06/11/15 10:25am
city point

If you lived here, you’d be paying below-market rent by now. Photo by David Colon

Usually when we have a piece of real estate news for you, it’s not exactly something to celebrate. The rent is up! Landlords are racist! Your beloved neighborhood will be swallowed by the ocean and we can’t do anything about it! Not today though. Today we have what qualifies as good news for you, with the word that the first residential tower in Downtown Brooklyn’s City Point development is coming with 200 units of affordable housing and should be open by the end of the year, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. (more…)

06/04/15 3:40pm

BAM R&B Festival

Put your hands up if you want to see a free funk show. via George Clinton

It seems like you can’t spit without hitting someone who’s really excited about the Clinton news in Downtown Brooklyn this summer. Which we get, since even jaded New Yorkers who’ve seen it all get a little thrill up their leg when they hear about a genuine icon setting up in these parts. Anyway, in case you haven’t heard, the rumors are true and funk legends George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic are playing at the BAM R&B Festival this summer at a free show at MetroTech. (more…)

05/14/15 9:58am
If they build it, you will come (and bring your own club). via flickr user Candie N.

If they build it, you will come (and bring your own club). Via flickr user Candie N.

Miniature golf enthusiasts rejoice! Actual golf enthusiasts, just say “Oh, okay, sure.” Among the slew of summer expansion packs to the borough (read: patio season), comes an announcement that we may be getting our very own miniature golf course in Downtown Brooklyn. According to the New York Post, the course would occupy the stretch of plaza in Fulton Mall known as Albee Square. And it would be free to play if you bring your own clubs and balls. (more…)

04/08/15 11:37am
brooklyn paramount theater

Enjoy the kind of palace your grandparents did, without the world being in black and white.via the LIU Flickr

Ah, the 40s and 50s. A time of class, beautiful movie palaces and political and artistic repression that we try not to talk about that often. Whatever those decades’ problems, they definitely nailed the whole “having a nice place to see a show” thing, but now following in the footsteps of the Kings Theater being restored and reopened, the Brooklyn Paramount Theater in Downtown Brooklyn is going to go through a 24-month renovation and reopen in 2017 as a 3,500-seat music venue. Beautiful movie palaces and a more free and open society? Score one for lousy millennials over the Greatest Generation. (more…)

01/28/15 9:55am
ponycon nyc

It’s time to party. via Facebook

If there’s one accusation that we can’t stand to hear people make about young adults in Brooklyn, it’s when they say we refuse to grow up. What, just because we enjoy sledding? And some people pay over $300 for adult preschool? And Ponycon, a My Little Pony Convention where grown men who love the show gather to talk about it, is setting up here? These all sound very adult to us. What’s more adult than planning and running your own conference? (more…)

12/11/14 3:36pm
sam corbin

Sam’s previous work explored patriotism, feminism and hulking out

What are you doing tonight? Well obviously you’re coming to the No Office Holiday Party, because you want to meet Brooklyn’s most attractive freelancers. Before that though, why not get some culture in your life so that you can sound smart while chatting up one of those attractive freelancers? You can do just that by checking out a play by our own apartment expert, Sam Corbin, who’s kicking off Fresh Ground Pepper’s Playground Festival tonight with her short play Condition. (more…)

11/13/14 4:41pm
Thanks for the economic upswing, BAM. (Courtesy of Flickr user Jeffrey Bary)

Thanks for the economic upswing, BAM. (Courtesy of Flickr user Jeffrey Bary)

Yesterday we were kvetching over the demise of a local dance studio for a luxury residence tower, and today we’re…celebrating Downtown Brooklyn’s massive cultural and economic growth? Such is life in Brooklyn, where everything is a walking contradiction. Wall Street Journal reports that Downtown Brooklyn is experiencing a cultural renaissance which attracted over 4.5 million visitors in 2013, and raked in $300 million dollars in positive economic growth, based on a report released today from the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. (more…)

11/10/14 2:59pm
These little munchkins are almost as cute as a luxury high rise. Almost.

These little munchkins are almost as cute as a luxury high-rise. Almost.

Nothing culturally enriches a neighborhood and fosters community quite like a luxury residential tower. Despite how much we love watching these eyesores architectural feats swallow Downtown Brooklyn, it sucks to learn spots like Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance are getting kicked out to make way for them. The Brooklyn Paper reports Cumbe’s ten-year lease has ben cut short since the building was sold to the developers of a 19-story residential tower. (more…)

10/20/14 2:03pm
Because being a starving artist is never as cool as it seems in the movies

Because being a starving artist is never as cool as it seems in the movies

Brooklyn’s a great place to be an artist until you remember living costs money. You can put away your box of tissues and Rent soundtrack, though, since it is possible to survive here as an artist or other variety of broke person. Aside from hosting performances, this week’s Actors Fund Community Arts Festival includes workshops to help you tackle some of your money woes. (more…)

10/16/14 1:08pm
seth meyers

When the roles are reversed, let’s see how Seth Meyers likes being interviewed. via Facebook

What’s easier than getting tickets to a taping of Late Night? Many things, actually. But if you’re a big Seth Meyers fan, your chance to see him, for free, has arrived, when he sits down for a chat at Hill Country Barbecue next week. Even if you’re not a nighttime TV person, the event starts at 6:30pm, so you can get a Seth Meyers experience that can get you home before bedtime. (more…)