[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]
1. Have a lucky weekend with St. Patrick’s at Irish Haven: corned beef and cabbage with your beers on Friday, Irish rock ‘n’ roll revue on Saturday, and live traditional Irish music on Sunday. (Friday through Sunday, Irish Haven Bar, FREE)
5721 4th Avenue (corner of 58th)
(718) 439-9893 Facebook
What it is: A down-to-earth Irish pub bar in the heart of Sunset Park, it’s the place to go when you want a good, cheap drink with none of the nonsense. Even though you’ll encounter lots of regulars, any newcomers will still feel right at home. This place is as relaxed as it gets, so head over and put a few dollars in their jukebox, grab a cheap beer, and enjoy.
Why we love it: It’s a neighborhood staple with great drink deals and even a few food giveaways like Taco Tuesdays. Come and play a game of foosball, pool, or darts with some of Brooklyn’s natives. There’s plenty of space and potential for a great conversation with a Sunset Park lifer.
Who to bring: Your buddies, who you’ll take down in darts or pool. If you know anybody who needs to save a few dollars, rest assured that nobody will break the bank.
What to order: With 11 beers on tap, you’re bound to find a favorite of yours, and you won’t need to be a baller to get any of them. You can’t go wrong with $5 for a perfectly poured 20 ounces of Guinness.
Fun fact(s): Irish Haven was featured in the bar scene of The Departed, so feel free to head out and do your best Leonardo DiCaprio impression. Also, Irish Haven just turned 50, so make sure to wish them a happy birthday when you get that second $5 cocktail.
Go up Sunset Park’s hill a bit and play ball with all the locals, while they still exist. Photo by Dave Rosado
Following through on his campaign promise to do so, Mayor de Blasio is ready to funnel $100 million into some heavy duty development in Sunset Park, planned for the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Industry City and Liberty View Plaza which includes high-budget sequels to DUMBO and the Chelsea Market.
Affectionately known at one point as Gunset Park by those who grew up there (like me), and slapped by those who lived in neighboring sections of Brooklyn with the derogatory moniker Gunset Park, it’s is still a place where you can get some of New York’s best bahn mi and tacos, and where you can enjoy an amazing view of Manhattan from the highest point in Brooklyn, in the actual park itself. Sunset Park is, for now, still known as an affordable place that’s just barely resisted the fast moving gentrification of Murray Hill East, Park Slope and countless other neighborhoods. Now though? It’s on the fast track.
In case you haven’t visited Sunset Park before, might I suggest you do so now, while it’s still in its twilight days? This way, when the transformation to Sunset Park 2.0 is complete and nobody will be able to afford to live there anymore, you can at least say that you saw it before the change over to yet another place people write stupid hacky lazy hipster-related jokes about. Make sure to hit up some of these old local favorites now, before they’re bulldozed to make room for luxury housing. (more…)
It’s a glorious thing when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekend. And a Sunday St. Patrick’s Day? Even better. There are not only more weekend hours to reflect on the snake-banishing ways of Ireland’s patron saint (or the real contributions of Irish immigrants to Brooklyn) but double the time to enjoy more live music, more corned beef, and more green beer. So, Beannachtam na Feile Padraig! And here’s a roundup of the cheap, free, and noteworthy happening in Brooklyn this weekend. (more…)