07/23/14 9:44am
Even with 100 seats, Bat Haus' weekly Drink 'N Draw on Wednesday nights still sells out, so plan to show up early for unlimited PBR and some fun figure drawing. Photo: Bat Haus

Even with 100 seats, Bat Haus’ weekly Drink ‘N Draw on Wednesday nights still typically sells out, so plan to show up early for unlimited PBR and some fun figure drawing. Photo: Bat Haus

If we can swing it, we’ll be crisscrossing Brooklyn from Dumbo to South Slope, Prospect Park to Bushwick to make our way to seven stellar events in BK this week. Between David Shapiro’s book launch (you know the guy who writes the reviews of Pitchfork‘s reviews), a special South African film screening as part of Celebrate Brooklyn!, parties of both the block and dance variety and a new Nicaraguan food option opening, we have plenty to keep us entertained over the next few days. On top of that, BAM is bringing back its Animation Block Party for an 11th year on Thursday and we have two free VIP tickets to give away to next Wednesday’s SummerScreen—the ’80s cult classic Heathers will be the film and our passes are to Rekorderlig Cider’s VW camper, which comes with free cider samples, reserved seats and a ping-pong table to play on prior to the film (enter to win here; we’ll contact the winner on July 29). Summertime living certainly feels easy at the moment. (more…)

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07/16/14 11:46am
Local ice creamers are taking over at the Brooklyn Flea this weekend for its Annual Ice Cream Bonanza. Photo: Brooklyn Flea

Local ice creamers are taking over at the Brooklyn Flea this weekend for its Annual Ice Cream Bonanza. Photo: Brooklyn Flea

Don’t let the weather and its overcast aspect get you down, there’s tons a of fun to be had this week. Our Total Greenpoint Immersion on Saturday is sold out, but even if you didn’t snag a ticket, come join us! You can still buy drinks and snack a la carte, and maybe a friend will share some of their walking around money with you. We’re skipping August, but will be back in September with another immersion in Bushwick, so get ready. If you missed your chance to celebrate Bastille Day with all the fuss over Germany earlier this week, don’t fret–Roebling Tea Room’s absolutely insane annual fete is Saturday night, from 6pm to 11:30pm. Last year there was a mime burlesque show. This year they promise effervescence, pigeon meat and duck parts, and they’re taking reservations for the occasion. Finally, Funny Story is back on Thursday night with a killer line-up including nerd-approved host of Ask Me Another, Ophira Eisenberg. Here are seven more events and tips from our editors and writers, to help you plan your ideal week.  (more…)

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Funny Story is back this month with another great line-up–every guest this month has been photographed at some point by Mindy Tucker, a photographer who makes it her business to shoot portraits of New York’s most hilarious people. Michelle Wolf you may have seen on Late Night with Seth Meyers recently; Rob Cantrell‘s comedy-music album, Dreams Never Die is ridiculous and hilarious; and Ophira Eisenberg you may have heard hosting Ask Me Another on NPR, which is taped at The Bell House each month. They won’t be doing stand-up sets on Thursday, rather, they’ll each tell a story that is funny, true and hopefully some other things, too. Your $10 ticket also gets you a beer.

07/09/14 10:00am
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Of all the ways to celebrate Bastille Day this week, By Brooklyn’s Third Annual French Bulldog Party is probably the cutest. Photo: By Brooklyn

The dog days of summer have officially arrived, and no, we’re not talking about By Brooklyn’s annual celebration of Brooklyn’s most popular pooch—the French bulldog. We’re talking about the stretch between the Fourth of July and Labor Day when the temperatures heat up and there seems to be no end to the events vying for attention on our social calendars. This weekend alone will play host to Bushwick Pride’s ninth annual parade and party for equality;  City of Water Day, a celebration of NYC’s waterways which offers free boat tours on ferries, schooners, tall ships and tug boats; and the annual petanque tournament on Smith Street in honor of Bastille Day. Le Fooding is back in New York this weekend, landing at Rockaway Beach for a series of picnics on the boardwalk (we have two tickets to give away to their Friday afternoon event). And, tonight the New York Philharmonic plays in Prospect Park, followed by fireworks, for free. That’s all to say, there’s lot to do this week in our amazing city, and here are seven more events worth putting on your radar. (more…)

07/02/14 9:00am
Brooklyn Bocce League is looking for new players for its weeknight co-ed games at Greenwood Park. Photo: BBL

Brooklyn Bocce League is looking for new players for its weeknight co-ed games at Greenwood Park. Photo: BBL

ideal weekJuly 2: Shuffleboard may have emerged as the most twee of senior sports to take hold here in Brooklyn, but bocce is not far behind. If you’re into the Italian leisure sport and looking for an organized way to play this summer, the Brooklyn Bocce League is looking for new players. Co-ed games take place every weeknight from 7-9pm in Greenwood Park, and the social league is open to players of all ages, genders and abilities.

July 3:  If you like not paying for awesome shows, then Vans House Parties Summer Music Series has got you covered. This Thursday night Atlanta’s most bad-ass garage punk band, The Black Lips (whose latest album Underneath the Rainbow was co-produced by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, ha!) throws down at the House of VansRSVP for free entry. Admission is first come, first serve, and trust us, these shows hit capacity fast.

July 4: Plan on staying local this Fourth of July? If so, you’ll find no shortage of ways to celebrate Independence Day here in Brooklyn, especially because this year it falls on a Friday. We’ve put together a holiday roundup here with some of our top picks of events taking place on Friday, including a free barbecue at Freddy’s, a picnic along the Williamsburg waterfront and a rooftop dinner under the fireworks.

July 5: The free ferry to Red Hook is back, making it much easier to access all the waterfront neighborhood offers to eat and drink—recent highlights include cocktails at Fort Defiance, the lobster roll at Red Hook Lobster Pound, dinner at Hometown BBQ, and after-dinner beers at Sunny’s Bar. Whatever you decide to do, don’t leave without savoring a Swingle while watching the kayakers at Valentino Pier.

July 6: If you haven’t seen Kara Walker’s 35-foot-tall sugar sphinx inside the old Domino Factory yet, today is your last chance to do so. Queues have consistently overflowed onto Kent Avenue since the exhibition’s opening on May 10, turning the site-specific artwork into Brooklyn’s own Rain Room, but hours will be extended today from 11am to 7pm to accommodate the closing-day crowds.

July 7: Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Books Beneath the Bridge has become a favorite summer reading series within the local literary scene. This year’s programming, which is curated by Brooklyn’s independent bookstores, starts today with a discussion about the history of the Statue of Liberty—a fitting topic to round out the holiday weekend—conducted by Elizabeth Mitchell, author of Liberty’s Torch. Find details on the rest of the series here.

July 8: Red Hook Flicks kicks things off the heart of the free outdoor movie season with Dazed & Confused today (check out our master calendar of all the movies in Brooklyn for more info). Head down to Valentino Pier to watch Matthew McConaughey in his most quotable role to date and marvel over his career trajectory from “alright, alright, alright” to Oscar acceptance speech, all while enjoying food from sponsors Red Hook Bait & Tackle and the Good Fork and a view of the sun setting behind the Statue of Liberty.

 

This week’s tips by Jordan GallowayKate Hooker, and Jay Honstetter.

GIVEAWAY: Yelp is celebrating their 10th birthday with a sold-out cocktail cruise around NY on Tuesday, and we’ve got 2 pairs of tickets to give away. Like us on Facebook to enter.

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07/01/14 7:16am
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Looking for something to do on the Fourth? Here are nine ways to celebrate Independence Day around Brooklyn.

This year the Fourth of July falls on a Friday for the first time since 2008. As expected, the coincidence has created an abundance of stars-and-stripes themed events. From backyard barbecues to pool parties and fireworks displays, if you’re planning to stick around Brooklyn this weekend, you’ll have plenty of ways to celebrate America’s independence. Here is a roundup of local events we recommend checking out this holiday.

Macy’s Fireworks Display
After detonating its annual pyrotechnics show over the Hudson River for the past couple of years, Macy’s is making its way back over to the East River for the first time since 2009, which makes Brooklyn the place to be to watch this year’s spectacular. The department store plans to set off 50,000 pounds of fireworks this Friday night, with the Brooklyn Bridge as a backdrop (in fact they’ll be launching fireworks from the bridge itself), so make your way to the waterfront (or find a rooftop with a view) in time to take it all in from our home turf.

Fireworks at Coney Island
Coney Island lights up the skies over its boardwalk with a fireworks display every friday during the summer, but this week’s exhibition will be extra special as it coincides with other Fourth of July festivities in the area, like Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, which takes place at noon on Friday.

Brooklyn Grange 4th of July Party
Speaking of Brooklyn rooftops with an amazing view of the East River fireworks, few compare to the space Brooklyn Grange occupies in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a point the urban farm plans to capitalize on by throwing a rooftop party this Friday night. Eat, drink and dance under the stars and stripes with beers from Brooklyn Brewery, sandwiches from BrisketTown and music from DJ Yohey. Tickets are $100. (more…)

06/30/14 4:30pm
Back for its third year, Books Beneath the Bridge is quickly becoming a staple of Brooklyn's summer reading series.

Back for its third year, Books Beneath the Bridge is quickly becoming a staple of Brooklyn’s summer reading series.

For the past two summers, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has invited local independent bookstores to curate readings for its Books Beneath the Bridge series, which takes place on the steps of Pier 1’s Granite Prospect overlooking the East River. With the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop and the Brooklyn Bridge to the right, it’s a pretty picturesque place to spend a Monday evening enjoying readings from the likes of Patti Smith, Colson Whitehead and Lizz Winstead. This year’s lineup looks to be another great group, starting with a reading organized by Freebird Books on July 7.

Elizabeth Mitchell will kickoff this year’s series by discussing the history of the Statue of Liberty and reading from her book, Liberty’s Torch. The 151-foot gift from the French has been greeting the world’s tired, hungry and poor in New York Harbor for the past 128 years, not to mention a countless number of tourists on city cruises, too. Mitchell’s talk, as well as all the rest of this summer’s readings, starts at 7pm. Here is a rundown of what else to expect over the next six weeks—including a night with the new Morbid Anatomy Museum we filled you in about last week. (more…)

06/24/14 6:27pm
The pop-up pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park is back. Photo:  Julienne Schaer

The pop-up pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park is back. Photo: Julienne Schaer

For years we’ve delivered an email every Wednesday called The Tip Sheet that lays out the best ways to spend your week in Brooklyn. Today, we’re kicking off a new style of listings that present our personal picks in a format that’s way easier to read. Aside from the obvious fun to be had this week, like watching the first single-elimination match of the World Cup on Sunday at noon, heading to Fort Tilden to see Patti Smith at the free arts festival, Rockaway!, or catching Warpaint’s free Celebrate Brooklyn! concert on July 26, it includes all the things each of us would love to, or plan on doing ourselves, in an ideal week. Let us know what you think.

Kate’s picks:

  • YA novels and OITNB are great and all, but why not treat yourself to a dose of highbrow culture when the Metropolitan Opera returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park for its free, summer recital series? No need to be fancy—a burger from the new DUMBO Shake Shack might just be the perfect picnic accompaniment. (more…)

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06/24/14 12:49pm
Through the looking glass: a scene from our first-ever Immersion, in Greenpoint the summer of 2010. Photo: Hayden-Harnett

Through the looking glass: a scene from our first-ever Immersion, in Greenpoint the summer of 2010. Photo: Hayden-Harnett

Four years ago we started a summer tradition with Brooklyn Brewery of daylong pub crawls exploring a neighborhood’s coolest bars, shops, and places to eat. We kicked it off on Franklin Street and we can’t wait to head back to the place where we launched this series on Saturday, July 19 for The Total Greenpoint Immersion.

What you’ll experience on this Immersion, for a mere $20, is kind of insane. A Brooklyn beer awaits you at each of these four awesome bars: Beloved, The Diamond, Black Rabbit, and t.b.d., along with lunch at either t.b.d or Jimmy’s so you can stay on your feet, because you’ll have a lot more places to visit. When you arrive we’ll hand you an envelope stuffed with Monopoly-like bills to spend at more than a dozen spots, and some of these deals last a full year so you can come back and explore Greenpoint another day. You’ll save money when you pick up a summer read at Word, perk up your summer wardrobe at In God We Trust and Old Hollywood, treat yourself to the well-made goods at The One Well, get your caffeine fix at Champion Coffee, and more. (See the list of deals to date, below.)

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