Of the movies I’ve seen lately, few are as gripping as The Central Park Five, Ken Burns’ documentary about the incarceration of five innocent teenagers wrongfully convicted of the rape in the late 80s. The film’s Brooklyn premiere is this Sunday at BAM, part of the third annual New Voices in Black Cinema Festival, and three of the unjustly accused victims, now free, will be in attendance for a Q&A. Burns skillfully recreates the city’s fascination with the crime and the trial at the time, which I remember well from my tween years, and the zeal for “justice” that obscured reason and decency and eventually led to the senseless destruction of five young lives. The portrayal of the city itself–so hardened and beleaguered by crime, violence, and economic woes that you won’t believe it was only twenty-odd years ago–is eye-opening for both newcomers and those who lived through the Dinkins era alike. The festival also highlights 15 other films, including Four, starring Wendell Holmes, who will always be Bunk from The Wire to me, Big Words, a hit from Sundance, and Tey (Aujourd’hui), set in Senegal. Many of the screenings are New York premieres and will include audience Q&As with directors and cast members. A full schedule and tickets for all screenings can be found here. –K.H.
The half-a-block long stretch of Centre Street that sits under the BQE between Red Hook and Carroll Gardens seems like a weird setting for a craft brewery, least of all a full-fledged tasting room with a giant stuffed kudu head mounted on the wall (a type of antelope, in case you’re wondering). Nevertheless, that’s exactly […]
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 […]
When Stephanie Berger and Nicholas Adamski, co-founders of The Poetry Society of New York, decided to launch The Typewriter Project—an outdoor art concept that’s attempting to tap into the city’s subconscious by offering anyone access to a vintage typewriter and writing paper on which to wax poetic—the two knew exactly where to set up the “tiniest […]
Free music is one of most redeeming qualities of the New York summer. In exchange for sweaty and pungent subway rides, and co-dependent relationships with our air conditioners, we are rewarded with free entertainment, in settings that, with a perfectly timed breeze, make us remember why we’re here in the first place. This year’s 4Knots Music […]
If we can swing it, we’ll be crisscrossing Brooklyn from Dumbo to South Slope, Prospect Park to Bushwick to make our way to seven stellar events in BK this week. Between David Shapiro’s book launch (you know the guy who writes the reviews of Pitchfork‘s reviews), a special South African film screening as part of […]