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They’ll be back. via GoFundMe

Need more proof that Monday is the worst day everything? So check it out: On Monday we learned that Montero’s, one of the best dive bars in Brooklyn, was ready to sell to a developer who’d make their block a mall if any of the developers met their price. Booooo. Today though, on not-Monday, we learn that 773 Lounge, one of the best dive bars in Brooklyn, will be reopening in September. Just in time for a Mets playoff run! (more…)

feltman's hot dogs

Now at Sycamore. via Facebook

Starting Wednesday July 1st, and continuing every Wednesday this summer, you can satisfy your craving for summer hot dogs at Sycamore’s Bar and Flower Shop in Ditmas Park. According to The Coney Island Blog, Feltmans’s of Coney Island, the original Coney Island hot dog franchise (whose founder is credited with creating the hot dog in 1867) is returning to Brooklyn after shutting down in 1954. It will be a part of the Flatbush Food Market, “a group of vendors that serves a variety of different foods daily at the hip Ditmas Park venue.” (more…)

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You have to do the nerdiest thing you’ve ever done at some point in your life. May as well be today. via Facebook

Despite all the damage George Lucas did to the mythos by introducing things like midichlorians, child actors and Jar Jar Binks to the universe, people still love Star Wars. And why not, it’s great! People also love memes and wordplay, so May the 4th (see it sounds like “May the Force”) has become an unofficial holiday on the internet and in real life. If tweeting “May the 4th be with you” isn’t going far enough for you, might we suggest getting one of the special Star Wars tattoos being offered today only at Tattoo Wonderland. It’s easier than making the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we know that much. (more…)

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via Sycamore

1118 Cortelyou Rd. (between Stratford Rd & Westminster), Ditmas Park,

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What it is: Sycamore has been called the “coziest bar in Brooklyn,” and while we aren’t ready to throw Brokelyn’s editorial might behind that assertion, we’ll put it squarely in the running, with its bricky, whiskeyed, wool-sweatery feel, friendly bartenders and one’s tendency to get sucked in and never leave.

Why we love it: Sycamore is like a Catskills bar because it’s mostly locals during the week but Saturday nights it gets packed—and we mean that—with weekenders from parts unknown, ie, not Ditmas Park. In warm weather, the backyard is made for letting lost afternoons spill over into the wee hours. Plus, there’s a sweet flower shop named Stems in the front of the house—what other bar has that? Bring whiskey and craft beer lovers and everyone else. Hard to find anyone who doesn’t like this place. Lately, the bar has been beefing up the events: a monthly Star Sign Party on the ides of every month features tarot reading, drink specials and flower crowns from Stems. Sycamore also hosts a monthly Beer Club that spotlights a different brewery every month. A monthly Queer Party (Ditmas Park’s only!) called Q-Train features live performances on the lit-up bar (!)

What to order: Ask the bartender to choose a whiskey chaser for your beer. You won’t be disappointed.

Regular tip: Ditmas Parkers still talk about that time The National popped by and played an unannounced set because they live in the neighborhood and what else does The National do on Tuesday afternoons? 

Beer and flowers and then more beer sure sounds like a nice way to spend a day.

Beer and flowers and then more beer sure sounds like a nice way to spend a day.

Hey there, winter weary homebody who’s just dying to get out of the house. Have you listened to our frequent entreaties to go to Ditmas Park and have some fun there because it’s a really nice neighborhood full of great places to eat and drink and cool houses to stare at when you’re kind of tipsy and sad you’ll never own a house? If you still haven’t, March is the month to do it, because March is Eat and Shop Your Heart Out Cortelyou, which means Cortelyou Road will be home to both pub AND sandwich crawls this month. (more…)

nostrand bingo hall

The place where some grown ups were allegedly doing bad. via Google Images

Adam Sandler, a Midwood bingo hall operator who thought he could play big daddy is finding out that he might not be bulletproof after all, with the Brooklyn D.A. accusing him and a gang of grown ups of reigning over a $4 million gambling ring that was run out of the Nostrand Bingo Hall according to DNA Info. (more…)

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See it in real life, not just in pictures. via Kings Theatre Flickr

If you’ve been drooling over pictures of how nice the Kings Theatre looks after its $94-million restoration, you might also be someone who’s chomping at the bit to get inside and see what it looks like. Well, we’ve got good news for you, because you’ll be able to do that and do it for free. Ditmas Park Corner reports that the Church Avenue BID will hook you up with free tickets to see a preview performance at the theatre this Tuesday. All you’ve gotta do is send an email and then put on something warm, because you’re gonna be standing on line. (more…)

midwood tire slashing

We’d usually say whatever gets you off, but this is wrong. via Flickr user chorley.paul

In the most mysterious Brooklyn crime since we all woke up to a Brooklyn Bridge with white flags on top of it, a couple in Midwood decided to spend late Saturday/early Sunday morning puncturing tires up and down Midwood. All told, the suspects who still remain on the lam, slashed tires on 70 different cars according to CBS. Police haven’t revealed the names of the suspects, but we wonder if a certain pro-cycling Twitter account will take responsibility for this one. (more…)

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Sob. Photo by Anna Gustafson, via Ditmas Park Corner

Hey, remember how when we were talking about the Brooklyn Historical Society program of talks about Brooklyn and fire, and we said that fire is both man’s friend and enemy? Well, screw that thing about fire being our friend, because a lousy goddamn fire has just gutted the 773 Lounge, the bar we called the second best dive in Brooklyn, and the reigning number one since Jackie’s Fifth Amendment threw in the towel. We demand the government start a war on fire on every front. (more…)

mimi's hummus

Mimi’s Hummus is just one of the places on Cortelyou where things taste better at twilight. via Facebook

So as you may have heard recently, Faye was “warning” everyone off of Ditmas Park because it’s seedy and has a soaring crime rate. “Naw, that can’t be,” you thought to yourself. Well, you can find out just how bad things are down there next Tuesday, October 21, when shops all along Cortelyou Road offer free tastings, special deals and longer hours at Cortelyou at Twighlight(more…)