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Summer school: Free classes coming to Downtown Brooklyn on Wednesdays

Soon people are gonna be hanging out here, “learning.” BOOOOO! via Facebook It’s summer! Time to turn off your brain, turn on the part of your brain that loves drugs and forget about learning anything as far as life or actual useful lessons goes! Of course, if you must insist on learning things like some kind of nerd, then we guess you’ll like this news: MetroTech Commons will host three free classes for useful life …

Hay Rosie Scoops Dinner-Inspired Flavors in Carroll Gardens

Lemon and raspberry cones, ready for licking. Photo: Hay Rosie “We’re trying to balance between ‘This is insane’ and ‘This is delicious,’” says Stef Ferrari, owner of Hay Rosie Craft Ice Cream Co. as she feeds me a sample of Bonfire at the Beach–mesquite smoked sweet cream with candied pineapple and coconut scratch (more later on “scratch”). A former beer brewer, Ferrari took inspiration from her background in positioning Hay Rosie as a micro-creamery, which she opened in May. An amalgam of a Brooklyn Brewery-style factory and a neighborhood ice cream store, all of Hay Rosie’s artisan ice creams are handmade from…

A 24-Hour Movie Marathon for a Good Cause

Taylor Schilling of Orange is the New Black will be among the celebs at BAM’s 24-Hour Movie Marathon Friday, September 5. Photo: David Godlis Cinephiles should block out Friday, September 5 on their calendar, and I mean really block it out, because that’s when BAM is having a 24-hour movie marathon and fundraiser to benefit its in- and after-school arts education programs. There are a few things about this that really appeal to me, although if I’m really honest I’m not sure…

Three Easy Ways to Get from Door to Shore

Boarding the NYC Beach Bus on Metropolitan Avenue. Photo: Annaliese Griffin When we learned that Rockabus wouldn’t be making any trips to the beach this summer, we were decidedly bummed—riding a school bus to the Queens coastline with a cooler full of cold ones clamped between our knees was the most convenient way we’d come across to get to the Rockaways. We hear that Rockabus founders, Sam Morrill and Ryan Hefner, are working on a way to bring their shuttle-bus business back bigger and better than ever next year (the…

See Our Pick for Song of the Summer Performed Live this Weekend

Panama (McLean Stephenson) Contrary to popular opinion, the summer song of 2014 to me is not “Fancy ” by Iggy Azalea and Charlie XCX. Rather, it’s “Always” by the Australian electronic trio Panama, off of its most recent EP of the same name. There’s really lots to love about this track as it’s danceable, hypnotic, sophisticated, romantic and surrounded by cinematic textures and an infectious melody. If you don’t believe me, listen for yourself: A little background about this band who ironically is not from the country it’s named for, sort of like that ’80s group Asia. Panama was formed by singer Jarrah McCleary and had previously released another EP, It’s Not Over, whose…

Show Your Neighborhood Love—Design a Brooklyn Flag

For those who love Brooklyn (and this likely means you), a map of the borough is like symbol of devotion. Scan the totes at any farmer’s market, study the walls of any Brooklyn apartment, and chances are you’ll stumble on a map of Brooklyn. But what about Brooklyn flags? Have you ever thought about those? Do you even know what’s on the Brooklyn flag? (Don’t worry, we had to Wikipedia it too. It contains the motto “Eendraght Maeckt Maght”—Dutch for, “in unity there’s strength”—and it depicts a robed woman holding something called a fasces.) Let’s be honest—this is …