02/27/15 11:08am

irishhaven

5721 4th Avenue (corner of 58th)
Sunset Park
(718) 439-9893
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What it is: A down-to-earth Irish pub bar in the heart of Sunset Park, it’s the place to go when you want a good, cheap drink with none of the nonsense. Even though you’ll encounter lots of regulars, any newcomers will still feel right at home. This place is as relaxed as it gets, so head over and put a few dollars in their jukebox, grab a cheap beer, and enjoy.

Why we love it: It’s a neighborhood staple with great drink deals and even a few food giveaways like Taco Tuesdays. Come and play a game of foosball, pool, or darts with some of Brooklyn’s natives. There’s plenty of space and potential for a great conversation with a Sunset Park lifer.

Who to bring: Your buddies, who you’ll take down in darts or pool. If you know anybody who needs to save a few dollars, rest assured that nobody will break the bank.

What to order: With 11 beers on tap, you’re bound to find a favorite of yours, and you won’t need to be a baller to get any of them. You can’t go wrong with $5 for a perfectly poured 20 ounces of Guinness.

Fun fact(s): Irish Haven was featured in the bar scene of The Departed, so feel free to head out and do your best Leonardo DiCaprio impression. Also, Irish Haven just turned 50, so make sure to wish them a happy birthday when you get that second $5 cocktail.

02/13/15 3:00pm
green-wood cemetery clown

Sigh.

You might remember that last year brought us joy in the form of captivating Brooklyn-based mysteries. They made us ask questions related to the security of our landmarks and whether living in a building with a garbage chute was really worth the convenience after all. A couple of them even made us consider the paranormal, if it weren’t so obvious that all of them were some lousy art thing. There were the white flags on the Brooklyn Bridge, the Prospect Park Brooklyn Nets skeleton and, of course, the clown just hanging out in Green-Wood Cemetery last summer.

Sometimes mysteries remain unsolved, eventually becoming local lore and capturing the imaginations of generations to come. But sometimes, you just have to consider Occam’s Razor. No, it wasn’t the incorporeal spirit of a dead clown haunting the grounds he would no longer ever get to leave, because come on. It was some jerk who was performing a piece of what he really wants us to call “art.” (more…)

02/09/15 12:53pm

schnitzel

Schnitzel Haus, 7319 5th Avenue, (between 73rd & 74th), Bay Ridge, (718) 836-5600
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What it is: Bay Ridge’s staple Austrian/German bar and restaurant, Schnitzel Haus is the place to go for a delicious bratwurst paired with a boot of German bier.

Why we love it: There’s so much variety! With 10 different German biers on draft including hefeweizens and doppelbocks and 30 different bottled biers, you can go nuts and dare not to drink the same thing twice. Not only are the eats great and the biers large, but karaoke nights on Thursdays will have you singing a fun tune between your brat bites starting at 9PM. If you prefer to just watch, local bands play all your favorite jams from yesterday and today on Friday and Saturday nights. Have a nice dinner with a date, or bring your friends and see who has the best singing voice on karaoke night. Basically, if they’re hungry or thirsty, they’ll love it here.

What to order: Aw hell, it’s too tough to decide which of their wursts to get, so just order up their Würst teller mit allem Drum und Dran, a platter featuring five different kinds, and satisfy every one of your cravings. Wash it all down with a cold hefeweizen.

Regular tip: Two of their ten taps are reserved for guest biers, so if you love variety, make sure to check in regularly and check out what’s newly available!

Schnitzel Haus is featured in the 2015 South Brooklyn & the Rockaways Beer Book, on sale now.

01/26/15 10:45am

redwhitebrew

8910 5th Ave. (between 89th & 90th), Bay Ridge, (718) 680-8900
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What it is: Beer garden and sports bar with great grub eats, board and other games to keep you busy.

Why we love it: This is a sports nut’s dream. You can count on Red White & Brew to show the game you can’t watch at home since you finally cut the cord. And if you’re not exactly obsessed with your team’s road to the Super Bowl, you can duck out back to the beer garden to escape the cheering maniacs. On select Fridays and Saturdays, a cover band comes on through to keep your head bobbing to some live music.

Who to bring: Hang out with your fellow fantasy football owners to talk smack on any given Sunday, Monday, or Thursday, a few pals to rock out with to the live music or tunes of your choosing thanks to their jukebox, or even a date! Use one of their many board games to break the ice. And seriously did we mention the back garden?

What to order: Even if you’re the pickiest beer drinker, Red White & Brew will have something for you. With 14 taps and at least 6 of them from local to international to micro breweries, there’s something for everyone.

Fun fact: The space has been a bar in some form or another since the 1920s, so celebrate history and another Clue or Guess Who victory while you take another sip.

Red, White and Brew is featured in the 2015 South Brooklyn & the Rockaways Beer Book, on sale now.

01/21/15 4:28pm
preschool mastermind

These are presumably from adults. via Michelle Joni

Perhaps 2014 was a little bit too stressful for you. Perhaps you’ve been disappointed as you struggled to navigate adulthood, constantly set back by various breakups, heartbreaking news stories local and abroad, a lack of anything resembling baller status and one too many goddamn train delays. If this is you, someone is finally giving you the chance to relive your days in preschool, thanks to Preschool Mastermind. And they say millennials are too immature to handle the real world. Wait a second… (more…)

01/08/15 1:05pm
mulchfest

It’s time to say goodbye, but in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. via Flickr user Josh Holloway

If, after your holiday celebrations have come and gone, you find your apartment saddled with the rapidly decaying corpse of what used to be a Christmas tree but is now just the saddest January tree, fear not. This weekend, give it a proper goodbye/put it out of its misery at the city’s annual MulchFest, run by NYC Parks, the Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC at Prospect Park and other locations citywide. (more…)

01/07/15 3:10pm
prospect park sledding

It’s winter, so get out to Prospect Park with a garbage can lid and have some damn fun. via Flickr user Atomische * Tom Giebel

Before we get started here, we first have to ask you a question: Why and when exactly have you become so terrified of the snow? Is the reason we all freak out at the mere mention of snow because of last year? Just because it was a bad winter last year doesn’t mean that we need to cower in fear at the very idea that Brooklyn might be covered in the wintry powder. Don’t stay inside all winter and whimper whenever it snows outside; make that stuff work for you, before it becomes horrible grey slush, anyway. It’s not only suburbanites that got to enjoy a good day of sledding while growing up; even lifelong Brooklynites like this very author hit the slopes up.

So go on, get your very own Rosebud, or just use a garbage can lid, whatever. We’ll see you at the park. We remember what it’s like to be kids, and so should you. Forget for a moment the fact that snow in Brooklyn has about a 30 minute shelf-life before it comes a slushy horrible mess that’s covered in dog piss. Embrace your inner kid (or take an actual kid with you) and actually have some damn fun at Brooklyn’s best sledding spots. (more…)

12/05/14 10:33am
arrogant swine brunch

This, but free. You don’t have to pay for this. No money down, no money at all actually. via Facebook

Love yourself some brunch but think it should be available as early as brunch, social “norms” be damned? That’s cool, we understand, and we’re thrilled to inform you that you can finally have the fat-laced barbecue brunch you’ve been waiting for. More importantly, the fat-laced brunch comes with FREE BLOODY MARYS.

According to DNAinfoArrogant Swine (173 Morgan Avenue), East Williamsburg’s new barbecue joint that was previously giving you free pig tattoos, is going introducing a brunch menu this Sunday. Brunch goes from 11am-4pm, and to celebrate the achievement, they’re featuring live music and yes, giving away free bloody marys courtesy of UBONS. As if brunch wasn’t enough of a drunken disaster. (more…)

12/03/14 9:26am
brooklyn supreme court

Your time will come, so make sure you’re ready. Photos by David Rosado

Jury duty: it might not be as fun as say, almost any other thing, and people usually don’t wake up hopeful that today’s the day the summons arrives in their mailbox, informing them that it’s time to head over to the courthouse in Downtown Brooklyn. But it is your civic duty to serve, so you might as well just suck it up and go. The courthouse has WiFi so you can do things like read Brokelyn, catch up on Serial, write posts about surviving jury duty for Brokelyn, or non-computer things even. All of that is until they call your name. Then it’s time to work – and pretend you make up 1/12th of a GOD to someone.

Plus, jury duty time away from your regular job, and if it’s been a while since you’ve been to Downtown, consider it a great opportunity to check out some fun food and drink spots you might otherwise have missed. So, in the service of encouraging doing your civic duty without losing your mind, here’s your jury duty survival guide. (more…)

bush terminal park

Hooray, a park. via the NYC Economic Development Corporation

In the making for over a decade, the planned Bush Terminal Piers Park in Sunset Park is finally here after years of heavy-duty clean-up and plenty of delays, according to DNAinfo.

The brand new Bush Terminal Piers Park opened yesterday, bringing with it a pair of multi-purpose soccer and baseball fields, and even a nature preserve, all stretching from 43rd (where the entrance is) to 51st street along the waterfront in a neighborhood that sorely needed more space to run around with your arms over your head while screaming “I’m in a park!” (more…)