10/31/14 11:09am
The New York Times schooled on an giraffes this month. Photo:  Luca Galuzzi via Wikimedia

The New York Times schooled on an giraffes this month. Photo: Luca Galuzzi via Wikimedia

Likely you’re headed out on some kind of adventure tonight or tomorrow, whether it’s the kind that involves glitter, greasepaint and candy corn-flavored shots, or the type that starts with a Seamless order and ends three horror movies, a pizza and a bowl of popcorn later. Polish your party conversation game with this handful of stories from the past month and turn up your charm whether you’re on the dance floor with a cute werewolf or on the couch with a pal. (more…)

09/05/14 9:00am

With summer weather finally breaking out, just when we all thought it would never come, New Yorkers are getting a late-season chance to fit in that long-delayed beach trip. As you spread out your beach blanket and load up that e-reader, here’s a reading list comprised of 10 Brooklyn-centric stories from this summer that you should be sure not to miss.

1. The Abandoned Garden of Prospect Park

(Illustration by Jesse Lucas for Narratively)

Illustration by Jesse Lucas for Narratively

As part of a monthlong series exploring New Yorkers’ secret sanctuaries, Narratively and WNYC look at how one Brooklynite finds peace in a far-flung corner of Prospect Park.

2. The Past Lives of City Parks as Potter’s Fields

Wonder if these moviegoers making a mad dash for lawn space at Bryant Park's summer film festival were aware the area adjacent the the New York Public Library was once a cemetery? Photo: Bryant Park

Wonder if these moviegoers making a mad dash for lawn space at Bryant Park’s summer film festival were aware the area adjacent the the New York Public Library was once a cemetery? Photo: Bryant Park

Ever wonder which NYC public parks have been used in the past to bury unclaimed dead? Well now you have! Brooklyn Based explores the city parks’ secret potter’s fields.

3. When “Affordable” Rents Push $3,000
Construction has suddenly stopped on those oddball red-framed affordable apartments rising next to Barclays Center. BKLYNR takes a look at their long and tortured creation story.

 4. Iran, At Last
A Williasmburg-based chef finds Persian family ties are long-lasting…and result in some truly delicious outcomes.

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08/01/14 10:46am

Attending a free concert or hitting the beach this weekend? Check out a few of our favorite longform stories from the past month while the band and crew set up on stage, or as you roll along on that looong train trip out to the Rockaways.
1. The Old-School Saint of Nouveau Bushwick

Bushwick Collective founder Joseph Ficalora (Photo by Aaron Adler for Narratively)

Bushwick Collective founder Joseph Ficalora is adorning Bushwick, one wall at a time. Photo: Aaron Adler for Narratively

You might have assumed it was all those newcomer hispters behind Bushwick’s burgeoning outdoor museum of street art, but you’d be wrong. The founder of the Bushwick Collective is a lifelong Brooklynite who hopes to beautify his neighborhood by curating street art, one wall at a time.

2. This New Public Art Project Would Like You to Push Its Buttons

The co-founders of The Poetry Society of New York have found a new way to share some of the city's eight million stories. Photo: PSNY

The co-founders of The Poetry Society of New York have found a new way to share some of the city’s eight million stories. Photo: PSNY

But wait—there’s even more public art to get excited about. Inspired by the Play Me, I’m Yours street-piano project, the co-founders of The Poetry Society of New York have joined forces with Governors Island to create the Typewriter Project, hoping to prove to people that they’re poets, even if they might not know it.

3. New York’s Mysterious Link to Pompei

Their origins are uncertain, but these possible Pompeian relics that enshrine Delmonico’s were installed after New York’s Great Fire of 1835, raising some interesting questions about where they may have come from.

4. One Day You Could Walk to Governors Island

When artist Nancy Nowacek realized that the distance from Red Hook to Governors Island was just about four city blocks, she decided to create a footbridge to the island. By hand.

5. Bernie Goetz, Squirrel Vigilante (more…)

05/02/14 8:00am

Spring weather means picnics, concerts in the park and all manner of socializing after a long winter indoors with your Netflix. Which means you’ll need something to talk about (other than the weather). Before you head to the party, check out our 10 favorite in-depth Brooklyn tales from the past thirty days.

1. The Mama of “Marry Your Baby Daddy Day” Gets Cold Feet

(Illustration by Corrine Mucha / Narratively)

Illustration by Corrine Mucha for Narratively

Longtime Brooklynites may remember Marry Your Baby Daddy Day, a 10-couple wedding extravaganza at Borough Hall held a few years back. You might be surprised to learn what the woman behind MYBDD is up to now.

2. Brooklyn’s Weird Wacky-Tobacky Harvest of 1951

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Photo courtesy Brooklyn Public Library

In the summer of 1951, New York City was consumed by two things: the Subway Series and the city’s mysterious cache of 41,000 pounds of weed.

3. The Accidental Marathoner

(Illustration by Rachel Dukes / Narratively)

Illustration by Rachel Dukes for Narratively

Have you heard the one about the illegal immigrant who moved to Brooklyn, and on his first day here accidentally ran the New York Marathon?

4. Imagining a New Atlantic Avenue

Streetsblog wonders what Brooklyn’s most dangerous boulevard could be like if Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan actually encourages drivers to slow the eff down!
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09/06/13 10:34am

Summer may be juuuuust about to end, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get a few last solid beach reads in. From vodka-makers to war reenactors and waxers, enjoy Brooklyn Based and Narratively’s top 10 favorite longform reads from Summer 2013.

1. The Hair Down There

(Illustration by Sophie Yanow / Narratively)

Illustration: Sophie Yanow / Narratively

Summer may be over, but waxing season never ends. One writer wonders why she’s so quick to pull off her pants and expose herself to a stranger in the hedonistic and masochistic ritual that is the bikini wax.

2. Afropunk Everywhere

Double teaming the break dance circle at Afro Punk Festival. Photo: Jeanette D. Moses

Double teaming the break dance circle at Afro Punk Festival. Photo: Jeanette D. Moses

Miss the Afropunk festival last month? Check out our sweet slideshow of the weekend.

3. Is Poetry the New Burlesque?

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Verse gets sexed up at The New York Poetry Brothel. Photo: Poetry Whores / Narratively

At the New York City Poetry Brothel, where candlelit readings come complete with lingerie-clad bards, it sure seems like it.

4. A Priest Walks Into a Coffee Shop…

…and says it’s good for the soul! Check out Fast Company’s profile of Bed-Stuy’s most latte-loving man of the cloth.

5. A Summer Surf Story

We hit the waves with surfers who ride small, wooden boards based on a traditional Hawaiian ride called a paipo.
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08/02/13 9:11am


August may be upon us, but summer’s not over quite yet. We scoured the web–while in the comfort of air conditioning–to find July’s 10 best in-depth stories from Brooklyn Based, Narratively and beyond. Before you soak up the last of your friends’ rooftop soirées and backyard barbecues, you’ll want to stick these stories in your back pocket for the coolest conversation starters around.

1. Livestock Orphans

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A sanctuary fit for a goat. Photo: Courtney Dudley

What happens when all those well-meaning Brooklyn locavores get tired of their pet pigs, backyard chickens and adopted goats? Narratively visited the upstate farm that takes in these urban animal orphans.

2. Hairy Fairy

It’s been the summer of Cera. Not only has the endearingly awkward actor appeared in the new season of Arrested Development; he’s also the star of low budget, indie festival favorite Crystal Fairy, conceived by Fort Greene filmmaker Sebastián Silva and inspired by a similarly transformative road trip that he endured.

3. For the Mockingbirds

The New York Times investigated recent attacks on innocent sunbathers by mockingbirds gone cuckoo to protect their hatchlings.
4. Mad World

Illustration courtesy of Narratively/Keny Widjaja

Illustration courtesy of Narratively/Keny Widjaja


Narratively took a close look at a Bushwick artists’ commune whose eclectic residents gained more than just inspiration during their stay.
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