pratt free school

Usually you avoid school, but hey, it’s free. via Facebook

Have you ever wondered what it must be like to go to one of the prestigious art schools in one of the most artistic cities in the world? Well, on April 5 you can find out for the low low cost of zero dollars.

The Pratt Institute in Clinton Hill is opening their Pratt Free School this weekend, offering a day of free classes to the public taught by alumni of their Master Communication Design program. The day of free classes, which have become a yearly tradition at the school, are designed as both a showcase for recent graduates and an outreach to the Brooklyn community. (more…)

eugene mirman

Will Eugene have alpacas with him? You won’t know until you find out. via Facebook

A great thing about Brooklyn is that famous people you see on TV, or whose animated selves you see on TV in this case, just kind of live everywhere. Case in point: Bob’s Burgers‘ Larry Murphy lives so close to Clinton Hill’s Splitty (415 Myrtle Avenue) that he decided to put together a weekly comedy night there. He’s opening it with a bang too, bringing a couple of his co-stars, Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman, and a Brokelyn favorite, Kate Berlant, along with him tonight. Plus, it won’t cost you more than a Lincoln (the bill, not the coin). (more…)

02/26/14 2:37pm
spike lee

Yelling can be good, but it’s gotta get you somewhere

Yesterday, while some of you were livetweeting The Bachelor (or livetweeting NHL players’ livetweeting it), or live-tweeting white people yell at each other about plastic bags, Spike Lee unloaded an internet-ready rant about gentrification at a speech at the Pratt Institute. Spike Lee has deep roots in Brooklyn, and has used it as a canvas for years, so if he’s got something to say, he’s worth hearing out. Lee was pretty on point with most of the rant, but it left out something important: things don’t have to be this way. (more…)

02/18/14 10:23am
spike lee

Find out if Spike has game when it comes to lectures

Spike Lee has been making movies for longer than most of us have been alive, which is a weird thing to think about. Of course, that also means he’s no doubt collected a ton of wisdom about doing that, so of course it makes sense that Pratt has invited him to come and give a lecture this month on his road to success and the cultural impact his career has had on America. Best of all, this accumulated knowledge will be given away completely free. (more…)

02/03/14 1:17pm

Brooklyn 2013, home of the marginally less rich than Brooklyn 2012. via Flickr user Dougtone

Brooklyn! Ancient Canarsee for “Land of One Thousand Expensive Apartments.” Please don’t look that up. Anyway, Brooklyn rent was high last year, but did you know it wasn’t as high as it was in 2012? According to a report by MNS Real Estate, that’s the case, with average rents across the borough falling a whole 1.12% from $2,617 in 2012 to $2,587 in 2013. Let’s all have a party. (more…)

What you see above is someone who stole some packages from a Clinton Hill apartment building. The footage is sped up, but you’ll notice the thief spent a bunch of time just hangin’ out, twerking, in preparation for the thievery. Or maybe she was just there twerking, as you do, and her and her dude decided to steal stuff out of someone’s packages. Either way, the victim, Lindsay Riddle, told Gothamist that she was out there doing this for an hour before coming in from the cold to steal some stuff. That must be one warm fur coat. Anyway, welcome to de Blasio’s New York, Lhota was right, etc. etc. (more…)

When will you stop going in circles?

When will you stop going in circles?

Need a different way to exercise but still don’t want to pay for the gym? Or do you need a conversation starter for when you bring a date home that doesn’t begin “Yes, those are Star Wars action figures handmade out of potatoes”? Well good news, we suppose: a Clinton Hill resident is giving away the above gigantic hamster wheel on Craigslist. Giant hamster not included. (more…)

Ready to lobby

Ready to lobby

The government in Washington might be a broken, dysfunctional joke held hostage by right wing cranks, but here at home, our government just keeps humming along. Case in point: the campaign to name Fulton Street and St. James Place Christopher Wallace Way has picked up enough steam to get a hearing in front of Community Board 2 tonight. All filibusters must be a minimum of 16 bars tonight. (more…)

10/08/13 10:03am
It doesn't look like much, but let's see you look this good in your 50s. via Flickr user Mike Knell

It doesn’t look like much, but let’s see you look this good in your 40s. via Flickr user Mike Knell

With a 4-year reign as the Straphangers’ “Worst Train Service in NYC”, it’s not easy to understand why anyone would want to live off the C train. And when I first moved from living off the L to living off the C, I thought I knew what I had coming: mechanical breakdowns and long waits. Loud, rickety commutes populated by the fringiest of neighbors. Businesses I would only frequent out of necessity. But after 8 months of calling this little caboose and its territories home, I’m inclined to set the record straight. The C is AWESOME. (more…)

Clinton Hill's Cochinitas is giving out burritos. Anyone else showing love to the furloughed? via Facebook

Clinton Hill’s Cochinitas is giving out burritos. Anyone else showing love to the furloughed? via Facebook

Like we said when we posted freelance opportunities for furloughed employees, it must be tough not knowing how much longer this shit is gonna last. And while it might seem like this is something that merely affects people working in DC, we also know that there are federal employees right here in Brooklyn, and they could use a little love. So let’s make their lives a little easier and turn this into a space for businesses to share their furlough deals. (more…)