10/26/16 1:30pm
A pug dressed as the Cowardly Lion--what could be more fitting for the season? Photo: Fort Greene PUPS

A pug dressed as the Cowardly Lion–what could be more fitting for the season? Photo: Fort Greene PUPS

Greetings and welcome to a very spooooky Ideal Week as we all scramble to stock up on fun-sized Snickers bars and think of costumes ideas that aren’t “sexy Ken Bone.” Halloween falls on a Monday this year, which means that the party is starting on Thursday and is probably going to push us all to the outer limits of our tolerance for sleep deprivation/sugar and alcohol consumption. That’s precisely why now is the perfect time to make a comparatively chill plan and get it on the books. You could take in a movie at the Brooklyn outpost of The Alamo Drafthouse, which finally opens this week (we’ve got tickets to give away), or make a date with your Netflix account and the new season of Black Mirror, or one of these million other shows everyone is talking about like Westworld or Luke Cage. A couple of friends from work and I have a night set aside for a meditation class at this place ($10 for your first class) and dinner at Veselka (my friends are both West Coast transplants who have never been–wtf?!). Or if you want to just laugh like you’ve never laughed before, I highly recommend snagging a ticket to Oh Hello!, the Nick Kroll/John Mulaney play now in a limited run on Broadway.

All the Halloween hoopla of course means that Christmas is waiting in the wings, and if your holiday routine involves watching the Bill Murray classic Scrooged more than a few times, you’ll be glad to know that Nitehawk is arranging to screen it along with one of its famous themed dinners on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Tickets to these feasts sell out fast, so pick one up now.

As for this week, read on for our roundup of excellent activities, Halloween-related and otherwise, going on around here. Just remember, you earned that candy! Your parents have no right to take it from you and ration it out day by day. I mean if they really want to keep the Almond Joys and the Raisinets, fine, but you should get to enjoy the rest of it. You’re gonna need all the chocolate-induced serotonin you can get as we head into a truly terrifying Election Week. (more…)

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10/19/16 2:54pm
The Adirondacks are so beautiful this time of year it almost seems fake. Photo: Kate Hooker

The Adirondacks are so beautiful this time of year it almost seems fake. Photo: Kate Hooker

Wowie, would you get a load of this weather?! I don’t know whether to be happy or slightly alarmed that it’s late October and I had to run my AC for the past two nights, but I gotta admit that the sun feels good on my face this afternoon so I’m going with it! It’s sort of hard to fathom that I had to buy wool gloves when I was up in the Adirondacks this past weekend for The Billycan, a fun and activity-filled retreat at the beautiful Morningside Camps (see my borderline fake-looking Instagram pic above). If you can swing it, I highly recommend a trip out of the city while we’re in this sweet spot of comfortable temperatures and explosive fall foliage because it was a much-needed reset for me. For example, this weekend is a great time to explore Storm King before it closes up for the winter, or you can head out to the North Fork for this weekend’s Communion Fall Weekender music fest by the beach.

If a lack of wheels makes an apple-picking or pumpkin patch foray more trouble than it’s worth, don’t sweat it. There’s plenty happening here over the next seven days to put together an Ideal Week with nothing more than a Metrocard. For starters, I’m going to plug our very own Brooklyn Based family food fair, One More Bite, which is going down on Sunday from 11-3pm at the Green Building. But there are loads more ideas to keep you busy between now and next week, assuming we can all get through the third and final presidential debate tonight without being driven to madness. Enjoy summer, the remix, while it lasts and best wishes for a terrific week!  (more…)

10/12/16 11:21am
The fifth annual Beer for Beasts fundraiser is at The Bell House this weekend. Photo: Beer for Beasts

The fifth annual Beer for Beasts fundraiser is at The Bell House this weekend. Photo: Beer for Beasts

This is the week that introduced us to Ken Bone, the bespectacled, mustachioed hero who injected some humanity and levity into the otherwise thoroughly depressing second presidential debate. The tweets about him alone have been, for lack of a better word, art. If Bonemania has left you curious about other civilians who have tried to add some cultural context and even beauty to the nightmare that is Trump’s ultimate reality show, you might want to check out Two Face, a solo exhibition by Mark Abramson on view at DUMBO’s United Photo Industries Gallery through Oct. 29 that explores the complicated emotional landscape surrounding the 2016 presidential race. 

The 5th annual Beers for Beasts, which is a can’t lose situation involving one-of-a-kind craft beer collaborations from Sixpoint and special guests, food from Calexico, Pizza Moto, and Dub Pies, and fundraising for adorable puppies and kittens who need homes, is back at the Bell House on Saturday. Tickets are $70 but include food and drinks and excellent karma, as 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society. And our friends at LoftOpera have started selling tickets for their December run of Verdi’s MacBeth, which will be performed in the MAST Chocolate Factory at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (yes, there will be chocolate to eat), so you might as well get that on the books now in case it sells out. 

Otherwise, there is an abundance of activities to choose from during this pleasant mid-October stretch in Brooklyn, so read on and start making plans for your Ideal Week. (more…)

10/08/16 8:03am


Need to add a little pizazz to your boring old bloody mary and benedict game? House of YES has answered the call this weekend with the Glitter in Your Bacon Bottomless Brunch party, running from 11am-6pm on Saturday. The event promises a menu filled with delicious dishes featuring bacon and edible glitter, as well as tasty cocktails and dance music DJ sets to get you in a festive and fabulous mood.

For a more laid back Saturday, anyone feeling crafty should head to Old Stone House in Park Slope for the fifth annual King’s County Fiber Festival, a marketplace and exhibit featuring the work of natural fiber artists, crocheters, dyers, knitters, quilters, and the like from 10am-6pm. It’s your call.

10/07/16 11:17am


If you’re on the hunt for a unique wedding venue, we’ve got a brand-new destination for you: Hasbrouck House, a beautifully renovated boutique hotel and restaurant set on 55 acres in the central Hudson Valley.

Take a leaf-peeping trip north (just two hours by car) on either Sunday, Oct. 16 or Saturday, Nov. 5 and stop by Hasbrouck House between 2 and 4pm for a roaring bonfire, warm cider, lots of gorgeous fall foliage–and a chance to see a spectacular setting for your Hudson Valley wedding. You’ll sample food from their in-house restaurant, Butterfield, meet local vendors, and of course, explore the breathtaking property.

Free with RSVP for Oct. 16 or Nov. 5!

10/05/16 12:20pm
Photo: Green-Wood Cemetery

Photo: Green-Wood Cemetery

October is here with all of its trappings, and hopefully in between all the apple picking, leaf peeping, pie tasting, pumpkin carving, and costume making, you’ve got time for some of the fun stuff happening around town this week. ComicCon is back at the Javits Center from Thursday through Sunday, if that’s your thing, or you can watch the world’s most skilled (and daring) urban cyclers vie for the North American Cycle Courier Championship crown this week, too. Finally, DUMBO’s Archway is hosting a three-day, beer-soaked Oktoberfest extravaganza featuring brats, music, arts and crafts, costumes, and a temporary outdoor German beer hall.

But that’s just the beginning of what’s in store for this Ideal Week, folks–read on for tips on where to eat, drink, and be merry in our fabulous borough over the next seven days.

09/30/16 10:20am
The year's coming to an end. It's time to party. Photo: Quyn Duong

The year’s coming to an end. Time to plan that holiday party. Photo: Quyn Duong

The holiday season is sneaking up on us—which means it’s almost time to party. If you’re the ringleader among your friends who always puts together memorable dinners or the person who plans your office’s holiday party, now is the time to reserve the space you want to celebrate your 2016.

There are two fabulous venues we highly recommend (as we use them for our own events): The Green Building  and 501 Union.

From an intimate cocktail hour in the lounge followed by a seated dinner for 100 in their light-filled reception space, to an all-out blowout bash for 250 of your coworkers, 501 Union is your spot.

Across the street at The Green Building, entertain 160 guests with dinner and dancing or just let the cocktails flow all night for 250 of your staff. You can even fit 100 more in their outdoor courtyard, and a special perk at this locale is that you can supply your own bar.

Both venues offer special add-ons, from furniture set-up and breakdown to custom lighting designs to a stay for two at Gowanus Hospitality Group’s first luxury boutique hotel, Hasbrouck House, that can be auctioned off to your guests.

Reserve your night now before 501 Union and The Green Building are booked full!

09/28/16 12:18pm
"Making the Future" is the theme of the Arts in Bushwick open call show at DAVID&SCHWEITZER CONTEMPORARY this year, running through Oct. 16. Illustration: Loren Monk

“Making the Future” is the theme of the Arts in Bushwick open call show at DAVID&SCHWEITZER CONTEMPORARY. It opens Friday night to kick off this weekend’s Bushwick Open Studios. Illustration: Loren Monk


Thursday, September 29  GOWANUS A Hyde Unhappy Hour at Littlefield, 7pm, tickets $15↠

Friday, September 30  PARK SLOPE Oktoberfest at Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten, 7pm, FREE↠

Saturday, October 1 BUSHWICK Bushwick Open Studios, all day, FREE↠ • DITMAS PARK Pig and Goat Roast at Sycamore, starting at 1pm, tickets $30↠ • PROSPECT PARK Brooklyn Botanic Garden Chile Pepper Festival, 10am-6pm, Adults $20↠ • INDUSTRY CITY I Am Art, noon-10pm, tickets $20 for both days↠

Sunday, October 2 BUSHWICK Bushwick Open Studios, all day, FREE↠ • INDUSTRY CITY I Am Art, noon-7pm, tickets $20 for both days↠

Monday, October 3 CROWN HEIGHTS Brooklyn Draw Jam at Shoestring Studio, 7-10pm,  $5 suggested donation↠

Tuesday, October 4 DUMBO Cookbook launch party for Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from an Unlikely Life on the Farm at West Elm, 6:30pm, $45 includes book, treat beer and wine↠ • FORT GREENE It’s Brewing in Brooklyn at BRIC House Stoop, 7pm, FREE with RSVP↠

Wednesday, October 5 BROOKLYN HEIGHTS Discussion of The Brooklyn Nobody Knows: An Urban Walking Guide at Brooklyn Historical Society, 6:30pm tickets $10↠

Welcome to another edition of Your Ideal Week, our regular Wednesday post wherein we cull together our favorite ideas of what to do with your free time for the next seven days.

This week started out with crushing anxiety/despair as we anticipated the first debate between the two presidential nominees, because it’s impossible to feel confident when the adversary is as chaotically craven as he who I will never refer to seriously as “Mr. Trump.” Now it’s all over and Hillary clearly won, but more importantly won so handily that even people who would normally deny the fact of her victory, like Giuliani and Trump himself, are left resorting to eminently dignified tactics like claiming the questions were unfair or Trump’s mic was broken. (Sidebar: When I was 7 or 8 a kid in my class had a birthday party at our local bowling alley and invited his neighbor who didn’t go to our school. For the entire 3 hours, this kid complained after every turd he threw into the gutter that someone had put “grease or something” on his– and only his–bowling balls and ultimately dissolved into an epic, red-faced, tear-filled tantrum that caused a minor stir in the snack bar area. I unfortunately have forgotten the mini McEnroe’s name after all these years, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out he is now a Trump campaign strategist. But I digress…)

The point of this all is to say that there is a tentative, tiny sense of hope this week that we might get to the other side of this thing, and that is reason to celebrate and take advantage of the fun stuff going on around here this week.

Bushwick Open Studios is happening this weekend, so be sure to check that out if you’re hankering for some artistic inspiration (or maybe a new piece to go above your couch). And if you always get shut out of the Moth when it comes to the Bell House because it sells out so fast, take note of the fact that tickets to next Wednesday’s show go on sale today at 3pm.


Finally, here’s something to plan ahead for: Wilderness Field Notes is running another all-inclusive fall weekend retreat in the Adirondacks on October 14-16 and it sounds like the best of summer camp in a fall setting upstate, so what’s not to love? The weekend promises quiet, whiskey, delicious communal meals, late night bonfires, and daytime activities that include archery, arts and crafts, kayaking, and chopping wood. The cost for the whole shebang, including cabin lodging with a comfy bed, starts at $435 per person, but our readers get 15% off if you use the code BROOKLYNBASED.

Setting our sights back on this week, we’ve got more tips to fill up all your days, so be sure to read on and start making plans. Happy fall to all! (more…)

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09/23/16 9:09am
This Do or Dive bar hound may or may not be at the Immersion tomorrow, but one can hope. Photo: Do or Dive

This Do or Dive bar hound may or may not be at the Immersion tomorrow, but one can hope. Photo: Do or Dive


This Saturday is our last Immersion of the season with Brooklyn Brewery, and our neighborhood bar and food crawl will be taking us to a lot of great, new(ish) bars in Bed-Stuy. For $15, you can get a Brooklyn beer each at the new Do or Dive, in the old Do or Dive space; Beast of Bourbon, whose BBQ is to die for; Black Swan, one of our favorite Brooklyn pubs; and Chilo’s, another great local bar that serves stellar tacos from its food truck parked out back. You can also add lunch to the deal for a total of $25, and whichever package you choose—the express or lunch option—you’ll get a wad of walking around money to cash in on neighborhood deals like a $4 Brooklyn lager tallboy from Swell Dive, another great new bar along Bedford with surfer vibes and Filipino / Tex-Mex fare. Saturday is going to be a blissful 74 degrees—perfect Brooklyn Oktoberfest drinking weather—so get a ticket here and join us!

09/21/16 11:38am
Join us on Saturday for the last Immersion of the season, in Bed-Stuy.

Join us on Saturday for the last Immersion of the season, in Bed-Stuy.

Friday, September 23
WILLIAMSBURG LoftOpera presents Cosi fan Tutte 7pm, tickets $30↠

Saturday, September 24 BED-STUY The Total Bed-Stuy Immersion, noon, tickets $15-$25↠ • WILLIAMSBURG The Grat Big Bacon Picnic, events all day, tickets start at $79↠

Sunday, September 25 WILLIAMSBURG The Great Big Bacon Picnic, events all day, tickets start at $79↠

Monday, September 26 GOWANUS debate party at The Bell House, 8pm, free ↠ • BUSHWICK debate party at Pine Box Rock Shop, 8pm, free ↠

Tuesday, September 27 COBBLE HILL The BackFatlorette, 8pm, free↠

Wednesday, September 28 PROSPECT HEIGHTS From Field to Table: A celebration of local grains, 7pm, tickets $125↠

The end of summer always feels a little bit like an alarm clock rudely interrupting a listless, kinda sweaty dream. HEY, YOU, time to go back to school, time to buckle down for the end of Q3, time to find your missing socks and buy some absurdly priced “it” boots because those flip-flop days are waning, time to remember deadlines because your editor/boss/client is back from the Hamptons for real now, time to do that cleanse you’ve been saying you’ll start, time to weigh in on the fall TV lineup! Do you think that Halloween costume is going to make itself? Oh and, by the way, what are your plans for Thanksgiving?

Ahhhhh! What happened? It feels like five minutes ago you were barefoot in the park with nothing going on all weekend and a crappy beach read in hand and now there’s so much to plan and organize and obsess about that your subway commute feels like a fugue state. Add to this the anxiety produced after an act of terror earlier this week, the increasingly disturbing level of violence in routine traffic stops, and the fear that we might NOT be able to escape disaster come November, and it’s enough stress to make you want to cash in your chips and check out.

Here’s where it’s important to keep in mind all the fun that fall in NYC promises. Take this weekend alone: We’ve got the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair, the Great Big Bacon Picnic, the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, the Red Hook Regatta, the Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival, the 42nd annual Atlantic Antic, and our very own Brooklyn Based Bed-Stuy Immersion going on, and that’s just an overview of Saturday and Sunday’s events. Read on for other ways to fill up your Ideal Week planner, because we all need a break from the grind right now. (more…)

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