01/29/14 10:45am

Mast Bro Hot Fudge SundaeJan. 29: (Williamsburg) Chef Sam Mason teamed up with the Mast Brothers for his fourth Oddfellow’s Ice Cream Co. sundae offering. The result is an $8, uber-decadent, dark-chocolate-dream dessert: Chocolate Chunk ice cream, which sits on top of a bed of chocolate soil and fluffy, chocolate cake. This is topped with homemade chocolate whipped cream, crispy, chocolate beads and drizzled with salted caramel and hot fudge. Grab one this weekend. Your sweet tooth will thank you.

Jan. 29: (Boroughwide) Your days of trolling Craigslist for all the best and cheapest local finds are finished. Nadja Spiegelman’s new site, Curated Craiglist, compiles the city’s best second-hand discoveries for you.

Jan. 30: (Park Slope) Brooklyn is now the second most expensive place to live in America. Gain a better understanding of how we got here and what it means at a panel discussion about gentrification in our fair borough, happening tonight at 6:30pm at P.S. 321.   

Jan. 31: (Brooklyn Heights) Your commute for Creme de Corps just got a bit quicker: Kiehl’s opens its first Brooklyn outpost today. The first 50 guests to arrive at 4pm will receive giftcards worth anywhere from $10–$1,000. Kiehl’s, 124 Montague Street (at Henry St.); 718-422-7747

Feb. 1: (Williamsburg) Get fit this Saturday at Videology‘s Suzanne Somers Workout Party. You’re invited to wear your bright spandex exercise gear, enjoy drink specials, and win prizes while 1-ing and 2-ing along to the most motivational exercise video ever: Jazzercise. The workout is free and starts at 5pm.

Feb. 1: (Greenpoint) The Shed Story Telling Salon is back the Saturday night, at a yet-to-be-revealed private location. The night’s theme is Get Lost at Sea and RSVP is mandatory.

Feb. 4 (Greenpoint) A new writing workshop just relocated to Greenpoint last month. The 13th Floor is a fusion project between local writers and artist and tattooist, Steven Avalos of Evil and Love Tattoo, who together create a “completely immersive, artistic experience for creative writers” on Tuesday nights.


01/22/14 10:17am
The weather seems apropo for Anitfreeze, Gowanus Canal Conservancy's annual winter fundraiser, happening this Saturday at Ray Smith Studio on Bond Street. Photo: GCC

The weather seems apropos for AntiFREEZE, Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s annual winter fundraiser, happening this Saturday at Ray Smith Studio on Bond Street. Photo: GCC

No nor’easter is enough to keep us indoors–at least not all week–so once you’ve layered up, you can look forward to all the good things going on in Brooklyn. From clam shucks to snow sculpture competitions (fingers crossed the white stuff sticks around until Saturday) to performing arts exhibitions and a party. Here is a list of all the fun we couldn’t fit on our Tip Sheet but definitely think you’ll want to check out this week.

Jan. 23: (Sheepshead Bay) Sheepshead Bay was basically kicked in the teeth by Superstorm Sandy, and one of the many grim side effects was last year’s forced cancellation of the Taste of Sheepshead Bay, an annual tradition drawing together the best of what the neighborhood’s diverse restaurant community has to offer. Luckily, the event is back with a vengeance this Thursday night at 7pm, and if you pick up a $30 ticket, you will be signaling strong support for local businesses that have triumphed over the storm.

Jan. 25: (Gowanus) Gowanus may have a lot of fancy new residents like Whole Foods and the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, but anyone standing downwind of the canal is quickly reminded of how much work still needs to be done to improve the area. The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is throwing its third annual fundraiser, now called the AntiFreeze, to ensure that work gets done–tickets are $35 and include live music, a silent auction, a plate of food, two drinks, and access to an egg cream bar(!). Fun starts at 7pm. (more…)

01/15/14 9:30am
Learn makeup tricks of the trade from natural beauty expert Jessa Blades this weekend in Williamsburg. Photo: Kristina Hill

Learn makeup tricks of the trade from natural beauty expert Jessa Blades this weekend in Williamsburg. Photo: Kristina Hill

OK, so you’ve already decided to do everything on our Tip Sheet this week, and you’re still looking for more? Here is a list of other awesome events happening in Brooklyn for you to check out, too.

Jan. 15-19: (Fort Greene) Forbes just selected 27-year-old Toyin Odutola as one of its 30-under-30 artists to watch, and you can keep a close eye on her work in “Six Draughtsman,” a group show at MoCADA featuring the drawings of six artists of Nigerian descent. Catch it before it closes Sunday.

Jan. 15: (Greenpoint) Join in a discussion, or feel free to sit idly by, as comic book experts Sean Howe (Marvel Comics: The Untold Story) and Tim Leong (Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe) deliver a healthy dose of knowledge about comic books at Word. Admission is free, and they’ll be taking questions and signing books after the discussion (which starts at 7pm).

Jan. 19: (Greenpoint) Cap off your weekend with $1 oysters fresh from Fisher’s Island at The Diamond, starting at 5pm, and a tutorial on local oysters past, present and future at the bar’s in-house Center for Investigative Research.

Jan. 19: (Williamsburg) If your New Year’s resolution involves a better skin-and-beauty routine or this is the year you plan to master makeup, consider signing up for natural beauty guru Jessa Blades’ workshop this weekend at L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts. The Fort Greene makeup artist, whose new online shop we featured before the holidays, will lead a tutorial on how to keep your post-holiday sparkle and give tips on everyday makeup, as well as amped up evening looks. Class is from 5-7:30pm and tickets are $150.

Jan. 20: (Crown Heights) Run a 5K for MLK as part of Seeds in the Middle’s MLK Day of Service Event. Though the Civil Rights leader’s dream didn’t exactly cover cross-country running, it’s a great way to honor Martin Luther King’s legacy and do something healthy at the same time. The race starts at noon at P.S. 221 and ends at Da Nonna Rosa Restaurant in Park Slope. Register here.

Jan. 20: (Prospect Heights) If you still have questions about Obamacare that you need answers to before the program’s open enrollment ends on March 31, head to Brooklyn Brainery for a crash course in federal health-care coverage–you’ll learn what the Affordable Care Act means for uninsured New Yorkers, as well as get help navigating the online marketplace to pick out which coverage option is best for you. Tickets are $5 and class starts at 8:30pm.

Jan. 21: (Atlantic Terminal) GQ magazine/Fellow Barber’s full-service barbershop is now officially open at the Barclays Center, which means you can get a shave and a haircut while watching some hoops tonight when the Nets host the Orlando Magic (tip off is at 7:30pm).

Jan. 21: (South Slope) How good are you at calling bullshit? Hit up Freddy’s Bar for Bullshit History where peeps get on stage and tell fibs about little-known historical events, then the audience votes on whether the stories are even slightly believable. Free admission, starts at 9pm.

12/10/13 9:52am

Introducing Brooklyn Based Astrologist Oblio Sharp, Eartrumpet to the Stars:

“Eavesdropping on the universe at the next table while pretending to use the iPhone”

SagitariusSagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)
Right? You thought so. You might still be. Right? One more shot. Really what is there to lose? You’re not hurting anyone. But is the heart blazing beneath your sweater fully up to code? Is the code 11211 or 90210?

capricornCapricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
Wring out the old year before you ring in the new, kid. A few more drops in that glass and hours in that ass. You’re doing your best and somehow can’t you do better? Send the letter. (more…)

10/30/13 9:47am

Screen shot 2013-09-23 at 4.52.27 PM (2)Our first-ever conference for bloggers, entrepreneurs, and media junkies is this Wednesday, Nov. 13 and we’ve got a stellar lineup of speakers and panels.

You’ll learn the social media secrets of sites like Refinery29 and brands like Brooklyn Brewery; hear what it takes to run a successful site from Gothamist, Design*Sponge and more; how to sell ads from the pros behind The Awl, Flavorwire and Curbed; learn easy ways to improve your site from Squarespace; how to analyze your traffic from Skillshare; hear staff from Eater, Tasting Table, Blondie and Brownie and Edible Brooklyn dish about food blogging; and learn to take better photos from the professional photographer behind Greenpointers. Passes include a day of great food and drink from Gimme! Coffee, Whole Foods Market Third & 3rd, Naturally Delicious, Brooklyn Brewery, Owney’s Rum, Atsby Vermouth, Greenhook GinsmithsJoe Chips and TumericALIVE.

Check out the schedule of panels and speakers, then purchase a ticket at indiemediacamp.eventbrite.com.

Indie Media Camp is presented with the help of our sponsors, MailChimpWhole Foods Market Third & 3rdSquarespace, Brooklyn Creative League, LION Publishers, and The Yard

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10/01/13 2:18pm
All kinds of couples came to 501 Union last Wednesday for our first fall wedding fair: straight, same-sex, and one couple that had been dating 10 years before getting engaged. We're excited for all of them. Credit: Laura-Chase McGehee/Readyluck

Nearly 100 couples came to 501 Union last Wednesday for our first fall wedding fair: straight, same-sex, and one couple that had been dating 10 years before getting engaged. We’re excited for all of them. Credit: Laura-Chase McGehee/Readyluck

Our first fall edition of Wedding Crashers came and went last week, and it was far more glamorous than we imagined it. Below are photos from the event at 501 Union, the heart-stoppingly gorgeous new venue from the team at The Green Building across the street, taken by Readylyck, JBM Wedding Photography and BB contributor Jeanette D. Moses. You can see even more images here and here. Enjoy, check out the links for all of our vendors and see you again next spring! (more…)

09/09/13 1:00pm

vote_hereTuesday, Sept. 10 is primary day in New York City. Basically, we’re either going to pretty much elect a mayor, or vastly narrow the race tomorrow. Here’s how it works: to receive the party nomination a candidate needs to not only beat all the other candidates, but get 40% or more of the total votes. Since the Democratic race is so crowded this year, it’s likely that there will be a runoff between the top two candidates (though it’s not guaranteed–De Blasio has been polling above 40% this weekend, but voters are still up in the air in a much more meaningful way than say, in the Obama versus Romney race).

08/23/13 10:57am
Sun August 25, 2013

Here’s a clip from last year’s kimchi contest at Crown Vic.

If you haven’t made it to Crown Victoria for its Sunday pig roast yet, consider righting that wrong this weekend, because in addition to its regular eats, the Williamsburg bar is hosting the third annual Kimchipalooza on Aug. 25. Mama O’s Super Spicy Kimchi Eating Contest starts at 5pm, and samples of the spicy side dish will be available from 2-7pm. Sides of special Ban Chan are also on the menu. If you want to try your luck at an all-you-can-eat kimchi contest, sign up here, and make sure to save room.

06/10/13 9:35am

On Friday, June 7 a modest crowd gathered at Coney Island USA’s Sideshows by the Seashore for Brooklyn Babydoll’s Tantastic Nudie Showcase of Class, part of Coney’s Burlesque at the Beach series. The torrential downpour that hit the city that evening brought to mind the storm that severely threatened Coney Island eight months earlier.  Luckily, the heavy rain did little to put a damper on the nine burlesque performers that night. The weather outside made it hard to believe that summer was on its way, but the steamy performances inside made the rainy trek to Coney Island worth it.