10/08/14 11:09am
arrogant swine

You certainly won’t regret any of these in oh, let’s say, a day. via Instagram

If you’re going to open a restaurant in Bushwick, now the neighborhood of restaurants, you’re going to have to stand out in some way to get people to notice you. Arrogant Swine, a new BBQ spot opening on Morgan Avenue, is offering the chance for patrons to come get marked for life at their opening party with free tattoos from Gnostic Tattoo. Free tattoos of pigs, as seen above. Hey man, its your life. (more…)

10/08/14 9:00am
bushwick

Just what will they spend it on? via Flickr user Mr Seb

After watching as DUMBO and Red Hook and Flatbush get to play around with $1 million in participatory budgeting money, Bushwick residents might have been feeling a little jealous and left out. Well, feel left out no longer, because next week, Bushwick gets a piece of the direct democracy action, with the neighborhood’s first participatory budgeting meeting to discuss how to spend some City Council fun money. Not on a giant cocaine party, get your mind out of the gutter. You spend the money on things that are actually helpful for the neighborhood. (more…)

10/06/14 4:16pm
105 Lexington Avenue #4G stairs

Grit. via BK to the Fullest

Hey remember the people who moved to Bed-Stuy from the Lower East Side and paid one million dollars for the privilege because Bed-Stuy had “grit?” Apparently Bed-Stuy’s grit didn’t have enough staying power for the couple to resist uh…South Carolina, and they’re selling the previously record-setting condo for $1.4 million, according to Brownstoner, which we imagine they’ll get. God’s judgement indeed. (more…)

10/03/14 1:12pm
the outsiders

Whatever face that is that Patrick Swayze is making, that’s how you’ll feel if you miss this

If you grew up in the American public education system, you’re probably familiar with The Outsiders, the classic novel of class war told through the lens of teenage feels and sock hops. It made enough of an impact on America to get banned a few times and remains controversial because it’s about gangs and bad teens, but the folks at the Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Avenue, Bushwick) found a way to make squares uncomfortable with the book even more uncomfortable by hosting a marathon reading of the book done by drag kings this Sunday. Will it be better than the traveling play version of the book some of us had to see in middle school? Definitely. (more…)

10/03/14 9:59am
michael avila bushwick coffee shop

So you had a bad day

Two days ago, Michael Avila, the owner of The Bushwick Coffee Shop, decided he had some things to get off his chest about “the Jews” and how they were bad. Yesterday the comments were brought to light and as is the case when these things hit the internet, a shitstorm ensued. Despite Avila telling the Daily News that he was just being a bold truth teller and he didn’t see what the big deal was, the rest of the internet wasn’t convinced, flooding the shop’s Facebook page (and the wrong Yelp page) with negative reviews. (more…)

10/02/14 8:27am
the bushwick coffee shop

Got a decent amount of likes though

Some people use Instagram to post interesting pictures or promote their business. Other people use Instagram to promote the fact that they don’t care for “the Jews.” Whoever is running the Instagram account for The Bushwick Coffee Shop (203 Wilson Avenue), most likely owner Michael Avila, who posted the same rant to Facebook, took time out of posting selfies, inspirational image macros and coffee pictures to post a picture of the words “greedy infiltrators” and then commented with a long screed about Jews buying Bushwick and how glad he was his neighbor didn’t sell to Jews, who “function via greed and dominance.” The screenshots are captured below, but we know someone who isn’t being invited over for latkes this year. (more…)

ticket oak

You can’t get a Ticket Oak, but that might be for the best…

It’s fall, but that’s no excuse for you to hole up indoors binge-watching old episodes of The Office with a sexually compatible person you barely tolerate (that’s what winter is for). Right now though, you should be out there enjoying nature, and you can do it by bringing nature to you by grabbing a free tree at Bed-Stuy’s Restoration Plaza (1360 Fulton Street) this weekend. This is a great way to branch out and meet your neighbors, even if you’re not sure whether you’re putting down roots or leaving in just a couple of years. (more…)

09/30/14 2:55pm
3rd ward

3rd Ward, the way it appears in most people’s minds now.

When we first checked in on Robin Grearson’s project to try to tally up the debt that 3rd Ward owed teachers and students and members, she had guesstimated that the total would come out to somewhere between $20,000 and $50,000. Well, if you were betting on it, you should have taken the over, because Grearson’s total is already up to $70,503. It’s a good thing we live in a society that quickly repays small debts, otherwise the indebted might never see their money! (more…)

09/16/14 10:34am
meow day 2

Dawww. via Flickr user play4smee

Now that fall is on the horizon, things have gotten a little too quiet around your apartment but you aren’t quite ready for the drama of dealing with actual people. It might be time for an animal. Don’t lie, we know your browser history is filled with cute cat pics. Why fight it anymore? If you have ever so much as seen a kitten and felt your heart melt, check out Meow Day 2, a free cat adoption event on Oct. 26 between 12pm and 5pm hosted by the Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave). (more…)

09/15/14 10:19am
bed-stuy

Don’t walk around like you own the place…unless you’re Charles Bronson. via Flickr user aliabdallah

So you’ve just invested in your million-dollar Bed-Stuy dream townhouse. Wait, sorry, let’s try that again, in a more realistic way. So you and your 2 roommates just signed a lease for a $3200 2-bedroom in Bed-Stuy or Bushwick, and you’re excited about your cool new neighborhood and its uh…bright future. That is until you read the Post this morning and found out that despite what that friendly real estate agent told you, crime still exists in Bed-Stuy and Bushwick. “But they told me all the crime was gone!” you say to no one in particular in your suddenly unsafe apartment, as you prepare to become just another statistic. (more…)