Isn’t this a sight for sore eyes. via Flickr user Roshan Vyas
Gosh, this is weird. I don’t really know where to start here.
I guess, I’ll start with “hello.” You’re back and up-and-running, and a few of my friends even took you late night and said it was “pretty fine.” They said you “looked like you always did.” I’m glad you got to see them and that it wasn’t weird for you or them. Well, I guess I can’t speak on your behalf – I don’t feel comfortable doing that anymore – but I know my friends were more than ready to use you, and honestly glad you were there.
So, how was your time off? Were you able to get all that work done you were talking about? You made some pretty lofty promises for “change” and “increased efficiency.” Hopefully you won’t go back on your word. Again. (more…)
Live here long enough, and you’re going to start noticing patterns and fixtures of life in Brooklyn. Real estate insanity, the G train sprint, graffiti-based war. Cartoonist David Ostow noticed these fixtures and more, so he drew us (and you) some cartoons that show off life in Brooklyn in 2015.
Freya Wilcox & The Howl are a Brooklyn based band that teeter on the pinnacle between blues and punk. I say “pinnacle” there instead of “edge” because “edge” sounds careless and “pinnacle” is just more sophisticated and thoughtful in this instance. This band has seen some shit, and they’re not just gonna go around stepping on cracks, they’ve got one foot firmly planted on one slope, and the other planted on the opposite side.
Like acrobats on a pyramid. A gold pyramid that says “I’m Gonna Kick Your Ass” on the front of it in glittery paint. They’re up there firmly balanced, playing their songs, and strewn around at the bottom of the pyramid are a bunch of other bands who tried to scale the sides but failed because, aside from not being as good, they didn’t have the balls Freya Wilcox did to email someone like me and be like “I like you, maybe you’ll wanna write about my band.” Bravery and balance always wins. Hasn’t Game of Thrones taught you anything? (more…)
Given that they’re a faceless bureaucratic public authority that’s always making us late, if they’re getting us anywhere at all, we like to have some fun around here crackin’ goofsat the MTA’s expense. That being said, we’ll give them credit where it’s due today, because they just put out the above 16-bit video breaking down how a delay in just one train leads to the dreaded SERVICE GAP that can throw off an entire line and how conductors fix it.
The whole thing is very well done, from the simple graphics down to the jaunty chiptune providing the soundtrack, and you actually learn something about how the MTA works. Here’s hoping they do more of these videos explaining the inner-workings of the subway system, including some passive-aggressive ones that take shots at the governor and the state legislature when they break down where the money for the system comes from. (more…)
Bushwick City Farm, a space for human folk and plant folk to bond
Back in the day Brooklyn had a pretty mean manufacturing scene, but all that’s dwindled and left behind lots of warehouses without blacksmiths and welders and whoever else works in warehouses. Today a lot of those spaces have been taken over by the borough’s most creative residents and are used for music performances, dance classes, art exhibits, and plenty of urban farming. Oriana Leckert explores these spots in her new book Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture and Creativity, where she documents the eccentricity that keeps this place so darn cool. The book comes out on May 19, and there’s a huge launch party at Gowanus Ballroom on May 30, featuring food trucks, acrobatic performances, and music from Hungry March Band and Batala NYC.
Oriana gave us a preview of Brooklyn Spaces and told us about some of her favorite places around the borough: (more…)
I have a great appreciation for bands that I chance upon out of nowhere. This particular band, Old Best Friend, didn’t exactly fall from the sky as they were pitched to me by their publicist, but still, I had never previously heard of them, so it’s like I found them under a cabbage patch more or less.
Going from not knowing a band from a hole in the ground, to having their publicist send three days worth of emails basically interviewing you about your own personal hopes and dreams, giving you job pointers, etc. is an intimate exchange. And if there’s one thing I like, it’s intimacy. If there are TWO things I like, they are intimacy, and music. If there are THREE things I like they are intimacy, music, and excessively awkward situations. So here we are. And there it is. (more…)
Everyone’s reading (locally bought) books. Illustration by Brian Floca, via Independent Bookstore Day
Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday and it’s more important to recognize than ever, what with Amazon steadily taking over all distribution of the written word. The day itself will be filled with all sorts of ways to show your love for your local readery, from a photo booth with authors at Greenlight to a free shot of Absinthe with purchases at Spoonbill & Sugartown. Of course, you can get books from your local bookstore any day of the year, so to encourage reading and local commerce, we asked some bookstore employees at local indie shops what new books and summer pleasures we should be reading so we can someday be smart and well-read like them. (more…)
Team Spirit knows how to stay fresh and clean this summer, and you can too
Unless you live somewhere that I’m not currently thinking about because I don’t live there, it’s getting humid out. When it’s humid out people tend to walk around looking one of two ways: 1) Oddly comfortable or 2) Crazy seeming. One of the quickest ways to overheat in high humidity, other than just being alive, is to jump up and down repeatedly while playing music. Brooklyn’s Team Spirit, being a jump up and down kind of band, make sweaty look good though. Which is cool.
The band recently recorded a Buzzsession for The Wild Honey Pie and included “Teenage Heart” and “Satisfaction” off of their most recent album, Killing Time, which came out on VICE Records last fall. We’d love for you to check out those videos here. (more…)
Given the importance of text to Basquiat’s work, it should come as no surprise that he kept copious notes. He preferred cheap, marble composition books, some of which you can now see on display at the Brooklyn Museum in a new exhibition “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks,” or as the exhibition’s synopsis puts it “#basquiatnotebooks.” While this much hyped exhibit offers the opportunity to see Basquiat’s famous textual artistry on a smaller, more concentrated scale, the exhibition’s mixed messages could lead some visitors astray. (more…)
90s nostalgia is as hot as ever, and if the existence of Fuller House isn’t proof that its all-consuming phoenix-like blaze will leave no piece of the 90s un-revived, we point you to the existence of the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum that exists in the hallway of a Williamsburg apartment. Roommates Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen decided to use their apartment’s hallway to hang to artifacts from the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan rivalry of the early 90s, with a side devoted to Nancy Kerrigan and a side devoted to Tonya Harding. The video tour is a comprehensive one, and shows you everything you need to know about the museum, from the media the duo collected to show the history of the two figure skaters to the art they collected and bought celebrating the most violent rivalry in figure skating history.
If a virtual tour wasn’t enough though, you can schedule a look at the museum’s artifacts by emailing Harkins and Olen. Don’t just think you can show up and waltz in, museum visits are by appointment only, probably due to the priceless nature of the art. Or more likely, because it’s literally in someone’s apartment. (more…)