02/17/17 3:00pm

Tap that. via NYC Beer Week.

The craft beer scene is exploding in New York City. It seems like every week there’s a new brewer in town and a new alehouse with 30 taps. The nonprofit New York City Brewers Guild, which started with just five member breweries a few years ago, has expanded to almost 30. They brew everything from single-batch beers to internationally-appreciated ales. All this diversity in the fermentation ecosystem is good news for us hop heads, but it’s easy to overlook some terrific beers. To stay on top of the burgeoning beer scene, head to the upcoming Eighth Annual NYC Beer Week.

From Feb. 24 until March 5, venues all over the city will be holding craft beer events, including parties, tastings, tap takeovers, and brewing demonstrations. We’ve highlighted the must-see feature events below, organized by the New York City Brewers Guild, with a sampling of other events to whet your palette. So let’s grab a pretzel necklace and check them what’s in store! (more…)

02/07/17 4:48pm
Beat the winter blahs with a spicy food tour via ReachNow.

Beat the winter blahs with a spicy food tour via ReachNow.

The holidays have passed; that February malaise is upon us. Now your daily burden is trudging through rain and sleet that same half mile to the subway, 30 minutes on a stuffy, damp train, from the station to work, and back again. You make the trip so often the sidewalk is covered with a thin layer of shoe rubber, and you recognize the morning AND evening conductors’ voices.

You need to break the routine, get out of the tunnels and off the beaten path. Somewhere … warm. Since most of us can’t just hop a plane to Cuba, we’re going to have to some find heat in our own backyard — namely some of the spiciest foods found in the outer boroughs. We’ve put together a road trip guide that will take you to new and exotic places right here in the city.

The places below would take years (OK, hours, but still …) to reach by train from Brooklyn. Instead, we’ll be traveling in style with a ReachNow, a new car-sharing network from BMW now available in Brooklyn. Unlike some other car sharing services, you get your pick of two sweet cars: the BMW 3-series and the MINI Cooper. Free-floating service allows you to pick-up and return the vehicle from anywhere in the home area. Round-trip and one-way rentals — perfect for a trek to IKEA or a quick ride home from the grocery store.  Plus if you need to make a couple of short stopovers, park the car and keep it reserved at a discounted rate. For a grand adventure, the day rate can be less than Hertz and Enterprise without the hassle of picking up and rushing back to drop off at the lot. (more…)

12/02/16 12:14pm
Corporate livin' ain't easy.

Beware these office space cadets. via gratisography

What is it about the office that brings out the weird people and uncomfortable interactions? Perhaps it’s the mundaneness of the job or the sterile environment. Our parents’ generation put up with them for a guaranteed career and pension; but that’s all out the window now. We’re a generation of freelancers and entrepreneurs. It’s a lot of work, but a hell of a lot more fun. And you don’t have to put up with the strange and annoying denizens that roam the corporate halls. It’s especially true if you snag a sweet spot at Coworkrs.

Coworkrs delivers a hospitality-centric approach, with curated spaces and premium services, which means no cubicle farms or brown sludge coffee. It’s a chic place where everything is taken care of, allowing you to work, meet clients, and build your business in a professional-friendly environment. The company has five different locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn and offer co-working spaces, dedicated desks, and even private offices. It’s perfect for everyone, from the one-woman show that’s ready to move beyond the coffee shop to the startup that’s outgrown the living room. Plus, you’ll be in the company of people passionate about their work — unlike the following folk you’d have to put up with in the traditional 9-5. (more…)

11/15/16 3:31pm
Download the Nets app now for exclusive offers.

Download the Nets app now for exclusive offers.

The NBA season has kicked into gear and our hometown heroes, the Brooklyn Nets, want your support. We’ve teamed up with them and brokered (ha!) a sweet deal on tickets you won’t find anywhere else, exclusively available through the brand-new Brooklyn Nets app. Available now are special multi-game passes for upcoming games at the Barclays Center at incredible prices — and they’re only available right here! (more…)

10/06/16 3:50pm
Union Hall is for indulging your inner Belle's library fantasies.

Union Hall provides ales and ambiance, perfect for getting lost in a novel.

We often can’t help ourselves from buying a book whenever we pass a bookstore. We’ll save money for beer, of course, because we want to devour our literary haul with some lagers in one of our favorite reading venues: a bar! Not all bars are equal in the eye of the reader, naturally. Who wants to read where jaeger bombs are the norm? To save you the time searching, we compiled a list of fifteen places we think are the best Brooklyn bars to read in, along with suggestions on what to read.

Since most normies converge on pubs when night falls, these places are best read in during the day. But a good number of them remain quiet enough on weeknights to take in some text. Just remember to take care of your bartender if you’re going to spend a lot of time there.  (more…)

08/29/16 3:59pm
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The 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize Shortlists were announced today.

Brooklyn is probably second only to Manhattan when it comes to literary cachet — though you’ll find plenty who say Brooklyn has taken over the top spot in recent years. The borough is crawling with literary stars and wannabe authors who are clearly writing what they know. Brooklyn is so woven into the fabric of modern letters that almost everyone knows what you mean when you call something a “Brooklyn book”. Or do they? What makes a book très Brooklyn? Is it just using the borough as a backdrop? Is it the anxious internal ruminations of Ben Lerner’s characters or mysterious foreboding of Paul Auster’s Cobble Hill? Or is it the autobiographical Williamsburg novel à la Tropic of Capricorn and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn?

Today the Brooklyn Public Library announced the short list for the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, which takes on the challenge of answering that very question. Now in its second year, two prizes are awarded to the “most Brooklyn” fiction and nonfiction books recently released. The winners each get a $2,500 prize and bragging rights for being most in tune with the city’s most populous borough.

We asked the shortlist committee chairs, Krissa Corbett Cavouras (fiction) and Mark Daly (nonfiction) what they thought made the books on their list deserve this distinction. Both are Brooklyn Public Library librarians, both serious readers, both lovers of Brooklyn, and both well-qualified to know the essence of a Brooklyn book. The two committees Corbett Cavouras and Daly chaired were made up of Brooklyn librarians who volunteered for the task of choosing three books for each short list. They read all 13 books nominated by Brooklyn bookstores in their category and convened to debate which ones should move on to the final judging.

“Each of these books has something to offer, a new way of looking at the world, a new way of thinking about Brooklyn,” Daly said of the two long lists. Corbett Cavouras said “that in a couple of years [these lists] will be a mini collection of great books that speak to Brooklyn themes.”

The committees evaluated their books based on three criteria: whether the book is set in or about Brooklyn; whether the author a Brooklyn native or resident; and the most subjective: does it embody the “Brooklyn spirit?” None were absolute requirements, but Corbett Cavouras and Daly both found determining the Brooklyn spirit was the most important — and interesting — to consider. (more…)

08/09/16 3:45pm
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Families gather in the picnic area to enjoy a meal before the game. Photos via the Cyclones.

Summer in the city isn’t the same without a baseball game, especially making a day of it with a big group. But it’s hard to convince a bunch of friends to drop a month’s rent on Yankees box seats. And no one wants to sit in the nosebleed section of Citi Field. Luckily us Brooklynites have a better option: The Brooklyn Cyclones’ brand new Brooklyn Backyard Picnic area. The Cyclones removed one of their bleachers for the 2016 season and turned it into an events space groups can rent out before the game.

From the moment you enter the private entrance you feel like you’re visiting someone’s yard party, but on a Jay Gatsby scale. There are grills with dozens of dogs and burgers, buffet tables, coolers full of soda and bars dotted all around. But this isn’t just some isolated suburban retreat. You’re right next to the Cyclones outfield, at eye-level with the players. (more…)

07/18/16 3:00pm
A Tentrr campground, all set up for you. Via Tentrr.

A Tentrr campground, all set up for you. Via Tentrr.

The approach to the campsite was hidden in the woods of a remote Catskills neighborhood — we passed it at least once. When we discovered it, we turned our white minivan onto the dirt road and rumbled uphill through the trees. The road turned to grass, but we knew we were on the right track as we could make out two grooves that extended further through a grove of trees.

Beyond the trees was a large field on the crest of a hill. It was foggy and misty when we arrived — we could just make out the field’s size and shape by the line of trees that ran around it. At the far end the rough shape of a valley emerged from the mist. It was mysterious and beautiful, like something from an ’80s fantasy movie. Was all this ours? Yes, it was! At the field’s edge was what we were looking for: our own Tentrr campsite.

We pulled up to the site and hopped out to survey our new home in the wild. It was unmistakable: a handsome square beige canvas tent, like something out of a Napoleonic campaign, stood about three feet off of the ground on a solid wooden platform. Next to it was a custom wooden picnic table, benches and a little wooden cabinet. Nearby was a deep fire pit and a pre-cut pile of wood. Here was our weekend escape from the city, all set up and waiting for us. (more…)

05/03/16 2:00pm
Everyday can be bike to work day if you want it, but the official Bike to Work Day is in May. Via Transportation Alternatives.

Everyday can be bike to work day if you want it, but the official Bike to Work Day is in May. Via Transportation Alternatives.

Skip the spin classes and get your buns on a real bicycle — Bike Month is finally here! And while the cold and damp may not yet feel like biking season (sorry, Five Boro Tourists), now’s the time to get back in the saddle and into cycling shape. If you need some extra motivation to start rolling, May has a load of bike-related events that’ll get you pumped to pump pedals.

There are hundreds of non-culturally appropriated events planned. To make it a little easier for you, we’re listing the must-dos for this month. Check out the lineup below. (more…)