11/13/14 4:41pm
Thanks for the economic upswing, BAM. (Courtesy of Flickr user Jeffrey Bary)

Thanks for the economic upswing, BAM. (Courtesy of Flickr user Jeffrey Bary)

Yesterday we were kvetching over the demise of a local dance studio for a luxury residence tower, and today we’re…celebrating Downtown Brooklyn’s massive cultural and economic growth? Such is life in Brooklyn, where everything is a walking contradiction. Wall Street Journal reports that Downtown Brooklyn is experiencing a cultural renaissance which attracted over 4.5 million visitors in 2013, and raked in $300 million dollars in positive economic growth, based on a report released today from the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. (more…)

11/10/14 2:59pm
These little munchkins are almost as cute as a luxury high rise. Almost.

These little munchkins are almost as cute as a luxury high-rise. Almost.

Nothing culturally enriches a neighborhood and fosters community quite like a luxury residential tower. Despite how much we love watching these eyesores architectural feats swallow Downtown Brooklyn, it sucks to learn spots like Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance are getting kicked out to make way for them. The Brooklyn Paper reports Cumbe’s ten-year lease has ben cut short since the building was sold to the developers of a 19-story residential tower. (more…)

10/20/14 2:03pm
Because being a starving artist is never as cool as it seems in the movies

Because being a starving artist is never as cool as it seems in the movies

Brooklyn’s a great place to be an artist until you remember living costs money. You can put away your box of tissues and Rent soundtrack, though, since it is possible to survive here as an artist or other variety of broke person. Aside from hosting performances, this week’s Actors Fund Community Arts Festival includes workshops to help you tackle some of your money woes. (more…)

10/16/14 1:08pm
seth meyers

When the roles are reversed, let’s see how Seth Meyers likes being interviewed. via Facebook

What’s easier than getting tickets to a taping of Late Night? Many things, actually. But if you’re a big Seth Meyers fan, your chance to see him, for free, has arrived, when he sits down for a chat at Hill Country Barbecue next week. Even if you’re not a nighttime TV person, the event starts at 6:30pm, so you can get a Seth Meyers experience that can get you home before bedtime. (more…)

09/30/14 3:26pm
Time_Capsule_Cornerstone_370_Jay_Street

TK. via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Remember the days of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe? Neither do we, but we’d love to find out more. We aren’t as smart as Doc so rigging up the ol’ DeLorean might be a tall order. We can’t even ask grandma ever since she overshared about that one time with grandpa at the sock-hop. If you want to see what Brooklyn was like half a century ago though, drop by the free time capsule unveiling in Downtown Brooklyn tomorrow, October 1 at 11am (370 Jay St) over by the Downtown Brooklyn information kiosk. (more…)

09/09/14 9:54am
junior's brooklyn

Not going anywhere. via Flickr user Wally Gobetz

Earlier this year, word came down the pipe that Alan Rosen, the owner of Junior’s, was going to sell the iconic building and move somewhere else for a little while to allow a giant high rise to be constructed in its place. Everyone freaked out and became very sad, but hey, good news everyone: Rosen has reversed course and isn’t selling anymore. Cheescake for everyone (is how we wish he’d celebrate)! (more…)

07/30/14 4:05pm
Make sure your application game is on point, so you can snag an affordable apartment

Make sure your application game is on point, so you can snag an affordable apartment

Hey, remember how whenever there’s an affordable housing lottery people FREAK OUT? Over the next three years, that’s gonna keep happening in Downtown Brooklyn as over 1,000 affordable units are going to hit the market. It turns out that even with the lottery system having been in place for awhile, the application process confuses a huge number of applicants, who wind up automatically disqualified. So, in order to try to avoid that when Downtown’s affordable housing lottery starts, the Brooklyn Downtown Partnership is holding free classes to walk people through the application process. (more…)

07/22/14 4:39pm
downtown brooklyn

Soon people are gonna be hanging out here, “learning.” BOOOOO! via Facebook

It’s summer! Time to turn off your brain, turn on the part of your brain that loves drugs and forget about learning anything as far as life or actual useful lessons goes! Of course, if you must insist on learning things like some kind of nerd, then we guess you’ll like this news: MetroTech Commons will host three free classes for useful life skills on three upcoming Wednesdays in July, August and September. We’ll be there, but only to walk by and shout “NEEEERRRRD” at you. (more…)

05/29/14 3:02pm
rt book reviews

Make sure there are no typos and no overuse of the phrase “rippling muscles.” via Facebook

You’ve clawed your way to an editorial position at a magazine or blog or newspaper, but you’ve found that editing stories about farm equipment isn’t much more fun than writing them. Still, you have a passion for editing and you want to keep doing it. In that case, take your passion over to RT Book Reviews, the book review magazine for people passionate about romance, sci-fi, fantasy and erotica novels, because they need an associate editor. (more…)

05/19/14 1:31pm
summer@metrotech

Hey, if it was good enough for last summer, it’s good enough for this one. via Facebook

It was touch and go there for a little while as to whether it would ever show up, but it now looks like we’ll get a summer. Which is nice. So, since we’re having that season, it means we get another edition of Summer@MetroTech, the Downtown festival/carnival of fun thing that includes free movies, free sports, free music, free theater and also a putting challenge. Oh! And The Ohio Players will be there too! (more…)