SORRY CAN’T HEAR YOU TALKING ABOUT CBGB IT’S TOO LOUD IN HERE via Shea Stadium Tumblr
In Manhattan, they replaced CBGB with a luxury menswear shop, and The Palladium was turned into an NYU dorm. In Brooklyn, they turned an anonymous warehouse into Shea Stadium and turned Silent Barn into a better Silent Barn. Nostalgia humpers can have the past, we’re too busy enjoying the awesome venues (and disgusting bathrooms) of 2013. (more…)
Bow before America’s greatness at Shea Stadium. via Facebook
Beer, baseball, BBQ, and egalitarian outdoor space—Independence Day represents the apple-pie epitome of American pride.
The problem is that all this patriotic partying can get quite pricey. Here is our guide to binging on broad stripes and bright stars for the budget conscious; after all, Brooklyn is the land of opportunity (for cheap happenings at least). (more…)
George W. Bush celebrating Cinco de Mayo by giving Texas back to Mexico. via Wikimedia.
So, according to Wikipedia, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla, in which a small Mexican army defeated a large French army, marking the last time that a country in the Americas was ever invaded by Europe. Huh, who knew. In honor of Napoleon III getting his ass kicked, every year on May 5th, we gather to engage in the time-honored tradition of cheap tequila shots, taco specials, day drinking, and bad fake Spanish. We’ve collected the best parties and food and drink specials in the borough so that you can go forth and celebrar. Enjoy yourself, but for the sake of Jesus Cristo, make sure you leave the sombrero at home. (more…)
They came, they saw, they read things. Photo by Scarlett North-Cavanaugh
We told you it was happening, and it happened alright: the second annual Brooklyn Zine Fest dropped in to Public Assembly this weekend, drawing more than 80 vendors, a portable library, and hundreds of zinesters eager to pick up the latest issue from their favorite self-publishing poets, illustrators, movie reviewers, foodies, and more. Last year, we spoke to readers of zines to see into the future of the format. So this year, we talked some of the fest’s notable tablers to get the lowdown from those who know how it all started, what to check out, and where it’ll go from here. (more…)
Ayun Halliday of the East Village Inky will be returning this year. Hopefully she brings her awesome hat with her. Photo by David Colon
Hey, weren’t we just going on the other day about the pleasures of the handmade zine? We were! And just in time too, since on Sunday, the Brooklyn Zine Fest returns to Public Assembly for a second year of photocopied, illustrated dirt-cheap fun. The fest wraps up a particularly eventful few weeks for the Brooklyn zine sympathizers. The weekend before last, those who wanted to hawk or score some photocopied swag had two big events to choose between: the NYC Anarchist Book Fair at the Lower East Side’s Clemente Solo Vez Cultural Center, where the offerings ranged from DIY homemaking guides to printouts of the Christopher Dorner Manifesto; and MoCCA Fest, the annual independent comic expo put on by the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. But zine collectors can step into the majors this weekend and converge on the Brooklyn Zine Fest for a full day of nerding out, networking and shopping on a budget would not have seemed unreasonable on the allowance you had as a tween. (more…)