Cherish your subway rides while you can, L train riders, for today the soothsayers and doomsday prophets finally heard official word from mount MTA. The Times reported this morning the MTA has come to a final decision about what to do with the L train to repair Hurricane Sandy damage: The train will be completely shut down between Bedford Avenue and Eighth Avenue for 18 months, starting in January 2019. That means no L train whatsoever between Williamsburg and Manhattan, and no trains along 14th street in Manhattan at all.
2019 is a cosmically long way away, so who knows if we’ll all still even still be alive or if President Trump will have replaced all forms of mass transit with mandatory gold SUV ownership by then. But the shutdown will have a huge impact across the borough, not the least of which are dips in rents along the L corridor and a whole new wave of trite jokes about Williamsburg and the people who live there. Here are 10 effects the train’s shutdown may have: (more…)
Learn this move at the next free Open Ropes, Wednesday nights at BK Bridge Park. Photo via @DoubledutchempireMelissa on Facebook
ClassPass is a rip-off, running is boring, yoga requires too much patience, PureBarre, no one can afford; double dutch, anyone? If you’re looking to sweat it out, but none of the traditional or trendy exercise options are doing it for you, the schoolyard classic could be worth revisiting. Especially when it’s offered for free, and all you need to bring is your own two feet. Through August 31, Double Dutch Empire is hosting Open Ropes, free drop-in sessions every Wednesday from 7-9pm at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The public jumps are open to all skill levels, so whether you’ve still got those recess moves or it’s your first time and you’re a clumsy Kathy, double dutch instructors will show you the ropes—and all jump ropes are provided. (more…)
Cut across the city on your bike, for pizza and charity. Photo via @mikeyrx on Instagram
If you love to eat pizza, explore NYC without a car, and get competitive in the name of a good cause, here’s an adventure for you: the 5 Boro Pizza Challenge. Described as “like competitive eating had a baby with the Amazing Race,” the all-day event, held July 30, entails traveling via train, foot, bike, or ferry — the only restriction is you can’t commute by car — to eat a slice of pizza in all five boroughs. It’s a way to both eat well and be active—which, really, should be the goal of any healthy New York weekend.
And while it sounds like a fun, slightly absurd way to spend a Saturday, it’s in support of a cause relevant to every New Yorkers’ interests: a fundraiser for Transportation Alternatives, the nonprofit dedicated to making it easier to get around this city by improving bike, pedestrian and public transit, in the pursuit of car-free living in NYC.
“My wife and I both bike to work, and we have a two year old son,” organizer Joe Cutrufo told Brokelyn. “We want him to grow up in a city where it’s safe to cross the street and ride a bike.” Can’t argue with that. (more…)
Harris’ new EP, ‘Where I Go’, a “serious” jazz and R&B record, is out today. Album art by Emily Niland
Camille Harris wears many hats. Most notably, two of her hats are that of a comedian and a musician. She incorporates comedy into her music, and music into her comedy: Harris penned a romantic comedy musical, The Muffin Man, that made it into the NYC Fringe Fest in 2009 and was then printed by Samuel French, a world-renowned play publisher. She has won the New York City Funny Songs Festival, been on IFC/College Humor’s Hall of Fame, and plays music for babies with her “Silly Jazz with Camille” program that she does with the Brooklyn Public Library.
Her latest effort, though, is a more serious effort: she went for a “cool R&B and jazz record that sounds cool,” she told us. Her new EP, Where I Go, officially drops next week—with a big release party at Littlefield to celebrate it—but you can preview you it here.
Harris began doing her brand of silly musical comedy in order to find joy in an otherwise not-so-joyful world, but over the course of preparing this “serious” album, she’s found that joy can be found elsewhere, too.
“I feel like it’s so easy to be sad because everything sucks, but the challenge in life is to find the joy and happiness. I used to think I had to do that through comedy, but I realized that I can do serious stuff and still find joy. Like this album.” (more…)
take part in the fight to recall Judge Aaron Persky by attending Grlcvlt’s fundraiser at Baby’s All Right.
Back in June, we spoke with the leaders of the New York chapter of Grlcvlt, the national feminist secret society that has been campaigning to recall Judge Aaron Persky since he sentenced Brock Turner, the Stanford rapist, to a mere six months in jail. The semi-secret group — they have a private Facebook group, which is invite-only and is listed under changing monikers — puts on events and fundraisers to galvanize support and raise money to unseat Persky.
And hush-hush as they may be, they’re certainly not lacking in support: the local NYC chapter has more than 3,000 members, and 1.4k people RSVP’d on Facebook to an event they held at Holyrad Studio on June 15.
Drinking this could be considered research if you get a job as a writer for VinePair. Photo via @vinepair on Instagram
On this hot July day, as you’re going through the motions at your desk, thankful at least that you’re inside in the A.C. (hopefully), has it occurred to you that there could be a different life out there awaiting you? A job is only one facet of a life, sure, but since most of us do them for several hours every day, they tend to define us, whether we like it or not.
Here are eight intriguing hirable situations, full and part time, we dug up online, ranging from a boozy staff writer at VinePair, to a digital marketing assistant at BRIC, to a bartender at The Wilky in Bed-Stuy, to a journalist for a three month cross country road trip: maybe one appeals to you? Have a gander: (more…)
Your new grown-up Ron and Hermione and their daughter from the play version of the Cursed Child.
Harry’s back! Sort of! The first official new Harry Potter story after the original septology comes out at midnight July 30. It’s a script based on the new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play that’s opening in London at the same time. The play is basically the UK’s Hamilton, in that you stand no chance of getting tickets ever, so your best bet is to get the book. The plot has mostly been kept under wraps, and fans are nervous that J.K. Rowling is bordering on George Lucas levels of meddling with her own canon (the book is actually credited to three authors: Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany).
But if nothing else, the release brings back the great Harry Potter tradition of midnight release parties. These are truly joyful affairs — when was the last time you’ve seen so many kids and people of all ages lined up at midnight to get their hands on a BOOK? You wait in line for a lot dumber things, New York. So here’s where to find the midnight releases and other parties in Brooklyn — start practicing your butterbeer pong skills now. (more…)