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Just about every part of The Deuce, HBO’s new flagship drama that premiered this weekend, has the feel of an Oscar-level movie. Between a star-studded cast headlined by James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the lightning-sharp dialogue typical of David Simon and George Pelecanos, and the massive-scale recreation of the scumminess of 1971 Times Square,  The Deuce has a cinematic vibe from top to bottom. Simon and Pelecanos, who previously teamed together on HBO’s Tremé and...
Northside’s culinary celeb-studded Tasty Awards is in excellent company this year. Instead of going it alone at the end of the month, the ceremony is setting the stage on Friday September 8th, kicking off three days’ worth of symposiums, workshops and all-star barbecuing at Taste Talks. The awards ceremony will honor the people, restaurants and organizations that are determining where, what, how and why we eat. Headlined by none other than beloved Canadian chef...
Do you ever have the thought, as you binge-watch a TV show, or listen to a song, or see a film, that, really, there’s something familiar about everything? That no matter how creative a melody, line, or surprise ending is, you’ve encountered some variation of it already—and yet, when done right, it feels like something special and new? That was my experience with the The Incredible Jessica James. On the surface, we’ve seen it before:...
Back in April, we published a piece on Trump and the Ajit Pai-led FCC’s efforts to end net neutrality regulations. Not much has changed in the time since then—our freedom of choice inherent to the internet is still under siege by internet service providers (ISPs), who want to double charge consumers and content creators. As Brooklynites, we’re used to being the underdogs—we thrive on it. Brooklyn Magazine is a local publication that doesn’t have the...

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