01/11/16 10:42am

IMG_6620In the mood for a home-cooked meal, but don’t have the time or skills to make it yourself? There’s an app for that. Meet Homemade, the latest food delivery service in New York to disrupt the business of take out.

Developed by Nick Devane and Mike Dee, Homemade is a marketplace for cooks to produce and sell food directly from their homes. Devane came up with the idea three years ago while wondering how he could share his grandmother’s chocolate-frosted yellow cake with more people. With Homemade, he’s tapping into the city’s network of entrepreneurial chefs who dream of feeding their handcrafted specialities to fellow New Yorkers—all while making a profit. “There’s no reason as a hobbyist cook, you shouldn’t be able to share your zucchini lasagna,” Devane said. (more…)

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09/25/15 10:10am
Common is bringing co-living to Crown Heights this fall, and the startup's founder Brad Hargreaves is one of 20 innovators speaking at ADAPT next weekend. Photo: Common

Common is bringing co-living to Crown Heights this fall, and the startup’s founder Brad Hargreaves is one of 20 innovators speaking at ADAPT next weekend. Photo: Common

One of the most interesting things about sharing a workspace in NYC is being able to get a first look at some very cool startups and companies that will influence what we purchase, how we make things, even how we live.

Since we’ve been working at The Yard in Brooklyn, we’ve been turned on to companies that we’ve become great fans of, like Makr, which has engineered an app that lets everyone become a graphic designer. Inkkas, socially conscious shoemakers who plant a tree for every pair sold, was working out of The Yard until they opened their showroom. And next weekend, when The Yard opens its doors at all six of its locations around the city, including its brand-new Herald Square spot, their inaugural ADAPT festival will introduce its members and the public to all of the smart people who work at The Yard along with innovators from other creative spaces.

One of those big thinkers is Brad Hargreaves of Common, a start-up that is applying the co-working approach to apartment living. His vision, to create dorm-style residences filled with entrepreneurs and freelancers, has a lot of legs in cities where housing is tight and expensive, and he’ll be talking about his ideas next Friday, Oct. 2 at 6pm at the Herald Square spot. It’s a shame, because that’s exactly when we’ll be talking about the freelance writing market with two of our contributors at the Brooklyn location! Jordan Galloway, who is a creative media strategist at the Daily News, and Elaheh Nozari, who has also written for Bustle and XOJane, BlackBook and LearnVest, will talk with myself and Annaliese Griffin about all sides of the media business, from crafting the perfect pitch, to going freelance writing rates, to copywriting, to the realities of bootstrapping your own media company.

While you can’t be in two places at once, you do have three days, five locations and roughly 20 panels to choose from at ADAPT, including a talk about the future of venture capital with Charlie O’Donnell, an Instagram branding how-to with Chandelier Creative, and gifts and goodies from Moleskin. Check out the lineup and when you purchase tickets use the code BROOKLYNBASED to get 50% off at checkout.

 

08/27/15 10:12am
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Harry (Ashley Springer) flexes his magic moves. Photo: The Impossibilities

If you’ve come to associate web series with meandering plot lines and shoddy production values, writer/director Anna Kerrigan’s latest project The Impossibilities just might challenge your reservations about the format. The new series—released via Vimeo and filmed in New York City over the course of just thirteen days—tells the story of Willa, a quirky, lesbian yogi, and Harry, a misanthropic magician, as they fumble through personal and professional challenges as creative types in New York. Since premiering in the spring, the show has cast a spell on viewers with its balance of relatable, yet ridiculous moments and its unconventional premise. Last month, The Impossibilities team took home the award for Best Screenwriting at the Melbourne Web Fest. (more…)

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06/05/15 9:19am
This woman has found a solution to manspreading. Photo: Cassie J. via xoJane

This woman has found a solution to manspreading. Photo: Cassie J. via xoJane

How to stop manspreading in one easy step. [xoJane]

“If I had the chance to see you one more time, I would roll down my windows and call you a dick”–missed connections for A-Holes [New Yorker]

This is Emma Sulkowicz’s first new performance art piece, post-Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight) [Ceci n’est pas un viol] Note: 100% NSFW

Sheryl Sandberg’s moving Facebook post about her first 30 days without her husband, and what to say to someone in mourning [NY Post]

Parents in Inwood are throwing a parade for every girl who wants to dress up as a superhero [DNA Info]

The pit masters behind Pig Beach, the BBQ pop-up at Swan Dive, one of the stops on our sold-out Immersion tomorrow [Eater]

04/16/15 11:26am
Etsy's IPO this morning is a sign of good things to come for the Brooklyn tech startup scene. See what all the fuss is about at a celebratory popup market in Times Square today. Photo: Nasdaq

Etsy’s IPO this morning is a sign of good things to come for the Brooklyn tech startup scene. See what all the fuss is about at a celebratory popup market in Times Square today. Photo: Nasdaq

By now you’ve probably heard that Etsy, the Brooklyn-based online creative marketplace that is the definitive source of all things cute and quirky, had its IPO this morning. Etsy is a pioneering anchor of the burgeoning Brooklyn tech startup community, and its IPO performance will surely serve as a bellwether for an entire cohort of local early-stage companies. It’s also all about promoting and empowering everyday creative types to become savvy and successful entrepreneurs, which is an exciting ethos in the context of a corporate tech world that seems to care less and less about the well-being of the society it purportedly serves (what’s up, Facebook. Don’t even get me started, Uber). The human side of Etsy will be evident today at a popup marketplace featuring 14 sellers that represent a cross-section of its diverse and individualistic community. Brooklyn-based Etsy shops Alexandra Ferguson, Goose Grease, purlBknit, TM1985, and Dusty Rose Vintage will be joined by other makers from all over the globe to sell their unique goods, tell their stories, and celebrate the IPO. As dyed-in-the-wool New Yorkers, we are loath to recommend trips to Times Square as a general rule, but if you are looking for something to do on your lunch break today, this is nice way to show your support for lots of small Brooklyn businesses, and one huge one.

The Etsy popup market will be at Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets from now until 2pm today. 

03/11/15 11:12am

termsWhile reading Jacob Silverman’s Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection and writing this very piece, my phone was constantly interrupting me with notifications for the app Meerkat, which started taking off in my circles last week. The service is something straight out of Super Sad True Love Story–it allows users to broadcast live video, with comments and broadcast notifications posting directly to Twitter–so it seemed apt to observe while reading a tome about the perils of social media. I watched a friend chat about the weather during his taxi ride and saw the founder of another social media platform show off his afternoon snack of Skittles and seltzer. Of course, I was as complicit in these interruptions as the perceived audience of Terms of Service, possible Internet addicts who are likely no longer capable of feeling boredom. (If this sounds like you, try New Tech City’s Bored and Brilliant project).

I found the book to be earnest but captivating at times, full of tidbits about Facebook performing covert behavioral and emotional experiments on us, the psychology of Likes, and how our own sharing is being monetized in a form of digital serfdom. Social media companies have trained us to share constantly, and to believe we are improving ourselves and the world while we’re allowing said companies and their oftentimes cyber libertarian, paternalistic execs to profit from our efforts. Our perpetual sharing has also put us in a place of constant surveillance by three watchers: the companies allowing us to share, the government, and ourselves. In Terms of Service, Silverman details an ecosystem that feeds off of itself in this call-and-response cycle of sharing and the feedback loop of likes.  (more…)

03/04/15 4:24pm
Ingrid Jungermann and Janeane Garofalo in "F to the 7th." Photo: F to the 7th

Ingrid Jungermann and Janeane Garofalo in F to the 7th. Photo: F to the 7th

It’s been a hard winter. You’ve been holed up indoors, streaming shows, and you don’t want to commit to anything more significant than your current TV diet. But web series are short, and you can consume them anywhere (even work). Here are three series to snack on. (more…)

02/05/15 11:20am

podcastsNow that the first season of Serial is over and done with (though who knows if another shoe is going to drop with that story), you may be casting about for something new to listen to on the train, while you’re cleaning or on a car trip. We of course love our Funny Story podcast (which we’ve taken to calling The Sloppy Moth with so much gusto that we may change the name), but sadly, we only produce it on a monthly basis. Here are five other shows that come out a lot more often and have extensive archives, for your listening pleasure.

The talk of shameThe Talk of Shame
For someone who spends most of their time alone, I still end up embarrassing myself with shocking frequency. So listening to others recount their own mishaps, missteps and blush-inducing misdemeanors is a welcome break from reliving my own. Comedian and writer Streeter Seidell’s podcast The Talk of Shame sits Seidell down with one of his friends so they can tell him (and us) an embarrassing story about themselves for our entertainment. Past guest stories have involved expensive hook-ups, falling through chairs, fainting in front of Hilary Clinton and refusing to acknowledge who actually set off the really loud alarm in the building. Seidell starts the podcast off with a story about himself, and ends it with a British person reading a listener’s embarrassing story. So that’s three people acknowledging their failures in less than 30 minutes. If that doesn’t make you feel better, I don’t know what will. Listeners be warned: if you’re the type of person who hates hearing stories get interrupted by talkative comedians, then this isn’t for you. –Sonia Weiser (more…)

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01/27/15 2:57pm

Lumbermatch

The bearded men of Brooklyn, and the women who dig them, now have a niche online dating site to help them find each another. LumberMatch, which launched a few weeks ago, caters to gay and straight “lumbersexuals,” a group the site defines as “stylish, bearded, tattooed, flannel and boot-wearing men.” If the concept seems too outrageous to be true, consider Farmers Only. This is just the latest, lifestyle-focused dating site to debut in the past year. The only requirement for members, it seems, is a love of facial hair. (more…)

01/13/15 11:00am
You can remove this guy from your daily life with a digital declutter.

You can remove this guy from your daily life with a digital declutter.

In December I was contemplating buying a new laptop. My four-year-old MacBook Pro was giving me the rainbow pinwheel constantly and my workflow had slowed to crawl.

Unprepared to drop $1000 for a new computer, I consulted several tech-nerd friends who suggested clearing as much as possible off the hard drive, installing more RAM and running the built-in disk repair utility. In the process of doing all that I came to the conclusion that rather than winnowing down all the junk I’d just start fresh, by erasing the hard drive and returning the laptop to its factory settings. And I can’t believe how happy I am with the decision to do so. (more…)