ROCK DISCO PLAYLIST, 1979

Linda Rizzo is a DJ and photographer whose efforts do great honor to the ghosts of the Kingdom of the Outsiders: her visual work is alive with peeling window sills,  brash bodegas, and  shadowed skyscrapers. Behind the turntables she respects the disparate din of New York, sounds danceable and punkable and trashbilly-rilly-sock’em-rockable. Linda – under [...]

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The New York Times is Idiotic, AGAIN, and It Gives Me an Excuse to Rave About Echo & The Bunnymen

Dear New York Times: Once upon a time, when we wore Adidas, watched Melba Tolliver, were confused by the suicide of Peter Duel and sang sweet songs about Beautiful Mount Airy Lodge, the New York Times was known as The Paper of Record. As a young man, I would scan your pages, fingers becoming ashen [...]

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Tell the Bartender Episode 41: LIVE with Jamie Kilstein and Chris Gethard!

Listen to Episode 41: LIVE with Jamie Kilstein and Chris Gethard! Download From iTunes Here In this Episode: The Bartender is joined by Jamie Kilstein and Chris Gethard for another wonderful live show. PLUS a listener shout out, and we play Craigslist Ad or Casting Notice with Shawn T. Andrew! Recorded at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NY. Photos taken […]
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Billy Rath R.I.P, and the Heartbreakers Rock Forever

Despite all our ascents into art and madness (decade-long day trips to the hills to hear the humming airsome arpeggios of Pink Floyd and the teen-high whimsy of Kinks; forays through dark foreign alleys to be happily harangued by Nick Cave or Scott; even the years spent banging our heads against the broken-glass walls of [...]

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Watch Lena Dunham Take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Hey Lena Dunham is now a blonde! And she just dumped a whole bucket of ice water on her head as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Seems that Jaime King and pop star Taylor Swift took part in the controversial fund raising daisychain and challenged Dunham to do it next. Here’s Brooklyn Heights resident [...]

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Watch Spike Lee Revisit The Brooklyn of ‘Do the Right Thing’ in this New Video

Apple‘s Beats Music, makers of a subscription music service you may or may not like and really expensive headphones you’ve convinced yourself are worth $400, sent filmmaker Spike Lee on a journey to Bed-Stuy to revisit sites from his 1989 classic “Do the Right Thing“. What do you think the biggest changes have been in [...]

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Watch the Legendary Domenico DeMarco of Di Fara’s Pizza in Action Making Pies

Among the scores of Brooklyn’s legendary talents is Domenico DeMarco of Di Fara’s Pizza in Midwood. The man himself admits that Anthony Bourdain‘s declaration of the eatery as “the best of the best” has added to their reputation (note that credit is widely given to the Village Voice giving them the top nod back in [...]

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The Solution to All Our Problems: Not Your Average Goat and Your Average Goat

There is a great beauty in confusion.  The seemingly random assembly of events, geometry, words, sounds, forms, colors, and dimensions can stir emotions, engender communication, inspire ideas, and motivate action.  Just ask Marcel Duchamp, Tristan Tzara, Man Ray, Kurt Schwitters, Dali, Antonin Artaud, and the scores upon scores of mainstream artists they inspired. In order [...]

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Forget the German’s White Flag Stunt, Watch this Brit Artist Use the Brooklyn Bridge as a Harp

Last year, British artist Di Mainstone was filmed playing the Brooklyn Bridge like a harp. She accomplished this feat using a specially designed vest that allows her to pluck the bridges suspension cables like a harp.

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FIVE GREAT SONGS (Just Because!)

Because it’s Wednesday, and because it would simply be tasteless to engage in a detailed discussion of the Rule of Threes, I am presenting the FIRST edition of Tim Sommer’s Five Great Songs Just Because list.  Which is exactly what it sounds like. Now, the theme today is, uh, guitars, with a sub-theme of SONGS [...]

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German Art Group Takes Credit for Brooklyn Bridge White Flag Stunt

Two German artists are taking credit for last month’s Brooklyn Bridge flag swap. Heck, it was all a tribute to the man who built the bridge: NYT: But the artists, Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke, say the flags — with hand-stitched stars and stripes, all white — had nothing to do with terrorism. In a [...]

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The New York Times Pisses Me Off Endlessly

A rather grievous error in the New York Times – yes, yet another one – has set me off AGAIN. Dear New York Times: Serge Gainsbourg is one of the more remarkable vocalists and composers of the 20th Century. He is an immediately distinctive singer and picaresque songwriter, the bridge between Sinatra and Nick Cave [...]

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Robin Williams, 1951-2014

As most, if not all, of you know by now, Robin Williams died today. The photo at left, by Photographer’s Mate Airman Milosz Reterski (Navy NewsStand) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, was taken while he was “entertain[ing] the crew of USS Enterpr…
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Brooklyn Heights Cinema Will Close This Month

A spokesperson for Massey Knakal tells BHB that 70 Henry Street, currently the home of the Brooklyn Heights Cinema, is in contract to be sold. The theater will go dark on Thursday, August 27 after 44 years of operation. Kenn Lowy, who has run the Cinema since 2011, has plans to open at a new [...]
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Roedelius and The Secret History of Rock’n'Roll

When I use this phase “The Secret History of Rock’n’Roll,” I am not talking about hushed conspiracies, or Masonic veins running through the seats of power, or ancient aliens having drawn something in the Central American Desert 2,000 years ago that looked just like the album sleeve to Supertramp’s “Breakfast In America” (though how cool [...]

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Battle Royale at Borough Hall: BBPC Board Shoots Down Pier 6 Opponents

As witnessed yesterday by an overflow audience massed in Brooklyn Borough Hall Community Room, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation Board of Directors turned a deaf ear to impassioned pleas from John Raskin, New York City Council Member Stephen Levin, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron and many others regarding future housing development in Brooklyn Bridge [...]
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Brooklyn Bugle Book Club: “The City and the City” A Novel by China Miéville

A young woman murdered, her body dumped at the edge of a park in the poor part of town. It sounds like the start of a conventional murder mystery. From the beginning, though, there are hints that more is underway in this complex book. First are the names: they are almost but not entirely Arabic [...]

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Blogger Outraged as Brooklyn Bridge ‘Love Locks’ Replaced by Love Garbage

Back in May, the city let it be known to tourists and others inclined to leave “love locks” on the Brooklyn Bridge to cut it out. While the totally ridiculous practice of leaving a gym lock fastened to a public place as a sign of a couple’s devotion has roots going back 100 years, it’s [...]
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