Photo: Elisabeth Loomis Nilma Black might be the busiest person in Park Slope. She is a Brooklyn mother of two young kids. Also, she is also a model with a hectic shoot schedule. Plus, she is a doula on call for births at all hours. All this while simultaneously involved in aid for her fellow Puerto Ricans, who just lost power again. She has been assisting groups like C.E.P.P.A. Coop and The Women Helping Mothers Center to make sure that rural communities receive diapers, formula, water filters, and midwifery services, while working towards sustainability. If that isn’t enough, she recently began a new business. Along with co-founder, Sheila Peluso Benjamin, they are empowering the parenting…
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Get down. Rock out.
Sea Wolf is a fine choice for a family meal out, with frozen drinks for the grownups and outdoor seating and large murals to look at with fidgety kids. Photo: Sea Wolf There comes a point during every restaurant meal with my kids when I ask myself, “Why do we bring these little drunks anywhere?” Seriously, I haven’t felt this exasperated by my dining companions since college-era Fajita-Rita Mondays at the off-campus Chili’s. If I can stop one kid from crawling under the table to rescue a fallen napkin/fork/crayon/French fry, then other is inevitably falling out of a chair, farting audibly, or demonstrating how to pick both nostrils at once. We stand by …
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Say cheers to the chill life.
Lots of amazing things happening during the BRIC OPEN, a free four-day festival borne out of BRIC’s core values of creativity, inclusion, and community. This year’s Festival, with the theme of Borders, reveals complex experiences of moving across geo-political and ideological borders, illuminates the way real and imagined borders intersect, and celebrates our capacity to create connections across boundaries. Join BRIC for a conversation between activists working with the Women’s March and Black Lives Matter; rock out to an eclectic triple bill show with Blitz the Ambassador, Lido Pimienta, and The Chamanas; or dance the night away with RAGGA NYC. Plus, experience unique interactive exhibitions, listen to artist talks, watch …
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Bless yourself with a weed-themed variety show.
No time to leave town? A day in Ditmas Park will give you weekend away feels without dealing with traffic. Photo: Meredith Craig de Pietro On those beautiful spring days when you don’t have the time to get out of town for some rejuvenation, Ditmas Park is an easy escape. Just like our last day trip in Crown Heights, we’ve got you covered with an absolutely perfect day in this historic district. The Flatbush neighborhood looks straight out of a John Hughes suburb, with gorgeous Victorian and Craftsman houses that look very out of place in Brooklyn. Michelle Williams bought and renovated a mansion out here, and the neighborhood has that feminine and undeniably cool vibe that she…
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Color outside the lines, ponder water we doing here, get blazed, feature your films, pick sides, put mind over matter, and more ways to stay dry this week.
When did Israeli cuisine become such a thing in America? Was it Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbooks that started the craze? Our love for hummus, a section of the supermarket that just keeps spreading? The appearance of shakshuka on brunch menus throughout New York? Whatever the reason, the new cookbook Shaya, from James Beard-award winning chef Alon Shaya, is right in step with our current fascination with Israeli cooking. But the book is not just a chef’s guide to the flavors of the Levant. Shaya is also skilled at Northern Italian, Southern, Cajun and Creole cooking, and he weaves his experiences in all these traditions into a…
Music: It’s gone from Sonic Youth to sonic middle-aged! Read more.
Let Satan take the wheel, schwing along, brew something, uncover secrets, be an artist, and more ways to enjoy this warm weather weekend.
Outside last year’s edition of Brooklyn Brewery Beer Mansion in Williamsburg. This year, Weylin hosts the multi-room beer, music and food fest. Photo: Brooklyn Brewery The beer festival format of multiple breweries and tastings in one space is pretty predictable. Brooklyn Brewery’s Beer Mansion takes the same general idea, and blows it up into something much more creative and experiential. This is the second year the Brewery is bringing the concept to its hometown (each year it travels through Europe and the U.S.) and for their second Williamsburg edition this weekend they’ll have six other local …
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If you’re the type of person who could spend hours at flea markets pawing through old political buttons or 80’s Disney figurines, you should definitely make a plan to attend the City Reliquary’s 13th annual Collectors’ Night on Saturday, April 14, 6-8pm at the New York City Fire Museum in Soho. Archivists, packrats, sentimentalists and hoarders from all over the city will display their prized collections of stuff, like Pez dispensers, clown portraits, polar bears, Apollo 8 ephemera, and antique owls that function, from
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Locally made goods that feel out of this world.
I always enjoy a comedy show with a slightly different hook, so this Friday, April 13 Modern Whitney show at Friends and Lovers jumped right out. The concept goes like this: A panel of comics analyze a well-known painting or sculpture and each provides his or her take on its meaning. Afterwards, someone who actually knows what they’re talking about (i.e. a legit art historian) gives the audience the real deal explanation and describes the work’s cultural impact. Hosts Matt Harkin and Akmal
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