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…)

04/08/16 3:46pm
Opening weekend at the LIC Flea is here. Via QNS.com.

Opening weekend at the LIC Flea is here. Via QNS.com.

Spring is here (mostly) and that means it’s the return of outdoor market season! Break your usual market routine and head up to Long Island City this weekend for the opening of the fourth annual LIC Flea. The vendors include a selection of artisans, food vendors, jewelry makers and more. But one of the highlights not to miss is the all-Queens beer garden, the first destination to serve a full lineup of Queens-based breweries. It’s got eight beers on tap, serving up tasty brews from Queens Brewery, Rockaway Brewery, Finback, Singlecut, BigAlice and Bridge and Tunnel. After all, we heard a lot of smart people are going to Queens these days.  (more…)

03/30/16 4:15pm
These seats need filling! Via Flckr user Mark Lee.

These seats need filling! Via Flckr user Mark Lee.

This post is brought to you by Play-by-Play

Tired of being an artist in New York who can’t see art? Is that Netflix account finally not cutting it? Want to have access to theaters, comedy clubs, concert venues, sports stadiums, and expo centers without having to sacrifice groceries and a liver?

Here’s how: become a seat filler.

Play-by-Play is a seat filling service (or “papering” service as they say in the biz) that helps venues fill unsold seats. When a big show hasn’t sold out and needs bodies in seats, guess what? You could be that body. (more…)

03/24/16 3:19pm
The peaceful life awaits at PIne Lake Park.

The peaceful life awaits at PIne Lake Park, just an hour away.

This sponsored post is brought to you by Pine Lake Park

If a vacation home less than three hours away seems like a 2016 NYC real estate fantasy, you probably haven’t heard of Pine Lake Park, a unique and welcoming Westchester summer bungalow community with 60 units on 50 wooded, lakeside acres. Several Brokelynites checked it out last year and confirm that it’s the real deal.

Easy to get to by MetroNorth to the Croton-Harmon or Cortlandt stations, Pine Lake Park is one of the last bargains in the Lower Hudson valley. It’s a vibrant, bucolic place, where people from diverse backgrounds play tennis, fish, hike and bike from May to October each year. (more…)

03/21/16 12:00pm

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

The statistics are sobering. The U.S. now has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, higher than Russia, Cuba, or Iran. Though America is home to only five percent of the world population, it is home to 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated population. More than 60 percent of people in U.S. prisons are minorities.

BRIC, as part of its BRIC TV initiative, will present a live-broadcast, town hall–style discussion on the effects of Race & Mass Incarceration and the direct impact it has on Brooklynites and New Yorkers, Thursday (March 24) at BRIC House. (more…)

03/15/16 12:00pm

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

BRIC TV is community television with an edge, delivering a bold lineup of documentary series, hyper-local news, politics, music, comedy, scripted series and more. They strive to be a megaphone for the under-represented, and a patron of the independent arts. If you haven’t checked out their programming yet, now is a good time — their spring season premieres on Monday, March 14. (more…)

03/03/16 12:00pm
Psycho Killer cocktail from Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog

Psycho Killer cocktail from Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog

Sponsored By Cocktail Magic.

Cocktail Magic brings you the best bartenders, top quality cocktails, tasty bites, and lively beats March 19 at Weylin B. Seymour's.

Created By BlankSlate

What’s more magical than a skilled bartender concocting the perfect potion from a few humble ingredients? What about sipping that cocktail while watching tricks performed by some of the country’s best magicians?

Cocktail Magic is a celebration of — you guessed it — cocktails and magic. This multi-city series is coming to Brooklyn on Saturday, March 19, at Weylin B. Seymour’s, the deluxe event space in the historic Williamsburgh Savings Bank building.

Attendees can sample signature and specialty cocktails from the best craft cocktail bars in New York — including Dead Rabbit, Death & Co., and PDT — as well as from Denver’s Williams & Graham and Chicago’s Broken Shaker. Cocktail in hand, they can kick back and enjoy Roberta’s pizza, a DJ set by Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio, and magic from master illusionists Jon Armstrong, Matthew Holtzclaw, Francis Menotti, and Brooklyn’s own Noah Levine.  (more…)

02/24/16 12:00pm

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

Nonprofit arts and media organization BRIC has been a cornerstone of the Brooklyn arts scene since 1979, so it is a delight to announce that their newest venture BRIC TV, launched just last year, has received nine New York Emmy nominations. Add four more nominations for shows produced through BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech initiative, and that makes BRIC the 12th most nominated organization, tying with WABC and WCBS. (more…)

02/23/16 12:00pm
Sunny's Bar

Sunny and Tim. Photo by Evan Sung Photography.

Sponsored By Penguin Random House.

Penguin Random House is the world's largest English language trade publisher, bringing you the best in fiction, nonfiction, and children's books.

Created By BlankSlate

Brooklyn in 1995 looked a lot different than it does now. Especially Red Hook. Back then, there was no Red Hook Lobster Pound, no Metal & Thread, no Baked. But there was Sunny’s Bar.

The first time he saw Sunny’s Bar, Tim Sultan was lost, thirsty for a drink, and intrigued by the single bar sign among the forlorn warehouses lining the Brooklyn waterfront. Inside, he found a dimly lit room crammed with maritime artifacts, a dozen well-seasoned drinkers, and, strangely, a projector playing a classic Martha Graham dance performance. Sultan knew he had stumbled upon someplace special. What he didn’t know was that he had just found his new home. Soon enough, Sultan quit his office job to bartend full-time for Sunny Balzano, the bar’s owner.

Sunny’s Nights is Tim’s ode to a strangely wonderful bar and the strangely wonderful man who stands at its helm. Born next to the saloon that has been in his family for one hundred years, Sunny has over the years partied with Andy Warhol, spent time in India at the feet of a guru, and painted abstract expressionist originals. But his masterpiece is the bar itself, a place where artists, mobsters, honky-tonk musicians, neighborhood drunks, nuns, longshoremen, and assorted eccentrics rub elbows.

Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and The Leftovers, calls Sunny’s Nights “a vivid and loving portrait of the larger-than-life eccentric who gave the bar its name and its spirit, and a moving memoir about friendship and finding a home.” Enter below for a chance to win a free copy for yourself. It will give you and Sunny something to talk about the next time you’re at his bar.