Families gather in the picnic area to enjoy a meal before the game. Photos via the Cyclones.
Summer in the city isn’t the same without a baseball game, especially making a day of it with a big group. But it’s hard to convince a bunch of friends to drop a month’s rent on Yankees box seats. And no one wants to sit in the nosebleed section of Citi Field. Luckily us Brooklynites have a better option: The Brooklyn Cyclones’ brand new Brooklyn Backyard Picnic area. The Cyclones removed one of their bleachers for the 2016 season and turned it into an events space groups can rent out before the game.
From the moment you enter the private entrance you feel like you’re visiting someone’s yard party, but on a Jay Gatsby scale. There are grills with dozens of dogs and burgers, buffet tables, coolers full of soda and bars dotted all around. But this isn’t just some isolated suburban retreat. You’re right next to the Cyclones outfield, at eye-level with the players. (more…)
Hey brokesters! We were thrilled with all the enthusiasm you showed to snag free tickets to Saturdays Brooklyn Cyclones game, where we’ll be crowning Brooklyn’s king and queen. Not sure if you remember from way back when our competition was in full swing, but King Henry (aka Brooklyn’s new monarch) had also promised to shine the shoes of the first five baseball fans in line. Well, great news: he hasn’t forgotten. Wear your most scuffed-up pair of black loafers to the game, and get ’em looking like new! (more…)
Join the Cyclones in doffing your cap to Brooklyn’s new royalty. via Facebook
[UPDATE: That was fast! All the tickets have been claimed, thanks everyone.]
As you recall, we’re crowning King Henry and the Girl of Gotham Brooklyn’s new King and Queen this Saturday, July 18 at 6pm at MCU Park, after they won votes from you the people in the contest to see who should replace Jay-Z and Beyonce. As exciting as that it, we have even more excitement to ladle on the royal pronouncement: You (yes you) can come for free because we have a whole slew of tickets in the right field bleachers to give away. We of course want to do right by you, the committed Brokelyn reader, so if you want in, all you have to do is give us your name and email address, and whether you want one ticket or two in the form below by 4pm on Thursday (or while supplies last) and we’ll be in touch with the details on how to get your ticket on Friday! (By the way, if you have a South Brooklyn & Rockaway Beer Book, there’s a free beer waiting for you after the game at Peggy O’Neill’s.)
What it is: Year-round Coney Island mainstay and Irish pub located right next door to MCU Park.
Why we love it: Pride for amateur Brooklyn leagues Cyclones and the Bolts runs deep here, with pre and post game tailgates most game days. From live bands all day on Saturdays, to karaoke on Mondays, there’s a draw for everybody. Hit up the bar with your fellow Cyclones and Bolts fans before and/or after catching the game, or wander over at the end of the day with your beach-and-ride compatriots.
What to order: Coney Island lager on tap, and a sample platter of bar food classics like wings, mozzarella sticks, and jalapeno poppers.
Regular tip: The name is an homage to Irish lass Margaret “Peggy” Devaney, historic survivor of the Titanic.
Once again, 90’s nostalgia rears it’s spiky head. However, this time it’s about something we actually enjoy. After the rousing success of last year’s “Salute to Seinfeld,” the Brooklyn Cyclones will once again pay tribute to the greatest and most timeless of American sitcoms with “Salute to Seinfeld Night 2: Bigger, Better & Bania” on July 5. Last year’s event at MCU Park was a huge success, so this year, the Cyclones will have to try and top themselves, something the cast of the show about nothing has failed to do post “Seinfeld, with the exception of Julie-Louis Dreyfuss (or should we say President Meyer). (more…)
Now that they’re in charge, they’ll have to make good on all the bribes they used to win our affection. The Gotham Girls are planning a special derby performance we’ve yet to get you details for, but King Henry’s just given us an update on what to expect from his side of the royal court this summer. (more…)
Jersey Thursday is going to be ‘better than ever’ this year. Image via brooklyncyclones.com
Most people like Thursdays because it means Friday is coming. For Brooklyn Cyclones fans, it means Jersdays, the days when the Cyclones give away special jerseys to fans. As per usual, the Cyclones are going all out this summer, with an announcement on their website that they’re going Back to the Future in July with specialized Cyclones/Marty McFly jerseys. (more…)
Editor’s note: When we heard that Jay-Z and Beyonce were packing it in for LA recently, we ran a post seeking a new king and queen of Brooklyn. This is clearly a topic that arouses our readers’ passions because, at last count, 1,666 people voted in this vitally important election, which is a very democratic way to choose a monarchy if you think about it. So after weeks of counting chads and paper ballots and weeding out dead people’s votes, we are down to two finalists, the Halkias, the owners of Grand Prospect Hall, and the “couple” (loosely) comprised of King Henry, the Cyclones’ mascot, and the lady on the logo for Gotham Girls, who is not technically human (though the Gotham Girls appear to be). There will be a runoff next month, after all parties have a chance to make their case. The Halkiases had their moment to tell readers why they deserve to be the next king and queen, and the Gotham Girls have spoken as one half of the opponent power-couple. Now, we turn to the Gotham Girls’ co-competitor, King Henry (aka Guy Zoda), to talk about what he could offer the borough as its official reigning monarch. Remember folks, this’ll be our final interview before the ultimate vote takes place—so be prepared to cast your ballot, oh, sometime really soon.
He may go by a royal title, but Brooklyn Cyclones’ King Henry has a lot of humility about this whole competition. “I was just honored [you] put me on the site with the others. The Grand Prospect Hall Couple has been around for years!” Well that may be so, but initial polling showed Henry and his lady of Gotham ahead of the Halkias by a landslide. “That’s why I thought the runoff was a joke at first,” the King confesses. “We were already winning by so many votes!” (more…)