The mean streets of the borough that rappers like the Notorious B.I.G. crowed about are now hipster havens, where cupcakes and organic kale rule.
Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights: Referred to in Mos Def lyrics as an open-air drug market, it was most often cited by Buckshot of Black Moon, part of the Brooklyn-based hard-core underground Boot Camp Clik supergroup, who came from Crown Heights and represented the Franklin Avenue Posse.
There are still signs of the old Franklin Avenue: bodegas with the counter behind bulletproof glass and children playing basketball with a milk crate for a hoop. But now you can find, in one six-storefront stretch between Park Place and Sterling Place, Little Zelda, serving coffee and pastries, with an antique rocking chair out front; Rosebud Vintage, selling a muskrat muff from the 1880s for $128; the Crown Inn, offering “from the farm” sandwiches and a $9 cocktail made with pisco and elderflower liqueur; a real estate company named My Space; Owl and Thistle General Store, selling Brooklyn-themed canvas totes; and Stork, a baby-clothes boutique with a $35 onesie that reads, “MY CRIB is in BKLYN.”
The trailer for Ari Folman’s ambitious new film The Congress just dropped. Great visuals. Love the Strangelove bit. Hope he can pull this off.
Synopsis: A loose adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s The Futurological Congress, a 1971 black humour science fiction detailing the exploits of the hero of a number of his books, Ijon Tichy, as he visits the Eighth World Futurological Congress at the Costa Rica Hilton. The book is Lem’s take on the common sci-fi trope of an apparently Utopian future that turns out to be an illusion.
It reminds me of when those money grabbing jerks in charge of the Audrey Hepburn estate sold her soul to some very dumb advertising types to sell some chocolate bars. Stay classy.
Here in full is Alex Gibney’s fantastic documentary Park Avenue: money, power and the American dream
Salon: In one striking scene, a psychologist has put together an experiment involving an openly rigged game of Monopoly to look at why the ultra rich seem to be so unsympathetic and even hostile to those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder. In this game, one volunteer is arbitrarily assigned the role of the rich player and gets a number of unfair advantages – earning more money, using two dice to go around the board faster – that ensure the player will win. Despite the fact that the game is obviously rigged, rich players start displaying a palpable sense of entitlement, even gobbling up the majority of the strategically placed snacks and coming to believe that they deserve to win, as though their victory is due to innate intelligence and strategy rather than unfair rules that pre-determined the outcome from the start.
Shot by Czech photographer Miloslav Druckmüller from the Brno University of Technology, these amazing composite images capture the moon during a total solar eclipse revealing a vast solar corona. To achieve the crystal clear effect the shots are comprised from some 40+ photos taken with two different lenses. Additional clarity was achieved due to the incredibly remote location chosen to view the eclipse from, a pier just outside the Enewetak Radiological Observatory on the Marshall Islands, smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. You can see several more images from the project at Druckmüller’s website and don’t miss this much higher resolution version including some 209 stars.
Did you know that in 1504 Christopher Columbus ripped off a bunch of Jamaican locals by pretending to cause an eclipse? What a jerk.
Despite looking a bit like one of the things from the end of The Avengers, Patricia Piccinini’s Sky Whale is satisfactorily weird. There’s more photos of it kicking around in some lovely Victorian landscape and an accompanying sentimental video. Good work Patty Picci!