10/15/14 1:23pm
Get outside this weekend and explore Gowanus during its open studios event, filled with art walks like a tour of the area's four Groundswell murals. Photo: Groundswell

Get outside this weekend and explore Gowanus during its open studios event, filled with art walks like a tour of the area’s four Groundswell murals. Photo: Groundswell

The weather gods really put a damper on the last two Saturdays, so take full advantage of the sunny weather this weekend. You could carve out time to explore Gowanus Open Studios, which kicks off with an opening ceremony at Gowanus Ballroom on Friday, followed by open studios Saturday and Sunday, and artist- and curator-led tours. Or work in some leaf-peeping with a day trip to Storm King before it closes for the season. Until the blue skies ahead, there is a blow-out birthday bash on Thursday for Brokelyn, which is celebrating five years on the internet (that’s like 10 years in print!) and Funny Story is back at Brooklyn Brewery on Thursday too, featuring a casting director, a comedian and a sex-educator. Of course.

One of the many events we were looking forward to in our October Fun Map is tonight at Greenlight Bookstore, where the book launch of Never Can Say Goodbye, a collection of essays by writers professing their unshakeable love for this town, will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy about the city. Need some more reasons to love Brooklyn this week? We’ve got plenty. (more…)

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10/09/14 9:55am

As you may know, each month we co-curate a storytelling show at Brooklyn Brewery with Tom Shillue, a comedian, barbershop quartet enthusiast, and frequent performer on The Tonight Show. Some of our storytellers are comedians or regulars on the storytelling circuit, but others are just interesting people–chefs, journalists, filmmakers and all-purpose weirdos.

The show is such a good time that we decided to record it and produce a podcast, and this is the first one.

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10/08/14 2:23pm

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This was the second year we hosted a fall wedding fair, and the first time we brought Wedding Crashers out of Gowanus and into Williamsburg, to the gorgeous Wythe Hotel last Thursday. Its various spaces, from the outdoor garden area to the Main Hall to the speakeasy bar downstairs, where Brooklyn Brewery poured glasses of Local 1, were a ton of fun to play with. Having Tribute String Quartet play in the Private Dining Room, and Baby Soda Jazz Band in the speakeasy was an extra treat. And of course the food, from ReynardBetty BrooklynDelaney BarbecueLuke’s Lobster and Naturally Delicious, was amazing. You can check out all our vendors links here.

We had a lot of help giving the venue the Wedding Crashers makeover. Patina Rentals used their amazing Color Conditions, shimmery streamers that cascaded down from the ceilings and the outside gates. Universal Light and Sound strung lights in the tent and main hall. Sprout Home provided striking centerpieces like their sculptural, air plant “candelabras” atop the hotel’s bar. Lilli of Mimosa Floral Design Studio did our chalkboard art, and the following people and vendors provided great wedding planning tips in the screening room downstairs: Mark O’Connell, Rose Red & LavenderNaturally DeliciousLion in the Sun / PostScript Brooklynkerry Quade.5 West StudiosAmber Gress PhotographyPhotomuseReadyluckStylish & Hip Weddings, followed by a fashion show by Rebecca Schoneveld Bridal Design featuring Brooklyn brides who wore the dresses she designed for them, with hair and makeup by Glamsquad.

Take a peek at the photos, by Rebecca Hales. And save the date: our spring fair is coming up Sunday, March 22, followed by our wedding band showcase on March 25.

 

 

10/08/14 11:49am
Belly up to four new bars during The Total Prospect Heights Immersion on Saturday. Photo: Alison Brockhouse

Belly up to four new bars during The Total Prospect Heights Immersion on Saturday. Photo: Alison Brockhouse

There are lots of adventures in store this week that will inspire you to break from your familiar haunts. Open House New York returns Saturday and Sunday, when you can take behind-the-scenes tours of famous homes, distilleries and architectural gems. You can also go on one of these Brooklyn outings, like a bike tour of the Navy Yard that will show you a greener side of the former shipyard. Our Prospect Heights Immersion on Saturday is another way to guarantee that you get out and explore spots you haven’t checked out yet, like Berg’n. The CBGB Festival may tempt you to intentionally visit Times Square to see DEVO and Jane’s Addiction for free. And next week, a group that commemorates the treasures hiding beneath New York waters is celebrating its five-year anniversary with oysters and beer.

We’ve uncovered more awesome events for you this week, and have some suggestions for fun days ahead. Jonathan Lethem’s upcoming talk about the 1970s Brooklyn setting of his novel-turned-musical, The Fortress of Solitude, is halfway sold out. And make reservations now for a tour of a ship graveyard aboard The Water Table, the floating tavern that will return to departing and dropping off in Greenpoint next Thursday.  (more…)

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10/01/14 11:23am
Don't let the name Screaming Females fool you. Marissa Paternoster lets her guitar do the screaming for her. They play the Knitting Factory Saturday. Photo: Sean O'Kane

Don’t let the name Screaming Females fool you. Marissa Paternoster lets her guitar do the screaming for her. They play the Knitting Factory Saturday. Photo: Sean O’Kane

Welcome to October, the one time of year when slasher films and pumpkin everything become the norm. It seems only right that Comic Con should roll into town this month, along with a new offshoot starting Friday called New York Super Week. Billed as a pop culture festival, it seems to be a good excuse to tie together all the quirky programming across the city, from Punderdome at Galapagos to a taxidermy talk at the Museum of Morbid Anatomy (not to be confused with the Rogue Taxidermy Fair at the Bell House on Sunday, where you can see animals that never occur in nature). If you still need a plan for tonight, you have two potential celebrity sightings: Ethan Hawke will be at “Ask Me Another,” and at BookCourt, Martin Amis will read from his black comedy, Zone of Interest, which no German publisher will touch because it’s set in a concentration camp.

Clearly, October is off to a good start. Here are seven more ways to spend a weird and wonderful week in Brooklyn. (more…)

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09/24/14 11:11am
The DUMBO Arts Festival returns this weekend with captivating public art. Pictured are installations on the East River from last year, "Ship of Tolerance" by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and "Extra Perimeters" by Kim Holleman. Photo: Lisa Kim

The DUMBO Arts Festival returns this weekend with captivating public art. Pictured are installations on the East River from last year, “Ship of Tolerance” by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and “Extra Perimeters” by Kim Holleman. Photo: Lisa Kim

This is a week where tradition takes over your plans. For those preparing to celebrate the year 5775, Shana Tova— you have some challah-filled days with family ahead of you. On Sunday the Atlantic Antic will have an even more festive feel because the city’s largest street fair is turning 40. Along with the multitude of people and food stalls, this is the only day the normally car-clogged thoroughfare opens itself up to bands and beer gardens (Hank’s is a great place to hang out, and hear the Les Sans Culottes play at 2 and 4pm). Bay Ridge is throwing two smaller but similar annual street parties, the Raggamuffin Parade and Third Avenue Fesvital—a prime time to eat at these local haunts. And if Governors Island was a staple of your summer weekends, Sunday is the last day to enjoy kite flying, a 3D film of Marina Abromović, and holograms till the spring.
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09/23/14 2:20pm

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Generally Bay Ridge, where I grew up and still live, is a relatively quiet community, but there are a few events and places we rally around as a neighborhood, like Century 21, Shore Road Park and Halloween trick or treating. The annual Ragamuffin Parade and Third Avenue Festival–two events held every fall, is another Bay Ridge tradition, drawing huge crowds, though if you don’t live here, you’ve probably never heard of it. (more…)

09/19/14 1:11pm

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We’re excited, and a little sad, to announce the fourth and final Brooklyn Based-Brooklyn Brewery Immersion of 2014: Saturday, Oct. 11 in Prospect Heights.

It’s been an excellent Immersion season, drinking and eating our way through the South Slope, Greenpoint and Bushwick, and we can’t wait to spend the day hanging out on Vanderbilt Avenue. On this Immersion you’ll get four complimentary beers, one each at Plan B, Woodwork, Dean St. and Berg’n (for a quick detour over to Crown Heights), plus lunch at either Citrico or Dean St. Get your $20 ticket here.

As usual, you’ll get a stack of Walking Around Money in a nifty envelope featuring a map of the neighborhood and all the deals, beers and food specials we have in store for you. Meet us at Woodwork between noon and 2pm to pick up your WAM (consider it your ticket for the Immersion–you won’t get very far without it) and get started on a fantastic fall day in Prospect Heights.  (more…)

09/17/14 1:36pm
Enjoy your last BBQ of the summer at the Rock the Pulaski benefit on Saturday. Photo courtesy North Brooklyn Boat Club

Enjoy your last BBQ of the summer at the Rock the Pulaski benefit on Saturday. Photo courtesy North Brooklyn Boat Club

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, but our monthly storytelling event at Brooklyn Brewery with Tom Shillue is back on Thursday and let’s just say that Tom seems to have spent his summer convincing every glorious weirdo he met to be on this month’s show. Four stories and a beer goes for just $10—we dare you to find more entertainment for less money anywhere, and this won’t even give you a rash. On the pricier end of things, the ladies of The Meat Hook are hosting brunch at Brooklyn Grange on Sunday. If you haven’t been up on the rooftop farm in the Navy Yard this is your chance—it’s one of the most spectacular views in all of New York. Expect to wined and dined to total excess and don’t think of it as brunch, think of it as an experience. 

Sunday also looks like it will be a beautiful day for the People’s Climate March, when 100,000 people are expected to take to the streets in Manhattan to demand that world leaders curb carbon emissions, in anticipation of a historic U.N. Climate Summit.  

Here are seven other ways to spend a memorable, sunny week in New York.  (more…)

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