Sunny passed away in March, but as of this week, his bar will live on. Via Goodyearsarah on Instagram
We’re all clinging to good news where we can find it right now, and we of course have a particular soft spot for good news that adds to the (admittedly very small) pile of old Brooklyn winning out over money and rampant new development. Yesterday, the Times reported that Sunny’s, arguably the best bar in New York City, the little misfit bar that could, a place trapped in time at the edge of the city, has won a three-year court battle to stay where it is and resist being sold off for development. Sunny passed away in March, but his widow Tone Balzano Johansen has ensured his memory won’t be erased from Red Hook as the neighborhood braces for redevelopment in coming years.
“I can’t let this be torn down for a view of the Statue of Liberty,” Ms. Johansen told the Times. “It’s ‘old Brooklyn’ wanting to hand it over to ‘new Brooklyn.’ Ironically, I am fighting to keep the story of ‘old Brooklyn’ alive.” (more…)
Spotted at the March in Washington on Saturday. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn
In 2012, this here blog celebrated the Obamacare mandate that essentially made birth control free to women with insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers are required to offer birth control without a copay, because it turns out sex is a fun thing that everyone likes to do. Now that the new president/twitter addict has brought his Tasmanian Devil political style to the White House, it’s unclear which parts of Obamacare might survive and which will get ripped off like the Band-Aid you also won’t be able to support under the Republican’s so-far-nonexistent healthcare replacement. But New York has your back on the birth control issue.
While millions of women marched against Trump around the country and globe this weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new state insurance regulations that will require insurers to keep offering free birth control and access to free medically necessary abortions.
“Women deserve to make a fair wage and the same salary as any man, they deserve to work in an office free of sexual harassment, they deserve comprehensive paid family leave and they deserve control over their health and reproductive decisions,” Cuomo said in a statement, according to the Times. (more…)
The 2016 winners. You wanna be one in 2017? via Brooklyn Community Foundation FB
Artists aren’t the only ones who deserve a leg up to do what they do. A similarly underrepresented body politic in Brooklyn, at least where funding is concerned, is its nonprofit sector. We’re talking community organizers, advocacy groups and other 501(c)-3 organizations whose purpose precedes their paycheck.
Micro-leadership rarely receives macro budgeting, which can make it hard to afford the space you need to organize. But you should know that the Brooklyn Community Foundation sees you, and wants to help: They’re now accepting applications for their second-ever Incubator Project, an 18-month long residency that helps small nonprofits, community groups and community leaders by offering rent-free coworking space in Crown Heights, plus a $5,000 stipend and capacity-building support.
Does your organization qualify? Read on to find out. (more…)
You can do this without facing off against a disgruntled agent about whether you brought the right documents. via screenshot
The NYC ID is your all-access pass to free museum memberships and discount movie tickets. You can even use it to open a bank account. But applying for it used to be a minor pain in the ass; it meant waiting on line, for one, something few New Yorkers have the patience to do.
But as of today, you can apply for your NYC ID without even putting on pants. The IDNYC program has just debuted its new online application portal, where you can apply for a new card, update the information on your current card, replace a lost, stolen or damaged card or re-apply if your previous application wasn’t approved.
You’ll still have to go into an IDNYC enrollment center eventually to show them your documents, but this vastly reduces wait times, paper waste and the possibility of screwing it up (which happens, I did.) (more…)
Just a few days from now, hundreds of thousands will gather in Washington, DC to march in protest of Donald Trump’s presidency and the threats it poses to women’s (i.e. human) and reproductive rights. Like every powerful protest, it’s sure to feature some pretty good signage. Heck, no matter where you’re marching this weekend, you’re going to want something to hold up, a message or image that resonates with others.
But what does that mean? What makes a good protest sign, and what should your goal be in making one? Should you use all caps? Should you avoid swearing? And what images and symbols are most eye-catching to those whose eye you’re looking to catch?
All this, and more answers, can be yours with the help of this handy Brokelyn guide to protest signs. We’ve rounded up a number of sign-making workshops and parties happening around the borough, and got tips from local experts (read: frequent demonstrators) on how to punch up or punch down powerfully with your protest sign. (more…)
We know that freelancers are considered by many to be a pretty low rung of the job market, one that didn’t even warrant any attention during the recent 14-year long presidential campaign. But the workforce is growing, with 55 million people working as freelancers last year alone, making up 35 percent of the workforce. It’s only going to get bigger as people turn away from traditional office jobs in favor of making up their own patchwork careers.
We’re all going to have it a lot tougher in the coming year if Trump and his Cobra command squadron kill Obamacare and replace it with, who knows what, maybe just telling you to rub some dirt in it and get back out there. But there may be some good news on the horizon, at least in New York state. As part of his State of the State speech being delivered at several locations this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a “Portable Benefit Task Force” that will be charged with recommending some creative ways for freelance workers and others get access to affordable benefits.
“New York City specifically has been named the ‘freelancer capital of the world’ because it is home to 1.3 million self-identified freelancers,” Cuomo said in the speech, which you can read here. “Many of these workers lack the core protections and benefits provided for in the traditional labor market, and the existing system for supporting workers is outdated.” (more…)