11/11/15 3:08pm
Welcome to New York City's hottest comedy club. via Google Images

Welcome to New York City’s hottest comedy club. via Google Images

New York City’s comedy scene always offers you plenty of options, what with bar owners happy to take the dollars of depressed comedians AND their depressed fans in a night of humor. What the city’s comedy scene hasn’t offered you, until now, has been a chance to see some of the weirdest and funniest comedians in the city all coming together for a show in an abandoned car wash on Saturday. That chance is called Firestone Fest (as in Jo Firestone), and it’s bringing in names like Mara Wilson, Julio Torres, Joe Pera, Lorelei Ramirez, Naomi Ekperigin and the Cocoon Central Dance Team under one soapy roof for a 10-hour day of comedy. In an old Williamsburg car wash. (more…)

11/10/15 9:33am
Keep Slogans Boring. Photo by Tim Donnelly.

Keep Slogans Boring. Photo by Tim Donnelly.

I spotted this sign about two weeks ago under the BQE in Williamsburg, right down the street between Rocka Rolla and the Capital One bank. I don’t know how long it’s been there but I do know it’s the first time I can recall seeing the “Keep Williamsburg Weird” slogan on display in the neighborhood. This slogan, it needs to be said, is bad. It’s not interesting or unique or particularly helpful, and its arrival is more a sign of a neighborhood’s cultural weirdness entering hospice care than chemotherapy to save it.

Williamsburg is overall not “weird” these days. It is the land, as we learned yesterday, of blonde 20-somethings making reality shows about their brunch plans that seem even too mundane for the calmer quarters of Manhattan. It’s glass-window-lined megabuildings making way for Whole Foods on Bedford Avenue instead of new dive bars. The slogan makes the neighborhood seem desperate, clutching at a civic rallying cry already used in Austin, Portland and elsewhere, but its arrival is understandable.  (more…)

11/09/15 2:18pm

Williamsburg has been analyzed, thought pieced, picked over, developed and basically laid bare for the entire world to see over the last 20 years, so we know what you’re thinking: isn’t there some kind of reality show that can take us inside this mysterious neighborhood? Yes there is, it’s called The Bedford Stop and it’s the most incredible and important piece of New York City media of the 21st Century. Like How The Other Half Lives but for the half that lives in Williamsburg luxury apartments, The Bedford Stop puts the unblinking eye of the camera on wealth and privilege in America and dares you to come away from it unchanged. (more…)

10/25/15 5:32pm
The Levee SNL "Standoff"

Via The Levee on Facebook

Proving once again that Williamsburg is becoming more like midtown by the day, last weekend’s episode of SNL gave a cameo to long-standing favorite north Brooklyn dive The Levee. It appears briefly in the opening shot of a wholly unfunny sketch starring chivalrous boyfriend Taran Killam confronting cat-caller Tracy Morgan on behalf of Brooklyn’s own Sasheer Zamata.

The clip isn’t embeddable, so watch the video here, via NBC. Like much of Williamsburg today, the sketch is disappointing.  (more…)

09/22/15 11:10am
Aw. Photo via Craigslist

Aw. Photo via Craigslist

What price can you put on memories and life lessons, when those lessons are things like “never to try and pinch a fat skinhead’s nipples, and always get under a short ex-con when stopping him from throwing a cue ball at his girlfriend”? The more sentimental among you probably think memories are priceless, but hey, this is Hypercapitalist New York City, so your priceless memories of say, The Trash Bar could be preserved. Provided of course, you have $20,000/month. Damn you Cuba Gooding Jr.! (more…)

Bushwick Flea Market owner outrages homeowner because of crocheted mural of children [Pix11]
Deadly duckface: Tourist dies taking selfie at Taj Mahal [Huffington Post]
For Park Slope foodies: Taco Santo moves across the street and is now Palo Santo [Park Slope Stoop]
The Pope is chill as hell and  Republicans everywhere are exploding [Daily Kos]
Too good to be true? Potential merger will cause Time Warner Cable to deliver free internet to the poor  [NY Daily News]
There is a ‘sexy’ Donald Trump Halloween costume and it’s atrocious [Esquire]
‘Smallest Penis in Brooklyn Pageant’ needs new home after this coming Sunday [The Brooklyn Paper]


09/15/15 4:30pm

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Pot and movies go together like cookies and milk. For instance, just look at the works of Messrs. Cheech and Chong, Kevin Smith or Jim Breuer, much of which wouldn’t be possible without the magical powers of pot. Surprisingly though, Brooklyn’s first pot film festival, happening September 26 at the Wythe Hotel, isn’t about the pleasures of staring at your fingers until you see them fing. According to what organizers told the Village Voice, the point of Sunday’s New York City Cannabis Film Festival is to “elevate cannabis culture.” (more…)

09/15/15 12:24pm
This adorable photo is actually part of the Self Portrait Project, a unique photobooth at Passenger Bar. via Facebook

Aubert, showing off the Self Portrait Project photobooth at Passenger Bar

For some of us, the start of the academic year means trading in towels for textbooks, and happy hour cocktails for by-the-hour class schedules. For others, this time of year is just an excuse to take advantage of the deals at Staples. But whatever our respective Septembers hangup, we can all agree on one thing: weekends. Yes, those glorious two days where you have full license to ignore emails, laze around the house, and eat meals at odd hours year-round.

And we’re here to help the cause. It’s time for another installment of Perfect Summer Sundays, the Brokelyn profile series in which we bring you a local personality from the borough who shares how they like to spend a Sunday in their neighborhood. This week, we’re talking to Melissa Aubert, a Jill-of-all-trades in Williamsburg.

In addition to owning the popular Passenger Bar, Aubert also runs a music management company, and does licensing music for film & TV with Playup Music. But her bar is her real crowning achievement. “I’ve worked in the service industry since I was 14. I always wanted to open a bar, as far back as I could remember. I’ve had so many themes and ideas over the years! I settled on this one for Passenger, but I want to open another one.” (more…)

09/14/15 3:00pm

Morty...Morty...calm down, don't worry it's gonna [BELCH] it's gonna be great

Morty…Morty…calm down, don’t worry it’s gonna [BELCH] it’s gonna be great

We’re living in a pretty great age of cartoons for adults at the moment, and while there’s obviously always room for argument, we think that Rick and Morty is at the top of the mountain of great animated shows. Adult Swim’s tale of a drunken, drug abusing mad scientist and his grandson’s travels through the universe and multiverse manages to be weird and touching and hilarious all at once. It comes as no surprise to us that the folks at Videology’s great taste extends to this show as well, so tonight they’re devoting an evening to watching AND drinking along with Rick and Morty. Wubba lubba dub dub yeahhhhh! (more…)

09/09/15 1:16pm
Will Cross be decked out for the Pope's upcoming visit to America? Maybe!

Will Cross be decked out for the Pope’s upcoming visit to America? Maybe!

We know everyone’s all excited about Stephen Colbert’s late night TV re-debut and they’re trampling their own mothers for a shot at tickets, but before joining the stampede, allow us to remind you that Brooklyn has some late night shows of its own that draw great guests and are free. For instance, The Corrigan Show, which has brought your free shots to see people like Steve Buscemi, Kim Gordon and Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, is back at Over the Eight (594 Union Avenue) this Sunday with another free lineup of famous interview subjects, highlighted by David Cross. (more…)