We still make stuff around here. These ergonomic baby spoons? Made in New York. via Facebook
We used to make things in America, or so at least that’s what cartoonish politicians grasping for manliness and Sam Elliot beer commercial voiceovers are always telling us. The thing is, maybe those people should pay a visit to New York City, aka Real America, where we still make all kinds of shit. In fact, now would be the perfect time for them to visit, because BLDG92 (63 Flushing Avenue) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard is hosting three free discussions with Brooklyn makers in diverse fields over the next two weeks, so that you might learn from their wisdom. (more…)
Some more cartoons who wouldn’t be caught dead over here, probably
We might have been celebrating the fact that Brooklyn was getting a Fashion Week show courtesy of Alexander Wang, but not everyone is. If you had “January 21″ in your “When will fashion industry goon say something marvelously stupid about Brooklyn” pool, thank photographer Hunter Flynn Abrams and fashion consultant Ann Caruso and then collect your money. From The Daily News:
“It’s the biggest show in New York, so we’re all going to be covering it — we’re just going to be pissed,” said fashion photographer Hunter Flynn Abrams
“I don’t even go over to Brooklyn to visit my good friend,” said fashion stylist and consultant Ann Caruso, who worked at Vogue for six years before starting her own company.”
If you don’t even visit Brooklyn to see your “good friend,” is it really much of a friendship to begin with, Ann?
Alexander Wang is bringing this look to BK. via annexmagazine.com
Now when people decry our flannel and home-cut bangs and holes in our stockings, calling us hipsters for the 11242324346 time, not that we suffer fools, we can say, “Oh yeah, well Alexander Wang didn’t seem to think Brooklyn was too below him to stage his Fashion Week show here!” That’s right, February 8, 8:30 p.m., Wang is trading in his usual spot at Midtown’s Pier 94 for the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard to unveil his 2014 collection, making Brooklyn’s debut Fashion Week Fashion Show. (more…)
More and more, people are reporting seeing bike share stations on the street. Great, awesome, we are fans of this news. Of course, just because one has the ability to ride a bike doesn’t mean they have the skill to navigate New York’s roads. It’s a jungle out there, in the sense that cars move as if someone gave a giraffe the keys to an Escalade after it’s had a few dozen beers. If you want to avoid resorting to an angry, desperate plea with New York’s drivers, Brooklyn Skillshare will teach you how to deal with the madness out there for free, this weekend. (more…)
Hip and arty, but more importantly cheap as hell. via 40 Vanderbilt
New York’s push for affordable housing has resulted in another opportunity for sweet living in a hot neighborhood. 40 Vanderbilt, a supportive housing residence near the Navy Yard and just a hop, skip and a jump away from dive bar favorite Alibi, is now taking applicants for its fully-furnished apartments that range in cost from $492 to $664 a month. And even better than previous below-market rate apartments we’vehighlighted, this one has already gone through its housing lottery phase and is now open to members of the general public. (more…)
Do beekeeping and sustainability hold a special place in your heart? Did you think Macaulay Culkin got what was coming to him at the end of My Girl? Do you look up to this guy? Big Apple Apiary is looking for 12 volunteer apprentices to tend brand new hives on a Brooklyn Navy Yard roof during the 2012 bee season, April through October or November. Applications are due March 21. “This apprenticeship isn’t for the faint of heart,” Borough Bee’s Timothy O’Neal told us. “The time commitment is a serious one, and it takes some real passion to be willing to stick your hands in a box of 80,000 stinging bugs.”
The apiary is a joint project of Brooklyn Grange Farm and O’Neal. Their goal? To become the city’s largest treatment-free apiary. (more…)
The USS Arizona was the original East River Ferry.
In 1801, George Clinton was again elected governor, the city’s population was a mere 60,000 and the Brooklyn Navy Yard was about to start killing it, churning out devastating battleships like modern Williamsburg turns out Tumblr memes. That was also the last time the yard’s museum was open to the public. Until, that is, this weekend when the museum containing relics from the history as the Navy’s top shipbuilding hub opens to the public for the first time in 200 years. And it’s free! (more…)