These are the only pencils they let you write with, but you also get to report on pizza at Planet Money, so, good trade-off we think. via Facebook
If your job is significantly adding to your seasonal depression and it takes all the energy you can muster to get out of bed on these cold winter mornings and trudge to work, then it’s probably safe to say you’re in the majority of New Yorkers.
Instead of spending the commute fantasizing about what it would be like to actually enjoy your job, take a mental health day and make it happen by applying to some of these awesome openings: (more…)
If, like us, you believe in the oft-quoted maxim “Democracy simply doesn’t work,” you might have greeted New York’s welcoming of participatory budgeting with both excitement and dread. It sounds like a good idea in theory, until your neighbor is grinding a meeting to a halt by insisting we spend $200,000 on outfitting dogs with anti-Obama thunder sweaters. But, a map put together by Participatory Budgeting New York allows you to see the ideas that have been proposed, and even propose some yourself without leaving your apartment. (more…)
Last week, Mayor “Red” Bill de Blasio sent the city into a tizzy by declaring that he’d like to see some more room devoted to affordable housing at the Domino Sugar factory development. His request was going to “doom” the project according to the Daily News. Last night, according to a press release put out by the mayor’s office, it turned out the crazy idea of “negotiating” with developers actually worked, as Two Trees’ Jed Walentas agreed to add more apartments in exchange for the ability to build taller buildings. Hey, let’s send Mayor Tall to fix this thing in Crimea! (more…)
Come on, these can’t be easy to hide. via Facebook
Brooklyn’s art world has been hotter than hot the past two decades, but the one thing it’s been missing is a comical, slapstick art heist. But now we’ve got one, with an almost improbable tale of thievery involving art thieves nabbing enormous paintings of Nelson Mandela, Jean-Michael Basquiat and Snoop Lion from Williamsburg art gallery Cotton Candy Machine. A suspect in possession of the 5′ Basquiat painting has already been apprehended (finally get to write that phrase!), but the Snoop Lion and the Nelson Mandela paintings are still missing. (more…)
Silly Matthew McConaughey, that’s not a TV! via Facebook
If you want to keep up with what everyone is talking about nowadays, you have to talk to them about Important TV, especially if it’s on HBO. Sure you could try to talk to people about Brooklyn Nine-Nine or Archer, but all people want to talk about is True Detective or Girls. And since you don’t have HBO or someone’s HBOGo password, Williamsburg (and Beer Book) bar The Graham (151 Meserole Street) is rescuing you by screening the shows for free every Sunday. (more…)
Is your movie The Room bad? Well, you might be in luck.
Did your tightly held dreams of being a big shot Hollywood director die upon watching the awful first cut of your awful first film. Never fear New York Film Academy graduates and New York University dropouts! The Second Annual Bad Film Fest is now accepting submissions! (more…)
The once and always Mr. Pink will be in Williamsburg
There’s no shortage of famous people you can run into on the street in Brooklyn. My friend rang up Alexis Bleidel at Trader Joe’s once while I made fun of his bagging skills to try to throw him off. Anyway. While there are famous people all around us, it’s still cool to be able to see them down at our level, in a small back room in a bar in Williamsburg. Which is exactly where you’ll find Steve Buscemi on Thursday night, as a guest on the Kevin Corrigan Show at Over the Eight (594 Union Avenue, Williamsburg). (more…)