Local fiction enthusiasts and Anglophiles alike—not to mention those of us who fall into both camps—were thrilled when Martin Amis made Brooklyn his home last summer, and now we are getting a chance to reap the benefits. Amis, the celebrated writer who the New York Times Book Review called “his generation’s top literary dog” (and who gained one devoted follower over a decade ago when I read London Fields in an undergrad Modern British Lit class), will appear at BAM tonight for a reading and conversation with Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker’s fiction editor. The event kicks off this season of Eat, Drink & Be Literary, a series that brings superstar novelists to BAMCafé between now and June to read and discuss their work over dinner and wine. The Amis event is nearly sold out–though you may be lucky to snag a pair if you call 718-636-4100 stat–as are other fantastic evenings with the likes of Junot Díaz and Jamaica Kincaid. You will have better luck seeing Colson Whitehead, Nell Freudenberger, and Keith and Masha Gessen, however–just get tickets now. They are $55 each, which is a bargain when you consider it includes intellectual enlightenment, dinner, and free-flowing wine. – K.H.
So Grub Street says there are no “big-deal” restaurants opening in Brooklyn this fall because the rents here are no longer cheap enough to attract exiled Manhattanites. To me, this analysis misses the entire point of the Brooklyn restaurant scene. There have never been “big” restaurant openings in Brooklyn. This is where small restaurants open […]
After 20 years in Brooklyn I was finally priced out of my borough this summer—much like I’d been priced out of Manhattan two decades earlier. It’s a typical NYC story, but unlike the couples profiled in the most recent eye-roller of a NY Times story on the phenom, my man and I weren’t in a position […]
Holly Howard is our go-to business consultant. She’s helped countless small businesses in Brooklyn and beyond (including us here at Brooklyn Based) with her expertise and know-how. This summer, in an unprecedented program, 10 small businesses in Red Hook, Brooklyn have come together to work as a community to grow their businesses through Holly’s From Artisan to Entrepreneur® Business […]
Network television returns in a few weeks, after the long summer break. What to binge watch on a cool(ish) autumn night before all those cliffhangers get resolved? Here are seven suggestions from moody procedurals to bawdy comedies. Broad City If you somehow didn’t get caught up in the hubbub surrounding last winter’s debut of Broad […]