09/21/15 11:14am
BPL brining knowledge to the masses. Via Flickr

BPL brining knowledge to the masses. Via Flickr

Exciting news from the BPL this morning.

Today, Brooklynites will gather at Bedstuy’s Macon Library to receive free MiFi hotspots. The 4G, wireless devices are part of the Library HotSpot Program, which is dedicated to “bridging the digital divide” for patrons without at home internet capabilities.

In a press release today, Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library said: “The internet has changed the way people learn, seek employment and engage with their community.We are proud to offer Brooklynites free internet access not only in our 60 branches, but, with the Library HotSpot program, in their own homes.”

With grants from Google, The Knight News Challenge, and The Robin Hood Foundation, the program intends to put internet in 10,000 households and the BPL will loan around 3,000 of those 10. Twenty-two Brooklyn library branches currently participate, and the BPL has already distributed nearly two-thirds of the MiFi hotspots.

The devices will allow families to connect their desktops, laptops, tablets and up to ten mobile phones to the internet; and Sprint hooks the families up with free, unlimited data for a year.

Users of the BPL without access to internet at home are eligible to borrow devices for one year if enrolled in an adult education or inclusion program offered by the Brooklyn Public Library. Programs include: ESOL, Adult Basic Education or a Citizenship Preparation Class.

05/11/15 11:06am
l train

Oddly, none of the questions deal with just never trying to ride it again. via Flickr user Ken

More than just a search engine, Google is a repository of our hopes, dreams and fears, which definitely won’t come back to bite us in the ass when the robot uprising finally comes. Until that day though, we can revel in the things that people Google about the subway, especially since both nationally and here at home in Real America, everyone is obsessed with asking about the L train. We know because amNewYork asked Google what the most common subway-related Google searches are, and both nationally and in NYC the answer is “Is the L train running?” (more…)

07/08/14 1:40pm
code school

If you’re an aspiring Acid Burn, this class is for you.

Are you a woman or a minority who would love to get into software development but don’t have the money or resources to learn the skills? Google has a surprise for you. According to Business Insider, they’re offering three free months of tech lessons at Code School to thousands of women and minorities across the globe — and you could be one of them. (more…)

06/13/14 10:10am
5 pointz

It’s just like being there!

We were sad, just like everyone, when 5 Pointz got painted over and essentially destroyed. Even if it wasn’t an official museum, it was a colorful piece of New York City history and just plain looked cooler than whatever glass and steel condo will replace it. Fortunately for us, Google has stepped in where the Landmarks Preservation Committee failed to and has an archive of 5 Pointz art and history as part of their Google Cultural Institute. (more…)

08/02/11 3:11pm

Google has been been barn-storming the borough on a big push for its Google Places user-review/recommendation service, and the search giant isn’t skimping on handouts. You’ve got two chances to put yourself in Google’s “free stuff” circle this week: Thursday, chomp down on a free Robicelli’s cupcake at the new DeKalb Market from 4-7pm; next Wednesday, you can enter for a free invite to the famous Brewskee-Ball Tournament at Full Circle Bar, featuring an open bar, snacks and prizes, not to mention world-class skeeball athleticism (you have until midnight Sunday to RSVP).

07/11/11 6:30am

The scene at 2010's Summer Soiree, via Vogue.com

Prospect Park keeps you fatted with a buffet of all-you-can-eat free summer goodness, from concerts to plays to all sorts of frisbee-rific, grill-enabled (and soon wifi-enabled) open spaces. Usually, you have to be an elite type New Yorker (read: Bloomberg) who can fork over donations — and an $85 entrance fee — to attend the Galactic Star Groove Summer Soiree on July 21, an annual love fest at the Audubon Center and Boat House flush with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, electric boat rides and more. But this year, thanks to our new friends at Google, you can go too! We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway to what will surely be the swankiest party you’ll attend in the park all year that doesn’t involve hiding your Sixpoint cans from Park patrol. Read on: (more…)

07/20/09 6:45am

open_sourceThe day PCs started coming factory loaded with trial software, I made the switch—after draining my bank account to buy a computer, the notion of also paying for software was almost offensive. It wasn’t hard at all, because I discovered a parallel universe of free, open-source software—which is collaboratively developed and modified by users rather than licensed by a single company—that you don’t have to be an IT guy to figure out. In recent years, open-source alternatives to bread-and-butter applications like Microsoft Office have become novice-friendly and in some cases, better than their commercial counterparts. (more…)