Brooklyn is home to plenty of cars, but do they ever really go anywhere? Anyone who’s ever driven around here and waited through two light cycles to go one block can tell you that, well, no, not always. Still, people really like their cars, and one argument that’s tough to argue against is that cars can transport more stuff through the city than a bike. But the Ditmas Park Corner talked to a new group that’s changing the equation by rolling out a fleet of cargo bikes. (more…)
You may have heard that professional aggrieved person/member of the New York State Assembly Dov Hikind recently found himself in a little hot water. And for what, just a little blackface during Purim? And saying things like “someone gave me the hair of the actual, you know, sort of a black basketball player.” Oh and then abjectly refusing to apologize and saying things like “maybe I would be a gay person . . . by the way, would that be okay, Zev? If I played a gay person next year?” Well, the Daily Show noticed too, covering it by going over Hikind’s record of standing up against intolerance (of Jews) and then with their official Purim correspondent dropping Yiddish bombs left and right. (more…)
Obviously you guys knew about our Real Estate section, but did you know that we’ve made some changes to pretty it up a bit? Well, we have, so now seems as good a time as ever to see what magical deals can be found within. For starters, how about this 3-bedroom in Ditmas Park for $2,500/month. It’s being called “unbelievable,” and we can see why. Even without the furniture (we know, sucks you have to buy some) the place just oozes class and refinement. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you can’t go home with a six pack of High Life every night. (more…)
Show your bike some love. via Flickr user David 23
There’s snow on the ground right now, so riding a bike is probably the last thing on many of your minds. But guess what? Hard as it is to believe, it will be warm again in time and you’ll remember that a bike is an excellent way to get around Brooklyn. But what if you get a flat? Or need to replace a worn down brake pad? You could take it to a bike shop and hang around while they do the repair, OR you could prepare to be self-reliant at Flatbush Mutual Aid’s free bike repair clinics. (more…)
You’re late for a very important date with a tattoo needle. via Facebook
Is there anyone who doesn’t like Alice in Wonderland? We’d just like to know if somehow one of the most beloved and mind-bending fairy tales of all time isn’t really your cup of tea that makes you very tall or very small. If though, you are a fan of passing through the looking glass and want people to know that forever, Brooklyn tattoo parlor Tattoo Wonderland has a deal for you: 25% off an Alice-themed tattoo through the month of January. But, because you read Brokelyn, there’s a possibility to make that discount even better. (more…)
Last time we reported on a free brunch we were afraid there would be fistfights and riots as people grappled for table space at Barboncino. And while we know New Yorkers love pizza, there’s a new riot-inducing free brunch on the horizon: Flatbush Caribbean restaurant Mangoseed is giving out traditional or jerk chicken and waffles this Sunday. Get your knives bibs out, cause this one is gonna get messy. (more…)
Come visit Jocelyn Rosenberg and Susan Siegel for your fuzzy scarf needs.
On Black Friday (that’s this week, oy!), instead of waking up at 4am to beat insane crowds at Wal-mart, check out BrooklynARTERY, a holiday craft shop in the restaurant-rich but retail-starved suburbanish neighborhood of Ditmas Park. The only thing resembling a boutique for miles—at least until Brooklyn Industry opens—the ARTery features products that support Brooklyn artists and fair trade.
• This week’s apartment roundup begins with a modern 1BR in Crown Heights for $1,922. The images appear to show the same apartment as the MARK PLUS building promo video, so this may not be the exact layout of the unit, but it is described as a loft duplex. Located on St. Marks between Classon and Franklin, the space would be a good starter home for a newlywed couple looking to settle in to an up and coming neighborhood. The building boasts a long list of amenities we old, dilapidated warehouse and brownstone dwellers have long forgotten exist such as video intercom, on site gym, common court yard, parking and an elevator. (more…)
Curios Jane, a camp run for girls, will hold an all-female craft and food market on the Gowanus Canal this fall. Photo via Curious Jane.
As the temperature keeps decreasing and the amount of pumpkin-flavored food and Halloween-themed crafts keeps growing, we are hitting the end of outdoor market season, which means pretty soon we will have to do our shopping and fooding indoors. Also, with the unfortunate closing of Dekalb market on Sept. 30 after the market lost its lease, that leaves us Brooklynites one less place to shop and eat and avoid having to trek into the city on a weekend. There is good news though! There will be a two new markets opening this fall: one temporary one focused on designs and foods made by women, and another market that will be going on until November highlighting the funky flavor of Ditmas Park. (more…)
Today’s real estate highlights begin with one of the bolder renovations we’ve seen. This South Slope 3BR, a relatively affordable $3,200, comes with five flat-screen TVs and 360 degrees of glossy white tiles. The decor may not appeal to BK’s woodsier types, but throw in a club promoter, a medical student and a Russian spy and we’ll definitely come to your first house party, so long as you avoid the temptation to play only Skrillex. More photos here. Other finds in our Brooklyn apartment listings: