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.”

10/10/14 12:52pm
Chat about The Craft, even if you don't practice the craft

Chat about The Craft, even if you don’t practice the craft

When Halloween falls on a week day, Brooklyn celebrates Halloween all month long. This year, Halloween is on a Friday and well, that’s still not stopping us from partying with witches and goblins all throughout the month of October, nor are we excluding Mondays. On this upcoming Monday, October 13, femme-centric film podcast Bonnie & Maude is hosting a spooky “Monday the 13th” evening of music and presentations centered around witchcraft seen in movies, pop culture and television called All of Them Witches at the Bell House (Monday the 13th, get it?! Don’t turn inside out!). (more…)

10/08/14 4:28pm
gowanus wild

Nice place for a walk, just don’t fall in! via Miska Draskoczy

You might already be pretty acquainted with Gowanus and its eponymous canal. You may have canoed in it. You may have even helped fund a show that takes place in it. Still, according to Park Slope Stoop, artist Miska Draskoczy aims to show you a different side of the Gowanus with his upcoming photography exhibit and walking tour entitled “Gowanus Wild,” with an emphasis on studying the delicate balance between natural beauty, a modern, vibrant urban environment, and all that damn sewage that you can find in a place most recently made nationally famous for trapping a poor dolphin and most known for being so very gross in general. (more…)

10/07/14 4:08pm
devour hour

Doesn’t matter how funny they are when you’re eating free empanadas. But they’ll probably be funny. via Flickr user Pablo Flores

Friends don’t let friends stay hangry. Seriously, your stomach’s empty and you turn into a nightmare until somebody stuffs a bodega sandwich into you. Before you rage against the world for not letting you eat that bike tire turned doughnut, drop by Hank’s Saloon (46 3rd Ave) Wednesday, October 8 for their debut monthly comedy show Devour Hour, offering free food and and some seriously funny entertainment. (more…)