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Rachel Eve Stein

12/17/16 11:00am
Be a bud to your friends who love Bud. Screencap from Bad Santa.

Be a bud to your friends who love Bud. Screenshot from Bad Santa.

You’ve read enough Encyclopedia Brown to be able to figure out that the likely culprit in The Case Of The Disappearing Alcohol, including even your peanut butter cheesecake flavored vodka from 2013, is the person who lives in your apartment with you. This is probably the same person who still uses those hideous glass marble bongs and still values their flip-cup trophy. They might never outgrow their frequently intoxicated state of being, but at least you can steer them from beer pong to beer flights. Help them put the high in high brow with these gifts from the unique vendors at Williamsburg’s Artists & Fleas, open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 7pm. (more…)

12/12/16 11:36am
For all those moms who aren't like regular moms, they're cool moms! via Mean Girls screenshot

For all those moms who aren’t like regular moms, they’re cool moms! via Mean Girls screenshot

There are moms who are fun, but then there are “Fun Moms.” We’re talking about the mom who does picklebacks at the bar, curses more than you and would never be caught dead making any dessert featuring breakfast cereal. She wants to rock the latest trends (often all at the same time). These gifts from the unique vendors at Williamsburg’s Artists & Fleas, (open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 7pm) will satisfy her desire to be “down” without completely embarrassing you in front of the new significant other you brought home for the holidays. (more…)

12/06/16 11:00am
Eggnog is for closers. Via Flickr user globochem.

Eggnog is for closers. Via Flickr user globochem.

There are some people in this world who spend more time in the office than at home and know more about their coworkers than their roommates. These are people who actually enjoy using words like “synergy,” “webinar” and “circle back” in everyday conversation. These gifts are for your friend who will answer a phone call from their boss at a funeral. We figure that you might want to gift something with a little more cheer than a bag filled with Pepto Bismol and No-Doze. Here are some options to show them you care about their upward career trajectory from the unique vendors at Williamsburg’s Artists & Fleas, open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 7pm. (more…)

11/25/16 12:56pm
Slide something better under your favorite scholar's IKEA furniture this year. Image via Flickr.

Slide something better under your favorite scholar’s IKEA furniture this year. Image via Flickr.

As that one friend in grad school often tells you, the pursuit of knowledge often comes at the expense of self-care. If this year’s secret Santa exchange has got you asking “What do you get for the overachieving friend who has everything (and just enrolled in grad school, so is definitely not sleeping)?” we’ve got you covered. These gifts will be sure to soothe anyone who needs a little R&R, but is too zonked out (or broke) to make it happen.

Winter break is the perfect time to uncurl them from their 16-hour post-finals sleep. Let them wake up to your thoughtful gifts for relaxation and rejuvenation from these unique vendors at Williamsburg’s Artists & Fleas, open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 7pm. (more…)

11/23/16 12:06pm

Park Slope Santa prefers gluten-free cookies and almond milk. Via Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID

Thinking about tree lightings in New York often triggers memories of that one time you intentionally (or unintentionally) got swallowed up by the tourist mosh pit around the Rockefeller Center tree. That’s not something you ever want to do again.

The Park Slope 5th Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) has the Brooklyn-based antidote. At their annual Small Business Saturday event, they will be lighting a (real) 22 ft. tall Christmas tree with yards on yards on yards of lights that you won’t need an electrical engineering degree to appreciate. The ceremony is from 6:30 p.m to 8 p.m. at JJ Byrne Park, at 5th Ave. and 4th Street, smack dab in the middle of events and discounts all up and down the avenue. And unlike a tree you keep in your fifth-floor walk-up, you won’t have to deal with mouse poop “presents” under the tree or thinking too deeply about the decaying object in your living room. (more…)

11/02/16 12:30pm

The front room of the venue is ready for your party, with a capacity of 100. Via

Most of you know Knitting Factory as a staple of the New York music scene since the late 80s, hosting concerts by your favorite indie bands in one of the last real rock and roll clubs in the city. But we want you to know that the Williamsburg club is more than a music venue! It’s actually the perfect place for your holiday celebrations, along with its sister restaurant, The Federal. Whether you want to host the annual office party, a fundraiser for your nonprofit, or a large family gathering, the Knitting factory and The Federal will bring on the cheer for you and your crew. (more…)

10/17/16 3:41pm
drink local week

Get to know the best boozy spots Brooklyn has to offer at Drink Local Week.

If you’re living in Brooklyn and still chugging Budweiser and Evan Williams, you’re doing it wrong. We have the best bars, but did you know that we also have the best alcohol too? This week, Brooklyn’s first Drink Local Week is going to give you dozens more reasons not to leave the borough.

Whether you drink whiskey, wine, beer or cider, Drink Local Week has something for you. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Taste NY and Explore Brooklyn have teamed up to bring you a week of deals on wineries, breweries, distilleries, and more throughout the county of Kings. You’ll try drinks made here in Brooklyn, and throughout New York State. Think of it as Restaurant Week, but for booze!

The week kicks off this Thursday (Oct. 20), and goes through Oct. 26, and spans all the way from Greenpoint down to Bay Ridge, and from Columbia Street all the way west to Bed Stuy. Check Explore Brooklyn’s handy map to see where all of the participating businesses are. You just might find your new local hang or weekend jaunt. (more…)

06/23/16 12:34pm
Celebrate indepen-dance: The Freedom Party might be the best BK dance party this summer

The new venue, the Landing at Industry City, is a rare chance to dance with all your friends outdoors. Photo by Kenny Rodriguez Photography.

This post sponsored by The Freedom Party.

In the coming days and weeks, lots of dance parties will claim that they are The Party Of The Summer, but we think The Freedom Party sounds like it’s about to take that crown and run. It already won the Village Voice’s “Best Dance Party 2015” title, and, at 13 years old, is the longest running weekly dance party in NYC. Most recently, it called Brooklyn Bowl and Le Poisson Rouge home, but has just relocated on Saturdays to The Landing in Industry City at (638 Second Ave. in Sunset Park, one stop on the D or N from Atlantic to 36th Street, y’all).

When I asked Matt Kelly, who helps organize the parties for City Farm, what made the party so special, he was quick to say, “the space — it’s the size of a city block.”

It’s outdoors, right on the East River (take a break from Gowanus Canal fumes!), so, “you get a nice breeze off the water,” said Kelly, who’s 31 and lives in Bay Ridge. It also means that there is space to dance without elbows in your face and colliding drinks. The decor is fairly minimal, but modern. Wooden tables with red metal chairs and some industrial detailing throughout make for a chill, summery vibe. The people and the music are all the stimulation necessary! Plus, Brokelyn has a code for discounted tickets for you for every party this summer too. (more…)

04/15/16 3:00pm

Rachel canvassing for Bernie Sanders in Kensington with #Brocktoons4Bernie. Credit: Asher Ross.

I know for a fact that some of you, despite repeated illustrated reminders, are bummed about having missed the registration deadline to vote in this year’s election. Or maybe haven’t gotten your citizenship, or for whatever reason can’t vote in the primary. But I’m here to tell you about the way you can make a difference anyway: by canvassing Brooklyn for your candidate.

Whenever I ask people to canvass, they always look at me like I’m asking them to WORK. But all it means is going door to door asking potential voters whether they will be supporting said candidate and making sure they know where their polling site is. And sure, it also means fielding questions about whether [insert candidate here] is really [insert religion here], but that’s half the fun. People are interesting, and their opinions about this year’s election even more-so. Best of all, canvassing means being able to join the great wired vs. unwired doorbell debate.

So whether you’re canvassing for Bernie or canvassing for Hillary, here are seven reasons why it beats a date night, reading a Medium piece or a workout any day. (more…)

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Royal Palms
514 Union Street, (Third Avenue and Nevins Street), Gowanus,
(347) 223-4410

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What it is: All-things-Florida-themed shuffleboard court with a full bar and rotating food trucks.

Why we love it: For those of us who spent grueling family “vacations” with our grandparents in retirement homes across Florida, the prospect of going to the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Court might sound like a major trigger. Fear not! Going to the spacious Royal Palms is like the real kind of Florida vacation, heretofore depicted in daydreams and vintage postcards: aqua colored everything, flamingo wall paper in the bathrooms, shuffleboard puns and cabanas. This venue is best enjoyed in small groups so you can take advantage of your hour of court time and still have a couple people on your team’s side to chill with. Note that the courts are long and you play next to an opposing team member. It’s a great way to have some flirty competition with a work crush, while literally being on the same team as your conveniently far away boss. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to play, as a staff member will give you a complementary tutorial. Weekly activities range from drag queen bingo to a new monthly Funk & Soul Dance Party (finally, South Brooklyn)! Check their Facebook and Twitter periodically for one-off parties that are usually free. Even if you don’t shuffle, it’s still a great place to bring a pal and escape the cramped and pretentious bars of NYC.

What to order: As you would expect, Royal Palms specializes in fun, fruity cocktails. However, they have several craft beers on tap for your Beer Book pleasure. One of the most unusual and delightful features of this space is that the nosh is provided by a different food truck every day. A member of their delightful waitstaff will serve you drinks, so you’ll never miss a second of the game.

Regular tip: League nights are Monday and Tuesday, so don’t expect to reserve a court! Also, the guy on the scooter is a co-owner, so no snickering.