12/28/16 7:53am
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Sponsored By BRIC.

BRIC is a nonprofit arts and media cultural organization that presents free and low-cost programming to the community.

Created By BlankSlate

There’s plenty of comedic fodder to be found in rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn, as ably demonstrated by Brooklynification, a scripted TV series that recently debuted from BRIC TV. A brownstone version of Portlandia, the six-episode first season pokes fun at mommy-and-me yoga, red-state transplants, real estate envy and the thirst for prewar molding, among other things. (more…)

12/12/16 11:36am
For all those moms who aren't like regular moms, they're cool moms! via Mean Girls screenshot

For all those moms who aren’t like regular moms, they’re cool moms! via Mean Girls screenshot

There are moms who are fun, but then there are “Fun Moms.” We’re talking about the mom who does picklebacks at the bar, curses more than you and would never be caught dead making any dessert featuring breakfast cereal. She wants to rock the latest trends (often all at the same time). These gifts from the unique vendors at Williamsburg’s Artists & Fleas, (open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 7pm) will satisfy her desire to be “down” without completely embarrassing you in front of the new significant other you brought home for the holidays. (more…)

12/06/16 1:14pm
Greenpointers holiday market in 2015. Via Greenpointers.

Greenpointers holiday market in 2015. Via Greenpointers.

Last week we rounded up some of the best holiday craft markets in Brooklyn this year; today we’re bringing you news about a market from our friends at Greenpointers that may help you shake off this winter chill. On Sunday, from 1-7pm, sleigh bells and palm trees, snowflakes and sunshine come together in the Greenpointers universe because they’re celebrating this holiday season with beachy cheer, at the Holiday Tropical Market.

Discover beautifully crafted high quality gifts from some of the most talented local artisans and makers while enjoying a day full of FREE fun activities, food, mojitos, mulled wine, and seasonal craft beer in the gorgeous Greenpoint Loft at 67 West St., 5th floor.  (more…)

12/06/16 11:00am
Eggnog is for closers. Via Flickr user globochem.

Eggnog is for closers. Via Flickr user globochem.

There are some people in this world who spend more time in the office than at home and know more about their coworkers than their roommates. These are people who actually enjoy using words like “synergy,” “webinar” and “circle back” in everyday conversation. These gifts are for your friend who will answer a phone call from their boss at a funeral. We figure that you might want to gift something with a little more cheer than a bag filled with Pepto Bismol and No-Doze. Here are some options to show them you care about their upward career trajectory from the unique vendors at Williamsburg’s Artists & Fleas, open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 7pm. (more…)

12/02/16 3:25pm
Even though the days are a little shorter, Extra Fancy's market will keep the holiday cheer alive. via IG

The days are a little shorter, but Extra Fancy’s market will keep the holiday cheer alive. via IG

In case you thought we were all done announcing winter holiday markets after yesterday’s bonanza of a roundup, we’ve got another one for you, and it features vendors you’re unlikely to have seen anywhere else. If the humdrum Etsy fare just isn’t doing it for you right now, come around back behind Extra Fancy (302 Metropolitan Ave.) in Williamsburg tomorrow, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 for a cozy little cloisters of jewelry, antiques, wellness products and children’s fashion.

Best of all? Drink specials for our readers! Read on to find out how to knock a few dollars off those Extra Fancy pints you’ll be drinking while you browse. (more…)

12/02/16 12:14pm
Corporate livin' ain't easy.

Beware these office space cadets. via gratisography

What is it about the office that brings out the weird people and uncomfortable interactions? Perhaps it’s the mundaneness of the job or the sterile environment. Our parents’ generation put up with them for a guaranteed career and pension; but that’s all out the window now. We’re a generation of freelancers and entrepreneurs. It’s a lot of work, but a hell of a lot more fun. And you don’t have to put up with the strange and annoying denizens that roam the corporate halls. It’s especially true if you snag a sweet spot at Coworkrs.

Coworkrs delivers a hospitality-centric approach, with curated spaces and premium services, which means no cubicle farms or brown sludge coffee. It’s a chic place where everything is taken care of, allowing you to work, meet clients, and build your business in a professional-friendly environment. The company has five different locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn and offer co-working spaces, dedicated desks, and even private offices. It’s perfect for everyone, from the one-woman show that’s ready to move beyond the coffee shop to the startup that’s outgrown the living room. Plus, you’ll be in the company of people passionate about their work — unlike the following folk you’d have to put up with in the traditional 9-5. (more…)

11/25/16 12:56pm
Slide something better under your favorite scholar's IKEA furniture this year. Image via Flickr.

Slide something better under your favorite scholar’s IKEA furniture this year. Image via Flickr.

As that one friend in grad school often tells you, the pursuit of knowledge often comes at the expense of self-care. If this year’s secret Santa exchange has got you asking “What do you get for the overachieving friend who has everything (and just enrolled in grad school, so is definitely not sleeping)?” we’ve got you covered. These gifts will be sure to soothe anyone who needs a little R&R, but is too zonked out (or broke) to make it happen.

Winter break is the perfect time to uncurl them from their 16-hour post-finals sleep. Let them wake up to your thoughtful gifts for relaxation and rejuvenation from these unique vendors at Williamsburg’s Artists & Fleas, open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 7pm. (more…)

11/23/16 12:06pm
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Park Slope Santa prefers gluten-free cookies and almond milk. Via Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID

Thinking about tree lightings in New York often triggers memories of that one time you intentionally (or unintentionally) got swallowed up by the tourist mosh pit around the Rockefeller Center tree. That’s not something you ever want to do again.

The Park Slope 5th Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) has the Brooklyn-based antidote. At their annual Small Business Saturday event, they will be lighting a (real) 22 ft. tall Christmas tree with yards on yards on yards of lights that you won’t need an electrical engineering degree to appreciate. The ceremony is from 6:30 p.m to 8 p.m. at JJ Byrne Park, at 5th Ave. and 4th Street, smack dab in the middle of events and discounts all up and down the avenue. And unlike a tree you keep in your fifth-floor walk-up, you won’t have to deal with mouse poop “presents” under the tree or thinking too deeply about the decaying object in your living room. (more…)

11/18/16 12:20pm
Photo by dpb1183

Photo by dpb1183

Sponsored By BRIC.

BRIC is a nonprofit arts and media cultural organization that presents free and low-cost programming to the community.

Created By BlankSlate

Think you’re the next Spike Lee or John Singleton? Here’s your chance —BRIC is having an open call.

“We’re asking filmmakers of color to create an episode of a sci-fi series that depicts Brooklyn between the present day and the year 3000,” says Kecia Elan Cole, BRIC TV senior producer, about the serial series called BK3K. (more…)

11/16/16 5:00pm
image via pixabay.

image via pixabay.

Do you have a zest for life and passion for what you do? Do you want to date similarly oriented people? This new awesome dating app developed in Amsterdam might be just what you’ve been waiting for.

The Inner Circle is a “selective dating platform” that vets all the newly registered users, and distances itself from apps like Tinder, Happn, and Once. (more…)