08/13/14 11:58am
washington avenue trader joe's

Some of us are having nightmares at the idea of unloading a truck into this location. THANKS.

The rumor mill has ginned up something mighty frothy today, putting the idea in everyone’s heads that Prospect Heights is about to get a Trader Joe’s on Washington Avenue and Lincoln Place. Someone heard from a guy who heard from a guy who heard from another guy that TJ’s is bringing its Hawaiian shirts to 856 Washington Ave. (such airtight sourcing!) Well, allow us to burst that bubble, because it’s almost certainly not happening, for several reasons. (more…)

08/01/14 10:00am
twin peaks saint catherine

Investigating a murder is very serious business. Also very, very weird business.

It’s August, and all of your richer friends are leaving town for vacations to here there and everywhere. Not you, you’re poor. You can still travel, sort of though. You can travel to small, simple town full of mountain air, where the locals are involved in shady casino operations and the homecoming queen is found murdered, her body wrapped in plastic. We don’t know why you’d want to go there, but you can visit the town of Twin Peaks, Washington, when The Saint Catherine (660 Washington Avenue, Prospect Heights) starts screening the eponymous show episode by episode on Sundays, starting with this Sunday, August 3. (more…)

07/15/14 11:32am
tk

Like this, but in front of the museum

We can never have enough farm stands. Well, probably we can, but we haven’t reached capacity yet, whatever it might be. So let’s give a big neighborly welcome to the newest farm stand in Brooklyn opening on Thursday, located right in front of the Brooklyn Museum and run by Project EATS. What’s so special about this one? Well, for one, the food will come from farms in Brownsville and East New York. And eventually from the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum itself, so there’s that. (more…)

06/27/14 1:00pm
The Saint Catherine

Why have one Lillet Rose when you could have two? via The Saint Catherine

Our love for The Saint Catherine is well-established, what with the a whole post declaring it loudly. Still, there’s always room to love a place more, especially if they do something like make it much easier for you to drink your weekend away. And what do you know, The Saint Catherine is doing that, with an email they sent alerting us to the fact that they’re offering two-for-one specials on their brunch cocktails starting this weekend. (more…)

06/23/14 2:33pm
brooklyn museum fountain

You know, like this. Except with music playing too. via Flickr user Howard Brier

Y’all know the super rad fountain in front of the Brooklyn Museum? The high spurts of water make you feel giddy and full of hope about the romantic possibilities of life…and very jealous of all the little kids who get to run up and try to fuck with them without reprimand. Well, if you’re musicially inclined, here’s a way for you to have more fun with the fountain than even the kiddos: The Brooklyn Museum is calling for submissions from composers and music producers of any genre to make a soundtrack to accompany the fountain’s water blasts. Any genre whatsoever, so if you’ve been saving up that electroclash/grindcore composition for you the perfect occasion, this might be it. All you have to do is email a link to your composition to adult.programs [AT] brooklynmuseum.org by July 30. The final selections will then be performed for the general public Thursday, August 14 at 6:30 pm.

05/14/14 10:15am
atlantic yards reimagined

What in the hell… via Atlantic Yards Alternatives

No matter how many more lawsuits gum up the works, it would appear that the Atlantic Yards project will be adding its housing towers and uh, more housing towers to Brooklyn. Some day, though maybe not in your lifetime. Still, even though there’s a plan in place that Forest City Ratner is sticking to, that doesn’t mean architects can’t dream of other proposals being dropped into Prospect Heights. In June, Prospect Heights’ Warehouse Gallery (623 Bergen Street) will show off five alternative proposals for Atlantic Yards that are probably all going up on parallel Earths. (more…)

02/12/14 4:01pm
piper kerman

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
atlantic yards

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…)