Having closed in the middle of the night and taken the dreams of artisanal Brooklyn with it, the empty 3rd Ward building has been haunting Bushwick like a ghost, warning everyone with dreams of changing the world not to do it. Or at least not to invite investors along to help them. But FREEwilliamsburg noticed that someone was putting up ads to rent the 10,000-square foot space, so they decided to call the broker and ask about it. Turns out a mystery company is already in there. A mystery company made of buzzwords. (more…)
Now that 3rd Ward has succumbed to terrible decisions and capitalism, people have been wondering what would happen to Brooklyn’s DIY and teaching community. Fortunately, some of those people didn’t want to just sit around asking that question, they decided they’d answer it, by getting the whole community in one place and talking about it. That place? The Brooklyn Brewery tonight, because alcohol as we all know, helps you form ideas. (more…)
As the New York Observer reported, Brooklyn DIY and art space 3rd Ward suddenly shuttered last night, with no warning. It’s a stunning turn of events for the space, which had managed to be successful enough to spread the gospel of Brooklyn DIY to a branch in Philadelphia. But now it’s gone forever, and you might have some questions about membership refunds, where to take classes now and what’s next for the building. We’ve got some answers. (more…)
Oh the things you’ll learn at the Brooklyn Kitchen. via Facebook
Remember how cool you used to feel singing along to Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” at the end of the school year? It’s not cool in retrospect, right? What, with all the awesome knowledge out there. Don’t worry. Brooklyn is stuffed full of classes you can take this fall if you’re feeling the back-to-school itch, but didn’t get accepted into that Twitter undergrad program you were so excited about. We’ve gone through those classes on your behalf to get you the low-down on some rad things to learn, like becoming a master chef, producing web casts and even faking your own death. (more…)
They’ll teach you to dance, for cheaper (via Facebook)
Good news for all you budding artists, creative types and savvy business minds out there: all-encompassing East Williamsburg community art space 3rd Ward is offering half-off memberships, but the discount ends TODAY, so you only have a few hours to finally afford that intensive woodworking class you’ve been lusting after all these years. Hear that, IKEA? I’m going to build my own goddamn dresser, so you can keep that Malm crap all to yourself . (Note: I will still eat your meatballs) (more…)
What are you going to do with these people? Via Flickr’s Robotpolisher.
‘Tis the season for jorts, drunkenly re-installing a window unit (advice: no) and — eep — parent visits. Assuming your M &/or D have a few New York trips under his or her belt, it’s time to mix it up from the Met-High Line-Grimaldi’s trifecta. Continue to impress your parents or at least give them reason to act impressed by taking any of our suggestions come their next pilgrimage. Make them proud by showing off your savvy, budget-conscious tour of the city, and maybe you’ll impress them enough they’ll buy you a real meal in a sit-down restaurant for once. (more…)
No matter what kind of outreach efforts real estate developers make in cities, there’s always been a gulf between residents of a city and the people who build the apartments. But Fundrise, a new startup is trying to close the gulf between the everyman and developers by allowing people to crowdfund real estate projects. If we all become real estate investors, will we stop being angry at developers? (more…)
The Vegan Holiday Shop-Up runs Dec. 8, 15, and 22 at Pine Box Rock Shop.
If you’re like me, you get stressed out when when December rolls around and its time to buy gifts for Hanukkah and Christmas. It seems like I have to buy for everyone– my parents, friends, bosses, boyfriends, girlfriends, secret crushes, the friendly neighbor that dog sits when you go away, kind people that do favors for me, etc. And, in case you forget someone, my trick is to have an extra gift handy because you never know when you’re going to need it. Luckily for us Brooklynites there are lots of ways to shop locally and support Brooklyn based artists, and keep away from the Manhattan tourists who want to see the tree and walk slowly down the sidewalks. Here are the best holiday markets in every neighborhood to keep your holiday season stress (and crowd) free. (more…)