10/06/16 3:50pm
Union Hall is for indulging your inner Belle's library fantasies.

Union Hall provides ales and ambiance, perfect for getting lost in a novel.

We often can’t help ourselves from buying a book whenever we pass a bookstore. We’ll save money for beer, of course, because we want to devour our literary haul with some lagers in one of our favorite reading venues: a bar! Not all bars are equal in the eye of the reader, naturally. Who wants to read where jaeger bombs are the norm? To save you the time searching, we compiled a list of fifteen places we think are the best Brooklyn bars to read in, along with suggestions on what to read.

Since most normies converge on pubs when night falls, these places are best read in during the day. But a good number of them remain quiet enough on weeknights to take in some text. Just remember to take care of your bartender if you’re going to spend a lot of time there.  (more…)

09/15/16 3:15pm
Hop, skip, and jump your way into the weekend with Double Dutch Empire (#1)

Hop, skip, and jump your way into the weekend with Double Dutch Empire (#1)

1. Relive your scholastic youth at BHS Free Friday: Back to School, with a full roster of fun including a Double Dutch Empire workshop (gym), a talk from Astronomy on Tap (science), tips from Jolie Kerr of Ask a Clean Person (home-ec), and more. (Friday, Brooklyn Historical Society, FREE)

2. Celebrate another country’s rich culture at the fourth annual Venezuelan Film Festival in New York, with eight different films and curated shorts throughout the weekend. (Friday through Sunday, Syndicated, $10/film)

3. Spend the entire weekend laughing, with not one but two comedy festivals across the borough: Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest and Cinder Block Comedy Fest. (Friday through Sunday, varies) (more…)

09/12/16 3:28pm
Do the write thing: 10 things not to miss at the Brooklyn Book Festival this year

Bring on the books! Via Flickr user Betty Tsang.

The Brooklyn Book Festival is necessary methadone that helps wean us off quitting summer cold turkey. The day-long event on Sunday reminds us why fall in New York is pretty great too, as we put away the tank tops and jorts and instead pull up our big pile of books and don our best reading flannels. The annual festival is Bonnaroo for Brooklyn book worms and Lollapalooza for lit lovers, an all-you-can-eat buffet of free readings, talks and author appearance that takes over downtown Brooklyn, jam-packed with stars and illuminati of the printed word. With dozens of events on the docket this year that include heavyweights like Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Jacqueline Woodson, it can be a bit overwhelming if you’re unprepared.

We made a guide to help you navigate the vast library of choices. Here are Brokelyn’s top 10 picks for what not to miss at the Brooklyn Book Festival this year so you can take in the best of the fest, from important discussions of gentrification and voting to a fun journey into the intersection of literature and comedy. All the events are free and entrance is first-come, first-served.  (more…)

Party like a book, party like a bookstore

Party like a book, party like a bookstore

Friday’s finally here, which means Sunday’s just a hop-skip away. But don’t turn your brain off just yet: you’ll need it for all the literary schmoozing you’ll be doing at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday! We’ve already rounded up the best of the festival, and told you about great bars for reading in. Now, it’s time to tell you how to party like the true liberal arts college graduate that you are, or might have been.

Greenlight Bookstore is kicking off the festival with a “Brooklyn-sized” bash tonight. Considering the size of the borough, we’re pretty sure that means big. And if you’re the kind of discerning individual who prefer dancing among like-minded intellectuals, then this is definitely your scene.  (more…)

Trade out your eyebrows for high-brows this weekend with some lofty discussions at the BKBF. via website

Trade out your eyebrows for high-brows this weekend with some lofty discussions at the BKBF. via website

Calling all word nerds, bookworms, poets and dreamers, culture-seekers and diarists and people who are just looking for something to do this weekend: the Brooklyn Book Festival is this Sunday, September 20! It’s a day of free poetry readings, panel discussions, meaningful conversations and celebrations of writerly achievement. It’s a day, in short, not to be missed.

There are so many events happening every hour, on the hour, but if you’re the kind of person who gets overwhelmed by choices, we think we did a pretty good job of hand-picking the ones you ought to check out.  (more…)

09/14/15 10:38am
The Big Bupkis

It may be a whole lotta nothing but we never miss a Yiddish bullfight. (No. 7)

1. It’s the most literary time of the year: the Brooklyn Book Festival approaches! The fest itself isn’t until Sunday, but there’s a whole week of “bookend” events leading up to it, and tonight is the official Bookend Kickoff Party, co-presented by an amazing roster of lit luminaries: Catapult, Electric Literature, Literary Hub, PEN American Center, and Tumblr. (Monday, FREE)

2. Calling all Virgos—Sycamore Bar is having a party just for you (well, and everyone else too), with tarot readings, flower crowns, drink specials, and dancing all night long. (Monday, FREE)

3. You don’t need a car for the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club’s Drive-In Movie Night, a double-feature of Nefertitty in Space and Barabarella, with witty commentary by Lola RocknRolla, World Famous BOB, and Bastard Keith. (Tuesday, $7) (more…)

09/01/15 2:09pm
west indian day parade 2014

Summer is almost done, but there’s still time to enjoy yourself and it, at things like the West Indian Day Parade. Photo by Madelyn Owens

Well, here we are, in September somehow, stuck with back to school sales and people talking about pumpkin spice everything despite there being clear rules about seasonal creep. Guess fall is here and there’s nothing we can do…hey wait a minute! Summer isn’t over according to the seasons until September 23! That means there’s plenty of ways for you to enjoy the season before fall finally takes the stage, and even if things are moving a bit more to an indoor bent, it’s still technically a summer night out if you do something from this guide. So get out there and enjoy yourself, because summer won’t be back for another year. (more…)

09/18/14 9:19am
If you have any better ideas of how to get people to hold your hand we'd like to hear them.

If you have any better ideas of how to get people to hold our hands we’d like to hear them. via Facebook

1. Join the DJs, musicians and artists of Late Bloomers at 7 Dunham to help out the New York City Urban Debate League. (Friday)

2. Why contra dance on land like a mere peasant when you can dance on a barge? (Friday)

3. OK GO are spinning DJ sets at Glasslands, hopefully from the comfort of a treadmill. (Friday) (more…)

09/12/14 2:21pm
Books in the best borough! (via BBF Flickr)

Books in the best borough! (via BBF Flickr)

September bring crisp fall air, back to school, leaves on the ground, and the Brooklyn Book Festival! Marty Markowitz may be gone, and we might not get to see Tony Danza rap again, but this year’s festival looks like it’s going to kick ass. There are also a lot of cool bookend events going the week leading up to the festival. We combed through the long list of events and found the ones that we think you should go to. Check them out below. (more…)

09/16/13 3:51pm
He looks friendly enough

He looks friendly enough

1. Videology presents Satan Hold My Hand, a movie by a Brooklynite that makes the case that maybe Satan isn’t such a bad dude after all (Monday)

2. The Brooklyn Book Festival is here, and with it are all of the rad events turning our hive of nerdy urbanism into an even nerdier hive of nerdy urbanism (Monday – Friday)

3. See Goldfinger at Havemeyer Park, try not to keep thinking of Hank Scorpio (Tuesday) (more…)