We can't wait to be here with Kelso beers and good friends. via Facebook

We can’t wait to be here with Kelso beers and good friends. via Facebook

Of all the free outdoor movie series in Brooklyn every summer, the one at Fort Greene’s Habana Outpost (757 Fulton St.) remains my personal favorite. Maybe it’s the convenience of cheap alcohol and foodstuffs (CORN PORN) next door, or the colorful decor of the courtyard that sits right on the street. Or maybe it’s just the rebellious feeling that watching a movie projected onto the side of a building wall offers to an otherwise waning weirdness in present-day Fort Greene.

Whatever the reason, the Habana Outpost movie series is, IMO, the one to get pumped about. This year’s movie selection is tops, as per usual: all pre-2000 classics, with cult New Yawk flicks like The Warriors and Ghostbusters alongside lesser-known gems like John Hughes’ Weird Science and Warren Beatty’s Bulworth. So between this, the Summer Screen series at McCarren Park and the movies in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the coming season is already jam-packed with excuses to leave your house. Stay tuned for our ultimate guide to all the outdoor movies in BK this summer! And in the meantime, mark these dates on your calendar.  (more…)

Welcome home, lady!

Welcome home, lady!

Searching through Craigslist for a room in New York is one of the more depressing endeavors you can put yourself through. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the terrible listings you come across are a joke. On the other hand, sometimes, like in the case of this $450/month windowless walk-in closet that three guys are advertising as ideal for a woman, they’re entirely too real and you’re face-to-face with the pitiless screaming ghoul that is New York City real estate. Close your eyes and don’t look at it, lest it melt your face off! (more…)

You'll have to drink a lot of wine to see any ghosts on this tour. Photos by Meghan Stephens.

You’ll have to drink a lot of wine to see any ghosts on this tour. Photos by Meghan Stephens.

You may have heard that just in time for spooky season, the borough is now home to the brand-new Brooklyn Paranormal Society — a group of ghost-hunters who advertise an enticing blend of drinking, paranormal history lessons and an investigation of the spiritual forces that may surround us. The mix of attractions for the first outing a few weeks ago was right up our alley: drinking on a weeknight, starting at a bar in Fort Greene, then moving on to boozing in the park and, most importantly, hunting for ghosts. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, hearing haunting tales while drinking outdoors sounds like a pretty fun free way to spend a fall evening.

These ghostbusters are hardly Peter Venkmans or Egon Spenglers, though. The group is led by an amateur foursome of Brooklynites who advertise the Meetup events as BYOB boos-and-booze bonanzas. They’re holding another one tonight in Prospect Park, which has already attracted lots of media attention. The organizers are enthusiastic, but if you’re expecting any ghost-hunting expertise, set your proton packs to “low expectations.” It felt a lot like what would happen if your high school friends got their hands on some “ghost-hunting” equipment and a box of wine.

Here’s how the first-ever outing of Brooklyn’s own artisanal ghostbusters went down: (more…)

Party like a book, party like a bookstore

Party like a book, party like a bookstore

Friday’s finally here, which means Sunday’s just a hop-skip away. But don’t turn your brain off just yet: you’ll need it for all the literary schmoozing you’ll be doing at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday! We’ve already rounded up the best of the festival, and told you about great bars for reading in. Now, it’s time to tell you how to party like the true liberal arts college graduate that you are, or might have been.

Greenlight Bookstore is kicking off the festival with a “Brooklyn-sized” bash tonight. Considering the size of the borough, we’re pretty sure that means big. And if you’re the kind of discerning individual who prefer dancing among like-minded intellectuals, then this is definitely your scene.  (more…)

They're already fitting in purr-fectly

They’re already fitting in purr-fectly

As we all know, Manhattan has not just one, but two cat cafes. The nerve of that expensive borough hogging all the cat cafes in this city just makes our blood boil. But oh what’s this? A pop-up cat cafe is coming to Brooklyn starting this weekend, just in time for cuddling season. So long Manhattan, we don’t need you for a damn thing anymore (except most of your jobs we guess)! (more…)

This is what $500,000 gets you, folks.  (via NYT)

This is what $500,000 gets you, folks. (via NYT)

I recently received a Google news alert, i.e. an ad, for a condo in Clinton Hill. I’m not in the market, but something struck me about the property. Not its precious name (Aperture 538) or the severe appointments, but its price tag: a staggering half-million dollars for a 533 square-foot studio. That is sheer lunacy — why would anyone pay that much for such a tiny space? Yeah, yeah, location, location, location. The ad says, “Clinton Hill is an ideal neighborhood to call home…”, which is true if you have no concept of the value of money. But I do; so I wondered if that cash would be better spent buying somewhere less desirable and simply visiting Brooklyn every weekend. (more…)

splitty

You’ll probably be able to find a couple Nathaniel P. types while you’re there too.

Splitty
415 Myrtle Ave., Clinton Hill
(718) 643-2867

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What it is: This groovy, Marrakech-inflected bar in Clinton Hill by Andy McDowell of Pete’s Candy Shop features food and beer with an Eastern vibe. It holds events almost every night that truly run the gamut. Go in and relax with a beer or play some of the provided games with friends.

Why we love it: The detail that went in to the bar, which is modeled after a vintage airstream camper, is hugely impressive. It provides a beautiful space to enjoy the nightly free music including their Friday night all-female DJ line up. Get some friends together to have some beers or cocktails while watching CAMPISTA featuring members of Antibalas and Fela Kuti every Tuesday night.

What to order: The Hitachino with a mushroom bao is totally on point. They also have a great happy hour until 7pm Monday through Saturday and happy hour specials all day on Sunday that rock with $3 wells, $4 drafts/bottles and $4 baos.

Regular tip: The name of the bar comes from a term for a VW van with a split front windshield. 

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Looks pretty green to us! Photo by Sam Corbin

Looks pretty green to us! Photo by Sam Corbin

We did it, guys! We got through another year without destroying the planet. That’s reason enough to rejoice, but there’s even more in it for you here in Brooklyn than you might have thought. The Greene Grape has been awarded 1st place in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s “Greenest Block in Brooklyn” contest, and they want to share all their sustainability victory feels with you.

To celebrate, they’ll be offering $3 prosecco and Singlecut lager all day long tomorrow at their café, Annex. There’ll also be some complimentary cheese, because in addition to the “Greenest Block” title, it’s also Annex’s one-year anniversary of being open. So much celebrating.

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Phineas & Pherb is just one of the ice cream brands you'll be able to scream for there. Please ask nicely instead of screaming, though. via Facebook

Phin & Phebe’s is just one of the ice cream brands you’ll be able to scream for there. Please ask nicely instead of screaming, though. via Facebook

How do you beat the heat in the summer? Don’t cry in a vain attempt to spread some moisture on your face, that’s just gonna dehydrate you. Instead, eat ice cream! Brooklyn has a few ice cream shops, and now it’s about to get another one in Fort Greene, from mini-Fulton Street empire Greene Grape, who’s opening an ice cream shop on June 24. (more…)

Sip an "Etta James" at the candlelit Great Georgiana

Sip an “Etta James” at the candlelit Great Georgiana

The Great Georgiana
248 Dekalb Ave (at Vanderbilt)
Fort Greene

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What it is: Corner bar and eatery in the heart of Fort Greene.

Why we love it: The space is stunning, with exposed brick, wooden floors and a long zinc bar, elegant at night with candles and drooping white lights. It’s both an intimate spot for a date night—get cozy in one of the front window nooks and enjoy prime Dekalb Ave. people watching—and dancing with friends on regular DJ nites. In warmer months, lounge over bar snacks like “devils on horseback” and cocktails at the sidewalk tables.

What to order: The signature “Etta James” of barrel-aged gin, chamomile and lemon; or ask the bartender about the “daily cocktail.”  Beer-wise, two of the six draft lines are constantly rotating, or a $4 can of Modelo always hits the spot. The food menu ranges from cheese and charcuterie plates to comfort food classics like Shepherd’s Pie; let your appetite be your guide.

Regular tip: The bar is named after the migrant ship Georgiana of 1852 that traveled from co-owner Chris Connor’s native Glasgow, Scotland to co-owner Dominic Tracy’s hometown of Geelong, Australia, ending in a mutiny!

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