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…)

brooklyn craft company

You could make one of those adorable dog things! via Facebook

Feeling the need, the need to create? It can strike at any time, and if you don’t have a bunch of doodads and bits and yarn to make things with, you could find yourself driven crazy by the urge. We’ve got an outlet for those urges though, because the Brooklyn Craft Company (61 Greenpoint Avenue) is having a crafting party with nine different kinds of crafting projects this month, where you can glue, embroider and knit to your heart’s content. (more…)

07/01/14 11:25am
out in the streets

They’re always rocking in the pictures, so it must be fun. via Facebook

Now that we’re past Northside and we’re past Governors Ball, you might think we’re done with summer festival season. WRONG! Did you forget about Out in the Streets, the only music festival that takes place at a historic house marking where Brooklyn is separated from Queens? Well if you did, the lineup is here as a reminder that you should go, because it looks like a good one and because there’s gonna be a giant dome with a giant slip ‘n slide in it. (more…)

06/30/14 4:24pm
too many lenas 3

Six Lena Dunham’s deal with their feels. Photo by Melinda Pinecone Tenenzapf, courtesy Ars Nova ANT Fest 2014

Lena Dunham, Lena Dunham, Lena Dunham. She’s the name on everyone’s lips at one point or another here in Real America, whether it’s people demanding her dog be taken away or endlessly debating the merits of her show. One unexplored aspect of this endless dissection is the affect it all has on Lena Dunham herself, something theatre troupe Carroll Simmons explores in their play Too Many Lenas 3: Let Them Eat Cake which kicks off a run at the New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street) this week. The second sequel to their production that looks at the life of a “coven of Lena Dunhams” representing different pieces of her psyche trying to live as one Lena Dunham. (more…)

06/30/14 8:40am
The_Jedi_Doth_Return

We have a feeling a lot of folks die in the end.

1. Hear how storytelling and immigration reform go together with artists at the Brooklyn Public Library. (Monday)

2. Supercollider screens Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will. Learn from history so that we don’t end up repeating it. (Monday)

3. Float away at Coney Island with a screening of Gravity. (Monday) (more…)