held hostage by right wing cranks, but here at home, our government just keeps humming along. Case in point: the campaign to name Fulton Street and St. James Place Christopher Wallace Way has picked up enough steam to get a hearing in front of Community Board 2 tonight. All filibusters must be a minimum of 16 bars tonight. (more…)

Clinton Hill's Cochinitas is giving out burritos. Anyone else showing love to the furloughed? via Facebook

Clinton Hill’s Cochinitas is giving out burritos. Anyone else showing love to the furloughed? via Facebook

Like we said when we posted freelance opportunities for furloughed employees, it must be tough not knowing how much longer this shit is gonna last. And while it might seem like this is something that merely affects people working in DC, we also know that there are federal employees right here in Brooklyn, and they could use a little love. So let’s make their lives a little easier and turn this into a space for businesses to share their furlough deals. (more…)

Not pictured: squiggly waves of free wifi emanating out

Not pictured: squiggly waves of free wifi emanating out

As global warming grips more of our future and leads to rising global temperatures, one question is one everyone’s mind: “Can we work outside more, then?” Ordinarily it’s hard, even if the weather is nice, but the city has aggressively expanded the areas with free outdoor wifi over the years, and right before he leaves office, Mike Bloomberg plans to add a couple more corridors of free wifi in Brooklyn. Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Brownsville and Downtown Brooklyn are scheduled to get their own free outdoor wifi in December this year, thanks to a public/private partnership between the city and different sponsors. (more…)

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How awesome the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club will look, if you donate.

Anybody can come up with an idea, but not everybody has the money to execute it. It seems you’re either blessed with one or the other. Think, for every five buck happy hour draft that’s inspired you with a half-buzzed idea you never saw to fruition, you can donate that money to some people who actually have their shit together, or who are at least good at faking it. Check out these five Brooklyn-based Kickstarters that you can help, well, kickstart. (more…)