02/12/14 4:01pm
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She’s real, and she has stuff to say.

On Saturday, March 15, Piper Kerman, the real-life version of fictional blonde and perky Piper Chapman, will appear on a panel, ”Sentenced to Change” at the Brooklyn Museum as a part of the three-part series open to the public,  “States of Denial: The Illegal Incarceration of Women, Children, and People of Color.”

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…)

11/26/13 4:25pm
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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…)

11/11/13 2:59pm
"Altitude 304" French Soldiers in July 1917.

“Altitude 304″ — French Soldiers in July 1917.

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…)

10/03/13 4:19pm
There's no way you're reading all of these. Give'em a good home. via Faceboo

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…)

06/21/13 12:43pm
Work alone...together. Via Facebook.

Work alone…together. Via Facebook.

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…)

05/30/13 2:53pm
So long, cheap friend. Photo by Kelly Murphy

So long, cheap friend. Photo by Kelly Murphy

The Minor Arcana, Prospect Heights’ eclectically-decorated neighborhood bar that prompted Yelp endorsements like, “The next time you want to black out, do it here,” and “A woman, a hot woman, came right up to Bill and started making out with him,” will close its doors this Saturday to make way for a desperately needed neighborhood sports bar. As the only establishment I feel comfortable wearing my $5 Urban Outfitters leopard-print Daisy Dukes to, my sense of loss cuts deep. (more…)

Or as Nena would sing: 500 rote Luftballons

Or as Nena would sing: 500 rote Luftballons

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…)

12/12/12 3:00pm

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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…)

12/04/12 9:00am

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…)