07/26/16 11:00am

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Sponsored By The New School - Continuing Education.

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What makes for a great education? It’s all about the experience. And fortunately, just because you might not have stepped into a classroom since college graduation doesn’t mean you can’t still get a slice of the college life.

This August, fill in your fall with your own #BTS moment with Continuing Education courses at The New School in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village.  Classes include options such as Intro to Jewelry Design; Screenwriting for Web; Linguistic Anthropology; Music, Media and Society; Feasting Your Eyes: Food and Film; and Cuba Now! Arts and Society.

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What makes The New School different? In most colleges and universities, continuing education students are separated from those pursuing degrees; they take different courses and frequently are assigned instructors with less experience.

Not at the The New School.  Continuing education students sit alongside those pursuing degrees.  As a result, lifelong learners are taught using the same New School methods, which include an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from multiples branches of knowledge — journalism students collaborate with design students, architects with social researchers, media specialists with activists, poets with musicians.

Students enrolled at The New School’s Parsons School of Design, for example, learn about graphic design, social media and branding — a multifunctional approach that helps them apply their learning to the real world.

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Since The New School was founded in 1919, it has continued to drive forward its core commitment to foster a free exchange of ideas between the public, scholars and artists. Today, this philosophy continues to live on even in its Continuing Education social media campaign, #LearnGrowRepeat.

And this philosophy finds its best application in New York City (as in real estate, location matters). With its main campus based in Greenwich Village, The New School is easy to access. It also offers the added benefit of proximity to iconic buildings and works of art – many of which are housed in The New School’s University Art Collection.

Continuing Education students at Parsons view buildings designed by the likes of Frank Gehry and visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art to view the works of masters like El Greco. If an instructor has an art show, students can check it out and engage with the material.

Enrollment — whether for an online class or one at the Greenwich Village campus — is open.  Learn more and save your spot today>>

Want to learn more before you sign up? Get a hands-on experience at The New School’s  Continuing Education Expo at 6:30 p.m. on August 2. RSVP now>>

07/26/16 10:57am

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We’re in it. The hottest part of the year. Rooftop weather. Right now it seems like the long, steamy days, sudden thunderstorms and sultry nights will last forever, but one of the sweetest things about summer is how fleeting it always feels. Here are three ways to take full advantage of the season and get up on a rooftop, take a deep breath, absorb the view and appreciate the moment.

Get a drink

New York being a drinker’s paradise, the most obvious rooftop activity for summer months is cooling down with a glass of something cold, refreshing and, well, dehydrating. We visited Rooftop Reds in the Brooklyn Navy Yard earlier this summer and highly recommend ordering a rosé tasting flight followed by a bottle of whichever wine you enjoyed the most. They also have hammocks for post-sipping total relaxation.

BB contributor Ellen Killoran has a new favorite rooftop drinking venue this year. She writes: The Llama Inn rooftop bar has managed to create a near-impossible oasis from the city while being so close to the BQE that you can almost touch it (strategic design keeps the roadway hidden). The compact space above Williamsburg’s new Peruvian destination restaurant feels like a tropical getaway, somehow muffling the noise right outside. The Spanish and Latin American wine list will challenge the palate. The Bodegas Los Bermejos ($13) is not your typical bone-dry rose, and the Llama Del Ray ($13), their signature frozen Pisco-red wine punch, will make your tastebuds stand at attention. (more…)

07/25/16 12:41pm

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For years I lived in the shadow of the Pfizer Building, in a corner of North Brooklyn that is geographically close to most things, but in practical terms is the middle of nowhere. There were no cafés, no bars, no restaurants and it was a long, ugly trek to the grocery store. What we did have was a cheap, huge loft and a roofdeck. A few years ago, in search of a more welcoming neighborhood and some actual rooms, my husband and I moved close to the Graham Avenue stop on the L train. Now we say hello to our neighbors (living amongst the Hassidim you quickly learn that your greeting, even if it’s a perfunctory smile, will not be returned), have our choice of latte providers and revel in how great it is to live two blocks from a grocery store.

The one thing that has always been missing for me is a go-to neighborhood restaurant.

If you live in the area (hi neighbor!) you may have your own personal favorite. I love Hummus Market, but that’s more of a lunch spot or a deluxe takeout situation. My husband loves the red sauce classic Frost Restaurant, but it’s just too well lit and too heavy for me to want to go all that often. We both love Il Passatore on Bushwick Avenue, but you don’t always want pasta, and there’s nothing I love to drink there. These are not real problems, I know.

All that is to say that now that Win Son has opened on the corner of Graham and Montrose my non-problems are truly non-issues. It’s a Taiwanese-American spot that serves delicious small plates, dumplings, noodles, sandwiches and more, with an excellent cocktail menu, friendly staff and a welcoming bar. In other words, a go-to neighborhood restaurant.

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07/21/16 11:18am

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We’ll need to get a few things out of the way before I tell you why Ghostbusters, both the original and the reboot, is a great movie, why it’s not *just* a fluffy comedy, and why you, as a card carrying New Yorker, should go see it immediately, as a point of pride and honor.

Ghostbusters is about GHOSTS and what are ghosts but our own projected fears? What could be more revealing about us as a culture?

Ghostbusters, the 1984 version, is probably the movie I have seen the most in my life.

•I did not view the much hated, and admittedly terrible trailer for the new movie until after I actually watched the movie itself.

•Like many critics of the new movie, I would much prefer a sequel or new chapter in the series to a reboot. And yet, it really is fun to watch and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

•Most importantly, they both highlight the impersonally communal experience of living in New York City.

In the endless, unsolvable internet battle* over whether or not the movie is funny, whether people who don’t like it are misogynists, and whether the critics who did like it and took the time to write about it are simply politically motivated feminists, the two sides keep pointing out that both versions are fluffy comedies that should never be expected to shoulder any sort of cultural burden at all.

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07/20/16 4:19pm

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When I sat down for a screening of Don’t Think Twice, the new comedy from Mike Birbiglia, I was in a mood. It had been a long day at work, I had just booked it across midtown in a most unfavorable pair of heels, and, frankly, I wasn’t all that excited about the film I was about to see. Many indie films are a slow burn, sure, but a feature length film about improv comedy subculture? I didn’t have the highest expectations. An hour-and-a-half later, discreetly trying to wipe my tears with my sleeve, I had zero desire to leave the theatre.

Don’t Think Twice, actor, writer, and comedian Mike Birbiglia’s sophomore feature film, is the story of an improv group known as The Commune working in a dingy New York theatre. The six of them work for small crowds and for even smaller sums, are often on the prowl for a modicum of something that can be deemed as success. They also seem totally blissed out in one other’s company, a series of friendships that have clearly withstood the test of time and some awful jokes. They’re led by Miles (Birbiglia), a 30-something improv teacher with an affinity for sleeping with his younger students and claiming he’s always inches, just inches away from making it big. Then there’s spunky but spoiled Lindsay (Tami Sagher), whimsical Allison (Kate Micucci), and slightly pathetic Bill (Chris Gerhard). Gillian Jacobs and Keegan-Michael Key round out The Commune as Jack and Samantha, the romantic couple of the group. Although most of them live together in a crappy loft and pretty much all of the group suffers through a series of mundane day jobs, they’re happiest when doing what they’re best at: getting on a stage a few nights a week and fearlessly shooting the shit. (more…)

07/20/16 1:42pm

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Thursday, July 21 GOWANUS, The Goonies drinking game, 8pm, tickets $8↠

Friday, July 22 PARK SLOPE Psycho Beach Party, 8pm, free↠

Saturday, July 23 GREENPOINT Pokemon Go Bar Crawl, 1pm, free, plus your bar tab(s)↠ • FORT GREENE PARK Jazz Festival, 3-7pm, free↠

Sunday, July 24 RED HOOK Ragas Live Festival, noon Saturday-noon Sunday, tickets $40↠

Monday, July 25 BROOKLYN HEIGHTS Fed Up, 6:30pm, free with RSVP↠

Tuesday, July 26 COBBLE HILL Backfat Variety Show, 8pm, free↠

Wednesday, July 27 BROOKLYN NAVY YARD Guernica Summer Party, 7pm, tickets $25↠

Welcome to Your Ideal Week: The Dog Days of Summer Edition. I don’t know about you, but whatever fatigue I was feeling from the relentless heat and humidity (today is actually kind of lovely, in the shade) is no match for the sheer exhaustion brought on by the relentless coverage of the RNC. How has it only been 2.5 days of this?! I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever felt more compelled to get outside and away from my TV. Or at the very least to watch something else on TV–I highly recommend Mr. Robot and UNReal, both of which are having pretty engaging sophomore seasons so far, and I’m totally engrossed in The Night Of, the new HBO crime drama series.  If you’re feeling like you need more than a date with your cool couch or the hot sand this week, we’ve got a lot going on to scratch your social butterfly itch.

In addition to the usual schedule of outdoor movies, summer concerts, and other cultural musts happening around town, check out our tips below on how to squeeze the most out of this Ideal Week in Brooklyn. Stay cool (and cool headed) and we’ll see you next week!

Thursday, July 21 What’s the best thing about revisiting one of your favorite movies from childhood 30 years later? Now you’re old enough to add a drinking game into the mix! On Thursday night, truffle shuffle your way over to Littlefield, where A Drinking Game NYC will be presenting a live staged reading of everyone’s favorite 80s pirate adventure/comedy classic, The Goonies, starting at 8pm. Here’s how it works: When someone says one of the catch phrases on the predetermined list (we’re guessing that “Hey, you guuuuuuys!” made the cut for this flick), everyone has to drink, meaning that things are bound to get increasingly silly (and fun) as the night goes on. Tickets are $8.
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07/19/16 8:56am
Find sunglasses that fit the shape of the beach you lay on. Photo: Meredith Craig de Pietro

Find sunglasses that fit the shape of the beach where you bask. Photo: Meredith Craig de Pietro

Everyone knows you need sunglasses at the beach. Which pair is best for you though, depends on which beach you love the most–each summer destination has a different vibe. Put down the Pokemon Go, and take this single-question, multiple-choice quiz to find out which sunglasses are right for you. It’s easy, and we won’t even force you to figure out what shape face you have.

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07/18/16 10:24am
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Head to Bobek Deli early for the best choice of hot dishes. Photo: Brendan Spiegel

When I was checking out the array of trendy new restaurants popping up in and around Kensington earlier this year, I came across one unsuspecting little spot that is far from trendy but definitely shouldn’t be passed over by serious eaters.

Bobek Deli is the kind of place you would probably walk right on by if the assortment of Polish canned food in the front window didn’t grab your attention. But inside the narrow, angular space, behind rows of Polish tabloid magazines and Slavic-brand potato chips, there are some fantastic culinary creations worth exploring. First, There’s a  butcher’s cold-case filled with about a dozen un-pronounceable offerings like zwyczajna (a smoked and cured pork kielbasa made with black pepper and garlic). Another case is stocked with fresh-baked pastries and fruit-filled bowls of Jell-o. But the real prize is the unsuspecting hot-food bar in the back, where a daily array of freshly-made to-go items offer rib-sticking Eastern European comfort food to dedicated regulars. (more…)

07/15/16 11:10am
Head to Long Beach on the LIRR. Photo: Annaliese Griffin

Head to Long Beach on the LIRR. Photo: Annaliese Griffin

Summer is here and that means it’s time to go to the beach! It’s a little counterintuitive, but it’s actually easier to take my five-year-old to beautiful Long Beach on the LIRR than taking public transportation to most of the beaches in New York City. Plus, there’s a sweet beach and train combo deal–when buying your ticket, choose the Deals and Getaways option which includes train fare plus a day pass to the beach all for $24. Consider that if you drove and paid for parking and for a beach pass (yes, you have to pay to get on to Long Beach). All you have to do is exchange your train ticket for a day pass to the beach at one of the kiosks along the boardwalk. Children under five ride for free and ages five to 11 ride for $1. 

Off we went on the sunny Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, starting at Atlantic Terminal, making an easy transfer at Jamaica, and ending up at Long Beach Station. The entire trip takes about an hour, but for my boy and his friend the train ride was almost as much fun as playing in the sand. The front of the train will be crowded as that’s where the exit is at Long Beach Station. If you want a seat, head toward the back. (more…)

07/15/16 7:14am
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The world’s first-ever Häagen-Dazs shop, at 120 Montague St. in Brooklyn Heights.

It’s National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, and July as a whole is National Ice Cream Month, which means that if you have not been using this time wisely, and indulging in delicious ice cream treats throughout the month—Saturday is a perfect opportunity.

The Montague St. Häagen-Dazs store is holding its grand reopening, starting with a ribbon cutting at 10:45am tomorrow, July 16, with Borough President Eric L. Adams, and followed by four hours of giveaways and prizes from 11am to 3pm. Everyone who stops by will get a free scoop of ice cream, a $1 off coupon for a return visit, and a chance to win gift cards for more free scoops—including an ice cream for a year card* that will keep one lucky winner in the mint chocolate chip long after summer leaves.

If you’re wondering why the Brooklyn Heights store, out of all of the Häagen-Dazs shops around the country, is so special, it’s because it was the world’s first-ever Häagen-Dazs shop to open in 1976. New franchisee Michael Shuster just oversaw a renovation of the space and is ready to show off the new ice cream cafe. Come celebrate the return of the original ice cream shop this Saturday and enjoy your free scoop!

*No purchase necessary, $480 value. See shop for rules

Sponsored by The Häagen-Dazs Shoppe Company