07/10/14 8:37am
friends of single people

Just let them handle your dating life from now on. via Meatball Presents

1. See some twisted romantic shorts with Rooftop Films, because what romance isn’t sloppy and dysfunctional? (Friday)

2. The Great American Roots Stomp will make you feel like you’re somewhere deep in America…like Newark or somewhere. (Friday-Saturday)

3. Go on the Coney Island Nostalgia Ride and ride 1930s subway cars, which we’re told are not just spruced-up C trains. (Saturday) (more…)

07/09/14 12:00pm

Sponsored By New York Aquarium.

The New York Aquarium is building a world-class shark exhibit set to open in 2016.

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Every day, we hear about all the cool stuff Brooklyn has to offer. You know what it doesn’t have enough of, though? Sharks.

Fortunately, there’s something we Brooklynites can do to rectify this situation. By donating to the ongoing renovation of the New York Aquarium, you will be helping to bring to Brooklyn a massive shark exhibit called Ocean Wonders: Sharks! The plans for the exhibit call for a jaw-dropping, 500,000-gallon tank that will allow visitors to watch several species of sharks and rays. How cool is that?

The transformation of the aquarium won’t be confined to the interior. Outside, a gorgeous, ocean-inspired art installation will wrap the building in a “shimmer wall” made up of tens of thousands of reflective tiles that ripple with the wind like waves on the sea.

You can help make this vision a reality by donating a personalized tile on the virtual version of the shimmer wall on the New York Aquarium website. With your donation, you will be joining your Brooklyn neighbors in helping to bring the aquarium to the next level. More importantly, you will be doing your part to bring sharks to Brooklyn — finally.

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Mayor de Blasio bravely dressing exactly the way the tabloids have been framing him. Photo by Tim Donnelly

Ah, the Mermaid Parade, where a metropolis’ worth of grit and glitter converge at Coney Island for an afternoon of music, muscle cars, and of course, mermaids. This year’s parade kicked off with Chiara and Dante DeBlasio, looking… rather blue as King Neptune and Queen Mermaid, followed by Mayor Bill d’yarr Blasio decked out as a pirate, plundering a small percentage of wealthy New Yorkers’ income for the benefit of swashbuckling pre-K children. The marchers included everyone from adorable tykes in homemade mermaid tails, to grown adults in little more than body glitter and a few strategically placed seashells. Low-brow and high-energy, The Mermaid Parade offers a glimpse of Coney Island’s freaky past for one afternoon each year, and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the summer. (more…)

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Movies on the beach means everything is awesome. via Facebook

Paying for movies (or even Netflix, really) is so unnecessary over the summer. You may not enjoy the free air conditioning, but bringing your own snacks and sitting in the warm NYC breeze while watching that movie you kept meaning to see is one of the best parts of a New York Summer.

Speaking of all that, this year’s fourth annual Flicks on the Beach lineup, Coney Island’s free outdoor film festival, has finally been announced! Cool off (and sing along) with Frozen, enjoy summer classics like Dirty Dancing (try and carry a watermelon down to the screening), and vote for the audience choice film on August 18. (more…)

06/19/14 9:30am
mermaid parade

Yaaaayyyyyy, summer is officially here! Photo by Madelyn Owens

1. Just FEEL is an exhibition on glass sculptures and paintings. Try not to feel them too hard, though. (Friday)

2. The Bell House brings you a confetti dance party. You bring the confetti cake. (Friday)

3. Former child actor Giuseppe Andrews has made 30 underground films with close to no money with the help of trailer park neighbors and homeless friends. Giuseppe Makes a Movie follows him as he creates his latest film. (Friday)

4. Keep it loose, keep it tight with Amos Lee at Celebrate Brooklyn. (Friday) (more…)

06/16/14 1:57pm
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A happy recap is even happier when it comes at half the cost. via Facebook

At 31-38 and sitting perilously close to last place in the NL East, the Mets might be inspiring feelings of sadness and frustration if you’re a fan. “It’s depressing,” you’re probably thinking, “that 400-year-old Bobby Abreu is probably the team’s best hitter. Can the Mets even physically score more than five runs in two straight games?” It’s okay, we’re here to help, with half-price Brooklyn Cyclones tickets, so you can catch future Mets who might make watching the parent club more bearable. (more…)

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It’s fine, nothing to worry about. You definitely won’t accidentally be shot into orbit around the Earth, don’t be silly. Photo via Allen Shweky of Brooklyn Views

Showing the kind of concern for safety and details that their carnie forbears definitely did not, Zamperla Amusements, the company behind new Coney Island roller coaster The Thunderbolt, are pushing back the official opening the machine for the third time. We’re sure everything is fine though, and that this has nothing to do with the unintended consequences of the coaster going so fast it violates certain laws of physics. (more…)

william mangels coney island

There’s no Coney without William Mangels

We know, we know, sometimes you can get Kickstarter fatigue because everyone and their mom seems to have one this year. It’s not all Zach Braff movies and ridiculous camping arrangements though. Take Green-Wood Cemetery for instance, and their call for help in putting together a tribute to William Mangels, a Green-Wood permanent resident who built ride after ride in his Coney Island factory in the early 1900s. That’s the kind of call for help that any civic-minded Brooklynite can get behind. (more…)

Drink on brosef.

Champagne for my real friends; real tickets for sham advertising. Photo by Tim Donnelly.

Hey look, it’s suddenly legal to drink on the beach in Coney Island! Huzzah! I mean, what else would be the explanation for this ad showing three white people who are most definitely standing on the beach in Coney Island, Brooklyn? Because they’re most certainly not something an ad company pulled out of some stock art website after a search for “Ed Hardy douchehat vacation seduction scheme” keywords. Champagne surf party for everyone! Except, no of course it’s not legal. (more…)

05/09/14 3:26pm
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So 60s. via The Museum of the City of New York

Today, the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue) will debut never-before-seen photos in their new exhibition, In a World of Their Own: Coney Island Photographs by Aaron Rose, 1961-1963.

In a mix of true artistry/creepiness, Rose snapped shots of sunbathers by stealthily wielding his camera, unbeknownst to the beachgoers. The right to privacy aside, the exhibition displays beautifully unguarded moments of people from all walks of life enjoying intimate moments in a public space. (more…)