04/18/17 4:22pm
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We can’t wait to be here with Kelso beers and good friends. Photo via Facebook

Of all the free outdoor movie series in Brooklyn every summer, the one at Fort Greene’s Habana Outpost (757 Fulton St.) remains my personal favorite. Maybe it’s the convenience of cheap alcohol and foodstuffs (CORN PORN) next door, or the colorful decor of the courtyard that sits right on the street. Or maybe it’s just the rebellious feeling that watching a movie projected onto the side of a building wall offers to an otherwise waning weirdness in present-day Fort Greene.

Whatever the reason, the Habana Outpost movie series is, IMO, the one to get pumped about. This year’s movie selection is tops, as per usual: all pre-2000 classics, with cult New Yawk flicks like The Warriors and Do The Right Thing alongside lesser-known gems like Dead Presidents and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything. Stay tuned for our ultimate guide to all the outdoor movies in BK this summer! And in the meantime, mark these dates on your calendar. (more…)

06/07/16 7:55am
The ultimate summer movie guide: All the free outdoor movies you can see in Brooklyn in 2016

Free outdoor movies in so many parks, bars and backyards it’ll make your head spin. Dan Nguyen / Flickr

I just watched the Game of Thrones pilot (late, I know) and Ned Stark keeps saying that “winter is coming.” I’ve inferred that since Westeros must be some kind of fortressed land off the coast of Australia, what he actually meant by this was that “summer is coming.” And boy, is it ever! Don’t let this week’s lower temperatures fool you; the countdown started long ago, and the Gowanus Yacht Club just declared outdoor drinking season officially open. It’s time to get outside and get lit, not to mention start racking up those demerit badges.

I’m not sure where I was going with the elegy to summer above, but it eventually leads us back to free outdoor movies. Because yadda yadda “nothing says summer like” yadda yadda. So here’s a massive list we made of all the free outdoor movies playing in Brooklyn this summer. We’ll keep adding to this list as more and more free outdoor movie schedules come out because trust us, there’s plenty more to come. Screening series will soon be announced at Coney Island Beach, Red Hook Park and at various other bars we love in the borough. Some series are more weather-permitting than others, and some make better dates than others. But don’t worry: as you’ll see from the list below, you’ve got more than enough chances to catch Purple Rain this summer.  (more…)

06/02/16 1:57pm
House of Yes. Credit: Peter Dressel

House of yaaaas. Credit: Peter Dressel

We’ve all at some point, against our better judgment, used bar bathrooms. Typically, they’re nothing to write home about. Occasionally they’re so bad they’re worth writing pages about—you can turn to many blogs and newspapers boasting that they’ve found the worst bathrooms around. But bad bathrooms aren’t much fun to spend time in.

Good bathrooms, on the other hand, are glorious places to spend your time. They offer safe haven from bad dates, a means of sneaking SOS texts to a friend, or just a cool spot to pee and read entertaining bathroom scrawl. We don’t want you to have to go through the bad bathrooms to find the good, so we’ve selected some of the coolest, nicest, or most interesting bar bathrooms in the borough. If you don’t see your favorite bathroom in here, feel free to point me towards it in the comments section; I’m always looking for other cool places to drink alcohol and pee, though not at the same time.

In the meantime, hey, here are the seven best bar bathrooms in Brooklyn.  (more…)

We can't wait to be here with Kelso beers and good friends. via Facebook

We can’t wait to be here with Kelso beers and good friends. via Facebook

Of all the free outdoor movie series in Brooklyn every summer, the one at Fort Greene’s Habana Outpost (757 Fulton St.) remains my personal favorite. Maybe it’s the convenience of cheap alcohol and foodstuffs (CORN PORN) next door, or the colorful decor of the courtyard that sits right on the street. Or maybe it’s just the rebellious feeling that watching a movie projected onto the side of a building wall offers to an otherwise waning weirdness in present-day Fort Greene.

Whatever the reason, the Habana Outpost movie series is, IMO, the one to get pumped about. This year’s movie selection is tops, as per usual: all pre-2000 classics, with cult New Yawk flicks like The Warriors and Ghostbusters alongside lesser-known gems like John Hughes’ Weird Science and Warren Beatty’s Bulworth. So between this, the Summer Screen series at McCarren Park and the movies in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the coming season is already jam-packed with excuses to leave your house. Stay tuned for our ultimate guide to all the outdoor movies in BK this summer! And in the meantime, mark these dates on your calendar.  (more…)

08/21/15 9:06am
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Happy birthday, beautiful stranger

1. The four-day, 30-act Brooklyn Country Music Fest is already under way! Head to the Bell House to get in on it. (Friday through Sunday, $15–$25)

2. Be awed by the “professional mindfuckery” of Wondershow, three nights of magicians, mentalists, and mischief-makers at the Muse. (Friday through Sunday, $20)

3. Prepare your ears for a night of “Mipsterz”—musicians with “Muslim-ish backgrounds”—at Baby’s All Right, including The Kominas, Bobby Friction, DJ Rekha, and DJ Haram. (Friday, $12) (more…)

07/21/15 10:27am
Alt-humor incarnate, in Fort Greene. Photo by Eric Michael Pearson

Alt-humor incarnate: Jo Firestone. Photo by Eric Michael Pearson

July’s almost over, but summer’s in full swing with another installment of Brokelyn’s very own Perfect Summer Sundays. Here’s how it works: each week, we bring you a local personality from the borough. They tell you how they like to spend a Sunday in their neighborhood. Then, you try it on for size. Tourists, too! Gone are the empty brags of having “been to Bushwick,” or the misguided attempts to hang out where the locals do. This way, you get a taste of what the neighborhood’s all about from someone who actually lives there, and you can leave satisfied.

This week we’re taking you to Fort Greene with a household name in the Brooklyn comedy scene, Jo Firestone. Jo creates and hosts some of the borough’s quirkiest nightly entertainment: pun competitions, drunk debates, live-dubbed sitcoms… you name it, the self-proclaimed “goat-woman” has probably made it. Today, Firestone rattles off an exhaustive list (more…)

06/25/15 9:40am
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Grab your bestie and your most pastel pastels, and go see some outdoor movies

The temperature is only getting higher, you’re sweating more and your brain feels covered in a sticky film that makes critical thinking all but impossible. You might think you feel like that because you’re in love, but really, it’s summer. And nothing is better in the summer than getting together with some friends, putting down a blanket, fighting off other people encroaching on your blanket space and watching a movie outdoors. Where to do it though, and which movie to see? With this handy guide of all the Brooklyn outdoor movies this summer, you’ll always have the answers to those questions ready. At least if you keep this page open on your spacephone all the time or something. (more…)

05/14/15 8:46am
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Tip the scales in your favor this weekend via Flickr user Edward Dalmulder

1. Drink and dance and sweat like you’re in the tropics without getting a horrific sunburn at Friends and Lovers’ tropical dance party. (Friday)

2. Mad Max: Fury Road is out now, but you can see where it all started at Videology’s screening of the original Mad Max. And even better than a movie theatre, your ticket comes with popcorn and beer. (Friday)

3. Get dressed up real fancy-like for a cause at Vodou Bar’s AIDS Awareness Cocktail Gala. (Friday) (more…)

Just you and your hundred closest friends. via Facebook

Just you and your 100 closest friends. via Facebook

The week’s theme of “marching into summer,” which began with the announcement of the Brooklyn Bridge Park movie schedule, then the Celebrate Brooklyn schedule now continues with another summer tradition that can’t be beat ready to go. Get ready to drink margaritas, eat Cuban sandwiches and elote and revel in warmth as you watch movies outside, because the Habana Outpost outdoor movie schedule just landed in our inbox! Starting this Sunday at 8pm and running every week until October, Habana Outpost will be showing free movies like The Warriors, White Men Can’t Jump and Coming to America, so take a look at the schedule and start making plans. It beats working. (more…)

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Habana is the place to ha be at. Sorry. via Facebook

Procrastinated on buying notebooks for the upcoming school year? (Hint: a stack of post-its works pretty well in a lecture). Need some stilt walkers, rowdy children, and arts and crafts to get you psyched about starting a new semester? Good news, students! Habana Outpost (757 Fulton St., Fort Greene) is hosting its annual back to school bash on Monday, September 1, from 11am-3pm. (more…)