Phineas & Pherb is just one of the ice cream brands you'll be able to scream for there. Please ask nicely instead of screaming, though. via Facebook

Phin & Phebe’s is just one of the ice cream brands you’ll be able to scream for there. Please ask nicely instead of screaming, though. via Facebook

How do you beat the heat in the summer? Don’t cry in a vain attempt to spread some moisture on your face, that’s just gonna dehydrate you. Instead, eat ice cream! Brooklyn has a few ice cream shops, and now it’s about to get another one in Fort Greene, from mini-Fulton Street empire Greene Grape, who’s opening an ice cream shop on June 24. (more…)

06/02/15 2:47pm
afropunk

All this and you don’t even have to take a 10-hour car trip. Photo by Dennis Manuel, via Facebook

Hey you, were you planning on going to some far-off music festival that deposits you in the middle of some field in a state that isn’t New York all so you can pay for the privilege of squinting at the band on stage from a mile away and trying to figure out if that’s Mumford and Sons or The Lumineers? Jesus Christ, why would you do that when you can just go to something like the Afropunk Festival, held right here in Brooklyn on August 22 and 23 and starring the likes of Lauryn Hill, Danny Brown, Grace Jones and Lenny Kravtiz. Lenny Kravitz? Sure, why not. (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…)

05/18/15 8:16am
Let's rock. via Wikipedia

Let’s rock. via Wikipedia

1. Attend an electric-ifying literary mashup when Franklin Park Reading Series teams up with Electric Lit. (Monday)

2. Limber up those wrists to silently shred at the US Air Guitar Championship Qualifier. (Monday)

3. Sip free booze while perusing out-of-print vinyl in a famous backyard at the Daptone Records Super Soul Stoop Sale. (Monday) (more…)

Settle in for some cocktails at the darkly-lit romantic Dick & Jane's

Settle in for some cocktails at the darkly-lit, romantic Dick & Jane’s

Dick & Jane’s Bar
266 Adelphi St. (Dekalb and Willoughby)
Fort Greene

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What it is: Fort Greene’s neighborhood speakeasy housed in a garage bar is a darkly-lit den of delicious libations.

Why we love it: It feels hidden and cozy, an ideal spot to take a date before or after dinner, or just to duck out of the sun at the end of the day. Down-to-earth bartenders are dedicated to crafting inventive, fresh cocktails, but without any tired mixologist pretense, making you feel at home and well-sated. They play vinyl on Tuesdays.

What to order:  Pick your poison of cocktails made with a range of spirits from spicy pisco to lavender vodka (both house-infused). They switch up the drinks seasonally, so check for new selections made with fresh juices and house-made syrups every few months or so. Cool off this spring with the “Steve McQueen,” a gin and elderflower refresher finished with a dash of cayenne, or go hard with majority-alcohol “Fort Greene” that combines rye, rum, chartreuse, and sweet vermouth.  Two $5 beers grace the menu with their presence, but they are solid choices—Tiger Lager from Singapore and Shiner Bock, a favorite of Texas-born manager Issac Flores—and a small selection of $10 wines.

Regular tip: Legend has it the tiny space once served as a horse stable way back when.

Enjoy 2-for-1 drinks at Dick & Jane’s with our Cocktail Book, on sale now!

05/05/15 3:28pm
mexrrissey

Este hombre encantador

Given that he’s seen as about as dour a singer as they come, you might be thinking that there isn’t a supergroup of Mexican musicians who are out there recording joyous Mexican-style covers of the man’s solo efforts and Smiths songs. Well, turns out you’re wrong, because Mexicans LOVE Morrissey and one talented group of Mexican musicians loves him so much that they came together to form Mexrrissey, so they can show that love with cover songs. Intrigued? We thought so, and what’s even better is that Mexrrissey is playing BAM this weekend. What’s even better than that is that you can win a pair of tickets to see what is sure to be an awesome occasion. (more…)

Just you and your hundred closest friends. via Facebook

Just you and your 100 closest friends. via Facebook

The week’s theme of “marching into summer,” which began with the announcement of the Brooklyn Bridge Park movie schedule, then the Celebrate Brooklyn schedule now continues with another summer tradition that can’t be beat ready to go. Get ready to drink margaritas, eat Cuban sandwiches and elote and revel in warmth as you watch movies outside, because the Habana Outpost outdoor movie schedule just landed in our inbox! Starting this Sunday at 8pm and running every week until October, Habana Outpost will be showing free movies like The Warriors, White Men Can’t Jump and Coming to America, so take a look at the schedule and start making plans. It beats working. (more…)

04/27/15 10:06am
Keep that head on a swivel (or just brake at red lights). via Flickr user Juan José Richards Echeverría

Keep that head on a swivel (or just brake at red lights). via Flickr user Juan José Richards Echeverría

Getting a ticket for running a red light on your bike isn’t fun for anyone. You think it’s too expensive and hate having to pay it, people not on bikes hate you and wish you physical harm, the immortal dance continues unabated. If you’d like to avoid getting roped into said dance, we have some advice for you: stay the hell out of Fort Greene for the foreseeable future, because DNA Info reports police there are promoting a dubious crackdown on cyclists. Just in time for Bike Month! (more…)

ed snowden statue

A dangerous radical, finally silenced. Screen via Jeremy Calabona’s Vine

Early this morning, ANIMAL New York revealed that a group of artists had secretly installed a statue of NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden on the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park. The artists told ANIMAL that they did it in tribute to Snowden and others who “sacrifice their safety in the fight against modern-day tyrannies.”

Unlike the living, breathing Ed Snowden however, who has thus far escaped capture by the government, this Snowden statue wasn’t a moving target, and was brought down by the Parks Department this afternoon. Without the Snowden statue silently shrieking at us about all manner of government intrusions in our private lives, will Brooklynites once again blithely send their Tinder dick pics as if no one is watching, or will we send them wearing our red hoods of protection? Probably the former, to be honest.

03/12/15 9:43am
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Nutella: It’s what gets every couple hot

1. Make this the best Friday the 13th ever, or the most remorseful, or both, by getting a deal on that new tattoo. (Friday)

2. Thrown on your astronaut helmet and float around this space party at The Silent Barn. (Friday)

3. We bet you can earn a ton of strategic Instalikes at Pioneerworks’ opening reception for Under Construction, an exhibition the value of photography in the 21th century. (Friday) (more…)