01/30/17 8:40am
'Not this time, motherf--ker:' How Brooklyn raged against Trump's Muslim ban this weekend

A much-photographed sign at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse on Saturday night. Via @sushmitasp on Instagram.

President Trump has had just two Saturdays of his presidency so far and they’ve both been met with unprecedented national protest. Protesters flocked to JFK Saturday night until it was all but physically impossible to get there; then they shifted their attention to Cadman Plaza outside the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse, where a judge would eventually grant a temporary stay on Trump’s order. The scene at Cadman Plaza drew hundreds of people, musicians and people handing out free cheese plates, all channeling the righteous anger shown in one of the most popular protest signs of the weekend: “First they came for the Muslims, and I said ‘Not this time, motherfucker.'”

That a Brooklyn federal judge was the first to rule on the stay was a coincidence of jurisdiction, but it’s hard not to find some top notes of Brooklyn pride that the decision, and its related protests, was issued from Downtown Brooklyn in a city rife with immigrants, where you can see the Statue of Liberty from a train window on your commute into work. New Yorkers felt the worst effects of 9/11 and came out of it with a resolve to be more tolerant of others, not less. The overall message from New York to the residents of Trump’s America was: If we’re not scared, why the hell are you? Here’s a snapshot of how Brooklyn reacted to the events of the weekend: (more…)

09/30/15 1:58pm
Buffy will be there kicking ass. Will you?

Buffy will be there kicking ass. Will you?

The worst part about the end of summer, after taking into account the fact that you can’t live at the beach anymore and you have to put your shirt back on before going outside, is that it’s the end of outdoor movie season. Or at least it used to be, because it seem like the much feared gothamites at Gothamist managed to bully the Parks Department into making fall outdoor movies happen in Brooklyn parks just by writing about it twice. Or so they claim, and you know what? We’re not gonna fight about credit when there are free movies to be seen throughout Brooklyn in October. (more…)

07/16/13 2:13pm
That frisbee has wifi now, when you throw it in Cadman Plaza Park. Photo by Malcolm Pickney, via Parks Department

That frisbee has wifi now, when you throw it in Cadman Plaza Park. Photo by Malcolm Pickney, via Parks Department

Because everyone loves being outside, except maybe for a day like today, the city has been working with companies to put wifi in our parks, to make sure we’re productive worker drones for capitalism even when laying in the grass. It’s pretty nice actually, and here’s some good news: the city just got Time Warner and Cablevision to provide wifi in even more city parks. The bad news is that it’s only for 10 minutes at a time. Wait, what? (more…)