01/20/15 9:29am
Don't touch the floor, because the floor is lava

Don’t touch the floor, because the floor is lava

Admit it, you’ve totally watched Ninja Warrior (or the watered down American version) on cable and thought, “I could tooootally do that.” Well now’s your opportunity to try it and be humbled as an audience of actually fit people look on, because this weekend Brooklyn Boulders will be hosting their own Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course, Lava Monster. Oh, now that you’ve got the chance to prove you’re a ninja warrior you’re suddenly busy? Convenient. (more…)

01/12/15 9:25am
smith-9th street bridge

BYO Pink Floyd. via Flickr user Timmy Caldwell

When was the last time you went to a laser light show, that youthful rite of hand holding and possibly making out passage (we’ve never actually been). If you feel like it’s been too long, you’re in luck, because Brownstoner notes that for two weeks starting tonight, the same group that re-lit the Kentile Floors sign is projecting a “light sculpture” on to the side of the Smith-9th Street Bridge in Gowanus. For once, the strange lights in the sky won’t be an LSD flashback, which is nice. (more…)

Because life doesn't get much better than this. (via Flickr user smallkaa)

Because life doesn’t get much better than this. (via Flickr user smallkaa)

Step aside Romeo & Juliet, everyone knows that pizza & beer are history’s REAL star-crossed lovers. Way less tragic and infinitely more cheesy, nothing quite satisfies like a slice and a cold one, especially when we’re talking about Bushwick heavyweight Roberta’s December pop-up at Threes Brewing‘s brand new 8,000 square-foot Gowanus brewpub(more…)

11/21/14 10:26am
gowanus

Your high-rise here. via Flickr user Moretso

Now that the Williamsburg waterfront is about all filled up, and the owner of Junior’s refuses to sell, Brooklyn’s poor beleaguered high-rise residential buildings don’t seem to have anywhere to go. Well, it looks like that’s about to change, because according to DNA Info the Bridging Gowanus plan is set to clear the way for high-rise residential buildings up to 18 stories high. The good news for the residents of Gowanus, is that said rezoning is supposed to come with things like NYCHA fixes, manufacturing protection, more park space and other things that are always promised and seem to lag behind precious glass high-rises. (more…)

11/18/14 4:20pm
beat it littlefield

Hope you’ve been practicing. Photo by Tim Donnelly

Well, it’s holiday season, and with that comes holiday stress. Whether it’s having to cook for 15 people, dealing your drunk mom at Christmas, bitter family arguments of dreidel gambling debts that haunt your Hanukkah gathering, white people telling you Kwanzaa is fake or not being able to get enough drugs for New Year’s Eve, we all have challenges that freak us out during the holidays. Pint-sized pun genius Jo Firestone is here to help though it, with an invitation to come beat stuffed animals and piñatas at Littlefield for free on Saturday, at an event called Beat It: An Interactive Art Installation Where You Hit Things. All you need to do is bring your own bat. (more…)

hank's saloon

Beelzebub has started early, because a few of his preferred candidates haven’t won. via Facebook

Whether you’ve been paying attention to the 2014 midterms since the day after Election Day 2012 or just started today by reading what someone told you what the experts were saying, there’s no doubt that the election can be a little exhausting. Instead of complaining about it on Twitter, why not do the thing you do to solve all your other problems and just drink your way through it? Hank’s Saloon (46 Third Avenue) has your back if you want to toast to our new Republican overlords or put a tear in your beer for your favorite upstart gubernatorial candidate, with a collection of midterm election drink specials that are all pitch perfect.  (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…)

11/03/14 2:02pm
threes brewing

Find out what’s in those barrels Saturday. via Instagram

We’re not sure if we’ll ever stop getting excited about new bars, especially since more bars means more chances to avoid people we owe money. There’s a new bar, brewery and events space opening in Gowanus and they’re giving you a sneak peak this Saturday from noon to midnight. Threes Brewing (333 Douglas Street) is set to open later this month, and to get everyone excited they’re hosting Smite the Brite, which will feature their new IPA, food from Delaney BBQ and live bluegrass. (more…)

10/29/14 4:29pm
running late with scott rogowsky

Three years of sitting at a desk with his initials on it. via Facebook

Think about the things that you’ve done for three years straight. Not too many things come to mind, beyond “staying employed”do they? No, because commitment to anything is terrible and we fickle millennials run from any use of the c-word. We gotta hand it to Scott Rogowsky then, because tomorrow, Thursday October 30, he’s celebrating doing three years of Running Late with Scott Rogoswky, which in terms of talk shows means that he lasted longer than when Conan had The Tonight Show. We’ve also gotta hand it to him because instead of charging a premium, Scott is throwing open the doors and making this a free show, and everyone knows laughter is better when it’s free. (more…)

popcorn machine

Your path to popcorn moguldom beings today

One of the difficult things about living in New York City is that you have to settle for popcorn from either a microwave or a stovetop, because no one owns a popcorn machine except for movie theatre owners. You can finally stop eating popcorn like a goddamn caveman though, because someone on Craigslist is letting the world know there are two free popcorn machines sitting out on the curb in front of the Bell House today. Truly, this is the land of opportunity that Taylor Swift sang about.

Not only do these two popcorn machines work, but they’re also said to be “in perfect condition,” by whoever is leaving them out on the curb. This is the perfect opportunity for whoever hosts a lot of movie nights, has a lot of popcorn kernels for some reason, or is ready to take their first step on the road to being a popcorn mogul. Pick these up and one day when Fortune asks you how you got your start, you can proudly tell them, “I got two popcorn machines out of the garbage in Gowanus.”