Kerman, author of the memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, the basis for the Netflix series we all binged watch in one sitting, will lead a conversation among an inspiring group of formerly incarcerated women. (more…)
Piece of Atlantic Yards. Not pictured: “No Poors” sign. via A/N Blog
Despite the fact that every day, the promise of not just affordable housing, but housing in general, going up near the Barclays Center seems like a crueler and crueler joke, people are still saying it’s going to happen. And as long as people are there saying that, Norman Oder from Atlantic Yards Report will be digging up government documents telling us bad news about it. Like the thing he published today, a financing agreement between the New York City Housing Development Corporation and Forest City Ratner, showing what the projected rents for the apartments at 461 Dean Street will be. Do you want the bad news, or the really bad news? (more…)
Today is Veterans Day, a holiday to honor the men and women who have fought in combat while serving in the armed forces. Woodrow Wilson officially declared it a holiday to “be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service,” and was originally designated Armistice Day, the first anniversary of the end of World War I (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month).
Armistice Day was changed by law to Veterans Day in the 1950s after the Korean War once we realized that “the war to end all wars” failed to do just that. But why lump all veterans under one holiday? The new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway), WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, offers insight. (more…)
There’s no way you’re reading all of these. Give ‘em a good home. via Facebook
How many books do you have sitting around your apartment, taking up space? No, wait, don’t go off to count to get an exact number, that’s not the important thing going on here. The larger point is that you have a limited amount of space and you can free some up by getting rid of some books you won’t pick up anymore. You could put them on your stoop, but you could do even more of a mitzvah by bringing them to the Great American Book Drive at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch this Saturday. (more…)
Remember when you first started working from home? You thought it was the ideal setup and envisioned yourself waking up to greet your laptop, lounging pantsless in your living room, or lying on your stomach typing cheerily away about the latest whatever. Instead, your reality is much more bleak. You wander listlessly around your apartment, drinking entire pots of French press coffee and staring blankly at your computer screen. You haven’t talked to anyone in days. Luckily for you, things may be changing, thanks to Beast, where every Friday they hold The Lunchbox, a free co-working group for queers. (more…)
New Year’s and Christmas are in the rearview mirror, lowering the prospect of balloon drops in your life to almost nil. We say almost because if you’re the lucky duck that can make it out to Prospect Heights tonight you can be the proud owner of 500 (small) red balloons. Finally, you can do five takes on your “99 Luftballoons” video to make sure you get it just right. (more…)
In news that would excite Mars Blackmon, there’s a Nike pop-up shop that just landed in Brooklyn. In news that would disappoint Mars, it’s at the Barclays Center. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Air Force 1 (you’re getting old), Nike set up in front of Barclays to pay tribute to their iconic shoe and celebrate the launch of the possibly space-based update to it, the Lunar Force 1. (more…)
In news that your friend who’s “really into crystals” can probably decipher for you better than we can, Brooklyn is on the lips of UFO spotters after a video surfaced last week claiming to capture UFOs hovering above Vanderbilt Avenue. What were they doing here we wonder? (more…)
They may look unassuming, but these nosebleed seats are a nightmare.
I recently took my first trip to the Barclays Center to see my new neighborhood team, the Brooklyn Nets, play my hometown team, the Boston Celtics. It took less than a quarter for me to realize that a.) I can’t afford to be a Nets fan and b.) I’m too tall to be one, anyway. (more…)