07/15/16 2:17pm
Brooklyn Wild: Meet the founder of Doggie Day Trips, who gets paid to take city dogs hiking

John Bingaman, founder of Doggie Day Trips, with pups on the Appalachian Trail in Vernon, New Jersey. Photo courtesy of John Bingaman.

Living in NYC is rarely associated with having an active, outdoorsy lifestyle. High stress levels, too many hours spent hunched over a computer screen, not enough time to exercise or eat healthy — a general lack of work-life balance. And yet, we’re in relatively close proximity to nature. We’re surrounded by water on all sides! We’re less than an hour away from the nearest beach, an hour and change from the nearest hike!

There are plenty of people who live in Brooklyn, but have found ways to engage daily with, even make their livelihood from this nature that feels so elusive to most of us. For some, it’s within the bounds of the borough: they may work on the Brooklyn waterfront, or atop a rooftop farm, or in city parks. Others go a bit farther: wilderness guides taking New Yorkers on overnight trips, graphic designers building tree houses upstate every weekend, for fun. Our idea was to talk to some of these folks and ask them how they do what they do, not only to satisfy our own curiosity, but also to find inspiration to get out there more, ourselves.

Brooklyn Wild is our new series where we tap the more rugged residents of Kings County and ask them to share some of the adventure. Every Friday, we’ll post a new interview that will hopefully inspire us, at the very least, to have a more active weekend, even if it’s just cutting down on the Netflix intake and fitting in one trip to the green space closest to our apartment. Up first is John Bingaman, founder of Doggie Day Trips. (more…)

05/27/16 12:57pm
Note the blanket.

Note the blanket.

With last minute picnic plans in the works for the holiday weekend, and summer fast approaching, it’s high time to start honing your chops in the art of the all-important summer picnic.

Picnics are the ultimate way to get outdoors with food and drink in your hand in the summertime; they cost less than dining on a patio; you can take breaks from the food to play frisbee, stickball, soccer or just take a sunny nap; and best of all, you can bring your dog.

Of course, in order to go full picnic you’ll have to stock up on essentials, so you aren’t just that sunburnt dummy with a wilted salad in a plastic bag, lying on the grass over an unwashed fitted sheet. You need a basket, you need a blanket and you need food. And while it certainly doesn’t take a six-figure salary to picnic, those elements can add up if you don’t know where to look.

Brokelyn to the rescue! We’ve put together a roundup of picnic blankets, baskets and edible bundles for every budget so you can have your picnic and eat it, too. From DIY PB&Js to prix fixe picnic deals, this list is sure to make your Memorial Day weekend one to be remembered. We’ll bet your dog agrees.  (more…)

05/19/16 3:07pm
Even if you just wave, it makes a difference. Bridle Path Track Club / Flickr

Even if you just wave, it makes a difference. Bridle Path Track Club / Flickr

This Saturday, starting at an ungodly 7am, Brooklyn will be taken over by runners from around the world, runners who I can only imagine must not share my reservations about physical activity or waking up before noon. But with 27,000 participants, the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon is the largest half marathon in the country.

The race starts at the Brooklyn Museum on Eastern Parkway and ends an unconscionable 13.1 miles later in Coney Island. For the participants, New York Road Runners has provided a list of race-day essentials and an overview of the route, including rest stops for bathrooms and water as well as medical aid for any runners having a panic attack after realizing they could have stayed home and slept in. Also, for shin splints.

Now, for those with friends running, there are several ways to show your support both during and after the race. I find that a nice text message is perfectly acceptable amount of congratulations before 8am. However, if you do choose to brave the morning, here’s a handy guide on how and where to support your runner friends — maybe even with a drink in your hand. (more…)

04/18/16 9:41am
via jsigharas on Instagram.

via jsigharas on Instagram.

Thanks to a perfect storm convergence of a 15k race, nice weather, Smorgasburg and a huge Bernie Sanders rally, Prospect Park was a sight to behold yesterday. The Sanders rally drew an estimated 28,000 people, according to amNY, the campaign’s largest rally yet. It’s no surprise Bernie fandom is high in certain parts of Brooklyn, his hometown, and he hammered home his trendy appeal by bringing Grizzly Bear as his opening act and appearing with fellow hip old guy Danny DeVito (who introduced Bernie as “our Obi-Wan”) and human MacBook Justin Long. It was a colorful event, full of lots of artsy expressions of #feelingthebern. Sanders himself addressed healthcare, the environment and the wage gap. Here’s what the scene looked like:  (more…)

04/12/16 8:48am
Bernie Sanders continues to rally support all around Brooklyn this week. Via Bernie Sanders Facebook.

Bernie Sanders continues to rally support all around Brooklyn this week. Via Bernie Sanders Facebook.

It’s a strange feeling, this being paid attention to by national politicians thing, isn’t it? It’s sort of like being the overlooked middle child in a family but suddenly you’ve got all the coolest Super Nintendo games and everyone wants to make nice with you and share. Or at least until the primary is over on April 19, then no one will pay attention to New York City any more. Anyway, this week is a big one if you’re a fan of democratic presidential candidates: Bernie Sanders is continuing to Bernstorm the borough with what is sure to be a huge, star-studded rally in Prospect Park on Sunday, featuring a requisite Brooklyn smattering of hip talent: Danny DeVito, Justin Long and Grizzly Bear. And, unlike the debate coming to the Navy Yard on Thursday, you can actually attend. Here’s how: (more…)

02/02/16 12:35pm

Snow Shoe Prospect Park

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If you’re anything like us, by Saturday night you were going stir crazy from being trapped inside all day by the weekend snowstorm. So come Sunday morning we couldn’t wait to strap on the snowshoes we rented from Traverse Outfitters (delivered to our door!) and head to Prospect Park for a surprisingly delightful adventure hiking through the thigh-deep snow drifts that blanketed the area. (more…)

01/05/16 12:00pm
via Fellowship of the Rich

It’s time for you to go. via Fellowship of the Rich

Christmas is over, and it’s time for us to leave all that crap about kindness towards our fellow human and hearts bursting with charity behind, buried until Decmeber 2016 rolls around. It also means it’s time to ditch your Christmas tree, before it becomes a sad, molting mess of brown pine needles and sagging decorations. You could just dump it on the street (make sure you follow the Department of Sanitation’s rules), like common garbage, but there’s another way you can dispose of your tree. You could take your tree and return it to the Earth at Muclhfest this weekend, the city’s annual Christmas tree cull! (more…)

12/24/15 10:15am
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Dar is ready to help you pack up your holiday (#8)

1. If you love beats and don’t want to spend the evening alone, head to TBA Brooklyn for Christmas for Techno Orphans: a potluck dinner followed by dancing to Eddie Krilov, Lera, Connie b2b Maksim, and more. (Friday, FREE)

2. Wind down from all the Chrismasness at Freddy’s while watching It’s a Wonderful Lifebackwards. (Friday, FREE)

3. Feel the tropical post-holiday beat at Bembe’s Xmas Call to Drum, with Afro-Caribbean sounds from DJ Dirtyfinger and 2melo. (Friday, FREE)

4. Work off some of that eggnog at Brooklyn Bowl’s Family Bowl—it’s free all day, so bring the whole crew. (Saturday, FREE) (more…)

12/02/15 3:53pm
This bird...it's a cool bird... via Flickr user Will Pollard

This bird…it’s a cool bird… via Flickr user Will Pollard

It’s cold and rainy outside, so ordinarily we wouldn’t tell you that going to the park should be at the top of your list of things to do. However! You shouldn’t just barricade yourself indoors when it gets cold, and you especially shouldn’t do it when there’s a rare, Technicolor bird hanging out at Prospect Park like there is right now. Sure you could stare at it through a screen, but the wonder of nature is best experienced in person. (more…)

11/12/15 3:33pm
Ice, ice, baby

You should get one of these nice passes and skate all winter long, ya hear?

Nothing cures the seasonal blues like getting out on the ice and shredding a few laps with friends. Falling on your face in public also builds character. In any case, ice skating season has arrived! And it’s shaping up to be as wallet-friendly as it is fun.

The Lefrak Center at Lakeside is open for ice skating season thru March 2016, and their seasonal passes gives you unlimited skating until March 27, when they switch back over to a roller rink. And lucky you, the passes are cheaper than they were last year. Like, a lot cheaper. (more…)