06/23/16 12:34pm
Photo by Kenny Rodriguez Photography.

The new venue, the Landing at Industry City, is a rare chance to dance with all your friends outdoors. Photo by Kenny Rodriguez Photography.

This post sponsored by The Freedom Party.

In the coming days and weeks, lots of dance parties will claim that they are The Party Of The Summer, but we think The Freedom Party sounds like it’s about to take that crown and run. It already won the Village Voice’s “Best Dance Party 2015” title, and, at 13 years old, is the longest running weekly dance party in NYC. Most recently, it called Brooklyn Bowl and Le Poisson Rouge home, but has just relocated to The Landing in Industry City at (638 Second Ave. in Sunset Park, one stop on the D or N from Atlantic to 36th Street, y’all).

When I asked Matt Kelly, who helps organize the parties for City Farm, what made the party so special, he was quick to say, “the space — it’s the size of a city block.”

It’s outdoors, right on the East River (take a break from Gowanus Canal fumes!), so, “you get a nice breeze off the water,” said Kelly, who’s 31 and lives in Bay Ridge. It also means that there is space to dance without elbows in your face and colliding drinks. The decor is fairly minimal, but modern. Wooden tables with red metal chairs and some industrial detailing throughout make for a chill, summery vibe. The people and the music are all the stimulation necessary! Plus, Brokelyn has a code for discounted tickets for you for every party this summer too. (more…)

06/16/16 5:32pm
Get a car2go and get on your way going.

Get a car2go and get on your way going.

Summer is here and it’s time to start planning those summer getaways. Rather than planning an expensive weekend far, far away, pack your bags and plan a trip with car2go. When you sign up for car2go, you can take a car for up to 150 miles on your trip before you get charged per mile. If you sign up before June 19th and use code C2G15, you’ll get your membership entirely for FREE instead of the regular $35 one-time fee as well as 15 minutes of FREE drive time. With all of this in mind, there are plenty of great places to go for that quick summer getaway right in your own backyard. (more…)

06/07/16 11:52am
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Sponsored By BRIC.

BRIC is a nonprofit arts and media cultural organization that presents free and low-cost programming to the community.

Created By BlankSlate

With the Stonewall Inn on the brink of being designated a national monument and same sex marriage a fact in all 50 states, it’s easy to think that the work of LGBTQ activists is all but done. But is it? Now is the time to #BHeard.

That and other questions will be addressed at 7pm on June 14, when BRIC TV and Housing Works present Pride 20/20: LGBTQ Civil Rights. This live-broadcast, town hall-style discussion at BRIC House (647 Fulton St.) home to the media arts organization BRIC, will be free and open to the public, and will be available on BRIC TV as well as streamed live online. (more…)

06/06/16 12:00pm
Car2go cars go together

car2go cars go 2-gether on Pioneer Street in Red Hook. All photos by Kate Mooney

Every time I find myself in Red Hook, the sleepy, tucked-away neighborhood in Southwestern Brooklyn along the New York City Harbor, I always think the same thing: when was the last time I was down here? Why don’t I come here more often, like, every week?! Part of what makes Red Hook so appealing, gives it that feeling of a preserved, maritime community, inextricably tied to New York history and yet a far cry from what the majority of us associate with the day-to-day of living here, is its remoteness. Inaccessible by train, it’s a schlep to get to; you really need a bike or a car. So when car2go offered free registration to check out the service, we signed right up and planned a day trip. (more…)

05/24/16 8:22am
Brooklyn Based's Immersion series comes to Long Island City on June 4.

Brooklyn Based’s Immersion series comes to Long Island City on June 4. Photo by Alison Brockhouse.

Long Island City is the next stop in Brooklyn Based’s Immersion series with Brooklyn Brewery, and like all of their neighborhood Immersions, it will be one of the cheapest days you’ll ever spend in NYC, drinking, eating and shopping.

The Immersion begins at LIC Bar at noon on June 4, where your hosts will be handing out free swag to those who check in before 1pm (and where the Queens Beer Book will be on sale too!). You won’t have to travel far for your next pint, as you head to Gantry Bar & Kitchen to Woodbines to Corner Bistro for all of your free Brooklyn beers (you get four in all). The restaurants where you can redeem your lunch are close and picturesque, too — you can eat in the backyard at L’Inizio, along the waterfront with drop-dead views at Anable Basin Sailing Bar & Grill, or at the new Gantry Bar & Kitchen.

Inside the envelope of “walking around money” you get to spend in Long Island City during the Immersion are bills that guarantee free gifts and discounts on sliders, souffles and other treats, jewelry, vintage finds, snowballs (yes, snowballs), and more goods at places like Sweetleaf, Pink Canary, and the outdoor LIC Flea & Food. The price for four Brooklyn beers, lunch, and all the deals below is just $25. (more…)

04/13/16 9:20am
Greenpointers' Valentine's Market was a hit.

Greenpointers’ Valentine’s Market was a hit.

Spring means sunshine, trees, flowers and the birds and the bees, but we’ll just focus on the bees this weekend. Greenpointers spring market is back on Sunday and there’s a lot of honey to go around: they’ll be serving up the best honey sweetened cocktail, courtesy of Brooklyn Gin. Thanks to Greenpoint Beer & Ale there will also be two choices delicious craft beer to get your buzz on: Milk and Honey is an American blonde ale brewed with chamomile, milk sugar and wildflower honey; Jamaica Bay Brett IPA is a wild yeast fermented American IPA. Tropical and peachy with orange pith notes.

In addition to more than 60 local vendors and food options, the market always includes free activities, including free bang trims from Bull in the Heather, massages from Human@Ease, henna tattoos, face painting, a photobooth and more! See full details here. (more…)