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…)

09/30/14 3:26pm

TK. via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Remember the days of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe? Neither do we, but we’d love to find out more. We aren’t as smart as Doc so rigging up the ol’ DeLorean might be a tall order. We can’t even ask grandma ever since she overshared about that one time with grandpa at the sock-hop. If you want to see what Brooklyn was like half a century ago though, drop by the free time capsule unveiling in Downtown Brooklyn tomorrow, October 1 at 11am (370 Jay St) over by the Downtown Brooklyn information kiosk. (more…)

09/09/14 9:54am
junior's brooklyn

Not going anywhere. via Flickr user Wally Gobetz

Earlier this year, word came down the pipe that Alan Rosen, the owner of Junior’s, was going to sell the iconic building and move somewhere else for a little while to allow a giant high rise to be constructed in its place. Everyone freaked out and became very sad, but hey, good news everyone: Rosen has reversed course and isn’t selling anymore. Cheescake for everyone (is how we wish he’d celebrate)! (more…)

07/30/14 4:05pm
Make sure your application game is on point, so you can snag an affordable apartment

Make sure your application game is on point, so you can snag an affordable apartment

Hey, remember how whenever there’s an affordable housing lottery people FREAK OUT? Over the next three years, that’s gonna keep happening in Downtown Brooklyn as over 1,000 affordable units are going to hit the market. It turns out that even with the lottery system having been in place for awhile, the application process confuses a huge number of applicants, who wind up automatically disqualified. So, in order to try to avoid that when Downtown’s affordable housing lottery starts, the Brooklyn Downtown Partnership is holding free classes to walk people through the application process. (more…)

07/22/14 4:39pm
downtown brooklyn

Soon people are gonna be hanging out here, “learning.” BOOOOO! via Facebook

It’s summer! Time to turn off your brain, turn on the part of your brain that loves drugs and forget about learning anything as far as life or actual useful lessons goes! Of course, if you must insist on learning things like some kind of nerd, then we guess you’ll like this news: MetroTech Commons will host three free classes for useful life skills on three upcoming Wednesdays in July, August and September. We’ll be there, but only to walk by and shout “NEEEERRRRD” at you. (more…)

05/29/14 3:02pm
rt book reviews

Make sure there are no typos and no overuse of the phrase “rippling muscles.” via Facebook

You’ve clawed your way to an editorial position at a magazine or blog or newspaper, but you’ve found that editing stories about farm equipment isn’t much more fun than writing them. Still, you have a passion for editing and you want to keep doing it. In that case, take your passion over to RT Book Reviews, the book review magazine for people passionate about romance, sci-fi, fantasy and erotica novels, because they need an associate editor. (more…)

05/19/14 1:31pm

Hey, if it was good enough for last summer, it’s good enough for this one. via Facebook

It was touch and go there for a little while as to whether it would ever show up, but it now looks like we’ll get a summer. Which is nice. So, since we’re having that season, it means we get another edition of Summer@MetroTech, the Downtown festival/carnival of fun thing that includes free movies, free sports, free music, free theater and also a putting challenge. Oh! And The Ohio Players will be there too! (more…)

05/08/14 3:56pm
Fulton Mall

Not long for this world? via Flickr user emily geoff

Downtown Brooklyn is hot! At least in the eyes of commercial real estate developers, who say things like “It’s the next Midtown,” but in an excited way instead of in an old gypsy curse kind of way. We already knew that a bunch of finance bros were on their way there, and DNA Info looked at the other side of the soulless Midtown existence and found that Downtown is filling up with national chains. We are just moments away from greasy anti-Semitic Elmo and some kind of Brooklyn version of the Naked Cowboy, probably called the Naked Hipster. We can just feel it.  (more…)

03/19/14 4:01pm

Can’t you see yourself enjoying the sunshine there? via The New York City Economic Development Corporation

Downtown Brooklyn, as we all know, has already been cursed as “the next Midtown.” It looks like that prophecy is coming true with an influx of JP Morgan finance bros on the horizon. Plus, people are calling it “DoBro,” which…let’s please not. So, is there any good news for Downtown Brooklyn? Well, here are some renderings of a nice park it’s gonna get, so there’s that. (more…)