10/08/14 12:44pm

We’ve all seen New York City’s ubiquitous “Dan Smith Will Teach You Guitar” flyers hanging up in subway stations and on phone booths, but does anyone know someone who’s actually taken a lesson with the man? Comedian Rekha Shankar emailed us the above video, telling us that she hasn’t met a single person who’s taken him up on his offer, so she imagined Smith as a virtuoso recluse who maybe doesn’t have the best grasp on how to promote himself or what year it is. It’s creepy enough for Halloween, but we won’t spoil the twist ending except to say it was Shyamalan-esque. Good Shyamalan, not The Village Shyamalan. (more…)

Maybe the place where you live has a cool cemetery that people like talking about, and that’s great. Is it as cool as Green-Wood Cemetery, which played home to the Battle of Brooklyn and is home to many of the fathers of baseball, tons of Civil War veterans and Samuel Morse? Probably not, especially because it’s not like every cemetery has John Turturro filming videos full of cemetery factoids about them. He did it for Green-Wood though, so we’ll just stop writing here and instead allow you to learn all about Brooklyn’s coolest cemetery from Jesus Quintana himself.

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09/24/14 8:40am
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They look pretty artisanal to us. via Instagram

If there’s one trend that the world needs to embrace more fully, it’s the whole artisanal, handmade, talking about how artisanal and handmade your table is trend. We’ve got one or two places like that in Brooklyn, but thankfully Brooklyn’s own Eugene Mirman has moved from comedy to the world of putting on some old-timey work clothes, looking very serious and selling you something expensive with his new store, Flotsam. Maybe if this whole artisan thing really catches on, there’ll be a future for Brooklyn’s bearded young men. (more…)

09/17/14 12:54pm

Perhaps you’ve biked past the gleaming, straight-out-of-Miami condo towers along Kent Avenue in Williamsburg and wondered to yourself: “Who the fuck even lives there? How do they live there?” You might not have had the time to find out, but Scott Rogowsky, host of Running Late decided to go quiz the front desk people working at and the realtors renting in Williamsburg’s luxury waterfront condos. It’s cathartic, in a class war kind of way. (more…)

09/04/14 3:35pm

Brooklyn-born comedy pioneer Joan Rivers died today after a lifetime of kicking down doors and then making fun of how they looked while she walked over them. Talk show writer and host, director, comedian, actress and grand dame of making you realize those pants look awful on you, Rivers casts a shadow as long as anyone who’s performed comedy. Everyone’s got their preferred way to remember her right now, but we’ll take the time that she hosted the Beastie Boys on The Late Show when they were just teenagers (!), and while playing gracious host to the maybe drunk trio, still managed to let them know that License to Ill was “a stupid name for an album.” You’re in Heaven now Joan, snapping on MCA (who’s also there). (more…)

08/22/14 1:07pm

Trailer: “Katrina/Sandy” from Land of Opportunity on Vimeo.

We’re mostly likely doomed to live in a world of terrible hurricanes from now until the Earth wipes us away forever. For the time being though, the two most well-known modern hurricanes to have ruined us are Sandy and Katrina, which despite being a few years apart, changed the landscapes of New York and New Orleans forever. Now, filmmakers from New Orleans-based Land of Opportunity (who made the interactive Fulton Mall clip from My Brooklyn) and New York-based SandyStory are putting out an interactive documentary, Katrina/Sandy examining the damage Katrina and Sandy did, side-by-side. You’ll get stories from kids in New Orleans and elderly folks in Coney Island, and plenty of destruction imagery from both cities, which still feels a little traumatic a couple years later. The full documentary comes out on Tuesday, August 26, the ninth anniversary of Katrina, so look for it of you want to watch something really depressing. (more…)

08/11/14 8:56am

Celebrate Brooklyn ended with a weird, guitar robot bang Saturday night with a free St. Vincent show that about a quarter of Brooklyn came out for. Where were you, though? For once, your poor decision to skip something fun paid off, because the show is streaming in its entirety, at least the audio portion is. So while on the one hand you missed seeing Annie Clark’s awesome robotic dance moves and “Sigourney Weaver possessed by Zuul” presence, you can hear “Your Lips Are Red” turned into a 10-minute guitar freakout. So, Monday’s not all bad.

[h/t Stereogum] (more…)