01/24/15 7:00am
biggame-219x288Don’t feel like battling your internet speeds to live stream the 2015 Super Bowl? Or maybe that TV you rescued from your sidewalk was thrown out for a legit reason. Luckily, no matter why you’re big screen deprived, Nitehawk Cinema is providing an alternative plan for your Super Bowl Sunday. The Williamsburg staple is having their own Super Bowl party, complete with classic football munchables and a bevy of alcoholic options. For $25, you can watch the showdown between Tom Brady and Russell Wilson on the widest of wide screens, and enjoy Nitehawk’s House Made Hot Wings. Included in the price of the ticket are beer vouchers for an array of New England and Seattle’s best brews, and the option to watch the Puppy Bowl in the lobby.  The mayhem starts at 6pm (the game starts at 6:30) on February 1. Tickets are available online and will sell out before game day.
01/22/15 9:09am

BB_Image

It’s been three weeks since you made your resolutions, and you’re probably still doing some very good things for yourself in 2015. But how about your career? The way that you work can always use some fine tuning, and General Assembly has a suite of classes that will improve your design, tech, marketing, and entrepreneurialism skills, all free for Brooklyn Based readers for three months, and all available to stream, which is great considering it’s freezing outside.

When you register here before March 31, you’ll get unlimited access to both live and on-demand streaming classes for three months. The online library of tutorials draws upon the workshops and seminars General Assembly offers at their Flatiron office and online, and allows you to pick and choose your coursework and become fluent in new concepts at your own pace. How to pivot your career, create your first content strategy, hire a developer (or become one yourself), a guide to crowdfunding, an introduction to SEO, a social marketing summit from the honchos at Thrillist and Gawker–all of these topics are waiting in the ether, ready to impart some wisdom once you hit play.

The only thing you won’t be able to do, when you say, learn how to make infographics with Larry Buchanan, journalist, designer and coder with the New Yorker, is ask him questions–though you can download the course materials, skip to and rewind the chapters that are important to you, and hear him crack some Portlandia jokes.

Sign up here to learn what you want, when you want. We’ve also teamed up with General Assembly to offer an introductory class on digital advertising Saturday, Feb. 7 from 10am to 1pm, lunch included, for content creators and anyone advertising their business. You will have to leave your couch for this one, though.

01/21/15 9:50am

idealweekjan21

The dog days of winter are upon us. We might not be in the same cycle of weekly polar vortices that we found ourselves in last year, but it’s not like it’s warm out, and we have a long time to brave the commute until the next national holiday arrives. Luckily, there is plenty to see and do this week to keep things exciting, and to keep you from getting sucked into the black hole of your couch and Seamless. BAM is screening Round-Up, Sufjan Stevens’ paean to the rodeo, every night through Sunday; St. Ann’s Warehouse’s month-long run of the stage rendition of Let the Right One In begins this week; and Chris Ofili’s solo show at the New Museum nears its end. In weird news, an urban golf course painstakingly constructed from trash by a Vinegar Hill man who goes by Tiger Hoods might not make it through the winter, so you might want to make a point of seeing it now. If not, we have lots of other suggestions to fill your Google calendar for the week. (more…)

01/15/15 1:31pm

Every month we co-produce a storytelling show at Brooklyn Brewery with comic and storyteller, Tom Shillue. If you’re into the storytelling scene, then you know that most shows have some sort of rules–no notes, strict time limits and themes. Our only rule is that the stories have to be funny in some way. As Tom said at last month’s show, “We’re like the sloppy Moth.” (more…)

01/14/15 9:38am

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 7.21.25 AM“Remain in Manhattan.” Those are the words of warning from a 1975 survival guide to NYC, issued to tourists by disgruntled police officers facing layoffs by then Mayor Abraham Beame. It’s amusing in hindsight, given the current standoff between the NYPD and Mayor de Blasio, because the thought of a less robust police force in the near-bankrupt NYC of the 70s actually does seem frightening. All we’ve experienced, so far, are fewer parking tickets. Manhattan also carries far less cultural clout than it did 40 years ago. If we were printing a survival guide today, tourists would just ignore it and head straight to Brooklyn anyway. They may not know exactly where to go beyond the Brooklyn Flea, but that leaves more room for us at the readings with celebrated authors, shows with legendary bands, sweaty dance parties and funny storytelling series, all happening this week. Here’s how to make the most of it.

Click here for the one-page version→

Tips this week by Nicole Davis, Nicole Ortiz, Alex Jordan and Nikita Richardson 

Brooklyn Based delivers free daily emails about the borough's best food, events, attractions and innovators. Get Brooklyn Based in your inbox--sign up here.

01/14/15 6:13am

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 7.21.25 AM“Remain in Manhattan.” Those are the words of warning from a 1975 survival guide to NYC, issued to tourists by disgruntled police officers facing layoffs by then Mayor Abraham Beame. It’s amusing in hindsight, given the current standoff between the NYPD and Mayor de Blasio, because the thought of a less robust police force in the near-bankrupt NYC of the 70s actually does seem frightening. All we’ve experienced, so far, are fewer parking tickets. Manhattan also carries far less cultural clout than it did 40 years ago. If we were printing a survival guide today, tourists would just ignore it and head straight to Brooklyn anyway. They may not know exactly where to go beyond the Brooklyn Flea, but that leaves more room for us at the readings with celebrated authors, shows with legendary bands, sweaty dance parties and funny storytelling series, all happening this week. Here’s how to make the most of it. (more…)

01/07/15 10:53am
!!!RobiePeterson

Get sweaty with dance band !!! during their four-night winter party at Union Pool, Wednesday through Saturday. Photo: Robbie Peterson

Below-freezing weather has a way of altering your perspective. Any habits you are trying to shake, like spending too much on dinners out, are a lot easier to curb when you’re too cold to leave your apartment. Mid-30 temps begin to seem “warm,” and you become highly selective about when you will go out and embrace the wind chill. To help you narrow down your options, here are seven concerts, readings, screenings and shows worth braving the elements for this week. (more…)

Brooklyn Based delivers free daily emails about the borough's best food, events, attractions and innovators. Get Brooklyn Based in your inbox--sign up here.

12/26/14 11:13am
Gemini & Scorpio's costumed New Year's Eve fete brings the perfect amount of ceremony to the end of your 2014  . Photo:  Linus Gelber

Gemini & Scorpio’s costumed New Year’s Eve fête brings the perfect amount of ceremony to the end of your 2014 . Photo: Linus Gelber

Brooklyn nightlife suffered a lot of casualties in 2014. A slew of DIY stalwarts shuttered: 285 Kent, Death By Audio, Body Actualized Center, the Muse, and after the new year, Glasslands is closing, too. We also got the news that the venerable Galapagos Art Space will be defecting for Detroit. Space there is plentiful and cheap, unlike Brooklyn, which is now the least affordable place to buy a home in the country. Yeesh.

Here are 23 stellar ways to celebrate the end of all that nonsense, and look ahead to 2015. There are still a lot of wonderful things left to celebrate in this crazy borough. (more…)

12/17/14 2:22pm

Here’s your best holiday gift so far–Funny Story is Thursday night at Brooklyn Brewery. This month we have a writer for Letterman, a badly behaved girl and an editor of Out Magazine telling hilarious true stories, and as always, our beloved host, Tom Shillue. We never set a theme, but a holiday menagerie of stories may well occur this time around. If you want more Shillue steeze, check him out in Jimmy Fallon’s barbershop quartet in the video above (Tom’s the one to the left of Steve Carell, no, not Jimmy Fallon, your other left). While we can’t promise he’ll break into song on Thursday, he did perform a barbershop snippet back in October, which you can listen to on Funny Story Live, episode two. Tickets are $10, and that includes a beer. Good times guaranteed.

12/17/14 7:43am
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Hawaii, at the Greenwood Heights home that's putting on its tenth Holiday Light Spectacular this year. Photo: Themetricals

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Hawaii, at the Greenwood Heights home that’s putting on its tenth Holiday Light Spectacular this year. Photo: Themetricals

We’re in the home stretch of holiday season, awash in Hanukkah gelt, and just a week away from having to procure every present in time for Christmas. But this week, between the latkes, work parties, and last-minute card mailings, you should carve out some time for spontaneous fun, because there are so many good prospects ahead. Now that the New York premiere of The Interview has been canceled, it frees you up for tomorrow night’s edition of Funny Story, where a writer for Letterman, a reality show regular and an editor from Out Magazine will share true stories over beer (one of them free). On Sunday you can celebrate the Winter Solstice the way the goddess intended, with a drum circle at the fountain of Grand Army Plaza at 5:30pm, led by an urban shaman, or with a tap dance down Flatbush.

There are a lot more traditions to honor this week, some of them secret, some of them twinkling in plain sight. (more…)

Brooklyn Based delivers free daily emails about the borough's best food, events, attractions and innovators. Get Brooklyn Based in your inbox--sign up here.