Sure it might be the most thankless job, but no one can argue that it’s not the most interesting. A Bartender’s Tale is a series that animates intriguing stories told by Brooklyn bartenders. The eight bartenders featured were selected through a contest where they were asked to describe their most unusual day on the job. The finalists were then paired with animators to bring their stories to life.
Presented by Jack Daniels (just ignore the shameless product placements), the eight animated videos range from tales of lost love to bar-top dancing embarrassments. It was hard for us to choose our favorite, but we eventually went with this story (above) about a fat little chihuahua and his superstitious, sports-loving owner. You can watch the rest of the videos in the playlist above, or here.
|Recommended by The Absolute Staff||Tuesday, December 8th, 2015||No Comments »|
Jackie Barrett’s The Haunting of the Gemini: A True Story of New York’s Zodiac Murders is not your ordinary true crime novel full of dull facts and a boring writing style. This spine-tingling read revolves around a restless spirit, a psychic medium who works with crime fighting units in contacting the departed, and a killer whose early ’90s reign of terror left the Big Apple absolutely paralyzed with fear.
The story begins when the spirit of Patricia Fonti, a victim of NYC Zodiac Killer Heriberto ‘Eddie’ Seda, visits Barrett almost 20 years after she died. The victim’s spirit is restless and is constantly following Barrett everywhere she goes—even a trip to the grocery store suddenly takes on a supernatural element thanks to the relentless ghost who is shadowing her every move.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Friday, March 14th, 2014||No Comments »|
Danish-Canadian novelist Anne Fortier, who is the author behind the best-selling novel Juliet, will bring the world of several ancient Mediterranean cultures to life for readers in her new book The Lost Sisterhood.
The Lost Sisterhood is a tale about the power of strong women and the bonds between them that mixes seamlessly into ancient Greek mythology. The story follows Diana Morgan, an Oxford lecturer who is obsessed with the Amazons—and no, not the Wonder Woman/DC Comics portrayal, either; we’re talking the actual battle-hardened ferocious warriors such as Penthesilea who was brave enough to take on Achilles during the Trojan War.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Tuesday, March 11th, 2014||No Comments »|
While many of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods such as Williamsburg and Park Slope are being devoured by an endless invasion of hipsters hellbent on making it a capital of artsy coolness, their southern neighbors in Bay Ridge are often made fun of for being stuck in the past, if not being ignored outright.
However, Bay Ridge (Images of America), which was written by the Bay Ridge Historical Society and Peter Scarpa, is a collection of images and fascinating tidbits that give its inhabitants something to take pride in. Just like the rest of the borough, Bay Ridge has a fascinating history, and in the book, the neighborhood’s past is illuminated in breathtaking black and white photographs, many of which came from the collection of a man named Samuel Winter Thomas who used to live in the area.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Tuesday, February 11th, 2014||No Comments »|
Whether you enjoy collecting vintage photographs or love reading about history, Green-Wood Cemetery by Alexandra Kathryn Mosca is sure to hit the spot.
Mosca, who is an author and funeral director, uses vintage photographs to allow readers to tour the history of this picturesque cemetery throughout the years. Green-Wood has long been considered an integral part of New York’s cultural history and has a fascinating cast of characters buried beneath its 478 acres. Some of the people buried there are Dorothy Annan Harder and George Harder, two survivors of the R.M.S. Titanic disaster, Samuel Morse, F.A.O Schwartz, and Charles L. Tiffany.
As one of the city’s largest open green spaces, the cemetery used to be a hot spot for a wide variety of social outings, like picnics and cultural events. Through her pictorial evidence in the book, Mosca showcases the ever-changing funeral traditions of both New York City and Brooklyn as a whole.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014||2 Comments »|
If Marley and Me absolutely broke your heart and made you clutch your beloved furry friend to your chest, rest assured that not all books about animals have to be tearjerkers in the end. For example, Love Wanted: True Tails of Love, Loss, and Redemption will not only make you feel good, it’ll make you want to run out to the nearest no-kill animal shelter to donate your time to helping unwanted pets find their furr-ever home.
The author, Mary Jo Tobin, is known throughout Bay Ridge, Brooklyn for her dedication to saving the lives of unwanted shelter animals who would otherwise get euthanized at the local Animal Care and Control. She is the founder of Love Wanted Pet Adoptions, a grassroots organization that works hand-in-hand with North Shore Animal League and local rescues such as K-9 Kastle to host monthly adoption events.
In her debut novel, Tobin demonstrates first hand how much power and influence a little grassroots organization staffed by a handful of loyal volunteers has when it comes to saving the lives of neglected shelter animals. Just like people, every animal has a unique history and personality of their own, and Tobin records their stories to help her readers realize just what it means to own a pet and to understand what the reality of surrendering a pet to a shelter is like.
Top Image by Stella Blanca Panzarino.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Thursday, January 16th, 2014||No Comments »|
Hipster Zombies, available on iOS and Android from indie devs Sharkbomb Studios, is yet another game inviting players to battle oncoming hordes of zombies. But these are hipster zombies, and in addition to brains, they want old records, black plastic glasses, retro bicycles and cans of PBR!
Players stand behind a makeshift barricade and try to defend their neighborhood (Is it Williamsburg? Greenpoint? Probably is.) from oncoming zombie waves by throwing hipster gear at the zombies. Mechanics are classic and the controls are simple—you’ll move side-to-side with your left hand, while choosing what to throw with your right. The game is free but monetizes on players’ in-app purchases of hipster gear like vinyl records and PBR cans, much like Brooklyn does.
Enjoy the simple game and hipster jokes as you deploy your zombie-fighting powers of irony to battle the undead!
|Recommended by Meg Stivison||Tuesday, January 7th, 2014||1 Comment »|