12/08/16 11:00am

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Introducing Open Campus, a new approach to continuing education from The New School, a comprehensive university and hub for progressive minds.

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This spring, The New School invites you to take advantage of the forward-thinking curriculum the university has been famous for since 1919 by exploring opportunities for professional and personal advancement through offerings in art and design with Parsons School of Design, management, writing, languages, media, and much more. Then delve deep into a thriving hive of scholars, artists, and designers— all game-changers on the world stage. (more…)

12/01/16 8:53am
Let the Holiday madness begin. Here's 12 way to keep sane and enjoy the month. Photo: Meredith Craig de Pietro

Let the holiday madness begin. Here are 12 way to keep sane and enjoy the month. Photo: Meredith Craig de Pietro

December is finally here. The days of breathtaking performances, dazzling snowfalls, and holiday cheer fill the month with magic. Here are 12 ways to enjoy the winter wonderland of NYC with your family, before the deep freeze of January forces you to hibernate in your home with just the TV remote to warm you. From free events to expensive new holiday traditions, there’s holiday cheer for everyone on this kids calendar.

Receive the ultimate gift from BAX: a free kids theater class. Photo: BAX

Receive the ultimate gift from BAX: a free kids theater class. Photo: BAX

1. Learn: Enjoy the gift of a free class. Many children in the audience of the Nutcracker or Miracle on 34th Street wish they were the ones onstage. Capitalizing on that allure are theater classes, ballet tutors and singing sessions. But if your child is 8 or older, they can attend Youthworks at BAX, a FREE program for kids interested in developing their own play, dance or original song or poetry performance. A mandatory orientation is taking place Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3-4:30pm at BAX. Then there is a six week Sunday rehearsal schedule resulting in a fully staged production with lighting, sound design, costumes and props at the end of January. BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange 421 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope. For children 8 + up. FREE.


Start a new holiday tradition with live theater. Photo: Works & Process/ Guggenheim

 

2. Go: Start a new holiday tradition. There are so many holiday events in NYC that come with a cost: Long lines to visit Santa, crowds at Rockefeller Center, and sold out Lincoln Center matinees. Luckily, there are experiences that are every bit as special that don’t come with as many tourists. Starting Dec. 3, bring the kids to see Peter & The Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi at The Guggenheim. Although you can check back for our longer review on Dec. 5, it’s a safe bet to buy the tickets now. The schedule is as follows: Dec. 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 2:30pm and 4pm, and Dec. 9 at 5pm and 6:30pm.  Peter B. Lewis Theater, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York For ages 5 and up. $40, $35 Guggenheim members. For the littler ones who may not be able to sit through a long performance, The Swedish Marionette Theater in Central Park has the perfect solution. The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a wonderful experience without the headache of a high-priced ticket. We’ve reviewed their shows before, but this holiday-themed fairy tale performance incorporates stories of Hanukkah, The Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, making it a perfect for all your festivities. Swedish Marionette Theater, Central Park, W. 79th and West Drive. Through Dec. 30. Tickets are $7/children and $10/adults.   (more…)

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11/08/16 2:36pm

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Dear New York,

Sometimes you are so overwhelming. Sometimes you feel like the birthplace of impatience and self-importance. But the big moments? In blackouts and transit strikes, in hurricanes and blizzard and floods, and in a crazymaking, historic election that sends record numbers (we’re guessing) to the polls, where you have to wait in line and maybe even chat with your neighbor a bit? New York, then you’re the best.

Love,

Brooklyn Based

Thanks to Spencer Starnes for these images of voters in Crown Heights and Flatbush this morning.  (more…)

09/14/16 12:32pm
Monday is not such a drag when there's Buttermilk Channel fried chicken at the end of the day. Photo: Buttermilk Channel

Monday is not such a drag when there’s Buttermilk Channel fried chicken at the end of the day. Photo: Buttermilk Channel

This week’s weather is just killing it, right? Blue skies, no clouds, and for the first time in a long while I don’t feel like I’m trapped inside the mascot suit at a pre-season football game in Alabama, so it’s already an Ideal Week in my book. But now what to DO with yourselves in these glorious conditions? Never fear–we got you.

Assuming next weekend is as pleasant as this one is meant to be, you’ll want to sign up now for our last Immersion of the season, which is happening on Saturday the 24th. This time we’re bringing our traveling pub crawl to Bed-Stuy, and your $25 ticket includes four beers plus lunch at hotspots like Do or Dive, Chilo’s, and Beast of Bourbon (or $15 for the beers only).

Other things to keep on your radar this week: the always great Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival returns to the Bell House and Union Hall with a few shows featuring top alt-comic talents that still aren’t sold out; the Brooklyn Book Festival is back; and Ample Hills Creamery and the Brooklyn Public Library have teamed up with other businesses around the country to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday with special treats, super stories, and phizz-whizzing parties as part of Wondercrump Weekend.

There’s tons more to keep you busy too, and we’ve rounded up our best bets for each of the next seven days that comprise the Ideal Week ahead. (more…)

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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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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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11/04/14 2:00pm

Small business consultant Holly Howard has helped over 30 businesses and entrepreneurs in Brooklyn to map out their vision and achieve their goals.

Holly Howard runs Ask Holly How, a small business consulting company that works with a wide variety of businesses from restaurants to retail to art studios and pretty much everything in between. Her clients report increased income and profit, decreased expenses and a significantly better quality of life. Holly heads up the Small Business Book Club at McNally Jackson Books.

Dear Holly,

I’m a stylist who’s a partner in an up and coming fashion label.  We’ve had some moderate success and the future looks bright.  I’m having somewhat of a problem when it comes to customer service and complaints.  My partner and I tend to have differing attitudes about how requests and feedback should be handled.  I tend to be overly accommodating and go with the old motto “the customer is always right”, while my partner tends to pull more of an attitude with them and disregard their complaints.   

Do you have any advice on best practices when it comes to customer service?  I’m sure it’s not a one size fits all across every industry, but we have to come to an agreement on how we handle these things or else we’re going to lose our following.   (more…)

03/05/14 9:16am

Wedding Crashers is back and bigger than ever this year, taking place in both The Green Building and SHOW ROOM Gowanus next door. Photo: Readyluck

Wedding Crashers is back and bigger than ever this year, taking place in both The Green Building and SHOW ROOM Gowanus next door. Photo: Readyluck

There are a million ways to throw a wedding. You could book the coolest Brooklyn venue, hold your ceremony in a Catskills barn, or make yours Wes Anderson-themed (yes, this is a thing). But unless you elope, you need pros to pull it off, and you’ll find them all at our wedding fair, Wedding Crashers, this Sunday starting at noon, with early admission for our VIP guests.

Whether you’re looking for a fabulous photographer or photobooth, an original suit or gown, real or paper flowers, you’ll meet 70 of the best wedding vendors in New York at the Green Building and its next-door gallery, SHOW ROOM Gowanus. Don’t fill up on brunch, because we’ve also got hors d’oeuvres, sweets and food truck fare from a dozen caterers, plus Mionetto Prosecco from Heights ChateauBrooklyn Brewery ales, and Prym cocktails. Following the fair, amble across the street at 2:30 for an after party at 501 Union with light bites from Purslane, more drinks and fun, plus a chance to win giveaways like a night’s stay in a suite at the Nu Hotel, dinner for two at neighborhood restaurant Rucola and a free game for four with cocktails from the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club.

Just be sure to get your ticket in advance–it’s $5 more at the door.

Wedding Crashers is sponsored by Squarespace (Receive 10% off your first purchase of Squarespace with code CRASHERS14), LoverlyBrooklyn BreweryHeights ChateauMionetto Prosecco, and Pyrm rum

2014 Wedding Crashers Spring Fair Vendors:

Accommodations: Nu Hotel
Bridal & Engagement Jewelry: Liloveve Jewelry
Bridal Fashion and Grooms’ Attire: Anna Mains Designs, The Cotton Bride, Gabriella New York Bridal SalonRebecca Schoneveld Bridal Design, RenegadoA Suit That Fits
Cakes and Confections: CoolhausOvenly
Caterers and Food Trucks: Dish Food and Events, Fig and Pig, Landhaus, Naturally Delicious, Marcey Brownstein Catering & Events, Pies ‘n’ Thighs, Purslane Catering, Red Hook Lobster TruckRed Table Catering, Wafels and Dinges
DJs and Bands: Because the Night, Lucy Music, Scratch Weddings
Drinks: Brooklyn Brewery, Heights ChateauLudlows Cocktail Co., Mionetto Prosecco, Pyrm rum
Event Design: Starling on Bond
Favors: By Brooklyn
Floral Designers: Foxglove Floral Design Studio, Mimosa Floral Design Studio, Paper Portrayals, Rose Red & Lavender, QuatreCoeur
Guest Lists and Seating Arrangements: AllSeated
Hair and Makeup: Soon Beauty Lab, The Parlour Brooklyn
Invitations: Inspired Goodness, Lion in the SunPostablePostScript Brooklyn
Lighting: Stortz Lighting
Makeup: NYC Faces
Officiants: A More Perfect Union-Hope Mirlis, Love’s Witness
Photographers, Photobooths and Videographers: Amber Gress PhotographyDutton + James, Heather Phelps-Lipton:WEDDINGSJBM Wedding Photography, Josh Strauss StudiosLove + Brain Films, Magnolia Photo Booth Company, Moss + IsaacPhillip Van Nostrand, PhotomuseReadyluck, Shootbooth
Registries: CityBird Registry, la Terrine
Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals, Octavia & Brown
Staffing: Superlative Staff Events
Venues: The Green Building501 UnionSHOW ROOM Gowanus
Wedding Planners: Events by Melissa McNeeley, Jove Meyer Events, Julia Lake Parties!Viva Max Weddings
Wedding Website Builder: Squarespace

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02/28/14 11:35am

imagesDear North Brooklyn,

You may not know me, or even like me, but this weekend I’m one of your best options for getting into Manhattan.

Let’s review the facts:

The L train is not running from Myrtle Wyckoff to 8th Avenue.

There are no 7 trains between Queensboro Plaza and Time Square. UPDATE, 7 train maintenance has been cancelled for this weekend.

To get into Manhattan, you’ll have to choose between me and the E train at Court Sq; ride the G all the way to Hoyt-Schermerhorn; or take my friend the M. Not to sound down on myself, but I’d just stay in Brooklyn, if I were you.

Love,

The J Train

 

02/05/14 11:43am
If you're one of the ordinary people who want to see John Legend in concert at BAM this spring, get your tickets now before it's too late. Photo: BAM

If you’re one of the ordinary people who want to see John Legend in concert at BAM this spring, get your tickets now before it’s too late. Photo: BAM

Feb. 6: (Fort Greene) Tickets are now on sale to hear John Legend smooth serenade all the ordinary people at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House on May 31.

Feb. 7: (Williamsburg) If you want some Maine sea scallops fresh of the boat, today is the last day to place an order for the fruits de la mer with Maine Dayboat Scallops, who will be delivering pre-ordered pounds of the mollusks ($24/lb.) to Brooklyn Kitchen on Feb. 12 within 48 hours of harvesting them. Call 207-838-1490 to place an order.

Feb. 6-9: (Fort Greene) Head to French Garment Cleaners this weekend for its annual sample sale and save yourself 50–85% of its selection of casually chic designers like Rachel Comey, Isabel Marant, A.P.C. and No. 6.

Feb. 8-9: (Williamsburg) The Brooklyn Flea’s twice annual record fair has become so popular, they’re introducing a mini record fair (indoors of course) featuring ten of their most popular vendors including Captured Tracks, DFA, and Mexican Summer. (2/8-2/9)

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