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…)

07/17/14 9:56am
Like this, but fewer layers.

Like this, but fewer layers. via Facebook

1. Even if you somehow hate music and produce, go to Turnip the Beet Rooftop Concert to at least salute that masterful pun. (Friday)

2. Show ManBoobs, featuring Danny Tamberelli, some support at their comedy show at Union Hall. (Friday)

3. Find out if comedy/rock show Birthnado is as terrifying as whatever you visualize when you see the word “Birthnado.” (Friday)

4. Rooftop Films is screening Mateo, about a white guy who picks up mariachi music in prison and goes busking in Cuba. (Friday) (more…)

07/14/14 10:27am
sharknado

If you haven’t seen this happen yet, go see this happen.

1. Watch a cyclops travel through multiple dimensions, without having to take acid for once, at a screening of Loves of a Cyclops at Videology. (Monday)

2. Franklin Park Reading Series’ annual “Travels and Journeys” brings stories from all sorts of far-off settings. (Monday)

3. Ride your potentially-airborne bike to Coney Island to see E.T. (Monday) (more…)

brooklyn bridge park roller rink

It’s waiting for your wheels. via Facebook

With summer in full swing Brooklyn Bridge Park is offering yet another engaging activity to the laundry list of things to do outdoors. Less than a month ago the already popular park overlooking the East River opened Piers 2 and 4, each featuring more than enough in the way of outdoor recreational space encouraging the enthusiastically active locale with more space for participating in the public sphere. On top of the already awe inspiring space tomorrow marks the grand opening of the Brooklyn Bridge Park roller skating rink, and the park is celebrating with free skating for everyone. (more…)

07/10/14 8:37am
friends of single people

Just let them handle your dating life from now on. via Meatball Presents

1. See some twisted romantic shorts with Rooftop Films, because what romance isn’t sloppy and dysfunctional? (Friday)

2. The Great American Roots Stomp will make you feel like you’re somewhere deep in America…like Newark or somewhere. (Friday-Saturday)

3. Go on the Coney Island Nostalgia Ride and ride 1930s subway cars, which we’re told are not just spruced-up C trains. (Saturday) (more…)

07/07/14 10:59am
You're gonna feel real cultured after this one.

You’re gonna feel real cultured after this one.

1. Chuck Klosterman is back with new cultural critiques and a new book he’ll be talking about at BookCourt. (Monday)

2. Why do books inside though? Books Beneath the Bridge at Brooklyn Bridge Park starts tonight with, Liberty’s Torch, Elizabeth Mitchell’s account of how the Statue of Liberty was built. (Monday)

3. Videology’s local filmmaker showcase shows off the internet’s best comedic web series. You can be up there one day too, if you follow our advice. (Monday)

4. If your air conditioner’s broken, join the herd of children flocking to Coney Island to watch Frozen and sing along to that overhyped “Let It Go” song. (Monday) (more…)

07/07/14 10:17am
saint catherine trivia night

You can use that smart brain of yours to win stuff like cheese at The Saint Catherine’s trivia night. via Facebook

You can pretty much find trivia any night of the week in Brooklyn. Sure it’s great to win a round or two of drinks, but sometimes we want to feel like we’re on a game show and take home a grand prize—besides a hangover. Here are eleven bars that offer more than a bar tab. (more…)

07/03/14 12:52pm
4th of july rain

There are dark forces working on the edges of our Independence Day celebration. Photo by Tim Donnelly

Before we get all wrapped up in celebrations of the jobs report, celebrations of America and violent arguments over whether a hot dog is in fact a sandwich, we need to deal with an inconvenient truth: the chance of rain on July 4 is 100% right now according to Weather.com. Nature, for some reason hates America. Of course, if you have the day off on July 4, you’re still going to want to do things, so we’ve got a roundup of some indoor celebrations in case this darkest of weather predictions comes true. All that being said, Mother Nature ought to remember that America is a nation armed with 2200 nuclear warheads and we’d certainly hate for something to happen to this nice planet if the weather didn’t play along with our holiday weekend. (more…)

07/03/14 9:03am
4th of july fireworks

AMERICA. via Flickr user Ann Althouse

1. The fireworks are back on the East River after their hiatus on the Hudson. Here are the best spots to welcome them home. (Friday)

2. We’ve rounded up the best ways to be patriotic and frugal this 4th of July. (Friday)

3. Celebrate all kinds of art and flop around in a kiddie pool at Artwork$ Festival. (Saturday) (more…)