08/27/15 4:20pm
Ooh, this could be you under a clear night sky. via flickr user Arup Malakar

Just think, this could be you under a clear night sky. via flickr user Arup Malakar

We know we sound like a broken record, but it bears repeating: summer’s almost over, and before you know it, you’re going to be kvetching about the cold temperatures and thinking back bitterly about all the things you didn’t do, like camp out under the stars. Only you can prevent ever going through all that bitter regret—by entering the Parks Department’s camping lottery for a night of woodsy fun in Prospect Park in September! DNAinfo tells us that signups for the lottery will begin on September 9.  (more…)

08/25/15 9:10am
It'll be just like this, hopefully

It’ll be just like this, hopefully

So yesterday I told you to attack the week like Jon Stewart attacked John Cena. Hopefully if you did that, the week didn’t hit back at you like John Cena did to Jon Stewart last night. Even if it did though, just get a couple friends to drag you off the mat and to one of the cool events going on tonight, especially one pulled off the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (more…)

08/12/15 8:09am

How many years was Rheingold married to the Mets? It’s a good thing to know for tonight

It’s Wednesday, and aside from the good news of the week being half over, it’s also not raining or threatening to rain. Honestly, a summer day where it rains or threatens to and messes with your outdoor plans or general enjoyment of the sun should be stricken from the record and we should be given another summer day. I’ll work on the logistics of making that work, you do one of the fun things to do tonight that have been pulled from the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (more…)

07/22/15 8:17am
Drink with people pretending to be them, it should be fun.

Drink with people pretending to be them, it should be fun.

It’s another day, in this case to be specific, it’s Wednesday. The best thing about this day will probably be that temperatures in the 80s allegedly feel less oppressive than temperatures in the 90s, but who can really tell the difference? Well, hopefully that will only be the second best part of your day, with the actual best being you going out and having a good time at one of these events, which were found on the Brokelyn Events Calendar. (more…)

07/16/15 3:05pm

OMR Free Summer Shows 2015 REC
Today, our friends at Oh My Rockness are all about highlighting the best free summer shows in New York City (and slightly beyond) from now through September. Because it’s summer, and seeing free shows outside rules. Here are just a select few of the 79+ good free summer shows still coming up this summer:

07/23 – We Were Promised Jetpacks with Krill @ Pier 84 (Hudson River Park)
07/25 – Sylvan Esso with Porches @ Celebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell)
08/05 – Dither with Yo La Tengo, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Matmos and more @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
08/06 – Caribou with Sinkane @ East River Amphitheater
08/08 – tUnE-YaRds with Shabazz Palaces @ Celebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell)
08/13 – Lower Dens @ MoMA Nights
09/20 – The Feelies with Alex Bleeker & The Freaks @ Storm King Art Center

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…)