05/10/17 4:43pm

This photo was the main story in the official White House email today. Really.

Oh man, now what? Will we get an independent investigation? Are the impeachment gods finally smiling down upon us or are we one step closer to totalitarianism? Has anyone been seriously looking into the NYC secession option? Why are these the choices anyway? The sudden and indecorous firing of FBI Director James Comey yesterday has prompted a new cacophony of questions and speculation, and amidst it all it seems that Trump and the gang are genuinely SHOCKED that people are skeptical about the motives precipitating the move. And decided that promoting the Instagram of Marlon Bundo, the Pence family rabbit, was the most pressing piece of White House news they could share on the official White House email this morning.

The idea that Dems would cheer Comey’s ouster, regardless of the circumstances, simply because they didn’t like the way he handled the HRC email investigation, presupposes that we all have the mentality of a six-year-old, and that we can’t think beyond an all-encompassing, never-ending pursuit of praise and-or revenge. Hmm, sounds familiar, right? Let’s just hope the more rational people in power understand how deep into utter shitshow territory we have ventured and start to pull in the reins a bit.

While we’re all obsessing about politics for the next several days (what else is new?), we’ve got a pretty nice stretch of cool but dry (and sometimes sunny) weather to close out the work week. Saturday looks like the Netflix binge day of the week, with 100% precipitation expected, so I will recommend Dear White People, which I fired through last week, or of course the new season of Master of None, which drops on Friday. And after Mother’s Day festivities on Sunday, you might want to take a trip out to Ridgewood’s outdoor oasis, Nowadays, for the Mister Sunday Season Opener. While you’re making plans in advance, grab a ticket to see one of the Night Train shows at Littlefield over the next three Mondays–Giulia Rozzi and David Cross will be guest-hosting and tickets are only $5.

In the meantime, though, check out our other ideas below for how you can live your best Ideal Week, but not before you text 50409 to send your reps a note asking them to fight for an independent investigation into Trump’s Russia ties via Resistbot. It’s really easy! Have an awesome week, everyone, and we’ll see you back here next time! (more…)

04/20/16 1:16pm
Grey Gardens is playing, tktk

Grey Gardens is playing at Film Forum on Thursday.

Another whirlwind of a week here, what with Earth Day, the beginning of Passover, and the New York State primaries (not to mention the disheartening discoveries that someone is really out to disenfranchise Brooklyn voters and an overwhelming majority of Republicans around here think the guy who once said “The beauty of me is that I’m very rich” would make a great leader of the free world). As always, we’ve combed the borough to find you the most appealing activities going on over the next seven days–read on and start scheduling Your Ideal Week ahead. (more…)

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04/19/16 12:21pm

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It can take a lot to entice New Yorkers to leave their own neighborhood on a gorgeous weekend afternoon. But our Immersion series with Brooklyn Brewery has done just that for the past six years. Every spring, summer and fall we find four neighborhoods with great bars, restaurants and shops and plan a perfect day out for you and your friends.

Here are the places we’ll be immersing ourselves in this year:

The Total Cobble Hill Immersion, Saturday, May 21
The Total Long Island City Immersion, Saturday, June 4
The Total Red Hook Immersion, Saturday, July 9
The Total Clinton Hill Immersion, Saturday, Sept. 24

Every Immersion goer gets an envelope of “walking around money”—Monopoly-like bills that you can spend that day on four Brooklyn beers and your choice of lunch, for only $25 (which, let’s face it, is less than you’d pay for a boozy brunch). You’ll find a ton of neighborhood deals in your envelope, too.

We’re kicking things off in Cobble Hill, where we’ll be looping around the longtime family-run stores and newer bars, shops and restaurants of Court Street and Smith Street. We’ve been sad to see some of Smith St.’s pioneers forced out by rising rents and to hear of closures even in the midst of planning this Immersion. So consider this a perfect excuse to fill the local businesses with us—and day drink, of course—on Saturday, May 21!

The crawl begins at 61 Local at noon, where your first Brooklyn beer will be waiting for you (and lunch, too, if you like–you pick where you want to eat when you purchase a ticket). We’ll also be awarding prizes, including brunch for two at Vekslers, a travel gift set from Diptyque and a Brooklyn Brewery beach towel, to random ticketholders who arrive before 1pm to pick up their Immersion money.

From there, head to Angry Wade’s, Buschenshank and Fawkner for more beer and food, or eat lunch at Lobo or Red Star instead. Along the way, score as many deals as you can from longtime businesses like Paisanos and Court Street Pastry Shop to new favorites like Van Leeuwen and Shen. (See below for the full list.)

Get a ticket now, and go ahead and secure your spot on all of our 2016 immersions. We’ve got a limited number of “Immersion season passes” for $75—a $25 savings.

20 Total Cobble Hill Immersion deals for $25:
-1 free beer at 61 Local
-1 free beer at Angry Wade’s
-1 free beer at Buschenshank
-1 free beer at Fawkner
-Lunch at either 61 Local, Fawkner, Lobo or Red Star
-$3 beers at Jakewalk
-$3 beer at Vekslers
-20% off cheese at Stinky Bklyn
-20% off all purchases at Woods Grove
-a gift with any purchase at Habit
-free brow shaping or tinting at Shen
-a free small pastry when you purchase one of the same value at Court Pastry Shop
-free bottle of housemade BBQ at Paisanos Meat Market with purchase of $20 or more
-large ice cream for price of a small at Van Leeuwen
-20% off any purchase of $100 or more at Roux Roux Gallery
-Free deluxe travel-sized Eau de Toilette with any purchase at Diptyque
-10% discount on Clare V. goods and free monogramming with purchase of any Clare V. bag
-25% of any cookies, bars and whoopie Pies at One Girl Cookies
-Two slices and a soda for $5 at Layla Jones
-Buy a taco, get a second for $2 at Fatty Daddy Taco

RSVP on Facebook and get your tickets!

07/01/14 7:16am

Looking for something to do on the Fourth? Here are nine ways to celebrate Independence Day around Brooklyn.

This year the Fourth of July falls on a Friday for the first time since 2008. As expected, the coincidence has created an abundance of stars-and-stripes themed events. From backyard barbecues to pool parties and fireworks displays, if you’re planning to stick around Brooklyn this weekend, you’ll have plenty of ways to celebrate America’s independence. Here is a roundup of local events we recommend checking out this holiday.

Macy’s Fireworks Display
After detonating its annual pyrotechnics show over the Hudson River for the past couple of years, Macy’s is making its way back over to the East River for the first time since 2009, which makes Brooklyn the place to be to watch this year’s spectacular. The department store plans to set off 50,000 pounds of fireworks this Friday night, with the Brooklyn Bridge as a backdrop (in fact they’ll be launching fireworks from the bridge itself), so make your way to the waterfront (or find a rooftop with a view) in time to take it all in from our home turf.

Fireworks at Coney Island
Coney Island lights up the skies over its boardwalk with a fireworks display every friday during the summer, but this week’s exhibition will be extra special as it coincides with other Fourth of July festivities in the area, like Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, which takes place at noon on Friday.

Brooklyn Grange 4th of July Party
Speaking of Brooklyn rooftops with an amazing view of the East River fireworks, few compare to the space Brooklyn Grange occupies in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a point the urban farm plans to capitalize on by throwing a rooftop party this Friday night. Eat, drink and dance under the stars and stripes with beers from Brooklyn Brewery, sandwiches from BrisketTown and music from DJ Yohey. Tickets are $100. (more…)

08/19/13 12:22pm


A scene from our spring wedding fair, and a taste of what to expect at our fall edition of Wedding Crashers on Sept. 25.

A scene from our spring wedding fair, and a taste of what to expect at our fall edition of Wedding Crashers on Sept. 25.

We’re seeking two event interns to help us with four fabulous events we have planned in the coming months—our Immersions with Brooklyn Brewery, our upcoming wedding fair, and a media conference. We’ll provide a small weekly stipend and a great learning environment in exchange for your help with everything from distributing postcards to corresponding with vendors to working at our events. Please send your resume and a note about any relevant experience to Nicole.

07/23/13 1:00pm
Thu July 25, 2013
Carton Brewing takes to the taps at 61 Local in Cobble Hill this Thursday for a brewer's beer-tasting event.

Carton Brewing takes to the taps at 61 Local in Cobble Hill this Thursday for a brewer’s beer-tasting event.

Did you think that a backyard seafood cookout, where red and white checkered plastic tablecloths drape over picnic tables laden with lobster crackers and bowls of drawn butter were the only setting for steamed clams? Yeah, me too. On Thursday, July 25, Carton Brewing invades the taps at 61 Local to prove us narrow-minded quaffers wrong (RSVP here). The gentlemen at the helm of this independent, Atlantic Highlands, N.J. brewing company will be on hand with their standby brews and latest creations–including Digger, a summer ale inspired by the local New Jersey fishing industry–along with some seasonal seafood snacks to complement the suds. Digger brings the flavors of salty steamers and tangy lemongrass to your tastebuds; this is a small batch beer that won’t outlive the summer heat, so grab a pint before it’s gone.