06/23/16 12:34pm
Photo by Kenny Rodriguez Photography.

The new venue, the Landing at Industry City, is a rare chance to dance with all your friends outdoors. Photo by Kenny Rodriguez Photography.

This post sponsored by The Freedom Party.

In the coming days and weeks, lots of dance parties will claim that they are The Party Of The Summer, but we think The Freedom Party sounds like it’s about to take that crown and run. It already won the Village Voice’s “Best Dance Party 2015” title, and, at 13 years old, is the longest running weekly dance party in NYC. Most recently, it called Brooklyn Bowl and Le Poisson Rouge home, but has just relocated on Saturdays to The Landing in Industry City at (638 Second Ave. in Sunset Park, one stop on the D or N from Atlantic to 36th Street, y’all).

When I asked Matt Kelly, who helps organize the parties for City Farm, what made the party so special, he was quick to say, “the space — it’s the size of a city block.”

It’s outdoors, right on the East River (take a break from Gowanus Canal fumes!), so, “you get a nice breeze off the water,” said Kelly, who’s 31 and lives in Bay Ridge. It also means that there is space to dance without elbows in your face and colliding drinks. The decor is fairly minimal, but modern. Wooden tables with red metal chairs and some industrial detailing throughout make for a chill, summery vibe. The people and the music are all the stimulation necessary! Plus, Brokelyn has a code for discounted tickets for you for every party this summer too. (more…)

06/23/16 11:41am
Now serving: Piping hot memes. Via @NoMe_Simpatizas

Now serving: Piping hot memes, trending playlists. Via @NoMe_Simpatizas

“Brunch” and “Williamsburg” are two New York City things lots of people who have nothing better to argue about get irrationally passionate over. There was a time [he said, scratching his long and tangled gray beard] when “Williamsburg” was used synonymously with “hipster,” then the neighborhood changed, became scary to Omar from The Wire, got less weird, got more condos, and now when you say the word Williamsburg, it conjures up images of the neighborhood’s transition into becoming the new Soho.

So I’m not sure what scene is even meant to be invoked by calling a Spotify playlist “Williamsburg Brunch” any more, but it’s definitely a hit: The playlist, made by an arm of Sony, has more than 8,400 followers, a huge number that even President Obama’s playlists can’t match.  (more…)

06/22/16 3:48pm
We don't have a muscle beach in NYC, but any beach can be a muscle beach with these workout tips.

We don’t have a muscle beach in NYC, but any beach can be a muscle beach with these workout tips.

Maybe your New Year’s resolution didn’t work out as planned. Maybe the mild winter didn’t mean you exercised more. And maybe last year’s swimsuit is looking like one of those strings people wrap around ham before roasting it.

If running to catch the G is no longer cutting it and you’ve exhausted the city’s free gym trials, never fear; we’ve put together a guide to quintessential workouts for the busy brokester that’ll help quickly you get your beach body (whatever that means for you; we’re body positive here, and also free-stuff positive!) with still plenty of time to enjoy the summer. And if our all-day workout is just too rigorous for you, scroll on down to the bottom for suggested free activities to get in shape. (more…)

06/22/16 1:40pm
The Ghostedbusters (L to R): Emily Fleming, Marie Cecile Anderson, Sharron Paul and Jackie Zebrowski.

The Ghostedbusters (L to R): Sharron Paul, Marie Cecile Anderson, Emily Fleming and Jackie Zebrowski.

We call it “ghosting” when someone you’ve dated/hooked up with drunkenly a few times (same thing amiright) stops texting you back because you wonder if they’ve died or otherwise transitioned to the spirit realm where fingers no longer exist. Usually they’re not dead, of course, and then you catch this person Instagramming their brunch and you’re like, “THAT WAS OUR THING!!” Do you ever wish you could dispatch a task force to find out exactly what the hell happened that led someone to disappear on you?

That’s the premise of the new comedy web series Ghostedbustersin which a foursome of investigators, played by local comedians, takes on cases of ghosting to hunt down the perpetrators. Instead of shooting proton lasers and forcing them into a tiny trap, they shoot questions at them and force them into awkward situations.

Co-creators Emily Fleming and Marie Cecile Anderson were inspired by trailers for the new Ghostbusters movie due out next month, and also by their own real-life romantic frustrations.

“We both had just hit a wall with guys we are dating. For me, there were several different situations of being ghosted,” Anderson said. “It just hit us: this is the perfect time. We just looked at each other like, ‘Oh my god, we have to do Ghostedbusters.’ ”

Their main aim is humor, but they hope it opens up some people’s eyes to what it’s like to be slimed by a relationship ghost.  (more…)

06/22/16 10:44am
Star Wars: The Editor Strikes Back.

Star Wars: The Editor Strikes Back.

Put down that fan fiction you’ve been working on that ships Rey and Leia and that weird slash porn of Chewbacca and BB-8 you should probably keep to yourself anyway. Here’s your chance to turn your love of the Star Wars extended universe into a real job. Disney, the sweatshop factory pumping out Star Wars-related merchandise until the heat death of the universe, is hiring a “Star Wars editor,” which is probably the coolest name for an editing job to come along since Highlights magazine’s dinosaur editor. The gig is based in San Francisco and involves working on comics, magazines, books and other tie-in materials that will put your red lightsaber editing pen to much use. (more…)

06/21/16 3:01pm
Photo by Katy Hartnett.

Writer P.J. Kryfko at Sunday’s Super Prose Bowl, reading his story about a father who time travels to get an autograph for his daughter. Photo by Katy Hartnett.

Sunday night, in a battle that ranged from surrealist to southern Gothic all the way to historical fiction, six Brooklyn writers went head to head in the Super Prose Bowl: Tournament of Champions. Each heavyweight brought to the stage an original work of flash fiction and the dream of glory, bragging rights and possibly literary representation.

There are a lot of hosted reading series in Brooklyn (a few of which, including The Prose Bowl we have covered here) where new writers can workshop their stories, meet other poets-by-night/baristas-by-day types or just listen and draw inspiration from the established or emerging literati. But for anyone just starting out, getting the chance to actually read at a reading series can be daunting.

With this mind, Prose Bowl co-creators Christopher Green and John Hague created a tongue-in-cheek American Idol-style reading series where contestants are chosen at random giving everyone the same opportunity to read their work before a panel of judges. Other than being original works of flash fiction there are no stylistic requirements for any writer who wants to enter. Green and Hague keep the tone light, creating a safe and encouraging space for both the seasoned Prose Bowlers or any newcomers who are getting up on stage for the first time. So if you’re having PTSD flashbacks from writers workshops where your prose was knocked out, don’t worry; Prose Bowl is a safe space to get back into the ring.

06/21/16 12:53pm
Quiz! How many roommates can you live with (without killing one of them)?

Can you survive enough roommates to be a cool millennial trend or nah? Take our quiz to find out!

Upon moving into my first two-bedroom apartment off-campus while attending school in Detroit, I was ready to prove to everyone (mostly my mom) that I was responsible enough to take care of myself. I could pay bills and do my own laundry, sure! No, I didn’t have a panic attack the first time I had to buy my own groceries (yes, I did), because little did I know that with having roommates kind of meant having to take care of them, too.

Now at 24, I’m currently in my fourth apartment and have had a total of nine very eccentric roommates over the past four years. I’ve got some stories, man, of roommates dropping acid and spending electric money on indian food, battling mice and possums, waking up in the morning to find someone from a very popular show on Broadway had slept over in my friend’s bed, finding strangers sleeping in my bathtub, etc. The list goes on and on, and in those trying moments of patience, I’ve found myself questioning whether or not these so-called roommates were going to be the death of me. Should I be living alone?  (more…)

06/21/16 10:39am
Trump's campaign is under water. Via Trump's Facebook.

Trump’s campaign is under water. Via Trump’s Facebook.

Mr. Trump began June with just $1.3 million in cash on hand, a figure more typical for a campaign for the House of Representatives than the White House. He trailed Hillary Clinton, who raised more than $28 million in May, by more than $41 million, according to reports filed late Monday night with the Federal Election Commission.

New York Times, June 20, 2016

15 things Trump’s campaign couldn’t afford:

-A house with a two-car garage in Ditmas Park ($2.2 million)

Two city run animal shelters ($10 million)

-A three-bedroom condo in the Edge in Williamsburg ($2.6 million)

-The 1,100 packed containers of retail-ready liquid THC, liquid PCP, liquid HGH, psychedelic mushrooms seized by cops in Brooklyn in March ($2.5 million street value) (more…)

06/20/16 3:00pm
Be entertained on the platform of a museum (#) (pic by Marc A. Hermann/Flickr)

Be entertained on the platform of a museum (#5) (pic courtesy of the NY Transit Museum)

1. Start your week off with the New York Obscura Society’s evening of “talks, tentacles, and merriment”: Cephalopod Night. There will be short films new and old, a talk by Science Friday host Ira Flatow, and, naturally, squid-ink cocktails. (Monday, Sea Witch, $18)

2. Or start it off with some cultural and racial analysis at Talking White Privilege, a discussion with former Daily Show supervising producer and bestselling author Baratunde Thurston and actor and comedian Judah Friedlander. (Monday, Brooklyn Historical Society, $10)

3. Get melodic on one of the longest days of the year: Make Music New York Summer features more than 1,200 free live performances all across the city, from reggae in Coney Island to hip-hop in Brownsville to brass bands in Dumbo. (Tuesday, all five boroughs, FREE) (more…)

06/20/16 1:52pm
How to spend every single moment of the day — and night — outdoors on the cheap this summer

Show the sun how much you truly appreciate it by never leaving it. Via Flickr user gigiwannaflickr.

This is it, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: The first day of summer. That magical time of year when all pants end at the knee, all drinks include coconut and you finally get to spend some time outside. All winter you’ve been staying inside for your movies, music and alcohol like a rube! Well not anymore — summer means barbecues, lawn games, outdoor concerts, long bike rides and of course these strict guidelines for fun. Now normally people just do one of those, maybe two if they’re a true innovator and then retreat indoors, but why? If you’re like me that’s just not enough to quench that summer thirst, summer’s short, your AC isn’t strong enough and you need to spend as much time outside as humanly possible before the next snowstorm.

Well, we’ve laid out the ultimate guide to making the most of your summer, soaking up the optimum sun and staying outside for fun all day long, and all night long too. That’s right, you’re an adult now, nobody can scare you with threats of sun damage and if you want to stay outdoors for maximum summer without breaking the bank, here’s how:  (more…)