Hello, people of the Internet! Do you love YouTube videos with adorable kitties taking baths, skydiving and being grumpy? Do you yearn for a time in which you can make your precious tabby a puppy-fighting sensation on the World Wide Web? Well, your day is almost here: the second annual Internet Cat Video Festival is coming to Brooklyn this fall, and you’re invited to spend an evening celebrating all things viral and feline. (more…)
Last time we had a Craigsist freebie it was definitely of the “less than useful but funny” variety. Unless of course you actually own a VCR and like tracking lines on your movies. And while today’s offering is a similarly aged technology, the product has little more cultural cachet than VHS tapes. Want 8 boxes of records? They’re all yours. There’s a catch or two though… (more…)
Oh, Williamsburg, is there no end to your artisanal craft fairs? Between the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, all one million incarnations of the Brooklyn Flea and that overpriced clothing market you’ve got going on for “vintage” shoppers from Manhattan on N. 7th Street, we’re getting a little overwhelmed. So, yes, there’s a new bazaar headed to the Northside this Saturday, but this one really might be worth a visit: not only is it totally free to attend, but the organizers are giving you $20 to shop there! (more…)
If that bizarre warm yellow thing spilling in from your windows (we think it’s called…sunshine?) hasn’t already tipped you off, summer is ALMOST HERE. And with it comes that welcome onslaught of outdoorsy things, like backyard bar happy hours, rooftop parties and… concerts at the Williamsburg Waterfront! The Open Space Alliance just announced the first show in this summer’s concert series: The Shins will be headlining on May 26th, along with special guest Man Man. Break out that two-tone American Apparel baseball tee you bought in 2005, folks, because this is baby’s gonna be a throwback, and a welcome one at that! (more…)
We’ve been mourning the impending death of Williamsburg vinyl shop Sound Fix Records for the past few weeks, but there’s some good news for lovers of stores that sell music outside of the iTunes gulag: next month marks the return of the annual Record Store Day, in which independently-owned record stores nationwide celebrate their dying awesomeness with special record releases, meet-and-greets, performances and general record-related revelry. (more…)
Hey, Brooklyn artists, do you love drinking, fame and cash? Of course you do. And a new contest sponsored by a company that commissions ad murals is giving you the opportunity to combine all those interests; they’re looking for local artists to be the face of a top client’s new campaign. Man, between jingle competitions and the upcoming return of Don Draper, if there was ever a time to try and get into advertising, this is it. (more…)
Winter is (theoretically) over, and that means that throwback jersey season will soon be here in all its armpitty glory. But this winter was goddamn cold, at least when compared to last year’s impostor weather, and we know you’ve put on a few extra layers of flubber to keep the wind from blowing away on your long walk from the G. Don’t worry, we have too. Luckily, killer McCarren Park boot camp Beastanetics will be back April 1, and they’re giving away a free class to newbies looking to drop the PBR pounds. (more…)
Williamsburg might be pushing out all the artists in favor of Urban Outfitters, but that doesn’t mean you can’t leave your creative mark on what’s left of the neighborhood. The Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center is looking to jazz up Wythe Avenue before it becomes completely condo-ified, and they want your help: they’ve put out a call for mural/artwork proposals to hang outside an old firehouse for the next year or two. (more…)
Construction, carpentry and electrical work is good work if you can get it and you don’t mind working with your hands. But the construction industry is also one that’s male dominated, thanks to old gender attitudes, outside of that whole Rosie the Riveter thing in the 40s. But since the state is building an entirely new Kosciuzsko Bridge, there are construction jobs out there, and New York wants to steer some of them to women. (more…)
What is it about beautiful (and not so beautiful) Brooklyn institutions and tragedy befalling them lately? At this rate, we urge the folks behind the Wonder Wheel to quadruple check the fasteners before they open it, lest the wheel break free and roll all the way into the ocean. Why are we so hysterical? Cooked meat extravaganza Best Wings in Brooklyn has been canceled due to a fire at the Red Star bar. We won’t lie, we almost cried when we were told. (more…)
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