07/27/16 2:29pm
Take run through Bushwick on Sunday morning and soak up the street art. Photo:

Take run through Bushwick on Sunday morning and soak up the street art. Photo: Bushwick Street Art Run

Thursday, July 28 LONG ISLAND CITY Seinfeld celebration, 6:30pm, free↠ • BROOKLYN HEIGHTS Brooklyn Screams for Ice Cream, 7pm, tickets $12↠

Friday, July 29 DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN Grove Alley Night Market, 5:30pm to late, free RSVP↠

Saturday, July 30 WILLIAMSBURG Harry Potter and the Cursed Child release party, 10pm, tickets $30 (includes book)

Sunday, July 31 BUSHWICK Street Art Run, 10am, tickets $20

Monday, August 1 PARK SLOPE Nick Thune at Union Hall, 8pm, tickets $15

Tuesday, August 2 RED HOOK figure drawing at Sunny’s, tickets $20

 Wednesday, August 3 BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK Open Ropes double dutch workshop, 7pm, free↠  

Welcome to another edition of Your Ideal Week, Brooklyn summer style. News flash: Still hot out. There are also still tons of ways to keep yourself entertained and occupied while staying local, starting with The Great Brooklyn Lobster Boil taking place this Sunday at The Landing in Industry City. The key thing to realize here is that ticket sales for this summer feast end at 4pm today, so you’d best get a move on if you want to end the weekend with a heaping plate of steamed lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, salad and watermelon. The festivities will also include horseshoes, cornhole, beer for sale, and live music from The Loyales.

If live music is your thing, may we also suggest the Cruel Summer 80s Dance Party going down on Friday night at the Bell House? The Engagements, a totally kickass 10-piece band that is a BB favorite, will be covering all your favorite hits from the decade of excess starting at 8pm, and tickets are just $5 with the promo code “theskint.” Of course, if you’re cool like dat, you can also throw back to the 90s hip hop era at Celebrate Brooklyn’s free Digable Planets and Camp Lo concert on Saturday night in Prospect Park.

And, finally, if you are suffering from post-convention exhaustion plus a need to stay squarely within the reach of a decent A/C, you can always visit cooler temps and seemingly less traumatic political times at BAM, which is running a special election-themed movie series called Four More Years. Now through Tuesday, you can see classic policy wonk-focused flicks like Bulworth, Wag the Dog, Primary Colors, and The War Room on the big screen–check out the schedule here. Or, celebrate New York City and go see Ghostbusters

Otherwise, we’ve got events for Seinfeld and Harry Potter fans, an art run, comedy, ice cream, and more coming at you this week–read on for more details and stay cool!  (more…)

07/20/16 1:42pm

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Thursday, July 21 GOWANUS, The Goonies drinking game, 8pm, tickets $8↠

Friday, July 22 PARK SLOPE Psycho Beach Party, 8pm, free↠

Saturday, July 23 GREENPOINT Pokemon Go Bar Crawl, 1pm, free, plus your bar tab(s)↠ • FORT GREENE PARK Jazz Festival, 3-7pm, free↠

Sunday, July 24 RED HOOK Ragas Live Festival, noon Saturday-noon Sunday, tickets $40↠

Monday, July 25 BROOKLYN HEIGHTS Fed Up, 6:30pm, free with RSVP↠

Tuesday, July 26 COBBLE HILL Backfat Variety Show, 8pm, free↠

Wednesday, July 27 BROOKLYN NAVY YARD Guernica Summer Party, 7pm, tickets $25↠

Welcome to Your Ideal Week: The Dog Days of Summer Edition. I don’t know about you, but whatever fatigue I was feeling from the relentless heat and humidity (today is actually kind of lovely, in the shade) is no match for the sheer exhaustion brought on by the relentless coverage of the RNC. How has it only been 2.5 days of this?! I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever felt more compelled to get outside and away from my TV. Or at the very least to watch something else on TV–I highly recommend Mr. Robot and UNReal, both of which are having pretty engaging sophomore seasons so far, and I’m totally engrossed in The Night Of, the new HBO crime drama series.  If you’re feeling like you need more than a date with your cool couch or the hot sand this week, we’ve got a lot going on to scratch your social butterfly itch.

In addition to the usual schedule of outdoor movies, summer concerts, and other cultural musts happening around town, check out our tips below on how to squeeze the most out of this Ideal Week in Brooklyn. Stay cool (and cool headed) and we’ll see you next week!

Thursday, July 21 What’s the best thing about revisiting one of your favorite movies from childhood 30 years later? Now you’re old enough to add a drinking game into the mix! On Thursday night, truffle shuffle your way over to Littlefield, where A Drinking Game NYC will be presenting a live staged reading of everyone’s favorite 80s pirate adventure/comedy classic, The Goonies, starting at 8pm. Here’s how it works: When someone says one of the catch phrases on the predetermined list (we’re guessing that “Hey, you guuuuuuys!” made the cut for this flick), everyone has to drink, meaning that things are bound to get increasingly silly (and fun) as the night goes on. Tickets are $8.
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07/14/16 11:10am

LobsterBoil

Steamed, grilled, dipped in butter–however you like your lobster, summer is just not summer without at least one lobster dinner. And while the ideal setting would be some seaside, New England town, The Landing at Industry City is hosting its own delicious, picturesque outdoor feast on July 31 that will be much easier to get to.

At The Great Brooklyn Lobster Boil, you’ll get lobster fresh from Martha’s Vineyard, corn on the cob, red bliss potatoes, sliced tomato salad and fresh cold watermelon. You can also go a la carte and purchase burgers, hotdogs, and brisket from the grill separately. As if the feast weren’t enough, The Loyales will be playing their rootsy, juke-joint style music, and plenty of games likes horseshoes and cornhole toss will be on hand to add to the festivities.

The lobster feast, live music and games at this outdoor Sunday soiree is just $60. (And if lobster isn’t your thing, you can purchase a general admission ticket for $10. Children under 12 enter free).

Get a ticket before they sell out ➤➤➤

07/13/16 1:38pm
Get your old-timey fix at Green-Wood Cemetery on Saturday.

Ride your penny farthing to Green-Wood Cemetery on Saturday. Photo: Green-Wood Cemetery

Last week was a sobering one. For those of us who weren’t directly affected by the tragic events in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas, it’s hard to know what to do, and often the feeling of powerlessness and the apathy it spawns seem insurmountable. But, of course, the only way that it can ever be vanquished is through the sheer force of human compassion, empathy, collaboration, and action.

If you feel like you can’t make a difference, I urge you to challenge that assumption this week. It’s repeated so often that it’s almost an empty platitude, but write a thoughtful letter to a politician and let them know what kind of action you need to see. If you don’t know where to start, this site is a great resource and might be a good place to start. Take a break from reading about the ceaseless, puerile echo chamber that is the 2016 presidential race and figure out how to get involved locally, in your own neighborhood, where your voice will actually be heard. Read an article or blog post written by someone who has a different background or perspective than you do, volunteer in your community or in another community that needs you, write a letter to the New York Times or a column for our site (drop us a line–we’re all ears), make a piece of art that packs a powerful message, talk to your friends about ways you can take action together. As Margaret Mead once famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

There is, however, also time to relax, recharge, meet new people, and get outside and enjoy the city around you. For starters, the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is back for its 12th year starting tonight, and this year’s headliner is none other than Nas (!), who will top off a lineup that involves Talib Kweli, Fabolous, Rapsody, and more. Also, if you really want to get out of dodge and get weird, the Gratitude Migration is a two-day-long music/art/dance/environmental/mindfulness retreat/workshop/art display/camping trip going on at a beach in New Jersey. It sounds like a combo between Woodstock, Burning Man, TED Talks, SXSW, and Kripalu all rolled up into one wild weekend, and it might be just what you need to shake things up mid-summer. If you’re sticking around town, though, we’ve got loads of events happening right here

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07/06/16 2:03pm
Get your petanque on at Smith Street's annual Bastille Day celebration on Sunday. Photo: Bar Tabac

Get your petanque on at Smith Street’s annual Bastille Day celebration. Photo: Bar Tabac

Welcome back from the long weekend, everybody! Hope you are really ready for summer, because based on the temperature outside we are fully, 100 percent IN IT this week. The good news is that we’re also 100 percent in the annual outdoor summer movie extravaganza that happens in Brooklyn. McCarren Park’s Summersceen kicks off tonight with a screening of the classic slasher flick Scream at sundown. If you want to keep track of this and all the other free outdoor movies that will be showing throughout Brooklyn over the next two months then, we’ve got just the calendar for you, and it’s been newly updated as of today to add The Sandlot, which will be screened on August 8 in Fort Greene Park as a special fundraiser to benefit the Brooklyn Hospital Foundation.

We’re also bringing our traveling progressive/block party/scavenger hunt-style Immersion to one of our favorite nabes, Red Hook, this Saturday starting at 1pm. That’s when you’ll pick up your envelope full of tickets that will get you four Brooklyn Brewery beers at Brooklyn Crab, Rocky Sullivan’s, Ice House, and Botanica, lunch at one of our four participating restaurants, special tours and more beers at Pioneer Works and Supersmith, plus deals at the brand new gelateria Dolce Brooklyn and more local spots. Get a ticket and join us if you are around this weekend–the Red Hook Immersion is a can’t miss affair that is always a great time.

There are scores of other great times to be had going on all throughout this Ideal Week, so read on for more suggestions of wonderful ways to while away the time ’til we meet again next Wednesday. Happy summering! (more…)

06/29/16 12:44pm
Another Fourth of July, another hot dog eating battle at Coney Island. Photo: Nathan's Famous

Another Fourth of July, another hot dog eating battle at Coney Island. Photo: Nathan’s Famous

With another holiday weekend upon us, it’s a good bet that lots of you reading this are in the midst of frantically trying to get your work done, line up the dogsitter, pack and figure out the optimal time to try to leave the city to avoid traffic, all before Friday afternoon arrives and it’s time for you to hit the road whether you are 100% ready or not. For those of you sticking around, you are about to experience one of those rare long weekends in NYC where the city feels blissfully empty, and you can finally get a reservation at that Eater hotspot you’ve been trying to get into for months or go for a bike ride across the Brooklyn bridge without a single homicidal thought crossing your mind.

The main event this weekend is, of course, the big Macy’s fireworks extravaganza on Monday night, and I’m willing to wager that you’ve been invited to a rooftop bbq or two as well. To add to your dance card, we’ve scoured the borough to find a bunch of other stuff going on. Here are our best ideas on how to make the most of your Fourth of July weekend if you are planning to be in town and, whatever you do, have a happy and healthy holiday! (more…)

06/22/16 1:34pm

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Happy Pride, everybody! This year it feels especially emotional, doesn’t it? After what seemed like a sudden, triumphant tidal wave of progress in the LGBTQ rights arena, we’ve been recently reminded of the terrifying degree of violent intolerance and hate that the community still faces despite all the good that has happened. It’s a battle in which we can’t yet declare victory, and it’s now as important as it ever has been to throw your support behind it so that we can all someday live in a world where love truly does prevail over ignorance and bigotry. Plus, let’s be real. . . Pride Week also means fun parties! We’ve listed a few below but the big kahuna is of course Sunday’s parade through Chelsea and the Village, which you should enjoy if you’re planning to go but not try to drive anywhere near if you aren’t.

Otherwise, it’s another Ideal Week of beautiful summer weather–the Rockaways, Governors Island, and Prospect Park beckon; bbqs abound; and the sunny days stretch to 9pm. Get outside, grab an ice cream cone, take a bike ride, or just take some time to read a book in the park. Whatever you do, make it count! (more…)

06/20/16 11:38am
Brooklyn Ice House

From our last Immersion in Red Hook, circa 2013. We’re looking forward to revisiting this backyard.

We’ll take any opportunity to spend a summer afternoon in Red Hook, and Saturday, July 9 we’ve planned a prime one—The Total Red Hook Immersion. The neighborhood is one of our favorites for our day-long celebrations with Brooklyn Brewery, and this Red Hook Immersion will be the best one yet.

The day begins at Brooklyn Crab, where you’ll get the first of four Brooklyn brews when you check in between 1 and 2pm. We’ll also be handing out free swag, like Brooklyn Brewery beach towels and t-shirts, to random early birds. From there you get to choose your own adventure, hitting up Rocky Sullivan’s, Brooklyn Ice House and Botanica for your free beers, plus your choice of lunch at Grindhaus (whose burger tops every best-in-NYC list); Home/Made, Brooklyn Ice House and Rocky Sullivan’s.

All Immersion goers get an envelope stuffed with local deals, too, that include tours of creative spaces like Supersmith and Pioneer Works, discounted beers and tickets from Jalopy Tavern and Jalopy Theatre, and specials at Baked, Kempton & Co, Shook & Co., Foxy + Winston, Red Hook Winery, Shipwrecked Miniature Golf, Chelsea Garden Center and more. And this time, we’ve created an express ticket option — you can either get the four Brooklyn beers plus your choice of lunch for $25 or the beers alone for $15, two supremely good deals. Plus, new Lyft users who enter the code BBIMMERSION or use this link to sign up will get 5 free rides up to $10 each, so you can get to and from Red Hook on the cheap.

Get a ticket and invite your friends to join you. And be sure to RSVP on Facebook where we’ll be announcing all the Immersion deals.

06/15/16 1:59pm
Take yourself to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade this weekend if you want to see just how weird and wonderful this city it. Photo: Kate Hooker

Take yourself to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade this weekend if you want to see just how weird and wonderful this city it. Photo: Kate Hooker

Like everyone else, my heart has been with the victims of the Orlando massacre this week, and now with the countless innocent Muslim people in the world whose safety is threatened by the deplorable rhetoric being spewed by those among us who lack tolerance, nuance, critical reasoning skills, and any  deference to actual facts. What happened on Saturday night is scary and sobering, and that it has broad implications for a very hotly (not to mention crassly) contested presidential race certainly doesn’t quell any of the anxiety it has produced. The urge to just give into the fear, sadness and hopelessness is real. A tragedy like this is a reminder that life is a wonderful yet fleeting and totally unpredictable gift that needs to be capitalized upon, and one way to pay tribute to lives senselessly lost is to live our own lives with purpose, decency, openness and appreciation for the opportunities to see, hear, feel, taste and experience new things that present themselves every day, particularly here in the wonderful cacophony of New York City. Here are a few ways to do that.

Maybe you’ve never been to Coney Island before? Guess what: This weekend is a great time to check it off the list, because the Cyclones’ home opener is on Friday night (against their dreaded rival the Staten Island Yankees, no less!), the world famous Mermaid Parade is on Saturday, and the Thunderbolt and Nathan’s hot dogs are there all the time. Or you can help celebrate the hard work and vision that have made indie favorite Nitehawk Cinema a success for five years and counting with a week-long celebration involving screenings of old favorites like Drive and Dazed and Confused, $5 draft beers, and free tots (!). Or take one of our other suggestions of things going on in Brooklyn this week that will get you out of the house and remind you how much there is to celebrate and enjoy and admire, even in the face of backward thinking and acts of unquestionable evil. Whatever you do this week, take time to take care of yourself and do something that you really want to do–something that will remind you of all the good that is still out there. (more…)

06/08/16 2:06pm

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It’s a pretty auspicious beginning to this particular Ideal Week. Just last night, in the very borough we call home, the first female presidential candidate who actually has a decent chance of winning announced that she had clinched the Democratic nomination. This during a time where our political machinery is actually clogged with a debate about whether women should receive equal pay for doing the same work as men, where there is somehow support for this Brock Turner guy and his dad and the judge who excused him for the rape he committed, and where, oh yeah, the other presidential candidate once said, among a bajillion other hateful, sexist musings on record, “I think that putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing.” So Hillary’s triumph is a BFD, and let’s just hope that the positivity surrounding today provides enough fuel to get us through what is surely going to be one of the ugliest lead-ups to a presidential election in history.

In the meantime, is everyone going to see Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings kick off another amazing season of Celebrate Brooklyn tonight? I can’t wait! While you are in planning outdoor evening activities mode, you should enter to win tickets to this Summer Solstice Celebration that Edible Brooklyn is sponsoring at Storm King Art Center next Saturday–it sounds great. And be sure to take a gander at the schedule for this weekend’s Northside Festival, the musical line-up for which we previewed here, because it features over 400 acts, including Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, Conor Oberst, Kacey Musgraves, Wolf Parade, Grandmaster Flash, and a series of talks with innovators and media makers.

For the third year in a row, both the Williamsburg and Prospect Park locations of Smorgasburg are partnering with (RED), the nonprofit organization started by Bono, to help raise money to continue the worldwide battle against AIDS. Make a trip to Smorgasburg during the month of June, and be sure to buy one of the special (RED) menu items from over 25 participating vendors or a handy (RED) tote bag–the proceeds will help us one day achieve the goal of an AIDS-free generation.

That’s just the very tippy-top of the iceberg in terms of what’s in store this week though–please keep reading so we can share all of our tips for how to keep yourself thoroughly occupied and entertained between now and next Wednesday. Until then, we here at Brooklyn Based wish you an Ideal Week! (more…)