03/29/17 4:04pm
Look familiar? Photo via NYPL

Look familiar? Photo via NYPL

For 150 years, Prospect Park has served as a green haven for Brooklynites, a place to breathe fresh air, cry under a bush, smoke a joint, actually maybe see a star or two, take a long walk, observe non-pigeon/squirrel wildlife and generally get away from it all. If you squint your eyes and look away from the park’s perimeter you can even pretend for a moment that you’re not in the city but in, like, Connecticut, or upstate or somewhere like that, with trees. It’s a blessing and a beauty, Prospect Park, and thank god it was built 150 years ago because there’s no chance the city could or would purchase such a large swathe of land for public space in 2017. (more…)

03/17/17 2:55pm
Pic via LIC Flea & Food

Pic via LIC Flea & Food

I’ve got pocket warmers in my pants and most of Brooklyn is currently covered in ice but spring is right around the corner and with it returns outdoor flea markets. LIC Flea & Food will open its fifth season on the weekend of April 8 – 9 (that’s only three weeks away, people) out across the Pulaski and beyond Newtown Creek on the Long Island City waterfront. (more…)

03/03/17 8:50am
Photo via KCBC Night / Facebook

Photo via KCBC Night / Facebook

If you’re a craft beer drinker in New York, you’ve most likely picked up on the fact that it’s New York City Beer Week, an annual, 10-day long celebration of craft beer bars, breweries and community in the NYC area. If you’re like us, you’ve probably been overwhelmed by all the awesome events going on, from beer release parties to meet the brewer nights to educational talks about hop growing in New York State (shout out to Strong Rope Brewery on this one).

There’s still plenty going on with NYC-centric beer celebrations and offerings happening around the borough and city, so we’ve picked out a few to keep on your radar from now through Sunday. Keep your Beer Books on you!  Click here for more beer

02/28/17 5:37pm
Zapps, a Hurricane (via Wikipedia) and a bizarre, mostly forgotten horror film

Zapps, a Hurricane (via Wikipedia) and a bizarre, mostly forgotten horror film

It’s Mardi Gras, the holiday when even the most devoted Brooklynites question why they haven’t moved to New Orleans yet. Instead of wallowing in a pit of purple, green, and black FOMO over all the costumed parades and sex parties you’re missing out on down south, here are some ways to make the most of Fat Tuesday.

Plenty of Brooklyn bars and restaurants are turning up for the occasion, but there are other ways to celebrate too: namely, without leaving your house. So whether it’s stripping off all your clothing on the way home from work, making yourself a Hurricane, or actually going to a themed dinner, here are the borough’s best offerings tonight, and also the best ways to pay homage to NOLA with minimal money or movement: (more…)

02/24/17 4:04pm
A native Brooklynite (far left), a native Hawaiian (middle), and a Native American tribe member. Photo by Hannah Frishberg / Brokelyn

A native Brooklynite (far left), a native Hawaiian (middle), and a Native American tribe member. Photo by Hannah Frishberg / Brokelyn

“There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter — the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something … Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion.” – E.B. White, Here Is New York

Last night, Williamsburg’s The City Reliquary took on a heated topic in the back room of their kitschy Metropolitan Avenue space with their event Redefining “Native New Yorker.” It’s a topic that’s been hotly debated well before E.B. White even wrote his stunning ode to New York in 1949.

“For many people, the term ‘native New Yorker’ usually refers to someone born and raised in one of the five boroughs,” the event description read, “While this is one way of understanding what it means to be a native in New York, this group of presentations and performances will offer a broader and more inclusive look.”

The panelists included a Ditmas Park native, a descendant of a Lenape tribe member and a native Hawaiian who has lived in New York for almost 20 years. All but the native Brooklynite shied away from the question of who gets to call themselves a native New Yorker, and instead performed traditional aspects of their own culture. They were all undoubtedly New Yorkers, even if they weren’t born here. While they didn’t settle the question, they highlighted the idea that New York has always been made of immigrants, wanderers and people from somewhere else .

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08/18/16 10:44am
Photo via @officialspikelee

Photo via @officialspikelee

For the second year in a row, Spike Lee’s sixth annual Brooklyn loves Michael Jackson block party will be held on the same block in Bed-Stuy where Do the Right Thing was filmed. That’s Stuyvesant Ave., between Lexington Ave. and Quincy St., which was renamed “Do the Right Thing Way” in August of 2015.

It’s uncanny how much that block conjures up the film; if you walk down the row of iconic Bed-Stuy stoops, you half expect the likes of Da Mayor, Coconut Sid and Sweet Dick Willy to pop up. And if you do attend the party, which is from noon to 6pm on Saturday, August 27, you might even spot Mookie, himself.  (more…)

08/15/16 3:01pm
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Photo via The Takedown.

Perhaps you just moved into a new apartment, and your walls are looking pretty blank. Or say, you always wished for a puppy, but all you ever got were bed bugs. You know what would make you feel better? A framed piece of dog art. Not just any dog, though; a fantastical likeness of a dog astronaut playing the drums, or something!

Where could you find such a piece of wild and creative dog-centric brilliance? Maybe Etsy? A stoop sale? The trash? Actually, the vision of of your doggy dreams is waiting for you to win it over as the highest bidder at the Brooklyn Puppy Painting Takedown.

Drinking, dogs, art and charity will converge on Friday, August 26, from 8-10pm at Better than Jam, the Bushwick art studio and store, when artists come together to paint wacky pictures of dogs and then auction them off, with prices starting at $1. (Update: If you’d like to participate as an artist, email Matt@thetakedowns.com.) Free beer is provided for you to chug from 830-9pm, while the artists, who will have been painting and drinking since 7pm,  finish up their masterpieces.

All proceeds from the auction, which kicks off at 9pm, will go to the Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition, (BARC), the Williamsburg animal shelter. At the end of the night, you’ll have a belly full of oat soda, a new dog painting, and a clearer conscience.  (more…)

09/21/15 2:54pm
Re-vamp your rescue. Via wikimedia

Re-vamp your rescue. Via wikimedia

Of course we love rescue dogs with their loving gratitude, missing fur patches, mysterious scars and little bits clipped from their ears. They’re not only cheaper and more sustainable than the breeder kind, they’re… more interesting. But sometimes those built-in quirks can be a challenge, like when they refuse to poop anywhere but your bedroom floor or snarl at anyone with a black hat on. Who knows why? If you’re a recent rescue dog owner and want to begin rewiring your newly saved canine, this seminar is for you. Join professional dog trainers and other rescue owners at Empire of the Dog from 7:00-9:00pm this Wednesday. This is a humans only seminar where you will discuss topics like how to build confidence and security; managing an overly attached dog; remedial house training for re-homed pets; and using family friendly training methods to teach new and modify old behavior. Then ask you RSVP in advance; you can do so here.

 

09/21/15 12:35pm
Getting paid should not cause the same stress as paying bills. Via Facebook

Getting paid should not cause the same stress as paying bills. Via Facebook

Tonight from 6-8pm New York City based freelancers will join together to launch the #FreelanceIsntFree Campaign at the Brooklyn Town Hall Meeting.

Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union, wants the non-traditional workers to know “you deserve to get paid.” If you’re a freelancer who is tired of feeling “economically vulnerable” from unfair or lack-there-of payments, unstable working conditions, or unsupportive employers join Sara, Brooklyn City Coucil Members and hundreds of other freelance workers tonight at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

RSVP here. Take control of your life by joining the #FreelanceIsntFree campaign today.

 

a shot from Greenpointers 2013 Spring Market

A shot from Greenpointers 2013 Spring Market

Get excited: this is the time of year when we all collectively slough off months of social dormancy and reacquaint ourselves with humanity by attending a million events and fairs and festivals all piled on top of each other. It might feel a little overwhelming but once it gets warm there’s nothing in the word that can touch us, right? In addition to the return of the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, our friends at Greenpointers have announced the vendors for their annual Spring Market Sunday, April 13 from 1 pm-7 pm at Greenpoint Loft.

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