08/21/15 10:16am
Coffee shop or bar? These places, like Greene Grape Annex, are both. Photo by Tim Donnelly

Coffee shop or bar? These places, like Greene Grape Annex, are both. Photo by Tim Donnelly

The Williamsburg Starbucks made news this week by starting to offer beer along with their soy-frappe-cappuccino-whip-drinks. Count us among the unimpressed. Starbucks may be good at cake-pops and pumping out a Pumpkin Spiced Latte in under fourteen seconds, but the borough is filled to the brim with local spots that serve up the coffee/beer combo without sending most of your money back to Seattle. Whether you’re craving a post coffee stout in Park Slope or an IPA with your espresso in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn coffee shops offer you many (better) options than beer from Starbucks.

07/16/15 1:08pm
via Heartland Brewery

via Heartland Brewery

Fulton Street has been steadily accruing its fair share of craft beer outfits, with Hops Hill and Glorietta Baldy being some of the more notable additions on that front. But now, we’re getting something a little more unique: Gothamist reports that Heartland Brewery, the employee-owned brewpub in Union Square that shuttered its windows this past winter, has “tapped” the market in Clinton Hill with a space on Waverly Avenue that’s part retail storefront, part taproom and bar snacks. You can sample, nosh and learn about this decades-old name in craft brewing before making a purchase to take home!  (more…)

07/16/15 8:46am
BAM R&B Festival

You’ve got bookings on the mothership. via George Clinton

Here it is, you’ve made it to Thursday, look at you! We understand your excitement, because especially in the summer time, Thursday is the last day of the week anyone really tries at work. So while you’re hastily trying to do today’s and Friday’s work so you can just dick around taking personality quizzes tomorrow, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the best things happening in Brooklyn tonight, courtesy of the Brokelyn Events Calendar. (more…)

07/09/15 8:43am
Finally, Movies With A View has come BACK to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

Finally, Movies With A View has come BACK to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

Welcome to Thursday! You survived most of the week and the great almost-apocalypse of 2015. Congratulations! Reward yourself by doing one of these fun things we found on our event calendar, like the kickoff for the Brooklyn Bridge Park movies or learning some stuff about Greenpoint. What? Learning is fun. (more…)

05/27/15 8:28am
sonya art walk

Look how much fun these people are having with art! via Facebook

It’s late spring in New York City, and you’re probably being inundated with images of all the highly Instagrammable art happenings that are perpetually popping up around here. Though it’s inarguably awesome to have access to so much new art on the reg, maybe you want to have a serious art binge without venturing into Manhattan or taking a boat. Look no further than the 16th Annual SONYA Art Walk this weekend! (more…)

Home, cheap home. via Myrtle Avenue Partnership

This could be home, cheap home. via Myrtle Avenue Partnership

We tend to vascillate between telling you real estate is a lost cause and then telling you things like hey, look at this one exception. Well, today we’re on the positive side of the equation, because DNA Info reports that yet more affordable housing is coming to Clinton Hill! A new building at 490 Myrtle Avenue is offering up 19 units to the affordable housing lottery. That means $1,064 two-bedrooms, $877 one-bedrooms and $816 studios. Hey, maybe you can get married and move out, after all.  (more…)

03/30/15 4:34pm
brooklyn pop-up market

This could be you, but you gotta get out there and apply first! via Facebook

Spring is coming and so is summer, even if they’re a little stuck. They just are. That means of course, the return of Brooklyn’s many nice pop-up markets taking their rightful place in our storied vacant lots and playgrounds, with vendors hawking all sorts of nice handmade and vintage goods. Vendors like you, maybe? If that’s the case, you should get on your horse, figuratively, and apply to be a vendor at the Brooklyn Pop-Up Market’s outdoor space in Clinton Hill. After all, you can’t sell your handmade Han Solo/Luke Skywalker hybrid dolls if you don’t have a place to show them off. (more…)

biggie smalls mural

Spread love, but also paint. Picture of Owen Dippie mural via Flickr user ithinkx

Yesterday you might have spent some time thinking about the passing of Biggie Smalls, seeing as how it was the 18th year since his death, meaning that unsolved murder is now old enough to go war but not old enough to buy cigarettes in New York. There’s no reason to dwell completely in the past though, baby baby, not when there’s cool efforts to celebrate Biggie’s life and work. We’re talking things like the struggle for a Christopher Wallace Way and now, a Biggie mural going up outside the Key Food on Fulton Avenue where he used to work, courtesy of Danielle Mastrion, the artist who put up a Beastie Boys mural on the Lower East Side last year. (more…)

greene hill food co-op

You can even spritz the kale while you’re shopping. If you really want to. via Facebook

Ah the food co-op, the secretive bastion of cheaper groceries and respectful exchanges with employees because if you start yelling at someone who can’t find what you’re looking for, it’s gonna make for an awkward shift tomorrow. You wanna shop at one, but you also don’t want to commit to doing the work, not off the bat anyway. Well good news, lazybones, because Clinton Hill’s Greene Hill Food Co-op (18 Putnam Avenue) is offering a two-month trial membership with no membership fee or work requirements. (more…)

02/23/15 2:16pm
The new face of Brooklyn bargain hunters

The new face of Brooklyn bargain hunters

Despite its emergence as a real estate powerhouse that makes people openly weep as they look at the listings tacked up outside real estate offices, some people out there still look to Brooklyn as the affordable option for when you want to spread out and get a little room for your growing family. Of course, by “some people” we mean “high-wattage celebrity couple Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudekis” who have recently moved to Clinton Hill for more room for their family according to the New York Post. We didn’t mean Brooklyn is affordable for people like you or us of course, only an idiot would make that kind of statement. (more…)