01/25/17 12:47pm
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Sunny passed away in March, but as of this week, his bar will live on. Via Goodyearsarah on Instagram

We’re all clinging to good news where we can find it right now, and we of course have a particular soft spot for good news that adds to the (admittedly very small) pile of old Brooklyn winning out over money and rampant new development. Yesterday, the Times reported that Sunny’s, arguably the best bar in New York City, the little misfit bar that could, a place trapped in time at the edge of the city, has won a three-year court battle to stay where it is and resist being sold off for development. Sunny passed away in March, but his widow Tone Balzano Johansen has ensured his memory won’t be erased from Red Hook as the neighborhood braces for redevelopment in coming years.

“I can’t let this be torn down for a view of the Statue of Liberty,” Ms. Johansen told the Times. “It’s ‘old Brooklyn’ wanting to hand it over to ‘new Brooklyn.’ Ironically, I am fighting to keep the story of ‘old Brooklyn’ alive.” (more…)

06/06/16 12:00pm
Car2go cars go together

car2go cars go 2-gether on Pioneer Street in Red Hook. All photos by Kate Mooney

Every time I find myself in Red Hook, the sleepy, tucked-away neighborhood in Southwestern Brooklyn along the New York City Harbor, I always think the same thing: when was the last time I was down here? Why don’t I come here more often, like, every week?! Part of what makes Red Hook so appealing, gives it that feeling of a preserved, maritime community, inextricably tied to New York history and yet a far cry from what the majority of us associate with the day-to-day of living here, is its remoteness. Inaccessible by train, it’s a schlep to get to; you really need a bike or a car. So when car2go offered free registration to check out the service, we signed right up and planned a day trip. (more…)

05/18/16 9:51am
Bridget of Owney's Rum, talking rum

Bridget of Owney’s Rum, in Williamsburg, talking rum. Photo by Fikriyyah George

There’s a self-guided booze tour called the Brooklyn Spirits Trail boasting some impressive liquor makers. Too bad when we say self-guided it’s basically “Here’s a map with the locations, figure it out yourself.” No times, duration or clue as to what the tour consists of. Well, we decided to make life a little easier by letting you know when you can visit and just what you get.

The greatest part about this self-guided tour is that you can mix it up however you want (hit up all the free ones, the ones in Red Hook, by type of spirit, etc.). The way the tours are scheduled you can draw it out visiting a distillery every weekend or go hardcore and visit two a day. Sorry, leave your flagon at home: no matter where you go by law they’re not able to pour more than 1oz of liquor for imbibing without a liquor license. As for me? I’ve never been happier to be a lightweight. (more…)

12/22/15 11:59am
Say goodbye to 2015 in style at any of these great parties. via Facebook

Say goodbye to 2015 in style at any of these great parties. via Facebook

There are only a few more days of 2015 left! Whether you are filled with hope, melancholy or dread for the upcoming year, don’t let the old one go out with a whimper. Even if you didn’t get invited to any killer house parties this year, you don’t have to schlep into Manhattan to find an awesome party. From booze to burlesque and food to fireworks, there are plenty of Brooklyn New Year’s Eve events and activities in every neighborhood to fit any-sized budget. (more…)

12/07/15 3:09pm
Ample Hills' Oompa Loompas will soon be doing their thing in Red Hook (NOTE: Do not actually refer to them as Oompa Loompas). via Facebook

Ample Hills’ Oompa Loompas will soon be doing their thing in Red Hook (NOTE: Do not actually refer to them as Oompa Loompas). via Facebook

Ever since the news broke that Ample Hills was going to take their big time VC money (and Star Wars money maybe) and open up a giant ice cream factory here in Brooklyn, people have wondered where this modern day Willy Wonka factory was going to wind up. Brownstoner talked to Ample Hills co-owner Brian Smith about the future of the local ice cream makers and found out that the answer is everyone’s favorite neighborhood, Red Hook. Well, it’s our favorite neighborhood anyway. (more…)

12/03/15 8:16am
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Let art take you to some weird places in DUMBO tonight. Painting by Nadine Boughton, via Facebook

Alright, we did it, we made it to Thursday. Just get through this day and the weekend awaits. You love the weekend, it’s where you can do whatever you want with your time. During the week, things are a bit more limited, but the Brokelyn Events Calendar has a few things that are good for weekday entertainment. Take a look below and pick one, you won’t be disappointed. (more…)

11/18/15 10:34am
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Ditch the pumpkin for some cheesecake this Thanksgiving. via Junior’s

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person in possession of good taste in desserts must be in want of a pie to bring to Thanksgiving dinner. Well…actually, it’s a truth ALMOST universally acknowledged. Because there are those among us who, for whatever reason, do. Not. Like. Pie. My mother is one of these people who shuns apple and pumpkin pies for anything else she can find when Thanksgiving dessert time rolls around, even if the options are limited. And while I firmly disagree with the pie-averse, I see no reason why they shouldn’t have equally yummy sweets to conclude this national day of gluttony. Luckily, there are a number of Brooklyn bakeries offering fantastic pie alternatives for Thanksgiving. (more…)

10/27/15 9:48am
You, too, can drink just like your professional ballplayer heroes do. Just don't do something like this in the bar without asking the bartender first. via Facebook

You, too, can drink just like your professional ballplayer heroes do. Just don’t do something like this in the bar without asking the bartender first. via Facebook

As we’ve gone over, THE METS ARE IN THE GODDAMN WORLD SERIES. You know how to talk about the games and sound like you’ve been watching all year, if not for years on end, and now you need to know where to watch the games. We’ve got your back, with the best spots to watch the Mets in the World Series these next two weeks and holy shit we still can’t believe we’re typing that. (more…)

10/22/15 12:10pm
Go back to the days when James Murphy was more than just a guy who owned a wine bar

Go back to the days when James Murphy was more than just a guy who owned a wine bar

It’s a beautiful day out there! Not just because the NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPION NEW YORK METS are celebrating winning the pennant. Not just because it feels like spring out there still. Not just because…well actually it’s only beautiful because of those two things, but that’s enough, no? Get out there and enjoy yourself tonight, specifically at one of these nights out pulled from the Brokelyn Events Calendar. (more…)

10/20/15 11:36am
A rare glimpse of Kings Coffee during opening hours. via Twitter

A rare glimpse of Kings Coffee during opening hours. via Twitter

If you lived in Bensonhurst a little over a decade ago, you knew about Mister Joe. He was the guy who roasted coffee and sold cups of it out of his storefront at 14th Avenue and 63rd Street. The lady who ran the corner store next door was his wife.

“We always called him Mister Joe. He’s just Mister Joe,” says Kings Coffee owner Dominic Palastro, who lived nearby and frequented the coffee shop with his father growing up. Palastro, who now runs his own successful coffee outpost in Red Hook, didn’t know just how important Mister Joe would become to him at the time. Growing up, coffee was his father’s passion, not his. Today, Palastro sits down with Brokelyn to talk about his unlikely career path, where small business meets old tradition, and how ‘neighborhood’ is more than meets the eye. (more…)