[UPDATE: 4/25: Brooklyn Industries' CEO and co-founder weighs in in the comments below] Hey, remember the Vogue fashion shoot that put models in $40,000 dresses next to first responders who actually, y’know, helped the city recover from the storm? And how it felt kind of icky? Surely no one would be so shortsighted as to make that mistake again, right? Clearly we’ve underestimated the amount of people that look at a destroyed and still recovering neighborhood and think “Man, how like, artistic,” proven today by Brooklyn Industries using the Rockaways as a backdrop for their summer fashion line. (more…)
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2. Insane movie number two: The Demon Lover, the story of when your occult party stops being polite and starts getting real and a demon starts murdering people (Friday)
1. Honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream at BAM’s tribute to him (Monday)
2. Or by laughing along with Richard Pryor (Monday)
3. OR by learning improv. Little known fact: MLK was big on improv (Monday)
Our feelings about Brooklyn Industries are forever mixed, particularly because of this very non-Brokelyn priced travesty, but this is a bit of karma for the company in a positive direction: the trendy clothier has started selling a shirt to support the Brooklyn Public Library. From now through May 7, 20 percent of the $28 shirt sales of the limited-edition shirt design for men, women and children will go to the library to help buy new books, DVDs and eBooks. It’s the company’s second of shirt collaboration with the library; other “for a cause” shirts available right now include this America The Beautiful one celebrating gay marriage to benefit a group that works with homeless LGBT youth and this “Jobs Forever” one that helps a group that helps bring technology to under-priveleged school kids (which is on sale for the downright cheap BI price of $10). The library, in case you didn’t know, is always in need of money for more books. If this whole shirt scheme strikes you sour, you can always donate to the library directly here.
We’re conflicted about Brooklyn Industries: they make damn fine snuggly cotton hoodies, and I like a company that offers a lifetime warranty on its bags. The clothes on the other hand, can be pretty pricey (and then there’s this awful rip off). But if you like em’ you are in luck this week: Brooklyn Industries is having a huge warehouse sale through the end of the month at its Chelsea Manhattan location, and online. The in-store sale features 40 percent off already reduced sale prices on clothing, and an additional 20 percent off outerwear. Last night, I found a wide variety of both men’s and women’s sizes, and the store was mostly empty allowing me to shop without any other fellow bargain hunters grabbing the last in MY SIZE seconds before me. (more…)
Anti-Atlantic Yards nightclub petition: “Embrace Indie Music!” [FiPS]
Sample sale at Brooklyn Industries new DUMBO location Thurs-Sat [BK Industries]
The L Magazine’s 2011 bar awards (includes several Beer Book bars) [L Magazine]
Free toxic waste at abandoned Ditmas Park auto body shop [DP Blog]
Pick your favorite subway busker [NY Magazine]
Win a year of free taxi rides from Scoop St. [Brooklyn Nomad]
$9 for two movie tickets through Fandango ($30 value) [Living Social]
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