04/02/14 3:23pm
toasted brooklyn wedding expo

When you want chaos to reign at your wedding, getting a wedding photographer from the Toasted Brooklyn Wedding Expo. via Facebook

Getting married any time soon? What a bummer for you. Or we think it’s a bummer, we don’t know, we get all of our relationship exposure from sitcoms. Either way, just because you’re getting married, it doesn’t mean you need to do the same old crap that everyone else does, nor does it mean you need to give things over to a wedding planner who physically strikes you for not knowing an appetizer fork from a main course fork. And you won’t have to do that if you check out the Toasted Brooklyn Wedding Expo next Sunday, April 13, at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. (more…)

03/17/14 11:37am
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That car goes through a hell of a lot of shit

1. It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so you might as well drink. And if you might as well drink, you might as well do it while listening to Irish rock and roll at the Way Station (Monday)

2. Speaking of Irish rock and roll, The Vaderbilt is screening The Commitments and will have corned beef and cabbage on the menu (Monday)

3. Times obit columnist Bruce Weber rode his damn bike all the way across America, so the least you can do is take the short trip to BookCourt to hear him talk about it (Tuesday)  (more…)

02/13/14 1:24pm
brooklyn night bazaar

A Brooklyn Night Bazaar SuperPass will allow you to play free mini-golf, but don’t let the competitiveness ruin your date night. via Facebook

Whether you’re in a highly dysfunctional relationship, pissed that you’re single, or (gasp!) happily dating get your head in the game this Valentine’s Day, there’s a lot of cool stuff going on. Yes, some of it revolves around gushy love stuff or lonely angst, but hey, nothing’s perfect. Skip the Groupon prix fixe dinner in Midtown and check out some of these Valentine’s alternatives:

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12/20/13 3:24pm
so so glos

Who cares about seeing your family when you can hang out with the nice young men of the So So Glos. via Facebook

If you’re a delusional millennial like me, then your big fat paycheck from the coffee house and free lunch from your internship just isn’t going to cut the mustard when it comes to meeting the travel expenses involved in getting home to see your family this week. Living this Brooklyn dream costs and between your rent, Netflix, and conference room rental for your (now sadly doomed) “Keep the Isles Out of Brooklyn” committee, this time of year can be a bit of a bummer when you can’t see your family.

But you know what? Home with the family and your hometown friends is all well and good for about three hours until you’re reminded of why the hell you got out of that burg in the first place: same conversations leading to the same arguments and the same idiot yelling abuse at you from the same car they drove when they were 17. Only now your beard or vintage style is probably award winning. On that note, here’s a couple fun things to do this week while everyone else has upped sticks back to the Midwest or Long Island. (more…)

11/22/13 10:03am
etsy handmade cavalcade

A scene from an Etsy Handmade Cavalcade of Christmas past. via Etsy NY Flickr

It’s almost holiday time everyone, which is personally my favorite shopping time of the year. It’s so exciting, and everything sparkles! Sugar and spice and everything nice! Lights! Trees! Of course, the holidays also means making a list of who you need to buy presents for; family, friends, bosses, significant others, your local bodega cat, your favorite bartender, your future New Year’s make-out partner… etc.).

Let’s make that shopping list easier to fill out by shopping local at the many Brooklyn markets this year. Who needs the crowds of tourists in Manhattan when you can take a leisurely stroll and attend many of these instead. Craft fair crawls are highly encouraged; bonus points are given if you can beat my record of going to five of these in one day. Plus this year there are added extra things do if you need a rest, such as playing black-light mini golf at The Brooklyn Night Bazaar and ice-skating at McCarren Park. Ready! Set! Shop Local!  (more…)

brooklyn night bazaar

What will you find at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar? Photo by Sarah Gainer

If you’ve been looking forward to the second iteration of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar (165 Banker Street), you’re not alone. The event this year is markedly different from the Bazaar we experienced last year, and sponsored by manifold companies such as Uber, Perrier, Puma, Gothamist, Modelo, and more. As with most successful first-year events, some changes were made for the second year’s event. Here’s a rundown of the good and the not so good: (more…)

04/26/13 10:54am
Not coming to Gowanus: this

Not coming to Gowanus: this

Hope you didn’t get too excited when you saw our previous story about the possibility of the Williamsburg Night Bazaar heading south to Gowanus. It sounded like a plan that could be fun in theory, but obviously was going to rile up local opposition, what with the attempt at getting a liquor license and the rumored four or five thousand people showing up each weekend. And lo and behold, organizer Aaron Broudo has pulled out after said opposition, leaving seekers of artisanal Brooklyn goods wandering the streets in vain, unsure of where to find them. (more…)

04/08/13 4:00pm
Like this, but outdoors. And with more heavy metals in the air

Like this, but outdoors. And with more heavy metals in the air

The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a ton of fun, what with all the shopping options and the music and the stuffing your face. The only downside? It’s in the winter, so you’re freaking freezing on the way over there and then everyone is all bundled up once they’re inside, which is decidedly unsexy. Summer, with the sweating and the lack of appropriate clothing is way better for things being sexy. And the creators of the Night Bazaar, recognizing that, are trying to expand their operation to Gowanus for the summer. (more…)

12/20/12 2:13pm

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If you’ve been procrastinating on your holiday shopping, don’t you worry, we’re here for you. While most of Brooklyn’s wonderful craft markets have packed up, to hibernate until next year, there’ still a few that can provide you with all the hand-made, locally sourced holiday cheer that you can handle. All markets open Saturday and Sunday unless otherwise noted.

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12/20/12 7:17am
Tiny Victories rocks the Brooklyn Night Bazaar finale Saturday. Photo by Josh Brasted

Tiny Victories rocks the Brooklyn Night Bazaar finale Saturday. Photo by Josh Brasted

1. Get drunk and print stuff at the Gowanus Print Lab. That’ll end well (Friday)

2. Scream and mosh the end of days away with Fucked Up (Friday)

3. Check out The Moon season 4 finale, because just in case the moon (the satellite, not the comedy show) is involved in the end, it’s good to be on the right side (Friday)

4. Answer the question of whether or not the Mayans celebrated Christmas at the Cobra Club. Well, we know they didn’t, but still, Mad Max on a big screen! (Friday) (more…)