We reported back in late September that Brooklyn Rod & Gun will close its doors at the end of the year. As of now, it looks like things are still headed that way. But Chris Raymond and the social club’s members are determined to save at least something of its legacy through a digital archive of ephemera, a double album of live recordings, a short documentary film, and even a book. Keep Reading »
Brooklyn-based director Michael Hobbs only ever imagined he’d have the opportunity to work with a dream team on his latest short film, Short Lived. But when Hobbs sent an email on a whim to Brooklyn-based director of photography Alexander Crowe, he got more than he bargained for. “I didn’t expect a reply because of his caliber, but he got back to me,” Hobbs says. “This was a really big deal.” Keep Reading »
It was nine months ago that Apostrophe, a Bushwick art gallery/party space, was shut down after cops busted its anniversary celebration. Undeterred by a night in jail and a lengthy probation, brothers Ki and Sei Smith are vaulting back into the saddle with a party Friday night and the launch of a Kickstarter campaign designed to revive the Apostrophe universe. Keep Reading »
Hours after Bill de Blasio kicked off Internet Week, the technorati poured into Cipriani Wall Street last night to see Patton Oswalt host the 18th annual Webby Awards. The comic was quick to poke fun at websites whose founders were in the audience: “Even if I eat it tonight Reddit will find a way to blame it on the wrong person,” he quipped.
Here, now, are the ceremony’s most memorable (or shall we say, Tweetable) moments. Keep Reading »
Mayor Bill De Blasio kicked off Internet Week near Union Square this morning, but despite the Manhattan location, it was Brooklyn — where companies like Kickstarter have taken root — that he touted as an “extraordinary example of success” in the tech sector. Keep Reading »
Medieval Future isn’t one of the video games that you’ll be able to play at Kickstarter’s Greenpoint block party this Saturday (it hasn’t yet been finished) but boy do we hope its online fundraiser turns it into a reality so we can play it soon. Keep Reading »
If it sounds like a marketing gimmick, it is. But it should be a fun one: the May 3 event at Kickstarter’s luxe new headquarters in a former Greenpoint pencil factory will allow you to gawk at the offices, demo a developer-friendly video game console called Ouya, play a live-action game called Joust, use a drawing tool named NeoLucida, and, of course, eat and drink (Brooklyn Soda Works, Butter & Scotch, Snap and Mamu Thai Noodle Truck will be on hand). Keep Reading »
Get a load of this story: The most promising college basketball recruit of his time gets nabbed for buying crack cocaine, then later gets shot in the chest THREE TIMES while attempting to buy more crack and still, after overcoming his addiction to crack, somehow makes it to the NBA. Keep Reading »
These days, Bushwick is generally regarded as the land of artisan pizza and warehouse parties, but let’s not forget that it was once the beer capital of the Northeast. If Eric Feldman and Marshall Thompson get their way, they’ll open the first brewery in Bushwick since Rheingold closed its doors in 1976 and the neighborhood may relive its glory days as the site of Brewers Row.
“We want to be the first,” says Thompson, sporting a black t-shirt emblazoned with the company’s logo, the Braven. “But we definitely don’t want to be the last.” Keep Reading »
Artists Nicolina Johnson and Pérola M. Bonfanti will soon unveil their “13 Portals” — murals based on various forms of astrology and ancient spirituality – on abandoned doorways around the neighborhood, with a kooky communal game to tie them all together. Keep Reading »
Somewhere over in Bushwick the L train rides; artists and Hasids, poets and dreamers, ride their bikes.
So goes a dreamy, surreal version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” that may some day appear in “Bushwick the Musical the Movie,” an in-the-works film set in the neighborhood and modeled almost entirely on “The Wizard of Oz.” John Martino, a 55 year-old former IT specialist, is trying to raise a staggering $2.5 million to get the movie made. Keep Reading »