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An Update On Our Direction Moving Forward

Park Slope is a neighborhood in northwest Brooklyn, New York City. Park Slope is roughly bounded by Prospect Park and Prospect Park West to the east, Fourth Avenue to the west, Flatbush Avenue to the north, and Prospect Expressway to the south. Generally, the section from Flatbush Avenue to Garfield Place (the “named streets”) is considered the “North Slope”, the section from 1st through 9th Streets is considered the “Center Slope”, and south of 10th Street, the “South Slope”. The neighborhood takes its name from its location on the western slope of neighboring Prospect Park. Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenue are its primary commercial streets, while its east-west side streets are lined with brownstones and apartment …

The last night before gentrification: The 77′ NYC Blackout

I remember my aunt (who will undoubtedly toss some cents at this post) telling us it was a blackout. My grandmother or maybe my mom, was skeptical. On this mid July day 40 years ago I was a tiny child and the day was still brightly lit at something passed 7:30 PM or probably later based on what came next.Also the TV was on. Contradictory to any “Blackout” talk the house offered, Roger Grimsby a name who bore a a news man on Channel 7 to fit it, joylessly told the news of the day, and I’m certain (due to my strange memory) he was talking about power outages. The household debate between a girl, her…

Plan your NYC or Hudson Valley wedding at Wedding Crashers

Got engaged over the holidays? You are going to need a few things for your fabulous wedding, and we can help in that department. Our 10th annual wedding fair, Wedding Crashers, returns Sunday, March 17, 2019, and early bird pricing on tickets runs through Jan. 2. You’ll meet over 60 of the city’s most talented and creative wedding vendors, from planners to caterers to food trucks to floral designers to DJs to photographers to photobooths. You might even win an incredible raffle prize like …

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Editor’s Picks: This week we’ve got a throwback dance party, the return of an all-inclusive holiday folk show, a highfalutin New Year’s Eve bash high above Williamsburg, and much more! Brooklyn is the place to be! Read more.

Luxury hotel Marmara Park Avenue pitching rooms as ‘authentic NYC apartments’

Your apartment of course, looks just like this. via Marmara Park Avenue You know how it is when you move to New York City. You call your friends and family back home in Topeka, Iowa or wherever you’re from and they drawl into the phone and ask if your apartment is JUST like the one from Sex in the City or Seinfeld or Girls or The Parent ‘Hood. It’s what people who don’t know any better expect when they come to New York, so of course a new hotel in Manhattan, the Marmara Park Avenue, is pitching themselves as a chance to stay in a real New York apartment. Just, you know, without…

Department of Buildings deems McKibbin Lofts basements ‘perilous to human life’

They’re just not figuring this out? Photo by Emily Paup Hey, speaking of totally authentic NYC apartments, what’s up with the McKibbin Lofts lately? Last time we checked in with them, there was a totally authentic dumpster fire in front of the building. Today’s news? The Department of Buildings slapped the basement at 255 McKibbin Street with an order to vacate on Friday, according to a tip sent in to Gothamist, with the order saying that the basement’s conditions were “perilous to human life.” Looks like…

The Williamsburg J. Crew is beyond parody

wow. such graffiti. much hipster. very art. via J. Crew We tried to goof on the Williamsburg J. Crew by getting hold of the employee handbook for the store, but you know, it sounds like they’re doing a good enough job parodying themselves. From T Magazine: “We didn’t want to just go and do graffiti,” says Jenna Lyons, J.Crew’s creative director. Initially, she wanted to keep the store’s facade as she’d found it — covered in posters and spray-painted tags. “Unfortunately when we did a survey of the space, the facade was actually in such poor shape we had to replace quite a bit of the brick,” she…

Hell’s Kitchen is looking for a few good chefs (to yell at)

Are you not afraid of this man? Then apply today! via Facebook Hey there chefs, and chef wannabes (who can cook, this isn’t for you if you can’t cook), do you want a shortcut around our tips for moving up in the restaurant world? Do you not mind being yelled at by a large man holding a knife? Then you’re in luck, because Hell’s Kitchen is once again looking for a some chefs who want to make a name for themselves and don’t mind being screamed at by an on-…

Brooklyn Bridge waves white flag, just gives up, suggesting we all should do the same

Good idea, Brooklyn Bridge. via Mark Weprin’s Twitter Move over, brown goo in Gowanus, New York City has a new mystery to be collectively baffled by: Why has the American flag that proudly waves on top of the Brooklyn Bridge been replaced by the white flag of surrender? City Council member Mark Weprin spotted the flag and began asking questions this morning, and according to DNA Info, police are baffled and are looking at surveillance footage …

Tuesday lunchtime links

Citi Bike might get a commuter tax break, but still no expansion on the horizon amNewYork Internal police report on Eric Garner shows cops didn’t mention chokehold Daily News Thomas Friedman treats corporate sloganeering unquestioningly? Now we’ve heard everything NYM Here is a video of Arsenal players trying to talk like New Yorkers Deadspin Who do you meet at a dog park? Slate Locals all love Williamsburg Starbucks, so we guess that fight is over Bedford + Bowery Laugh at the person who paid $4.3 million for a messy bed being called …

Bars We Love: Head South!

Photo by Sarah Gainer South       629 5th Ave. South Slope (718) 832-4720 Facebook What it is: A neighborhood joint that serves up 40 beers, varying types of grilled cheeses and a whole lot of friendly vibes. Why we love it: This is a great place to stop in, grab a beer, eat too much free popcorn, realize you’ve only had 1/40th of their beer menu, get some more beers, realize your are at 5/40th of their drink menu, go eat a grilled…

Hey, Birchbox is on sale at Gilt

A box like this, showing up at your apartment every month, for a year. How many times have you passed Barneys or Bergdorf Goodman, and were unable to even afford a mascara? I mean Cover Girl is nice but there’s a time in every girl’s life when she wants to class things up a little bit. That’s why the Broketown ladies were happy to see that Birchbox, which is like Barkbox for human females, is on sale at Gilt City. Birchbox members get a box of trial-size beauty products every month, including mascara, nail polish…

See Jonathan Ames at the Brooklyn Historical Society for just five bucks

You think he’d be more smiley for a guy with his own HBO show Of all of the literary Jonathans in New York, Jonathan Ames seems like he’s the most fun. The literary gadfly, man-about-town and guy who’s never been afraid to make fun of himself or his sexual misadventures has managed to achieve success most of us would take, while still being an alright dude. Want to find out how? Well, ask him, because he’…

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 …