07/21/14 11:26am
gowanus canal

What do you mean, “raw sewage”? via Flick user prizepony

Despite the fact that it’s a neighborhood where people want to be, and want to get ice cream and have wild dance parties, you have to remember that Gowanus has the Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site that gets to host New York City’s sewage overflow. The canal (or rather its ruler, Poseidon), has been in a sharing mood as of late, and has been spreading mysterious, horrible smelling brown goo into homes and businesses around Gowanus according to the Post. Great time for an editorial about how Gowanus should shut up and welcome residential development, huh? (more…)

07/21/14 10:27am
Get a good look, because you won't see much on the other side of that fence.

Get a good look, because you won’t see much on the other side of that fence.

1. Marvel at some big shiny computer graphics at the Coney Island Flicks screening of Iron Man 3. (Monday)

2. Get your magical realism fix with this book release for Land of Love and Drowning, which follows several generations of a family in the Virgin Islands. (Monday)

3. Go to Night Owl Comedy, it’ll be a hoot. (Tuesday) (more…)

07/17/14 9:56am
Like this, but fewer layers.

Like this, but fewer layers. via Facebook

1. Even if you somehow hate music and produce, go to Turnip the Beet Rooftop Concert to at least salute that masterful pun. (Friday)

2. Show ManBoobs, featuring Danny Tamberelli, some support at their comedy show at Union Hall. (Friday)

3. Find out if comedy/rock show Birthnado is as terrifying as whatever you visualize when you see the word “Birthnado.” (Friday)

4. Rooftop Films is screening Mateo, about a white guy who picks up mariachi music in prison and goes busking in Cuba. (Friday) (more…)

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…)

07/07/14 3:17pm
gowanus

That’s democracy you smell right there. via Flickr user Allison Meier

Here’s the thing about democracy: While it’s the best form of government we have, short of being ruled by some kind of literally perfect and omniscient superman (and even the actual Superman himself couldn’t run a country without being an asshole), it’s also kind of exhausting to hear everyone out all the time. That being said, it’s much better than the alternative, so we welcome the fact that people unhappy with Bridging Gowanus are doing their own community zoning meeting called Take Back Gowanus on Wednesday July 9. (more…)

07/07/14 10:17am
saint catherine trivia night

You can use that smart brain of yours to win stuff like cheese at The Saint Catherine’s trivia night. via Facebook

You can pretty much find trivia any night of the week in Brooklyn. Sure it’s great to win a round or two of drinks, but sometimes we want to feel like we’re on a game show and take home a grand prize—besides a hangover. Here are eleven bars that offer more than a bar tab. (more…)

07/03/14 12:52pm
4th of july rain

There are dark forces working on the edges of our Independence Day celebration. Photo by Tim Donnelly

Before we get all wrapped up in celebrations of the jobs report, celebrations of America and violent arguments over whether a hot dog is in fact a sandwich, we need to deal with an inconvenient truth: the chance of rain on July 4 is 100% right now according to Weather.com. Nature, for some reason hates America. Of course, if you have the day off on July 4, you’re still going to want to do things, so we’ve got a roundup of some indoor celebrations in case this darkest of weather predictions comes true. All that being said, Mother Nature ought to remember that America is a nation armed with 2200 nuclear warheads and we’d certainly hate for something to happen to this nice planet if the weather didn’t play along with our holiday weekend. (more…)

07/03/14 9:03am
4th of july fireworks

AMERICA. via Flickr user Ann Althouse

1. The fireworks are back on the East River after their hiatus on the Hudson. Here are the best spots to welcome them home. (Friday)

2. We’ve rounded up the best ways to be patriotic and frugal this 4th of July. (Friday)

3. Celebrate all kinds of art and flop around in a kiddie pool at Artwork$ Festival. (Saturday) (more…)

07/02/14 4:06pm
ample hills gowanus

It’ll look like this, but you know, finished. via Facebook

Ever since the word first came down that Ample Hills was opening some kind of ice cream Valhalla in Gowanus, the one question on everyone’s mind has been “When will it open?” All the Ice Cream Takedowns in the world couldn’t distract us from the prospect of a larger, second Ample Hills, and now we have our opening date buried in a New York Times feature on other ice cream news. On July 15 at noon, the Ample Hills location in Gowanus, located at 305 Nevins Street, will throw open its doors to ice cream-craving patrons. (more…)

ice cream takedown

Can you do better than Captain Scummy? We hope so.

It’s ice cream season (well, it’s always ice cream season but it’s especially so now) but you don’t limit yourself to that corporate ice cream like Baskin’ Robbins or Ben & Jerry’s. You make it yourself, with love and effort, and your friends love it so much that sometimes they ring your buzzer at 3am asking you for some of your homemade stuff. If that describes you, than the Ice Cream Takedown, going down at the Bell House on July 27, wants you to put your best ice cream up against other Brooklynites confident enough to proclaim that their ice cream brings all the boys to the yard. (more…)