12/20/14 9:11am
The perfect place to shop for a pre-Christmas feast.

The perfect place to shop for a pre-Christmas feast.

If you’re still scrambling for the perfect gift for a beer-obsessed friend and you also happen to be in the mood for some imported Italian meats and cheeses, then get ready to win the weekend today at A.L.C. Italian Grocery (8613 Third Avenue between 86th and 87th streets) where we’ll be selling the South Brooklyn & The Rockaways Beer Book at a special holiday rate. The book offers you (or your favorite beer lover) 28 beers at 28 great bars and eateries, normally $28 but 20 percent off today.  Swing by A.L.C. Italian from 2 to 4 on Saturday to chat with us about your favorite Brooklyn bars and pick up your copy for 20 percent off. If you can’t make it out, we get it, the holidays are a hectic time. Grab a beer book online instead, where we’re also honoring the last-minute special.

12/19/14 2:48pm
Get it while it's cheap, kids. (via Flickr user Nick Perez)

Get it while it’s cheap, kids. (via Flickr user Nick Perez)

How often do we stop to give thanks to bodegas — the great New York life source that pumps cheap beer and deli sandwiches into the vagrant masses anytime, anywhere? We don’t pay homage nearly enough and we should rectify that immediately. According to GrubStreet, a big bad merger involving two of the city’s three biggest beer distributors — Manhattan Beer Distributors and Phoenix Beehive Beverages — is threatening the price of that crappy Natty Lite that we all know and tolerate in a pinch. (more…)

12/19/14 2:01pm
mike's hot honey

If you’re wondering what to get a foodie for Christmas, one of our experts says pick up Mike’s Hot Honey. via Facebook

Foodies are notoriously difficult to shop for if you’re not a foodie too. Are they into baking? Butchering? Do they even have room in their kitchen for a potato ricer? Facts like these are crucial so that you don’t end up buying the chef in your life their third microplane. To help you out, we’ve asked three rising stars on the Brooklyn gastronomical scene for their recommendations to help you improve the kitchen of your favorite chef. (more…)

12/19/14 12:12pm
Photos by BibiBooth.

Photos by BibiBooth.

Last week, the hordes of Brooklyn’s office-less workers donned they now their gay American Apparel and headed to Littlefield for the fourth annual No Office Holiday Party. And woooo what a party, especially for those of us unlucky enough to have to go to an actual office the next morning. As our gift to you for this Crimbus season, we present to you these awesome keepsake photos from BibiBooth, plus lots of other party shots. Print them out, make them Christmas cards, email them to your aunt or just look at them fondly when you’re at home frustrated at trying to explain to grandma how you “work at the internet.” (Oh and to clarify, these photos are not actually NSFW. Mostly). (more…)

12/19/14 12:06pm

Hulu has more shows for you [AV Club]
Let’s all laugh at this ridiculous Williamsburg tote bag from J. Crew [Bedford + Bowery]
Yet again, The Chris Gethard show could wind up on cable [Splitsider]
What it’s like to have a meal using one of those group meal apps [Brick Underground]
Here’s what Greenpoint voted to do with their oil spill fun money [Greenpointers]
The place where all your cheap Santa shit comes from [CityLab]
Another video of cops punching a kid [New York Magazine]

12/19/14 11:51am
i am santa claus

Mick Foley and Santa Claus will help make your Christmas a little less lonely, as long as you have Netflix

They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year, which is undoubtedly true if you have a goofy sweater wearing, hot cocoa drinking, Christmas carol singing, adorable family to go home to. But if like me you are among those who can’t – or choose not to – leave the best borough in the world over the holidays, whether you’re fond of Christmas or not, the expectation that it will be a somehow significant and special time can be quite annoying.

As an affirmed boycotter and Christmas orphan (perhaps more commonly referred to as “The Product Of Divorce”), over the years I’ve developed several tactics to keep myself distracted and entertained. (more…)

12/19/14 8:49am
blankfest

Your ticket to a pile of free beers. via Flickr user MTSOfan

Hey remember how a couple days ago we told you all about how Mary’s Bar would trade you a free beer for a blanket, because they’re participating in Blankfest? Come on, it was just a couple days ago. Well, maybe you don’t live that close to Mary’s Bar, or maybe you have a whole bunch of blankets and you want to maximize your return on your charity. Which sounds kind of bad when written out. Either way, we got a tip from the Beer for Blankets organizer letting us know that there are a few more bars in Brooklyn you can bring blankets to and get a beer in exchange. (more…)

12/18/14 3:36pm
We feel you, we really do

We feel you, we really do

Been feeling a little gloomy lately? Makes sense, considering it gets dark at like 3pm and it’s cold out there without having any snow to make it worth it. Oh, but you’ve been feeling gloomy for more seasons than just winter, huh? Let’s see, what could the common thread in there be… Oh! We know, your job sucks and you hate it, that’s it, right? We feel for you, especially since science says that if you’re burned out on or hate your job, you’re a good candidate for depression. (more…)

12/18/14 2:40pm
danielle mastrion

BK-born artist Danielle Mastrion knows what your starving artist friends want: gift certificates for food

If you’re part of the Brokelyn demographic, it’s safe to assume you’ve got a starving artist or two in your life. And on the off chance that you are completely out of ideas for phenomenal, perhaps somewhat obscure, possibly useful, and most definitely theme appropriate presents for said artsy people, here are some gifting suggestions from a selection of our favorite local artists/people in the arts for you to draw inspiration from. (more…)