05/26/16 12:16pm
One of the nautical themed "courses" at Shipwrecked. Photo: Janah Boccio

One of the nautical themed “courses” at Shipwrecked. Photo: Janah Boccio

As big fans of mini-golf, my family doesn’t have many options in the city to play as much as we’d like. We were so excited to hear that Shipwrecked had finally opened, we set sail for Red Hook as soon as we had a Saturday afternoon free.

Located in an unassuming beige building at the southern end of Court Street, you’ll think you’re at the wrong place, but you’re not! Inside there are signs directing you to the elevator, which you’ll take to the second floor. Upon entering, you’re transported to a maritime scene, complete with lobster traps, fish nets and eye patches. My 5-year-old was immediately hooked. “Be careful of the giant crab lurking behind the 5th hole!” he warned us, and made plans to steal the pirate’s treasure.

If it’s your first time, it’s worth the extra $5 for a bag of coins to dispense along the way. You’ll hear mixed-media tales of pirate ghosts, sunken treasure, volcanoes and train rides. (more…)

05/26/16 9:00am
Scene from the Northside Festival. (Northside Festival)

The Northside Festival will bring close to 400 acts to Williamsburg in June. Photo: Northside Festival

Another summer, another series of music festivals. Governors Ball at Randall’s Island from June 3 to 5 is arguably the most high-profile festival in New York City this summer, featuring a bevy of top-tier acts including Kanye West, the Strokes, Beck, the Killers, HAIM, Father John Misty, and Courtney Barnett. The lure of the festival isn’t just the sheer number of artists you can soak in over a couple of days–there’s also the promise that you might get to witness a historic performance like Daft Punk’s killer set at Coachella in 2006, or Jack White’s turn at Bonnaroo in 2014.

At the same time, mega festivals have their downsides,which Brokelyn laid out neatly, and New York Times music critics Jon Pareles, Ben Ratliff, and Jon Caramanica explored in the article, “Why We’re Not Making Plans for Coachella and Bonnaroo.” They argue that the lineups at those festivals have become less exciting and theme-less; that’s it’s not about the music anymore; and that you can watch the action anyway online. (That article prompted a retort from music website Consequence of Sound on why these huge rock festivals still merit coverage.)

For me, there’s one simple reason why I am unlikely to go to these mammoth events: money. For instance, a three-day admission to Governors Ball will cost you $305 (a single-day ticket is $105). That’s not even counting the cost of the ferry service to shuttle you between Randall’s Island and Manhattan. Add what you’re going to blow on food and bottled water, and by the end of the weekend, you’re likely to run up a pretty big tab.

Even if you’re shut out of Governors Ball, rejoice in the fact that there are very cool music events happening all summer long in New York City that are less expensive (and in many cases free), probably not as crowded, and transportation-friendly. To prove the point, let’s create an alternative essential summer concert list–yes, some of them are festivals, but on an entirely different scale–based on the price of tickets to Governor’s Ball. (more…)

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05/25/16 4:00pm


From the Newport Jazz Festival and Woodstock, to Live Aid and Lollapalooza, music festivals once held historical and cultural importance—before the dizzying array of acts, foodtrucks, and selfie-happy audiences took over. The Memphis Country Blues Festival, which first started in 1966, is not as well known as some contemporaries, but was equally significant. Though it had a brief four-year run, as an integrated music festival during the Civil Rights movement in a city renowned for its blues history, it was a crucial cultural touchstone for Southern musicians. (more…)

05/25/16 2:35pm
There's a free concert in Green-Wood Cemetery on Monday night, featuring works by "permanent residents." Photo: Green-Wood Cemetery

There’s a free concert in Green-Wood Cemetery on Monday night, featuring works by “permanent residents.” Photo: Green-Wood Cemetery

Yippee! It is AMAZING outside today, and I have to tell you that this weather couldn’t be better timed as far as I’m concerned. I’ve spent the last 36 hours and counting in that special place in hell known as the UPS customer experience, and have needlessly missed a day of work, endured an abysmal journey to the dispatch facility in Canarsie that was clearly the inspiration for this, and spent about half my waking hours on the phone, all in my ongoing attempt to own an actual bed frame for the first time in my adult life.

Point of my boring tale being: It’s high time for this week to start feeling a little more ideal! And it already does–we’ve got certified flip-flop weather and a three-day weekend looming. Not just any long weekend, either, this one includes the opening of city beaches and Governors Island for the season, so there are lots of great ways to get outside and enjoy the outdoors even if you never got it together to plan a trip out of town. If you are looking for a good read to bring to the Rockaways, hit up Greenlight Bookstore’s sidewalk sale on Saturday at 10am before you head out to Riis Park or Coney Island. And, while we’ve got your attention, you might want to snag a ticket to Birds, Beers & Burgers, a special dinner and viewing of Creative Time’s Fly By Night that’s going down at Brooklyn Grange Farm next Saturday, before they’re gone. But we really shouldn’t be talking about next week when there is so much immediately approaching stuff to set our sights on. Read on for our best tips of how to keep yourself occupied in the Ideal Week stretched out in front of us, and have a very happy and safe Memorial Day weekend! (more…)

05/25/16 12:58pm


This June 10-12, in New York City, Food Loves Tech is your chance to see, smell, touch and taste the technologies that are transforming our food culture—from farm drones and app-controlled ovens to cultured meat and insect proteins.

With tricked-out dinners, an interactive expo and curated bazaar, immerse yourself in the food chain of tomorrow, while tasting and sipping from Edible’s signature roster of local food and drink makers as well as food tech innovators including José Andrés, Marcus Samuelsson, Gary Vanynerchuk and more.

Learn more and snag tickets. Interactive dinner tickets are still available here. Daytime tickets start at $35, with discounts for buying a pair or a foursome. So bring a friend or a few. Be sure to enter code 843BROOKLYNBASED to get $15 off general admission.

05/24/16 9:28am
Photo: Buzzfeed

Fanny packs are back, but they aren’t the same one The Rock rocked in the ’90s. They’re cooler. Trust us. Photo: Buzzfeed

Trends come and go, and then come back around. We may not have thought that the 90s dork capsule, the fanny pack, would be returning anytime soon. But it’s definitely here, utilitarian and without irony, and with a brand-spanking new name: The Belt Bag. Or the Bum Pack. Or the Festival Pack. Take your pick, we’re going to stick with fanny pack.

This shouldn’t take you too much by surprise, since other 90s styles like mom jeans and baby doll dresses hang in every store window. In true Devil Wears Prada fashion, you can trace the resurgence of the fanny pack back to the runways. Chanel showed the accessory in the spring/ summer 2014 show in Paris, while Alexander Wang premiered it in New York for fall 2014.

Ultimately, as mused upon in The New York Times recently, the fanny pack is not just fashion, but also puts the “funk” back into function; it allows a sense of freedom, allowing the wearer to unstrap from a tote or a backpack. It promotes the courage to leave home with minimal gear and the confidence that you have everything you need around your waist, leaving your shoulders free to do other things. Use your arms for hugging loved ones, holding a picket sign, doing the wave at a sporting event or dancing your heart out at a festival. Step out in the world and leave (most of) your baggage at home. (more…)

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05/23/16 11:48am
Falcon Laundry is courting locals for rooftop cocktails. Photo: Kelsey Smith

Falcon Laundry is courting locals for rooftop cocktails. Photo: Kelsey Smith

Williamsburg has a new waterfront watering hole. Falcon Laundry has cast itself as a new neighborhood staple, a place for in-the-know locals more than a go-to spot for tourists spilling over from Smorgasburg. Built inside a–you guessed it–former laundry, which also took a turn as a steel fabrication mill, Falcon Laundry is a two-level bar and restaurant with rooftop patio drinking just in time for summer.

Take a seat at the long bar if you’re a party of one or two, or settle in to one of the comfortable green leather booths tucked against alternating walls of brick and wood paneling, for unrushed table service with a bigger group. You’ll likely also notice that the prices are surprisingly gentle for this part of Brooklyn. There are several choices on the wine list that are less than $10 a glass; the rosé from Wolffer Estate in the North Fork is an especially great deal at $8. Happy hour runs until 8pm with a rotating cast of wines for $6 and beers for as low as $5, with many locally-sourced choices in the mix. (more…)

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05/23/16 10:15am


The second-ever Queens Beer Book just went on sale, and this year’s edition includes over 10 new bars to check out. The Queens beer scene is exploding and the Beer Book helps you explore it, with more than 30 tickets redeemable for beers at more than 30 of the finest breweries, beer halls and craft beer bars in the borough–for just $30!

Buy one here now and get yours in time for the weekend.

05/20/16 1:40pm
The new beer garden brewing in the Navy Yard--Brooklyn Brewery's rooftop restaurant and pub, coming in 2018. Rendering: Davis Brody Bond

The new beer garden brewing in the Navy Yard–Brooklyn Brewery’s rooftop restaurant and pub, coming in 2018. Rendering: Davis Brody Bond

These days, it’s hard to navigate a New York City beer blog and not hear frequent mention of the many great craft breweries taking over the city. There’s Other Half, Grimm, Finback, Singlecut, Transmitter—the list, like the road, goes ever on and on. But before this city gave us $8 craft beers, there was a small brewery based out of Williamsburg, struggling to revitalize the city’s rich and storied history of beer brewing.

On Sunday, news broke that this “small” brewery would be expanding to the Navy Yard, and made plain just how successful Brooklyn Brewery has been at reviving the local craft beer scene, here and abroad. Since they opened their doors nearly 30 years ago, the brewery has not just expanded its reach locally—it’s gone well beyond Brooklyn. Roughly half of its beers, most of which are brewed upstate in Utica, are sold outside the city of New York. It’s what’s made Brooklyn Brewery the 12th largest craft beer brand in the country and number one exporter of craft beer in the U.S.

But over the next decade, Brooklyn Brewery hopes to cement its legacy and presence in the city of New York. The crown jewel of this plan is this week’s announcement that the 28-year-old company will open a new 75,000-square-foot brewery, complete with a rooftop brewpub and restaurant—in the 215-year-old Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Building 77. Once the operation is up and running in 2018, Brooklyn Brewery will produce about 130,000 barrels of its beer within city limits (the Williamsburg location currently brews 80,000 barrels a year). (more…)

05/19/16 1:15pm


If buying a home in Brooklyn, or anywhere in NYC seems daunting to you, you haven’t been to one of our Buying into Brooklyn sessions. Over the course of an evening, and some Brooklyn Brewery beers, you’ll get a crash course on everything you need to know before you start your apartment hunt.

On Tuesday, June 7, join us for solid advice from a team of pros—Realty Collective founder Victoria Hagman and Realty Collective agent Tina Fallon; real estate attorney Michael Moshan and Sterling National Bank mortgage bankers Mark Maimon and Gabi Feuer —in a setting that is far more relaxed than your last crowded open house.

Here’s what you’ll learn over Brooklyn beers on June. 7:
-Who protects you and helps you get the best deal
-How to position yourself as a bonafide buyer in a competitive market
-The importance of finding the right lender
-What to do when you have bad or less than stellar credit
-The steps to obtaining a pre-approval and mortgage
-The offer/acceptance process
-The difference between a condo vs. co-op (and how to pass a co-op board)

Tickets are $10 in advance, and include one beer. Doors open at 7:30pm, the evening begins shortly afterward.

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