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Tuesday
Dec292009

Let There Be Light

So true this thing is $210, *but* its a lampshade featuring a hand drawn image of 5th Ave in Park Slope (you can see Miriam's from this angle).

These are reproduced from Gallery work by artist Warren Belshir:

"Warren has been documenting NYC and Brooklyn's ever changing face for 10 years. His work focuses on urban decay and renewal, and the overdevelopment of Brooklyn and New York. He hopes to capture places of New York's forgotten everyday scenes."

There's also a Coney Island one and a 4th Avenue one. too

I don't know...they're def kinda cool, but I think this shit would look waaaaay cooler in the spare bedroom of our Hollywood Hills pad in 15 years when we're like "ZOMG...remember when we lived in Brooklyn, yo!?"

Monday
Dec282009

Ask A NY Talent Buyer

If you haven't already guessed (based on the fact that we have virtually EVERY FIPS event there), we love the shit out of the Bell House.

I don't play bocce ball (cause I'm not really sporty like that), BUT I do love the hot dog at Union Hall. And also I have great affection for them since they tried to ban SUV strollers last year (though, of course, that didn't work).

Anyway, so yeah: we love em both (and think you should follow them on twitter, go there often, get drunk-n-buy shit).

This week, the NYT City Room blog is featuring Bell House/Union Hall talent buyer, Jack "Skippy" McFadden, who is standing by ready to answer all of your burning questions about the NYC music scene, clubbing, boozing, or anything else talent buyer-ish.

We thought we'd get the party started with a couple questions for Skippy of our own:

  • When you're booking shitty bands (that people dig for some unknown reason), do you pretend like you think they're not shitty?
  • Do bands (shitty or otherwise) still bitch about coming to Brooklyn?
  • Why does everyone in Brooklyn love Animal Collective and TV on the Radio so fucking much? I mean, yeah they're great, but its getting a little over the top. Do you think its some sort of local genetic cellular mutation?
  • Can you make sure that all FIPS readers get free drinks from here on in?

Jus wonderin.

[Leave real questions for Skippy in the comments here].

Monday
Dec282009

Tour of Duty

(ed note: BALLERS go out every Sunday and get drunk at brunch, so this should have been posted yesterday. Blame the fucking mimosas, its not my fault, people).

Day three of the ongoing Xmas revels.

Having finished the nuclear option (day one), we began another breeder mainstay: the grandparents tour of duty.

Think Groundhog Day (or in this case, Christmas morning), repeated daily for many days, punctuated by disappointment and tears, calls for quiet contests, and copious carsickness. Living the life.

Fucking A.

Just so you can share in the joy, I’ve now listened to John Denver’s timeless classic 40 fucking times today--and we're only halfway through.

So, I repeat: I’m doing your heavy lifting, BALLERS. All for you, man (and for the continuation of the species).

So, don’t give me and my triple-wide bugaboo shit next time I mow you down on 7th.

Monday
Dec282009

Maggie Gyllenhaal Loves Gorilla Coffee

NY Mag spent 108 minutes with the Park Slope livin actress, and among other things, we learned that:

  • She leaves books out on her front stoop for people to take
  • Has "emission free fireplaces" in her four-story brownstone
  • Is bffs with her garbage man
  • Shops at BKLYN Larder and Ikea
  • Drinks Gorilla coffee

My most favorite fact, however, was that on Christmas morn, like any good Jew, she served a whole spread from Russ & Daughters (I just know that there was some caviar cream cheese up in that piece). [FYI, I'm obsessed with Russ & Daughters...and the fact that someone else does too is enough to get me to like them.]

So, fuck yeah, Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Friday
Dec252009

Please, Gawd Let This Be True: A Rapper Named 'Park Slope'

Uhm, are my eyes deceiving me, or is this a MUSIC VIDEO by a RAPPER named Park Slope, who is practically masturbating with a Segway as fly ass bitches in little daisy duke shorts watch on?