07/23/14 9:47am
bushwick beverages

See the person on the drinking side? That could be you, over and over again! For free!

You guys have any weekend plans? Maybe a little quiet reading at home, followed by an early bed time? Ha ha, no, of course not, you want to go out and have fun. Bushwick Beverages, the all-day drinking and eating festival going down on Troutman Street on Saturday certainly sounds like a great way to have fun. It’s going to feature the best beer and wine from local distributors and microbrewers, food from local restaurants and plenty of music. One lucky subscriber to our weekly email is going to get to go for free though, with a pair of all-day passes (that usually go for $50) that entitle you to unlimited drinking, ticket system be damned! Not a subscriber yet? Well sign up! (more…)

07/23/14 7:00am
brooklyn greenway initiative epic ride

It’s gonna be…pretty good. via Facebook

This Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY, get your epic exercise on with the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative‘s 6th annual Epic Ride, a great alternative for anybody who missed out on registering for the always popular Five Boro Bike Tour, or those who laughed maniacally at the $90 price tag to participate, which sounds like a weird thing to do but okay. Starting bright and early at 8am, the 40-mile bike ride will take you from Greenpoint to Rockaway Beach, providing a great chance to see a whole lot of Brooklyn (and a tiny bit of Queens) within a few hours. (more…)

07/22/14 4:39pm
downtown brooklyn

Soon people are gonna be hanging out here, “learning.” BOOOOO! via Facebook

It’s summer! Time to turn off your brain, turn on the part of your brain that loves drugs and forget about learning anything as far as life or actual useful lessons goes! Of course, if you must insist on learning things like some kind of nerd, then we guess you’ll like this news: MetroTech Commons will host three free classes for useful life skills on three upcoming Wednesdays in July, August and September. We’ll be there, but only to walk by and shout “NEEEERRRRD” at you. (more…)

jonathan ames

You think he’d be more smiley for a guy with his own HBO show

Of all of the literary Jonathans in New York, Jonathan Ames seems like he’s the most fun. The literary gadfly, man-about-town and guy who’s never been afraid to make fun of himself or his sexual misadventures has managed to achieve success most of us would take, while still being an alright dude. Want to find out how? Well, ask him, because he’s gonna be on stage at the Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepoint Street, Brooklyn Heights) as the guest on Person, Place, Thing on July 23 which is…hey, tomorrow! (more…)

07/22/14 1:29pm
birchbox

A box like this, showing up at your apartment every month, for a year.

How many times have you passed Barneys or Bergdorf Goodman, and were unable to even afford a mascara? I mean Cover Girl is nice but there’s a time in every girl’s life when she wants to class things up a little bit. That’s why the Broketown ladies were happy to see that Birchbox, which is like Barkbox for human females, is on sale at Gilt City.

Birchbox members get a box of trial-size beauty products every month, including mascara, nail polish, fragrance and facial masks. A year’s subscription usually costs $135 but it’s $99 through Gilt City’s deal. Plus, it comes with a $25 credit to use at either Birchbox’s online store or at their SoHo location (433 West Broadway). The offer ends on August 6.

07/22/14 12:33pm
Photo by Sarah Gainer

Photo by Sarah Gainer

South   Food Games Outdoor Space 

629 5th Ave.
South Slope
(718) 832-4720

 


What it is: A neighborhood joint that serves up 40 beers, varying types of grilled cheeses and a whole lot of friendly vibes.

Why we love it: This is a great place to stop in, grab a beer, eat too much free popcorn, realize you’ve only had 1/40th of their beer menu, get some more beers, realize your are at 5/40th of their drink menu, go eat a grilled cheese in their backyard and then go back in for you 6/40.

Who to bring: Any beer snob who is not pretentious would love this place. Get them a few deep into the beer list at South and then challenge them at Buckhunter for who pays the next round.

What to order: Seriously, go in and have the bartender take the reigns. They have a great list of craft beers to accommodate anyone. They also have a timed appropriate happy hour with $1 off beer, wine and liquor from 6pm to 9pm seven days a week.

Fun Fact: Rosie Schaap, The New York Times drinking columnist and author, is a regular bartender here.—Emily Berninger


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07/22/14 12:00pm

Citi Bike might get a commuter tax break, but still no expansion on the horizon [amNewYork]
Internal police report on Eric Garner shows cops didn’t mention chokehold [Daily News]
Thomas Friedman treats corporate sloganeering unquestioningly? Now we’ve heard everything [NYM]
Here is a video of Arsenal players trying to talk like New Yorkers [Deadspin]
Who do you meet at a dog park? [Slate]
Locals all love Williamsburg Starbucks, so we guess that fight is over [Bedford + Bowery]
Laugh at the person who paid $4.3 million for a messy bed being called “art” [New York Post]
Pity the poor people who can’t sell their Riverdale mansions [Observer]
Jill Abramson blames cars for NYC’s pedestrian deaths. Good for her! [Runnin' Scared]

07/22/14 11:00am
Good idea, Brooklyn Bridge. via Mark Weprin's Twitter

Good idea, Brooklyn Bridge. via Mark Weprin’s Twitter

Move over, brown goo in Gowanus, New York City has a new mystery to be collectively baffled by: Why has the American flag that proudly waves on top of the Brooklyn Bridge been replaced by the white flag of surrender? City Council member Mark Weprin spotted the flag and began asking questions this morning, and according to DNA Info, police are baffled and are looking at surveillance footage to see who could have pulled this off. Our theory? The Brooklyn Bridge, after standing tall for 131 years, is finally throwing in the towel. (more…)

07/22/14 9:47am
williamsburg j. crew

wow. such graffiti. much hipster. very art. via J. Crew

We tried to goof on the Williamsburg J. Crew by getting hold of the employee handbook for the store, but you know, it sounds like they’re doing a good enough job parodying themselves. From T Magazine:

“We didn’t want to just go and do graffiti,” says Jenna Lyons, J.Crew’s creative director. Initially, she wanted to keep the store’s facade as she’d found it — covered in posters and spray-painted tags. “Unfortunately when we did a survey of the space, the facade was actually in such poor shape we had to replace quite a bit of the brick,” she said. “We asked, ‘Who is a local artist who might be able to do help us tell people we’re coming in a way that’s not obvious and might be able to reference that graffiti sensibility — but making it feel more modern?’ ”

But forget about Lyons’s real employees for a second: what would Hannah Horvath think of a J.Crew moving into Williamsburg?

YES, WHAT? Just a reminder, that if you hear anyone make jokes about Williamsburg hipsters these days, that person is a terrible hack and should be tied to the tip of an ICBM and shot into space.

07/22/14 9:11am
hell's kitchen

Are you not afraid of this man? Then apply today! via Facebook

Hey there chefs, and chef wannabes (who can cook, this isn’t for you if you can’t cook), do you want a shortcut around our tips for moving up in the restaurant world? Do you not mind being yelled at by a large man holding a knife? Then you’re in luck, because Hell’s Kitchen is once again looking for a some chefs who want to make a name for themselves and don’t mind being screamed at by an on-camera lunatic! (more…)