03/10/17 1:55pm
Mister Sunday at Industry City. It's the end of an era

Mister Sunday at Industry City. It’s the end of an era

Night and day raves Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday are, after years of nomadic party-throwing throughout Brooklyn, leaving the borough for good and heading just across the Kings County border to Ridgewood’s Nowadays.

“After almost a decade of growing a community in temporary spaces, the Mister is building a permanent, year-round home,” reads Mister Saturday Night’s Kickstarter to create an indoor space at Nowadays, the venue where the parties spent this last summer.

Nowadays (956-06 Cooper Ave.), an outdoor beer garden a few blocks from the Halsey St. L train stop, is reminiscent of the halcyon aughts days of Williamsburg, when pop-up fun and industrial neighborhood remnants co-mingled in the fleeting summers of Brooklyn’s still vaguely recent gentrification (oh, the days). (more…)

04/19/16 4:22pm
Mister Sunday, coming to Ridgewood this summer. Via Facebook.

Mister Sunday is moving from Industry City in Sunset Park to Nowadays in Ridgewood this summer. Via Facebook.

Ridgewood, just across the Queens border, keeps becoming an extension of Bushwick, and we’ll leave it to you to figure out if that’s a good or bad thing. But it’s certainly going to be a lit place to party under the summer sun this year. First, the neighborhood is getting what’s being billed as NYC’s first pop-up beach bar: a 5,000-square foot lot that will be covered in 140 cubic yards of sand and outfitted with beach chairs, umbrellas, these things, volleyball courts, BYO food grilling stations and kiddie pools for cooling off, according to our colleagues at QNS.

On top of that, Mister Sunday, one of summer’s most popular (and longest reigning) outdoor dance parties, is moving to the neighborhood. QNS also reports the organizers of the weekly party are relocating from Industry City in Sunset Park to Nowadays, the new bar they opened last summer. That space is itself like a big swath of public park you can drink in, with picnic tables, games and grassy knolls for lounging. Is Ridgewood the new Rockaways? (more…)

06/30/15 2:44pm

Bierleichen is waiting for its beer corpses.

Putting together the Queens Beer Book introduced us to a whole new set of bars and breweries beyond our borough’s borders. One of the standouts is Ridgewood’s Bierleichen, a German-style beer garden and heavy metal bar that opened its friendly hell gates to beer and brat lovers in April. The bar’s name literally means “beer corpses,” a reference to the Oktoberfest enthusiasts who go a little overboard and get so drunk, they migrate to grassy knolls to pass out, subsequently looking like beer-bellied dead people.

To give our readers a better idea of what it’s like to hang out there, we’ve bartered via ritual sacrifice to get our hands on this Spotify playlist of the Top 10 Metal Drinking Songs from Bierleichen’s owners. (more…)

06/09/15 9:41am
out in the streets

Jump for joy, Out in the Streets is back. via Facebook

Ah to sit in a field at a music festival and soak in the chill vibes. Wait, we have an even better one. Ah to sit in a field at a music festival and soak in the chill vibes and not squint at a performer on a video screen. Is this possible? Yes, you’ll be able to do that this summer, because Out in the Streets, the only music festival that takes place in a field on the Brooklyn/Queens border has announced they’ll be back at the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House on August 1 and 2. (more…)

05/11/15 2:40pm
Ridgewood has great views

Ridgewood has some lovely views

Last year, we all freaked out when Starbucks sprouted in Disneywo Williamsburg. A lot of cafes and circuses and Trash Bars have making the dusty, Steinbeckian, journey to Bushwick, where they’re at least safe from the corporate coffee sharks taking over Williamsburg. Bushwick is where our locally roasted Americanos are safe. Or so we thought. Starbucks has announced they’re opening a spot in Ridgewood, which means Bushwick may be facing a two-front corporate brand battle. (more…)

04/16/15 2:04pm
Now all you need a horse

Now all you need a horse

So, you moved to Brooklyn and you have your authentic giant beard and your authentic jeans that look ripped from working in the factory all day and your authentic flannel, but you still feel empty for some reason. Something is missing, you just can’t put your finger on it… Well, we’re here to help, by letting you know that you could be the proud new owner of 22 bales of hay if you just take a ride on the L train. Or maybe not the L train, maybe you should rent a beat up old pickup truck for this occasion. (more…)

10/08/14 9:00am

Just what will they spend it on? via Flickr user Mr Seb

After watching as DUMBO and Red Hook and Flatbush get to play around with $1 million in participatory budgeting money, Bushwick residents might have been feeling a little jealous and left out. Well, feel left out no longer, because next week, Bushwick gets a piece of the direct democracy action, with the neighborhood’s first participatory budgeting meeting to discuss how to spend some City Council fun money. Not on a giant cocaine party, get your mind out of the gutter. You spend the money on things that are actually helpful for the neighborhood. (more…)

07/16/14 8:26am
out in the streets festival

Wouldn’t you like to be a VIP at a festival with such good lighting? Photo by Erika Mugglin, courtesy Out in the Streets

Hey, are you guys subscribed to our weekly email? Not only is it a great way to know how you should spend your weekend, it’s also a great way to keep up with our best stories from the week, in case you missed one while you were busy at work. Oh! We also give stuff away from time to time, like this week when a lucky email subscriber will win a pair of VIP tickets to next weekend’s Out in the Streets festival. (more…)

07/15/14 10:09am
gottscheer hall

Knit caps and old heads, united by their one true love: alcohol at low prices in a comfortable atmosphere. via Gotscheer Hall

The thing about hipsters, beyond the fact that they’re a poorly-defined amorphous blob of young people who sometimes wear funny hats, is that they want the same thing as you. They don’t always want a farm-to-table cocktail mixed with the earnest tears of the distiller who made the whiskey, sometimes they just want a damn beer. Sometimes so many of them do that hey, your old bar will turn a profit for the first time in fifteen years, which is the situation Ridgewood’s Gotscheer Hall is finding itself in according to the Queens Courier. (more…)

07/01/14 11:25am
out in the streets

They’re always rocking in the pictures, so it must be fun. via Facebook

Now that we’re past Northside and we’re past Governors Ball, you might think we’re done with summer festival season. WRONG! Did you forget about Out in the Streets, the only music festival that takes place at a historic house marking where Brooklyn is separated from Queens? Well if you did, the lineup is here as a reminder that you should go, because it looks like a good one and because there’s gonna be a giant dome with a giant slip ‘n slide in it. (more…)