It's like a time machine! via Facebook

It’s like a time machine! via Facebook

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean it’s time to stop going to the movies. After all, we’re still a few months away from Hollywood’s typical late-winter toxic waste dumping season. And before that, comes the fall and winter rush of big movies like the Thor sequel, the Hunger Games sequel, the Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Counselor which is blessedly not a sequel or based on a book. Why pay top dollar to see one of these though, when you can pay less than the cost of two tickets for the tickets, two drinks and two popcorns? (more…)

They were actually arguing over who gets the last black and white cookie

They were actually arguing over who gets the last black and white cookie

Say what you will about Anthony Weiner, like, for example, that he lacks even the most basic amount of self-control to the point where it cost him the only job he ever wanted in his entire life, but the guy knows how to yell at people. He made his name doing it in the House of Representatives, without doing much else, and he’s had some decent run-ins during this election cycle. But soon the primary will be over and the only people Anthony Weiner will be able to yell at are people on the street. Well, OK, that’s what’s happening in this video, but the difference is there won’t be a huge media throng around him to record doing a sad, funny rendition of 2Pac’s “Only God Can Judge Me” in a Boro Park bakery. (more…)

The Castello Plan: sort of fancy and really fun.

The Castello Plan: kinda fancy and really fun.

The Castello Plan
1213 Cortelyou Rd.
Ditmas Park
(718) 856-8888 

What is it: The snazzy, woody bar and  restaurant is a pillar of “the new Smith Street,” as Marty Markowitz has described Cortelyou Road.

Why we love it: Rustic but not pig-farmy, trend-conscious but not precious, Castello Plan is highbrow modern Brooklyn but not achingly so. Castello’s wide-ranging  menu has an adventurous side (gazpacho with white peach and seared squid) but doesn’t thumb its nose at updated classics (tagliatelle with tomato pesto and pecorino.)  (more…)

Atlantis ain't got nothing on this. Via Celsias.

Atlantis ain’t got nothing on this. Via Celsias.

Well, it finally happened, summer is in full swing, and boy is it unpleasant and relentless. Between the Gowanus and the Hudson, it’s easy for Brooklynites to feel like there’s water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink, unless you buy it at a bodega and it’s imported from some far off land. But as it turns out, that’s not true, and there’s lots of stuff to do on the water right here in our own borough. To celebrate this, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is putting on City of Water Day this Saturday, July 20. City of Water Day is a whole day of free events celebrating the waters of New York City and letting them be the summertime oases they never thought they could be. (more…)

This guy knows what we're talking about

This guy knows what we’re talking about

We’re all celebrating the fantastic victories of gay rights and abortion rights today, some of us with music videos, with further activism or with sex swings. But the fight never ends. Witness the coming student loan rate apocalypse, in which interest rates on student loans will double from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1. If you’ve got student loans and don’t want that to happen, you’ve got a chance to get out there and get your voice heard tomorrow with MoveOn. (more…)

You might live in a landmark. via Flickr user Anastasia Ugorskaya

You might live in a landmark. via Flickr user Anastasia Ugorskaya

New York City is a land of constant change, but that doesn’t mean people are always happy with it. After all, you don’t want your unique and historical architecture replaced by a bunch of frozen yogurt shops, do you? Hell no you don’t. Which is why City Council member Jumaane Williams is pushing a plan to landmark over one thousand Victorian-style homes in Ditmas Park. (more…)

Your new home? Maybe! via  Camba Housing Ventures

Your new home? Maybe! via Camba Housing Ventures

The rent, as we all know, is rather steep around here. There are a couple of coping strategies out there, like crying, waiting out the housing bubble or living with 14 roommates. Or you could play the housing lottery game, and hey, there’s a new ticket for you to scratch off. This weekend, there’s an open house for a couple of units in Morris Manor, an affordable housing building in East Flatbush that come with both cheap rent and plenty of amenities. (more…)

Wilenta and her tiny library. Photo by Edward Smith, via Little Brooklyn Farm

Wilenta and her tiny library. Photo by Edward Smith, via Little Brooklyn Farm

You ever walk down the street and wish you could come upon a kiosk full of books that you could choose one from? Pretty specific daydream, we know. But if you ever have, Jennifer Wilenta of Ditmas Park has made that daydream a reality by constructing a Little Free Library in front of her house. (more…)

Well, then you should keep reading. via Flickr user Mike S.

Well, then you should keep reading. via Flickr user Mike S.

Hey, do you live in Ditmas Park? Or are just so full of civic pride and want to help people clean up their neighborhoods? Boy, you sure are charitable, aren’t you? Well, whether you want to clean your neighborhood or just help other people, you’ll have a chance to on Saturday when the Church Avenue Business Improvement District does a cleanup down the length of Church Avenue. (more…)

Just a total normal day in Ditmas Park. via DP Corner

Just a total normal day in Ditmas Park. via DP Corner

There’s always so much going on in Brooklyn, that no matter what you do with your time, you’re bound to be missing out on something. Especially if you’re working in an office or something. Bleh, who wants to do that? Especially when something like The National showing up to Sycamore to promote their new album happens. Hm? Yeah, they played there, because that’s what fantastically successful indie rock bands do, is play small bar/flower shops on a Tuesday afternoon. (more…)