sunshine laundry

It’s gonna be bumping

In case you were unaware, the marathon is this Sunday. No, we don’t mean the New York City marathon, we don’t care for people in better shape than us. We mean the third Sunshine Laundry pinball marathon, during which, Greenpoint’s famed laundromat/pinball arcade Sunshine Laundry (860 Manhattan Avenue) will make all of their machines free for the duration of the NYC Marathon. Can your flipper fingers handle that kind of intensity? We hope so. (more…)

10/28/14 1:55pm
citi bike

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you. If you live in certain neighborhoods. Photo by Mary Dorn

Ever since they were introduced to our fine city, people have been asking two questions: When will someone die on one, and when will the service expand to be useful to more than a few people in Manhattan. We can’t answer the dying thing, but we can share the news that Citi Bike announced a huge expansion program today, with more bikes coming to Bed-Stuy, bikes finally coming to Greenpoint in 2015 and also a rate hike. Which is fair since at least it comes with 6,000 more bikes eventually. Hence, bike share’s new slogan, “Citi Bike: Possibly useful in Brooklyn soon!” (more…)

10/16/14 2:41pm
Dine in Brooklyn offers gourmet dinners and a discount (via Facebook/kiwiana.restaurant)

Dine in Brooklyn offers gourmet dinners and a discount (via Facebook/kiwiana.restaurant)

New York Restaurant Week may still be prohibitively expensive but fortunately, you can get some actual good deals soon. That’s because Dine In Brooklyn, a three day celebration of local dining is back from October 20 to October 23 and October 27 to October 30.

Over 150 restaurants in the borough are planning to offer two-for-$15 lunches (so yes, you’ll need a friend or perhaps just take a meal to go) and $25 prix-fixe dinners. This may stretch your typical meal budget a bit, but you’re definitely getting a good value for the cost. (more…)

red hook initative

Help them, help you, at Th Diamond on Sunday. via Facebook

In the famous words of the internet and some guy on TV, winter is coming. That means it’s time to switch out your closet replacing all those fun summer clothes with parkas and flannel. Instead of banishing your t-shirts to a forgotten corner of your room for the next five months, do some good by bringing them to a clothing swap to support the Red Hook Initiative at The Diamond. (more…)

10/10/14 9:04am
pulaski bridge

Dang it. via Flickr user Marjorie Lipan

Anyone who’s ever tried to ride their bike across the Pulaski Bridge, or is on the side of the angels in the bikes vs. cars war, had to be thrilled with the news came down that the Greenpoint/Long Island City connection was going to get a dedicated bike lane in 2014. Well, so much for that noise, because Streetsblog reports that the Department of Transportation still had the bike lane in the review phase. Looks like cyclists and pedestrians still have to have an “uncomfortably close to each other” party until then. (more…)

10/09/14 11:16am
crown heights

More like Rent Heights. You get it? Because the rent? You get it. via Flickr user emma.maria

Are you still on that “Oh let’s all move to Bed-Stuy?” tip? Booooring, you’re like a million years old. The hot new neighborhood to drive up rents like there’s no tomorrow is Crown Heights, wake up grandpa. All the kids are moving there and having fun, so much so that the rents in Crown Heights went up a whole 10% in the course of a year, according to a MNS Real Estate report. That’s the biggest increase in all of Brooklyn over a year, so uh, congratulations Crown Heights? (more…)

10/09/14 9:42am
Roll up in the rink like

Roll up in the rink like

1. Before Citizens plays at Webster Hall, they’re giving a free show at Fred Perry Brooklyn Surplus Shop. (Friday)

2. Roth-toberfest is the Van Halen pig roast we never realized we were missing. (Friday)

3. Making Movies creates a sound that sounds like Buena Vista Social Club jamming with Jimi Hendrix. Hear them free at the Knitting Factory. (Friday) (more…)

10/08/14 2:49pm
The roller disco at Lola Star will be like this, but on roller skates. So really, really scary

The roller disco at Lola Star will be like this, but on roller skates. So really, really scary

‘Tis the season to put out the pumpkins, deck the halls with boughs of cobwebs and stir your cauldron pot, because Halloween is in our midst. In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Brooklyn World, Halloween is the occasion to party and no other boroughs can say anything about it. So don your creepiest outfits and head out to the hottest happenings in BK. (more…)

09/25/14 2:43pm
Clear out the crafts you don't use and make room for some that you will!

Clear out the craft supplies you don’t use and make room for some that you will!

Do you have a box in your room that’s overflowing with craft supplies you’ve never touched, or projects you never found the time to finish, you’re afraid to even open it? Well, it’s not doing you any good sitting there in a tangled heap. You’re never going to string together those sea glass beads, and that periwinkle yarn is not a color that you’d ever wear as a scarf around your neck. What if you could trade in your as of yet un-crafted craft stuffs for supplies that catch your more immediate fancy, relieving your guilt and making some putative lover-of-periwinkle’s day? Well, this Wednesday night you can exchange pins for needles and felt for denim, and the like, at Brooklyn Craft Company’s Craft Supply Swap. (more…)

09/25/14 11:00am
gladys brooklyn

Gladys: Fancy enough for Michelin, but not too fancy for you. via Gladys

Appearing to be fancier than you really are is an important trick in life, especially when you’re trying to impress a date or a business associate or a parole officer. Don’t bother by trying to do it by putting on a suit, instead head to one of these restaurants that were given a Bib Gourmand rating for 2015 by Michelin. It’s not an official Michelin star, but it does mean Michelin inspectors determined you could get two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. There are 36 such places to choose from in Brooklyn, and the person you’re trying to impress will probably stop listening after you mumble something about “Michelin approved,” because people just don’t listen these days. (more…)