04/02/15 3:00pm
prospect park barbecue

Coming this summer: More places for this.

Is there anything like a summer barbecue in the park? No, there is not, that’s a pretty easy question to answer. The only thing about having one of them though is that despite the largeness of Prospect Park, you can’t just set up a grill wherever and start barbecuing your seitan anywhere, because that would be anarchy. Fortunately, there’ll be more room for you to stretch your spatula-holding arms this summer, as DNA Info reports that the city is adding another barbecue zone to Prospect Park starting on Memorial Day. (more…)

02/18/15 12:01pm
You'd be smiling too if you were Brooklyn's official herald of the summer

You’d be smiling too if you were Brooklyn’s official herald of the summer

When you look out you window and see the snow right now, it might be hard to think of summer. Buck up though, because a herald of warmth has just landed in our inbox, announcing the opening night performance at this year’s Celebrate Brooklyn. Following in the footsteps of last year’s soulful opener Janelle Monae, this year we’re getting a free show from Chaka Khan. (more…)

01/15/15 12:30pm
Take a break from stonecutting this weekend

Take a break from stonecutting this weekend

1. If you’re too lazy to get your passport renewed, know The Blue Dhalia will be at Bar Chord blending just about every popular world music genre out there. (Friday)

2. Have a splen-diddily-endid time at Videology’s Simpsons Party! (Friday)

3. Laugh in the face of death at I’m Afraid of Dying comedy show. (Friday) (more…)

01/14/15 9:52am
It's time. via Flickr user Chris Waits

It’s time. via Flickr user Chris Waits

In case you hadn’t heard, you can no longer just abandon your broken electronics outside your apartment in some kind of sad pile of wires and shattered glass for the garbagemen to pick up. De Blasio’s New York, etc., etc. Rather than focusing on the nightmare of not being able to just toss your busted laptop out the window to the waiting sidewalk, we’re here to help you and let you know you can bring your busted electronics to Prospect Park this weekend. Not to just be left there though, specifically bring them to the fine people of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, who are gathering your E-waste on Sunday. (more…)

01/08/15 1:05pm
mulchfest

It’s time to say goodbye, but in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. via Flickr user Josh Holloway

If, after your holiday celebrations have come and gone, you find your apartment saddled with the rapidly decaying corpse of what used to be a Christmas tree but is now just the saddest January tree, fear not. This weekend, give it a proper goodbye/put it out of its misery at the city’s annual MulchFest, run by NYC Parks, the Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC at Prospect Park and other locations citywide. (more…)

01/07/15 3:10pm
prospect park sledding

It’s winter, so get out to Prospect Park with a garbage can lid and have some damn fun. via Flickr user Atomische * Tom Giebel

Before we get started here, we first have to ask you a question: Why and when exactly have you become so terrified of the snow? Is the reason we all freak out at the mere mention of snow because of last year? Just because it was a bad winter last year doesn’t mean that we need to cower in fear at the very idea that Brooklyn might be covered in the wintry powder. Don’t stay inside all winter and whimper whenever it snows outside; make that stuff work for you, before it becomes horrible grey slush, anyway. It’s not only suburbanites that got to enjoy a good day of sledding while growing up; even lifelong Brooklynites like this very author hit the slopes up.

So go on, get your very own Rosebud, or just use a garbage can lid, whatever. We’ll see you at the park. We remember what it’s like to be kids, and so should you. Forget for a moment the fact that snow in Brooklyn has about a 30 minute shelf-life before it comes a slushy horrible mess that’s covered in dog piss. Embrace your inner kid (or take an actual kid with you) and actually have some damn fun at Brooklyn’s best sledding spots. (more…)

11/07/14 2:15pm
curling prospect park

Could this wind up being you? Maybe! via Flickr user Peter Miller

Most of us give up on our dreams of making the Olympics at around the same time we realize that it involves a ridiculous amount of work and we really aren’t that good at sports. We’re still traumatized by high school track, but some Olympic sports give us pause. Just try to walk past a TV with curling on and see if you can ignore the graceful release of the stones and the frantic scrubbing that ensues. Well now you can try curling yourself! The Brooklyn Lakeside Curling Club is throwing a free open house at the LeFrak Center (171 East Drive) on November 9 between 2pm and 4pm. (more…)

10/22/14 11:13am
brooklyn bridge park

How freaking romantic. Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

Dating is hard. It’s difficult to meet new people, whether in “real life” or online, and the process of dating itself can be exhausting, traumatic, heartbreaking, demoralizing…oh yeah, and expensive. You’re already (potentially) wasting time on a new date; don’t waste your money, too! While splitting the bill is usually the way to go, sometimes one party wants to treat the other.  Get creative without breaking the bank; do something other than stare blankly at each other while sipping overpriced cocktails. Need suggestions? Here are 20 Brooklyn date ideas that will keep both of you entertained/fed/watered/etc. for $20 or less. Who ever said a cheapskate couldn’t be romantic? (more…)

10/09/14 1:43pm
lakeview jamboree

A good old fashioned hootenanny, waiting for you at Prospect Park

If you’re looking for a cheap way to fill up and get a little exercise this weekend (but not too much), Prospect Park has the solution: Lakeside’s Backyard Jamboree!

This family-friendly autumnal festival will bring southern-style BBQ, pumpkin decorating, caramel apples and of course a photo booth to South Prospect Park Saturday, October 11 from 11am to 5pm. Oh and did we mention there will be country line dancing? We’re expecting more than the Cha Cha Slide. (more…)

10/08/14 2:49pm
The roller disco at Lola Star will be like this, but on roller skates. So really, really scary

The roller disco at Lola Star will be like this, but on roller skates. So really, really scary

‘Tis the season to put out the pumpkins, deck the halls with boughs of cobwebs and stir your cauldron pot, because Halloween is in our midst. In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Brooklyn World, Halloween is the occasion to party and no other boroughs can say anything about it. So don your creepiest outfits and head out to the hottest happenings in BK. (more…)