Despite their win last night, it’s been a rough few days for the Nets. The Knicks just clinched the Atlantic Division crown, Gerald Wallace is moping about being terrible and it’s looking more and more like they’ll play the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs, and no one wants that assignment. Now on top of all that, Jay-Z finally got bored being their public face and talisman of cool, and is selling his stake in the team so he can go be Arliss. (more…)
The Nets want you to know that they’re in Brooklyn. They really, really want you to know just how Brooklyn they are, and so this Sunday, they’re going to prove it, not just with art, not just with fresh kicks, but with a sneaker-themed art contest judged by Brooklyn rapper Fabolous, songmaster of “You Be Killin’ Em” fame. (more…)
One thing about the
LIBOR Barclays Center that makes it such a destination is its myriad food options. We’ve gotta say, in our life of attending professional sporting events, nowhere else came close to providing food that was actually worth the ridiculous markup that comes with it being served in a sleeve or box branded with the home team’s logo. The only problem with all those food options is that when you get up to buy them, you end up waiting in a line and missing say, the only competitive part of the basketball game, like in our recent trip to see a game against the Heat. But now you can watch the game on your phone through the Barclays Center app while you wait on line for your food. (more…)
As you may have gleaned from our Twitter account (follow us!), we took a trip to Barclays earlier this week. Very space age, the food is better than at any arena we’ve ever been to. But it was troubling to see that half of the paying crowd was made up of Heat fans. That kind of thing made sense when the Nets belonged to New Jersey, but where’s your team’s home court advantage Brooklyn? Making the crowd look even less supportive of their hometown squad is this telegram shared by CBS by way of Baseball Prospectus (subscription required) in which the president was told in no uncertain terms to come celebrate the Dodgers making it to the World Series, or else. (more…)
Somebody alert Marty Markowitz! Some enterprising trickster has struck a blow for Knickerbocker supremacy with the above “Knicklyn” sticker. Not only is this an attempt to put a Knick foothold back in Kings County, but they were even able to slap it in the Barclays Center subway stop. Who are you, mysterious sticker bandit, and where else have you tagged up in an attempt to take back the borough for basketball fans with taste?
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, I try to avoid them. Just not that big on self-improvement. Yet there’s still so many things I haven’t done in Brooklyn, or haven’t done enough that I’m willing to try to commit to making them happen. Like, say, staying on the Cyclone after riding once and sitting up front the second time. Eating more vegan comfort food. Going to the Rockaways more than just one or two times this summer. Drinking at every dive bar. I’m gonna determine once and for all whether or not East Williamsburg is a neighborhood and bite the bullet and go to a Nets’ game (and boo the crap out of them). Help rebuild. Stand up for the G train. Actually go to brunch sometimes, weekend or weekday. See more than one movie outdoors this summer, since you never know who’s gonna be there. Have an affair (which can be helped along by $1 oysters). Hell, maybe I’ll even try playing soccer since we have those new fields. What about you? How are you going to make 2013, if not better, at least more interesting than 2012?
Financially speaking, 2012 was a pretty drastic year. The economy got drunk and drove off a fiscal cliff, global money markets are in turmoil, NY unemployment rates remained depressingly high, Hurricane Sandy wrecked havoc on our local economy and in another sad turn of events, people who have been unemployed for 6 months or more are about to suddenly lose their benefits.The good news is a cursory glance around the web shows that there are lots of interesting ways to exchange your time and skills for monetary compensation (aka “work”) right here in Brooklyn, so you can start 2013 right.
The Knicks and Nets square off at Barclays again tonight, but unlike their first meeting when both teams couldn’t stop winning, they seem to be moving in opposite directions now. The Knicks dusted themselves off and blew out the defending champion Heat by 20 points and are owners of the best record in the Eastern Conference, while the Nets have turned in a couple of uninpsired performances at home against perennial doormats the Golden State Warriors and team of no note the Milwaukee Bucks. What’s behind the Nets’ malaise, missing their center, Brook Lopez, or missing their secret weapon, Beyonce? (more…)
Male half of melodically broken up hipster couple inundated with dates [Observer]
This will make you feel old: 11 best tech plots from 90s TV shows [Mental Floss]
People actually want those McMansions [Brownstoner]
Chris Rock hates to laugh [Brooklyn Vegan]
We don’t know what any of these weed items are for, but maybe you do [Animal]
Who even has time for Pintrest? [Observer]
Jon Hamm coloring book. Come to mama [Film Drunk]
Amazing coup to boss from Bed, Bath & Beyond employee [Consumerist]
Cheap Nets seats do (maybe do not) exist [BK Bureau]
Breaking news: writing novels not a path to riches [The Stranger]
Just in time for Christmas comes the news that the economy is continuing to lurch forward. The economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7%, the least terrible it’s been since 2008. If you’ve been frustrated, that makes plenty of sense, but don’t fear! We found some jobs out there for you that practically have your name on them! If your name is say, “Freelance Social Media Specialist.” (more…)
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