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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09/17/14 10:51am

After a brief summer hiatus, Funny Story is back at Brooklyn Brewery on Thursday, Sept. 18. If you’ve never been before–or haven’t been in awhile, it’s time to join us at Brooklyn Brewery for a night of hilarity. Usually we here at Brooklyn Based help fill the roster with journalists, food folks and Brooklyn personalities, but this time our intrepid host Tom Shillue has packed the evening with a bunch of funny weirdos he met over the summer.

To start, we’ve Turney Duff, a former professional Wall Street douchebag, who wrote a memoir called The Buy Side, outlining just how fucked up and entitled Wall Street culture is. Add to that Joe Randazzo, a former Onion editor, and generally hilarious dude who lived in Greenpoint forever, before decamping for the countryside with his brood.  (more…)

09/10/14 1:08pm
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Spend the day drinking with us, and your favorite group of friends, during the Total Bushwick Immersion. Photo: Alison Brockhouse

So many festivals, so little time. The Beat Festival kicks off tomorrow with site-specific shows throughout Brooklyn, like a dance performance that takes its audience on an evening tour of Green-Wood Cemetery. Lovers of Nordic food will want to dig into The North Festival, which brings Scandinavian cooking demos and dinners to New York, including a beer-paired dinner at Brooklyn Brewery (get 30% off tickets with the code BROOKLYN at purchase). Nonesuch Records at BAM , a celebration of the adventurous music label’s 50th year, is also underway, and tickets for the Escape Music Fest, coming to Red Hook in October and featuring Yeasayer and Girl Talk, are on sale now.(Speaking of tickets, have you gotten yours for the Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest yet?) It’s not just festivals on the horizon—the week to come is full of big anniversaries, launch parties, even the start of a revolution. (more…)

09/03/14 12:45pm
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Unleash your inner diva at the 3rd annual Bushwig festival this weekend. Photo: Stephanie Keith

How it is possible for the first week of September to be hotter than our entire summer is a mystery of climate change, but somehow it’s fitting. Yes, technically we should be moving on to a productive, packed fall, but it’s hard to break from our hedonistic August ways, so why rush into anything? Tonight there are still tickets left for Veggipalooza atop the Brooklyn Grange Navy Yard farm, or for something more beefy, it’s steak night at Meat Hook Sandwich—$25 gets you steak, sides (we hear there’s fried calamari on the menu tonight) and unlimited cans of beer. Steaks start coming off the grill around 6pm. Tomorrow, grilled cheese sandwiches will literally float down from the sky outside The Diamond, and the weekend is packed with art openings, frozen drinks, and drag queens. Come Monday, anyone in walking distance of Black Forest Brooklyn should perk up their commute with a free coffee between 7 and 9am, which they’re serving all week to celebrate their new breakfast hours. Not in your neck of the woods? Here are seven more ways to take the edge off your summer hangover. (more…)

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08/29/14 12:43pm
Eugene Mirman, holding court outside the Bell House. Photo: Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman, holding court outside the Bell House. Photo: Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Famous people are great and all, but what I have really come to appreciate about Eugene Mirman after attending a few EMCFs is his ability to identify and give a stage to relatively unknown comedians who are clearly on their way to the big time.

The end of summer is here, and while that means less daylight, cooler temps, and not being able to phone it in at work anymore, it’s also time to get excited for the annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, which returns to The Bell House and Union Hall for five nights starting September 18. Now in its 7th year, the festival is an unfussy, intimate series of shows, panels, and events featuring top-notch talent, mostly culled from Mirman’s own list of comedian friends he’s collected over two decades in the biz.

A lot of the shows with big-name headliners are already sold out, but don’t despair if you didn’t snap those tickets up–the secret to the festival is that the less star-studded line-ups are where you’ll see tomorrow’s new favorite funny person. And everyone loves an opportunity to say, “Oh yeah, I saw her just before she got hired by SNL-The Daily Show-The John Oliver Show-moved to LA and got super famous.”

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08/27/14 6:22am
Brooklyn Carnival, one of the largest Diaspora celebration of West Indian culture in the world, will take place Sept. 1 in Crown Heights. Photo: George Krauss

Brooklyn Carnival, one of the largest Diaspora celebrations of West Indian culture in the world, will take place Sept. 1 in Crown Heights. Photo: George Krauss

In many ways, September always feels like the start of a new year. So much cultural programming kicks off come Labor Day that we found ourselves flush with fun things to look forward to over the next week and well into fall–make sure to look out for our September Fun Map in your inbox tomorrow. While there will be plenty of time to celebrate summer over the long weekend ahead with backyard BBQs and beach trips, we would also like to direct your attention to a Michael Jackson karaoke party at Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn Carnival, a vampire film screening for anyone going through withdrawal following True Blood‘s series finale last Sunday, and a rooftop dinner in honor of the autumnal harvest we’re all about to reap. Your ideal week awaits.

Thursday, Aug. 28: Greenlight Bookstore has struck up a new literary partnership with culinary newcomer Peck’s Specialty Food, owner Theo Pecks’ iteration of an old-school kosher deli, which Brendan Spiegel clued us in on when it opened in Clinton Hill in January. The fruit of this new fusion is Book/Plate, a literary dinner party that pairs the works of authors with food dishes inspired by their writings. First up will be Francisco Goldman (Say Her Name) whose newest book, The Interior Circuit, a genre-bending book the follows Goldman through his grief after his wife’s passing as he rediscovers himself and his life inside Mexico City during the Mexican capital’s most recent time of socio-political upheaval. Tickets to the family-style dinner cost $45 and include a copy of Goldman’s book.

Friday, Aug. 29: Tonight the Morbid Anatomy Museum is throwing a karaoke birthday party for Michael Jackson. Let that thought sink in as you’re clicking over for tickets, because the oversized-curio-cabinet of an institution is going all out for the Gloved One. Along with a mic and karaoke machine, the museum has also organized gin cocktails, music videos and an illustrated talk by Shannon Taggart on “the curious afterlife of Michael Jackson.” Oddities start at 8pm. (more…)