I am never in town for Thanksgiving, but the annual Coney Island Turkey Trot is something I am always sad to miss. In past years, I simply thought that it would be nice to get outside and get some slow and not particularly graceful exercise after being cooped up indoors eating like it’s my job for two days straight. Also, truth be told, the idea of free Butterball turkeys being handed out to the first three male and female finishers kind of cracks me up. This year, however, the race has a whole new significance because the route wends its way along the Coney Island Boardwalk, one of the many beloved parts of our borough that was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy. Throw on some sneaks and show your support for a neighborhood trying to get back on its feet—$3000 from the race’s proceeds will be donated to relief efforts. The first 500 to sign up will get a Coney Island hoodie and everyone will be treated to six-foot heros, drinks, and live music at the post-race reception. You can preregister online for $30, or pay $35 to enter the day of the race. –K.H.
This summer Nate went to a camp with no microwave. It was a beautiful, earthy, spirited camp but it was nonetheless a camp at which Nate could not heat up the only three lunches he eats: hot dogs, pizza and pasta. We were left with one option: peanut butter (actually soynut butter since camp forbade […]
Last week meteorologists predicted record snowfalls this year—up to 50 times the amount we saw last winter! Sure the story was a spoof, but it’s just a reminder to enjoy the sunshine while it lasts. Here’s how to make the last few days of summer count. We took a break from Funny Story in August, […]
After a brief summer hiatus, Funny Story is back at Brooklyn Brewery on Thursday, Sept. 18. If you’ve never been before–or haven’t been in awhile, it’s time to join us at Brooklyn Brewery for a night of hilarity. Usually we here at Brooklyn Based help fill the roster with journalists, food folks and Brooklyn personalities, […]
It’s crazy that a seemingly insignificant piece of garbage can cause so many problems. According to the New York Department of Sanitation, New Yorkers use 5.2 billion plastic bags, each year. That adds up to 1,700 tons of residential garbage each week. Their disposal isn’t free for the city (The New York Times reported that […]