A place to be alone and work on that manuscript, without going all Shining on someone. Photo by Scott Hocking, via Hill House
Beyond the fact that you have to work all the time just to be able to afford living here, New York isn’t the most ideal place for sitting down and focusing on a creative task. There are friends dragging you out with them, roller disco parties, the infernal traffic noise everywhere. It’d be nice to just get away to somewhere quiet and finish that album or manuscript you’ve been kicking around, and it just so happens there’s a month-long residency, the Hill House Artist Residency, in the middle of nowhere that will allow you to do just that. (more…)
What it is: All-things-Florida-themed shuffleboard court with a full bar and rotating food trucks.
Why we love it: For those of us who spent grueling family “vacations” with our grandparents in retirement homes across Florida, the prospect of going to the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Court might sound like a major trigger. Fear not! Going to the spacious Royal Palms is like the real kind of Florida vacation, heretofore depicted in daydreams and vintage postcards: aqua colored everything, flamingo wall paper in the bathrooms, shuffleboard puns and cabanas. This venue is best enjoyed in small groups so you can take advantage of your hour of court time and still have a couple people on your team’s side to chill with. Note that the courts are long and you play next to an opposing team member. It’s a great way to have some flirty competition with a work crush, while literally being on the same team as your conveniently far away boss. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to play, as a staff member will give you a complementary tutorial. Weekly activities range from drag queen bingo to a new monthly Funk & Soul Dance Party (finally, South Brooklyn)! Check their Facebook and Twitter periodically for one-off parties that are usually free. Even if you don’t shuffle, it’s still a great place to bring a pal and escape the cramped and pretentious bars of NYC.
What to order: As you would expect, Royal Palms specializes in fun, fruity cocktails. However, they have several craft beers on tap for your Beer Book pleasure. One of the most unusual and delightful features of this space is that the nosh is provided by a different food truck every day. A member of their delightful waitstaff will serve you drinks, so you’ll never miss a second of the game.
Regular tip: League nights are Monday and Tuesday, so don’t expect to reserve a court! Also, the guy on the scooter is a co-owner, so no snickering.
You can splash around and play ladder ball, badminton, Kan Jam or take out some enemies of summer targets on our Super Soaker shooting range. And since we’re partnering with the wonderful Lola Star and her weekly Dreamland roller disco (where the theme is hair metal), admission includes roller skate rentals. Oh and here’s another thing you wish you had all summer: free beer from Brooklyn Brewery, which we’ll have for the first hour, so don’t dawdle!
Here’s everything else you need to know for the party: (more…)
Now that you’ve managed to turn your favorite clothes into ripped up, sweat-stained shells of what they once more, you’re gonna need to get some new clothes for fall so that you remain fashionable (and aren’t nude and freezing all season). The only problem with getting a new wardrobe that hasn’t been shredded by summer is it can cost you a bunch of money, but you can avoid Empty Wallet Syndrome by shopping smart and hitting up Housing Works’ Best of Fall sale, which is dragging designer clothes down to prices that you can afford. (more…)
1. Get wet & wild at Pour Some Water on Me: A Brokelyn 80s Splashback Party, an adults-only takeover of the splash pad at Lakeside in Prospect Park, featuring an 80s hair metal dance party, SuperSoaker target practice, roller skating, an all-male wet T-shirt contest, watery limbo, summery raffle prizes, photos, drinks, and on and on. (Friday, $18)
2. Honor your kink at Roulette with Dan Savage’s Hump, an amateur dirty film festival. (Friday – Sunday, $25,$15 via Goldstar)
3. Ease on down the road to Fulton Park for the African Film Fest screening of The Wiz. (Friday, FREE) (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)