Home, cheap home. via Myrtle Avenue Partnership

This could be home, cheap home. via Myrtle Avenue Partnership

We tend to vascillate between telling you real estate is a lost cause and then telling you things like hey, look at this one exception. Well, today we’re on the positive side of the equation, because DNA Info reports that yet more affordable housing is coming to Clinton Hill! A new building at 490 Myrtle Avenue is offering up 19 units to the affordable housing lottery. That means $1,064 two-bedrooms, $877 one-bedrooms and $816 studios. Hey, maybe you can get married and move out, after all.  (more…)

04/15/15 9:30am

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Freelancers who had a stoop sale to cover their taxes, advance planners who already celebrated their refunds at the bar, closeted Brokelyn-reading one percenters: we’ve got one reason tax season doesn’t have to suck: The first ever Brooklyn Cocktail Book is now on sale! Let the bartender muddle away your troubles, and before you’ve even hit that second Pimm’s Cup, you’ll be smiling and ready for spring.

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Signature cocktails from left to right, The “Duneagle Castle” and “Handsome Hound” look pretty smokin’ side by side! Via Hunter’s Bar on Instagram

Our Middle Brooklyn Cocktail Book works like this: for $20, you get a pocket-sized, smartly-designed collection of 2-for-1 drink tickets at 20 tip-top bars from Bed-Stuy to Red Hook that serve fresh and creative cocktails. That’s 20 free drinks! And the books are good through Dec. 15, 2015, so you can take your time exploring.

If you’re a cocktail enthusiast, you know your good taste doesn’t come cheap. The Cocktail Book pays for itself in just two bar visits — and then you’re practically making money just by drinking margaritas! Don’t sleep on ordering one—if they’re anything like our world-famous Beer Books, they will go faster than you can say “Bartender, make me a double!”  Here’s the full lineup of participating boozeries:

Abilene • The Adirondack • Branch Ofc. • The Castello Plan • Dick & Jane’s Bar • The Emerson • Ervs on Beekman • Fort Defiance • The Great Georgiana • Halyard’s • Hunter’s • J’eatjet? • Lea • Lowlands Bar • One Last Shag • Project Parlor • quarter Bar • The Saint Catherine • Sea Witch Tavern • Skylark

Smartly designed by local artist Madelyn Owens, our Cocktail Book is the perfect fix for warm weather: how good does it sound to while away a summer’s night in Lowlands’ epic backyard with an icy cold margarita in hand and another on the way? Don a Hawaiian shirt and hula hoop on over to Fort Defiance for a Mai Tai on Thursday Tiki nights? Duck into Dick & Jane’s after a day in the sun and cool off with “The Steve McQueen,” a gin-and-elderflower refresher? 

At Hunter’s on Smith Street, choose from cocktails named after famous hunters, from “Handsome Hound” to “Katniss Everdeen” — because drinking is meant to be fun. And find out what all the fuss is about by trying one of three exclusive Cocktail Book offerings at the tiny Erv’s on Beekman, the diminutive darling of the city’s mixology scene.

Need further convincing? Just take a gander at some of the places your spirited adventures will take you:

Look how purty. "The Steve McQueen" at Dick & Jane's

Look how purty. The “Provence” at Dick & Jane’s.

Cocktails at the Castello Plan. Photo courtesy of Ditmas Park Corner.

Beauchamp’s Promise at the Castello Plan. Photo courtesy of Ditmas Park Corner.

Tiki night at Fort Defiance

Don your best Hawaiian shirt and hula hoop over to Tiki night at Fort Defiance.

The backyard at j'eatjet, your new summer hideaway.

The backyard at j’eatjet, your new summer hideaway.

Get lost at Sea Witch in the South Slope.

Get lost at Sea Witch in the South Slope.

Buy your Cocktail Book today — and pick up a spare or three for friends. Cheers, Brooklyn!

04/08/15 10:45am
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Go ahead, leave us. We don’t need you. via Flickr user Juha Uitto

[UPDATE: The MTA has pushed back the start of the work from this weekend to next weekend, starting at 11:30pm on Friday, April 17]

It seems we’ve all been angrily anticipating the spring service change on the L train that will halt all weekend service into Manhattan for the next six weekends straight from April 11  through May 18. Well, it’s time to look on the bright side! The L train shutdown means less Manhattanites which means that all of North Brooklyn’s dining, shopping and venues are yours for the taking. From bagels to burlesque shows, we give you the ABC’s of bars, restaurants, galleries, venues and shops stop by stop so you can effortlessly fill up your weekend calendars without leaving this side of the L. (more…)

03/25/15 8:23am
Magazines about what's in right now are so in right now. Via NYLON

Magazines about what’s in right now are so in right now. Via NYLON

Brooklyn is a big place, and getting bigger every day, since random boroughs are rapidly becoming annexed by deranged real estate agents. Point is, if you’re looking for something out there, you’re likely to find it, whether it be a significant other who likes home-brewing and needlepoint rap lyrics as much as you do, or finding a place where you can get a damn whiskey coke without judgement and under 7 bucks. More than anything, though, it means that if you’re looking for an awesome job involving doing what you love, it could only be mere stops on the G train away. Which is to say, several hours. But the ride will be worth it once you find yourself breaking out of your boring desk job and expressing your inner dancer/sommelier/poet/psychopath!

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