Ever wonder what it would be like if CBS comedy Two and a Half Men were set in Brooklyn? Dad Day, debuting this week on BRIC TV, will give you an idea as it follows an anxiety-ridden family man named James, his 5-year-old son Henry, and self-assured bachelor Craig as they navigate an ever-changing Brooklyn and the demands it places on friendship, career and fatherhood. (more…)
Fill out your thoughts on some focus group topics and you can walk away with some easy cash.
The department store’s soundtracks don’t lie: the holidays are coming. As the holiday season kicks into gear in the coming weeks, we all begin to feel the impending doom that’s about to wreak havoc upon our bank accounts. We all hope to buy gifts for everyone on our lists without having to sacrifice rent money. But our bank accounts might not be on the same page. Don’t give up on your holiday goals just yet, because there’s a super easy way to score some serious spending cash this season.
Hundreds of companies are on the lookout for consumer critiques on their products and ready to pay a pretty penny for them. So they come to other companies such as Focus Pointe Global to conduct their focus groups on anything from television shows, new products, and even, our personal favorite, food taste tests. You can score $75 for a one-hour focus group. That translates to you, making a bunch of cash, for just telling companies what you think of their products or watching a new show (and sometimes even getting to try some new free food). Here’s how to get involved: (more…)
Check out One More Bite, Brooklyn Based Kids’ first event, this Sunday in Gowanus.
Calling all foodies big and small! Brooklyn Based Kids is throwing its first-ever family food fair, One More Bite, this Sunday (Oct. 23), 11-3pm at The Green Building in Gowanus. Throughout the day you’ll be sampling good food together from nearly 20 food vendors, farmers, and entrepreneurs, many of whom will also lead hands-on activities for the kids, like tracking Monarch butterflies and “food coloring” with Private Picassos. Upon trying each new food and activity, kids will get a stamp in their One More Bite passbook, and pick a treat of their choice at the end for their efforts. (more…)
Get to know the best boozy spots Brooklyn has to offer at Drink Local Week.
If you’re living in Brooklyn and still chugging Budweiser and Evan Williams, you’re doing it wrong. We have the best bars, but did you know that we also have the best alcohol too? This week, Brooklyn’s first Drink Local Week is going to give you dozens more reasons not to leave the borough.
Whether you drink whiskey, wine, beer or cider, Drink Local Week has something for you. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Taste NY and Explore Brooklyn have teamed up to bring you a week of deals on wineries, breweries, distilleries, and more throughout the county of Kings. You’ll try drinks made here in Brooklyn, and throughout New York State. Think of it as Restaurant Week, but for booze!
The week kicks off this Thursday (Oct. 20), and goes through Oct. 26, and spans all the way from Greenpoint down to Bay Ridge, and from Columbia Street all the way west to Bed Stuy. Check Explore Brooklyn’s handy map to see where all of the participating businesses are. You just might find your new local hang or weekend jaunt. (more…)
The perfect, affordable office space doesn’t come along that often, especially not in increasingly desirable and popular East Williamsburg. Here’s the perfect spot to consider for your new office space or creative work space. The 2,500-square foot space at 279 Frost St. is available right now at a reduced price of $5,850 per month, plus utilities. It’s got a private entrance, private parking and outdoor storage. Plus, there’s lots of space to use in this brokers protected rental, with up to six rooms, two bathrooms, high ceilings and a kitchen nook. It’s available now, with flexible lease terms. And it’s in a great location, especially if you love popping out for an after work drink, with great bars like Reclamation, One Stop Beer Shop, Basik and many more just around the corner. (more…)
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Community leaders, activists, elected officials and scholars will gather for a #BHeard program called “Cops and Community: Innovations Around Policing.” The Town Hall, sponsored by BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, will be held on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.
The event, at BRIC House on 647 Fulton St., will include panelists presenting innovative ideas to strengthen ties and heal the divide between cops and community, now in a heightened state in the wake of a series of nationwide killings of unarmed black civilians. Panelists include David Kennedy, professor at John Jay Center for Criminal Justice; Samuel Sinyangwe, data scientist at Campaign Zero; Carmen Dixon, police reform organizer at NAACP Legal Defense Fund; and Mariame Kaba, Open Society Foundations Soros Justice Fellow. (more…)
Kids love dumplings. They also love learning new things and playing around in a kitchen. Here’s a chance to combine all three at the Chef One NYC Dumpling Fest, happening Sept. 24 from noon till 5pm in Sara D. Roosevelt Park (on East Houston Between Chrystie and Forsyth in Manhattan).
After all, the theme of this year’s fest is “There’s a chef in everyONE.” The cost of the event is $20, with 100 percent of those proceeds benefiting Food Bank for NYC, which provides 1.5 million meals to hungry New Yorkers each year. (more…)
Drink like royalty in Queens at the first Queens Beer Fest.
You know by now the Queens beer scene is heating up. The borough is becoming a great destination for beer lovers thanks to its growing number of bars and breweries, and our own Queens Beer Book (still available!) that allows you to try a bunch of those bars and breweries for barely any money. Now you get to see the beer scene in action in a whole new way.
Queens’ first-ever beer festival will be hosted in Long Island City on Oct. 15 and Oct. 16 shining a light on the borough’s growing craft beer scene and all local craft breweries. From 12pm – 6pm, attendees get to sample all Queens-based breweries, plus additions from Brooklyn, The Bronx, Long Island and Staten Island. And we’ve got a special discount for you! Find out how to get it below. (more…)
Pratt alumni Kadir Nelson designed Drake’s 2013 album art. Catch him in person Saturday. Via Pratt.
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn’s world-famous art and design school, has given us notable alumni in diverse array of fields, from Daniel Clowes, Robert Redford and Betsey Johnson to Stefan Sagmeister, Robert Mapplethorpe and Rob Zombie. The more recent alumni are out there in the world right now creating the next great wave of art, literature and entertainment. But you don’t have to wait long to see what their up to: This Saturday, Pratt invites you to enjoy a free day of festivities that will include an alumni exhibition showcasing the work of more than 65 graduates in galleries across Pratt’s Clinton Hill campus. It also features a conversation with alumnus and acclaimed artist/author Kadir Nelson, who designed the above art for Drake’s 2013 album Nothing Was the Same. We won’t say Nelson started from the bottom, but he’s definitely now here. (more…)
Hey but wait, before you swear off dating entirely: Have you tried kickball?
We don’t mean just any kickball with anybody, of course. No, we’re talking about the kind of alcohol-infused (think post-game flip cup) kickball that comes with signing up for a social sports league. Like the whisper-quiet Maytag dishwasher, a well-curated sports league makes it so you don’t even realize you’re meeting new people!
NYC Social has been around in New York for a while and offers a variety of different sports year round, but kickball stands out to us as the Brooklyn choice — just rescuing that slogan from Budweiser’s gnarled, macrobrew fingers, btw — because it’s scrappier, less contact-heavy and hearkens back to a bygone era of stoop kids who, in the absence of iPhones and Facebook and dating apps, learned to make their own fun. (more…)