09/01/14 7:00am
grove alley party

The Grove Alley party looks bright and summery, and it’s happening in September. So summer is still alive. via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Damn, it’s September already, which unfortunately means the summer is coming to a close and the return to a depressing life of sweatshirts and flannels and bundling up. Let’s not focus on that though. Let’s focus on squeezing the last bit of life out of this summer, which lasts until September 21, and enjoy it instead of being sour and admitting the defeat of the winter’s return. So because we know you don’t want to give up just yet, here’s your final installment of 93 Days of Summer. (more…)

These are uh, something else

These are uh, something else

Hey 90s kids, are you tired of only being pandered/advertised to by BuzzFeed lists, dance parties, TV marathons, film remakes and reboots and sequels, music samples and band reunion tours? We know, when will anyone ever pay attention to the 90s? The Brooklyn Cyclones are doing their part next Wednesday, August 27 with a 90s Nickelodeon night. Why should you go, besides the baseball? Well, Kel Mitchell is throwing out the first pitch, so it’ll answer your “Hey, where’s Kel Mitchell been these days?” question. (more…)

08/18/14 7:00am
independence-day-speech

With a speech this good, you can celebrate Independence Day all year

1. Spike Hill’s Game Night is celebrating the Brooklyn Comedy Festival with jokes from Josh Gondelamn, musical duo The Reformed Whores and more good clean fun (Monday)

2. Vanessa Manko drops her debut novel, The Invention of Exile at powerHouse Arena, with a reading and a chat with the former Mr. Padma Laskshmi, Salman Rushdie  (Monday)

3. It’s audience choice night at Coney Island Flicks and Grease was the one that they want, ooh ooh ooh  (Monday) (more…)

08/14/14 8:41am
Please don't run head-first into this.

Please don’t run head-first into this.

1. Turnip the Beet with some folk and bluegrass music at Brooklyn Grange. (Friday)

2. Escort is a (really) big ole “disco orchestra” and they’re headed to The Bell House. (Friday)

3. Resident Advisor’s Level BBQ is a small, cozy, bumpin’ backyard house music fest. (Saturday) (more…)

coney island sand sculpture competition

Oh yeah, show off why don’ you? Jerk. via Flickr user Jeffrey Ball

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating summer’s arrival, but believe it or not, it is almost over already! Before you blink and it is too late to really enjoy a beach day, head down this weekend to the 24th Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest. On Saturday, August 16 at the Coney Island Boardwalk near Wonder Wheel Park there will be food, music, and festivities to accompany the competition. (more…)

08/07/14 9:36am
Does Celebrate Brooklyn really have to go?

Does Celebrate Brooklyn really have to go? via Facebook

1. If you don’t have an air conditioner, definitely check out this BookCourt reading about an Antarctic voyage, which should at least make you think you’re cold for a minute or two. (Friday)

2. Country Club Disco NYC brings some well-groomed house to Glasslands. (Friday)

3. How cruel can summer be when you’ve got an 80s dance party? (Friday)

4. See Jenny Lewis pre-Rilo Kiley in The Wizard at Videology. (Friday) (more…)

coney island handball

Who will win? Probably the person who can hit the ball the hardest. via Flickr user Jonathan Gleich

Handball, everyone loves handball. The players love it because of its simplicity and fast pace, and spectators because of…well, the same thing. Still, like all sports, we have to determine who the best in a regional or national area is, and you can see that happen this Saturday when finally, the Red Bull Slaps handball tournament comes back to Coney Island. (more…)

08/04/14 10:28am
Well are you gonna go or what?

Well are you gonna go or what?

1. Get a free glamour shot for your LinkedIn (or Tinder, or however you wanna use it), courtesy of Mesh. (Monday-Friday)

2. Head to Videology for the premiere of Covert Bacon’s four original webseries pilots. If the shows are as good as they sound like they taste, you’ve got a great night ahead of you. (Monday)

3. Bribe and blackmail your friends into going with you to Coney Island to see American Hustle. (Monday) (more…)

Like this, but in Coney Island

Like this, but in Coney Island

What’s green, plays the banjo and hits Coney Island this Monday?  No, not you after scarfing too many Nathan’s dogs and riding the Cyclone – Kermit the Frog!  On Monday, August 4, Kermit and friends will make a special appearance at MCU Park as the Brooklyn Cyclones take on the hated Connecticut Tigers. Fresh off being revealed as the reason that you moved to New York City, the Muppets will be trying to bring some luck to the Cyclones in their pennant chase. (more…)

astroland rocket

Don’t just look at the rocket, look IN the rocket. via Facebook

New Yorkers have been swarming the beaches and amusements of Coney Island for decades, and when that happens, history is bound to accumulate like so many ice cream stained napkins in a trash. While we think of a better metaphor for lovely memories, you think about the fact that Coney Island will be celebrating all that history with the 4th Annual Coney Island History Day at Deno’s Wonder Wheel (3059 West 12th Street) next Saturday, August 9. This year’s main attraction? You can get a peek inside the recently returned Astroland Rocket, which had been sealed shut for 45 years before this. Ooooooh, spooky! (more…)