Some good old fashioned dancing in the street, without worrying about cars. via the Washington Avenue Prospect Heights Association Flickr
Even though summer is nowhere near over, you might want to capitalize on outdoor festivals while you still can. Fill your summer street fair quota by heading to the 6th Annual Wash Ave. Rocks! on the border of Prospect Heights and Crown Heights this Sunday! The event, presented by the Washington Avenue Prospect Heights Association (WAPHA), celebrates some of the best the neighborhood has to offer, from its global cultures and proud history to its diverse vendors, artists, and restaurant scene. This year’s is centered around “family, food, fashion, and fun” so, c’mon, you probably like at least one of those things. And even if you don’t, there’s also beer! (more…)
You’ve still got time to be carried away by summer! via Flicker user Lara Wechsler aka Shveckle Havameyer
Yeah, I see you. It’s the dawn of August, it’s hot outside, and you’re ready to put a fork in your summer, ‘cause she’s cooked. Memorial Day weekend, so full of summertime promise, feels simultaneously like yesterday and a distant memory. You had a vision for summer 2015, and then, without fail, your weekends filled up as quickly as an affordable housing lottery. And now you’re already writing off those untapped activities as maybe-next-years. Surrender your utensil. I’m here to remind you that there’s still plenty of summer left– and you need to embrace it.
Sure, opening your door now feels like opening the Ark of the Covenant, but I also have a theory (rooted in no science or research) that most of us have been conditioned to feel a sense of dread in August regardless. Way back in your school days, this month meant the party was almost over, you’d be returning to another, older grade, your precious youth, assuredly slipping away. But the good news is that you’re old now, and summer ends when you say so! This time around, don’t get “excited for fall” like a chump when the weather turns ghastly hot for a week. Live in the freaking moment for once in your irreversibly smartphone-addicted life. Here are some pointers for using your summertime wisely, mitigating common regrets, and, as your roommate’s tattoo roughly translates to, seizing the day. (more…)
Once, you were best friends. Then it all went so very wrong. Illustrations by Shaylyn Berlew
Roommates, am I right? Like Metrocards with inconvenient balances and delivery people who have seen you crying more than once, if you live here, you probably have ‘em. Unless you can afford not to? In which case, why are you reading this blog? Kidding!! Sharing responsibilities, a bathroom, appliances, and an often laughably small “common area” with other people you may or may not know is a wild social psychology experiment that could lead to friendship, or earn you status as a regular at the bar down the street because you need constant reprieve from your hellhole of an apartment. If you’ve been in Brooklyn long enough (a mere year can suffice), you’ve probably got some war stories. See if you recognize any of your old roomies (or current, sorry) below! (more…)
In the Navy (Yard)/There’s a bunch of stuff to see! In the Navy (Yard)/Open to you and me! via Flickr user Tracy O.
From hosting complainers during Fashion Week to being declared a national landmark, the Brooklyn Navy Yard has been getting plenty of hype lately. But unless you work here or live in the surrounding neighborhoods, chances are good you haven’t ventured to this pocket of our borough. Not unlike… almost all of Brooklyn, the Navy Yard has changed drastically in recent years. Once one of the most active military shipbuilding sites in the U.S. all the way back to the days the Revolutionary War, the Navy Yard is now a vast, urban industrial park dedicated to sustainability. It’s home to almost 330 widely diverse businesses which employ over 7000 people. Though non-employees can’t always access the secure confines of the yard, there are still plenty of opportunities to explore it! We’ve compiled a list of things you should do and see in the Yard, as well as just a sampling of the awesome work from this hotbed of creativity and innovation. (more…)
Look how much fun these people are having with art! via Facebook
It’s late spring in New York City, and you’re probably being inundated with images of all the highly Instagrammable art happenings that are perpetually popping up around here. Though it’s inarguably awesome to have access to so much new art on the reg, maybe you want to have a serious art binge without venturing into Manhattan or taking a boat. Look no further than the 16th Annual SONYA Art Walk this weekend! (more…)
The only flag you need this summer. Illustrations by Shaylyn Berlew
Now that the frost has finally lifted from the northeast, Brokelynites can finally partake in all of the classic outdoor activities that our metropolis has to offer – strolls along our waterfront parks, running, biking, various other outdoor athletics, and most importantly, day drinking, our most hallowed nice weather tradition. When balmy temperatures and extended periods of sunlight decide to show up, we swarm to our countless outdoor bars, not to mention music festivals, rooftop parties, and buzzed beach days. Knocking back some drinks while lazing on a sunny afternoon can be an idyllic experience, or can honestly end horrifically. Fear not: we have a few pointers to mitigate the predicaments you may face as you navigate the choose-your-own adventure experience that is day drinking. (more…)
Every kid deserves a visit from Santa. via Facebook
As you know all too well, the holiday season is here, a time of year to be especially mindful of those around us who could use our help. If you’re looking for a way to help brighten the holidays for local kids in need, the Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive is an excellent opportunity. Last year’s event collected over 1,500 toys, and this year’s toy drive is bigger than ever. Sponsored by Brooklyn businesses and organizations, the toy drive is looking for unwrapped toys, stuffed animals, or games appropriate for kids under the age of 15 through December 15. And if you were on the fence for some reason, yes, there’s something in it for you. Namely, free drinks. (more…)
Enjoy the shinobi ramen at Shinobi Ramen with your own hand-selected booze. via Facebook
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could go out to dinner and be certain that your favorite alcoholic beverages were available, for around $3 per drink? Have we got news for you: Brooklyn has some awesome BYOB restaurants, so going out to eat and drinking cheap doesn’t have to exist only in your dreams.
A BYOB restaurant is a beautiful, cost-effective option often overlooked in a city where you’re constantly stuck $12 for something you already have in your fridge and could’ve poured into your own mason jar. We’re obviously not taking any kind of anti-bar stance here, but if you have a few odd beers at your apartment and want to get rid of them, why not take them out for a night on the town at at one of Brooklyn’s best BYOB restaurants? (more…)
You’ll probably be able to find a couple Nathaniel P. types while at Splitty’s. Or maybe you are one…
From Norman Mailer to Edgwidge Danticat to that guy from that OkCupid date who writes thinkpieces on Encino Man, Brooklyn has a long history of producing, housing and inspiring great authors and literary works. So naturally, there’s plenty of great literature that takes place around these parts. Here’s an introductory list of Brooklyn-based books, and where in the borough you should enjoy them for an optimum reader experience. But you don’t have to take my word for it…(more…)