As Participatory Budgeting has been adopted here in New York City over the last few years, residents of each participating district can now vote on how to allocate a minimum of $1 million of the city budget to the local improvement efforts they they care most about. In North Brooklyn, the budgetary contenders chosen by neighbors include projects in schools, parks, playgrounds, transportation, and public housing. (Sorry, Lower East Side and East Village– you’re left out again this year.)
Your Attention Please
When faced with a day like today, you might suddenly feel obliged to tick off the major events of the past year, reflect on what you’ve learned, and be grateful that you’ve managed to make it through (so far– we’ve still got several hours left to go). But if you’re anything like us, you’ll need a little help in navigating the haze standing between you and crystal clear recollection. Hence, a great way to say goodbye to 2015: our end times listicle in which we relive our 20 most popular posts of this past year.
If you’re a regular reader of Bedford + Bowery, then you know The Regulars. Thanks to Joshua D. Fischer’s column, you know where Andrew W.K. likes to bring his own Jaeger, where Jad Abumrad of “Radiolab” gets his Black Sabbath fix, and where Pat Kiernan goes to hang with “real people” in Williamsburg. And if you’re a regular at one of our local bookstores, we’ve got good news: the series — which has also featured Anna Sale, Kevin Corrigan, Jessica Pimentel and, well, some regular folk as well — is now becoming a book.
Aside from looking purdier, the new app allows you to navigate more easily from story to story, watch videos, and read news as it breaks on our site. All without ungluing your smartphone or your tablet from your palm.
That’s all thanks to downtown-based developers DWNLD, who today launched their own app allowing publishers to easily create similar mobile platforms. Best part: you can customize your app with themes that have names like Lafayette and Roebling. (We’re not sure what our theme is, but let’s hope it isn’t some icky Upper East Side theme, because sorry dudes the Upper East Side is not cooler than Brooklyn now).
Get the B+B app by searching for Bedford + Bowery in the app store or by clicking here.
Last week, we celebrated our first anniversary by unveiling a new events calendar and promised still more exciting news. Well, here it is! Get the new B+B app — designed by the downtowners over at DWNLD — to read and share all of Bedford + Bowery’s latest coverage, on the go. For starters, we’ve loaded the app with the 20 most popular stories of our first year. Check em out while you can, because starting Monday, they’ll be replaced by all of our latest content as it goes live. Download the B+B app for free on iTunes or by searching for “Bedford + Bowery” in your phone’s app store.
Nearly 2,000 posts later, you’re still with us, and for that you deserve a lil’ sumthin’ sumthin’. So enjoy the hell out of the events calendar that now lives on the top right of every page. Click on a date to see what’s happening, say, tonight (oh hey, Naked Girls Reading!) or click on the “Upcoming Events” button to view concerts, films, readings and talks, art openings, theater and just plain boozy fun by month. From either of those pages, you can switch to a weekly view, as well.
In the next days we’ll be offering you something even more appetizing, so stay tuned!
Okay, no, we’re not going to give you any of the Chanel purses on display at the Pilgrim store. Who do you think we are, Swagg Man? What me meant is that if you like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and sign up for our daily newsletter, you’ll be the first to know next time we see something as blingtastic as this display window — or, say, this golden loo. So, go ahead! We dabble in Tumblr and Instagram, too.
Oh hey, look: it’s the Nesquik bunny on Bedford Avenue! Not as amazing as Mr. Peanut vs. Kool-Aid Man, but still… not the kind of thing you want to miss. So follow Bedford + Bowery on Instagram, where we first posted this, and take a moment to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too. Better yet, subscribe to our newsletter to get top stories delivered straight to your inbox daily.
Don’t take our word that you should be keeping up with B+B: The L Magazine just named us Best New Local Blog in their Best of Brooklyn Issue. Aww thanks, guys! And thank you all for following, friending, favoriting, and fondling!
We’ve now discovered that Citi Bikes can be used as SoulCycles and they can shred, but that apparently didn’t impress whoever made this sticker, spotted on Wythe Avenue by our own Sasha von Oldershausen.
Already craving more Bedford + Bowery in your life? We thought so. Follow all our exploits on Instagram as we photograph, filter and #hashtag all the cultural goodies on offer in our favorite neighborhoods.
This weekend we went to a sprawling indoor-outdoor party at 299 Meserole thrown by masters of debauchery Bang On NYC (yep, we did a lot of Banging this weekend). In the interest of supporting our fellow ravers, we’d like to refer everyone to this Craigslist Missed Connection. Good luck, shirtless tall guy. We’re rooting for you.
#Nofilter folks, we love you, too. Submit your shots to our Flickr group and we’ll share the standouts with our readers.