Your Ideal Week
Hello intrepid Ideal Weekers, and welcome to another fantastic late-June week in the Borough of Kings! One very exciting piece of news from the past weekend is that the inimitable Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook met its fundraising goal, and it looks like it might be staying put! Seriously, how often do you hear a story about a beloved NYC institution that finds itself on the gentrification chopping block and manages to claw its way back to safety? I feel like this never happens, and it’s definitely cause for celebration, perhaps with a can of PBR at Sunny’s?
Another fun new development is that the new DeKalb Market Hall, which brings together an ensemble of food vendors so exciting that it reminds me of the hype that preceded the Great GoogaMooga many moons ago, is finally open for business and it is totally worth a trip! I FINALLY got my hands on a Hard Times Sundaes burger there last weekend before seeing All Eyez On Me at Alamo, and it did not disappoint (although the movie kinda did).
This week brings a trio of free Celebrate Brooklyn! concerts to the Prospect Park bandshell: Yeasayer on Thursday, a Coltrane Tribute by Pharoah Sanders and the Brooklyn Raga Collective on Friday, and The Soul Rebels featuring Talib Kweli, Paraoahe Monch & Kirk Knight on Saturday. Also, with no judgment at all I will just tell you that if you wanted to see NKOTB, Paula Abdul, and Boyz II Men at Barclays Center on Tuesday night, you would be able to do so for $24.
Last but definitely not least this week is NYC Pride, which culminates with the world famous Pride March at noon on Sunday. Of course the lead up to that event involves parties, film screenings, panels, and various other events all over town, but one that caught our eye in particular is What a Drag!, the Saturday afternoon/evening blowout at the outdoor bar on top of the Wythe Hotel starting at 3pm. Sounds like a pretty classy way to literally scream love is love is love from the rooftops, no? As discouraging as it is that an unapologetic bigot like Karen Handel can win an election in 2017, there is some comfort in knowing that we live in a place where she’d never stand a chance. Happy Pride to all of you from all of us here at BB, and keep reading for more ideas of fun things we found to do between now and next week!
Friday, June 23 BATTERY PARK CITY Swedish Midsummer Festival, 5-8pm, FREE↠
Sunday, June 25 RIDGEWOOD 250th Mister Party, tickets $20↠
Monday, June 26 GRAMERCY Doug Loves Movies, 8pm, tickets $15↠
Tuesday, June 27 FULTON MALL Grain to Grain Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 7pm, tickets $12↠
Wednesday, June 28 FORT GREENE Measure for Measure, 7:30pm, tickets $20-85↠