02/05/16 10:50am
This weekly family dance party gives you a chance to rock out with your children.

Debbia Attias has taken her popular adult class, Dancorcism, and scaled it down for the youngest dancers. This weekly family dance party gives you a chance to rock out with your children.

Have you ever just gotten to a point where you fantasized about throwing the homework in the trash, skipping karate lessons, lighting the dinner on fire and just taking your kids out clubbing? In this fantasy, you’d dance until the break of dawn like you used to in college, screaming “THERE’S MORE TO LIFE THAN GOOD GRADES AND POPULARITY CONTESTS!!!” Your kids would finally think you were cool and you would connect on a deeper level on the dancefloor. Then Bianca Jagger would come riding in on a white horse, and after convincing your kids that it wasn’t one of those Central Park horses, they would think it was magical. You’d all be laughing and dancing, and most importantly having fun like a family should!

Chances are your kids would be too tired to enjoy the adventure. You’d be paranoid about one of the kids accidentally eating some molly, or worse still, slipping through a wormhole to Burning Man. But what if I told you there was a way to have just as much fun dancing with a rockstar, with none of the night life risk? Because Debbie Attias, founder of the (now defunct) electroclash band, Avenue D, has started a Family Dancorcism dance party on Thursday afternoons from 4-5pm in a church in Greenpoint. (more…)

02/04/16 10:54am
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Lane Moore can make anything, even Tinder, hilarious. Photo: Mindy Tucker

“Welcome to Tinder Live, where sadness comes to fuck.” That was my introduction to comedian, writer and musician Lane Moore and her blisteringly hilarious show, Tinder Live. It may also be the truest sentiment ever spoken about the addictive, slightly destructive and utterly inescapable dating app.

“Maybe this awful Tinder guy is just really bad online and we’ll have a great story about how I initially hated him but then it worked out!’”

Moore, who describes her comedy as, “Janeane Garofalo meets Mr. Show meets Mystery Science Theater meets a little kid who is really excited and also sad,” commanded the stage at The Bell House during January’s show as she ran through her pics of the week–profiles accompanied by the blurriest shots, the most tiger-filled compositions and photos featuring  groups of eight guys where it’s unclear who you’re swiping for, or whether it’s a profile at all, or maybe just an efficient invitation to an orgy. (more…)

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02/03/16 1:04pm
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Party like it’s 199something on Saturday at Brooklyn Bowl’s I Love the 90’s live show featuring local cover band the Fresh Kids of Bel-Air. Photo: ilovethe90s.com

It’s a glum, drizzly Wednesday–the kind of day that forces even the cheeriest optimists among us to suppress the urge to snarl at subway stair dawdlers–and we still have a whole half of the workweek to get through before Saturday’s sweet, lazy freedom is upon us. It’s a day that demands something fun to look forward to, so it is with special pleasure that we present you with a week-long calendar chock full of cool ways to spend your free time when it’s actually available to you. Pencil in some plans with people you love–or at least enjoy–it will improve your mood today. And if not, well, there’s always the tried-and-true mid-afternoon chocolate/coffee/secret glass of wine run.

Nineties nostalgia rules on Saturday night at Brooklyn Bowl, where local cover band The Fresh Kids of Bel-Air is performing their popular live show starting at midnight. Tickets are $15 if you buy them online, which should leave you some extra cash to stock up on some super flattering overalls and hot neon accessories so that you fit right in.

For a low-key Sunday activity, check out Greenpointers’ Valentine Market from 1-7pm. In addition to perusing a plethora of gifts, jewelry, clothing and food items for sale from tons of local vendors, you can also take advantage of an onsite henna artist, nail art station, photo booth, tarot card reader, and live music. It’s a nice way to support small businesses in the area, and you’ve got to conserve your energy for the double whammy of Super Bowl 50 and Mardi Gras landing back-to-back this year. 

If you really want to blow it out this Fat Tuesday, head to The Hall at MP for a proper NOLA crawfish boil and brass band bacchanalia starting at 7pm and running all night. A $35 ticket gets you dinner, dancing, and drink specials on craft cocktails and beers from the Big Easy. Laissez les bon temps rouler is the traditional Mardi Gras mantra, but let’s make it happen all week, people! Read ahead for some more fun times on the horizon and enjoy yet another Ideal Week. (more…)

02/03/16 12:00pm

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Coworkrs offers coworking memberships, desks, and private office suites in Gowanus, FiDi and Flatiron NYC. Be 'At Home at Work'

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In some parts of the world, maybe, the word “work” conjures up images of business suits in a dreary commute to do 9 to 5 at cookie cutter cubicles in a drab office.

This, however, is Brooklyn, where we work at creative and innovative jobs, and demand office spaces to match.

The new Coworkrs Gowanus space is a great example. As with other successful Coworkrs spaces in Flatiron and the Financial District, the Gowanus location offers freelancers and small businesses a light-filled, airy coworking space, with open common areas, conference rooms, and kitchens that put most office break rooms to shame.

But what really makes this space special is its carefully thought-out design. We talked to some of the architects and artists that worked together to give this converted warehouse its unique look, and make Coworkrs Gowanus an ideal HQ for creatives and entrepreneurs of all stripes. (more…)

02/02/16 10:18am

February may be the shortest month, even in a leap year, but it has a tendency to feel more like the longest month. Instead of despairing that your work schedule or bank account won’t allow you to escape somewhere warm to recharge, find some inner sunshine with these three inward retreats, for less than you spend on your morning coffee.

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The Uplift Project is one of those only-in-New-York collaborations that come across like graduate studies for beautiful people–past events have included an urban retreat at Brooklyn brownstone and a guided meditation at Soho House. Equal parts Tony Robbins-style self-actualization and powerful good vibes, all filtered through a brand-manager-finessed social media presence, Uplift Projects explore big picture questions about modern life through a spiritual lens to help cut through the noise and distraction we experience so constantly, leaving participants…uplifted. Their next project, on Feb. 18 from 7-9pm, is an evening with Jillian Turecki, a yoga teacher and coach, titled Reclaim Your Relationship. It’s intended for anyone seeking a greater sense of fulfillment in life, which pretty much means all of us, yes? Tickets are $30. (more…)

02/01/16 11:50am
Hummus Market is a restaurant where vegetarians, vegans and omnivores can dine together in peace. Photo: Hummus Market

Hummus Market is a restaurant where vegetarians, vegans and omnivores can dine together in peace. Photo: Hummus Market

There are restaurants that open with great fanfare after months on most-anticipated lists, early previews for the food media elite and with the help of an army of publicists. Then there are the unassuming local joints that pop-up a few blocks from your apartment and quickly become your favorite place for Tuesday night dinner or an excellent lunch special. While it’s nice to have fancy eats within a stone’s throw of your front door, it’s really the smaller, humbler places that you want to eat at or order from on a weekly basis (and can actually afford) that make a neighborhood feel like home.

Hummus Market, which opened on Graham Avenue in Williamsburg last summer, is decidedly in the latter camp. Yes, the name has a real mall-falafel ring to it, but ignore that. This is veggie heavy, olive oil laden, parsley, lemon juice and harissa-spiked, pan-Middle Eastern fare. If you’ve ever bought a cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi this is the food you secretly wish you were making and eating at home all the time. (more…)

01/29/16 9:23am
This mechanical mask is one of a dozen objects on a scavenger hunt for kids. Photo: Ernest Amoroso/ National Museum of the American Indian

This mechanical mask is one of a dozen objects on a scavenger hunt for kids. Photo: Ernest Amoroso/ National Museum of the American Indian

The snow that dumped down on us from Jonas made my family hyper aware that we need some go-to inside places for the next few stir-crazy months. The wonderful part of living in New York is having unlimited museums at your beck and call, and the deep freeze of winter is a perfect time to explore these indoor arenas.

Since my son is studying Native American culture in his kindergarten class, we decided to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian located in lower Manhattan over the weekend. This gorgeous beaux-arts building stands on the northeast corner of Battery Park, and is just one stop from Brooklyn. With its absolutely free (every day, all day) admission, it proved to be a perfect winter destination to warm up out of the house for an hour or two. (more…)

01/28/16 11:26am

Because 2016 is a leap year, there’s an extra day of fun in February this year. And yes, there IS fun to be had in February. Obviously the Coldplay/Beyoncé mash-up slated for the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 7 is at the top of each and every American’s agenda. There are a few more cultural events worth considering this month, and we’ve compiled a countdown of TV, film, books and outings worth adding to your calendar.


10. Amidst the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, filmmaker Spike Lee let it be known that he will be skipping the Academy Awards on Feb. 28 for his regular floor seats at Madison Square Garden opting to watch his beloved Knicks battle the Miami Heat instead. Can’t say I blame him. For my part, I’ll be watching his new documentary, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, the title of which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the subject matter, though this BBC review from Sundance is worth a read. The doc covers the King of Pop’s ascension from Jackson 5 frontman to solo superstardom. It premieres on Showtime on Feb. 5.


9. People are already comparing British pianist/poet Benjamin Clementine to the likes of Nina Simone, which is not bad company to find yourself in at the age of 27. Having listened to his debut album, At Least for Now, on repeat since discovering it on SoundCloud, I’m apt to agree with all the praise being poured out for the London-based composer who last year won a Mercury Prize, awarded to the top album in the UK annually. Catch Clementine at Mercury Lounge on Feb. 24 (and don’t dawdle on buying those tickets–his two shows at Rough Trade in Williamsburg are already sold out).  (more…)

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01/28/16 7:06am
Get started on your taxes now instead of waiting till April 18. Steven Zelin and Marie Kondo would approve. Photo: Let Me Organize It

Get started on your taxes now instead of waiting till April 18. Steven Zelin and Marie Kondo would approve. Photo: Let Me Organize It

Want some good news about your taxes? Emancipation Day falls on Friday, April 15 in D.C. this year, which pushes the filing deadline to April 18. That gives us all an extra weekend to prepare. You should still try to get your taxes out of the way now, though, if you want to KonMari your financial closet.

“It’s a really good time to think about your financial goals for the year,” says Steven Zelin, our accountant for the past eight years and a savior to many other creatives and professionals. “And also to think about the financial goals you set for the previous year, to see how you did, and what you could do differently.”

Doing your taxes now, in other words, will force you to take a fresh look at your spending and saving habits, and help you streamline them going forward. Here are a few suggestions from Zelin to make tax time easier, and pave the way toward healthy finances in the new year: (more…)

01/27/16 1:36pm
Check out photographer Courtney Mooney's ongoing portraiture series of her neighbors at the opening reception for Souls of Lefferts at Tugboat Tea Company on Saturday. Photo: Courtney Mooney

Check out photographer Courtney Mooney’s ongoing portraiture series of her neighbors at the opening reception for Souls of Lefferts at Tugboat Tea Company on Saturday. Photo: Courtney Mooney

Hey folks, if you were worried that the highlight of your week was going to be avoiding bottomless pools of sludge collected at crosswalks, never fear–Your Ideal Week is here to the rescue.

Connect with nature in a way that might seem elusive this time of year at the Brooklyn Grange’s Intro to Beekeeping workshop this Thursday night at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. If you’ve ever had an urge to try your hand at beekeeping, or if you’re just interested in learning more about bees and their outsized role in maintaining our ecosystem and food supply, apiculture expert Tim Cerniglia will be on hand to teach you everything you need to know. Tickets are $40 and are available here.

Friday night, shed your coats and shake it with The Loyales, a nine-piece band that will make you dance your socks (and boots) off. We’re co-hosting the party with Lucy Music and 501 Union, where the band will be playing R&B, pop, funk, and Motown classics. The night begins with a cocktail hour set at 8pm, before the full-on dance party gets underway at 9. It’s $10 at the door, but you can RSVP here to get in free.

On Saturday, head to Prospect Lefferts Gardens to see local residents on display at the opening reception for Souls of Lefferts, an ongoing portraiture project by local photographer Courtney Mooney focusing on the people she interacts with in her neighborhood. The exhibition goes live at 6pm at the Tugboat Tea Company. Afterward, head to Industry City Distillery for drinks and a dance party featuring big brass band ensembles No Small Money Brass Band, New Sound Brass, and Diggs Natasha Diggs starting at 8pm.

We’re just getting the ball rolling here though–keep reading for more ideas of what to do with yourself between now and next Wednesday.  (more…)

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