10/16/15 8:58am
Dance the (Sun)day away. (pic by Flickr user John M.)

Dance the (Sun)day away. (pic by Flickr user John M.)

1. Try not to get a pie in the face at Standard Toykraft’s That Slapstick Show, a curated evening of silent film’s comedy gems. (Friday, $10)

2. Diversify our hilarity at the brand new Experimental Comedy Gallery with Affirmative Laughter: Black Girls Are Funny, featuring Marie Faustin, Nicky Sunshine, Chanel Ali, and more. (Friday, FREE)

3. Sate your taste for melodrama while watching the Debussy opera Pelleas and Melisande—on a boat. (Friday through Sunday, $30) (more…)

10/06/15 4:21pm
Maybe you'll end up here one day? If you're lucky, of course. Image via Dr. Karl-Heinz Krauskopf, via OHNY

Maybe you’ll end up here one day? If you’re lucky, of course. Image via Dr. Karl-Heinz Krauskopf, via OHNY

New York City has plenty of secrets hiding behind the walls of its buildings and in its marshy areas where you usually don’t feel too much like venturing in deeply. For one weekend a year, Open House New York allows you to peek behind the walls and learn about some of the city’s most interesting buildings and landmarks. There are plenty of tours to see around the city on October 17 and 18, and plenty to see in Brooklyn, but you only have so much time. So, here are the tours we think look most interesting right here in BK (tours that require $5 reservations, which open October 7 at 11am, are noted as needing them). (more…)

09/25/15 9:15am
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A Downtown soup dumpling spot is just one reason to kind of be okay with fall arriving. via Facebook

Well, fall has finally arrived, and everyone is reluctantly sliding into their light jackets. I won’t lie, I’m sad. Summer in New York is my favorite, even if it does mean the city smells like boiling garbage and the subway is a direct conduit to the molten center of the earth. But don’t despair, fall has it’s upsides – like cozy sweaters, colorful foliage and pumpkin spice everything. There’s also plenty to do in Brooklyn in the fall and you can do it without back sweat! Here are just a few of the reasons to look forward to autumn in Brooklyn, like restaurant openings, craft beer festivals and a spooky theme park. (more…)

08/10/15 3:10pm

This is an actual view you can see on a boat tour of the Gowanus. Photos by Sam Corbin

The Gowanus canal has a longstanding reputation as Brooklyn’s premier dumping site (both literally and figuratively speaking). Before it was a toxic wasteland, though, the canal was a thoroughfare for burgeoning industry in Brooklyn. It’s a body of biological warfare, sure, but it also used to have a utilitarian function for the city. It’s only in recent years that the agenda has had to shift, from shuttling things across the water to staying the heck out of the water.

Last Thursday, Brokelyn went on a boat tour of the Gowanus Canal hosted by Open House New York and led by Gowanus by Design’s David Briggs and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Andrea Parker. Besides learning a little more about the history of the canal itself, we got to hear plenty of dirty talk—that is, plenty of tidbits about what’s really going on with the canal water. What’s up with the toxin levels? Will eating the fish kill you? Can you power your car with the canal’s oil-sweat? These questions and more were addressed by Briggs and Parker on the tour. We’ve got some choice quotes for you here below, accompanied by a slideshow of snapshots. #NoFilter; again, literally and figuratively speaking.

07/16/15 9:00am
In some lights, it's even kinda beautiful. via flickr user Allison Meier

In some lights, it’s even kinda beautiful. via flickr user Allison Meier

The Gowanus Canal has seen some particularly plague-like events these past couple of weeks. You know, death of the first-bornflooding and all that. But hey look, someone is braving the apocalypse and putting those treacherous waters to good use. On August 6, Open House New York is running a boat tour along the canal for anyone who’s interested to know just how it got so dirty, and what the city is going to do to make it better.  (more…)

10/05/12 3:31pm

Seriously, more than 100 years old and NO rust. All photos via Open House New York

Making Brooklyn your home means more than just stepping over puddles of pee and playing spot the rat for five consecutive years. You should form a bond with it that allows you to spout off interesting or inane facts about its buildings and neighborhoods at a moment’s notice, especially if you’re showing off for visiting friends or relatives. But this is a community and you can’t, and shouldn’t, do it alone. Fortunately, openhousenewyork, an organization dedicated to teaching people about New York’s architectural and design history, is having its 10th Open House New York Weekend. The weekend is devoted to tours and taks all over the city, including some right here in Kings County. After the jump we have our picks for the best free tours and events you can find all weekend. (more…)