09/14/16 10:12am
Photo by Cathleen Casacelli, via website.

Photo by Cathleen Casacelli, via website.

Healthy competition is good for all of us, and healthy competition among our city’s beaches only means we have more summery love to spread around to this city’s eight million people. Coney Island and Rockaway are very different kinds of places — the latter is of course more of a boardwalk amusement park, with amenities trending toward Times Square-ishness lately, while Rockaway is embracing its arty, grungy surf vibe. And now, as of last year, they both have parades featuring the march of sea creatures. Coney Island’s famous Mermaid Parade kicks off summer every June; now Rockaway has its own Poseidon’s Parade to close out the season in September on the boardwalk, which this year finally finished its post-Sandy rebuild.

The event, held this Saturday, is inspired by the peninsula’s annual in the Mermaid Parade, which means it’s a family friendly art-parade full of costumes, creativity and floats, and celebrates the Queens neighborhood’s resilience after the storm destroyed many homes (many of which are still not rebuilt btw). And since it’s a new event, it probably won’t be filled with #brands trying to get your attention just yet. (more…)

06/16/16 4:53pm
Heat it up with Kita St Cyr (#5) (pic by El Jong)

Heat up the weekend with Kita St Cyr (#5) (pic by El Jong)

1. Celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month at the Caribbean Huenity Mixer, where you can mingle to reggae, calypso, merengue, and kompa. (Friday, CaribBEING House, FREE)

2. Get poetic at the Ugly Duckling Presse 6×6 Release Party, with readings by Alex Cuff, Piotr Gwiazda, Jeremy Hoevenaar, Krystal Languell, and more. (Friday, J&B Design Café, $5)

3. Take yourself out to the ballgame at the Cyclones 2016 season opener, plus post-game fireworks. (Friday, MCU Park, $17) (more…)

Some people took their newfound fishdom pretty seriously. Photos by David Colon

Some people took their newfound fishdom pretty seriously. Photos by David Colon

As you might have seen on Twitter, we didn’t just get to enjoy the Mermaid Parade in a haze of drunken irresponsibility this year. No, this year we enjoyed the Mermaid Parade as judges, which as it turns out, still means a good amount of of drunken irresponsibility, but also there are free tacos. And bribes, lots of people just giving you things like alcohol, candy, sexy dances and flowers in the hopes you’ll vote for their float or costume. Also we could get closer to the parade than usual. Still, our judging duties weren’t going to keep up from getting plenty of pictures of the day, since it lets us relive all the madness and share what we saw with anyone who couldn’t make it. (more…)

06/19/15 11:00am
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Be sure to get as sparkly as possible (#8). Photo by Dennis on Flickr.

1. Enjoy a multidisciplinary performance evening at Crawl Chapter 3, featuring dance by the People Movers and Grace Courvoisier, plus music from Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess. (Friday, $18–$25)

2. Dust off your soft-soled dancing shoes for Brooklyn Contra Dance with Wild Asparagus. (Friday, $15)

3. Leave your inhibitions at home and head to the Shame Game, where comics Max Silvestri, Josh Gondelman, Jacqueline Novak, and more divulge their most embarrassing secrets. (Friday, $10) (more…)

06/19/15 7:01am
Coney Island-Brooklyn-Brokelyn-Summer Guide

Looks much more fun than watching Netflix all summer. Image via Flickr user gigi_nyc

Put on your jorts, slather yourself in sunblock and cue the Ella Fitzgerald; it’s summer time, kid, and the living is easy. We-e-ll, okay, that’s not entirely true. Summer can be as expensive as any other season, unless you know how to pace yourself. After all, you’ve gota whole 94 days (plus one bonus day we’ve determined the calendar gave us) to enjoy the warmth and the good feelings that come from being outdoors Between co-workers, a significant other, social gatherings and me-time, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed.

Not to fear. Through vigorous research at the Brokelyn offices, we’ve gathered not one, not two, not 39, but 95 things to do—one for each day of summer. They range between the splurge-worthy and the completely free, so you don’t have to shell out every day to make memories. Use this guide as a go-to for how to spend your summer daze, and keep your bank account flush. First up, we’ve got June and July. So strap on your summer shoes (which might just be your shoes) and get ready to get out there. (more…)

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Mayor de Blasio bravely dressing exactly the way the tabloids have been framing him. Photo by Tim Donnelly

Ah, the Mermaid Parade, where a metropolis’ worth of grit and glitter converge at Coney Island for an afternoon of music, muscle cars, and of course, mermaids. This year’s parade kicked off with Chiara and Dante DeBlasio, looking… rather blue as King Neptune and Queen Mermaid, followed by Mayor Bill d’yarr Blasio decked out as a pirate, plundering a small percentage of wealthy New Yorkers’ income for the benefit of swashbuckling pre-K children. The marchers included everyone from adorable tykes in homemade mermaid tails, to grown adults in little more than body glitter and a few strategically placed seashells. Low-brow and high-energy, The Mermaid Parade offers a glimpse of Coney Island’s freaky past for one afternoon each year, and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the summer. (more…)

06/19/14 9:30am
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Yaaaayyyyyy, summer is officially here! Photo by Madelyn Owens

1. Just FEEL is an exhibition on glass sculptures and paintings. Try not to feel them too hard, though. (Friday)

2. The Bell House brings you a confetti dance party. You bring the confetti cake. (Friday)

3. Former child actor Giuseppe Andrews has made 30 underground films with close to no money with the help of trailer park neighbors and homeless friends. Giuseppe Makes a Movie follows him as he creates his latest film. (Friday)

4. Keep it loose, keep it tight with Amos Lee at Celebrate Brooklyn. (Friday) (more…)

06/06/14 8:00am
Piper and Larry in their Park Slope home, failing at the juice cleanse like so many before them.

Piper and Larry in their Park Slope home, failing at a juice cleanse, like so many before them.

Who’s ready to go back to prison? Happy Orange is the New Black season 2 day! All 13 new episodes of the majorly binge-able hit Netflix dramedy dropped overnight, giving you lots more Piper and Alex, Taystee and  Poussey and Pornstache and Crazy Eyes to destroy your weekend plans. The show mercifully shatters stereotypes about women characters on TV, giving us body and sexuality types that would only appear on a network show if all TV executives were actually thrown in SHU.

Of course, the show is based on the memoir of real-life Park Sloper Piper Kerman. While season 1 gave us lots of flashback scenes to Piper’s yuppie life in Brooklyn — and plenty of digs at Brooklyn idiosyncrasies, from juice cleanses to a writer character who lives off his parents — it also contains some full on references only people who know the borough would appreciate.
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Doesn't he look thrilled? via the Long Island Music Hall of Fame

Doesn’t he look thrilled? via the Long Island Music Hall of Fame

Yesterday’s day of watching football/recovering from weekend-long hangovers was interrupted by the news of Lou Reed’s death. Reed, 71, was born in Brooklyn before being raised in Freeport, Long Island. But like so many bored restless kids before him came back to the city to seek is fortune, and he found it. (more…)

GO TO BED GRANDPA! GOD YOU'RE SO EMBARRASSING

GO TO BED GRANDPA! GOD YOU’RE SO EMBARRASSING

Hey, everyone had fun at the Mermaid Parade, right? You saw the pictures, it looked like a good time. And it was! Interesting costumes, a mix of old Brooklyn and new, and yes, family friendly. You’d think everyone could have a good time there, except that would mean forgetting that Bill O’Reilly, America’s constantly angry grandpa, exists. He dispatched one of his goons to the Mermaid Parade to report back to the heartland that the gays, they exist and they enjoy the beach. (more…)