04/03/17 10:31am

For those of us who admit to being more than a little food-focused (or slightly gluttonous, whichever), this was a much-anticipated weekend, and we’re very lucky that Smorgasburg isn’t picky about the weather. The lauded food market returned to East River State Park and took up residence in Prospect Park this weekend, despite a somewhat chilly and grey start on Saturday. This year, the market opens with a decent shaking up to its usual program–from mom-and-pop shops cooking up traditional Haitian food to Chinese dumplings with eclectic fillings inspired by the diversity of Queens. Below we’ve highlighted a couple of vendors to look out for, so ready your utensils! (And yes, there’s a spaghetti donut. We tried it. It’s fine.)

Photo: Regina Mogilevskaya

Photo: Regina Mogilevskaya

John’s Juices

Ok, so you’re totally over walking around Smorgasburg sipping coconut water from a coconut–but how about slurping fresh juice straight from a dragon fruit? Or a pineapple? John DeWindt and his partner August Major take fresh fruit juice to a whole new level using a nifty machine they spotted and picked up in Japan. It grinds the juice inside the fruit, so all you have to do is mix in a little agave, ginger, or seltzer, stick in a straw, and you’re done! It’s a pretty flawless summer treat. (more…)

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08/12/16 11:28am

The summer heat is still blistering, but the Labor Day countdown is officially on. There’s still time to create a lasting summer memory of going down the longest slide in NYC, retreat from the heat in an air-conditioned mini golf course, and get an insane sugar high from a Fruit Loops-covered ice cream cone.

Here are 9 kid-approved activities to squeeze in before school starts:

Photo: Meredith Craig de Pietro

This indoor miniature golf course is pirate themed, with a Brooklyn spirit. Photo: Meredith Craig de Pietro

  1. Go: Miniature golfing. Finding reprieve from the heat and bizarre summer storms can be challenging. (There are only so many times you can sit through “The Secret Life of Pets.”) Instead, check out a theatrical mini-golf experience that will engage even the youngest tee toddlers. Shipwrecked Miniature Golf is not anything like the suburban golf greens from your youth. Instead, this enormous indoor adventure starts when a hologram pirate explains the rules, and continues through 18 holes complete with special effects and buried treasure. 621 Court St., 2nd Floor, Red Hook. Admission 13+: $14, Senior/ Military: $12, Child (3-12): $12, Child (under 2): free.
Photo: Meredith Craig de Pietro

Eat your heart out with a choice of Fruit Loops, Rice Krispie or Nutella cones at Emack & Bolio’s. Photo: Meredith Craig de Pietro

  1.  Eat: Fruit Loop Cones. It’s hard to challenge ice cream as summer’s essential food group. Rock n’ Roll ice cream connoisseurs, Emack & Bolio’s, started their business in Massachusetts and claim to have invented the Cookies n’ Cream flavor. Since then, they have taken frozen dessert to a new level with their truly outrageous, Instagram-worthy cones. Try a scoop of “Space Cake” covered with rainbow sprinkles tucked neatly inside a waffle cone covered with marshmallow and Fruit Loops. It’s a trippy treat (and insane sugar high) that will definitely surprise and endear your children. Emack & Bolio’s, 115 Montague St. Brooklyn Heights.

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07/19/16 8:56am
Find sunglasses that fit the shape of the beach you lay on. Photo: Meredith Craig de Pietro

Find sunglasses that fit the shape of the beach where you bask. Photo: Meredith Craig de Pietro

Everyone knows you need sunglasses at the beach. Which pair is best for you though, depends on which beach you love the most–each summer destination has a different vibe. Put down the Pokemon Go, and take this single-question, multiple-choice quiz to find out which sunglasses are right for you. It’s easy, and we won’t even force you to figure out what shape face you have.

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07/14/15 9:00am
Yes, it's a watermelon keg kit. Photo: Uncommon Goods

Yes, it’s a watermelon keg kit. Photo: Uncommon Goods

After the Fourth of July, you may have had your fill of grillin’ and chillin’. But there are still months of summer weather left to hang outside. In order to make your al fresco dining experiences easier and more fun, we’ve rounded up some items that will let you make the most of the season, with no grunt work. Get ready to chillax. (more…)

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07/07/15 8:33am
Bikes wait while their riders sample wines at Shinn Estate on the North Fork. Photo: Annaliese Griffin

Bikes wait while their riders sample wines at Shinn Estate on the North Fork. Photo: Annaliese Griffin

Fourth of July weekend has come and gone and now we’re in the sticky thick of summer. There are so many outdoor concerts and movies to go see, beach books to read, excursions to take and treats to enjoy. Here’s all the summer we can fit in one post.

It’s not too late to plan a trip out of town, whether you want to get away for a day trip, a weekend or even longer. You absolutely do not need a car to explore the North Fork by bike, and you can even rent your two-wheeler there. Or, make like Baby in Dirty Dancing and take a Catskills trip (yes, the article was written with fall in mind, but it’s just as lovely in the summer, with the added benefit of tubing on the Esopus River). For day trips, head to Storm King for art and green grass, or Long Beach for an easy beach experience. You could also take a voyage inside your own mind. We’ll be hanging out in Bay Ridge all day on July 18, for The Total Bay Ridge Immersion, which is a great excuse to explore the neighborhood. Send postcards from wherever you end up with this sweet app that takes the photos and addresses you already have access to on your phone, and turns them into instant correspondence, no stamps required. (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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06/09/15 9:02am

IMG_6601Long summer days are finally here and the next dozen or so weekends will be filled to the brim with beaching, park parties and music festivals. Too much sun and time out in the elements (yes, it’s quite temperate now, but we’ll crawl into the hot, humid belly of the NYC summer beast soon enough) can turn a season of fun into a never-ending slog of discomfort. But, with a little bit of planning and the right gear for skin protection and proper hydration, you can spend more time making the sweet summer memories that will last you through next winter. (more…)

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08/15/13 11:00am
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This vegetarian dish is smoky, creamy and bright. Photo: Lauren Rothman

Welcome back to my summer grilling series! Last week, I told you how to cook a perfect steak and serve it up with a tangy chimichurri sauce. If you immediately clicked away from that post, I think I know why–you’re a vegetarian. Never fear! This week, I’m sharing my very favorite meatless meal from the grill, and it doesn’t involve a frozen veggie patty or a sad portobello mushroom cap.
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