08/04/15 12:00pm


Once you’ve secured the appropriate amount of chunky fall sweaters and adjusted to the crisp air, make the most out of your Fall by embracing the unconventional with a transformative learning experience at The New School.

Continuing Education classes at The New School are as diverse as the students who take them. There are courses in art and design at Parsons School of Design, recently named the best art & design school in the country; music at Mannes School of Music, and media, writing, languages, writing, management and more —and that’s just a slice of the university’s ever-evolving curriculum. Students can enroll in credit and noncredit courses, pursue resume boosting certificates, and explore the flexibility of online learning. (more…)

08/04/15 11:54am
Photos by Ben Rosenzweig.

Photos by Ben Rosenzweig.

A few days before today, or last Wednesday, I attended the premiere of Intensified Coffee PorterBrooklyn Brewery’s newest beer, the latest installment in its notable Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment (BQE) series, and the result of a cool-ass collaboration between the venerable craft-beer pioneer and Blue Bottle Coffee—and recorded some notes.

These are my recorded notes from the informative two-hour sampling that evening: “It’s delicious.” (more…)

08/04/15 10:00am

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“We all look like losers, so we’re all winners!” said a girl in Gryffindor robes redrawing her lightning bolt scar in the bathroom mirror at PotterCon, a giant Harry Potter convention at the Bell House this Saturday. By “we,” she meant the hundreds of people in round glasses and striped ties who waited on a three-hour line in the July heat to get into this magical cosplay party.  (more…)

08/04/15 9:00am

cop car baconCop Car
Directed by Jon Watts
Opens August 7

Take out some of the gore and swearing, and Cop Car could work as a refreshing throwback to an age of children’s films that sought to replicate the danger and horror of old fables and bedtime stories. The film tracks two prepubescent runaways, Travis (James Freedson-Jackson) and Harrison (Hays Wellford), who stumble across an abandoned police cruiser in the middle of the woods and take it for a joy ride. Unfortunately for them, the car belongs to a corrupt local sheriff (Kevin Bacon), a moonlighting drug runner who had just gotten through disposing of the corpse of a rival before returning to find his vehicle gone.

At this stage, the film sets up a chase through the Southwestern countryside, Night of the Hunter as written by Cormac McCarthy.


08/03/15 5:25pm
360 Furman Street in Brooklyn Heights, where studios sell for $1.3 million. Photo: Screenshot/Streeteasy

360 Furman Street in Brooklyn Heights, where studios sell for $1.3 million. Photo: Screenshot/Streeteasy

Occasionally, when life presents us with confounding problems, we ask the requisite questions: “What does it all mean?” “Why is this happening?” “How did I get here?” Because issues that spur such fits of self-reflection are basically out of one’s control, we can console ourselves with the knowledge that certain problems are bigger than we can handle. However in the case of a $1.3 million studio apartment listed on StreetEasy, there is literally no consolation available. We can’t be placated. We are literally dumbstruck. This is just too terrible. (more…)

08/03/15 3:24pm
Toxic Chemicals. Not in Brooklyn but you get the idea. Photo: Matt Baran/Flickr Creative Commons.

Toxic Chemicals. Not in Brooklyn but you get the idea. Photo: Matt Baran/Flickr Creative Commons.

Long ago, before Bedford Avenue became a boutique emporium lined with oyster bars and coffee houses that hawk nitrogen-infused cold-brew, much of north Brooklyn was teeming with manufacturing business. In fact, a few of the now ubiquitous fixtures you’re used to passing on the street–like the Starbucks on N. 7th in Williamsburg–were once home to a swath of noxious chemicals, mainly because of electroplating, metal-finshing and other highly-dangerous industrial practices that used to occur at these sites.  (more…)

08/03/15 12:54pm

Brooklyn brownstones

Owning a home in New York City might as well be the stuff of fairy tales for most of us. Even though job creation has rebounded significantly since the greatest depths of the recent recession, homeownership in the United States is at its lowest point since 1967. No city drives this statistic home further than New York, where citywide homeownership stands at 32.5 percent. And just in case we needed especially stark verification of this, a new interactive map that depicts owner/renter ratios in America’s biggest cities shows that the economic wounds created by the housing crisis haven’t yet healed. Not surprised? Neither are we.