mandela long walk to freedom

He walked, but you don’t have to.

Summer is (sob) ending, which also means the end of free outdoor movies (except you, Habana Outpost, we see you). If summer those series have to end though, they may as well go out with a bang, at least that’s what carribBEING seems to think, because they’re ending their summer movie season with a double feature. Not only do you get Idris Elba playing Nelson Mandela in Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom, but before that, they’ll also show Project 2×1, a documentary about Crown Heights’ West Indian and Hasidic communities. All for free! All for you! Well, and the other people who show up. (more…)

kings theatre brooklyn

Ooh, shiny. Photo by Matt Lambros, via Facebook

The curtain will rise again on Brooklyn’s historic Kings Theatre in January 2015.

Don’t remember seeing Arcade Fire perform there? The theatre on Flatbush Ave has been closed for 40 years, so the debut will be the first time in our lifetimes to visit the French Renaissance revivalist theatre, rumored to be spectacularly beautiful and lovingly restored to its original grandeur, according to a press release. (more…)

brooklyn bone marrow donation

Give cancer a punch right in its mouth. via Ditmas Park Corner

There’s not much in this world that people can 100% get behind, but one of those things that everyone agrees on is “Fuck cancer.” Beyond just being angry and throwing money at the problem, Ditmas Park Corner alerts us to something else you can do this upcoming weekend in the never-ending fight against the disease: go down to Temple Beth Emeth (83 Marlborough Road) and register to become a bone marrow donor. (more…)

free bike helmet

Your head could use one of those. via Facebook

As we all know, it’s Bike Month. Hooray Bike Month! The only problem with Bike Month is that being a cyclist means you have to be on guard to not be murdered by a car. One way to help live through the whole “getting run over” thing could be having a helmet. Oh, but you’re too cool to spend money on one. Well, lucky for you then, that the Department of Transportation will just give you a damn helmet today, down at the Kensington Public Library. (more…)

lena dunham girls

The face you make when you have to settle for your second choice

Last week, we were joking about the idea of HBO using Ditmas Park as a stand-in for Iowa in the new season of Girls, the way cheap producers use Toronto and Vancouver for New York. We discounted it though, because we wanted to believe that Marnie’s character arc requires her to use kung fu. But, sadly, another dispatch from Ditmas Park Corner puts that hope to sleep, as they report being told that Ditmas Park is being used to rep Iowa. Looks like the “first TV comedy to recognize South Brooklyn’s existence” race is wide open again. (more…)

molotov cocktail bodega

Good fucking god

When you get into an argument with someone, the best thing to do is let cooler heads prevail and just walk away. The best worst decision you can make is to fight someone, but using your fists, not a weapon. Some psychopath in Borough Park decided skip straight to the “deadly weapon” escalation, and after an argument with a bodega employee, threw a Molotov cocktail into the bodega. (more…)

girls hbo

Will Laird be there? We hope Laird is there

Girls may have ended their third season looking like Hannah would choose the “MFA” side of the MFA vs. NYC argument and and head off to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, but we all knew the show wouldn’t just be packing up and moving there. Especially with the University of Iowa saying “No fucking way,” to the show’s request to film on campus. And lo and behold, they’re coming crawling back already, but far away from the show’s usual stomping grounds, with Ditmas Park Corner noticing that the show will be filming in the neighborhood on Thursday and Friday this week. Bring your autograph books/noisemakers, depending on where you fall on the pro vs. anti Girls spectrum. (more…)

sycamore

Sycamore is putting out their best beer and flow combos for you. via Facebook

It’s gonna finally start getting nice out next week (allegedly), so it’s time for you to get out there and either explore your neighborhood or explore a new neighborhood. If you want a decent map to one, the Flatbush Development Corporation is inviting you down to Cortelyou Road to see everything it has to offer, and do it on the cheap, with drink specials, coupons and prix fixe dinners, all part of Eat and Shop Your Heart Out Cortelyou. (more…)

You've always wanted a library

You’ve always wanted a library

We know, we know: we said not to trust librarians or libraries after the bitter truth about #mellowghazi came out. But maybe you can be a different kind of librarian, a better librarian. You’ve got a perfect opportunity to find out if you can, because someone in Midwood is giving away one thousand (1,000) books this afternoon to whoever shows up and takes them. Time to start thinking of what you’ll call your new spot. Relaxed Leaves, maybe? (more…)

brookyn free clinic

These nice young doctors want to help you ladies out. via Facebook

It’s barely a week into January, but if you’re like me the chances are you’re already terrified about all of the incidental medical expenses you’re going to incur in the year 2014—especially if you’re a woman with more, ahem, routine requirements. Men and rich people, this would be the time to stop reading recognize the myriad medical procedures your friends/ girlfriends and wives face. But ladies, rejoice: Wednesday, January 8 marks the inaugural Women’s Health Night at the Brooklyn Free Clinic in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Starting tomorrow and continuing on a monthly basis, uninsured women can mosey over to 840 Lefferts Avenue in order to seek out the services of volunteer physicians and gynecologists therein. (more…)