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This is a marquee sale, if we’ve ever seen one. via Facebook

If you enjoy digging through crates and elbowing people out of your way to find something cool, we’ve got a great idea for you. On Saturday, head down to Carroll Gardens, where Black Gold Records (461 Court Street) will be having another one of their awesome Gold Dig record sales. Why is it awesome? Thousands of LPs and 45s will be priced at just a dollar. That’s right: records for $1. (more…)

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Beyonce enjoying normal human activities like riding the Cyclone

Were you planning on going out to eat for Valentine’s Day? You could go with boring, regularly-named meal items like spaghetti or salmon. Or, you could gorge yourself on a Beyonce-themed Valentine’s Day menu at Cobble Hill restaurant Brucie, which will be serving up things like “Put A Ring On It” calamari and Jay-Ziti. Yep, that’s right, even on Valentine’s Day, your life is eclipsed by Beyonce. (more…)

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Bar Great Harry
280 Smith Street (Corner of Sackett)
Carroll Gardens
(718) 222-1103

What it is: A divey oasis from sometimes scene-y Smith Street with a constant rotation of tasty brews on tap and strong (non-artisanal) drinks.

Why we love it: Bukowski would drink at BGH if he was a 30-something writer living in Brooklyn in 2013. Plentiful seating options, free wi-fi, and a long happy hour (2pm-7pm) provides a boozy alternative to Starbucks for neighborhood freelancers. In addition to about 20 drafts, a hand-pump cask, and whole mess of micro-brew bottles, they also have a selection of cheap-o cans to switch to after a few high APV pints if you’re in it for the long haul. (more…)

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Down the rabbit hole! Photo by Rachel DeLetto

Sponsored By Ideal Properties Group.

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Moving, be it from out of state or while you’re already living here, can be a real pain. What makes Brooklyn’s neighborhoods different from each other, aside from different levels of being expensive? We’ve got people who’ve lived all over this borough and are more than happy to share their insider neighborhood knowledge with you. Today we take a trip to land of food and more food, Carroll Gardens and the Columbia Street Waterfront District. (more…)

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After you move in, be sure to say hello to Sam. Photo by Carly Goteiner

Sponsored By Ideal Properties Group.

Nobody is better equipped to help you make your messy roommate history than Ideal Properties Group

Created By BlankSlate

Moving, be it from out of state or while you’re already living here, can be a real pain. What makes Brooklyn’s neighborhoods different from each other, aside from different levels of being expensive? We’ve got people who’ve lived all over this borough and are more than happy to share their insider neighborhood knowledge with you. Today we take a trip to Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill, land of grown person things. (more…)

Picture you getting sexy in there. via CBS

Picture you getting sexy in there. via CBS

Despite the fact that it’s been getting slowly sanitized, you can still find pockets of weirdness in New York. A person waiting to hop a train like a common hobo. The Mermaid Parade. A contest celebrating tiny penises. A professional human being screaming “slutbag” while she does her job. And in Cobble Hill, a building extension that just happens to be a very public shower with windows facing their backyard. Sadly, neighbors are scandalized by it, like a bunch of Puritans or Nebraskan dowagers. (more…)

Need some records? via Facebook

Need some records? via Facebook

So you read about the Library’s cheap record sale, but you haven’t been able to get over there yet, and don’t feel like going to Manhattan on a Saturday. Don’t worry though, you can still get cheap records this weekend. Black Gold (461 Court Street), a record/coffee store (sure, why not) in Carroll Gardens is having their own cheap LP sale this weekend: $1 gets you one record. Seems fair to us. (more…)

PJ Hanley's, in more modern times. (via Facebook)

PJ Hanley’s, in more modern times. (via Facebook)

Retro drinking is certainly all the rage these days, between all those absinthe bars and speakeasies dotting the city, but can an old-timey theme save a drowning drinking hole? P.J. Hanley’s, Brooklyn’s oldest bar, sure hopes so: after closing up shop last winter, they reopened over the weekend as an incarnation of their 1890s glory days. Saloon-wear, anyone? (more…)

Look at that, even babies are in the club. You gonna be outdone by a baby? via SBRC

Look at that, even babies are in the club. You gonna be outdone by a baby? via SBRC

So you see all these fit people in their tights and shorts running by you every morning and you think to yourself, “Maybe I should try this jogging (pronounced, y-ogging) thing.” The problem is you can’t just take off running down the street like a lunatic. You’ll tire yourself out, for one, and you’ll probably hurt yourself. That’s where the South Brooklyn Running Club and their new Beginners Learn-to-Run class comes in. (more…)

This building is adorable, and you would love to write here. (Via Indiegogo)

This building is adorable, and you would love to write here. (Via Indiegogo)

Sure, New York’s filled with writers and wannabe writers, but with all the noise, nightlife and other distractions (not to mention, that pesky rent thing) aren’t exactly conducive to penning the next Tender Is The Night. That’s one of the reasons why writers’ retreats like Bread Loaf in Vermont and Mesa Refuge in California are so popular: they give budding Virginia Woolfs and Truman Capotes the chance to isolate themselves from the rest of the world and work on their Great American Novels with other writers around to inspire them and egg them on. With that in mind, Cobble Hill bookstore mecca BookCourt‘s trying to get their own writers’ lair in the Catskills off the ground, and they’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign to help drum up the funds for it. (more…)