08/26/13 5:00pm
Wed August 28, 2013
Photo courtesy of roboppy via Flickr

Stop by Pork Slope on Wednesday night for a seriously good crab boil before it, like the last days of summer, is over. Photo: roboppy via Flickr

The end of the summer is rapidly approaching and you still haven’t made it to the beach or gone to a Cyclones game or done any of the other stuff you swore you’d finally get to this year. If going to a crab boil was on your list though, Pork Slope has got you covered in a big way. Fresh off an appearance on Iron Chef earlier this week, Dale Talde and friends will be slinging blue crabs, Andouille sausage, corn, potatoes and lemon butter on Wednesday night starting at 5pm. Six crabs and all the fixins’ will run you $28 (a dozen can be had for $54), but the requisite ice cold beer to wash it all down will cost extra, as will the insanely good nachos that you might feel compelled to order off the regular menu–they come on a cookie sheet! The Wednesday night crab boil has been going on all month, but like the long, sunny days of summer, its time is limited. Make sure it’s not another thing that falls by the wayside and get there this week.

08/26/13 8:00am

Grilling. Maybe you’ve been at it all summer, maybe you’re just getting into it. Either way, Lauren Rothman has been whipping up grilling recipes for us for the past month in the Brooklyn Based test kitchen. Here are four recipes, using four different main ingredients–beef, pork, chicken and veggies–that will make the long weekend ahead more interesting and more delicious.

Pork lettuce wraps pack a lot of flavor into a small amount of meat. Photo: Lauren Rothman

Pork lettuce wraps pack a lot of flavor into a small amount of meat. Photo: Lauren Rothman

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08/20/13 2:00pm
Sat August 24, 2013
Dance the day away at Sunset Disco's extended party this Saturday, starting at noon in Coney Island. Photo: Sunset Disco

Dance the day away at Sunset Disco’s extended party this Saturday, starting at noon in Coney Island. Photo: Sunset Disco

If last week’s fall-like temps had you thinking summer’s over, not so fast. There is still plenty of fun in the sun to be had, starting with an all-day disco down by the seashore at Coney Island this Saturday. The Sunset Disco at Place to Beach is extending its hours to catch the final rays of summer by starting at noon and throwing all the best things about this time of year into one event–expect margaritas, tacos, dancing music, free hugs and fireworks. Special guest DJs will be spinning soulful beats, so plan to make a day of it. Best of all it’s free, and tickets are available here.

07/19/13 2:21pm
You can freeze a batch of The Hydrator for a boozy, lime-y slushy. Photo: Annaliese Griffin

You can freeze a batch of The Hydrator for a boozy, lime-y slushy. Photo: Annaliese Griffin

There’s nothing like sitting poolside or on a beach blanket with a frosty cocktail in hand, especially when it’s hotter than Satan’s hairdryer outside. A lot of classic beach drinks though, are very sweet and can make you swoon in the sun after just a few sips. Talitha Whidbee, owner of Vine Wine in Williamsburg and pro-beachgoer, came up with The Hydrator, a coconut water rum punch, which is far less sweet than say, a piña colada, and easy to keep drinking all afternoon. You can make it the night before and freeze it, so you have a sort of lime-y, coconut-y slushy to sip on.
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06/20/13 2:18pm

Get out on the water for free.

UPDATE: This article was originally published in July 3, 2012, it’s been updated to reflect all time and price changes everything should be up to date as of June 20, 2013, but please let us know in the comments if we missed anything. Here are a few of our favorite hot weather things to do in Brooklyn (though honestly, we’d eat ice cream for dinner anywhere, anytime). Bookmark this list for those Sunday afternoons where you keep texting back and forth with your friends saying, “I don’t know, what do YOU want to do?”

Get on a Boat
Brooklyn is a great place for small boat enthusiasts of all levels, with a plethora of boathouses offering free access to boats, equipment and the open water. There are several organizations that offer free open paddle sessions, which are limited to 20 minutes in order to accommodate high demand. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, located just south of Pier 1 in DUMBO, is a popular one, offering free walk-up kayaking sessions from 10am-4pm on Saturdays and from 5:30-7:30pm on some Thursday evenings (check the schedule first). The Red Hook Boaters have free kayaking on Thursday nights from 5:30-7:30pm and Sunday afternoons from 1-5pm. Simply show up at the launch site at the end of Coffey Street in Louis Valentino Jr. Pier Park and you’ll be floating in a protected cove in the New York Harbor in no time.

Canoers who aren’t hung up on pristine waterways can brave the sludge on the Gowanus Canal on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons, when the Gowanus Dredgers Club launches self-guided tours from 2nd Street on the west side of the canal. In Greenpoint, the North Brooklyn Boat Club is running a boathouse, complete with club-owned and donated boats and gear, out of a location on Ash and McGuiness. A $40 annual membership means that you can participate in practice paddling sessions on Wednesday nights and some Saturdays. In Queens, the L.I.C. Community Boathouse offers free walk-up kayaking out of Hallets Cove in Astoria on selected weekend afternoons. –-Kate Hooker
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