04/16/14 3:20pm

HollyHowardDear Holly,

I recently started a quarterly magazine geared toward women. It’s on its ninth issue and readership has been steadily increasing, which is great. I still can’t fully support myself on it yet, but I’m definitely getting closer to that goal.

I know people keep saying that print is dying, and it’s all about the online buzz, but I feel compelled to put my energy and effort into the print model. I just feel like that’s where I’m supposed to focus. I do have a website to accompany the magazine, but I’m not investing a lot of my time into it.

Am I totally crazy for starting a business in a “dying” industry, and should I be listening to everyone who tells me to ditch the print and just go digital?

04/16/14 2:21pm


Attention Brooklynites!

Northside Festival has some important news: You will not be leaving the borough this summer. June 13 and 14 mark the start of the summer-long Northside Summer Concert Series at 50 Kent. The former home of “Williamsburg Park,” this 6,000-capacity venue is ready to soundtrack your favorite season, with the first of two shows pulling double duty as part of this year’s Northside festival. The War On Drugs heads back to New York after a run of sold-out shows and the release of Lost in the Dream (Friday, June 13 - $20 adv/$25 day of). Beirut is back for their second round of Northside Fest glory, as they take the stage for their only Brooklyn date of the summer (Saturday, June 14 - $35). The shows are all ages and rain or shine on the corner of North 12th Street and Kent, and tickets for both are on sale now here. This year’s lineup is better than ever, with CHVRCHES, Talib Kweli, Fuck Buttons, Sharon Van Etten, Albert Hammond, Jr., Perfect Pussy, The Dead Milkmen, Eleanor Friedberger, Pharmakon, Lust For Youth, the live debut of Shamir and more.  Check out the up-to-date lineup of 400+ bands playing this year’s music festival (more…)

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04/16/14 11:25am
The Foodieodicals pop-up from last year's Food Book Fair. Photo: Liz Clayman

The Foodieodicals pop-up from last year’s Food Book Fair. Photo: Liz Clayman

The world is awash in recipes and restaurant reviews, celebrity chefs and cooking smackdowns, but for substantial discussions about food culture, The Food Book Fair fills a serious niche in the food world. From April 25-27, the fair returns to The Wythe Hotel with creative panels and parties like the Food Book Slam, where our favorite butcher Tom Mylan, author of The Meat Hook Meat Book, and Tanoreen’s Rawia Bishara, author of Olives, Lemon and Za’atar, will read their books alongside other food stars and “battle” each other for the prize of best book at the fair. Pete Meehan of Lucky Peach will moderate a panel with staff from Bon Appetit and Phaidon to discus whether cookbooks are turning into coffee-table art, and Midwestern chefs and authors, including Emily Elsen of Four & Twenty Blackbirds, will talk about food from the Heartland. When planning out the panels you want to attend, make sure to build in time to browse the country’s best “Foodieodicals” on Saturday. There are lots more special events like these, including Brew Pub, where you can sample the hopped-up work of 20 NYC home brewers handpicked by artist Eric Steen. We have a pair of tickets for the second Brew Pub session from 6-9pm to give away. Just email us to enter–we’ll contact a random winner on Monday.

04/16/14 9:51am
Mon April 21, 2014

If you’ve ever been out to dinner with a teacher, particularly a New York City public school teacher, then you know that their hours in the classroom are storytelling gold, from unruly students to irascible administrators. The long-form fans at Narratively produce a variety of stories around a theme each week, and for their upcoming Teachers and Students series they’re hosting a storytelling event starring eight tellers of tales from both sides of the chalkboard. The event is free, at the Made in NY, IFP Media Center in DUMBO, from 5-6:30pm; register to let them know you’re coming, polished apple in hand.

04/16/14 9:00am

Our pal Tom Shillue has been showing up on The Tonight Show on a semi-regular basis as part of Jimmy Fallon’s barbershop quartet, and some of his buddies from the show are starting to be regulars on Funny Story at Brooklyn Brewery. Take Dion Flynn for example–he’s their go-to Barack Obama, and a regular player in the show’s skits. He’ll be telling a story, along with Ronica Reddick and James Beweley on Thursday, April 24, and you’ll get to hear all about Tom’s recent tour with Jim Gaffigan, and his adventures in Iceland.

04/15/14 5:00pm


Sponsored By Tipsy.

Tipsy is a modern neighborhood wine & spirits shop in Brooklyn. We host 3 free events a week and you can order at shoptipsy.com.

Created By BlankSlate

With a name like Tipsy, it’s obvious this new wine shop in Clinton Hill doesn’t take itself too seriously. Co-owners Amanda Neville and Alan Greene make shopping for wine accessible and fun, hosting free weekly events such as the Tuesday Tasting, Happy Hour Friday, and Saturday Sipper. You can’t spell Tipsy without “tips,” and Tipsy has plenty of those, with wines organized by varietals, pairing suggestions, and a mobile-friendly site that makes choosing wine and spirits a snap. This Saturday, April 19, Tipsy will be making a killer punch based on Kraken Black Spiced Caribbean Rum for their Saturday Sipper. Yarrr!

04/15/14 4:00pm
Wed April 16, 2014
Recognize the wallpaper? Linda Simpson (pictured) and Murray Hill host Drag Bingo at Royal Palms on Wednesday. Photo by Cat Feral.

Recognize the wallpaper? Linda Simpson (pictured) and Murray Hill host Drag Bingo at Royal Palms on Wednesday. Photo by Cat Feral.

If shooting shuffleboard at the Royal Palms has given you a taste for geriatric gaming, be sure to expand your repertoire by swinging through on Wednesday to check out weekly bingo night. Don’t worry, this isn’t your typical stuffy church basement affair—it’s hosted by Linda Simpson and Murray Hill, celebrity drag personalities who have earned some serious bingo-emceeing chops over the years at venues all over the city. Last week, participants competed for prizes like a velvet painting, a crazy light-up laser gun, and a cold hard cash jackpot. Tiebreakers were decided through dance-offs and best underwear contests up on the big stage, which were as entertaining to watch as you would think it would be. There is no cover and bingo cards are $2 a pop, so if you throw in a beer or two and a cheap dinner from whatever food truck in in the bay (this week it’s tacos from Country Boys), you’ve got yourself a fun and budget-friendly weeknight out. Just make sure you don’t space out or you might miss your winning number!

04/15/14 2:36pm
Mon April 21, 2014
Photo by 606 R&D

What better way to ring in spring than with a clam boil Monday night at 606 R&D? Photo:606 R&D

Ok, last weekend proved that we are almost, almost out of the vortex, and it’s time to shift focus to nice, outdoor things, like picnics, bbqs, pig roasts and seafood boils. To get your first taste of that last one this season, buy your ticket now for the annual backyard clam boil at 606 R&D taking place on Monday night. The menu is an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of spring and summer faves: clams, shrimp, sausages, mac & cheese, coleslaw, green salad, watermelon, brownies, and donuts. Your $40 ticket price includes a beer or sangria and live bluegrass music to really help you welcome the warm weather in style.

04/15/14 12:35pm
Thu April 17, 2014
Photo by Stephanie Long

The Roof at Whole Foods is kicking off a monthly beer dinner series this Thursday night with a six-course collaboration with Queens-based Singlecut Beersmiths  Photo: Stephanie Long

Did you know that the Roof at Whole Foods hosts events like a weekly Wednesday trivia night? Me neither, which is why I was delighted to discover that starting this Thursday, the health food mega-facility will be serving monthly beer dinners in partnership with selected breweries. This month, Queens-based Singlecut Beersmiths is up, and they will be pairing a variety of their brews with a six-course, seasonally appropriate menu. For $50 a person, you can dig into dishes like spring onion and pretzel crostini with Hawthorne Valley cheddar, pine roasted lamb with barley salad, and chocolate milk stout pot de crème, all served with a carefully chosen, complementary beers.  To even further sweeten the deal, Whole Foods will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Prospect Park Alliance, a cause we can all get behind. Space is limited so you’ll need to reserve a spot by emailing Stephanie.Long@wholefoods.com.

04/15/14 10:51am

Image (4)At this point you’ve probably either used a car service app like Uber, or ridden with someone who has. We love that they take the guesswork out of when your car will arrive–one of the biggest mysteries of calling a car service dispatch is why they say “seven minutes” when what they really mean is “we don’t have any cars”–but the less than transparent pricing can be a real shock when you check your credit card at the end of the month.

Whisk, a new car service app that just started offering service in Williamsburg, with coverage in Manhattan and a plan in place to expand throughout Brooklyn and Queens over the next few months, wants to take the guesswork out of pricing, and make the entire experience better for riders and for drivers alike.

“When I take a cab, the cabbie will never see me again, there’s no incentive to treat me well, I’m not a long-standing customer,”  says  Michael Ibrahim, Whisk co-founder and CEO. “Livery in New York is a weird system. They don’t have the technology to monitor what happens to each ride so it turns into a bizarre barter and often no one feels good–sometimes the customer feels taken, sometimes the driver feels taken.”

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