Let’s get a few things straight: #resistance should obviously mean more than Tweeting “hey, stop that” at the president, but it doesn’t exclusively mean attending every single rally and march outside Trump Tower, either. This week, we’ve compiled plenty of ways for you to get involved in grassroots activism at the most vital level, from letter writing to fighting against climate change. Local organizing may not be sexy, but someone’s got to do it (and that someone is you!). (more…)
Decisions, decisions. What’s it gonna BnB? via Sidiq on Airbnb
The Staycation is a contentious affordance here in Brooklyn. Amidst an ongoing affordable housing crisis that leads to things like this and this, there’s just something icky about the practice of spending hundreds of dollars to enjoy a fancy weekend in Brooklyn a few blocks from you actually live. But hey, maybe you work hard to earn that chunk of vacation change and you couldn’t afford to fly anywhere (though FYI, yuge airfare savings are coming later this fall). So if that’s how you wanna spend Labor Day weekend, we’re not judging.
We recently learned from Bedford & Bowery that the Wythe Hotel, like somanyother #brands these days, is trying to appeal to the Brooklynite population by offering half-price rooms to BK residents over Labor Day weekend. That’s right folks, with proof of a BK address comes a shiny $132/night bunk bed room, half off its regular $265 price tag. I mean yeah, bunk beds. But in bunk bed room’s defense, it has flat-screen TVs in each bunk.
Even with this discount, though, is it better to rent with Airbnb? Avoid the capitalist machine, and all that? We compared two Labor Day weekend rentals, both alike in dignity and available at the time of this post: a bunk-bed room at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg (still available to book, as of this post time) and this comparable Airbnb room right next door.
To help you make a bed-ucated decision about where to lay your head this Labor Day, we looked at how each one stacks up in room quality, amenities, even ethics. Yes, ethics. Whereas Airbnb is oft-accused of hurting the affordable housing stock in the city, The Wythe is practically a pillar of achievement for slimy developers seeking to make Williamsburg the “New Manhattan.” (more…)
Anonymous Ensemble is going to take you higher (#5) (pic by Anonymous Ensemble)
1. Hear some weird sh*t at Blogologues, where Allison Goldberg, Jen Jamula, and Tommy Heleringer act out the internet, from community forums to Yelp reviews to OkCupid profiles. (Friday, Union Hall, $10)
2. Doll yourself up for the Indie Pop Prom #4 at the newly reopened Market Hotel, with music by Allison Crutchfield, Eskimeaux, Wall, and Pouty. (Friday, Market Hotel, $10 in prom attire/$12 in street clothes)
Have a murderously good Monday with Charming Disaster (#1) (pic by Luis Ruiz)
1. Feeling dark after Valentine’s Day? Head to Charming Disaster’s Murder Ballad Monday, featuring ghoulish folk music from Jessi Robertson, Kenwyn Dapo, Marilyn Carino, Jascha Hoffman, Hilary Downes, and Liz Tormes. (Monday, Branded Saloon, FREE)
2. Spend a wild evening curated by the great Eric Schmalenberger: it’s the premiere of The JoAnne Holiday Show, plus performances by singer/songwriter Holly Miranda, alt-cabaret star Erin Markey, comedian Dave Hill, and more, not to mention Girls star Jemima Kirke interviewing “the 500-million-year-old enigma know as CLAYWOMAN.” (Monday, House of Yes, $10)
Pot and movies go together like cookies and milk. For instance, just look at the works of Messrs. Cheech and Chong, Kevin Smith or Jim Breuer, much of which wouldn’t be possible without the magical powers of pot. Surprisingly though, Brooklyn’s first pot film festival, happening September 26 at the Wythe Hotel, isn’t about the pleasures of staring at your fingers until you see them fing. According to what organizers told the Village Voice, the point of Sunday’s New York City Cannabis Film Festival is to “elevate cannabis culture.” (more…)
A grass-fed bag, the perfect pairing for your grass-fed burger. via Marlow Goods
If the plastic bag ban and farm-to-table movement hooked up, this is probably what it would look like.
You probably didn’t pay much notice to the September 5th opening of Marlow Goods pop-up at the Wythe Hotel. With leather totes that start at $650, the luxury Marlow goods are a bit out of the Brokelyn budget, but that doesn’t mean we can’t eye them… Especially because they are reportedly made out of the animals you can eat at the Wythe Hotel’s restaurant, Reynard. (more…)
South lets Austinites experience some Texan hospitality. Photo by Deena Atkinson
If you live in Brooklyn, chances are you once came from someplace else. And in this dog-eat-Crif Dog city, sometimes it’s hard not to give in to all those “Go back to Ohio!” taunts. Luckily, scattered amid Brooklyn’s zillion bars and restaurants, the borough’s got a few spots reminiscent of your hometown hangout you can escape to next time you’re homesick. Here are five bars and one eatery modeled after the place from whence you came. (more…)