08/27/15 4:20pm
Ooh, this could be you under a clear night sky. via flickr user Arup Malakar

Just think, this could be you under a clear night sky. via flickr user Arup Malakar

We know we sound like a broken record, but it bears repeating: summer’s almost over, and before you know it, you’re going to be kvetching about the cold temperatures and thinking back bitterly about all the things you didn’t do, like camp out under the stars. Only you can prevent ever going through all that bitter regret—by entering the Parks Department’s camping lottery for a night of woodsy fun in Prospect Park in September! DNAinfo tells us that signups for the lottery will begin on September 9.  (more…)

08/27/15 3:28pm
You call this table service? via flickr user Wally Gobetz

Communal seating is a nice idea, in theory. via flickr user Wally Gobetz

Euro-inspired beer halls have been cropping up all over Brooklyn, with their appropriately import-heavy tap lists and their mostly pretzels signature food offerings. There’s Radegast, the Koelner Bierhalle, and Spritzenhaus to name a few. It’s also just been announced that Downtown Brooklyn is going to be getting a “massive” beer hall. But amidst all the hype, we’ve got a question: what’s so great about beer halls?

Hear us out: besides their sprawling size and trendy menu, beer halls aren’t all that welcoming. For one thing, the acoustics are terrible. In a large room made almost entirely of polished stone, you find yourself screaming just to be heard above the general din echoing off the walls. It’s like a community board meeting, that costs more money. (more…)

08/27/15 1:55pm
Two tacos from Chinantla for just five dollars equals the elimination of hunger from your stomach. Photos by David Colon

Two tacos from Chinantla for just five dollars equals the elimination of hunger from your stomach. Photos by David Colon

Has this ever happened to you: You find yourself in Bed-Stuy and you’ve got a rumbling stomach but not a ton of cash? Maybe you live there, maybe you’re just visiting a friend, but either way you need to eat something cheap and fast, before a serious case of hanger gets you in trouble. Well don’t fear, you’ve got this handy list of cheap Bed-Stuy eats that you can get for under $10, guaranteed to leave you feeling full and satisfied. (more…)

08/27/15 1:15pm
I scream, you scream, etc. via flickr user Chun Yip So

I scream, you scream, etc. via flickr user Chun Yip So

The dog days of summer are upon us, where all you want to do is lay out in the sun and eat ice cream. And usually, only one of those two things is free. But today, you can do both without spending a dime, because Van Leeuwen is giving away ice cream tonight! According to Gothamist, the dessert-isans will be offering up gratis scoops of ice cream at their new flagship location in Williamsburg (204 Wythe Avenue).  (more…)

08/27/15 12:03pm

Someone tried to explain away the patriarchy with science [New York Magazine]
There’s a new police unit dedicated to “stripping” the city of its topless denizens [Crain’s New York]
“Manspreading” is officially an English word now [DNAinfo]
Who needs a bookstore when you could have a Target that has some books in it [Racked NY]
Hey look, it’s a bike locking arrangement that doesn’t make you want to cry [The Atlantic]
Study shows lousy millennials like coffee, need it to keep being lousy [Reuters]
Hanksy drew a mural of Donald Trump as a pile of shit, pretty accurate [Bedford & Bowery]
Hey young upstarts, here’s a guide on how to get your Kickstarter funded [New York Observer]

08/27/15 10:55am
Sasheer Zamata is just one many comics who'll be performing at the closing party on Saturday. via BKCF

Sasheer Zamata is one of many all-stars slated to perform at the closing show on Saturday. via BKCF

The Brooklyn Comedy Festival ends this weekend, on Sunday, August 30. If you’re thinking, “Oh no thanks, I already know comedy, it’s sitting in a dark room with some guy tells jokes at the front,” then you should definitely be catching at least one of these last few shows. (more…)

08/27/15 9:52am
Hey, it's living room theater. via Website

Living room theater. via Casa de Beverley

Hey, all you budding playwrights out there, with Google Drives just bursting at the seams with yet-to-be-produced material. Yes, you! Here’s an opportunity to hear your talented writings out loud, without having to schlep all the way up to Midtown Manhattan. Casa de Beverley, a community and arts space in Ditmas Park, is accepting submissions for another One Acts and Snacks, their staged reading series with actors (and free snacks).  (more…)

08/27/15 8:41am
These nice young men want to show you a rocking good time. via Facebook

These nice young men want to show you a rocking good time. via Facebook

Thursday is here and it’s time for you to partyyyyyy. Seriously though, get out there and have a good time, because you’ve worked for most of the week and for a few of those hours, you probably even put in an effort that went beyond merely going through the motions. So! Reward yourself by having a good time at one of these fun nights out found on the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (more…)

08/26/15 4:23pm
This could be your life

This could be your life (NOTE: Not the hospital beds in question)

Here it is, the Craigslist version of “For sale, baby shoes, never worn,” an ad that reads:

I HAVE TWO HOSPITAL BEDS TO BE GIVEN AWAY. ONE IS BARELY USED, THE OTHER

ONE IS USED, BUT BOTH ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.

Also there are some instructions on how to claim the beds from their owner in Sheepshead Bay, but the ad itself raises a series of questions: (more…)

08/26/15 2:55pm
Celebrate it. Photo by Deena Atkinson

Celebrate it. Photo by Deena Atkinson

As you know, it takes a lot for us to recommend you go somewhere in Manhattan. Not that Manhattan is so bad, but it’s all the way over there and you’re over here. Tonight though, we have a pretty good reason for you to party in Manhattan tonight though: free pizza slices and free whiskey shots, in celebration of everyone’s good friend, pizza. (more…)