Tons of video game fans accidentally got exercise this weekend thanks to the release of Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game that uses your phone to reveal just how monster-infested your neighborhood really is. It’s only been out a few days and yet already over the weekend, the streets were turned into living video game boards as hordes of people with phones glued to their faces, tried to capture another Zubat or Poliwag. It is truly one of the most unique and quickly spreading phenomena of modern gaming — it seemed to be the only thing anyone on the street was talking about or doing in my neighborhood yesterday.
Whether it’s a preview of an ominous future where all augmented reality will become our new reality (you still can’t afford to be a place in AR, probably) or a nice way to get people off their asses and out into public, it’s too early to say (it’s almost more popular than Twitter already though). But the speed at which it’s caught on among people of all age groups in Brooklyn means that yup, someone has already organized a north Brooklyn Pokemon bar crawl. (more…)
The NYPD is testing out body cams, like this one used in North Charleston, to improve accountability. Photo by Ryan Johnson, via Flickr user northcharleston.
Today is just the latest in a seemingly unending series of days where you wake up, look at the news and shake your head wondering what the fuck we’re going to do about anything. Technology surrounds all these events and consumes them — we get videos of the incidents now and have upgraded to Facebook Live streaming of the murder of black people by police and yet still it seems optimistic to hope that anything will change any time soon. Technology has promised accountability of these incidents but it comes in an inseparable box set with gruesome images, haunting voices and frustrating proof that maybe video evidence still isn’t good enough.
More of that technology will be coming to NYC soon: The NYPD will soon begin test program of installing 1,000 body cameras on its officers in several precincts throughout the city. Now it wants your feedback in this survey on setting the rules for how the cameras will be used — including when officers should turn them on, and who gets to see the footage. Seems like a good day to get your voice heard. (more…)
Enter the contest for a chance to leave your paw print on a local business. Image via Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership
Do you share an equal love of dogs and design? Cats and calligraphy? Well, here’s an opportunity for you: Who’s Your Doggy, the popular Brooklyn pet shop with locations in Bed-Stuy and Fort Greene, is seeking a creative individual to design a permanent sign for their recently opened storefront at 354 Myrtle Ave. Last week, the pet supply and grooming center put out a call for submissions for the design; the winner, besides getting the opportunity to leave a mark on the neighborhood, will receive a $50 gift card to any business on Myrtle Avenue between Classon and Flatbush Aves (which makes up the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District). (more…)
In this year’s mega hit Captain America: Civil War, one of the thank-god-they’re-not-taking-this-too-seriously moments in the movie comes in a confrontation between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Cap says something along the lines of: “Where are you from, kid?” Spidey replies: “Queens,” to which Cap smirks and retorts “Brooklyn.” It’s the last time people from Brooklyn and Queens were ever openly friendly to one another (jk, luv u Queens).
Captain America’s is indeed a Brooklyn Heights native, according to his comic book biography: He grew up playing stickball during the Depression before ultimately joining the army and getting jabbed in the arm with super soldier serum, leading the Avengers and so forth. Captain America turned 75 this year and to celebrate, the character is getting a 13-foot-tall, 2,000 lb. statue that will tour the country before it lands in Prospect Park later this summer. Because we honor our heroes in Brooklyn, however fictional they may be. (more…)
The Parenthetical Girls play at Glasslands, which operated in Williamsburg from 2006-2014. Via Flickr user Mehan.
2014 was a Red Wedding of a year for Brooklyn’s beloved DIY music venues. Death by Audio closed in November, 285 Kent shuttered in January and Glasslands threw its last party on New Year’s Eve. Those were more or less the Big Three of the DIY venue world at the time, and they were all felled by one common axe: Vice(plenty more spots closed for other reasons too, fwiw). Many other venues have popped up since then to fill the void, but the year marked a turning point for the DIY scene, which is classified by questionably legal venues, cheap concerts and a less profit-minded ethos. Even before Glasslands closed, the folks from PopGun, which ran the space, were looking ahead at plans for a new, bigger and more permanent home.
This week, PopGun officially announced their new project, and it’s going to be much larger, more ambitious and more polished than the lovably makeshift Glasslands: in the fall they’ll open Elsewhere, a 24,000-square foot, $3 million venue and art space built out of an old furniture assembly warehouse in Bushwick. It’ll contain an open rooftop, art gallery, loft bar and multiple performance spaces, with the goal of attracting both local up-and-coming artists and national acts. We talked with PopGun cofounders Jake Rosenthal, 29, and Rami Haykal, 28, about why they went big with their new project, whether they still hold a grudge against Vice and why DIY venues may be forced to grow up.
“It has become much harder to throw up some drywall, subdivide some space and start doing shows in a way that’s going to last more than a few months,” said Rosenthal, who lives in Bushwick. “There are spaces that are still doing it, but it’s been a pretty rough few years for those spaces. That is one of the things that we started seeing in the last few years: a lot of people are starting to realize they’re going to have to take a different approach.” (more…)
Allegiant: finally an affordable way to get to Cincinnati. Via Facebook.
Budget flights from New York City have long been the freakish white whale/golden unicorn hybrid of travel that we never thought we’d see. While those Europeans get to hop from country on airlines like Ryanair (essentially the Megabus of airplanes), we’re stuck thinking a $400 roundtrip to Chicago is a steal.
Now, finally, we might be getting ridiculously cheap airfare: The NY Post reports two new airlines will start running out of Newark offering flights to a few cities in the country for as low as $39, one-way trips to Iceland for $99 and flights to Paris, London, Berlin and Frankfurt for $149. Which is good because we should all probably travel to London right now; things seem perfectly fine there and not chaotic at all. (more…)
Is your poultry even chill bro? Photo by Madelyn Owens.
Soon you’ll tell people that you used to hang out on Bedford Avenue and they’ll look at you as if you said you used to regularly get trashed up and down the stretch of Broadway in Soho. We’ve seen a lot of change on the once-iconic Williamsburg street, from the mundane (a Dunkin Donuts opening) to the gross (an Equinox replacing Spike Hill) to the environmentally minded. So change is inevitable blah blah but one of the key pieces of Bedford Avenue’s chainification is finally ready: The Whole Foods on Bedford and North 4th will open in a month. Commence the jokes about spending your “whole (parents’) paycheck!” (more…)
Trump’s campaign is under water. Via Trump’s Facebook.
Mr. Trump began June with just $1.3 million in cash on hand, a figure more typical for a campaign for the House of Representatives than the White House. He trailed Hillary Clinton, who raised more than $28 million in May, by more than $41 million, according to reports filed late Monday night with the Federal Election Commission.