“Shea Stadium: lifting people up since 2009.” Photo by Seth Applebaum
Bushwick’s Shea Stadium has had a rough year, having announced their second temporary closure back at the beginning of this month. Instead of throwing in the towel and caving to the bureaucratic, corporate regime that has successfully killed so many of the small DIY institutions shut since the turn of the century, Shea is continuing to fight the good fight and has now launched a Kickstarter to raise $50,000 and re-open, “legally for a more sustainable future.”
This is an especially feasable goal seeing as Shea states the issues with the space are not structural but a matter of racking up more fines than they could pay for as, “the city’s increased regulation and inflated rents have made running these types of spaces an uphill climb.” According to a diagram showing where funds will go on the Kickstarter page, the majority of money will be for Department of Health, Department of Buildings, and FDNY renovations, with architecture fees in second most expensive place. (more…)
You can have your borough and write your leaving Brooklyn essay with the magic of the apartment swap. We have done absolutely zero vetting on this Craigslist ad, searching for Brooklynites preferably off the A or 4 rains, but a quick life detour to South Central could be interesting.
In the summer of 1986, Christopher Wallace, better known as rapper The Notorious B.I.G, worked as a counselor at my temple, Park Slope’s Congregation Beth Elohim. Only 14 at the time, he helped with the youngest children, in the Early Childhood Center, alongside his mother, Voletta Wallace, who for years was a revered preschool teacher in the program. “That’s how Christopher ended up here,” my former preschool teacher, Jaci Israel, told me, “when you teach, you bring in your kids, to give them something to do.” (more…)
NSFW: Check out this short documentary about 2016’s Miss Coney Island, sex educator and “professional naked person,” Fancy Feast. Here’s the trailer if you’re on the fence about watching the whole hour’s worth below.