Fun in the snow: not just for the kids anymore. via Twitter user Rachel Berkowitz (@rachel)
[UPDATE: A Parks Department spokesperson tells us they decided not to offer the sleds and hot chocolate today after all. Sorry all]
The snow may have stopped falling, but there’s still a whole white mess on the ground to play with! And if you’re not already out of the house, you must be doing Snowpocalypse 2015 wrong. We’re way past the “I haven’t had brunch yet” excuse; and hey, look at us, we’re up and blogging, aren’t we? The NYC Parks Department figured you’d be too lazy to make up your mind about how to spend the day, so they’re making it easy for you by offering free sleds and hot chocolate in Fort Greene Park all afternoon! (more…)
Here, pre-game with some apropos food porn. (Via Flickr user yosoynuts.)
Pining for pita in Downtown Brooklyn after you’ve spent a night at drinking in culture (and wine) at BAM? Fear not, falafel addicts: you’re getting your own spot in Fort Greene, and it’s got all the fixings for you right near home. According to Fort Greene Focus, the new spot will be taking over the empty storefront at 711 Fulton Street, and will feature six different types of balls. Oh thank heaven.
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.
We now know at least one good thing is happening in 2015. via Facebook
So, it’s officially 2015, in the sense that you can no longer revel in New Year’s Day or post-New Year’s Day haze where you said you were just too tired to work or act like a normal human. Back to the same soul crushing grind you had last year, oh well. At least you can start your awful grind it with a free pick-me-up this year, as Fort Greene Focus points out that Fort Greene coffee shop Baba Cool (64B Lafayette Avenue) is giving away coffee weekday mornings for two weeks to start the year. (more…)
This could be you! Well, with practice, so get to it. via Facebook
Just as we’re done mourning the places we lost in 2014, it’s time to turn the page and wring whatever enjoyment we can out of the places slated to close in early 2015. Take the Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance, which is being kicked out of its Fort Greene home at the end of January. They might be saying goodbye, but they’re not bitter about it, which they’re proving with discounted classes all month as a gesture of thanks for their community support the last three years. (more…)
Volunteer and get rewarded in discounted books from an iconic Brooklyn staple. Win-win. (via Flickr user dwwebber)
We love Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street) for their great selection and community involvement, so it comes as little surprise they are offering an awesome volunteer opportunity that will get you a discount on holiday book shopping when you help out with gift wrapping — for a good cause. (more…)
“I artificially screw up your housing market, just for #viral content.” via Facebook
If there’s one thing we can all agree on in Brooklyn, it’s that there’s so much housing everywhere. Just the kind of vacancy rates that apartment seekers dream of, knowing that they aren’t over a barrel whenever they start looking for a place to live. Given that we have so much space in which to live around here, obviously it’s totally cool that the candy company behind Sour Patch Kids is now using a Clinton Hill house as a kind of AirBnB for handpicked traveling musicians, who can stay there provided that they make some cool #viral #branded content about Sour Patch Kids. It’s not like anyone would want to live in that house or anything. (more…)
Just picture a Sims version of yourself right there, as a placeholder under 2017
So, you saw the Williamsburg affordable housing and decided that you’re too good for living in Williamsburg. Or more likely, you’re just feeling hopeless that you’ll win the lottery to get in, which makes more sense. Well, if you can hold on here for a little more than two years, you can start the teeth-gnashing process for an affordable apartment in Clinton Hill, with the Observer reporting that 20 percent of the 40 units in the above Fulton Street building will be affordable. Technically that means 7.6 units would be affordable, but we don’t see the developers rounding up, do you? (more…)
Ain’t no party like a bookworm party cause a bookworm party is smart. via Facebook
It turns out that we weren’t the only ones celebrating the milestone of turning five this week. Reason to move to Fort Greene Greenlight Books is also having a big party to celebrate reaching kindergarten age this weekend, and we’re all invited. Well, everyone but you, Jeff Bezos, you stay far away from these good times. The rest of you, come buy some discounted books and drink wine! (more…)