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Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn’

Spike Lee Delivers What Amounts to ‘I Had a Nightmare…’

ShutterstockSpikeLeeToday’s must-listen audio [NSFW because of repeated curse words] was very quickly posted last night. New York magazine’s Joe Coscarelli has both embedded and transcribed a fantastically provocative rant by the one and only Mr. Lee.

What’s great about Coscarelli’s twin-barreled approach is that listening to Lee is very different from simply reading the comments. On the page, they come across as more caustic. In the audio air, they amount to an impassioned and deeply felt monologue about the racially-tinged social strata of gentrified neighborhoods. It’s as dramatic and shocking a sequence as that time a garbage can was thrown through the window of a Brooklyn pizza joint.

Lee made his comments last night at the Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn campus during a Black History Month event. He was responding to a question from the audience.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Jared Kushner and Others Make $375 Million Brooklyn Building Buy

The Jehovah’s Witness’ are about to witness their bank accounts getting fatter. According to The New York Post, Kushner Companies — the real estate arm of the Jared Kushner empire — is part of a group of companies buying six Jehovah’s Witness buildings in Brooklyn. The price tag? $375 million.

Everyone knows the Witness buildings — they’re the sand-colored structures with green windows that are connected by suspended walkways. If you want to get specific, the spots getting scooped up include 90 and 77 Sands Street, 55 and 81 Prospect Street, 175 Pearl Street and 117 Adams Street.

The Witness’ are selling off their downtown Brooklyn digs because they’re moving upstate, to Warwick. Get ready for a lot more door-to-door visits, residents of Warwick.

The NY Times Used a Black Eyed Peas Pun in a Headline So Yes The World is Crap

The New York Times published an article today about a guy trying to become a hipster. This is what most people will be discussing. The article is supposed to be funny, but it’s not. However, the Times will definitely succeed in trolling the entire planet with the piece, because it’s so annoyingly awful.

That’s not why we’re writing about this. We’re covering the hipster article because the headline is “Will.i.amsubrg.” Yes, that’s a reference to the Black Eyed Peas’ idiot frontman, and dammit, that’s where we draw the line. The Times cannot do this to the American public. It can publish trend pieces that don’t make sense. It can charge $75.47 for the Sunday edition. But it cannot make readers think about the Black Eyed Peas when they’re just trying to live their goddamn lives.

Someone call Barack Obama. Or better yet, Hillary Clinton. This injustice will not stand. America is supposed to be the home of the brave, but a Black Eyed Peas pun has us cowering in fear. What if a Pitbull pun is next?

Unfortunately for Brooklyn, MTV Brings VMAs to Barclays Center

On Sunday, August 25, MTV will be broadcasting its Video Music Awards from the Barclays Center, so if you live anywhere near the arena, you might want to just leave town that weekend.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s happening. In fact, here’s a couple terrible statements from Michael Bloomberg and Marty Markowitz to prove it. We honestly cannot decide which is more annoying, but the early edge goes to Markowitz.

Bloomberg:

Brooklyn is home to icons like the Cyclone in Coney Island and the Brooklyn Bridge, and now it can lay claim to the MTV Video Music Awards.

Likening the status of the Brooklyn Bridge to the VMAs has got to be illegal somehow.

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Condé Nast Traveler Praises, Insults Brooklyn

In the newest issue of Condé Nast Traveler, the “15 Best Places to See Right Now,” are listed, and our own Brooklyn is among them. Naturally, FishbowlNY was excited to see this, because we rep Brooklyn harder than Biggie did (we’d battle him if he were still with us, best believe it).

Unfortunately, once we read the reasons why people need to visit, our enthusiasm crashed:

As these stylish immigrants have filled the borough’s old neighborhoods, they’ve transformed lowly bodegas into Michelin-starred restaurants, dive bars into wineries, abandoned warehouses into playhouses, and a gothic bank building into a massive flea market.

While we do agree that the Brooklyn Flea – when indoors – is great, those other things the writer bashes are what makes Brooklyn, Brooklyn.

We actually like our “lowly” bodegas where the guy working the counter greets us with a “hello my friend” each time we shop there. And if by “dive bars,” the writer meant “bars that don’t charge you $8 for a Coors Light,” we’re all for that too. These things give Brooklyn its edge, and the fact that the writer is presenting their passing as reasons to visit the borough makes us wonder if that person has ever even been there.

Facebook Buys, Kills Drop.io

Facebook has purchased most of Brooklyn-based startup Drop.io in what appears to be a move to hire its CEO Sam Lessin.

Drop.io, a service that let users quickly and privately share files, ended its free service this weekend, and paid accounts will last until Dec. 15, according to a company blog post. All files will be accessible until the Dec. 15 deadline. After that deadline, the company plans to delete all its stored data.

“We can confirm that we recently completed a small talent acquisition for drop.io and acquired most of the company’s assets. We’re thrilled that Sam Lessin will be joining us at Facebook,” said a Facebook spokesperson in a statement.

Drop.io explicitly stated that “no user data or content will be transferred to Facebook,” indicating that like Facebook’s buyout of Hot Potato earlier this year, the social network was strictly after executives. And they paid a pretty penny for Lessin.

Drop.io valued itself at $5.99 million, and raised $4.85 million earlier this year, according to an SEC filing. The terms of the Facebook buyout were not disclosed.

Former Time Inc. Staffer To Launch “My Little O”

mylittleow.jpg Our sister blog MediaJobsDaily has stifled a laugh to bring us news of a new local news network with a name that suggests something more than just local interest stories.

The new online venture is the brainchild of former Time Inc. staffer Michael Locke, who was laid off by the media conglomerate in November after a decade of service. The site will have a tight focus on Locke’s Brooklyn neighborhood Fort Greene/Clinton Hill.

So what’s this new Web site’s questionable title? “My Little O.”

As MediaJobsDaily reports:

“Locke says he’s starting small in order that My Little O will successfully penetrate (oh god) the community. Also part of My Little O (ha) are advertising/marketing firm Solveris, as well as a team of freelancers, who are all presumably trying to make My Little O….bigger.”

Laid-Off Time Inc. Staffer Launches Unfortunately Named News Network