10/28/14 10:47am
clinton hill apartment

Just picture a Sims version of yourself right there, as a placeholder under 2017

So, you saw the Williamsburg affordable housing and decided that you’re too good for living in Williamsburg. Or more likely, you’re just feeling hopeless that you’ll win the lottery to get in, which makes more sense. Well, if you can hold on here for a little more than two years, you can start the teeth-gnashing process for an affordable apartment in Clinton Hill, with the Observer reporting that 20 percent of the 40 units in the above Fulton Street building will be affordable. Technically that means 7.6 units would be affordable, but we don’t see the developers rounding up, do you? (more…)

brewklyn

And no, it’s not from McDonald’s.

To celebrate the opening of their new Clinton Hill cafe on Friday, October 3, Brewklyn Grind (557 Myrtle Ave) will be sharing free coffee and an assortment of pastries (delivered fresh from Balthazar!) starting at 8:30am and running until 10am. If you miss the free festivities, a cup of drip coffee is only $2, so you’re not breaking the bank supporting a local business. One that presumably will talk less about the Illuminati and Jews than some other coffee shops. (more…)

09/25/14 11:00am
gladys brooklyn

Gladys: Fancy enough for Michelin, but not too fancy for you. via Gladys

Appearing to be fancier than you really are is an important trick in life, especially when you’re trying to impress a date or a business associate or a parole officer. Don’t bother by trying to do it by putting on a suit, instead head to one of these restaurants that were given a Bib Gourmand rating for 2015 by Michelin. It’s not an official Michelin star, but it does mean Michelin inspectors determined you could get two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. There are 36 such places to choose from in Brooklyn, and the person you’re trying to impress will probably stop listening after you mumble something about “Michelin approved,” because people just don’t listen these days. (more…)

ghostbusters

You afraid of this ghost? No? Then check out this chat with its creator.

Aside from having awesome gear and the rakish wit of a young-ish Bill Murray, the Ghostbusters had another important factor for success: great #branding. Their logo, a ghost in a “not allowed” circle, says everything you needed to know about the Ghostbusters, namely, that they were anti-ghost. On Saturday, you can hear from the man who made that logo, Michael C. Gross, when he pops in to Pratt on Saturday, September 20 for a FREE talk about design and his career in the humor business. If you are in fact afraid of some ghosts, you’re still allowed to go, but we wouldn’t recommend it. (more…)

clinton hill flea

Soon this empty lot will fill the emptiness inside you, with stuff. via Fort Greene Focus

Flea markets, everyone wants one! Fresh on the heels of Crown Heights getting the Brooklyn Pop-Up Market, here comes word from Fort Greene Focus that Clinton Hill is getting a bread-based flea market, the Clinton Hill Flea. Well, maybe not bread-based, since it’s not like you’ll be able to pay for things like bread, but the Clinton Hill Flea at least seems to have an emphasis on bread. (more…)

08/04/14 9:59am
splitty

You’ll probably be able to find a couple Nathaniel P. types while at Splitty’s. Or maybe you are one…

From Norman Mailer to Edgwidge Danticat to that guy from that OkCupid date who writes thinkpieces on Encino Man, Brooklyn has a long history of producing, housing and inspiring great authors and literary works. So naturally, there’s plenty of great literature that takes place around these parts. Here’s an introductory list of Brooklyn-based books, and where in the borough you should enjoy them for an optimum reader experience. But you don’t have to take my word for it… (more…)

06/25/14 10:24am

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This week, the city voted for a 1% rent increase on all stabilized apartments. Aren’t you glad you don’t live in one? Actually, still sounds nice. Sure you could plot your way into living in one of those, but that’s gonna take you some time. Meanwhile, how about checking out these “very unlikely to not increase” Brooklyn apartments? (more…)

06/09/14 1:12pm
world cup brooklyn

You’ll see all your favorite soccer stars, like Arriaga, Arriaga II and Barriaga. via Facebook

So … you weren’t able to swing the cash to head down to Brazil this summer for the World Cup. But instead of being jealous that you aren’t laying by a beautiful beach and partying in between soccer matches, be happy you don’t have to look far to find a great place to watch your favorite team duke it out for arguably the most important trophy in the world. We’ve rounded up the best bars from all over Brooklyn to catch the games, without breaking your balls. (more…)

hot bird

Hot Bird: A baby-free zone since 2014. via Flickr user Betty Tsang

Parents have it tough around here. Between having to do things like finding a school for their terrible children, and making their terrible children do their Common Core homework and generally make sure their children stay alive, it’s enough to drive you to drink. Of course, if you have children, you can’t just leave them at home when you need a beer. You can’t bring them to Hot Bird either though, as the bar has recently instituted a “no kids” policy. (more…)