This is happening, one last time. via Marty Markowitz Eating
Brooklyn gets its first Whole Foods next week, on Tuesday December 17, when the Gowanus store opens, with great fanfare. Seriously, there’s going to be everything short of a marching band walking down Third Avenue (which it’s too cold for anyway). Aside from Marty Markowitz being there doing his official borough president eating food duties, there’s going to be music, tastings throughout the store, sales and tote bags. Your move, Trader Joe’s. (more…)
Too broke for presents? The #NoOffice raffle is here to help. 2012 party photo by Sarah Bibi Gainer.
Let’s say you listened to sound, compassionate advice and didn’t get up at 6am on Black Friday to trample your fellow humans in pursuit of a flat-screen television. Good for you! But now you’re sitting there looking at your long Christmas list and your shortage of cash and wondering: how ever am I going to get gifts for all these fine people who I don’t wish any specific harm to? Well you’re in luck, because the third annual No Office Holiday Party, co-hosted by us, the skint and Greenpointers, comes complete with a holiday gift items raffle provided from some of our favorite local vendors! Check the list of items below — which ranges from food to tattoos to sexy cab drivers. And don’t forget to get tix in advance for the party tonight, which also features special guest comedian Mike Lawrence! (more…)
The worst part about going to a bar with fancy cocktails is that unless you know exactly what you want, the “What’ll it be?” question can leave you paralyzed with inaction. Fortunately for you, we’re here to help, by pointing you in the direction of these lovely cocktail dice, for sale at Park Slope’s Cog & Pearl (190 5th Avenue). What are cocktail dice? They’re a set of 8 6-sided dice with every liquor, mixer, garnish, mixing method and barware you could think of, so that you can just leave your drink choice up the hands of fate.
These are great to make a Tinder date at The Narrows more fun, to challenge your mixing skillz at home or to use in a party setting. Just about the only situation these aren’t good for are if you’re mixing up a batch of Glug, because what are the odds that all the dice land liquor-side up? Don’t answer that, math majors. $18, at Cog & Pearl, 190 5th Avenue, Park Slope
Oh it’s such a perfect slice, I’m glad I scarfed it with you. via Facebook
The life of a child celebrity is one we couldn’t possibly begin to imagine. So we won’t bore you with theories on how Macauly Culkin came to form a pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band called The Pizza Underground. We’ll just tell you that according to Brooklyn Vegan, the band is playing for free at Williamsburg’s Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway) on Friday night. And there will of course be free pizza, to make it a truly pizza day. (more…)
Howl a welcome to winter with Dave Hill at Union Pool this weekend. via Facebook
1. The Brooklyn Comedy Festival will try to warm up your winter with some laughs at their Winter Wonderland show, just make sure they don’t melt your literally icy heart and you die (Friday)
2. Union Hall is opening up their Muppet Vault to see what kinds of Christmas things are in there. Oh, what a surprise! It’s Muppets! (Friday)
3. Sketch group American Candy wants to remind you of the 90s and all the funny stuff that happened therein. In the world, not in your humiliating life (Friday)
4. Mike Tyson will be in Bed-Stuy signing his autobiography, and if you ask him about Punch Out! instead of what it was like to be boxing’s last major celebrity, we will come there and punch you (Friday) (more…)
This could be you (if you win and have good balance)! via Facebook
Living in the city is expensive enough. We can’t even imagine how to justify the economics of getting upstate for a weekend to indulge in snow sports. That’s why we want to send two lucky ski (or board) bum newsletter subscribers on a free day trip on December 20 to Mountain Creek, NJ with the NYC Snow Bus. That’s right: our newsletter contest returns with the coolest (haha) prize yet. Here’s what the lucky winner gets:
FREE round-trip transportation for two on the hip NYC Snow Bus
Two FREE lift tickets for the day
Rental equipment for two discounted from $45 to $25 each (if needed).
This whole package would normally cost $97. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for our mailing list. And while you’re at it, you can enjoy our curated weekend events listings and links to the best Brokelyn articles in every weekly e-mail. We’re choosing a winner at noon on Monday, December 16th, so don’t delay. Sign up and look for our weekly e-mail tomorrow afternoon with info about the contest.
It’s happened so fast, but what will New Yorkers eventually make of Bloomberg’s New York? Our pint-sized mayor has had an outsized influence on the city and has been around for so long now that you can only love or hate him, there’s no room for a middle ground. But why leave the history of Bloomberg’s New York to boring ol’historians when entertaining writers like Choire Sicha, of The Awl, Gawker and New York Observer fame, can tell a version of the story?
Very Recent History is laid out like a novel, but its “entirely factual account” subtitle is no joke, with its characters and events all coming out of Sicha’s and his friends’ lives, the book isthe story of post-recession New York and the lives of the young people living, working, hooking up and getting drunk in it. So basically your life, as told by a knowing, wry narrator who’s quietly outraged about things like the city becoming a playground for the rich, AIDS and Bloomberg’s third term power grab. $24.99, at your favorite independent bookstore
Give a can, get a jar this weekend. Seems like a good deal to us. via Facebook
Beer is great. Burritos are great. Brooklynites are charitable folks with great hearts. Why not combine them for the good of all?
Bed Stuy Beer Works (408 Willoughby Avenue), a wholesale and craft beer center open to the public in Bed Stuy, is partnering with City Harvest this weekend to launch the first in what is hoped to be a monthly beer tasting, burrito eating and food donating fest appropriately titled “BEER + BURRITOS = LOVE,” this Saturday from 6pm to 10pm. (more…)
From their store to your apartment, and you don’t even need to put on pants. via Facebook
Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you should stop eating ice cream. After all, it still tastes awesome, and now that the temperature outside matches the temperature inside the ice cream, it won’t melt while you eat it! So to us, it makes perfect sense that Williamsburg’s OddFellows Ice Cream is going to be offering ice cream delivery through Seamless, in neighborhoods near them. (more…)