02/01/17 10:35am
Photo by Kat Mareck

The immersive spectacle “Ketamine: The Musical” stars “everyone” at The House of Yes–including clowns, aerialists, dancing tongues and leaping eyeballs. Photo by Kat Mareck

If your last encounter with Ketamine was watching Party Monster (or being a card carrying member of the New York Club Kid scene), you may have assumed that the dissociative drug had fallen out of use. But it’s made a comeback, both within dance music culture and at the House of Yes, in a show called Ketamine: The Musical.

The production is based upon someone’s journey on the drug, and according to Brooklyn Magazine’s review of its sold-out run this August, it’s a psychedelic spectacle combining aerialists, a bit of nudity, some tongues, and music that makes you want to dance (though most don’t, just like those on K.) All fun stuff.

It’s the perfect escapism for this moment, and together with our partners BK.events and Lorem Ipsum, we’re giving away 3 pairs of tickets to each performance at the House at Yes this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2-4. Just enter here and we’ll announce a winner each day starting tomorrow.


01/27/17 11:11am

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At The Buccaneer in St. Croix right now, the temperature’s in the low 80s. Resort guests are sipping fruity rum drinks, snorkeling with the Angelfish, lounging on the patios of oceanfront rooms where boldface names like Lauren Bacall, Michael Jackson and good old Joe Biden have vacationed.

You could score a trip for two to this luxe resort, ranked the best on the island. Enter by Feb. 12 for a chance to win four nights in an oceanfront room, airfare for two, plus a dinner, a spa treatment and daily breakfast.

With the way things are going, you may not want to come back.


01/25/17 2:29pm
Inside 501 Union at last year's Wedding Crashers. Photo by Alison Brockhouse

Inside 501 Union at last year’s Wedding Crashers. Photo by Alison Brockhouse

We are coming upon our eighth annual Wedding Crashers, the city’s best wedding fair (in our not-so-humble opinion!), held this year on March 19. Not only will you meet all the talented, creative people who will pull your day together, capture it in photos and videos, decorate it with the most beautiful florals, and dress you and your partner in bespoke suits and custom gowns, we also have the most delicious caterers whose food you can sample on site, glass of bubbly in one hand, ever-changing hors d’oeuvre in the other.

Join us March 19 at 501 Union and The Green Building, and meet the 60+ vendors we’ve gathered. You’ll also be able to hitch a ride on a free shuttle from our sponsor, Buster, to the Bell House afterward for our wedding band showcase, Wedding Crashers Live.

Attendees hire an average of one to three vendors they meet at our fair. So imagine crossing a few big To-Do’s off your wedding checklist, all while enjoying good food and drink and live music. It’s a win-win for all.

Purchase your ticket here, and use the code BB to get $5 off, good through Feb. 1. Then follow us on Instagram at @weddingcrashersfair to learn about other upcoming events like our free open house of Morris-Jumel Mansion this Sunday and our upcoming bridal brunch March 5.

Wedding Crashers
501 Union and The Green Building
Both near the corner of Union and Bond,
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Sunday, March 19
11:30 – 3PM

Wedding Crashers Live
The Bell House
149 7th St.,
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Sunday, March 19
3PM – 6PM

12/09/16 11:32am

Festive night nyc

We’re giving away a very merry December in NYC, including:

  • A pair of tickets to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (worth $150)
  • Two VIP tickets to ice skating at Rockefeller Center (worth $300 because you get to skip the lines, enter through the heated VIP igloo and get cookies and hot cocoa too!)
  • Dinner for two at French bistro Bagatelle NY in the Meatpacking District, with wine pairings (worth $200)

Get caught up in the magic of skating beneath a 94-foot-tall lit up tree, seeing an iconic show at Radio City, and sitting down to a fancy French meal—for free! You can choose to spread out the fun over time instead of packing it all into this month, but why not go for it all now?


12/06/16 12:09pm


Admit it, even if you have a remote boss who barely gets in your way, you have a few grievances you’d like to air. Well, save em up for this Friday night, Dec. 9, at the 6th annual No Office Party hosted by Brokelyn and the skint. It’s the one holiday office party where you stand little chance of running into your colleagues (and if you do, they must be cool). Which means you can really make an ass out of yourself, especially considering that this is the first year it’s held on a Friday night.

Along with the very satisfying, on stage boss-dissing, there’ll be live-band karaoke from the famous Rock Star Karaoke, DJ Doctor Mister spinning holiday tunes, a holiday photo booth, sexy Santa and Lady Santa, tasty food from Yeah Dawg and drink specials, plus a few surprises.

Kiss this “terrifying garbage fire of a year” (Brokelyn’s apt words) goodbye with your freelance and corporate cohorts at Littlefield. Tix are just a low low $5 in advance ($8 at the door), and you get a free tote from Artists and Fleas when you buy beforehand. A portion of the proceeds will go toward local organizations that will help fight the Trump administration, too. If you do go, be sure to tell him He’s Fired.

11/21/16 4:55pm


Since Thanksgiving, you’ve likely explored in the far reaches of your kitchen where you hide the gravy separator and the tart pan. You were probably reminded of how many pots and platters you never ever use, which is a good thing, because on Tuesday, Dec. 13, we’re inviting you to bring your tired cooking tools and trade up for fresh goods at Brooklyn Based and 61 Local’s Great Cook Swap.

Gather all your gently used cookware, cookbooks, unopened spices and fancy foods taking up precious space in your kitchen and apartment, and bring them to 61 Local, where you can find the cookware you want and can actually use.

When you arrive you’ll get tickets for trading based on the tiers listed here. (If you want to trade in a different category, just bring enough items to get to that tier.) As a Great Cook Swapper, you’ll also be able to score $6 beers and $9 wines all night using a secret code we’ll supply the night of.

The party starts at 6:30 and runs until 10pm. At 9:30, we’ll announce three random winners who will each get a $100 gift certificate to online grocer Peapod.com, and open up all leftover goods to anyone who wants them.

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11/11/16 10:50am
You'll get to taste what it's like to have a 200-year-old smokehouse on site.

Where else can you taste the effects of a 200-year-old smokehouse?

A lot of you have been looking into Canadian and Costa Rican property. We get it. But we have a much easier escape for you.

We’re giving away a gift-filled weekend for two at the new boutique Hudson Valley hotel, Hasbrouck House.

That’s two nights upstate at a gorgeously appointed inn where nightly bonfires are a thing, and there are miles of walking and biking trails to get out into the woods and clear your mind.

You’ll also enjoy a $100 credit toward dinner at their in-house restaurant, Butterfield, where the farm-to-fork menu pays homage to original Hudson Valley cuisine, sourcing only from local farms and orchards.

Plus, you’ll get perks including a three-month subscription of reBloom sleep drinks, a $200 credit to Jaf Gifts and a $200 credit to Jars by Dani!

While you’re visiting, be sure to explore Kingston, NY, too, and all of its artistic, revitalized charms–it’s just a 20-minute ride away.

Enter to win your weekend upstate!

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11/03/16 8:51am


Thanksgiving is in a few short weeks, and if you’ve committed to cooking a Turkey with all the trimmings, save yourself time and headspace and order all the local ingredients for a true farm-to-table meal through Local Roots NYC. When you order your Pop-Up Thanksgiving by this Sunday, Nov. 6 you can choose from sustainably grown options including fresh, hormone- and antibiotic-free turkeys, naturally grown vegetables, farm pressed apple cider, maple glazed ham, pasture raised chickens, a turkey brining kit from Fleishers, or specialty handmade pies like Bourbon Ginger Pecan or Caramel Apple baked by Butter and Scotch in Crown Heights. You can also go totally veg and order fresh produce including broccoli, celery, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and more to make your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.

The pop-up lets you skip the grocery store lines and the holiday chaos entirely—you can choose to pick up your turkey and locally grown goodies at a neighborhood bar or select home delivery. Just order by this Sunday! 

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10/22/16 8:07am

McClure's Pickles Let's Make Something Great

Unwavering in commitment to quality and family values are brothers Bob & Joe McClure, founders and business partners of McClure’s. For the past 10 years they’ve been creating and sharing their premium snacks, foods and beverages with us.

Founded in 2006 in both Brooklyn & Detroit (think of them as sister cities when you consider their deep history in manufacturing and production), Bob & Joe used their great grandmother Lala’s pickle recipe to introduce to the world. Now found across the country and in other countries, the brothers continue to grow their business using the same values that brought them here in the first place: family and quality.

The newest incarnation is their updated website at mcclures.com which features many new product and merchandise options, easier checkout, and a great point to involve yourself in the McClure’s story. Be sure to say hi to them this Sunday at One More Bite (and take 10% off any item online through 10/31 with the code, OMB, one use per customer). Welcome to the family!

10/07/16 11:17am


If you’re on the hunt for a unique wedding venue, we’ve got a brand-new destination for you: Hasbrouck House, a beautifully renovated boutique hotel and restaurant set on 55 acres in the central Hudson Valley.

Take a leaf-peeping trip north (just two hours by car) on either Sunday, Oct. 16 or Saturday, Nov. 5 and stop by Hasbrouck House between 2 and 4pm for a roaring bonfire, warm cider, lots of gorgeous fall foliage–and a chance to see a spectacular setting for your Hudson Valley wedding. You’ll sample food from their in-house restaurant, Butterfield, meet local vendors, and of course, explore the breathtaking property.

Free with RSVP for Oct. 16 or Nov. 5!