Arts and Fun

Seeing Brooklyn through a lens darkly

The Roman playwright Terence famously wrote, “Nothing human is foreign to me.”  Closer to home, and in a similar vein, our own Walt Whitman counseled, “Be curious, not judgmental.” Looking at the remarkable, early photographs in the Met Breuer’s stunning exhibition “Diane Arbus: In the Begi … Full Article

Q&A with Brooklynite Cara Buckley: Rolling out the red carpet

If one Googles the word “carpetbagger,” the first words that appear are “noun: derogatory.” It doesn’t get any better after that: “a person perceived as an unscrupulous opportunist.”’s definition is equally unflattering: “any opportunistic or exploit … Full Article

Dirtybird BBQ flocks to Governors Island this weekend

Although the last day of summer isn’t technically until Sept. 22, thousands of partygoers will be flocking to the banks of New York Harbor this Sunday to celebrate the end of the season at Dirtybird BBQ. … Full Article

Goodnight, Brooklyn native Fred Hellerman

Fred Hellerman, the last surviving member of The Weavers, died on Sept. 1 at age 89.  Born in Brooklyn on May 13, 1927, Hellerman was the son of Latvian Jewish immigrants and he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College in 1949. … Full Article
Inside the Coney Island Beard And Mustache Competition

VIDEO: Inside the crazy Coney Island Beard And Mustache Competition

The 9th Annual Coney Island Beard And Mustache Competition was held in Coney Island last weekend, where the strangest and most extravagant beards and mustaches took over the shore to compete. Our Brooklyn Street Beat team was on the scene to take in all the wild and crazy proceedings. … Full Article

Hurricane Hermine spares Brooklyn waterfront neighborhoods

Farewell, fine summer.
Tens of thousands of sun worshippers flocked to Brooklyn beaches and waterfront locales this past Labor Day weekend despite deadly riptides caused by Hurricane Hermine. … Full Article

‘Movie Matinees’ provides free movie tickets for residents of NYC public housing

Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) Commissioner Julie Menin on Wednesday announced the launch of MOME Movie Matinees, a brand-new initiative providing free opportunities for New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents to attend a feature film currently in theaters. … Full Article

‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco’ was written here in Brooklyn

As summer nears its end and autumn winds will fill the air, it’s nice to dream of a place where warm sunny days won’t disappear. Back in the 1950s, two Brooklyn songwriters did just that. … Full Article

12 Hours in Red Hook

Once maligned as a crime-ridden, drug-infused area, Red Hook — like most neighborhoods in Brooklyn — is experiencing a revival. … Full Article

VIDEO: Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Block Party celebrates MJ's legacy

On Saturday, our Brooklyn Street Beat team headed to Bed-Stuy for Spike Lee's Michael Jackson block party. The event was organized to celebrate the weekend of what would've been the King Of Pop's 58th birthday. … Full Article


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