11/21/14 3:00pm

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Sponsored By Industry City.

American Field and Made in Brooklyn Holiday Market events celebrate the undeniable quality of American-made goods, November 22-23.

Created By BlankSlate

This Saturday and Sunday join Industry City for American Field and Made in Brooklyn Holiday Market. Both events celebrate the industriousness of the American spirit, and the undeniable quality of American-made goods — including those made right here in Brooklyn. Both events will feature clothing, goods, and accessories as well as music, food, live demos, and workshops. Visit American Field and Made in Brooklyn Holiday Market at 274 36th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

11/21/14 1:53pm

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“Sometimes you mess up the pancake and you have to make a new pancake.”

Sandra Allen, deputy features editor at BuzzFeed, cracked this joke at Indie Media Camp in relation to stories that don’t become the “hits” you expect them to be, but she may as well have been speaking about the entire business of independent media. On Thursday, we heard from 25 great speakers–editors, writers, CEOs, marketing managers, social media pros–all of whom taught us a great deal about what it means to make something stick online, whether it’s a great headline that will inspire you to click through, the kind of photo that will get repinned thousands of times, or your own site, into which you’ve poured your heart, time and hard-earned money.

We want to thank everyone who came and our IMC sponsors: car2go, Squarespace, MailChimp, EventbriteGreystone Cellars from Terlato WinesBrooklyn Brewery, Gimme! Coffee and The Joe Tea & Chips Company. Without them we couldn’t have offered a reasonable ticket price. So many conferences cost hundreds, plural, of dollars to attend, making them prohibitively expensive to bootstrapped start-ups and indie media folk like ourselves. Many thanks also to 501 Union, Purslane Catering and Be Better Studios for making everything look and taste so good.

We’re also very grateful to the speakers who ducked out of work early or spent the entire day with us, took the time to prepare talks that inspired and informed us, and were candid about their experiences. Since we didn’t film the entire day, we’re going to share some highlights from IMC the old-school way. (more…)

11/21/14 10:00am
An embarrassment of kale salads. Photo: Annaliese Griffin

An embarrassment of kale salads. Photo: Annaliese Griffin

I’ve hosted Thanksgiving nine times over the past 10 years, and it’s something I love to do. Gathering around a table with a mix of old friends and new faces and then watching the whole thing (d)evolve into a drunken dance party is my favorite thing. It’s always been a team effort, with lots of help from my husband, sister, brother-in-law and friends, and it’s always a labor of love, but over the years I’ve noticed that some people make great guests, others…not so much. Here’s how to up your guest game, from the perspective of a long-time host. Oh, and those of you out there who still send hand-written thank you notes? You are modern day heroes. 

11/21/14 8:39am
Take control of the turkey--it's the main event after all. Photo: Gabrielle Sierra

Take control of the turkey–it’s the main event after all. Photo: Gabrielle Sierra

Ah, Thanksgiving, a magical holiday that gathers friends and family around a table filled with flowers, candles, food and an obscene amount of wine.

Whether you’re hosting a traditional Thanksgiving, or a Friendsgiving before you head to the family homestead, coordinating a big dinner can be hard work, and unexpected issues can crop up before, in the middle and even after the event.

Over the past few years I’ve become a Friendsgiving pro, hosting a group of pals each year before we all scatter across the country, but these lessons work for any big dinner party. Here are a few tips and tricks that can lighten your workload, streamline your planning, and help make your holiday as easy as pumpkin pie. And as sweet as pumpkin pie. And as delicious as pumpkin pie.

Mmm pumpkin pie.

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11/20/14 10:22am
Image-1 (11)The day after Thanksgiving isn’t actually a holiday for most people, but between the turkey hangover, the hangover hangover, and the sheer number of people who are either traveling, shopping or just plain ditching work, it might just be the least productive non-holiday day of the year. So embrace that, and whether you’re with family, friends, or some happy mix of both, get comfy on the couch with a Thanksgiving sandwich and indulge in a viewing marathon. We’ve come up with seven different programs and themes, to cover all your pop culture needs.
Hanging with the Fam
If you need something that everyone in your family can watch without controversy or uncomfortable moments, The Bletchley Circle is your best bet, aside from just leaving the television on The Food Network all weekend. Set in post-war London this slightly unconventional procedural will charm your grandma, while fully satisfying your desire for a creepy crime drama. And, with The Imitation Game out soon, a show about women who worked at Bletchley Park on the British codebreaking effort feels timely. Available on Netflix. –Annaliese Griffin  (more…)

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11/19/14 11:00am

cofield-wanted-design-american-field-made-in-brooklyn-holiday-market-industry-cityCofield at Made in Brooklyn Holiday Market 

Sponsored By Industry City.

American Field and Made in Brooklyn Holiday Market events celebrate the undeniable quality of American-made goods, November 22-23.

Created By BlankSlate

This weekend, Industry City is hosting two events that celebrate American-made goods: American Field, a pop-up celebration of American makers, artists, and craftsmen; and Made in Brooklyn Holiday Market, a showcase of the finest home furnishings, accessories, artisanal foods and other gifts that Brooklyn has to offer. The weekend festivities include vendors, music, workshops, and educational series. Visit both events at 274 36th Street, between 2nd and 3rd avenues.

11/19/14 8:40am
Warm up Saturday night, and every night of the week using the new dance party site, You Don't Have to Settle. Photo: Head On

Warm up Saturday night, and every night of the week using the new dance party site, You Don’t Have to Settle. Photo: Head On

By rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn standards, the fact that all-ages music venue Death by Audio survived seven years in Williamsburg is kind of a miracle. But the expansion of VICE is coming at the cost of this DIY space, which is playing its final shows every night this week through Saturday. The lineup is secret each night, but that hasn’t stopped lines forming around the block. Meanwhile TV on the Radio, which has been silent for the past three years, is back with a brand-new album and two sold-out shows at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. If you buy their album at Rough Trade today, you could earn a wristband that will gain you entry into an in-store performance tonight.

Or you could stay put–it’s cold out! Wait and go out on Thursday, when Funny Story returns to Brooklyn Brewery with Tom Shillue and special guests like Eddie Brill, a booker for Letterman for many years. You could also stay in and subscribe to our Funny Story Live podcast on iTunes, and listen with a cup of hot cider in hand. Warm up even more on Saturday night when DJs take turns playing the best songs of 2014 and 2004 in a Head On dance party. The occasion marks the launch of a brand-new site, YDH2S, that lists only NYC dance parties so you can find a place to shake it every night of the week.

And since we’re a week out from Thanksgiving (can you believe it!) it’s also time to get your charitable self into gear. Cranksgiving should do the trick–you bike around the city picking up food from stores that will help feed the hungry.

Here are seven more recipes for feeling good this week: (more…)

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11/18/14 8:03am

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We’re about to enter holiday party season, and Brooklyn is filled with handmade tools and original home goods that make it easier and more fun to entertain. If you’re hosting, it might be time to invest in a serious cheese plate or tools to that will make rolling out piecrust a pleasure, and if you’re in search of a good host gift, design-forward coasters will outlive the bottle of wine you’re bringing. Here are seven gifts for the cooks, hosts and home bartenders in your lives.

1. French-style Rolling Pin ($24.90) Just as you’d expect from something French, this style of rolling pin is sleeker and more elegant than your standard handled pin. Not only does it look lovely, it also transfers pressure from your hands to the dough more evenly, making rolling out pie crust or cookies easier. And, it’s only French in name–these pins are made from kiln-dried maple in Indiana, as American as apple pie. –Annaliese Griffin (more…)

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