04/27/15 2:33pm
film biz recycling

Goodbye to all this. via Facebook

It was a final resting place for movie props instead of the dump, an innovative thrift store that instead of selling cast-offs from everyday people sold furniture, electronics, sports equipment and even a giant naked man statue that had been used on movie sets. Sadly, after recycling 600 tons of movie set waste and being recognized by the EPA for their efforts, Gowanus’ Film Biz Recycling has announced that they’ll be closing at the end of June due to an inability to raise money to cover their rent. Despite disappointment over having to close up shop, the non-profit’s founder Eva Radke told us she’s still proud of the work Film Biz has done in the past six years.

“My heart is broken, but I’m walking away with my head held high.” (more…)

04/21/15 8:59am
swim with swain

Christopher Swain, before a terrible experiment turns him into something not quite man, not quite beast. via Instagram

Gowanus might be the night hot neighborhood in Brooklyn, but that hasn’t done anything to fix its Canal, previously seen being so poisonous an injured dolphin that washed up in it was left to die. A card that says “The Gowanus Canal is gross, don’t jump in it,” even comes in people’s Brooklyn Starter Packs when they move here. Everyone’s pretty much on board with the idea of not swimming in the Gowanus. Everyone except one man, clean waterway activist Christopher Swain, who’s planning to jump in and swim the length of the canal on Wednesday  in order to call attention to the fact that the canal is gross. Makes sense to us. (more…)

Lowlands' epic backyard.

Lowlands’ epic backyard.

Lowlands
543 3rd Ave. (Between 13th and 14th), Gowanus
347-463-9458

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What it is: Lowlands is a prime refueling station for the locals of lower Gowanus, and anyone staying at La Quinta around the corner.

Why we love it: The low-key Lowlands has one of the best backyards in Brooklyn and an awesome old time music jam every Monday night that brings folks in from all over New York, plus Thursday night trivia. The drinks are cheap, the bartenders are friendly and they’ve got a Checkers that’s open till 3am across the street.  What else could you ask for? Definitely a place to unwind with friends or catch some sports.

What to order: Lowlands has 12 taps featuring a rotating selection of craft brews as well as old standbys like Guinness and Miller Lite. Cocktails lean toward classics: negronis, old-fashioned, greyounds and margaritas made with freshly squeezed juice. Hungry? Grab a pressed sandwich from HBH or a pretzel from Pelzer’s.

Regular tip: The name comes from its position at the bottom of Park Slope’s….slope.

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Pickle Shack. Minus the pickles.

Pickle Shack. Minus the pickles.

Pickle Shack
256 4th Avenue (between President and Carroll), Gowanus
347-763-2127

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What it is: This vegetable-focused bistro and beer bar is a bright spot amid the blight, an oasis in the Fourth Avenue desert or any other cliché you can think of that translates to “really surprising and special food and beer in an unexpected location.”

Why we love it: We love burgers as much as the next guy but just because we’re drankin’ doesn’t mean the food needs to be a meat-and-grease feast. Pickle Shack keeps it classy and light with smoked tofu, kale salad, artichoke dips and other stuff that feels like an indulgence but not an arterial train wreck. There are dozens of beers to choose from and the taps run heavy on the Dogfish.

What to order: Try the transformative fried hop pickles ($6)smoked tofu bahn mi ($12, topped with a house-fermented kimchee of local greens, avocado, aioli, quick pickled carrots), the veggie burger ($14) and the hot smoked Carolina BBQ pulled oyster mushrooms ($14), as deliciously whack as they sound.

Regular tip: If you like the pickles, get ‘em to go at the Brooklyn Brine store, around the corner at 574 President (between 3rd and 4th aves).

03/20/15 8:06am
clench and release

It was a rough winter for all of us, including Charla

We were big fans of Charla Lauriston’s first season of her web series Clench and Release, which if you haven’t watched, you should watch here right now. Obviously other people were too, because Lauriston parlayed that and all the other stuff she did into a writing job on the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If you worked your way through that too and still want some Charla, you’re in luck, because Clench and Release season 2 is about to drop, and you can see it premiere live and catch stand up from a bevy of Brooklyn comics next week at Littlefield. (more…)

The Halyards.

Halyards.

Halyards
406 3rd Avenue (between 6th Street and 7th Street)
Gowanus
(718) 532-8787

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What is it: Halyards is a low-key spot with a nautical feel, located surreptitiously in industrial Gowanus.

Why we love it: Its relaxed atmosphere, affable bartenders and reliably clean surfaces. There are a wide variety of beers on tap, and a seasonal cocktail menu. Bring anyone you’re trying to impress — like a date or friend you haven’t seen in many years. The pool table, dart board, and bowls of Jenga blocks break up the awkwardness, and the music is never loud enough to be intrusive.

What to order: The Root & Ginger Beer for $10. A great choice for those of us who are indecisive about our soft drinks–and wish that root beer was actually alcoholic.

Regular tip: The owner is British, so it definitely feels more like a pub than a bar.

03/09/15 4:15pm
BeerProv Champion

It’s your duty to decide: who will win the BeerProv Mug of Champions? Photo via BeerProv.com

Do you ever get the feeling that something is missing from improv? No, we’re not talking about a script, or a set, or costume design, which are also all missing from improv. We’re talking about beer, and for the first time in Brooklyn, that’s going to change, thanks to beer-drinking improv troupe and competition, BeerProv. (more…)

03/04/15 4:21pm
Looks action-packed.

Looks action-packed.

Not content with just being a place to get a good workout without being around a bunch of aggro bros talking about reps, Brooklyn Boulders is now expanding into the exciting world of cinema. Considering how good they are at providing kinetic entertainment, we’ve got a feeling their sedentary effort will be fun too, and if you think so you can find our tomorrow night at the premiere at their first ever movie, a documentary following one their first volunteers around his home country of Turkey. Best of all, because you’re reading Brokelyn, you can do it for half-off and get your ticket for just five bucks. (more…)

03/03/15 2:17pm
You know, sewer peole stuff. via The Technodrome

You know, sewer peole stuff. via The Technodrome

For all the talk about how Brooklyn is a desiccated, used-up wasteland when it comes to creative endeavors, we still manage to be able to be privy to some pretty weird shit. Hot on the heels of last weekend’s live reading of a script about Peter Cetera, a young trumpeter and the apocalypse at Shea Stadium, we get yet another bonkers live script this week, this time a soap opera about sewer creatures from the mind of Jo Firestone. Oh and Jon Glaser will be there, in case you missed him at Shea Stadium. (more…)

02/20/15 2:46pm
mr. lower east side

Start your week with a little man ass. Screenshot via Bomb Kreuger

Brooklyn has long been home to pageantry of all shapes and sizes, but this week we’re welcoming a contender from across the river. Bowery Boogie noticed that the 16-year-old institution “Mr. Lower East Side Pageant” was recently exiled from its usual Manhattan venue (the Cake Shop) for getting a little too raunchy. But hey, that means it’s just right for us! This Monday night, February 23, at Lucky 13 Saloon in Gowanus, you can watch as 10 men compete in a series of uber-femme categories like “Best Male Tits” and “Congeniality.” (more…)