Oh it’s such a perfect slice, I’m glad I scarfed it with you. via Facebook
The life of a child celebrity is one we couldn’t possibly begin to imagine. So we won’t bore you with theories on how Macauly Culkin came to form a pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band called The Pizza Underground. We’ll just tell you that according to Brooklyn Vegan, the band is playing for free at Williamsburg’s Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway) on Friday night. And there will of course be free pizza, to make it a truly pizza day. (more…)
Williamsburg’s Magic Cobra has plenty of unlucky tattoo options for you
This Friday the 13th – notably the last Friday the 13th in 2013 – why not face down your own demons and get that star tattoo on your wrist that you’ve been waffling over for months? While a tiny tat any other day of the year can run you $50.00 and up, several Brooklyn shops are honoring this auspicious day with plum deals. This is Freaky Friday, and it means $13 tattoos (plus tip!), y’all. And what better way to kick off the holiday season than wincing your way into cheap, wonderful, entirely one-of-a-kind permanent art? Go forth, get lucky! (more…)
Despite the best efforts of Hell’s Kitchen, SantaCon is coming back this year, and given that the mob of Santa Clausi might have a persecution complex, it’s best to just stay out of their way. Of course, how do you know where to go, aside from anywhere that isn’t the Lower East Side, Williamsburg or the East Village? Like last year’s anti-Santite posters put out by Eater, activist neighborhood group LES Dwellers has picked up the ball and has made posters of their own for bar owners to put up in their drinkeries, like the one above spotted by a redditor. Although since these have no legal authority, we kind of wonder if this is just inviting trouble? (more…)
You coulda been a plumber! Instead you went to MIT.
You’ve yearned to join the ranks of countless presidents, Supreme Court justices and Nobel laureates, but lacked the grades or money. Now it’s time to break out your button-down collar and penny-less loafers and celebrate. Yesterday, two of the fanciest schools in all the land —Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — jointly announced the launch of edX, a new online initiative aimed at bringing their otherwise expensive classes to the masses free of charge starting this fall. The program is an outgrowth of MITx, an online learning project launched by MIT last December.
MIT President Anant Agarwal said the goal of the $60 million edX initiative is to “educate a billion people around the world” through an open source online platform, which, little does he know, could include you sitting naked and drunk at your computer at 3am screaming lines from Good Will Hunting at your screen. (more…)
PIckled carrots and beets. Photo courtesy of the Gradually Greener blog.
We’ve all felt the guilt. Think back to one week ago, when you were walking around the farmer’s market buying all sorts of just-in-season vegetables, thinking how this was going to be the start of you eating healthy. But that was a week ago. The beets and turnips are still sitting in the fridge, and you’ve got plans tonight, so they’ll be one step closer to the compost heap by morning. If you’re the thrift-savvy Brooklynite we know you are, you’re looking for a way to stretch your vegetables’ life span, so here’s your answer: pickling. (more…)
Photo from February's Bed-Stuy bar crawl by Clay Williams.
When our friend Clay Williams announced he was putting together a bar crawl around Bed-Stuy in February, one of the predictable comments took issue with us labeling it a “locals crawl,” saying “maybe it should be called ‘crawl like a gentrifying white person.’ ” To which Clay smartly responded “As a 25+ year Bed-Stuy resident, I’m as concerned about gentrification as anyone. That said, I love that I don’t have to commute to have a good time. There are now places where we can eat and drink and hang out in our own neighborhood. The idea behind this crawl is to highlight that these places are here and to give us all a chance to support them.”
Floyd Bennett Field campers who are way better dressed than us. Flickr photo courtesy of Sam Utne.
A group of our friends has an annual late-spring (pre-mosquito) tradition of overnight camping at Floyd Bennett field in Brooklyn every year. (Yes, this is the place where some newspaper reporter incredulously roughs it for a night each year, because, Fuggedaboutit, you can actually go camping in Brooklyn???, only to discover that it’s pretty much like camping anywhere else.) In the past, our friend Matt booked one of four gargantuan plots for $50 a night, where a bunch of people could pitch tents and nobody was within farting distance of someone else’s.
This year, it’s a whole different scene, owing to the National Park Service’s long-term goal of transforming the underutilized bucolia into a mini-Yellowstone. Those big plans are already underway. (more…)
Do you have rampant enthusiasm for the “cornerstone beverage of civilization” throughout the ages? Put more simply, do you love beer? Sixpoint Brewery is now accepting submissions for their popular (now third annual) “Beer is Culture” art contest and has upped the ante by offering free art museum memberships to the finalists, through which you can express your admiration for beer and its place in our world. Create any sort of art that captures the theme “Beer is Culture,” submit it to their Facebook page before April 30, and watch as fans vote on their favorites. Finalists, announced May 1, receive “unique prizes” from the brewery, as well as an annual membership to the art museum of their choice. The grand winner also gets his or her artwork splashed across the Sixpoint Facebook page for the next whole year. So take this opportunity to practice your art, let someone else promote you, and plan a few beer-soaked cultural Saturdays at your favorite museum.
On one sunny morning recently, I was laid off. After the initial shock wore off and I figured out how to apply for unemployment, I decided to make the best of it. My first move: taking advantage of late-night inspiration. I’m an industrial designer, and like lots of creative people, my most productive stretch is from evening to the wee hours, so that’s when I work on my resume and portfolio. Waking up around 11 works out well, because while I can’t afford dinner prices at the trendy new places, I can still swing a $12 lunch. Here are some of my favorite new lunch haunts around Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights. What are yours? (more…)
Fun restaurant fact of the day: the most expensive part of keeping any kitchen fridge stocked is buying the herbs, and if you’re part of the foodie elite Brooklyn is famous for, then the same might just apply to your kitchen as well. Keeping this in mind, here’s how to get the most green from your grocery buck.
Chives: A big winner! With their subtle onion flavor, chives can go into so many different dishes they won’t be around long. But if they are, they last up to a few weeks in the fridge, as long as you wrap them in a damp paper towel and put in them a plastic bag.
Chervil: Don’t buy chervil. Just don’t. It’s pretty, it makes it look like fairies made your food, but at the end of the day the flavor is subtle and unnecessary, the herb is limited, and its shelf life is pretty sad. (more…)