coney island handball

Who will win? Probably the person who can hit the ball the hardest. via Flickr user Jonathan Gleich

Handball, everyone loves handball. The players love it because of its simplicity and fast pace, and spectators because of…well, the same thing. Still, like all sports, we have to determine who the best in a regional or national area is, and you can see that happen this Saturday when finally, the Red Bull Slaps handball tournament comes back to Coney Island. (more…)

08/04/14 10:28am
Well are you gonna go or what?

Well are you gonna go or what?

1. Get a free glamour shot for your LinkedIn (or Tinder, or however you wanna use it), courtesy of Mesh. (Monday-Friday)

2. Head to Videology for the premiere of Covert Bacon’s four original webseries pilots. If the shows are as good as they sound like they taste, you’ve got a great night ahead of you. (Monday)

3. Bribe and blackmail your friends into going with you to Coney Island to see American Hustle. (Monday) (more…)

Like this, but in Coney Island

Like this, but in Coney Island

What’s green, plays the banjo and hits Coney Island this Monday?  No, not you after scarfing too many Nathan’s dogs and riding the Cyclone – Kermit the Frog!  On Monday, August 4, Kermit and friends will make a special appearance at MCU Park as the Brooklyn Cyclones take on the hated Connecticut Tigers. Fresh off being revealed as the reason that you moved to New York City, the Muppets will be trying to bring some luck to the Cyclones in their pennant chase. (more…)

08/01/14 9:34am
afropunk festival

If it’s August, then it’s time for the Afropunk Festival. It’s also time for a bunch of other things, but mostly Afropunk. via Flickr user Marques Stewart

Wow, it’s August already? It seems like just yesterday we were bundled up like an Eskimo making that dreaded trek to the subway only to get on the train and start undressing by layers in a pool of our own sweat, then starting the process all over five stops later when it was time to get off and face the elements again. And although there has been more than enough excitement to be had, so many of those beach days are now somehow in the rear view.  Before we start focusing on what was and could have been, though, let’s focus on all the good times to come, all the sweat and hot garbage and barbecues and rooftops you’ve yet to indulge. It’s summer in the city and we’ve got more than enough time to sizzle and swelter in style.

A little over a month ago, we gave you the first third of our 93 Days of Summer guide, which suggested the best ways to spend June and July. So, here we are with you in need of an affordable agenda for an accelerated August and us having just that. Funny how things work out that way. So without further ado, get out there and get your shine on! (more…)

07/31/14 7:00am
Don't worry, you're not too old.

Don’t worry, you’re not too old.

1. Head to Industry City for R100, a Japanese film about a guy who joins an underground S&M club and discovers things can get weird when you do that. (Friday)

2. Salute one of humanity’s greatest inventions (or was it a discovery?) with a four-course cheese-centric meal at this Speakcheesey. (Friday)

3. See garage rockers Galapagos Now! and the Dreadful Crows at Glasslands. (Friday) (more…)

07/30/14 2:06pm
sharknado the second one

Gonna be honest…this is only like the third or fourth weirdest thing we’ve ever seen on the streets around here.

Caught up in the Sharknado epidemic? We are too, and the only thing that’s better than watching an awesomely bad movie is watching an awesomely bad movie while drinking with a group of strangers who share that appreciation with you. Especially an awesomely bad movie in which tornadoes hurl gigantic sharks around a major metropolitan area in an insane and frightful frenzy. This edition of Sharknado is extra-special, because in Sharknado 2: The Second One, all shark/tornado hell breaks loose in Manhattan! Yet another reason why Brooklyn is the better borough.

Know your Sharknado evacuation zone! Head down to the South 4th Bar & Cafe (90 South 4th Street) for a viewing party of Sharknado 2: The Second One! This is one movie you won’t get scolded for talking over. (more…)

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…)