09/14/16 11:00am

Pierhouse Brooklyn: Luxury Condos for Sale at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Sponsored By Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Pierhouse offers expansive one- to five-bedroom, townhome-style condominiums in world-class Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Created By BlankSlate

Sure, you’ve visited Brooklyn Bridge Park. What if you lived there? Pierhouse, developed by Toll Brothers City Living, provides that opportunity.

There are several factors that distinguish this condo complex, beyond the fact that it sits inside Brooklyn Bridge Park: few residential spaces in New York City boast 18-foot ceilings. Fewer still have a pet spa with dog showers. (more…)

04/08/16 10:22am
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A rendering of the floating food forest. Image: Swale

Brooklyn being Brooklyn, the borough is no stranger to gardens in unusual places. There are the storied plots behind Roberta’s in Bushwick and the rooftop gardens at the Whole Foods Gowanus and the Brooklyn Navy Yard or you can always head high above Downtown Brooklyn to see the green roof atop the Barclays Center designed to keep the roar of local concerts and sports events to a low hum. In other words, Brooklyn is a pretty green place if you know where to look.

And this summer, when you look toward the waterfront, you’ll see a moveable garden. It’s called Swale and it’s a floating forest on a barge that will be docked at Brooklyn Bridge Park before gradually working its way over to Governor’s Island and North to the Bronx. Along the way, visitors are invited to cross a ferry gangway to board the barge and its pick fruit and edible plants—at no cost. (more…)

07/02/15 10:49am
Ride the Wonder Wheel, eat a hot dog and catch a movie, all at Coney Island. Photo: NYEDC

Ride the Wonder Wheel, eat a hot dog and catch a movie, all at Coney Island. Photo: NYEDC

One of the best parts of a summer spent in Brooklyn is the opportunity to while away a hot weeknight watching a classic movie on a big screen under the stars. Whether it’s an ‘80s comedy or a French art film, projected against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline or within the summer camp-like atmosphere at McCarren Park, there’s something about lying on a blanket in the grass and watching a movie on a balmy night that will make you completely forget where you are. It’s the ultimate escape without actually going anywhere, for the price of a crappy bottle of wine, some snacks and maybe subway fare. And, for yet another year, it’s an option that’s available to you nearly every night of the week for all of July and August.

Now, back by popular demand (seriously, people actually emailed, which was awesome), our complete calendar of free outdoor movies in Brooklyn is here. Flip through and take note of the flicks you’re dying to see, and you can import them to your own GCal one-by-one or en masse. Line up a few friends and send some invites, and you’re already well on your way to a perfect summer evening.

Here’s a quick roundup of the different places you can catch an outdoor show sometime between now and this fall. Remember that all movies start at sundown, but you should plan to arrive earlier if you want good seats.

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08/20/14 10:36am
Need date night plans this week? Arcade Fire is playing a series of shows at the Barclays Center starting Aug. 22. Photo: Arcade Fire

Need date night plans this week? Arcade Fire is playing a series of shows at the Barclays Center starting Aug. 22. Photo: Arcade Fire

By this point every summer it becomes a real challenge to find events that we feel are truly worth your time and money. The city starts to clear out this time of year and most of the seasonal programming is winding down as well. The one big exception to the rule this week is the annual AfroPunk Festival taking place this Saturday and Sunday. Its long lines for entry are both a testament to this music festival’s ongoing popularity 10 years in and a bit of a nightmare, which you can now bypass with these weekend fast passes–they aren’t free, but guarantee you can skip the line. Summer might be waning, but it’s not over yet. Here are seven ways to soak up as much of it as possible this week, including an Arcade Fire concert, sit-down with Salman Rushdie and seaside swing party.

Thursday, Aug. 21: We talked about the rise in popularity of podcasts last week on BB, especially the comedic kind, and one name we should definitely add to the list of podcast comedians is Ari Shaffir whose show The Skeptic Tank, as well as his standup album, Revenge for the Holocaust and special, Passive Aggressive, have garnered him a great deal of attention as of late—he also hosts Comedy Central’s new digital storytelling show This is Not Happening. You can catch Shaffir somewhere other than the airwaves this week when he performs at The Bell House Thursday night at 8pm. Tickets are $15.

Friday, Aug. 22: Based on an unofficial poll of all our guy friends, tickets to the Arcade Fire show at the Barclays Center this weekend might be the best route to take in terms of date night options this week—we’ve never seen the eyes of so many twenty- and thirty-something men light up so quickly. The Grammy-winning group is in town for a three-day stint starting tonight, and it looks like none of the shows have sold out yet, so chances are good you could grab a pair of tickets. Shows start at 7:30 all weekend, and if you’re planning to bike to the Barclays, know the center will be running a valet service for two-wheelers all weekend. (more…)

08/13/14 9:28am
Some of the best queens and kings from Bushwick's drag scene will perform at Bizarre bar on Aug. 20 as part of Crimson Kitty’s SWITCH! A Gender Bending Spectacular! Photo: Stacie Joy

Some of the best queens and kings from Bushwick’s drag scene, including JZ Bich above, will perform at Bizarre bar on Aug. 20 as part of Crimson Kitty’s SWITCH! A Gender Bending Spectacular! Photo: Stacie Joy

Labor Day is only a couple weeks away, but summer isn’t ready for a swan song just yet. While lots of the seasonal programming like waterfront film screenings and fireworks displays are winding down for the year, there are still opportunities to take in both types of outdoor activities this week. There’s also a sideshow and a drag show we think you should see, as well as a literary talk between Matthew Thomas and Joshua Ferris we promise is worth the trip to SoHo. How’s that for your ideal week?

Thursday, Aug. 14: Make a move down to Brooklyn Bridge Park tonight for Syfy Movies With a View and catch Jim Jarmusch’s hip-hop samurai mash-up Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai–which has a soundtrack written and produced by the RZA and will basically be like pre-gaming for the upcoming Wu-Tang album. Or, if you’re looking for a weekend flick, when Saturday rolls in, you can spend the day tanning, swimming and doing your beach thing until the sun goes down then hit up the Rockaway Beach Surf Club for the first film festival devoted to female surfers. (more…)

08/12/14 4:00pm
Women's Surf Film Festival, Women of the Seven Seas

World champion Sofia Mulanovich will be one of the surfers featured in the second annual women’s surf film festival, Women Of the Seven Seas, at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club on Saturday, August 16. Photo: Red Bull

Summer’s coming to a close but we’re not ready to wave good-bye to the outdoor concerts, BBQs, and park screenings just yet. There is a month of outdoor films left, so enjoy your last weeks of movies on a blanket, starting with these three screenings.

Spice World
Plus, DJ Dog Dick and Eartheater
Wednesday, 6pm
Free
The final movie of SummerScreen is here and it makes me a little sad. Not because it’s the final outdoor screening at McCarren Park (they’ll be back) but because somewhere between irony and ridiculousness, taste was thrown to the curb and the audience pick, the most voted for movie, and what you’ll be forced to endure for a full 93 minutes, a movie that only has a 3.2 rating on IMDB for a reason, is Spice World. Seriously, this was picked over Mean Girls? Over Kill Bill? You should go, you should watch it, you should really zigazag ah.

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Plus, DJ Emch and the short film The Roper by Ewan McNicol
Thursday, 6pm
Free
Since we’ve been robbed of Kill Bill at McCarren Park, it’s only fair that Brooklyn Bridge Park makes up for it with the Syfy Movies With A View screening of Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. When samurai culture, hip-hop and Italian gangsters collide to form a soundtrack written and produced by the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA on a huge screen with the amazing NYC backdrop, your night can only be amazing. Plus free bike parking with Transportation Alternatives!

Women of the Seven Seas Surf Film Festival 2014
Saturday, 7pm
Free

When the week’s up and you’re still mad about Spice World but the Ghost Dog screening has cooled your guns a bit, you’ll be ready to chill out on the beach all day—it’s not hard, not far to reach, I assure you, we can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach. After you’ve been baking in the sun all day pull up a seat at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club for the Women of the Seven Seas Surf Film Festival. Catch these films about female surfers from around the world and take a ride on a wave so awesome only a post-beach Saturday night at the Rockaways can keep you steady. Plus raffles for awesome prizes like a Natures Shapes surfboard, a 20×30 signed print by photographer Dylan Gordon, a surf  lesson by Locals Surf School and 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…)

06/11/14 8:00am
Thu June 19, 2014 - Sun June 29, 2014
BAMcinemaFest starts June 18; tickets to the all-American indie film festival are going fast, but a free screening of three Les Banks films in Brooklyn Bridge Park on June 19, plus standby standby tickets are two ways to still experience the cinematic showcase. Photo: Janus Films

BAMcinemaFest starts June 18; tickets to the all-American indie film festival are going fast, but a free screening of three Les Banks films in Brooklyn Bridge Park on June 19, plus standby tickets to sold-out screenings are two ways to still experience the cinematic showcase. Photo: Janus Films

Six years ago BAM set out to showcase bright new talent in the American independent film industry and thus BAMcinemaFest was born. The two-week festival begins June 18 and promises 30 screenings of new indie films made here in the US of A, as well as a couple classics. like Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, celebrating its 25th anniversary. Several screenings have already sold out, but standby tickets will be made available at BAM’s box office for most shows and there will also be a free, outdoor screening of three Les Bank films on June 19 at pier 1 in Brooklyn Bride Park. Banks, a documentary filmmaker known for capturing off-beat examples of America’s micro-cultures, was especially fond of making films about food culture. Thursday night’s screenings will be accompanied by live music and Smorgasburg vendors to add to the entertainment. Before heading to the movies, make sure to check out our interview with Gabriele Caroti, BAMcinemaFest’s director, as well as our review of one of the festival’s standout films, Boyhood, if you want a better idea of what you’re in for.

05/02/14 12:50pm

Outdoor concert season begins next week with Celebrate Brooklyn's dance parties in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo: Celebrate Brooklyn!

Outdoor concert season begins next week with Celebrate Brooklyn’s dance parties in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo: Ryan Muir


 
Bringing free dance parties to the Brooklyn waterfront was a genius move by Celebrate Brooklyn! and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. The music is always stellar, the views from the lawn and steps of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 are phenomenal, and the food trucks and beer garden make the party even more lively. The series, held on three consecutive Thursday evenings in May, serves as a “bridge” to Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park, which starts its 36th year on June 4 with Janelle Monae. But the line up of this year’s dance parties is so good, it doesn’t feel like a warm up.

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01/22/14 10:17am
The weather seems apropo for Anitfreeze, Gowanus Canal Conservancy's annual winter fundraiser, happening this Saturday at Ray Smith Studio on Bond Street. Photo: GCC

The weather seems apropos for AntiFREEZE, Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s annual winter fundraiser, happening this Saturday at Ray Smith Studio on Bond Street. Photo: GCC

No nor’easter is enough to keep us indoors–at least not all week–so once you’ve layered up, you can look forward to all the good things going on in Brooklyn. From clam shucks to snow sculpture competitions (fingers crossed the white stuff sticks around until Saturday) to performing arts exhibitions and a party. Here is a list of all the fun we couldn’t fit on our Tip Sheet but definitely think you’ll want to check out this week.

Jan. 23: (Sheepshead Bay) Sheepshead Bay was basically kicked in the teeth by Superstorm Sandy, and one of the many grim side effects was last year’s forced cancellation of the Taste of Sheepshead Bay, an annual tradition drawing together the best of what the neighborhood’s diverse restaurant community has to offer. Luckily, the event is back with a vengeance this Thursday night at 7pm, and if you pick up a $30 ticket, you will be signaling strong support for local businesses that have triumphed over the storm.

Jan. 25: (Gowanus) Gowanus may have a lot of fancy new residents like Whole Foods and the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, but anyone standing downwind of the canal is quickly reminded of how much work still needs to be done to improve the area. The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is throwing its third annual fundraiser, now called the AntiFreeze, to ensure that work gets done–tickets are $35 and include live music, a silent auction, a plate of food, two drinks, and access to an egg cream bar(!). Fun starts at 7pm. (more…)