10/22/14 11:13am
brooklyn bridge park

How freaking romantic. Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

Dating is hard. It’s difficult to meet new people, whether in “real life” or online, and the process of dating itself can be exhausting, traumatic, heartbreaking, demoralizing…oh yeah, and expensive. You’re already (potentially) wasting time on a new date; don’t waste your money, too! While splitting the bill is usually the way to go, sometimes one party wants to treat the other.  Get creative without breaking the bank; do something other than stare blankly at each other while sipping overpriced cocktails. Need suggestions? Here are 20 Brooklyn date ideas that will keep both of you entertained/fed/watered/etc. for $20 or less. Who ever said a cheapskate couldn’t be romantic? (more…)

10/08/14 2:49pm
The roller disco at Lola Star will be like this, but on roller skates. So really, really scary

The roller disco at Lola Star will be like this, but on roller skates. So really, really scary

‘Tis the season to put out the pumpkins, deck the halls with boughs of cobwebs and stir your cauldron pot, because Halloween is in our midst. In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Brooklyn World, Halloween is the occasion to party and no other boroughs can say anything about it. So don your creepiest outfits and head out to the hottest happenings in BK. (more…)

09/19/14 2:10pm
luna park halloween harvest

This could be pretty much any day at Coney Island though. via Luna Park

Well, it’s big bummer, but it’s time for us to admit that summer is pretty much over and done with. Even if we wanted to hold on, the calendar is turning the page on Sunday, so we might as well also. On the other hand, it also means we can start ramping up for Halloween. First up on the list of things to do: grab a discounted ticket to the Luna Park Halloween party. After all, the rides are scary, so the prices shouldn’t be. We’ll be here all week folks, try the veal. (more…)

09/04/14 9:00am
Recreating the Warriors' famous trip, leather vest optional.

Recreating the Warriors’ famous trip, leather vest optional.

I am not a bike messenger and I have never touched a “fixie.” When one of my tires goes flat, I stare at it for a while, and then I take it into the shop and pay a professional to repair it. So why did a girl like me pay $5 on a recent Saturday night to ride in a three-borough, 30-mile, sundown-to-sun-up Warriors-themed bike ride? Because it sounded like an adventure, and an excuse to stay up really, really late.

The Warriors is the 1979 cult action film that follows New York City gangs in an overnight chase from a park in the Bronx all the way down to Coney Island. For its 25th anniversary, Track Or Die and Cycle Hawk organized a ride that more or less replicated the film’s route, only on bikes, and with checkpoints and challenges along the way. The city we live in today is not quite the dystopian crime world depicted in the movie — for example, in real New York, turns out you can’t throw a baseball bat at a cop’s knees and then just walk away like it never happened — but one thing the movie gets right is that this city has secrets you can discover only if you get out of your home turf. Here’s some of what I discovered on the ride: (more…)

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…)