12/08/14 10:37am
Go make Snoopy proud.

Go make Snoopy proud.

1. Franklin Park Reading Series is having their end of the year bash with a little help from some of the year’s best fiction and essay writers. (Monday)

2. Get some real laughs in with Side Ponytail before you have to fake chuckle your way through your uncle’s awful jokes at those holiday dinners. (Monday)

3. Mark the royal visit to New York with free White Castle at Devour Hour. (Tuesday) (more…)

12/05/14 3:41pm
muppet christmas

Spending some time this Christmas season with the Muppets at Union Hall is just one of the many ways to enjoy the season this year

Santa was ushered into Macy’s at the conclusion of the Thanksgiving Day parade, thus officially signaling the beginning of another holiday season. There’s no denying that New York City in December is breathtakingly beautiful. The holiday markets, ice rinks, display windows, the omnipresent smell of evergreens in the air… and ahh yes, the herds of tourists. Want to avoid the crowds and subsequently becoming a Grinch? Stay in Brooklyn for all seasonal festivities. Whether you’re a Buddy the Elf or an Ebenezer Scrooge, Brokelyn has your one-stop holiday guide for fun and festive happenings in your favorite borough, all under $30. (more…)

12/04/14 8:52am
bust holiday craftacular

You won’t come up empty doing your holiday shopping at the Bust Holiday Craftacular or any of these other Brooklyn holiday markets. via Facebook

OMG it’s the holidays again, and it’s less then a month until Christmas and Hanukkah! Your holiday shopping is done, right? You’ve found the perfect, unique, and handmade gift for everyone on your naughty and nice lists, right? No? Don’t you fret friends, there are now more holiday markets then ever right in the comfort of your own Brooklyn backyard. This year’s markets feature sugar (pies from Eat Pie Shop) spice (cider from Roberta’s Holiday Market) and everything nice (free gift-wrapping at Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar).

Why go to the city and deal with the tourists blocking the sidewalks while they stare up at all the big tall Starbucks shops in the sky if you can just travel around on Santa’s preferred sleigh, the G train.  Stay in Brooklyn, shop local at any of these markets, and we promise your holiday shopping list will be taken care of faster than you can say…happy holidays. (more…)

Volunteer and get rewarded in discounted books from an iconic Brooklyn staple. Win-win. (via Flickr user dwwebber)

Volunteer and get rewarded in discounted books from an iconic Brooklyn staple. Win-win. (via Flickr user dwwebber)

We love Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street) for their great selection and community involvement, so it comes as little surprise they are offering an awesome volunteer opportunity that will get  you a discount on holiday book shopping when you help out with gift wrapping — for a good cause.  (more…)

11/28/14 12:07pm
Wouldn't you rather get two Robicelli's cupcakes for $5 than get trampled in the quest for a cheap TV? via Facebook

Wouldn’t you rather get two Robicelli’s cupcakes for $5 than get trampled in the quest for a cheap TV? via Facebook

If you’re reading this, our congratulations for not having been trampled into a coma at Black Friday. Whether you participated in the shopping stampede or not, you might be wondering if there’s any more shopping you can do where you find cheap holiday deals, but maybe cheap holiday deals that don’t require full body armor to get. Well the answer is yes! November 29 is Small Business Saturday, a celebration of the indie shops and small businesses that make Brooklyn go. Small business like say, Robicelli’s (9009 5th Avenue), which is offering sweet deals in the literal and metaphorical sense. (more…)

11/13/14 9:12am
Gato Party's gonna be a fun time

Gato Party’s gonna be a festive time

1. Park Slop Food Coop hosts a Non-Violent Communication Workshop just in time for you to have Thanksgiving with those racist, sexist family members you’ve been avoiding. (Friday)

2. English rocker musician and producer Glyn Johns discusses his new memoir at BookCourt. (Friday)

3. Check out and maybe even buy some art inspired by the best borough at My Muse, Brooklyn. (Friday-Sunday) (more…)

11/05/14 1:04pm

If you hadn’t heard, there have been a rash of stores in Harlem, Fort Greene and Bed-Stuy putting up signs stating that people wearing hoodies or masks in the store would be charged with trespassing. Masks are on thing, but people seemed a little annoyed by the idea of criminalizing hoodies. ANIMAL New York took the ban to it’s logical conclusion though, and sent a nice young man out in front of a bodega with one of the signs to act as a coat check of sorts, but for hoodies instead of coats. At the very least, it’s an accommodating gesture. (more…)

11/05/14 12:10pm
bric house

It’ll be like this, but everyone will be dressed worse because we’re bloggers. via Facebook

So you came here to Brooklyn to conquer the media world. Maybe your plan is working, maybe you’re floating around wondering what you’re doing still. Either way, it couldn’t hurt to meet a few people and check out some resources available for your campaign of domination. So in the spirit, BRIC is stepping up and hosting the BK Media Maker Meet-Up on Monday, November 10, where you can hang out and meet your fellow media dominators, have some drinks, check out some equipment and plot media domination with other people instead of doing it by your lonesome. (more…)

10/28/14 10:06am
pies'n'thighs

Chicken, waffles, satisfied nap afterwards. All photos by Joanna Purpich

Chicken and waffles hold a strange place in the food pyramid. They’re neither a true breakfast dish nor a lunch item despite the role chicken and waffles separately play in our diets. Have we found the holy grail of brunch? Regardless of when you choose to stuff your face, chicken and waffles are wonderful. Unfortunately, they can just as easily empty your wallet as fill your stomach.

Armed with the belief that chicken and waffles can be both affordable and delicious, I checked out eight Brooklyn restaurants all offering the dish for $13 and under, and ranked them for each individual component and the value of the meal as a whole. (more…)

10/27/14 3:36pm
Be brave and maybe wear a shirt

Be brave and maybe wear a shirt.

Thanks to stupid Ebola, having a runny nose and coughing violently will now get you even more ostracized than it usually does. With flu season coming up, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to do your part to slow down fearbola by getting a flu shot so the people around you don’t have to think your body fluids will summon The End of Days. Lucky for you, there are a few chances for you to take care of that for free this week. (more…)