09/04/13 10:00am
Beats the Thanksgiving Day parade, every time. Photo by Madelyn Owens

Beats the Thanksgiving Day parade, every time. Photo by Madelyn Owens

Each year during Labor Day the relative calm of Eastern Parkway erupts into music and color to celebrate the West Indian Day Parade. Revelers sporting glitter and elaborate feathered costumes dance down the stately avenue to reggae and soca beats, while spectators sip on nutcrackers and enjoy Caribbean eats served up by some of the sweetest Aunties Brooklyn has to offer. This year’s festivities took on a markedly political tone, with nearly every candidate for mayor and City Council making an appearance. Anthony Weiner seemed to affect a quasi-Jamaican accent as he attempted to rally the crowd, while Chuck Schumer won hearts and laughs with his query, “What’s the biggest island in the Caribbean? Brooklyn!” (more…)

08/29/13 3:03pm

1. Enjoy the parade of lunatics that make up Brooklyn Unicycle Day, as they ride their one-wheeled machines across the Brooklyn Bridge and down to Coney Island. Or, hop on your unicycle and join them, we guess (Friday)

2. Wasabassco Burlesque has a sweet 70s van, or at least the burlesque equivalent of it, and they’d like you to take a ride in it (Friday)

3. Cameo is paying tribute to Motown, one of Earth’s better towns, with a whole dance party devoted to it, so be prepared to show you’ve got soul and to cry the tears of a clown if your heart is broken (Friday)

4. We’ve got a heaping helping of Labor Day weekend events too, don’t forget! (Friday – Monday) (more…)

08/28/13 9:30am
Don't let the sun set on your summer without getting lucky

Don’t let the sun set on your summer without getting lucky

You work hard, you play hard, simple as that. Labor Day weekend commends the other 361 days you bust your ass at that 9 to 5, bus tables in that smelly bar, or sell bougie dresses in TriBeCa. We’ve compiled a list of affordable activities for you to fill your Labor Day weekend with relaxation or complete debauchery, your choice. (more…)

08/30/12 4:08pm

You didn’t work as hard as these two, but that’s OK, you can still enjoy Labor Day.

Listings taken from our Brokelyn events page. Don’t see yours listed? Add it now!

1. See The Wiz, because Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Richard Pryor are always better than Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton and Ruth Duccini. (Friday)

2. There’s some really obvious joke to be made about the words “free” “pussy” and “riot” being thrown together, but instead we’ll just say screw Vladimir Putin. (Friday)

3. Party with New York’s notoriously shy and retiring queer community. (Friday)

4. Finally, having kids pays off. Aside from the tax breaks, you lucky jerks. (Saturday)

5. Missed the Makossa Brooklyn Cookout all summer? Here’s your last chance. Gone to every one this summer? Make sure to go so that you can finish your punchcard. (Saturday)

6. Go out dancing, but in your pajamas. Or as we like to call it, “formal wear.” (Saturday) (more…)

Sheepshead Bay pier, by Nimo Photography

Sheepshead Bay pier, by Nimo Photography

Here we are, at the tail-end of summer, September drawing perilously near, and maybe that European jaunt you dreamed of just didn’t pan out this season. We expected as much, and we’ve been doing our best to provide substitutes: exotic home swaps, $500-a-week vacations, a special kind of working holiday and, well, Mexico. But if none of these was the thing for you, it’s not too late for this one last chance for a great almost-getaway: the South Brooklyn staycation. Here are 17 ways to have a (very full) weekend in our own down-under. (more…)