07/02/15 9:19am
Go wreck it, for America

Go wreck it, for America

Congratulations to everyone reading this, you made it to the end of the week. We know what you’re thinking, about how it’s Thursday and not Friday, but given time’s fluid nature and more importantly the fact that the working week will more or less stop tomorrow in order to let people get a head start on screaming “Wooo America!”, we’re calling it today. Before you either go out of town or step away from your computers for a long weekend, you should let the Brokelyn Event Calendar point you to some cool things to do tonight. (more…)

07/01/15 10:00am
macy's fourth of july fireworks

The fireworks are back where they belong, but where will you be? via Flickr user Ann Althouse

For the second year in a row after five years away from it, the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks will be blowing up above the East River. Woo! Whatever (HIGHLY ILLEGAL) July 4th show you thought you had planned, you know it’s gonna look rinky-dink compared to the barges full of explosions that Macy’s is rolling in between Brooklyn and Manhattan, so save them for another day and get yourself as close to a front row seat for all the explosive action that you can.
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06/30/15 4:13pm
See what kind of singing voice Sasheer Zamata has tonight at Union Hall. Photo by Robyn van Swank

See what kind of singing voice Sasheer Zamata has tonight at Union Hall. Photo by Robyn van Swank

You got through Monday yesterday, congratulations! Not only that, but the weather forecast for the whole week has taken a turn away from rainy and towards the summery. It’s time to celebrate by going out on a Tuesday and enjoying the bounty of cool stuff to do around Brooklyn. Or more specifically, these five things we found on our events calendar. Do one of these, they’ll be great, we promise! (more…)

06/29/15 10:11am
If you lived here, you'd be home by now. And it would be 2016. And you'd be able to afford it. via Greenpoint Landing Associates

If you lived here, you’d be home by now. And it would be 2016. And you’d be able to afford it. via Greenpoint Landing Associates

Greenpoint Landing, the multi-tower development coming to Greenpoint that’s so big they had to name it like a new neighborhood, is definitely coming to Greenpoint, whether you’re ready for it or not. The project wasn’t all that popular when it was announced, so now there’s a sweetener to the development, with some front-loaded affordable housing on the first buildings going up, according to DNA Info. So on the one hand, you’re getting those big towers, but on the other hand, there are going to be $400 and $500/month apartments ready for you by 2017.  (more…)

06/26/15 11:45am
You want some falafel from Cachaco? Get to pickin. via Facebook

You want some falafel from Cachaco? Get to pickin. via Facebook

[UPDATE: The organizers have emailed us to let us know that bad weather has pushed back the clean up to a later date]

We don’t think it’s impolitic to point out that there’s a lot of garbage in New York City. You got a lot of people, you’re gonna have a lot of garbage. However, you can do something about some of that garbage this weekend, by joining up with the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce for their Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint cleanup effort on Saturday. Is doing it for the sake of being a mensch not enough? That’s fair. Just know that you’ll also get free lunch if you help them out. Oh sure, NOW you’re interested. (more…)

06/22/15 8:34am
They're heeeere. Photo by David Colon

They’re heeeere. Photo by David Colon

Remember when all of the Tri-state area’s punks and disco freaks showed up to Hell’s Kitchen in the hopes of impressing Martin Scorsese’s casting director enough to be an extra in his new HBO show about New York’s music scene from the 70s? You can get a glimpse of what they were all dressed up for this week, because the show, the imaginatively titled Rock and Roll at the moment, is filming up in Greenpoint on today and Tuesday, from 6am to 10pm.

You can catch a glimpse of Greenpoint transformed into the 70s through movie magic on the east side of Manhattan Avenue between Dupont and Green Streets and the west side of Manhattan Avenue between Kent and Java Street. Exciting stuff, unless you live there we suppose.

06/10/15 11:37am
brooklyn barge bar

Nice barge. via Facebook

Since we’ve been writing about the Brooklyn Barge Bar, the crazy/great idea to have a floating bar in Greenpoint, all we’ve had to look at are computerized renderings, which are only so exciting. Finally though, the bar has shown off the seafaring vessel we’ll be drinking on sometime this summer. Yes, right above this paragraph, there is the barge you’ll be drinking on in it’s non-bar form. We asked general manager Will Drawbridge if he could tell us about the barge and he was happy to oblige. (more…)

06/03/15 11:09am
brooklyn barge bar

Now with liquor! via Brooklyn Barge Bar

A little while back, we told you about one man’s dream to dock a floating barge bar on the shores of Greenpoint. Then for a long time, nothing happened, as the Community Board advised the SLA to deny the barge bar’s liquor license and asked questions like “WTF?” and “Will drunk people fall off this thing?” Fortunately for anyone who’s always wanted to drink on the Greenpoint waterfront but not out of a paper bag, the SLA has decided that the barge bar can have a full liquor license. (more…)

Elope with this elote. via Facebook

Elope with this elote. via Facebook

You spent all dang winter staying indoors, avoiding restaurants and cooking out of a crockpot and braising cheap meats. It’s time to get out of the house and eat some food someone else cooked! Of course, you’re still broke, so going out to eat could be a slight problem. No. 7 North, a bar we’re quite fond of, has your back though, because they just introduced a new Tuesday Night Recession menu that has some good eats for as cheap as they come. Well, no, not free, but close to that. (more…)

No laughing, no blinking. via Flickr user Perry McKenna

No laughing, no blinking. via Flickr user Perry McKenna

Despite whatever dreams of sports stardom you may have harbored as a child, you’ve grown up and come to the conclusion that you’re never gonna be a starting NBA point guard (not even on the Knicks). Partially because you decided to spend your time staring at screens, never blinking in an attempt to drink in everything the blessed LCD had to show you. Well now you can put those staring skills to work and make some money, because The Diamond is hosting a staring contest Thursday night that comes with a cash prize for the winner. (more…)