05/22/15 1:57pm
Pro wrestlers in action. photo: 11points.com

Pro wrestlers in action.
photo: 11points.com

No matter where we live, there is always a weird and unforeseen subculture just around the corner. In the case of the Ludas Wrestling School, where hulking dudes hurl chairs and body-slam each other for the amusement of small crowds, the excitement takes place in south Brooklyn. (more…)

05/22/15 1:16pm
Photos by Meredith Heil.

Photos by Meredith Heil.

“This is a base ingredient for anything you’d want to make,” says Industry City Distillery’s David Kyrejko, holding up a glass bottle swathed in a crisp blue and white label. “Bitters, infusions, cocktails–everything. If you want to make your own Absinthe, two hours. If you want to make your own Limoncello, twenty minutes.”

The product Kyrejko’s referring to is called Technical Reserve, a game-changing high-proof alcohol that represents the Sunset Park distillery’s latest spirited venture. Gazing into that stubby little bottle of clear liquid, I could see the future, a future in which even the tiniest of Brooklyn kitchens could be magically transformed into an artisanal cocktail bar, with delicate herb scented liqueurs and fanciful fruit-based concoctions. (more…)

05/22/15 1:10pm
Photo © Jaime Rojo for Brooklyn Street Art

Photo © Jaime Rojo for Brooklyn Street Art

Roosevelt Island, in New York’s East River, was once a kind of dumping ground for the city’s unfortunates: in the 19th century, it was home to a penitentiary, a smallpox hospital, and the NYC Lunatic Asylum. Today, though, the island isn’t quite as grim–especially thanks to a new technicolor swimming pool, painted by Minneapolis-based installation artist Hot Tea, which opens this weekend.  (more…)

05/22/15 11:58am

Get away from it all at Prospect Park c/o cdn.journalism.cuny.edu

The helicopters have started flying out to East Hampton already, but who needs a helicopter when you have all of Brooklyn at your fingertips this Memorial Day weekend? Luckily, there’s so much going on that there’s something for everyone: music, art, day drinking, and—yes—Memorial Day celebrations. We’ve got you covered. Here are ten ways to celebrate Memorial Day without having to leave Brooklyn.

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05/22/15 11:28am
Photos by Megan Broussard.

Photos by Megan Broussard.

Some like it hot, and some like it hot in the form of a Tabasco Tipsy Snow Cone. (Hey, if you can’t beat the heat, join it–am I right?) That’s exactly why nostalgic Brooklynites (and this South-Louisiana native) will be swinging by the newly opened Branch Ofc. in Crown Heights this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the sunny months of summer. (Well, that plus its spacious backyard which doubles the three-month old bar’s initial 70-person capacity…)

Inspired by the 1960s, owner Christopher Buckley will be offering three boozy snow cone treats all summer long: the hot zinger mentioned above, Hierba Buena (Monte Alban Mezcal, sweet lime, Tabasco), the breezy Bohdi Brah (Cruzan Rum, Pineapple) and the flavor that started it all, the Sloelita (Sipsmith Sloe Gin, Cherry). (more…)

05/21/15 5:55pm

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The New York City subway system has gotten a lot of flack this week, both from the Rider’s Alliance, whose new book of commuters’ Subway Horror Stories aims to shame Cuomo into better funding the MTA, and from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who can’t believe how gross the trains are. But this strangely hypnotic real-time visualization of the city’s transit data might be remind subway haters of the system’s intricacy and sheer magnitude, impressive despite all the rats. For stressed-out commuters, the zoomed-out view is a little like a the MTA edition of Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot. (more…)

05/21/15 3:52pm
Photo: ForestCity.net

Photo: ForestCity.net

Forest City Ratner, the real estate company that’s engineered, developed and profited off Brooklyn’s growing (and ever-changing) appeal, doesn’t really see the borough as the beacon of commercial opportunity it used to be. (more…)