12/17/14 2:42pm
Russel Simmons marches with the Justice League (via Twitter @NYJusticeLeague)

Russel Simmons marches with the Justice League (via Twitter @NYJusticeLeague)

This Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio will meet with organizers from Justice League NYC, one of the groups that’s been spearheading the Eric Garner protests. The group has led demonstrations across the city—including outside of Gracie Mansion—since early December, when a Staten Island jury decided not to indict a police officer for killing the unarmed black man after placing him in a chokehold. (more…)

12/17/14 2:26pm

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We all know Japan is an enthusiastic, card-carrying member of the international “I  <3 Brooklyn” fan club, but it’s not like their affection is entirely unrequited. We’ve eagerly adopted bits and pieces of Japanese cuisine and culture in New York, like ramen, pocky, sake, karate, anime and Hello Kitty. And taking our shared obsession with adorable, frolicking felines to the next level, another Japanese phenomenon recently pussyfooted its way across the ocean and onto American soil. We’re talking about cat cafes, which allow laptop-tapping, coffee-sipping patrons to exist side by side with a roomful of pert-eared, flickity-tailed furballs. (more…)

12/17/14 2:11pm
(via Dolce Vite LLC)

(via Dolce Vite LLC)

The Park Slope hot chocolate proprietress formerly known as Christina Summers, owner of Italian sipping chocolate company Dolce Vite Chocalatto, has decided to make the separation between person and brand even thinner by officially changing her name to “Princess Chocolatto.” The soon-to-be-ruler of Chocolatto, who usually dresses in head-to-toe orange and a flower crown, is super, super into hot chocolate, in case you weren’t clear on that point. She started a petition in May advocating that bad hot chocolate should be categorized as a “crime against humanity.”

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12/17/14 1:22pm

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Living in Brooklyn, one is often reminded that life is sometimes cruel and unusual—a joke that maybe you’re the butt of, a theatre of the absurd in which you’re an unwitting player. If your spiraling rent doesn’t make you question what it’s all for, the “Brooklyn Girls” video will. 2014 is the year that The Brooklyn Condition™ became terminal, when things that we thought were real turned out to be hoaxes, and aspects of life that seemed truly preposterous were, unfortunately, all too real. So, with melancholic resignation, let’s relive the dumbest of the dumb, shall we?

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12/17/14 12:52pm
Goodbye to all that. And by "that" we mean 2014. Also, stories about leaving New York City. Good riddance.

Goodbye to all that. And by “that” we mean 2014. Also, stories about leaving New York City. Good riddance.

It seems like it’s been an eternity since I was last compiling a list of the most popular posts for 2013 on old bkmag dot com. Alas it has not been an eternity, it has only—obviously—been a year. But what a year it was! Full of pregnant tarantulas and white flags flying over Brooklyn and catcalling videos and BuzzFeed lists about the joys of living in New York and ohsomanythings that we wrote about and that you, dear readers, consumed. But what were the most popular things we wrote about this year? What stories piqued your interest more than any others? And did they all just have the word “hipster” in the headline? No! Not at all. If there’s anything that became crystal clear this year, it’s that “hipsters” are totally 2013. Read on to see what it was that everybody was reading in 2014. You might be surprised. (more…)

12/17/14 12:43pm

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We drank a lot of beer this year. Like, a lot-a lot. Much of it was made right here, either within the limits of New York City or just beyond them, and so we can now say without any hesitation that there is an astounding number of really, truly great beers being made all around us, and that it’s high time this place starts getting the credit it deserves as a premier beer town.

Below, a list of the best new beers we tried this year—we had to set some parameters, lest this become just another opportunity for us to carry endlessly on about Sorachi Ace. Be sure to check back next week when a bunch of prominent folks on the local beer scene will tell us their favorites of the year.

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12/17/14 12:20pm

Ah, yes. Here we are. It’s the end of the year. A time when we all deal in hyperbole and reflect upon how 2014 was the worst year ever. What? You don’t think it was the worst year ever? What bizarro Brooklyn were you living in? Sure, there were some good things to happen this year. Good food was eaten. Good music was listened to. Good sentences were read. Good memes were made. And a pregnant tarantula stole our heart before viciously sinking its teeth into it, puncturing us and our faith in the veracity of signs posted up around Park Slope forever. But also bad things happened. Don’t remember what they were? No worries: We’ll walk you through it. We just won’t hold your hand. Because, gross. We don’t know you! (more…)

12/17/14 12:18pm
(image via the Racket Teen tumblr)

(image via the Racket Teen tumblr)

Another year, another batch of feuds, squabbles, and offenses in the literary world, from the petty to the troubling. This year had a share of controversies in the book world, from the recent implosion of The New Republic to the uproar over various aspects of Lena Dunham’s memoir to the awful racist joke Daniel Handler snuck in during his turn hosting the National Book Awards. Here, your year in literary uproar.
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