06/25/15 9:40am

Grab your bestie and your most pastel pastels, and go see some outdoor movies

The temperature is only getting higher, you’re sweating more and your brain feels covered in a sticky film that makes critical thinking all but impossible. You might think you feel like that because you’re in love, but really, it’s summer. And nothing is better in the summer than getting together with some friends, putting down a blanket, fighting off other people encroaching on your blanket space and watching a movie outdoors. Where to do it though, and which movie to see? With this handy guide of all the Brooklyn outdoor movies this summer, you’ll always have the answers to those questions ready. At least if you keep this page open on your spacephone all the time or something. (more…)

06/17/15 9:43am
You love J-Law. See her in the park you love.

You love J-Law. See her in the park you love.

Summer’s big humid hug is wrapping around us tighter and tighter, like a large friend who doesn’t know her own strength. Don’t complain about that part, instead, take advantage of the great things it means, like being able to sit in the Long Meadow in Prospect Park and watching movies without paying a single cent. That’s right, Prospect Park has free summer movies for you to see this year too. (more…)

06/15/15 11:31am
urban park rangers nyc

Upstate New York? NO! Right here in NYC. via Facebook

They call New York City a concrete jungle, but despite most of our stunning sights being made of glass and steel and brick and fireproof insulation, it doesn’t mean we don’t have oases of nature hidden in plain sight. Beyond beaches and our large parks, we mean. We also have expert guides in our Urban Park Rangers, who’ll take you to these places on guided tours so that you learn something and aren’t eaten by a coyote or a bear. Want in? Read on to learn how you could hang out with New York’s Greenest this summer. (more…)

06/01/15 11:07am
prospect park

It does so much for you, do something for it. via Flickr user Harry Pujols

We all love Prospect Park (well, we’re assuming that you do because who could possibly hate it?), the crown jewel of Brooklyn’s green space that’s always there for us if we want to feel like we’re kind of in the woods. The park does so much for us, providing great spaces to barbecue, free concerts, places for your dog to play and rolling green expanses, and it never even asks anything from us. In the next couple days though, you can do something nice for it, because two wealthy fans of the park have promised to donate $50,000 to its upkeep if 1,000 people donate to the Prospect Park Alliance. (more…)

04/29/15 9:30am
via Facebook

via Facebook

Yesterday we all got to bask in the warmth provided by the Brooklyn Bridge Park movie schedule, and today, we got another huge sign of #summeriscoming. After months of shivering and waiting for warmth, we finally get to lay eyes on the Celebrate Brooklyn schedule this year and start dreaming of sitting in a blanket in Prospect Park with some wine and cheese (or okay, some beer and pizza) watching free music. Our pals at BRIC found a pretty good lineup again this year, like they do every year, so you can see the New Pornographers, Big K.R.I.T., Will Oldham and JD Samson for absolutely no money. Thanks, BRIC! Anyway, take a look at the full schedule below. (more…)

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

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…)