11/17/15 9:41am
Bluebird brunch will leave you feeling anything but blue. via FB

Bluebird brunch will leave you feeling anything but blue. via FB

Winter is nigh upon us. It’s time to throw on flannel underwear and never leave the apartment. Soon enough we’ll all be dodging slush monsters while waving away rumors of how nice California is this time of year.

Don’t despair, readers. We might all turn into wretched mole-people this winter, but brunch is forever ours. It knows no season. In that spirit, check out these brunch spots with working fireplaces. Between that and their cozy, Christmas-ready ambiance, you’ll be sure to warm your belly and soul against Californians. (more…)

07/22/15 9:27am
It's just a nice place to be. via Flickr user dumbonyc

It’s just a nice place to be. via Flickr user dumbonyc

Gone are the days of abandoned warehouses and empty piers lining the Brooklyn waterfront. Wegman’s has replaced the ghostly buildings on Admiral’s Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and it’s hard to imagine Red Hook without Ikea. Beautification efforts in the early 2000s replaced miles of industrial sites with the Brooklyn Bridge Park and rejuvenated the waterfront as a popular space for cultural events. Now with businesses like the Brooklyn Barge Bar which offers a range of water sport programs nestled comfortably next to art galleries and restaurants, Brooklyn’s shoreline has become a playground for nature enthusiasts and urbanites alike. Here’s our recommendations of the 50 best ways to experience Brooklyn’s waterfront. (more…)

What else are you doing on a Wednesday night that you can't hang out with Hans Landa?

What else are you doing on a Wednesday night that you can’t hang out with Hans Landa?

Ah, summers in Brooklyn where you can see virtually any concert or film you can imagine for free. It almost makes up for the six months of soul crushing snow. Where once stood a sad empty park there is now hundreds of sweaty bodies blocking your view. Now there are certainly times when we want to watch a movie with half of New York (hello Brooklyn Bridge Park movie night lineup) but sometimes it’s nice watch a movie when you’re not competing for seats. Luckily, the People’s Republic of Brooklyn (247 Smith Street) just started a free movie night this summer, so check classics playing every Wednesday from May through July in PRB’s beer garden, starting around 9:30pm. (more…)

02/19/15 1:39pm
chinese new year duckduck

Mmmm…New Year… via Flickr user Sheila

It’s the year of the sheep! Or goat depending on your preferred herding animal. This means fireworks, parades, and plenty of warm delicious dumplings. Given the frozen hellscape of the past few days, we are certainly down for anything that gets us out of the cold for a few hours without missing all the fun. Check out the 9th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration at duckduck (161 Montrose Avenue) tonight for free food, drinks, and other celebratory shenanigans. (more…)

11/25/14 10:00am
brooklyn charm shop

Why fight someone over a charm bracelet when you could just learn to make you on the cheap at Brooklyn Charm Shop? via Facebook

Black Friday is upon us and if you completely hate yourself, it’s prime time to buy presents for the holidays. Sure, we get it – the discounts are great, but it’s always a little awkward when your one friend gives you the perfect present and your gift to her was found after a hard won fight at the bargain bin.

Make your friends and family wish you were their secret Santa this year by giving them something you made at one of these six craft classes that you can take for $40 and under. We’re usually against learning anything that’s actually practical, but we would love to find a hand-knit scarf under the tree this year. (more…)

11/17/14 1:55pm
flu season

No need to resort to this, when you have things that will make you feel better just hanging out in your pantry. via Flickr user Edgar Antonio Villaseñor González

Well it’s that time of the year again. The first round of fall colds has already claimed victims as Brooklyn gears up for flu season. It won’t be long before you have to choose between standing on the subway or sitting next to that sniffling person who you know will manage to cough all over you. Now you can always go the preventative route with affordable flu shots at Rite Aide or Duane Reade, but you’ll inevitably wake up with a tickle in the back of your throat before Spring.  Instead of turning to overpriced meds (they only manage symptoms anyway), try these five home remedies. (more…)

11/13/14 1:05pm
feeding nyc

You can help Feeding NYC feed plenty of families for Thanksgiving, but that’s not all you can do. via Facebook

A few Thursdays from now, the country comes together to stuff its face. Do you really need a fried turkey the size of a small child? Of course you do – along with at least two sides per guest. But while you’re busy eating a few years off your life, remember that there’s people in our community who struggle to get by everyday. Give back the next two weeks by donating your time or money to these seven events and charities. (more…)

11/07/14 2:15pm
curling prospect park

Could this wind up being you? Maybe! via Flickr user Peter Miller

Most of us give up on our dreams of making the Olympics at around the same time we realize that it involves a ridiculous amount of work and we really aren’t that good at sports. We’re still traumatized by high school track, but some Olympic sports give us pause. Just try to walk past a TV with curling on and see if you can ignore the graceful release of the stones and the frantic scrubbing that ensues. Well now you can try curling yourself! The Brooklyn Lakeside Curling Club is throwing a free open house at the LeFrak Center (171 East Drive) on November 9 between 2pm and 4pm. (more…)

11/04/14 10:06am
royal palms shuffleboard club

They’re doing it for fun, but you can do it for fun AND good. via Facebook

One of the best things about living in Brooklyn is its strong sense of community. What with Sour Patch Kids and glammed up yuppies moving in across the street, it’s important for us to stick together. We can’t forget that some of our neighbors are really struggling this season. Good thing Brooklynites are so good at having a blast while lending a helping hand. You can do just that this weekend, by playing shuffleboard and drinking at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (514 Union Street, Gowanus) at a fundraiser for soup kitchen CHiPS on Sunday, November 9 from 4pm – 7pm. (more…)

10/28/14 10:06am
pies'n'thighs

Chicken, waffles, satisfied nap afterwards. All photos by Joanna Purpich

Chicken and waffles hold a strange place in the food pyramid. They’re neither a true breakfast dish nor a lunch item despite the role chicken and waffles separately play in our diets. Have we found the holy grail of brunch? Regardless of when you choose to stuff your face, chicken and waffles are wonderful. Unfortunately, they can just as easily empty your wallet as fill your stomach.

Armed with the belief that chicken and waffles can be both affordable and delicious, I checked out eight Brooklyn restaurants all offering the dish for $13 and under, and ranked them for each individual component and the value of the meal as a whole. (more…)