09/30/14 8:57am
Practicing archery is actually surprisingly relaxing. Photo: Brooklyn Based

Practicing archery is actually surprisingly relaxing. Photo: Brooklyn Based

Welcome to Date Night, our new monthly series where we suggest a date that will shake up your night out routine. Whether or not it’s the kind of date that might end up between the sheets is entirely up to you–we’re just here to tell you about a good time that’s ready to be had somewhere in Brooklyn. 

The date: My new favorite night out with my husband is a trip to Gotham Archery in Gowanus, followed by dinner somewhere in the neighborhood (he favors Dinosaur BBQ, my vote is for Littleneck). If you really wanted to gild the lily, you could even follow dinner with a barrel-aged cocktail and a round of shuffleboard at The Royal Palms (or check their food truck schedule for dinner options there), and then a cone at Ample Hills. But let’s start simple.

If archery sounds like something that will make you feel frustrated and grumpy and un-datelike, take it from me, it won’t. I am the world’s worst sport at doing new things that I’m not good at, and I’m also competitive, and married to someone who is great at target shooting. I was sure the whole archery experiment would end in tears, or at the very least, bickering. Instead, it was mellow and fun and left me wanting to go back.  (more…)

10/02/13 9:49am
Sat October 5, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 9.51.40 AMThis is the fourth year of our Immersions, a roving series of neighborhood-wide celebrations we organize with Brooklyn Brewery, and the first year we extended our day drinking sessions into the fall. Gowanus is our last stop on this year’s “tour” and we’ve got a killer Saturday planned for you. As always, the first 500 people to get our FREE Immersion cards will get complimentary Brooklyn brews at four bars/restaurants; Saturday’s lineup includes Halyards, Lavender Lake, Littleneck and Canal Bar. You’ll also get complimentary Ama Bruna or Oktoberfest over lunch at Runner and Stone, and great deals at local spots like 25% off at Film Biz Recycling and any two tacos for $6 at Oaxaca. Then at 6pm, our after party at Littlefield, made possible by 718 Cyclery and Realty Collective, gets underway. It starts with a free comedy show with Marina Franklin, Zach Broussard, Brooke Van Poppelen, and host Matt Koff, followed by a set by electropop-rock outfit Syvia, and $3 bottles of Oktoberfest throughout. To get in on all this awesomeness, you can pick up one Immersion per person starting at noon this Saturday at either Halyards, Lavender Lake, or Canal Bar. Find a map of all the stops here, though let us make one recommendation—if you plan to join us at Littlefield, where doors open at 5:30, it’s best to start at Halyards or Lavender Lake. RSVP on Facebook for more updates, like how to get a free ride to the Immersion from Uber, and see you Saturday in Gowanus!

08/12/13 5:00pm
Fri August 16, 2013
It's fine dining for a good cause this Friday around the Gowanus Canal where proceeds from meals at participating restaurants go toward cleaning up the Superfund site. Photo: Gowanus Canal Conservancy

It’s fine dining for a good cause this Friday around the Gowanus Canal where proceeds from meals at participating restaurants go toward cleaning up the Superfund site. Photo: Andrew Nicholas

Since I moved to Gowanus about three years ago, it has firmly and quickly established itself as a top-notch food destination. As a burgeoning restaurant row has sprung up on Third Avenue with the arrival of critical darlings like Runner & Stone, Littleneck, The Pines and Fletcher’s, other culinary tours de force like Nightingale 9, Seersucker, Dinosaur BBQ and Fort Reno have joined an already robust collection of great restaurants in the immediately surrounding neighborhoods of Park Slope and Carroll Gardens (think Rose Water, applewood and Lot 2). On Friday night, make a plan to eat at any of these–or enjoy coffee from Crop to Cup or Southside or a glass of wine from Terroir Park Slope (actually they have a formidable dinner menu as well)–and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s ongoing efforts to restore the canal to a beautiful, green recreation destination. Dive In Gowanus is the perfect way to show both your appreciation for stellar local businesses and your commitment to cleaning up the environment they inhabit, so be sure to include a stop at one of the participating establishments in your Friday night plans.