05/04/15 1:01pm
State Senate Leader Dean Skelos (Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

State Senate Leader Dean Skelos (Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

The crackdown on corruption in Albany continues: this morning, New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was arrested, along with his son, Adam, on a litany corruption charges. This comes a little more than three months after State Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver was arrested, meaning that of the “three men in a room” who wield the most power in state politics, only one remains unscathed. Has anyone checked on Governor Cuomo this morning?


05/04/15 12:21pm
Mar Photos by Jane Bruce

Margarita de Remolacha at Gran Electrica
Photos by Jane Bruce

While a steady supply of chips, guac and tacos are a must at any self-respecting Cinco de Mayo celebration, for most of us, it’s essentially a drinking holiday. But instead of defaulting to pre-mixed, ectoplasm-tinted margaritas dispensed from plastic tubs, try these expert takes on five classic Mexican cocktails instead, from La Slowteria’s freshly squeezed micheladas to Xixa’s impressive, creative array of spiked agua frescas. (more…)

05/04/15 11:32am


On Saturday, Crown Heights’ neo-beer hall Berg’n hosted a Kentucky Derby-themed beer release party for Sixpoint’s Jammer Gose, the latest in the Red Hook brewery’s Mad Scientist Series. The event, lovingly titled “Get Jammed, Seersucka!,” featured a costume contest, Derby-inspired food, buckets of Sixpoint cans and a special sudsy twist on the Mint Julep. To say that people got into it would be an understatement: springy pastels, wide-brimmed hats and dapper three piece suits dominated the crowd’s style direction, while the bar maintained lines six-deep throughout the night, refreshing party goers constant need for sweet-salty libation. (more…)

05/04/15 11:15am


Brooklyn’s Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) will be hosting its inaugural Masquerade Ball at the Lepercq Ballroom at BAM on May 14th. Intended to be a night of celebration, dancing, and dining in support of MoCADA’s ambition to create a new sustainable community space to house the unique museum, the ball will feature Honorary Gala Chairs Jesse Williams, Estelle, and Bevy Smith who will be honoring Mickalene Thomas, Tonya Lewis Lee, Spike Lee, and Phillip Agnew of the Dream Defenders for their commendable social justice contributions through the arts. TransCanada will also be recognized for their philanthropic support of the global arts community. We spoke with James E. Bartlett, the Executive Director of MoCADA, to learn a bit more about MoCADA and the upcoming event.  (more…)

05/04/15 11:02am
Brooklyn, borough of opportunity—but only if you're a rich male.

Brooklyn, borough of opportunity—but only if you’re a rich male.

In what is perhaps the least surprising reveal on the lifelong effects of institutional poverty ever, a new study by the Equality of Opportunity Project demonstrates that where you grow up has the potential to make or break your chance at future economic success. In other words, as the New York Times puts it: “Location matters—enormously.” And if your location happens to be Brooklyn, New York? Well, not to put to fine a point on it, but you’re screwed. (more…)

05/01/15 3:59pm

May 1 is traditionally a day of international protest and solidarity, primarily in support of the rights of the working class. However, there are also frequently protests supporting other, similarly aligned causes on May Day, and this year is no exception. This afternoon, in support of the protestors in Baltimore who have taken to the streets to rally against police brutality and seek justice for the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, Union Square will be the starting point for a protest and subsequent march for Gray. (more…)

05/01/15 2:27pm
Coney Island in the summer

Coney Island in the summer

As if there weren’t enough reasons to head out to Coney Island this summer—the Cyclone! the Slingshot! Nathan’s! maybe seeing Mark Wahlberg!—there’s now a couple more. We learned today via the Commercial Observer that Smorgasburg will be opening up an outpost on Coney Island and will have a 12-vendor food stand set-up, which will be housed in “shipping containers provided by SG Blocks, a company the designs retail and commercial structures out of the metal containers, which will be sending a dozen of them to the site.” (more…)