Maybe the place where you live has a cool cemetery that people like talking about, and that’s great. Is it as cool as Green-Wood Cemetery, which played home to the Battle of Brooklyn and is home to many of the fathers of baseball, tons of Civil War veterans and Samuel Morse? Probably not, especially because it’s not like every cemetery has John Turturro filming videos full of cemetery factoids about them. He did it for Green-Wood though, so we’ll just stop writing here and instead allow you to learn all about Brooklyn’s coolest cemetery from Jesus Quintana himself.

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09/25/14 7:00am
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It’s that time of year again. The oompah-oompah time of year. via Radegast

Start slipping on those lederhosen and practicing your oompah–Oktoberfest 2014 is upon us here in Brooklyn and there is much beer guzzling fun to be had.

If you missed the official Oktoberfest 2014 kickoff last weekend, not to worry–there are lots of free and affordable fall-themed Oktoberfest events, dinners and drink specials still happening around the borough between now and the appropriate month of October (appropriate, at least, for those of us who are ignoring the significance of the German holiday and using Oktoberfest as an excuse to ramp up post Labor Day drinking). (more…)

08/06/14 12:47pm

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It was a hard spring for real estate, what with the whole poor doors thing and generally shitty prospects for rental. So thank god things are relatively back to normal: this week’s apartments are actually awesome across the board. Running the gamut of various ‘hoods, bedrooms, and amenities, you’re sure to find something you like. And if you don’t, it just means your standards are too high and you should probably be the first to move out to “the frontier.”
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07/07/14 9:10am
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If you can get a seat at Pok Pok, you can experience one of New York’s best cheap eats. via Facebook

As befitting Brooklyn’s reputation as a place for good food (for everyone but Vogue anyway), it’s been popping up in “Best Of NYC” food lists like New York Magazine‘s Best Cheap Eats more and more. After having 15 and then 18 spots the last couple years though, Brooklyn had 31 of the 100 Best Cheap Eats this year, with restaurants spanning from Brighton Beach to Greenpoint. While on the one hand this could mean longer waits at your favorite spots, on the other hand, more places on this list means a bigger cut of appropriations from the City Council. Or at least that’s how we understand it. So there’s that. (more…)

06/11/14 2:56pm

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Barring any puns about all the ‘comparable units’ coming up this weekend, many of the apartments in this week’s roundup are part of buildings that have multiple listings. It’s no biggie, but it does mean that you should head over there to make sure you’re getting exactly what you see in the pictures. Especially if you’re planning on working from home. (more…)

05/28/14 4:02pm

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Bummed you can’t get in on cheap artist housing? Guess you shouldn’t have gotten that sensible graduate degree. Don’t worry, you can still come home to reasonably priced abodes after your day of microkitchen-equipped co-working. This week’s apartments have something for everyone. (more…)

04/03/14 12:43pm
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Images by Sarah Bibi

Greenwood Park      

555 7th Avenue
(Between 19th and 20th)

South Slope
718-499-7999

 

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What it is: Greenwood Park brings the long-awaited beer garden to South Brooklyn, complete with an bocce courts and heat lamps for outdoor drinking well beyond those summer ni-ights. Boasting a food menu, seasonal bocce league, and weekly specials, Greenwood Park is an easy sell to get your non-neighborhood friends to come drink by you for once.

Why we love it: What’s not to love? Whether it’s the occasional free pig roast they throw during the summer, a $12 pitcher and 50-cent wing special during NFL games, March Madness and the World Cup or the locally sourced beer, Greenwood Park is finally a rebuttal to Astoria’s beer garden claims, and they actually have more fun things going on. The outdoor bocce courts stay true to South Brooklyn’s stake in lawn ball sports, while the scene ranges as far as Sunset Park and Bay Ridge locals.

Who to bring: Grab those friends of yours who keep talking about how quiet and boring your neighborhood is, to shut them up. This is a bustling place for multiple pitchers and making new friends all over the borough.  Be sure to check in periodically, as Greenwood Park constantly throws parties for everything from the Kentucky Derby to Oktoberfest.

What to order: Check out the German Wurst platter with Spaetzle, sauerkraut and mustard for the authentic biergarten experience, and wash it down with any of the 24 craft, local, domestic and imported beers on tap.

Fun fact: Greenwood Park is named after its well-known neighbor, Greenwood Cemetery, home of some of NYC’s most famous dead residents including Boss Tweed and Basquiat. Makes for some spooky outdoor drinking!—Eric Silver

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12/27/13 1:25pm
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Les Sans Culottes wil welcome you to your pantsless 2014 at Rubulad. via Facebook

New Year’s Eve is coming, and that means it’s time to party. For those of you without a friend willing to trash his apartment on one of the most party-heavy nights of the year, well, you don’t need to worry at all. That’s because between restaurants offering menus, warehouses hosting dance parties and bars just giving away champagne, there’s something for everyone to celebrate New Year’s Eve around here. Unless you hate fun, but then it can be the same as every year: staring at the wall eating one single string cheese stick and turning in at 10pm. Anyway, for the rest of you, here are your best New Year’s options: (more…)

If you see anyone crawling out of their grave, just run faster! via Facebook

If you see anyone crawling out of their grave, just run faster! via Facebook

So we were all bummed by the fact that President Obama was pulling a GoogaMooga and causing Prospect Park to be closed when he comes to tell kids at P-Tech to build more killer drones. But at least one cool thing has come out of it. We just got an email from the folks at Green-Wood Cemetery who are stepping up for Brooklyn’s joggers: tomorrow between noon and 6pm, while Prospect Park is closed, you can jog in Green-Wood. (more…)

10/21/13 11:26am

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Hey, hey you! Are you sick and tired of living in the same building as some flophouse apartment for drunken Europeans? Well, while AirBnB and New York State fight out that mess, maybe it’s time you found a new place to live instead of having to depend on the government and people who use the word “disrupt” in a weird religious coming to some kind of timely arrangement. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got some ideas for you! (more…)