05/14/15 4:29pm
rooftop films

Up you go. via Facebook

Love outdoor movies but hate being tethered to the filthy ground? It’s a good thing then that Rooftop Films is around with an entire season of outdoor movies going on around New York City’s filthy roofs (and sometimes still the ground, sorry). The schedule for this summer’s films are here, and as always, they’ve got a cool-looking lineup of short films, animation, features and NYC-centric documentaries (because who needs to learn anything about other places). Unless otherwise noted, all the movies are $15, and you can get tickets here. Or you can just go to the free ones exclusively, it’s your life. (more…)

04/27/15 2:33pm
film biz recycling

Goodbye to all this. via Facebook

It was a final resting place for movie props instead of the dump, an innovative thrift store that instead of selling cast-offs from everyday people sold furniture, electronics, sports equipment and even a giant naked man statue that had been used on movie sets. Sadly, after recycling 600 tons of movie set waste and being recognized by the EPA for their efforts, Gowanus’ Film Biz Recycling has announced that they’ll be closing at the end of June due to an inability to raise money to cover their rent. Despite disappointment over having to close up shop, the non-profit’s founder Eva Radke told us she’s still proud of the work Film Biz has done in the past six years.

“My heart is broken, but I’m walking away with my head held high.” (more…)

Lowlands' epic backyard.

Lowlands’ epic backyard.

Lowlands
543 3rd Ave. (Between 13th and 14th), Gowanus
347-463-9458

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What it is: Lowlands is a prime refueling station for the locals of lower Gowanus, and anyone staying at La Quinta around the corner.

Why we love it: The low-key Lowlands has one of the best backyards in Brooklyn and an awesome old time music jam every Monday night that brings folks in from all over New York, plus Thursday night trivia. The drinks are cheap, the bartenders are friendly and they’ve got a Checkers that’s open till 3am across the street.  What else could you ask for? Definitely a place to unwind with friends or catch some sports.

What to order: Lowlands has 12 taps featuring a rotating selection of craft brews as well as old standbys like Guinness and Miller Lite. Cocktails lean toward classics: negronis, old-fashioned, greyounds and margaritas made with freshly squeezed juice. Hungry? Grab a pressed sandwich from HBH or a pretzel from Pelzer’s.

Regular tip: The name comes from its position at the bottom of Park Slope’s….slope.

Get 2-for-1 drinks from Lowlands with a Brooklyn Cocktail Book.

04/10/15 1:52pm
No need to be sad, you don't have to miss Game of Thrones if you don't have a TV

No need to be sad, you don’t have to miss Game of Thrones if you don’t have a TV

So winter is no longer coming, with more promising forecasts are on their way. One thing that should be on your cultural relevance radar though is the Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere this Sunday. And whether you are a Lanister lover, Stark supporter, Dinklage devotee, or just want to creep on that fine ass piece of dragon tail, Khaleesi — you along with the majority of people will be tuning in Sunday at 9pm to see the debut. Oh, but is there a looming Northern Wall that is getting in way? Say, no TV? We’ve got you covered with a list of places that will be showing the premiere in true Iron Throne style. (UPDATE: Please check individual locations before going in case HBO has shut down the screenings.) (more…)

03/20/15 8:06am
clench and release

It was a rough winter for all of us, including Charla

We were big fans of Charla Lauriston’s first season of her web series Clench and Release, which if you haven’t watched, you should watch here right now. Obviously other people were too, because Lauriston parlayed that and all the other stuff she did into a writing job on the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If you worked your way through that too and still want some Charla, you’re in luck, because Clench and Release season 2 is about to drop, and you can see it premiere live and catch stand up from a bevy of Brooklyn comics next week at Littlefield. (more…)

03/18/15 1:28pm

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Don’t believe the hype: even though all humanity will one day be replaced by scores of condominia, we’ve still got plenty of time to enjoy prewar brownstones and stuff. In fact, we didn’t have any trouble this week picking out a number places you can brag about! You might not even want to leave your house to camp out at coffee shops, since now listings are pushing things like “free wi-fi” and floors that “cater to you.” Sounds like your apartment is more than meets the eye. Finger sandwiches, anyone? (more…)

The Halyards.

Halyards.

Halyards
406 3rd Avenue (between 6th Street and 7th Street)
Gowanus
(718) 532-8787

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What is it: Halyards is a low-key spot with a nautical feel, located surreptitiously in industrial Gowanus.

Why we love it: Its relaxed atmosphere, affable bartenders and reliably clean surfaces. There are a wide variety of beers on tap, and a seasonal cocktail menu. Bring anyone you’re trying to impress — like a date or friend you haven’t seen in many years. The pool table, dart board, and bowls of Jenga blocks break up the awkwardness, and the music is never loud enough to be intrusive.

What to order: The Root & Ginger Beer for $10. A great choice for those of us who are indecisive about our soft drinks–and wish that root beer was actually alcoholic. Alcohol-wise, pick from a selection of rotating drafts or order one of the old-school cocktails, such as their super citrusy, super refreshing version of a Pimm’s Cup, with Pimm’s No. 1, lime, lemon, orange, cucumber, mint and lemonade.

Regular tip: The owner is British, so it definitely feels more like a pub than a bar.

Halyards is a featured bar in our 2015 Cocktail Book, on sale now!

03/11/15 2:16pm
body art and soul tattoo

Ooh, you can get a zombie Jake the Dog at Body Art and Soul

“Friday the 13th tattoos?” you’re saying to yourself as you stare at the screen. “Didn’t we just have a Friday the 13th?” Yes, we did, but thanks to the vagaries of the calendar, we’ve got yet another one this week, which means if you missed out on a chance for a cheap goofy tattoo in February, you can get one this Friday. Or if you got one of those $13 tattoos, you can just get another one. After all, it’s Friday, there are plenty of tattoo parlors offering up cheap ink, and this is the last Friday the 13th until November, so get crazy. (more…)

03/09/15 4:15pm
BeerProv Champion

It’s your duty to decide: who will win the BeerProv Mug of Champions? Photo via BeerProv.com

Do you ever get the feeling that something is missing from improv? No, we’re not talking about a script, or a set, or costume design, which are also all missing from improv. We’re talking about beer, and for the first time in Brooklyn, that’s going to change, thanks to beer-drinking improv troupe and competition, BeerProv. (more…)

03/06/15 2:02pm
No Phoebe, the honor is ours

No Phoebe, the honor is ours

Story time has such a special place in our hearts. Pretty much any time someone says “and lemme tell you something else,” we immediately plant ourselves cross-legged at their feet, chin in palms, ready for whatever magical tales, or rants, they have for us. You know what really gets us pumped though? Story time from strong female leads, because it is 1) empowering and sometimes makes us tear up a little and 2) reminds us of our favorite Netflix microgenre. If you’re as into hearing ladies share stories that make you cackle and cry as we are, you might just be crazy for March Madness: An Evening of Readings By Women We Love, brought to you by Jezebel and The Bell House. (more…)