baba cool

We now know at least one good thing is happening in 2015. via Facebook

So, it’s officially 2015, in the sense that you can no longer revel in New Year’s Day or post-New Year’s Day haze where you said you were just too tired to work or act like a normal human. Back to the same soul crushing grind you had last year, oh well. At least you can start your awful grind it with a free pick-me-up this year, as Fort Greene Focus points out that Fort Greene coffee shop Baba Cool (64B Lafayette Avenue) is giving away coffee weekday mornings for two weeks to start the year. (more…)

cumbe

This could be you! Well, with practice, so get to it. via Facebook

Just as we’re done mourning the places we lost in 2014, it’s time to turn the page and wring whatever enjoyment we can out of the places slated to close in early 2015. Take the Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance, which is being kicked out of its Fort Greene home at the end of January. They might be saying goodbye, but they’re not bitter about it, which they’re proving with discounted classes all month as a gesture of thanks for their community support the last three years. (more…)

Volunteer and get rewarded in discounted books from an iconic Brooklyn staple. Win-win. (via Flickr user dwwebber)

Volunteer and get rewarded in discounted books from an iconic Brooklyn staple. Win-win. (via Flickr user dwwebber)

We love Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street) for their great selection and community involvement, so it comes as little surprise they are offering an awesome volunteer opportunity that will get  you a discount on holiday book shopping when you help out with gift wrapping — for a good cause.  (more…)

brooklyn patch

“I artificially screw up your housing market, just for #viral content.” via Facebook

If there’s one thing we can all agree on in Brooklyn, it’s that there’s so much housing everywhere. Just the kind of vacancy rates that apartment seekers dream of, knowing that they aren’t over a barrel whenever they start looking for a place to live. Given that we have so much space in which to live around here, obviously it’s totally cool that the candy company behind Sour Patch Kids is now using a Clinton Hill house as a kind of AirBnB for handpicked traveling musicians, who can stay there provided that they make some cool #viral #branded content about Sour Patch Kids. It’s not like anyone would want to live in that house or anything. (more…)

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clinton hill apartment

Just picture a Sims version of yourself right there, as a placeholder under 2017

So, you saw the Williamsburg affordable housing and decided that you’re too good for living in Williamsburg. Or more likely, you’re just feeling hopeless that you’ll win the lottery to get in, which makes more sense. Well, if you can hold on here for a little more than two years, you can start the teeth-gnashing process for an affordable apartment in Clinton Hill, with the Observer reporting that 20 percent of the 40 units in the above Fulton Street building will be affordable. Technically that means 7.6 units would be affordable, but we don’t see the developers rounding up, do you? (more…)

greenlight bookstore

Ain’t no party like a bookworm party cause a bookworm party is smart. via Facebook

It turns out that we weren’t the only ones celebrating the milestone of turning five this week. Reason to move to Fort Greene Greenlight Books is also having a big party to celebrate reaching kindergarten age this weekend, and we’re all invited. Well, everyone but you, Jeff Bezos, you stay far away from these good times. The rest of you, come buy some discounted books and drink wine! (more…)

eric garner

Let’s talk about it

Hey, you know what’s not at all a contentious issue in New York City? Race. You know what also isn’t a contentious issue in New York City? The police. Oh no wait, those are actually really contentious issues in New York City, our mistake. Instead of just sitting on the sidelines while the city simmers and waits to blow up in retaliation of another instance of police being too aggressive, BRIC is holding a free town hall tonight at the BRIC House (647 Fulton Street) on the issues of race, policing and civil rights. (more…)

brewklyn

And no, it’s not from McDonald’s.

To celebrate the opening of their new Clinton Hill cafe on Friday, October 3, Brewklyn Grind (557 Myrtle Ave) will be sharing free coffee and an assortment of pastries (delivered fresh from Balthazar!) starting at 8:30am and running until 10am. If you miss the free festivities, a cup of drip coffee is only $2, so you’re not breaking the bank supporting a local business. One that presumably will talk less about the Illuminati and Jews than some other coffee shops. (more…)

bric biennial

Get some ding dang culture at BRIC. Photo by Ayelen Paganelli, via Facebook

Which neighborhood in Broolyn has the best art? It’s a question that has led to knife fights on the streets, with partisans of Williamsburg and Fort Greene battling it out with violence we haven’t seen since the Civil War draft riots. Not that they’re picking sides, but BRIC is starting their BRIC Biennial (take that, Whitney Museum!) tonight with a survey of artists that live in Downtown, and nearby neighborhoods like Fort Greene and Boerum Hill. (more…)

ghostbusters

You afraid of this ghost? No? Then check out this chat with its creator.

Aside from having awesome gear and the rakish wit of a young-ish Bill Murray, the Ghostbusters had another important factor for success: great #branding. Their logo, a ghost in a “not allowed” circle, says everything you needed to know about the Ghostbusters, namely, that they were anti-ghost. On Saturday, you can hear from the man who made that logo, Michael C. Gross, when he pops in to Pratt on Saturday, September 20 for a FREE talk about design and his career in the humor business. If you are in fact afraid of some ghosts, you’re still allowed to go, but we wouldn’t recommend it. (more…)