07/26/16 10:57am

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We’re in it. The hottest part of the year. Rooftop weather. Right now it seems like the long, steamy days, sudden thunderstorms and sultry nights will last forever, but one of the sweetest things about summer is how fleeting it always feels. Here are three ways to take full advantage of the season and get up on a rooftop, take a deep breath, absorb the view and appreciate the moment.

Get a drink

New York being a drinker’s paradise, the most obvious rooftop activity for summer months is cooling down with a glass of something cold, refreshing and, well, dehydrating. We visited Rooftop Reds in the Brooklyn Navy Yard earlier this summer and highly recommend ordering a rosé tasting flight followed by a bottle of whichever wine you enjoyed the most. They also have hammocks for post-sipping total relaxation.

BB contributor Ellen Killoran has a new favorite rooftop drinking venue this year. She writes: The Llama Inn rooftop bar has managed to create a near-impossible oasis from the city while being so close to the BQE that you can almost touch it (strategic design keeps the roadway hidden). The compact space above Williamsburg’s new Peruvian destination restaurant feels like a tropical getaway, somehow muffling the noise right outside. The Spanish and Latin American wine list will challenge the palate. The Bodegas Los Bermejos ($13) is not your typical bone-dry rose, and the Llama Del Ray ($13), their signature frozen Pisco-red wine punch, will make your tastebuds stand at attention. (more…)

10/07/14 7:13am

It made sense during our unseasonably warm September to pretend that summer wasn’t over, but by now it’s impossible to deny: fall is upon us, in all its crisp, pumpkin-spiced glory. Which means it’s a great time to put on a comfy sweater, grab some intrepid friends, and spend a few hours really getting to know parts of Brooklyn you’ve never explored. Inspired by this weekend’s Open House New York, we’ve compiled a handful of terrific walking tours, plus one by bike, that will lead you through the borough’s nooks and crannies, from historic neighborhoods to a toxic waterfront.

During a self-guided tour of South Williamsburg organized by UnionDocs, you'll hear stories of neighborhood fixtures like the Puerto Rican man who sells piraguas. Photo: Shannon Carroll

During a self-guided tour of South Williamsburg organized by UnionDocs, you’ll hear stories of neighborhood fixtures like this man. Photo: Shannon Carroll

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Southside Walk: self-guided, so go whenever you’re ready

If you’ve ever wondered about the empty lot full of stuffed animals on Bedford and North 1st, or how much homes on South 2nd cost in the 1980s, this self-guided audio tour—part of UnionDocs’ multi-year, multimedia project Living Los Sures—will answer all your questions. The half-hour tour starts at the Bedford Ave. Dunkin Donuts and ends at the Caribbean Club on Grand St, the last remaining Puerto Rican social club in the neighborhood. In between you’ll hear stories of Hasidic women swimming, Bangladeshi families gardening, a Puerto Rican man selling piraguas (shaved ices), and many more past and present neighborhood denizens. Pro tip: Go on a Sunday evening when Toñita, the beloved owner of the Caribbean Club since the 1970s, makes a free dinner for everyone who comes in. (more…)

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10/01/14 11:23am
Don't let the name Screaming Females fool you. Marissa Paternoster lets her guitar do the screaming for her. They play the Knitting Factory Saturday. Photo: Sean O'Kane

Don’t let the name Screaming Females fool you. Marissa Paternoster lets her guitar do the screaming for her. They play the Knitting Factory Saturday. Photo: Sean O’Kane

Welcome to October, the one time of year when slasher films and pumpkin everything become the norm. It seems only right that Comic Con should roll into town this month, along with a new offshoot starting Friday called New York Super Week. Billed as a pop culture festival, it seems to be a good excuse to tie together all the quirky programming across the city, from Punderdome at Galapagos to a taxidermy talk at the Museum of Morbid Anatomy (not to be confused with the Rogue Taxidermy Fair at the Bell House on Sunday, where you can see animals that never occur in nature). If you still need a plan for tonight, you have two potential celebrity sightings: Ethan Hawke will be at “Ask Me Another,” and at BookCourt, Martin Amis will read from his black comedy, Zone of Interest, which no German publisher will touch because it’s set in a concentration camp.

Clearly, October is off to a good start. Here are seven more ways to spend a weird and wonderful week in Brooklyn. (more…)

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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…)

08/19/14 10:51am
Salute the sunset every Monday evening atop Brooklyn Grange's rooftop farm in the Navy Yard now through Sept. 29. Photo:  Sarah Capua

Salute the sunset every Monday evening atop Brooklyn Grange’s rooftop farm in the Navy Yard now through Sept. 29. Photo: Sarah Capua

One of the benefits of this cool summer is that you can exercise outside without the formidable feeling of melting. If your fitness routine could use an infusion of fresh air, now is the time to take advantage of the seasonal workouts in Brooklyn’s great outdoors. Here are six to get you started.

1. Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp
Of all the workouts we’re championing in this post, this one is the most intense. Expect to wake up before the sun to work out areas of your body you might not have even realized were there. The 60-minute outdoor classes also take place in Central Park and Prospect Park and promise a full-body workout for $20 a session. This is an intense exercise option to be sure, but think about it this way: at least you’ll be taking in a beautiful view while you feel the burn.

2. Rooftop Yoga in the Brooklyn Navy Yard
We realize there’s really nothing that can’t be done on a rooftop these days, but of all the bird’s-eye-view activities available, rooftop yoga is one of our favorites. Every Monday, the urban farmers from Brooklyn Grange open up their farm at Brooklyn Navy Yard for an hour-long asana practice with Sarah Schumann of Prospect Heights’ Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center. Classes start at 6:30pm. It’s our personal experience that uplift is a lot easier when you’re already a few stories off the ground, plus watching the sunset while you flow is a great antidote for a case of the Mondays. Classes cost $15 and run through Sept. 29. (more…)

06/03/14 2:30pm
Sun June 8, 2014
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Brooklyn Grange’s monthly dinner series takes outdoor dining to a whole other level. Photo: Michael Rudin

One of the best things about this time of year is that on pretty much any given weekend, there is a pig roast or clambake or bbq going on in the backyard of a cool bar somewhere. That said, the monthly Butcher Paper Dinner series at the Brooklyn Grange takes al fresco dining to a whole new level thanks to its spectacular setting: an acre of rooftop farmland overlooking the Manhattan skyline. This Sunday, the series continues with what is probably one of the best fried chicken dinners you can find north of the Mason-Dixon, all brought to you by the people behind Pies & Thighs. A massive communal table will be piled high with chicken, biscuits, cornbread, corn on the cob, salad, pickles and seasonal fruit pie, accompanied by beer from Queens Brewery and music from DJ Neil Sugarman, co-owner of Daptone Records. Tickets are limited and will set you back $80, and be sure to check out the other Butcher Paper events scheduled for this summer: a crab boil from chef Will Horowitz of Duck’s Eatery, a giant sandwich dinner from the folks at M. Wells, and a rooftop ribfest brought to you by Briskettown.

11/12/13 3:00pm
Sat November 16, 2013
"Brooklyn Farmer," a documentary about the building of the world's largest rooftop farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, premieres this Saturday at DOC NYC film festival. Photo: Brooklyn Grange

“Brooklyn Farmer,” a documentary about the building of the world’s largest rooftop farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, premieres this Saturday at DOC NYC film festival. Photo: Brooklyn Grange

When Brooklyn Grange decided to open a second location in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, they became the operators of the world’s largest rooftop farm. Today, we can all reap the benefits of the hard work they’ve sown at their farmer’s markets and through their CSA program, but to get the backstory of how its urban farmers found themselves the stewards of over 40,000 pounds of organic produce every year, you’ll have to watch Brooklyn Farmer, a new documentary by {group theory}, which premieres this Saturday, Nov. 16, at the DOC NYC film festival as part of its Shorts: People and Places presentation. As I learned myself this summer, there’s a lot more that goes into growing plants in urban environs than you might think. Here is the trailer for the film. You can purchase tickets to the premiere here.–JG

08/20/13 9:05am
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Salute the sunset every Tuesday evening atop Brooklyn Grange’s rooftop farm in the Navy Yard at a new outdoor yoga class. Photo: Sarah Capua

If you need a little extra incentive to hit the gym on a random Monday or Wednesday night, how about doing your workout in the middle of a garden overlooking the Manhattan skyline at sunset? Whoever thought of having weekly yoga and pilates classes at the Brooklyn Grange’s urban rooftop farm at the Navy Yard is a genius in our book. Midweek stretching and relaxation on a herb-scented patio with an awesome view sounds like the ideal way to wind down and put whatever happened at the office far behind you. The classes, which start at 6:30pm, are for all levels, though you are required to bring your own mat, water and photo ID. You’ll need to sign up and buy a $15 ticket in advance in order to get into the facility, but attendees are encouraged to show up a little early to check out the farm.