09/17/14 2:42pm
Amazing Garden

Look at all the fun people had their last year. via The Amazing Garden

Community gardens are just one of the multitude of reasons why Brooklyn is so amazing. Unfortunately these gardens are not just designated open spaces that grow and maintain themselves, but that’s okay because raising money for one of them this weekend involves you listening to live music and enjoying the best grilled sandwiches in the borough. (more…)

09/09/14 2:02pm
escape music festival

The Joy (will be) Formidable. via Facebook

Do you ever imagine what Brooklyn would be like without music festivals? Well we’re pretty sure it would be really quiet and unfestive, so we’re glad we don’t need to picture that too much since Brooklyn’s getting another one: Escape Music Festival is coming to Pier 9 at the Red Hook Container Terminal (Degraw Street and Van Brunt Street) October 11-12 and it’s bringing really major festive musicians with it. (more…)

09/04/14 2:27pm
caco prieto

Have you visited Cacao Prieto, yet? Well get on it. Photo by Karen Yau Østensjø

Hey, remember the Brooklyn Spirits Trail, the self-guided tour of Brooklyn’s booze makers that gets you a look at Brooklyn’s thriving alcohol industry? The spirit trail now has a spirit guide, our own Fikriyyah George, who’s set up a tour that will get you a guaranteed spot on a tour of four of the locations on the trail in Red Hook, along with lunch. Which you’ll need, because of the booze. Man, she thought of everything. (more…)

07/25/14 12:54pm
portside newyork heavy metal sale

You can probably figure out what to do with this thing. via PortSide NewYork

Are you a prospective restaurateur struggling to think of a theme for your future eatery? Stocking up for an elaborate production of your one-person show, “If I Were a Pirate”? Perhaps you’re just looking for a way to decorate your apartment like a ghost ship so you can dub it “the hull,” kind of creeping out all those who visit from now on, you weirdo? No matter what your goal, there’ll be some deals waiting for you at PortSide NewYork’s “Heavy Metal” sale at Pier 11 in Red Hook this Sunday, according to DNAInfo, where you’ll find all the marine gear, and none of the scurvy. (more…)

06/25/14 3:18pm
destination red hook

It’s this or riding the bike there

It’s summer and dang it, that means it’s time for free stuff. Free outdoor movies, free concerts and sure what the hell, free ferries. That last one is a reality now, because a press release just landed in our inbox alerting us to the news that the free ferry between Red Hook and Manhattan that started last year is coming back for more, with service starting this Saturday, June 28. (more…)

05/21/14 9:05am
red hook flicks

Will Smith knows how to celebrate summer – by punching aliens

After making it through the winter, your first instinct when celebrating summer might be to punch the closest thing you can find that represents the season and yell “Welcome to hot!” Or maybe you’d like to make a stirring speech about it, in the key of Pullman. In which case you’ll be happy to know that Red Hook Flicks, at least according to their 2014 schedule, shares your sentiment. Why else would they be showing Independence Day? (more…)

04/04/14 8:57am
red hook secret garden

The Red Hook Secret Garden: New power players in the election scene

It was only a matter of time, of course, before participatory budgeting was going to go from quaint idea getting more people involved in democracy to brutal fights between neighbors who poured money into electioneering efforts. And now supporters of the Red Hook Secret Garden, a garden next to the Red Hook public library, released an attack ad against their opponents in the contest for a slice of city money. Nah, just kidding, it’s actually a very nice video about how sweet it would be to restore the garden. (more…)

04/03/14 2:03pm
grilled cheese

Tastes even better when someone else makes it and it’s free. via Flickr user Lucas Richarz

Grilled cheese is great comfort food, no matter if it’s incredibly cold or if things eventually someday warm up, like we think it will. And the only thing that makes comfort food more comforting is if someone just hands it to you for free, with barely any effort having to come on your part. Oh and hey, look at that, next Saturday, April 12, is National Grilled Cheese Day, and Brooklyn Slate Company is celebrating by just handing out grilled cheese. (more…)

10/30/13 8:49am

Rocky Sullivan's red hook

Rocky Sullivan’s
34 Van Dyke Street
Red Hook
(718) 246 – 8050

What it is: A cavernous Irish bar in Red Hook with a strong sense of community, clearly demarcated favorite local teams, two huge rooms and a menu that moves past your typical pub fare while still staying affordable.

Why we love it: Unlike Irish bars that are content with just hanging a flag and serving Guiness, Rocky’s hosts weekly Irish classes in case you wanted to learn and regularly host Irish bands of the traditional and contemporary variety. Also the “clearly stating what teams they like” thing is refreshing. In a town where sports bars try to appeal to every fan, Rocky’s proudly wears their Rangers, Mets and Jets colors. It helps too that it attracts a crowd that will talk hockey with you and offers a real sense of community, and that the bar has a staff that is endlessly hospitable. (more…)

10/22/13 2:42pm
I will take 4 dozen more, please. via Flickr user Jenn Larsen

I will take 4 dozen more, please. via Flickr user Jenn Larsen

You like oysters? Actually maybe this is more for the folks who love oysters. Love them more than any other seafood option available to people. Because if you feel that way, have we got news for you: Brooklyn Crab is throwing an oyster festival this Saturday where people will celebrate (read: eat) oysters for three hours. And to wash it down, all the beer you can drink. Yeah, that’s a good Saturday right there. (more…)