astroland rocket

Don’t just look at the rocket, look IN the rocket. via Facebook

New Yorkers have been swarming the beaches and amusements of Coney Island for decades, and when that happens, history is bound to accumulate like so many ice cream stained napkins in a trash. While we think of a better metaphor for lovely memories, you think about the fact that Coney Island will be celebrating all that history with the 4th Annual Coney Island History Day at Deno’s Wonder Wheel (3059 West 12th Street) next Saturday, August 9. This year’s main attraction? You can get a peek inside the recently returned Astroland Rocket, which had been sealed shut for 45 years before this. Ooooooh, spooky! (more…)

07/28/14 10:56am
It's all your favorite movies built into one!

It’s all your favorite movies built into one! via ComicsBulletin

1. We keep hearing awesome things about The Lego Movie, so see what the hype’s about at this Coney Island showing.(Monday)

2. See Fried Green Tomatoes, which got favorable reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, at Red Hook Flicks. (Tuesday)

3. Watch American Psycho at Crown Vic and revive all your suspicions of well-groomed men. (Tuesday) (more…)

07/25/14 10:25am
beastie boys

They’re pretty pumped about it too.

The Beastie Boys have about as solid a musical legacy in New York City as anyone, and while MCA has a park, the group don’t have a street corner named after them. LeRoy McCarthy, he of Christopher Wallace Way, attempted to get the corner of Ludlow and Rivington, where the Paul’s Boutique album cover photo was taken, named Beastie Boys Square, but he had his plan rejected. So he’s doing the next best thing by curating a mural on the corner in order to make an unofficial Beastie Boys Square, and you can see it as it goes up on Saturday, July 26 starting at 11am. (more…)

07/24/14 9:50am
myspace the party

Now THIS is a party. via Mashable

1. Celebrate Brooklyn is screening Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony, which looks at the role of music in the struggle against apartheid. (Friday)

2. Head to Littlefield’s Destination Moon for some otherworldly music and art. (Friday)

3. Take a trip back to the days of social media before Facebook at all-night rager MySpace The Party Episode IV: A New Mope at Glasslands. Bring your Top 8! (Friday) (more…)

07/23/14 7:00am
brooklyn greenway initiative epic ride

It’s gonna be…pretty good. via Facebook

This Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY, get your epic exercise on with the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative‘s 6th annual Epic Ride, a great alternative for anybody who missed out on registering for the always popular Five Boro Bike Tour, or those who laughed maniacally at the $90 price tag to participate, which sounds like a weird thing to do but okay. Starting bright and early at 8am, the 40-mile bike ride will take you from Greenpoint to Rockaway Beach, providing a great chance to see a whole lot of Brooklyn (and a tiny bit of Queens) within a few hours. (more…)

jonathan ames

You think he’d be more smiley for a guy with his own HBO show

Of all of the literary Jonathans in New York, Jonathan Ames seems like he’s the most fun. The literary gadfly, man-about-town and guy who’s never been afraid to make fun of himself or his sexual misadventures has managed to achieve success most of us would take, while still being an alright dude. Want to find out how? Well, ask him, because he’s gonna be on stage at the Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepoint Street, Brooklyn Heights) as the guest on Person, Place, Thing on July 23 which is…hey, tomorrow! (more…)

bam movie marathon

Finally, Clueless will get the appreciation it deserves.

Charity marathons are a good idea in theory, but in practice? All that running, all that training, and it’s all on top of the time you spent hectoring people for money for whatever charity you’re trying to help. Better to spend time hectoring people for money and then sitting down to watch movies for 24 hours straight, which is a thing you can do now thanks to BAM’s 24-hour movie marathon in September. The only training you’ll need to do for this is watching Netflix late at night and making sure you stay awake. (more…)

07/21/14 10:27am
Get a good look, because you won't see much on the other side of that fence.

Get a good look, because you won’t see much on the other side of that fence.

1. Marvel at some big shiny computer graphics at the Coney Island Flicks screening of Iron Man 3. (Monday)

2. Get your magical realism fix with this book release for Land of Love and Drowning, which follows several generations of a family in the Virgin Islands. (Monday)

3. Go to Night Owl Comedy, it’ll be a hoot. (Tuesday) (more…)

07/17/14 2:58pm
bushwick night

It’s Bushwick, it’s night, you know the deal. via Flickr user D. Robert Wolcheck

Ask five people to describe Bushwick to you and you’ll probably get five different responses. Gentrified playland, the place where the garbage lives, the “next Williamsburg,” art mecca, home — Bushwick is all of those and more. Now we’ve got Bushwick Nightz, a book of short stories, the neighborhoods many facets. Tonight at 8pm at Loft 45 (411 Troutman Street), Bushwick Daily and Catpolis are hosting a big book launch party for the short story collection, and you’re invited.  (more…)

freddy's dog fashion show

Can you dress your dog better than this? Can you dress YOURSELF better than this? via Freddy’s Bar

Remember that thing about loving dogs and hating people who mistreat them? And how sometimes, drinking beer can save them? Well, on Friday, July 18, you get another chance to help pups in the pound when the holy trinity of awesomeness – beer, dogs and a bar – band together for a dog fashion show at Freddy’s (627 5th Ave., South Slope). (more…)