04/26/17 5:01pm

Check out Onderdonk House this weekend.

It’s another wet Wednesday in early spring, but never mind the rain–we’ve got galoshes and a carefully curated list of awesome stuff happening in Brooklyn over the next Ideal Week. Before we get to all that though, I have to share some exciting news, which is that after a year of sweaty workouts at the Y on 9th Street, I finally crossed paths with the mayor and his security detail there last night! Still no insight as to why he makes the commute from the UES for the Y, which it should be said was keeping its women’s locker room at a balmy 97 degrees yesterday, but it was fun to see De Blasio navigating the same tangle of treadmills and ellipticals that us hoi polloi toil away atop on a daily basis.

In other news, did you read about the new bar in the East Village that donates all of its proceeds to causes threatened by Trump and his unscrupulous, out to lunch band of hooligans? Coup, which is brought to you by the cocktail experts behind Death & Co. and Amore y Amargo, is the city’s first not-for-profit bar, and it’s an opportunity to streamline ritual happy hour de-stressing and your need to partake in some feel-good activism.

This weekend, the perennially popular Sakura Matsuri Festival hits the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, with over 60 events and performances celebrating Japanese culture and cherry blossom season taking place over both days. As I mentioned in a previous post, the crowds at this event can get pretty intense, especially in the afternoon, so it might be worth trying another option this year: The New Amsterdam Festival in Ridgewood. (You’ll be hearing us extol Ridgewood’s virtues again soon–we’re headed there for the first Immersion of the season June 3!) The Ridgewood Historical Society and House of Yes are teaming up to celebrate Dutch history and culture in style, with food, interactive arts, lawn games, an artisan market, a bier garten, and LOTS of tulips. It’s going down from 11am-9pm on both days at the beautiful and historic Onderdonk House property which, if you haven’t seen it, is definitely one of those things that you won’t be able to believe exists in the middle of New York City.

And finally, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Nitehawk Cinema will be screening Three Amigos! next weekend, complete with live music from a Grammy-nominated all-female mariachi band and a special brunch menu featuring the breakfast food of the gods, chilaquiles. The show starts at 11:15am on both May 6 and May 7 and costs $16 per person, and tickets will probably sell out so we’re giving you a heads up now.

In the meantime, please take a gander at our picks of goings on about town in the week to come. Stay dry today and make this an Ideal Week to remember. (more…)

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08/14/13 10:48am

More than a dozen bands play Out On the Streets, a two-day music and art event at Onderdonk House (1820 Flushing Ave.) in Ridgewood. This isn’t any old street fair, though. The venue is the oldest Dutch colonial stone house in the city and (it was constructed in 1709) and resembles a quaint New England seaside cottage on an acre of former farmland. This may seem an odd venue for diverse artists, such as Denver-based electro producer Pictureplane, Brooklyn psych-rock group Heliotropes and Montreal’s pop-art DJ Doldrums, but art installations by Dash 7 Design and Gabriel Hurier will add to the ambiance. You can grab some Brooklyn food truck eats, like a Korean BBQ short rib taco from from Kimchi Taco or smothered Colombian arepas from Palenque Taco to hold you over between sets. Additional bands include Ava Luna, Friend Roulette, Heavenly Beat and Wild Yaks, and you can purchase a one-day ticket for $12 or a two-day pass for $20. Doors open at 1pm on Saturday and the last act takes the stage at 7pm on Sunday evening.OITS_POSTER_WEB_080113