03/15/17 8:12am

Kids having fun

Join the A Child Grows in Brooklyn community for the 2nd Annual Brooklyn Camp Expo, March 26, 2017, from 12pm to 3pm at Williamsburg Northside Lower School (299 N. 7th Street),  presented by A Child Grows in Brooklyn.

This is a FREE family-friendly event for parents looking for summer camps, holiday camps and after-school programs for their children. Over 30 camp and after school program directors will be onsite to talk to parents about all the wonderful things their programs have to offer local families.

Capacity is limited, so please be sure to register!

NOTE: Face painting and kids crafts will keep kids busy while parents speak with camps, AND Brooklyn Robot Foundry will provide FREE 45-minute Robot Building Workshops for kids ages 5+ at 12:15, 1:00 & 1:45. To sign up your child for one of these workshops, please click here.

03/01/17 11:57am
Drink a beer at Three's Brewing on March 7, or any one of roughly 20 restaurants and bars participating in Brooklyn Feeds, a borough-wide event on March 7 to help combat food insecurity. Photo: Three's Brewing

Drink a beer at Three’s Brewing on March 7, or any one of the 20 restaurants and bars participating in Brooklyn Feeds, and help combat food insecurity. Photo: Three’s Brewing

This coming Tuesday, March 7, roughly 20 restaurants around Brooklyn will be offering a deal for diners: eat or drink at their restaurant, and they will help feed people who cannot afford basic meals.

The event, called Brooklyn Feeds, is the brainchild of Jennifer Friedlin, a former journalist and founder of the marketing firm Hungry Marketing, whose clients include both non-profits and restaurants. For a while, she’d been cognizant of the disconnect between those well-off enough to dine out in Brooklyn, “where everyone comes to eat, while there are many people in the borough who are going to bed hungry.” Then a story last fall spurred her to action. As The New York Times reported in September, we have the highest rate of food insecurity in New York City, meaning 20% of households here have “limited or uncertain access to adequate food.”

“When I saw that, it backed up what I’d been feeling and thinking,” said Friedlin. So she decided to do something about it, and created an event that would benefit restaurants at a time when business is generally slow, while also serving non-profits that help the hungry.

The restaurants, bars and cafes who are a part of the inaugural Brooklyn Feeds are all donating a portion of their proceeds on March 7 to CHiPS, a soup kitchen and homeless shelter for young women and their babies in Gowanus, and Neighbors Together, an organization in Bedford-Stuyvesant that provides food to over 10,000 New Yorkers a year. Neighborhood staples like Three’s Brewing, Therapy Wine Bar and Franny’s are all taking part, and Applebee’s has agreed to donate 10% of revenues from all seven of its Brooklyn locations.

Friedlin expects to raise several thousand for the two charities. Help Brooklyn Feeds meet its goal and pave the way for future editions by eating or drinking here on March 7:

08/08/16 3:55pm
Dirk the Norseman is one of the 50+ vendors returning to TASTE Williamsburg/Greenpoint this Sept.

Dirk the Norseman is one of the 50+ vendors returning to TASTE Williamsburg/Greenpoint this Sept.

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint, one of NYC’s best neighborhood food festivals, is back for its seventh year on September 18, with over 50 of North Brooklyn’s best restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries. The outdoor block party set up on the Williamsburg waterfront at East River State Park includes live music, activities and of course, some of the best things to eat in NYC.

Pies ‘n’ Thighs, Maison Premier, Lilia, The Camlin, Odd Fellows, St. Mazie, Brooklyn Brewery, Tito’s Vodka, Moet Chandon and many more will all be offering tastes and drinks. VIP Tickets are currently discounted to $85 for 12 tastes and six drinks, Brooklyn Brewery Beer and a gift bag, plus a 30-minute, early access head start on the feasting. General admission tickets start at $35 and include four tastes and two drinks.

All the proceeds from tickets will go towards renovating and operating the Firehouse North Brooklyn Community Center, a cultural haven for community gatherings and original arts programming. Get yours now!

08/05/16 3:00pm
The Orion Nebula as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Viewers on Saturday will have VR headsets to travel deep into the Milky Way, accompanied by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, a Norwegian orchestra and more during The HUBBLE CANTATA.

The Orion Nebula as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Viewers on Saturday will have VR headsets to travel deep into the Milky Way, accompanied by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, a Norwegian orchestra and more during “The Hubble Cantata.”

We’re upon the last week of BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival—we know, it went fast for us, too! Before it closes, make the most of your summer and pencil in at least one of these last six performances.

It may sound over the top to say Saturday’s epic event will be out of this world, but it literally does take viewers on a journey to the Orion Nebula, the beautiful celestial feature way out there in the Milky Way, south of Orion’s belt. Cardboard VR headsets will be given out to experience “The Hubble Cantata,” a musical performance featuring a 20-piece ensemble, a 100-person choir, two Metropolitan Opera stars and a VR experience with stunning visuals–all free!

Next Thursday’s benefit show with Herbie Hancock is another must for your outdoor concert bucket list. The 14 Grammy-award winning pianist and composer (and man responsible for one of the greatest songs ever made, the killer video for which won five Spacemen at the first-ever MTV Awards in 1984) will be joined by Jamie Lidell, the electronic jazz quartet Robert Glasper Experiment, and more. Tickets on sale here.

There are four more free shows to catch before the festival ends—Reggae greats Morgan Heritage, Labyrinth live-scored by one of David Bowie’s backing bands, psych-pop stars Dr. Dog, and R&B songstress Andra Day.

Catch them all or at least one, so you can savor another starry night of music in Prospect Park before the series, and summer ends.

07/29/16 11:24am
"The Warriors" closes the three-part film series we're presenting with the Brooklyn Historical Society. Come out and play-ee-ay with us in August!

“The Warriors” closes the three-part film series we’re presenting with the Brooklyn Historical Society. Come out and play-ee-ay with us in August!

From the Coney Island boardwalk to the brownstones of Bed-Stuy, the County of Kings has served as the set for numerous iconic films throughout the years. Together with the Brooklyn Historical Society, we’ve chosen three of these classic films starring our favorite borough for a series called Brooklyn on Screen. This free, indoor film series in August kicks off with Spike Lee’s seminal Do the Right Thing on Monday—seats are full for this one unfortunately, but that’s all the more reason to RSVP now for the remaining two films.

On August 8, we’ll be screening Moonstruck, set in BHS’s own neighborhood, Brooklyn Heights, the stage for Cher’s Academy Award-winning performance in Norman Jewison’s classic 1987 romantic comedy. Grab a Brooklyn Brewery beer, then sit back and enjoy the magic and larger-than-life romance that blossoms in the streets of Moonstruck’s Brooklyn!

Then on August 15, join us for The Warriors. The last in our series of films starring Brooklyn takes us to Coney Island, home turf of the rough and tumble gang that is the namesake of this fantasy thriller. Shot almost completely on location in the streets and subways of NYC during the summer of 1978, this cult classic will give you a glimpse into a Brooklyn of the past.

Slate’s Kristen Meinzer and Newsday’s Rafer Guzman will be introducing all the films, Shake Shack is providing complimentary frozen custard, and there will be water, wine, and Brooklyn Brewery beer available, too. Come beat the heat with us in August!