07/24/15 9:49am
Brooklyn Kolache's yard even has an umbrella for protection from glare/extra productivity. Photo by David Colon

Brooklyn Kolache’s yard even has an umbrella for protection from glare/extra productivity. Photo by David Colon

What is the one thing New Yorkers need to survive and is everywhere? Coffee. What is the one thing New Yorkers need to survive but is hard to find? Nature. That why we’ve compiled a list of great Brooklyn coffee shops with gardens, outdoor patios or backyards, where caffeine and the great outdoors (or as great as they’re gonna get) meet. Be sure to enjoy these places while you can, because before we know it, Snowpocolypse 2016 will be knocking on our doors. (more…)

07/23/15 4:40pm
Websites are hip, right? via Ironstate Development/The Daily News

Websites are hip, right? via Ironstate Development/The Daily News

Staten Island is the new Brooklyn (again)! Let’s leave the tired premise of searching for the next Brooklyn aside for a moment (maybe forever) and focus instead on this: according to the Daily News the name of the big project that’s going to lure dumb millennials over the Verrazano Bridge is an apartment complex called URL. That is…quite a name. Of course, URL is now taken, and you still need to slap a millennial-friendly name on your development. Since we’re still young and have somewhat kind hearts, allow us to help you save money on consultants with these suggested names for your next millennial-bating building. (more…)

07/22/15 9:27am
It's just a nice place to be. via Flickr user dumbonyc

It’s just a nice place to be. via Flickr user dumbonyc

Gone are the days of abandoned warehouses and empty piers lining the Brooklyn waterfront. Wegman’s has replaced the ghostly buildings on Admiral’s Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and it’s hard to imagine Red Hook without Ikea. Beautification efforts in the early 2000s replaced miles of industrial sites with the Brooklyn Bridge Park and rejuvenated the waterfront as a popular space for cultural events. Now with businesses like the Brooklyn Barge Bar which offers a range of water sport programs nestled comfortably next to art galleries and restaurants, Brooklyn’s shoreline has become a playground for nature enthusiasts and urbanites alike. Here’s our recommendations of the 50 best ways to experience Brooklyn’s waterfront. (more…)

07/10/15 10:23am
Which beach is the one for you? via Luna Park NYC Flickr

Which beach is the one for you? via Luna Park NYC Flickr

Welcome to beach season. Depending on the kind of person you are, you might have different preferences for your beach, like the food you can get nearby or the crowd you want to hang around with or even your preferred way of getting to there. Instead of thinking long and hard about it, our top Beach Data Scientists put together a quiz that determines which NYC beach is the one that fits your personality the best. So take it and enjoy, but just remember that the results are legally binding* and you have to go to this beach for the rest of the summer! (more…)

06/09/15 11:34am
Sean Rameswaram on the mic. Photo by Amy Pearl via WNYC

Sean Rameswaram on the mic. Photo by Amy Pearl via WNYC

Ever look around on the train and see everybody with headphones on? And do you ever wonder what it is they’re listening to? For a (growing) number of people, the answer is a podcast. Freely available for downloading and perfectly timed to while away the morning commute, the podcast is the 21st-century progressive’s ideal diversion/binge listen. At best, they’re stimulating, gripping and hilarious. At worst, they’re rambling, indulgent and banal. Audio content has utterly reinvented the culture of American storytelling.

By now you’re nodding and saying, yeah, yeah, I know all this already. How do I make my own? Don’t you worry, we’re getting there. We talked to professionals in the business who had a lot to say on the subject—Anna Sale of Death, Sex & MoneySean Rameswaram of Sideshow, and Stephen Metcalf of Culture Gabfest (more…)

03/25/15 8:23am
Magazines about what's in right now are so in right now. Via NYLON

Magazines about what’s in right now are so in right now. Via NYLON

Brooklyn is a big place, and getting bigger every day, since random boroughs are rapidly becoming annexed by deranged real estate agents. Point is, if you’re looking for something out there, you’re likely to find it, whether it be a significant other who likes home-brewing and needlepoint rap lyrics as much as you do, or finding a place where you can get a damn whiskey coke without judgement and under 7 bucks. More than anything, though, it means that if you’re looking for an awesome job involving doing what you love, it could only be mere stops on the G train away. Which is to say, several hours. But the ride will be worth it once you find yourself breaking out of your boring desk job and expressing your inner dancer/sommelier/poet/psychopath!

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