07/29/15 2:24pm
Business dog is all business, via Petfinder

Business dog is all business, via Petfinder

Considering getting a dog or a cat? Have you been browsing /r/aww obsessively? This Saturday is your chance to find a cute companion at the Prospect Park Adoptapalooza. The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals will show off more than 150 dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies which you can adopt right on the spot. There are also free activities and giveaways at the event even if you’re not yet ready for a furry friend. (more…)

07/29/15 1:00pm

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Videology   
308 Bedford Avenue (between Bedford and South 1st St)
Williamsburg
718-782-3468

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What it is: Videology is a video store and screening room-turned bar. They have a large library of films, a solid drink selection, and a friendly atmosphere with plenty of regulars.

Why we love it: Are you itching for a Mary Kate and Ashley sing-a-long? Boozy Jazzercise workout? Notebook screening with chocolate and tissues provided? Videology’s way ahead of you. They have an event every single night, including Tuesday trivia nights, and play the staff’s pick of movies in the bar all day. TV-show themed happy hours are each day from 5 to 7. Sunday is TV night so this is a great spot to watch shows on a screen bigger than your laptop’s. This is a great place for anyone who likes motion pictures. The events are a solid opportunity to make some new friends, come ready to mingle.

What to order: There are six beers on tap with a focus on local brews, lagers, and stouts. It’s only appropriate that you pair this with some popcorn. Every day from 5-11, El Gato Nacho is there serving nachos.

Regular tip: All the bartenders went to film school, so if you want to spend hours dissecting Ghostbusters they’re ready.

07/29/15 12:05pm

There are boutique firms helping New Yorkers move to the suburbs [DNA Info]
Bringing kids to protests in New York: So hot right now [Capital]
Don’t let your boss pay you with a damn gift card instead of a raise [Washington Post]
Meet BK’s new Democratic boss, Frank Seddio [City & State]
Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer” video is a time machine to 1980s DUMBO [Gothamist]
Remember the LaGuardia renovation timetable? Double the price and the time [Crain’s]
There was a Black Lives Matter protest in Williamsburg yesterday [Bedford + Bowery]
Should the Mets use a Kickstarter to get themselves an impact bat? [Vice Sports]

07/29/15 12:00pm

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Sponsored By BRIC.

BRIC is a nonprofit arts and media cultural organization that presents free and low-cost programming to the community.

Created By BlankSlate

Movies make for great entertainment, but can they change the world? Find out on Tuesday, August 4, at 7 p.m. at a free film screening at BRIC in Fort Greene. “Interactive Media for Social Good,” part of BRIC FLIX, is an ongoing film screening and conversation series showcasing Brooklyn’s creativity and diversity.

This installment is being held in partnership with Made in NY Media Center by IFP and will be moderated by Elissa Birke, the producer of the Independent Filmmaker Project program “Envision: Addressing Global Issues Through Documentaries.” The evening will feature interactive media works dealing with a diverse range of place-based and social issues.

Brazilian-American filmmaker Luisa Dantas will present Land of Opportunity, a transmedia documentary chronicling the rebuilding of post-Katrina New Orleans. The project takes a thought-provoking look at housing displacement in the wake of natural disaster.

If you’re interested in the history of Brooklyn, you won’t want to miss Southside Stories. Created by Brooklyn-based artist Shannon Caroll, the innovative audio-walk project explores Williamsburg through the eyes of longtime residents. (more…)

773 lounge

They’ll be back. via GoFundMe

Need more proof that Monday is the worst day everything? So check it out: On Monday we learned that Montero’s, one of the best dive bars in Brooklyn, was ready to sell to a developer who’d make their block a mall if any of the developers met their price. Booooo. Today though, on not-Monday, we learn that 773 Lounge, one of the best dive bars in Brooklyn, will be reopening in September. Just in time for a Mets playoff run! (more…)

07/29/15 9:28am
You can make great art at Pioneer Works for not so much money.

You can make great art in a place like this for free. Photo via Pioneer Works.

There’s plenty to kvetch about if you’re a self-employed artist living in BK. The most oft-heard complaint is the one about paying for two spaces with one non-salary. On top of struggling to monetize your artistic talents, the Man is expecting you to pay for not one, but two spaces a month?

We know, you tried to find a creative solution. I’ll just live in my workspace! you said. I’ll shower in the slop sink. Then you said OK, I’ll just paint in my living room! The smell of chemicals won’t suffocate my cat! But then it did.

You need a place to work and a place to live. Separately. As with our indispensable Brooklyn coworking guide, we’re happy to do the snooping for you. Here, we present the layman’s guide to scoring cheap studio space in Brooklyn, starting with the very best kind of all: free.  (more…)

07/29/15 7:58am
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Stare at this picture of Alf long enough and you realize he’s kind of horrifying

I’ve got a friend who claims he was so excited about today being Wednesday, last night he said “Nice, tomorrow’s Wednesday” out loud, to no one. I can’t say I’m that excited that it’s Wednesday, but it’s better than some of the other days of the week. It also has so many good things going on that recommending just five from the Brokelyn Event Calendar was kind of mentally painful. I mean, not that painful, let’s not be silly here. It was just tough to pick only five things today. (more…)

07/28/15 4:02pm

As you know, we appear on BK Live every other week to chat about the fun things happening in Brooklyn over the weekend. The people at Brooklyn Independent Media thought there was nothing more natural than sending a writer to talk to actual live humans though, so they sent us and our pal Richard Burroughs to Jacob Riis Park to check out the Beach Bazaar, its offerings and the people who hang out there.

Watch to hear from Riis Park Beach Bazaar co-founder Belvy Klein about what it’s like to run the bazaar seven days per week, watch to found out about the karaoke offerings, watch the see us realize sunglasses were a good idea and also to learn about what incredible nerds we are since we know who the biography of the man the beach was named after AND the man who designed the beach. And if you haven’t been to the Beach Bazaar yet, take the Beach Bus down already, because you don’t want “not enough beach time” to be your summer regret. (more…)

07/28/15 2:55pm
city point

Okay, it’s time to try to live here. Photo by David Colon

You might remember last month when we told you about the 200 units of affordable housing coming to Downtown Brooklyn as part of the City Point project. Or maybe you don’t, a month is a long time and your brain melted in the heat. Anyway, they’ll be open to welcome you in to your affordable home any day now, so it means that the application process for these apartments has begun. Even if you hate filling out forms, we think you should pay attention here, because for $651/month studios and $655 2-bedrooms, most of us would probably fill out a Mount Everest made of forms. (more…)

07/28/15 1:56pm
Cleanly

Cleanly is as easy as 1-2-3. 1) Schedule a pickup. 2) Valet arrives for pickup. 3) Get clean clothes the next day!

Did you know that in New York City, more than 85% of apartments do not have a washer and dryer? And, the average family does between eight and 10 loads of laundry per week, draining hours upon hours from your life.

Well, there’s good news for Brooklyn residents. Cleanly, an on-demand laundry service just announced its expansion to Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Ft. Greene, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, DUMBO, and Downtown Brooklyn to save people time from the hassle of busy laundry rooms, distant laundromats, and the overall time suck laundry creates.  (more…)