table 87 pizza

Just because it’ll be fall soon doesn’t mean that there are no more miracles. via Instagram

The end of summer brings many depressing things: Summer Fridays are over, you missed your chance to score the perfect tan again this year, no more outdoor movies… but wait!   I spy a shining beacon in the distance; we still have something to live for after all!  The Gowanus location of pizza place Table 87 (473 3rd Avenue) is serving up something new this fall: free outdoor movies.  (more…)

08/20/14 10:06am
friends of single people

Like this, but Danny Tamberelli and Emmy Blotnick will be up there instead of your lousy friends. via Meatball Presents

Have you been unlucky at love this summer? That’s a shame, what with everyone trying their damndest to get a summer boo to spend lazy days at the beach and bone-filled nights at home (or the beach) with. Don’t despair just yet though, because if you’re single and want a little help meeting that special someone, tonight’s Friends of Single People takes the power to find you love away from your lousy useless friends and gives it to the people who know you best: Brooklyn comedians who you’ve probably never met! (more…)

08/19/14 11:10am
our princess is in another castle

Hell yes we’ll kill some Excitebike

If you’re like us, you still have some vestigial Nintendo thumb skills that aren’t being put to use at the moment because either you don’t have an old Nintendo sitting around, or you have one but you don’t have a TV. Well, it’s time to put those skills you developed as an unathletic 8-year-old to use, because competitive Nintendo league Our Princess Is In Another Castle is setting up every Tuesday night at the Gowanus Whole Foods now. (more…)

littleneck

You can eat this, for a good cause, at Littleneck on Friday night

Don’t worry, you won’t need a swimsuit, or more accurately a biohazard suit, to dive into Gowanus this Friday. Instead, bring an appetite, some cash, and a willingness to drink a lot in order to support the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, when restaurants around the neighborhood show their support with Dive in Gowanus. (more…)

08/11/14 1:47pm
bicyclists' ball

You don’t HAVE to show up like this, but it’d be kind of bad ass. via Flickr user Hugger Industries

If you were too cool to go to your high school prom, congratulations on sticking to your story, but also, here’s your chance to make it all right by heading to the first-ever Bicyclists’ Ball (and Pedestrian Prom), hosted by Transportation Alternatives, the organization that supports cycling, walking, and public transportation in our fair city. (more…)

07/21/14 11:26am
gowanus canal

What do you mean, “raw sewage”? via Flick user prizepony

Despite the fact that it’s a neighborhood where people want to be, and want to get ice cream and have wild dance parties, you have to remember that Gowanus has the Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site that gets to host New York City’s sewage overflow. The canal (or rather its ruler, Poseidon), has been in a sharing mood as of late, and has been spreading mysterious, horrible smelling brown goo into homes and businesses around Gowanus according to the Post. Great time for an editorial about how Gowanus should shut up and welcome residential development, huh? (more…)

07/07/14 3:17pm
gowanus

That’s democracy you smell right there. via Flickr user Allison Meier

Here’s the thing about democracy: While it’s the best form of government we have, short of being ruled by some kind of literally perfect and omniscient superman (and even the actual Superman himself couldn’t run a country without being an asshole), it’s also kind of exhausting to hear everyone out all the time. That being said, it’s much better than the alternative, so we welcome the fact that people unhappy with Bridging Gowanus are doing their own community zoning meeting called Take Back Gowanus on Wednesday July 9. (more…)

07/02/14 4:06pm
ample hills gowanus

It’ll look like this, but you know, finished. via Facebook

Ever since the word first came down that Ample Hills was opening some kind of ice cream Valhalla in Gowanus, the one question on everyone’s mind has been “When will it open?” All the Ice Cream Takedowns in the world couldn’t distract us from the prospect of a larger, second Ample Hills, and now we have our opening date buried in a New York Times feature on other ice cream news. On July 15 at noon, the Ample Hills location in Gowanus, located at 305 Nevins Street, will throw open its doors to ice cream-craving patrons. (more…)

ice cream takedown

Can you do better than Captain Scummy? We hope so.

It’s ice cream season (well, it’s always ice cream season but it’s especially so now) but you don’t limit yourself to that corporate ice cream like Baskin’ Robbins or Ben & Jerry’s. You make it yourself, with love and effort, and your friends love it so much that sometimes they ring your buzzer at 3am asking you for some of your homemade stuff. If that describes you, than the Ice Cream Takedown, going down at the Bell House on July 27, wants you to put your best ice cream up against other Brooklynites confident enough to proclaim that their ice cream brings all the boys to the yard. (more…)

06/25/14 2:15pm
gowanus canal

Eh, just put some condos right on the edge and be done with it. via Flickr user gigi_nyc

Hey Gowanites (Gowanusians? Gowanese? Gowanians?), now that you’ve saved the Kentile Sign through the power of collective outrage, do you feel like continuing to kayak the filthy waterways of civic engagement? You’ve got a chance to tonight, at the third and final Bridging Gowanus meeting, an effort by the neighborhood’s elected officials to get input from the public on a plan for the area to make sure it doesn’t become another Williamsburg. That and making sure we’re not paying to bail out condo developers who are flooded with sewage ten years from now after the next superstorm. (more…)