06/30/16 11:35am
Forces of Nature Dance Theater ready to rock the International African Arts Festival (#1)

Forces of Nature Dance Theater will take the International African Arts Festival by storm (#1)

1. Get your culture on at the 45th annual International African Arts Festival, a four-day extravaganza with music, dance, symposia, workshops, a food and craft marketplace, and on and on. (Friday through Monday, Commodore Barry Park, $5)

2, Immerse yourself in “a light and sound environment” at Sight Unseen, an experimental musical work by Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer. (Friday & Saturday, Issue Project Room, $15)

3. See some great moves at the SummerStage presentation of Maimouna Keita Dance Company, which is dedicated to preserving and sharing African culture and history. (Friday, Herbert Von King Park, FREE) (more…)

05/20/15 1:06pm
4th of july fireworks

AMERICA. via Flickr user Ann Althouse

We fought for them and carried on for a few years and got them back last year, but let’s be honest, just one year of fireworks wasn’t enough. So we’re happy to report that the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration will once again be taking place along the East River. The announcement came earlier today from Mayor Tall himself, as he calmed the nerves of those who didn’t want the celebration moved back to the Hudson. If New Jersey wants to celebrate the Fourth of July, they can get their own fireworks spectacular. (more…)

04/14/14 9:36am
east river fireworks

We should celebrate with a fireworks show! via Flickr user Crashworks

For the last two years, this blog has been part of the crusade against Macy’s for their decision to move their Fourth of July fireworks show to the Hudson River. And with tempetatures starting to rise, we figured our anger would too this year, but now we can rest easy because Mayor de Blasio confirmed to the Daily News that he’d convinced Macy’s to bring their Fourth of July fireworks back to the East River where they belong. Score one for Mayor Tall. (more…)

07/17/12 5:08pm

Do not go gently into that good Hudson.

As Gothamist says today, just because it’s July 17 already doesn’t mean we should forget how Macy’s has been dicking over most of the five boroughs with its Fourth of July fireworks displays for the past few years while giving a nice little reach-around to New Jersey. So Macy’s seems set on keeping the fireworks display in the Hudson each year, where Brooklyn and lots of other people can barely see them, instead of the East River, where everyone can watch them. But lest you think that all the grumbling is limited to just you and your friends on a rooftop in Park Slope, know that there are actual government officials fighting on your side on this one. Our public advocate, state senator and borough president are collecting digital signatures on a petition to try to reclaim the fireworks, and you can still sign it! (more…)

07/03/12 1:36pm

Take that, Macy’s! Photo by Flickr’s Matt Andrews Photo.

Summer is the best, which makes Fourth of July the actual best holiday of the year: no presents to buy, no families to feed, no silly rabbit-based rituals to honor; there’s not even any way for Hallmark to capitalize on it. It’s just good ol’ kicking back and basking in the friggin’ freedom you probably don’t appreciate the rest of the year. And despite Brooklyn’s role in the Revolutionary War, we’ve been shafted on fireworks over the past few years. But don’t let that stop you from rocking the crap out of your day off tomorrow in honor of all your forebearers who fought for your right to open gourmet mayonnaise stores. Here’s a rundown of where to view fireworks and other tips to have the best Fourth ever this year:  (more…)

07/02/10 1:48pm
Photo by Seuss.

Photo by Seuss.

It’s a couple… 234 years later, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do this thing right. Brooklyn has a hallowed place in our country’s early days. This July 4, take part in some historically (in)appropriate activities to celebrate our founding fathers, freedom and plain, old 18th century good times. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1) Drive out your British neighbors… to pick up some Sam Adams, that is. (Who do you think we are?) (more…)

07/02/10 10:54am

Thru 7/8:Contraband Cinema’ series: BAM presents 27 political films that touch on everything from animal rights to political movements (and Rocky IV). Q+A sessions include former Black Panther Party member Kathleen Cleaver. $12.

Today only, Old Navy solid-colored flip flops are just $1 (coupon).

5-11pm: First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum presents performances from electro acts Analogue Transit + Dynasty Electric, screenings of I Shot Andy Warhol + Fame, hands-on art, a dance party, more! Free. (more…)

06/28/10 3:41pm
Photo by Joshua Bousel.

Photo by Joshua Bousel.

We can all picture it: the Fourth of July get-together, kids playing in a grassy backyard, meat on the barbie, beers* in hand… You may not think Brooklyn’s built for this Independence Day ideal, but it is. With this annual grilling-pinnacle-of-a-weekend coming up, it’s a good time to remember our borough’s great parks—and their many designated barbecuing areas. These nearly 20 spots over seven Brooklyn parks aren’t just patches of dirt—they’ve got full-blown charcoal grills ripe for the claiming. (more…)