sunset park

Go up Sunset Park’s hill a bit and play ball with all the locals, while they still exist. Photo by Dave Rosado

Following through on his campaign promise to do so, Mayor de Blasio is ready to funnel $100 million into some heavy duty development in Sunset Park, planned for the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Industry City and Liberty View Plaza which includes high-budget sequels to DUMBO and the Chelsea Market.

Affectionately known at one point as Gunset Park by those who grew up there (like me), and slapped by those who lived in neighboring sections of Brooklyn with the derogatory moniker Gunset Park, it’s is still a place where you can get some of New York’s best bahn mi and tacos, and where you can enjoy an amazing view of Manhattan from the highest point in Brooklyn, in the actual park itself. Sunset Park is, for now, still known as an affordable place that’s just barely resisted the fast moving gentrification of Murray Hill East, Park Slope and countless other neighborhoods. Now though? It’s on the fast track.

In case you haven’t visited Sunset Park before, might I suggest you do so now, while it’s still in its twilight days? This way, when the transformation to Sunset Park 2.0 is complete and nobody will be able to afford to live there anymore, you can at least say that you saw it before the change over to yet another place people write stupid hacky lazy hipster-related jokes about. Make sure to hit up some of these old local favorites now, before they’re bulldozed to make room for luxury housing. (more…)

07/25/14 12:54pm
portside newyork heavy metal sale

You can probably figure out what to do with this thing. via PortSide NewYork

Are you a prospective restaurateur struggling to think of a theme for your future eatery? Stocking up for an elaborate production of your one-person show, “If I Were a Pirate”? Perhaps you’re just looking for a way to decorate your apartment like a ghost ship so you can dub it “the hull,” kind of creeping out all those who visit from now on, you weirdo? No matter what your goal, there’ll be some deals waiting for you at PortSide NewYork’s “Heavy Metal” sale at Pier 11 in Red Hook this Sunday, according to DNAInfo, where you’ll find all the marine gear, and none of the scurvy. (more…)

07/23/14 7:00am
brooklyn greenway initiative epic ride

It’s gonna be…pretty good. via Facebook

This Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY, get your epic exercise on with the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative‘s 6th annual Epic Ride, a great alternative for anybody who missed out on registering for the always popular Five Boro Bike Tour, or those who laughed maniacally at the $90 price tag to participate, which sounds like a weird thing to do but okay. Starting bright and early at 8am, the 40-mile bike ride will take you from Greenpoint to Rockaway Beach, providing a great chance to see a whole lot of Brooklyn (and a tiny bit of Queens) within a few hours. (more…)

07/15/14 9:00am
j'eatjet? brunch

At j’eatjet it’s more like moremosa, Photo by Dave Rosado

Brunch: it’s that magical meal that’s somehow both over- AND underrated. It’s a great way to start a weekend or coast through a Sunday morning hangover, a meal where you can order a boozy drink and loudly proclaim “It’s five o’clock somewhere, right? Who cares? It’s brunch o’clock here!” to the hearty enjoyment of nobody, because come on. Brunch can also be expensive, as day drinking is apparently a fancy affair once you introduce a fruit cup to the occasion.

Still, there’s no need to be one of the five richest kings of Europe to get your boozy brunch on. Instead of buying a sixer of Milwaukee’s Best to drink alongside some hastily-made scrambled eggs at home, class it up by heading to these eight restaurants which offer the best Brooklyn unlimited brunch drink specials. And even though we’ll be focusing on the bottomless, don’t forget The Saint Catherine’s excellent 2-for-1 brunch cocktail deal we recently alerted all ye brunching faithful to. (more…)

07/09/14 3:27pm
lyft

If you see a car with a pink mustache, you aren’t hallucinating. This time. Probably. via Facebook

[Update II, 7/25: Lyft has come to terms with the city and will be launching tonight. Per Twitter, free rides for two weeks deal is back on as well.]

[Update: Lyft is delaying their New York launch]

Have you ever wanted to take a cab ride but also wanted to feel a little bit naughty while doing it? You could… well actually, there are thousands of ways you can do that already, but here’s one more to add to the list: Lyft, the Uber-competitor featuring a fleet of pink mustachioed cars, is coming to Brooklyn and Queens this Friday at 7pm, and it’s allowing early disrupters to enjoy rides for the low, low price of nothing (plus tip), just in time for the weekend. (more…)

brooklyn boulders summer solstice

When it’s time to boulder party we will boulder party hard. via Brooklyn Boulders

Brooklyn-based climbers, rejoice. Brooklyn-based climbers who also love being at the front of lines, rejoice harder. Brooklyn Boulders (575 Degraw Street), the ultra-popular climbing gym in Gowanus, is kicking off the summer this Saturday with their Summer Solstice Sale and Party, and there are extra savings in it for anybody who shows up and hangs out in line tomorrow. (more…)

06/16/14 1:57pm
brooklyn cyclones

A happy recap is even happier when it comes at half the cost. via Facebook

At 31-38 and sitting perilously close to last place in the NL East, the Mets might be inspiring feelings of sadness and frustration if you’re a fan. “It’s depressing,” you’re probably thinking, “that 400-year-old Bobby Abreu is probably the team’s best hitter. Can the Mets even physically score more than five runs in two straight games?” It’s okay, we’re here to help, with half-price Brooklyn Cyclones tickets, so you can catch future Mets who might make watching the parent club more bearable. (more…)

06/10/14 1:20pm
citizen ink friday the 13th tattoos

Citizen Ink is feeling lucky, are you? via Facebook

Don’t look now, but Friday the 13th is fast approaching once again. Some folks may like to mark the occasion by sitting back and watching Jason Takes Manhattan for the umpteenth time, while others might dive under their beds at midnight, crippled with fear for the ensuing 24 hours. For those of us who are not stricken with triskaidekaphobia, and are not crazy about the eighth, not-very-good installment of an 80s horror franchise, how’s about a sweet tattoo deal? If you’ve finally decided to get that flaming bag of poop, UFO, or shattered mirror, but were waiting for the price to be just right, check out these eight spots for $13 Friday the 13th tattoo specials. This will be the very last Friday the 13th of 2014, so why risk living out the next several months in regret? (more…)