Just when you thought the streets of Brooklyn were safe again, cat people had to go do something ridiculous: on November 24th, there will be a Brooklyn Cat Painting Takedown held in a gallery space. What happens at a Cat Painting Takedown? Unlike past Takedowns where competitors try to make the best soup or bacon, artistes use their allotted time to paint the best cat picture possible. If this sounds too much like an elementary school class, guests can enjoy some (no doubt craft-brewed) beer and (vegan soy free range) chili while watching the Picassos do their art. Paintings will be auctioned off at the end of the event, with proceeds going to animal shelters. Awww! I renounce my snark, I like this cat painting thing after all. [Brokelyn]
[The above feline beast is my favorite Internet cat, Pudge, who I would paint if I participated in the Takedown.]
If you are someone, or are friends with someone, or have ever met someone who lives in or in the vicinity of the New York City metro, you’re guaranteed to have heard more than your fair share of complaints regarding the dating climate in Manhattan and Brooklyn. (Does this also apply to Queens and other boroughs? You tell me; I’ve never been there.) Hell, you’ve probably even experienced it firsthand.
Bottom line: it’s hard out here for a dater, and uniquely so. You would think that a city packed with singles would lend itself to a multitude of opportunities for meeting new, eligible people all the time. And sure, it does, but there’s still something about New York that somehow makes coupling up really, really hard to do.
But — newsflash — maybe it’s us! Keep reading »
In Brooklyn, a 17-year-old girl just testified against the man accused of sexually assaulting her. On the surface, this case is sadly too familiar: she and her accused rapist are both members of a strict right wing sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, known as the Satmar Hasidim.
Extreme groups exist in every religion, and Judaism is no exception. However, the Satmar Hasidim are a fringe group within a fringe group. Though they are ultra-Orthodox Jews (meaning that they keep kosher, observe the Sabbath, and follow all the other rules), they differ from other super-religious Jews in that they don’t support the nation of Israel. Like other ultra-Orthodox Jews (this isn’t really a thing in the more liberal branches of Judaism), they keep strict gender segregation, sending boys and girls to different schools that teach different subjects and keeping men and women separated in synagogue. But the rape case currently happening in Brooklyn could blow the roof of the place. Keep reading »
Forbes just released a list of “America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods,” which includes all the usual suspects: Silver Lake, Los Angeles comes in at number 1, with enclaves of San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Portland making predictable appearances. Just in case you don’t see your neighborhood on the list, we came up with this handy quiz to test the hipster quotient of wherever you live. So throw on a pair of oversized, lime green, lens-less reading glasses and click through to take the test!
When Mo Gelber took an impromptu photo of the couple being hauled off by the cops a few weeks ago, he didn’t think much of it. Then he entered the photo in a contest run by Ron Howard, and got pretty far. But! He needed the couple in the picture to sign a release allowing him to use their image in order to move forward in the rounds. He somehow got ahold of the chic, blonde girl, Alexis Creque, but Creque refuses to give up the name of her boyfriend.
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Drew met Chelsea when his band, Drew and the Medicinal Pen, came through Perth, Australia. Chelsea wasn’t supposed to be working that night, and she had just broken up with a long-term boyfriend that day, but the connection between the two was clear. After years of writing letters and swapping tapes, Chelsea moved to Brooklyn to be with Drew. And earlier this summer, Drew risked death to write a graffiti proposal to Chelsea on a billboard overlooking the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. To find out what she said, and how it all went down, you need to listen to New York Stories’ awesome radio tale. [Mary E. Harris]