05/04/17 12:42pm
Total Gowanus Immersion

Our last Gowanus Immersion circa 2015. Photo: Alison Brockhouse

On Saturday, August 12, join us for canalside Brooklyn brews, BBQ and more neighborhood treats during our Total Gowanus Immersion with Brooklyn Brewery. This is one of our favorite areas for a daylong crawl, and yours, too, judging from how quickly our Gowanus Immersions typically sell out!

Tickets, $25, on sale now, are exchanged the day of the event for a pack of WAM (walking around money), that you’ll be able to spend on a Brooklyn Brewery beer at four different bars, lunch, plus deals at local shops. You can also opt for a $15 express ticket for just the beers and the deals.

It’s the least amount of money you’ll ever spend for the most food, beer, and Saturday summer fun in NYC.

We’ll be announcing the participants soon. Get in touch if you’d like to join us, and be sure to join us on our other 2017 Immersions!

05/04/17 11:50am
Total Beacon Immersion

Photo by @amandaromayne via Instagram.

On July 22, we’re taking a field trip to the Hudson Valley for The Total Beacon Immersion, our first Immersion with Brooklyn Brewery outside of NYC! Join us for an epic day spent exploring downtown Beacon’s pubs, boutiques and galleries, all accessible by Metro-North.

For the past seven summers Brooklyn Based and Brooklyn Brewery have lured New Yorkers away from their well-worn paths to explore new neighborhoods through its Immersion series. Each daylong event brings together a couple hundred people to experience a neighborhood’s best bars, shops, cafes, landmarks and creative spaces. Often we revisit our favorite neighborhoods. This year our series ventures to a few places we’ve never Immersed before, like Beacon, NY.

Confirmed participants to date include Draught Industries, where Immersion goers will get a free Brooklyn beer, Stock Up where you can dig into a “Big Bird” lunch special and beer, the new Beacon Hotel for Brooklyn beer special, Kaight, for 20% off all non-sale merchandise, and Utensil. More to be announced soon–and get in touch if you’d like to join us!

Tickets, $25, on sale here, are exchanged the day of the event for a pack of WAM (walking around money) redeemable for a Brooklyn Brewery beer at four different bars, lunch plus deals at local shops. You can also opt for a $15 express ticket for just the beers and the deals.

See you in Beacon this summer–and be sure to join us on our other 2017 Immersions!

05/03/17 12:57pm

Onderdonk & Sons is one of the stops on our Total Ridgewood Immersion with Brooklyn Brewery. You can add on a burger and fries to your visit, or just partake in the Brooklyn beer.

Join us Saturday, June 3 for The Total Ridgewood Immersion, our first Immersion of the season with Brooklyn Brewery. If you’ve never been on one of these daylong adventures with us, it’s one of the best ways to experience a new neighborhood or explore your favorite haunts with your beer-loving friends. You purchase an exceptionally cheap ticket and in exchange get a pack of WAM–walking around money–to spend throughout the neighborhood on your own, self-guided tour.

Over the past seven years, we’ve curated 25 of these epic afternoons, typically in our favorite Brooklyn neighborhoods. This year, we’re venturing to places we’ve never Immersed before–like Ridgewood, Queens, Beacon, NY, and West Harlem. (Tickets to our entire season, including a season pass, are on sale here.)

In Ridgewood, you’ll spend the day exploring quaint, leafy streets, generations-old bakeries, and laid-back bars. (For an idea of Ridgewood’s charms, we wrote this guide a few years back.)

Here’s what we’ve lined up so far, just over the Bushwick border: (more…)

04/19/17 3:23pm


It’s been a whole year since Prince joined the dearly departed and left us alone in a world that’s so cold. When he did, event and dance party meister the skint sent him off with one of their best parties yet. This year, they’re channeling Prince back down to Littlefield on Saturday night, April 22, to celebrate him and his music in style.

Get down to all things Prince spun by DJ Steve Reynolds (of Party Like It’s 1999 and Housequake). Expect a deep, deep trove of goodness: Hits. B-sides. Ladies he produced. Dudes he mentored. Stuff he wrote for other people. And video! Watch a visual smorgasbord of live clips, music videos, rare performances and movie moments from Music Video Time Machine all night long — the nastiest moves, the tightest pants… a thousand vignettes that defined his inimitable, legendary self.

Tickets are just $7 in advance ($10 at the door) to bathe in sensory purple overload and emerge fully purified. You know you need it.

(P.S.: Wear paisley, or purple, or just look damn good. It’s Prince, after all.)

03/29/17 3:25pm


The Brooklyn Wine Fest is coming to the Brooklyn Expo Center April 8, and you could win a pair of tickets for unlimited tastings of 250+ wines! During each four-hour session you’ll also find live music, games and food from Brooklyn Oyster Party, Luke’s Lobster and more to sustain you through your epic tasting. Tickets for unlimited wine start at $70 but you could win a pair to either the afternoon or evening session–enter by March 30 at 3pm! donyc.com/bkwinefest

03/21/17 9:56am

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Every successful business got its start somewhere – are you ready to take the first step? PowerUP!, Brooklyn Public Library’s annual Business Plan Competition, is back for its fourteenth year, which means you’re this close to making your business dreams a reality.

Since 2003, Brooklyn’s aspiring entrepreneurs have turned to the Library’s PowerUP! program to get their business ideas off the ground. Participants meet for free with a business counselor and attend workshops to determine their next steps. In addition, the Library provides access to a ton of resources to help write a business plan, develop a marketing strategy and find elusive financing.

Did we mention the cash prizes? This is a competition, after all. Write the best business plan; win the top prize of $15,000. Simple! More than $300,000 has been awarded to past winners.

PowerUP! alumni include Redbeard Bikes in Dumbo, Prospect Heights’ Mermaid’s Garden, and Argyle Yarn Shop in Windsor Terrace. Borough mainstays like Bogota Bistro and Greenlight Bookstore are also previous competition winners who launched their businesses thanks to the Library. How’s that for some inspiration?

To participate, you must attend one of three remaining orientation sessions. Sign up online for one of the remaining sessions this Thursday, March 23, Wednesday, March 29 or Friday, April 10 at branches across Brooklyn.

Check out the Brooklyn Public Library website for more details, and remember to register—it’s the first step you need to take to PowerUP! your business.

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03/18/17 1:05pm
We're giving away 16 prizes upon check-in this Sunday at Wedding Crashers. See below for the full list.

We’re giving away 16 prizes upon check-in this Sunday at Wedding Crashers. See below for the full list.

We’ve planned the ultimate day of wedding planning for couples this Sunday at our 8th annual Wedding Crashers. Here are 7 tips to make the most of your visit (and win some prizes!).

1.Check in is at both 501 Union and The Green Building. Be sure to visit both venues to meet all our fab vendors. (See the map below for their locations.)

2.We have roughly $5000 in prizes to give away! Enter by midnight tonight, March 18, to win one of the 16 prizes in our raffle. We’ll be notifying the winners upon check-in.

3. We have 100+ more surprise gifts for you! We’ll be in the Gather and Lounge area of the 501 Union atrium, giving away goodies throughout the day.

4. The Green Building and 501 Union have prizes to give away too–stop by their booths to enter.

5. Mimosa Floral Design Studio is giving away a 2-hour flower arranging class for up to four people–tag your favorite florals at the fair with #mimosafloralparty and #bigdayplanning to enter.

6. Buster will be shuttling guests to our wedding band showcase, Wedding Crashers Live, from The Green Building to The Bell House between 2:45 and 4pm. The showcase runs from 3-6pm and tickets are $5.

7. You can still get tickets to the fair — save $5 online and at the door with code BB!

Prizes pictured above

1-Wedding day hair and makeup from MG Hair & Makeup 2-Day of coordination package from Campbell Events 3-Floral design class at Rose, Red & Lavender 4-$500 gift certificate towards a bridal gown at any of the Macy’s Bridal Salons by Demetrios 5-Engagement photo session from JDZ Photography 6-Instagram package by Red Letter Day Invitations & Design.

Remaining prizes not pictured:

Zen bride basket from Namastay Life Bridal Yoga; $175 gift certificate from Katherine Elizabeth Events, Paper Florist; Engagement photo session with Wilde Scout Photo Co.; 2-hour photo booth session for a Brooklyn bridal shower from The Photo Bar New York Photo Booth; 2 tickets to The Wedding Present at The Bell House; Handcrafted pair of leather suspenders from Mary Jane Lane Suspenders; $100 gift certificate to Guesterly; Handmade Silver Inez Ear-Jacket Earrings from Vanessa Lianne Jewelry; Large gallery print from from Brooklyn Art Library; and 2 tickets to an upcoming Brooklyn Historical Society public program.

03/15/17 8:12am

Kids having fun

Join the A Child Grows in Brooklyn community for the 2nd Annual Brooklyn Camp Expo, March 26, 2017, from 12pm to 3pm at Williamsburg Northside Lower School (299 N. 7th Street),  presented by A Child Grows in Brooklyn.

This is a FREE family-friendly event for parents looking for summer camps, holiday camps and after-school programs for their children. Over 30 camp and after school program directors will be onsite to talk to parents about all the wonderful things their programs have to offer local families.

Capacity is limited, so please be sure to register!

NOTE: Face painting and kids crafts will keep kids busy while parents speak with camps, AND Brooklyn Robot Foundry will provide FREE 45-minute Robot Building Workshops for kids ages 5+ at 12:15, 1:00 & 1:45. To sign up your child for one of these workshops, please click here.

03/01/17 11:57am
Drink a beer at Three's Brewing on March 7, or any one of roughly 20 restaurants and bars participating in Brooklyn Feeds, a borough-wide event on March 7 to help combat food insecurity. Photo: Three's Brewing

Drink a beer at Three’s Brewing on March 7, or any one of the 20 restaurants and bars participating in Brooklyn Feeds, and help combat food insecurity. Photo: Three’s Brewing

This coming Tuesday, March 7, roughly 20 restaurants around Brooklyn will be offering a deal for diners: eat or drink at their restaurant, and they will help feed people who cannot afford basic meals.

The event, called Brooklyn Feeds, is the brainchild of Jennifer Friedlin, a former journalist and founder of the marketing firm Hungry Marketing, whose clients include both non-profits and restaurants. For a while, she’d been cognizant of the disconnect between those well-off enough to dine out in Brooklyn, “where everyone comes to eat, while there are many people in the borough who are going to bed hungry.” Then a story last fall spurred her to action. As The New York Times reported in September, we have the highest rate of food insecurity in New York City, meaning 20% of households here have “limited or uncertain access to adequate food.”

“When I saw that, it backed up what I’d been feeling and thinking,” said Friedlin. So she decided to do something about it, and created an event that would benefit restaurants at a time when business is generally slow, while also serving non-profits that help the hungry.

The restaurants, bars and cafes who are a part of the inaugural Brooklyn Feeds are all donating a portion of their proceeds on March 7 to CHiPS, a soup kitchen and homeless shelter for young women and their babies in Gowanus, and Neighbors Together, an organization in Bedford-Stuyvesant that provides food to over 10,000 New Yorkers a year. Neighborhood staples like Three’s Brewing, Therapy Wine Bar and Franny’s are all taking part, and Applebee’s has agreed to donate 10% of revenues from all seven of its Brooklyn locations.

Friedlin expects to raise several thousand for the two charities. Help Brooklyn Feeds meet its goal and pave the way for future editions by eating or drinking here on March 7:

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02/13/17 11:59am


Before heading into busy wedding season, Gowanus Hospitality is bringing back its popular four-day conference/retreat, The Love Union, for wedding industry creatives February 27 to March 2. Each morning begins with a group yoga session, followed by co-working and networking at creative workshops and panels discussions on topics like “How can feminism and wedding planning co-exist?” One special evening will feature the Moth-style story slam,“Wedding War Stories 2.0,” where vendors will share their crazy-but-true tales of near disasters in event planning.

Built into each day’s schedule are ample opportunities for wedding pros to treat themselves to massages, manicures, catered meals and drinks, and complimentary treats from partners like Wild Flour. As the organizers explain, “It’s our way of showing love back to all of the vendors who fill our space during the year with their hard work.”

RSVP for the special events and learn more at theloveunion.com.