Let’s take a moment to take stock of just how much time we’ve all spent taking Buzzfeed quizzes this winter. Yikes. Now that we all know which NYC neighborhood we’re supposed to live in and what kind of dog we should own, how about we slow it down a bit? It’s time for our monthly look at the best longform stories, videos and other in-depth pieces of journalism from Brooklyn and beyond.
The MoMA Family Programs Tours for Fours, one of MoMA’s many family day offerings. It’s worth borrowing a kid just to take advantage of the free admission. Photo: Martin Seck
One of the widely known secrets in New York City is the free admission days to its top museums, when lines of people wrap around a block (for hours and in all weather) for entrée. With admission running up to $25, it definitely can be worth the wait. But, if you have children, there is another way to gain gratis admission and also, engage your kids in art. The free MoMA Family Gallery Talks on Saturday and Sunday mornings give you access to the exhibits as well as the brain power of their Education Department.
One Saturday, after rousing and feeding my 4-year-old son, we raced to the subway, and miraculously made it to the museum by 9:45am. We hightailed it down the block, expecting long lines and bedlam, but when we spun through the revolving door, we found a scene of serenity. A handful of families sat drawing calmly on couches, and a line of volunteers with clipboards stood at the helm. “Good morning,” one of them smiled. “Let me show you to your locker.” This volunteer (who undoubtedly loved her job), gave our son a variety of papers and crayons to draw with while we waited.
We were grouped in the “Tours For Fours” program, while other aged children were shuffled into “A Closer Look For Kids” groups. Our patient educator welcomed us (and the four other families in our group) to the museum. Each educator could theoretically handle up to 25 kids and their families, and they assured me that often it does get more crowded. But, based on what we saw, they have the organizational skills to direct an army. (more…)
Pee Wee Herman’s bike, the one that sparked a cross-country quest in the 1985 classic, Pee Wee’s Big Adventureis up for sale on eBay right now. It’s at just over $25,000 with a little more than eight hours left to go on the bidding. Comes with an autographed photo of Paul Reubens and documentation that it was, indeed, the bike seen on the silver screen. If you haven’t watched recently, it’s totally worth a viewing–the movie even more delightful close to 30 years later, and the weirdness of its sense of humor completely stands the test of time.
There are 25,000 objects in the Brooklyn Museum decorative arts collection, and each one has a story. We’ll highlight one particularly interesting piece each month, starting with one of the the collection’s most controversial acquisitions.
By design, decorative art objects are intended to be one of two things: pretty or purposeful. “It’s unusual that they have something to say, and even rarer when they have a strong political statement,” says Barry Harwood, curator of the decorative arts collection at Brooklyn Museum.
Five years ago, an object came across his desk, however, so rife with outdated political sentiment, yet historically significant, that he decided to display it in the entryway to the museum’s largest permanent exhibition. (more…)
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The Runaways didn’t have of a long career, but they were certainly ahead of their time. An explosive outfit both on and offstage, they were one of the first all-female hard rock bands to clear a path for future women rockstars. Though the Runaways had broken up by the early ’80s, former members like Joan Jett, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie have kept the band’s memory alive, not to mention their ever-popular song “Cherry Bomb” and the 2010 biopic about the band that starred Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. (more…)
I own a yoga studio here in Brooklyn. We’ve been open for just under two years now, and we’ve been profitable for about a year. Business continues to grow steadily, and I’m starting to think about what my next move should be. I’m just having a hard time understanding when is the right time to grow. I’m feeling very excited and enthusiastic about taking the next step, but I want to act responsibly.
Can you give me any advice on how to make that decision? I’d hate to dive into my next project at the wrong time and sabotage everything I’ve worked so hard to build.
If you fantasize about becoming your own boss, now is the time to make your dream a reality. Brooklyn Public Library’s annual PowerUP! Business Plan Competition is back to offer one lucky Brooklynite $15,000 in start-up cash–plus more cash awards ranging from $5,000 to $500 for winning business plans. All you need to do to throw your hat in the ring is register and attend an orientation session at one of five branches across the borough. Then comes the fun part: The library helps you figure out what’s needed to get your business off the ground, and offers you access to a ton of resources so you can write a winning business plan, develop a marketing strategy for your idea or product and, importantly, find a way to bankroll your dream. And best of all, a business counselor will help you keep your eyes on the prize. Orientations run through April 12.
Wedding Crashers is back and bigger than ever this year, taking place in both The Green Building and SHOW ROOM Gowanus next door. Photo: Readyluck
There are a million ways to throw a wedding. You could book the coolest Brooklyn venue, hold your ceremony in a Catskills barn, or make yours Wes Anderson-themed (yes, this is a thing). But unless you elope, you need pros to pull it off, and you’ll find them all at our wedding fair, Wedding Crashers, this Sunday starting at noon, with early admission for our VIP guests.
Whether you’re looking for a fabulous photographer or photobooth, an original suit or gown, real or paper flowers, you’ll meet 70 of the best wedding vendors in New York at the Green Building and its next-door gallery, SHOW ROOM Gowanus. Don’t fill up on brunch, because we’ve also got hors d’oeuvres, sweets and food truck fare from a dozen caterers, plus Mionetto Prosecco from Heights Chateau, Brooklyn Brewery ales, and Prym cocktails. Following the fair, amble across the street at 2:30 for an after party at 501 Union with light bites from Purslane, more drinks and fun, plus a chance to win giveaways like a night’s stay in a suite at the Nu Hotel, dinner for two at neighborhood restaurant Rucola and a free game for four with cocktails from the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club.
Brooklyn has no shortage of prix fixe dinner specials, but every once in a while one comes along that is the perfect combo of inspired food, delicious drinks and a reasonable price point. This Tuesday’s Founder’s Keepers, a six-course beer dinner collaboration between the always excellent Allswell and Michigan-based Founder’s Brewing Company, seems like it fits that bill. You can’t go wrong with dishes like warm pretzels with beer cheese, beer braised short ribs or oatmeal stout ice cream sundaes, especially not when each is thoughtfully paired with a tasty craft brew. There are two seatings available—one at 6pm and one at 8:30pm—and tickets are $65, which is a pretty good deal for a half-dozen courses and as many drinks.