October 25, 2010

I’m exciting to announce a new arrival: a brand spanking new website. This blog will eventually disappear, but all the old content now exists at

If you prefer, you can use the simple and self-explanatory URL

Please come over and visit, and update your bookmarks. There’s lots to see there including writing samples, clips, news, and a picture of yours truly taken at Roll N Roaster in Sheepshead Bay (although you can’t tell because we cropped out the mashed potatoes).


October 14, 2010

Northwest Outer Central Adjunct Core Adjacent

Business Improvement District Newsletter


Thank you to all our members who have held tight throughout this economic downturn, valiantly refusing to lower commercial rents despite a seemingly intractable empty storefront glut. Good times are coming! We are proud to announce the opening of the following businesses along the NWOCACA UPCORE (Northwest Outer Central Adjunct Core Adjacent Upscale Corridor):

GENTRIFRIED: “Big Taste. Small Portions.” Mac N Cheese N Truffle Croquettes named “Best Snack” on We use 100% pure horse chestnut oil!

NAMASTAY: Canine Yoga Studio. Pranayama For Purebreeds. Homeopathic Housebreaking. “Master and Me” Downward Dog series.

GLASS + LAPIDUS (– BIRNBAUM) ARCHITECT GROUP: Wide variety of undulating walls. Ask about our “Teak and T1” packages. Wish fulfillment renderings our specialty.

THE RUB OUT: Retro Speakeasy Social Club. Sip artisanal cocktails in a former Mafia hangout. Cool, huh? Try the “Crazy Joe Gallo” Gimlet—garnished with a miniature clam!

BURNISH: Organic, free-range, locally-sourced, hormone-free, mid-century modern furniture.

THE SKEIN EVENT: Woman-only Knitting and Kickboxing Center. Green Tea Bar. This Month’s Special: 10 percent off Empowerment Services.

THERMINI: Theramin lessons for kids. Coming Soon: Ukes for Tykes.

On alternate Sundays, the Van Licken Gourmet Popsicle Truck will be parked next to the Melanie Klein Playground (the one with the vaguely obscene-looking equipment.) Our sticks are made from reclaimed barn beams.

NOTE: The above ventures were recipients of BISNEZ (Business Incubator Small Niche Enterprise Zone) grants, which do not represent any reduction in rent, or any weakening of our resolve regarding per-square-foot averages, but rather are an innovation rebate instigator, which is hardly the same thing.

NEWS (New Experience Word Sequences)

DUES ARE DUE! Don’t forget that this quarter there is a bench beautification assessment of $32.50. Tony’s Shoe Repair has been officially declared blighted. Although this designation has no standing in a court of law, we are hoping that he will be shamed into becoming less dusty and moving that rack of used loafers inside.

Nanny League Season begins this month with the Child Wrangling Preliminaries: TIBET V TRINIDAD at the Melanie Klein Playground (the one with the vaguely obscene-looking equipment).

GLASS + LAPIDUS (– BIRNBAUM) ARCHITECT GROUP would like to announce that the “vaguely obscene-looking equipment” at the Melanie Klein Playground is inspired by regional flora and if you’re seeing something else it says more about you than it does them.

CORRECTION: In our Winter issue, in the article about the Le Quoi canal-bank development, the phase “Condo Loft” should have read “Loft Condo”.


Ron Bourbon, Jr.

Proprietor, Sea Salt Depot

It is with great pride and more than smidge of  regret that I announce my plan to step down as President of Northwest Outer Central Adjunct Core Adjacent Business Improvement District to pursue personal opportunities and interests. After much mental and emotional wrangling I have accepted an offer to become Honorary Professor of Eminent Domain Studies at CICADA: The Community Institute College Academy of Development Arts (non- accredited). You will be left in the fine smooth hands of your new Incoming Acting Appointed President, my dear friend, Hope Cornichon of Hope’s Chest Lingerie Shoppe. I look forward to seeing you on visits back to my hometown, should they ever occur, despite my best attempts to avoid them.

Can’t Stop Drawing Mermaids

August 12, 2010

Beaded Dress

August 11, 2010

Yep, another one with my haircut.

Creatures Cavort

August 11, 2010

Friendly Dragon

August 11, 2010

Writer Deborah Eisenberg

August 11, 2010

I’m starting a new series of portraits of writers I love. Here is Deborah Eisenberg.

Let’s Go Learning! (I’m teaching at MOCCA)

May 24, 2010

Come take my course and meet me in person!

6 sessions
TUESDAYS June 22 & 29; July 13, 20, 27; August 3
6:30-9:00 pm
$385 tuition | $360 for MoCCA members

When it comes to cartoons, anything can happen! Yet, although animation is unbound by reality or gravity, successful cartoon writing is grounded in classic storytelling skills, thoughtful character development, and clever dialogue. This class is an opportunity to explore the particular challenges and rewards of writing for animation. Screenings, lectures, in-class exercises, and enjoyable home assignments demystify the process. If you have already created animated characters or are in the process of developing your own show (anything from a single webtoon to a full-fledged series) you will be encouraged to incorporate your existing project into the course work—and receive valuable feedback from the instructor as well as your fellow students! Newbies are welcome, too. Just bring your imagination. [Note: while this course will focus on TV animation, shortform and feature length animation will be discussed, as well.]

ANNE D. BERNSTEIN is an animation writer and story editor whose credits include Daria, MTV Downtown, Private Eye Princess, Hey Monie!, Backyardigans, Tutenstein, Viva Pinata, Angelo Rules and Monster High. She served as Head Writer for MTV Animation Development for three years. Before that she was Senior Editor and Comic Book Editor at Nickelodeon Magazine.

Press Contact:
Ellen Abramowitz